Thursday, February 27, 2014

DIY TechnARTology Show at the Tigard Library

Teen Tech Week is March 9 - 15, and the theme this year is DIY @ Your Library.  To celebrate, the Tigard Public Library is holding a DIY TechnARTology Show for teens in grade 6 and up.

How to Participate:

Submit your work to our technology-themed art show curated by the Teen Library Council. Stop by the library to pick up a submission form or download one here. Submit work in any of three categories:
  • Art made with technology
  • Technology-themed art
  • Art made by human power

The Tigard Teen Library Council will select a favorite from each category, and library patrons can vote for their own choice on Facebook or at the library. Submissions will be accepted from Saturday, March 1, to Saturday, March 15.

See the art show:

Visit the Tigard Library’s Young Adult Room from Monday, March 17, through Monday, March 31, to view all the entries.

On Tuesday, April 1, Tigard Teen Library Council will select the winners.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tualatin Public Library's Community Resource Fair is Saturday, March 1

Come join the Tualatin Public Library at the Community Resource Fair on Saturday, March 1st from 10am to 2pm.  Representatives from local area organizations, non-profits, and businesses will be on hand to show you what resources are available in our community. There will be giveaways and fun free activities for kids too!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Website will be unavailable Tuesday, February 18

The WCCLS website will be unavailable from 9 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday, February 18th, to perform scheduled maintenance.
While the site is down, you can still access the following:

Thank you for your patience! If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

White Out? A Conversation at the Tualatin Library About the Future of Racial Diversity

Join Willamette University professor Emily Drew and the Tualatin Library for a conversation about the future of racial diversity in Oregon.  The conversation will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30pm.

Racial diversity is increasing in Oregon, and Oregonians value what that brings to our lives, yet we are still isolated from one another.  Emily will talk about the challenges in creating racially diverse, inclusive communities.  What does this mean, what does it require, and how might we prepare to embrace the opportunity?

Emily M. Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University. She teaches courses about racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. Her primary areas of research involve understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions.

This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust, in partnership with the Tualatin Historical Society.

Contact the Tualatin Public Library for more information about this program.

Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Deadline 2/15

Hey teen artists: the deadline is fast approaching to submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2014 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington Co., 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.

Submissions started on January 2nd, and the last day to submit your entry is February 15th. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form. (PDF) Good luck!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Library Closures for President's Day, 2/17/14

Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, February 17th, in observance of Presidents Day.

These are the WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 17th:

  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library

All other WCCLS libraries will be open their regular hours.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Library Schedules for Monday, 2/10/14

The following libraries will open late today, Monday February 10th
  • Garden Home Community Library - UPDATE  
    • the Rec Center is closed until 5pm, the library may or may not open today.  We'll keep updating this page as we learn more. 
  • Hillsboro Library will open at 12 noon 
  • Oregon College of Arts & Crafts campus (and library) will open at 11am
  • West Slope Library will open at 12 noon
Check back here for updates about other closures or late openings.  Please contact your library directly with any questions about schedules for the day.

If you are concerned about the books you had due over the weekend, or holds you needed to pick up, here are a couple of answers:
  • Fines will not be charged for the days libraries were closed
  • Library staff will take into account closed days when determining the date unclaimed holds are to be pulled

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Library schedules for Sunday, 2/9/2014

The following libraries will be closed due to weather conditions:
  • Beaverton City Library 
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Hillsboro Public Library - all services and locations
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library
 The following libraries are normally closed on Sundays:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library 
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft Library
  • Tuality Health Resource Center Library
  • West Slope Library

Watch this page for updates to expected schedules.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Weather Closures, Saturday 2/8/14

The following libraries will be closed on Saturday, 2/8, due to the inclement weather:
Limited hours:
Regular, scheduled Saturday closure:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day. 

Weather Closures, Friday 2/7/14

Due to the weather, the following libraries are closed today, Friday 2/7/14:
The following libraries will be open shorter hours:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Libraries Closing Early - 2/6/14

Due to the weather, the following libraries will close early today:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Use the Tigard Library? Fill in their annual survey

The Tigard Public Library is doing their annual survey. It asks for users to rate customer service throughout the library, and asks if people have used the library for job searches, among other questions.

Please fill in the survey online here. Paper surveys will also be available at the library from Sunday, February 2nd to Saturday, February 15th.

The Tigard Library director, Margaret Barnes, says, “Our survey is a way to touch base with citizens periodically. Over the years their responses have been crucial in helping us customize library services to meet the needs of the community. Now that we are closed on Thursdays, it is particularly important to ask for feedback.”

Tax help at WCCLS libraries

Tax season is upon us, and we have compiled a page of resources to help you get through it.

You'll find our information page at The page includes a list of which WCCLS member libraries will be distributing federal tax forms. (Remember that the state no longer distributes printed forms to libraries.)

We also include links to where you can download state and federal forms, as well as links to information about ordering printed forms from the state or federal governments.

Need assistance filing your taxes? The AARP's Tax Aide program may be able to help. They have locations throughout Washington County, and many are at WCCLS libraries. Our tax page links to the Tax Aide program locator, which will provide you with details and contact information.

Good luck!