Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Announcing a new Oregon REFORMA chapter

Through the hard work of our member libraries and WCCLS staff, we are pleased to announce the new Oregon Chapter of REFORMA!

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking is a professional organization for library staff and library students, and an affiliate of the American Library Association.

The new Oregon Chapter of REFORMA will provide leadership statewide to help libraries offer more Latino and Spanish-language oriented materials; to recruit more bilingual library staff; and to encourage new library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino and Spanish- speaking community.

The Executive Board of Directors of National REFORMA approved the Oregon Chapter at their annual meeting this month. WCCLS Outreach Librarian for Latino and Youth Services Program, Martín Blasco, will serve as the inaugural chair of this new chapter. Elizabeth Lopez, a Librarian with the Hillsboro Public Library will serve as Secretary.

Find out more here.

New reading recommendations in the WCCLS catalog January 6

Need a good reading recommendation? No problem!

Beginning January 6, 2015, check out our new and improved book recommendations directly in the WCCLS catalog:


This new addition displays recommended books that are similar to the title you're currently viewing. The catalog will only recommend titles that are owned by WCCLS member libraries, so you know you’ll be able to check them out.

If the book you’re looking at is part of a series, the catalog will now show you the other books in the series, and in what order they come. Book reviews and ratings are included, and provided by the popular social reading site Goodreads. This rating and review functionality has replaced our previous option.


Give it a try! Reviews and ratings are available in both the full catalog as well as our mobile-friendly catalog. Just look for 'Recommended for You' inside any of your search results starting January 6.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

So... you have a new tablet - what now? Ask a librarian!

Is Santa bringing you a new device this year? Before you rush out to spend that holiday cash or gift card on popular e-book titles for your new tablet or smartphone – take the lead from National Public Radio (NPR) and talk to your local librarian.

NPR developers recently blogged that public libraries are one of the top two resources for those seeking to read the books that NPR’s Book Concierge app recommends, second only to Amazon.

In fact, WCCLS’ own Lisa Tattersall, Adult Services Program Supervisor is the librarian that NPR referred to when they wrote, "it’s always awesome to make librarians happy." Via Twitter, Tattersall encouraged NPR Books to include a link to WorldCat for each book recommended in the Book Concierge. One day later, developers implemented Tattersall’s suggestion, adding a Find at Your Library option. Leveraging WorldCat allows readers across the country to easily locate recommended titles at their nearest library.


Locally, Tattersall’s own recommendation is to explore the amazing collection of free, best-selling e-books and audiobooks available for all ages through our website - wccls.org/ebooks. "Wait times are short for new titles in the 3M Cloud Library app," says Tattersall, "and a lot of the best sellers from years past are often available to check out right away."

Tattersall also announced that, "due to a recent change, owners of Kindle Fire devices will be happy to know that it is now easier than ever to get the 3M Cloud app on their Fire." 

In the past month the most popular titles borrowed from the library 3M Cloud app include:
A few of the latest best-sellers added to our e-book collection include:
Your local librarian can help you find that next great read – one that fits your interests. They can also recommend additional titles based on authors and series you’ve read previously and enjoyed.

As a WCCLS patron, you have access to great reads on your tablet or smartphone. Use your library card to enjoy popular titles on your new devices throughout the new year, without spending any extra money this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter holiday closures for WCCLS member libraries

Please note most WCCLS member libraries will be have reduced hours for the upcoming holidays... but remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks anytime! 

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Check here for regular WCCLS member library hours.

Additionally, please remember that the Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls will also be closed January 5 - 20, 2015 as they continue construction on their expansion project.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls closed Jan. 5-23

The Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls is expanding!

The Murray Scholls library at Murray Scholls Town Center will gain over 4,000 square feet in early 2015 to better serve you. However, to accommodate the construction process, the branch will be closed January 5 - 20, 2015. starting January 5, 2015. The re-opening is currently planned for January 24, 2014.

The bookdrop will remain open and items checked out at Murray Scholls will not come due during the construction closure. Find more information regarding your holds, construction goals and updates here. Also, follow progress on the expansion via Beaverton Library's Instagram account.

All WCCLS member libraries can serve you during the Murray Scholls closure, and the nearest include Beaverton City Library, Tigard Public Library, and West Slope Community Library.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tualatin Public Library Parking Construction Update

Construction on the new parking lots near Tualatin Public Library will continue through February. Please be aware of these updates:
  • The parking lot adjacent to the Library is now closed. Please use caution in this construction zone and use the indicated pedestrian routes, shown on this map.

  • The Seneca Street extension is now open, as is the new south parking lot. If this parking lot is full, please use one of the other nearby public parking lots.
  • For those with disabilities, there are ADA spaces available in the lot behind the Library.
  • A new drive-up book return has been installed in the parking area behind the Library. The book drops in the front of the Library and at Haggen grocery store will remain open during this construction.
  • Tualatin Library expects to maintain regular library hours and regular program schedules during the construction.
We encourage regular Tualatin Public Library users to look for construction updates on the City’s webpage and via City of Tualatin's Facebook page.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Weather closures - 12/11/2104

The following libraries will be closed on Thursday, 12/11, due to power outage:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Statewide Oregon Summer Reading Particiation

The Oregon State Library recently reported on 2014 Summer Reading Program statistics gathered from public libraries across the state, and the results look great!

Reading during the summer has been shown as one of the most important things a child can do to maintain critical language and reading skills gained over the previous year.

Of the 207,449 Oregon kids who participated in Summer Reading this year, 30,126 were from Washington County -- that's 14%!

Of the 69,060 participants who reached their reading goals for the summer, 15,039, or 22%, were from Washington County. Way to go, Summer Readers, parents, and libraries!

Statewide Oregon Summer Reading participation, 2006-2014. From Oregon State Library Summer Reading Brief 2014.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Featured Resource: E-books for kids and adults


"Say! I like e-books! I do!"

If you're traveling with children this holiday season, be sure to load up your devices with e-books from WCCLS.

WCCLS offers several e-book options:

  1. 3M is our newest collection of e-books.  You can download ebooks for all ages through the 3M Cloud Library app on your tablet, phone, PC, or Mac.
  2. Overdrive offers audiobooks in addition to e-books, so your family can listen together to entertaining stories on those long road trips.
  3. Tumblebooks features online animated talking books for young children.
Enjoy peaceful travel, while your kids read e-books "in the rain, and in the dark, and on a train, and in a car, and in a tree.... they are so good, so good, you see!"  And download some for yourself while you're at it.

"Read them here and there... Read e-books ANYWHERE!" with your WCCLS library card handy.

Parody based on the beloved Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Umpqua Bank Awards Grant to WCCLS Art of the Story Festival

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is pleased to be the recipient of a $2,500 grant from Umpqua Bank in support of the 2015 Art of the Story Festival. This 11th annual festival will once again serve as a local celebration of national library week, April 11–18, and will feature five master storytellers.
Gabe Norris, AVP and Store Manager of Tualatin Umpqua Bank awards the $2,500 check to Julie Wickman, a member of the WCCLS Art of the Story Festival planning committee, and Library Program Specialist with the Tualatin Public Library. 

A goal of the festival is to foster an appreciation for the role that the oral storytelling tradition plays within families, communities and cultures. The festival draws the generations together from across Washington County and beyond. It is a true community festival - attendees follow from venue to venue - building friendships, exploring communities and enjoying each of the 15+ customized performances.

Nicole Stein, Vice President of Community Responsibility with Umpqua Bank explains the banks support, sharing that “as the west coast’s largest community bank, Umpqua Bank believes that we have an obligation to support local communities and invest in their future. We know the critical role that education plays in the long-term success of youth and are excited to be able to support the Art of the Story Festival, especially since storytelling is a great way to build vocabulary and enhance literacy for youth in our communities.”

The festival format provides a foundation for cultural learning, offering storytelling workshops, a story swap and a museum partnership with a family history gathering workshop. Prior years have included historical recounting of WWII internment and 442nd military tales, personal adventure and ghost stories, stories from a range of cultures, including Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Latino, African, Native American, and Jewish.

The WCCLS Art of the Story Festival provides region-wide exposure and continues to build audience and prestige. Admission is always free and programs are designed for adults, and where noted, appropriate for ages 6+.

Mark your calendar now for this annual tradition: April 11–18, 2015. It is already a favorite of over 1,500 attendees from throughout our community. Bookmark the festival web page to stay up to date on the latest details: www.wccls.org/festival.

2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

Hey! Are you an artist who also happens to be age 12-18? Submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2015 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

The winner also receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell's Books. The second place winner receives a $50 gift certificate for Blick Art Materials, and the winner of honorable mention will get a $25 Blick gift certificate.

The contest opens Friday, January 2, 2015, and the last day to submit your entry is Saturday, February 14, 2015. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF). Good luck!

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 National Book Award Winners announced!


"We will need writers who can remember freedom.... Right now, I think we need writers who need to know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art." - Ursula Le Guin



Congratulations to all winners of the 2014 National Book Awards! We are especially proud of fellow Oregonian Ursula Le Guin, winner of 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Watch her short yet powerful remarks above.

Check out winners and finalists from your local library now!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Library closures for Thanksgiving week 2014

Please note most WCCLS member libraries will be have reduced hours next week surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.... but remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks anytime! We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.



Wed, Nov 26th Thurs, Nov 27th Fri, Nov 28th Sat, Nov 29th Sun, Nov 30th
Banks Closing at 5pm Closed Closed Normal Hours Usual Closure
Beaverton Closing at 5pm Closed Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours
Beaverton at Murray Scholls Closing at 5pm Closed Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours
Cedar Mill Normal Hours Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Normal Hours
Cedar Mill at Bethany Normal Hours Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Normal Hours
Cornelius Closing at 2pm Closed Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours
Forest Grove Normal Hours Closed Closed Closed Usual Closure
Garden Home Closing at 3pm Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Usual Closure
Hillsboro Main Library Closing at 6pm Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Normal Hours
Hillsboro Library at Shute Park Closing at 6pm Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Usual Closure
North Plains Closing at 5:30pm Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Usual Closure
Oregon College of Art and Craft Normal Hours Closed Closed Usual Closure Usual Closure
Sherwood Closing at 6pm Closed Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours
Tigard Normal Hours Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Normal Hours
Tualatin Closing at 6pm Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Normal Hours
Tuality Health Resource Center Normal Hours Closed Closed Usual Closure Usual Closure
West Slope Closing at 4pm Closed Normal Hours Normal Hours Usual Closure

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library goes 3-D


The Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library recently funded the purchase of a 3D printer as another tool in the Library for people to explore creative possibilities, and as an introduction to this fascinating and useful technology.

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of interest in 3D printing in libraries, due in part to the falling cost of the technology, and the new collaborative labs and makerspaces that are springing up in libraries all over the country. 

“3D printing is an emerging and constantly evolving technology, and people are definitely curious about how they work and what they can do. Anything you can dream up and design can be brought to life by one of these printers,” said Brendan Lax, Reader Services Librarian.

The Hillsboro Public Library is excited to explore the capabilities of their new UP Mini 3-D printer with the public, and will be holding an open house on two dates to allow attendees to see how the 3-D printer works and to ask questions:

November 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Hillsboro Main Library
December 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Shute Park Branch Library

The UP Mini printer can print objects up to dimensions of 4.5” x 4.5” x 4.5”. Given the time it takes to complete printing, library staff are developing a plan as to how best to provide access to patrons, as well as gauge interest and demand. Plans at this time include offering weekly 3D printing labs by early next year to help patrons design and print their projects.