Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Ballet Folklorico Tlanese at the Tualatin Public Library

Annually since 1988, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central & South America.

Join the Tualatin Public Library on Saturday, September 28, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm for a free Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration featuring BalletFolklorico Tlanese. Free food, door prizes, and a piñata are also featured in this special event.

All ages are welcome.  Contact the Tualatin Public Library for more information.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

OverDrive Media Console app update released for iOS 7 users

If you upgraded your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 7 this week, you may have noticed that the OverDrive app crashed when you tried to open it. OverDrive has released an app update (version 3.0.2) to resolve this issue. You can download it from the App Store

After you install this updated app, you may be prompted to re-authorize the app with your Adobe ID. Be sure to use the same Adobe ID you used before if you want to access the books you previously downloaded with that ID.

If you have not yet updated your device to iOS 7, please be sure to update the OverDrive app to this latest version before you install iOS 7.

If you have questions about iOS 7 and the OverDrive app, or anything else related to Library2Go, please contact your local library for assistance, or click here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Do you use OverDrive Media Console on your iPhone or iPad? Read this before updating to iOS 7

If you use OverDrive Media Console on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to download ebooks and audiobooks from Library2Go, you may find that the OverDrive app crashes after you update to iOS 7. (If you are new to Library2Go and download the OverDrive app after you update your device to iOS 7, you will not run into this issue.)

If your OverDrive app is crashing after you download iOS 7, you will need to uninstall and then reinstall the OverDrive app on your iOS device. (Find directions on this page.) You will need to then re-authorize the app with the same Adobe ID you originally used, if you would like to re-download the books you already checked out and downloaded. If you authorize the app with a new Adobe ID, you will not be able to re-download the books you have checked out, if you downloaded them before you updated to iOS 7.

To re-download titles to your app once you have re-installed and re-authorized it, log in to your Library2Go account and click on the Download button next to the books you currently have checked out.

We apologize for the inconvenience! OverDrive is the software company that powers the Library2Go service and the company that developed and maintain the OverDrive app. They are aware of this issue and are working to resolve it. If there are more developments related to iOS 7 and the OverDrive app, we will keep you posted.

We know this can be a little confusing, so if you have questions, please contact your local library for assistance, or ask us online. We'll be happy to help.

Planning for emergencies - be ready for a disaster

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Like our post on Facebook to be entered to win one of two emergency kits!*

Not all disasters come with warning labels. Don’t just think about the likelihood of the “big one” or a catastrophic event happening in our community. Think about the events that are most likely to happen in Washington County that present a certain risk that we all need to be prepared for - such as ice or wind storms with extended power outages, winter storms that bring flooding to area ponds, streams and rivers that may isolate your office or home and make roads impassable.

Making a personal emergency plan and kit does not need to be difficult. Take it in manageable bits - add to it each month until you have all of the components assembled. There are many easy items to add from the outset to pack in your kit, such as:
  • A first aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Photocopy important documents and secure in a water tight zip lock bag:
    • Library card - makes it easy to contact friends/family or do business on-line at the library after an emergency
    • Personal identification and/or driver’s license
    • Insurance card
    • Medical insurance and prescriptions

According to Sue Mohnkern, Public Health Preparedness Program Supervisor with the Washington County Dept. of Health and Human Services, “if you own camping equipment you have a great head-start to making your kit. Just remember to store your equipment in an easily accessible place—not buried in your attic. Store emergency kits in the corner of your garage or an outside shed for easy access.”

Learn how to build your emergency kit and get ready for  at Washington County's Emergency Preparedness site is a good resource for local information.

*Details on the emergency kit: Quakehold! Grab-'n-Go 3 Day Emergency Kit (for two people). WCCLS staff and member library staff are not eligible to win. Winners will be drawn randomly, and must have a valid WCCLS library card in good standing. Like our Facebook post up until 11:59 pm on October 31st to be entered to win.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Free financial education workshops at the Tualatin Library in October

Want to overcome stress about your finances? Are you interested in getting in control of your money? Come to one or all of the financial education classes at the Tualatin Library and take action! No registration is required and the workshops are free!

Part 1: Making Ends Meet
Saturday, October 5, 10:30am-12:30pm
Feel like you’re always struggling to make ends meet? In this class you will think about your values and priorities, decide how to juggle income to cover expenses and learn valuable tools and strategies to make an immediate, positive impact on your financial situation.

Part 2: Budgeting and Saving
Saturday, October 12, 10:30am-12:30pm
You may have heard that sticking to a budget and saving money will help you weather the shock of an unexpected expense, but it can seem impossible when time and money are limited. Learn the tools you need so that budgeting and saving is within your reach.

Part 3: Hands on Banking
Saturday, October 19, 10:30am-12:30pm
Do your current methods of managing income and paying bills not work for you? Do you frequently owe fees that you find confusing and expensive? Join us for this exploration of banks, credit unions and the services they offer. We’ll discuss various ways in which having an account at a bank or credit union can help—or hurt—your personal finances. You’ll come away with a clear picture of what services might be right for you.

Part 4: Building, Repairing & Protecting Credit

Saturday, October 26, 10:30am-12:30pm
Good credit is crucial for financial success, but what does it mean to have good credit? What can be done if you have poor credit or no credit history at all? We will explore the basic components of a credit report and discuss what you can do to address inaccurate or damaging items. Discover steps you can take when turned down for credit and information about your rights related to credit.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beaverton libraries closed Thursday, Sept. 12th

Both branches of the Beaverton City Library will be closed all day on Thursday, September 12th for a staff in-service day. No items checked out from Beaverton will be due that day.

If you have any questions, please contact staff at your local library.