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:

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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Oregon kids win big with Summer Reading

Eight Oregon children now have a head start on saving for college, thanks to taking part in summer reading. Their names were randomly drawn as winners in Fizz Boom Save!, a statewide campaign designed to promote summer reading programs at public libraries around the state. The Oregon College Savings Plan sponsored the program in partnership with the Oregon State Library and Oregon Library Association.

Overall, the Oregon College Savings Plan awarded just over $11,000: each of the eight winners received a $529 Oregon College Savings Plan account, while 15 libraries — three from each Oregon congressional district — each received $500.

“The Oregon College Savings Plan believes it is fundamentally important to support summer reading programs for Oregon families,” said Michael Parker, executive director of the Oregon 529 College Savings Network. “Studies indicate that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. If we can get kids to enjoy reading now, we’re setting them up for greater success in school and in life.”

According to the Oregon State Library, nearly 201,325 children and teens participated in the summer reading programs offered at public libraries throughout Oregon, reading 149,898 books. More than 65,788 participants reached their reading goals and finished the summer reading program. 

Exactly 5,594 children and teens participated in the Fizz Boom Save! summer reading program. The eight winners included:
• John Ficher of Myrtle Point, Grade 4, Flora M Laird Memorial Library
• Javon Hoffman of Beaverton, Grade 1, Hillsboro Public Library — Shute Park Branch Library
• Aspen Bailey of McMinnville, Grade 1, McMinnville Public Library
• Oliver DeMasi of Philomath, Grade 4, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library — Philomath Community Library
• Caleb Vaughan of Prineville, Grade 2, Crook County Library
• Sophia Marsh of Albany, Grade 5, Albany Main Library
• Rebekah Hewlett of Bend, Grade 2, Deschutes Public Library System — East Bend Library
• Isabella Johnston of Portland, Grade 3, Multnomah County Library — Hollywood Library

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Weather Closures - Thursday, 11/13/14

The following libraries will be closed on Thursday, 11/13, due to the inclement weather:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Celebrate International Games Day at your Library!

Join your local library and the American Library Association in celebrating International Games Day, November 15, 2014!

International Games Day at your library is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning, and is absolutely free and open to anyone around the globe. The games can be video games, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games - you name it! Bring your favorite to share, design your own game, or come to learn a game that's totally new to you. Read more about West Slope Community Library's Games Day events in the Oregonian.

Several WCCLS member libraries are hosting events Saturday, November 15:

  • Beaverton City Library: The library's Wii U console will be set up from 10am-12pm in the Teen Room, and board games will be available throughout the day.
  • Cedar Mill Community Library: 6-9pm, Board games, card games and computer games set up throughout the library for the whole family ages 5 and up (including Dominion, Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, Alhambra, and Ticket to Ride); bring your own game, learn a new game or master an old favorite.
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library: 1-3pm, "International Games Day - Unplugged;" Lots of board games, card games, and puzzles. Bring your family and friends and have fun. Enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies too! 
  • Hillsboro Main Library: 1-4pm; Lots of board games and electronic games for adults, teens, and children of all ages.
  • Sherwood Public Library: 2-4pm, Children & family board games, cards & puzzles in the Community Room; Ages 10-100 in the Young Adult area.
  • Tigard Public Library: Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday (Nov. 16) 12pm-6pm, "International Games Weekend;" Games are taking over the library! Bring your friends or the whole family and play it up with self-service board games, card games and more. Young Adult Room.
  • Tualatin Public Library: 1-5pm; Come enjoy tabletop games throughout the library.
  • West Slope Community Library: "Make & Play" game design workshop for all ages, 12:30-2:30pm; table games set up throughout the library all day (including Hanabi, Pandemic, Tsuro, Carcasonne, Trival Pursuit, Scrabble, and others).

3M Cloud app crashing on some Apple devices after update

If you use the 3M Cloud Library on an Apple device and recently updated the app this week, you may find the app crashes. 3M Cloud Library has traced the crashing to the syncing of bookmarks to the cloud. They are working hard to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, if you can’t read your book in the 3M Cloud app on an Apple device, here’s what to do:

  1. Use the 3M Cloud app in airplane mode – this will prevent the bookmarking syncing issue from crashing the app
  2. Uninstall and reinstall the app, but do not open the book that crashed the first time, unless you have your device in airplane mode.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience! Hopefully 3M Cloud will have this resolved soon.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WCCLS & Library Journal Index 2014

Each year, Library Journal publishes an index of 'Star Libraries' within the United States.

Their rating system is developed from the annual data most public libraries in the United States, with the help of state library agencies, submit to the federal Institute for Museums & Library Services (IMLS).

Washington County Cooperative Library Services was recently lauded as a star library, earning 4 out of 5 stars! However, as a rather unique library cooperative, the data we are asked to submit to the Oregon State Library each year paints a slightly different picture when viewed within the context of single municipal libraries and centrally managed, regional library systems.

The data WCCLS reports includes only the county-level data: central support services costs and statistics, plus statistics from Washington County's West Slope Community Library and our Homebound Services program. As a result, the $5+ million annual WCCLS budget gets divided by West Slope’s relatively small service population. All of the data for WCCLS member libraries (with the exception of West Slope) are reported individually by each member library. So, to get the complete picture of Washington County, you need to add them all together.

Totals for WCCLS member libraries as a whole (fiscal year 2011-2012):
Service population:  536,370
Circulation per capita:  24.27
Library visits per capita:  7.91
Program attendance per capita:  0.43
Public internet use per capita:  1.16
Expenditure per capita: $64.38
Total expenditures: $34,530,588
If the 12 WCCLS member libraries' data were viewed together as a single library system, we would still rank very well among other public library systems of similar size featured in the 2014 Library Journal index ($30+ million/year annual expenditures). In fact, WCCLS had better program attendance rates than Salt Lake County (UT), King County (WA), & Hennepin County (MN) Libraries; more library visits per capita than Multnomah County, Denver (CO), & St. Louis County (MO) Public Libraries; and higher circulation per captia than all other 2014 Star Libraries in this expenditure category, with the exception of Multnomah County Library.

Last but not least, we'd like to congratulate our colleagues at our cooperative's Garden Home Community Library, who received a 3-star rating within their own peer group ($200k - $399.9k/per year annual expenditures)! Nice work, Garden Home!

Congratulations also to our fellow Oregon Star Libraries: Lakeside Public Library (Coos County Library Service District), Port Orford Public Library, Eugene Public Library, and Multnomah County Library.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Library Closures for Veterans Day

Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Libraries open on Tuesday, November 11th: 
Libraries closed on Tuesday, November 11th: 
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library
  • WCCLS offices & courier services

Monday, November 3, 2014

Featured Resource: Biography in Context 

Get trustworthy information about more than 220,000 famous people through Biography in Context, a perfect resource for middle or high school students, as well as adults seeking general information.

Getting started: Search for a person by name, occupation, nationality, birth place, or death place.  Can't choose who to study?  Click "browse people" to see many categories you can choose from.  Also provided are news and magazine articles about the person, as well as images, and audio clips, and videos.  

Check out Biography in Context with your library card handy!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Drop Off Ballots Early at a WCCLS Library

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day! Avoid the rush and drop off your ballot early. Several WCCLS member libraries have official Washington County Elections ballot drop boxes on site. Click on the links below for locations and library hours.

24-hour Drop Off Sites
Voters may drop off their completed ballots before the 8 p.m. deadline Tuesday at several 24-hour drop-off sites, including:

  • Washington County Elections Office, 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard, Beaverton
  • Washington County Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building, 155 N. 1st Avenue, Hillsboro
  • Banks Public Library, 111 Market Street, Banks 
  • Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N. Barlow Street, Cornelius 
  • Forest Grove, Pacific Avenue and Birch Street, Forest Grove 
  • Hillsboro Library - Main Branch, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro 
  • King City - City Hall, 15300 S.W. 116th Avenue, King City 
  • North Plains City Hall, 31360 N.W. Commercial Street, North Plains 
  • Sherwood City Hall, 22560 S.W. Pine Street, Sherwood 
  • Tigard City Hall, 13125 S.W. Hall Boulevard, Tigard 
  • Tualatin Police Department, 8650 S.W. Tualatin Road, Tualatin 

Indoor Drop-Off Sites (open only during library hours)
Official drop boxes at indoor locations include:

Monday & Tuesday Drive-through Service:
Elections officials will also provide drive-through ballot collection service at the County Elections Office at 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard. This drive-through service will be offered:

  • Monday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, November 4, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Additional curb-side ballot collection service will be available after 10 a.m. on Election Day at these locations: