Thursday, January 29, 2015


WCCLS is pleased to announce that we have begun work on an improved and updated website.  Our current was last redesigned in 2008 (over six years ago!), with a brief homepage-only refresh in 2011.  We are looking forward to a modern, new look.  More importantly, we are working hard to make it easier to find things on our website.  Since almost 30% of our website traffic comes from people using mobile devices, we are also excited that the new will be mobile-friendly, with a responsive design that automatically resizes to each device.

The WCCLS website is designed for our patrons, and we need your help!  You will have several opportunities in the coming months to offer guidance with this project, starting with this one:

Please take 5 minutes to fill out this short survey.

Thank you for your assistance and support!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WCCLS library catalog is back online

Thank you for your patience during our scheduled maintenance. The WCCLS catalog is now back online. You may now access all online services, including:

Holocaust survivor Miriam Kominkowska Greenstein to speak at Tualatin Public Library

Hear a fascinating story of courage and survival

Tualatin Public Library
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

In 1939 Miriam Kominkowska was nine years old, living happily with her loving family in the small town of Lubraniec, Poland. Everything changed on September 1 when Germany invaded Poland.

In the Shadow of Death is the story of young Miriam's resilience and fierce determination to live, as she experienced the terrible devastation of Lodz ghetto, endured the loss of her family, and survived the grim horror of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Join us to hear her story.

Mrs. Miriam Greenstein will have copies of her autobiography In the Shadow of Death, A Young Girl's Survival in the Holocaust available for $20 and can be autographed at the end of the program. Proceeds go to the endowment fund for the maintenance of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

Parking at the Tualatin Public Library is limited because of parking lot improvements; additional parking is available at nearby public parking lots. See Construction Around the Library for more information.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

North Plains hosts an evening with Robin Cody

North Plains Public Library hosts An Evening With an Author, Saturday, January 24 at 7pm.

Oregon Book Award winner & author of Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River, Robin Cody will read from his works and lead a discussion.

The event is free, but space for this event will be limited to 50. Please RSVP with North Plains Public Library if you plan to attend.

This event is supported by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, the Friends of North Plains Public Library, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Most popular books & items at WCCLS

With all the 'best of' lists coming out this time of year, we like to peek at our own numbers to see what's popular with readers right here in Washington County.

Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues to be totally popular with young readers and families, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel claiming 1,971 checkouts last fiscal year (2013-2014) and over 1,000 more since July 1, 2014.

Children's author Mo Willems appears to be our top circulating author these days, with literally dozens of his titles taking up space within our top 100.
Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl topped our list for 3M Cloud Library's Adult Nonfiction category. you believe Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling are, in fact, one in the same, that author claimed 3 titles in our top 10 for 3M Cloud's Adult Fiction. Congrats to Gillian Flynn (and the four three other authors whose works beat out Fifty Shades of Grey on this list!). Flynn's Gone Girl: A Novel also ranked #6 in our physical book checkouts last fiscal year:

3M Cloud Adult Fiction:
1. Switchblade, by Michael Connelly
2. Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
3. Personal, by Lee Child
4. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
6. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
7. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
8. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
9. High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella, by Lee Child
10. A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein

And what, you might ask, was the number one top-circulating item in the WCCLS system? Disney's 2012 film Brave on DVD with 2,601 checkouts between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

Please remember: the WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

In addition, all WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, January 19, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except for Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
The following will be available during the downtime:
*3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cedar Mill Community Library closed Sunday, January 18

Please note that Cedar Mill Community Library will be closed for renovations this Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Cedar Mill Library at Bethany will remain open on Sunday (12pm-5pm), and both libraries (along with most other WCCLS member libraries) will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 19. Regular hours and services will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

Also, please be aware that the WCCLS library catalog will be offline for maintenance beginning Sunday, January 18 at 9pm through Monday, January 19.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Now Open!

Hey! Are you an artist between ages 12-18 and a Washington County library card holder? Submit your design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The contest runs now through February 14, 2015.

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.

Remember: 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!

Free Workshop on Getting Published, January 20

Garden Home Community Library invites you to attend our Free Writer’s Workshop on Getting Published on Tues., Jan. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. and learn the pros and cons of various publishing methods.

This program will be led by Paul Gerald. Gerald, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown, has authored five books and self-published one of them. He’s seen book publishing as both a published author and an independent publisher, and he’s even sought out an agent for future projects.

In this workshop Gerald will discuss the pros and cons of the varying publishing methods, share stories and hints and suggestions, and try to answer all your publishing-related questions.

Please call 503-245-9932 to RSVP.

Garden Home Community Library: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR  97223.
We are located inside the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. The cross street is SW Garden Home Rd, across from the Lamb’s Thriftway and the Shari’s Restaurant.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cultural Coalition of Washington County Awards Grants for 2015

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) has announced grants to 32 local groups for 2015. The grants, which total $46,915, will go toward helping schools and small organizations carry out cultural projects and arts programs across Washington County. Please read our media release for a complete list of these grants.

Funding for this grant program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Cultural Trust is supported by a unique tax credit program.

Library Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015

All WCCLS member libraries except Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 20.
Also, please remember that the WCCLS catalog will be down for maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 through Monday, January 19. Thanks for your patience and enjoy this day of remembrance.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cornelius Receives Grant for Reading Adventure Packs

The Friends of the Cornelius Public Library has received a $2,000 grant from the Oregon International Airshow to support their Reading Adventure Packs, a new initiative to encourage reading and literacy through family interaction.

The Reading Adventure Packs are a set of ten themed backpacks that will include a variety of books and educational support material that can be checked out free at the Cornelius Library. Some of the kits will be in Spanish.

"Our community can really benefit from expanded library services like the Adventure Packs. Cornelius has an especially high rate of poverty and illiteracy," says Karen Hill, Library Director. "Literacy is so important – it’s a key element of breaking the poverty cycle and setting children up to be successful."

Congratulations to Cornelius Public Library for getting this initiative off the ground! For more information, or to check out the Reading Adventure Packs, please contact the Cornelius Public Library.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Early Learning and WCCLS

Last week, NPR aired a story about a Maryland county library system’s efforts on early literacy, which sounded very familiar to us.

Public libraries around the U.S. play a crucial role helping families get an early start on school readiness. It makes good sense. Historically, public libraries have provided critical early learning opportunities in their communities by offering storytimes and other activities for all children from birth. More recently, this support includes offering workshops and classes for parents and caregivers to extend their roles in the early learning process at home.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) does a lot to help build early literacy skills, and we are a proud member of the newly formed Washington County Early Learning Hub (also called Early Learning Washington County). The Early Learning Hub is a collaborative group that brings together our community’s early learning resources in an effort to improve outcomes for children and their families. Through our relationship with the Early Learning Hub, our libraries have forged new relationships with our local school districts.

In the coming months, WCCLS librarians will provide highly interactive Every Child Ready to Read workshops at 16 of the very highest-needs schools in Washington County. These evening presentations will give families strong tools to increase the amount of time their children engage in five critical pre-reading activities: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing. For more information on these workshops, or to find a workshop near your home, please contact our Youth Services Librarian at (503) 681-5092.

Additionally, this summer the WCCLS Outreach and Youth Services Department will begin to deliver a rotating collection of high-interest picture books to targeted family child care home providers each month to increase early access to books. These will include providers who care for children receiving Oregon Department of Human Services assistance, children who are receiving early intervention services, and those who speak English as a second language. Through a generous grant from the State of Oregon, the Washington County Early Learning Hub has purchased $5,000 worth of Spanish language picture books to add to the WCCLS book delivery collection.

Children are getting ready for reading and school success every day. WCCLS and our member libraries help families maximize the critical early years so they can set their children on the path to a lifetime of learning.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

The WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
The following will be available during the downtime:
*3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Scheduled downtime for OCLC services WorldCat & ArticleFirst, January 2 & 3

All OCLC services, including our popular WorldCat and ArticleFirst online resources, will be offline and unavailable this Friday, January 2, 2015 starting at 9pm through Saturday, January 3 at 12pm for a technology upgrade. These are the main tools typically used for Interlibrary Loan requests, so please note these will be unavailable to member library staff during this time.

Please check the OCLC support website for updates during this time for confirmation that services are back online and that the upgrade has been completed.

Featured Resource: Oregon Career Information System

The Oregon Career Information System is your one-stop shop for college and career planning. 

To get started, explore the four tabs in the green bar along the top of the online resource:
  1. Occupations: Consider career options based on factors that are important to you.
  2. Education: Use tools in this section to evaluate schools and training programs, as well as find information about financial aid.
  3. Employment: Discover tips for successful job searches and employment.
  4. My Portfolio: Create a personal log-in to keep track of your career plans, helpful resources, and assessment results.
Tutorials in each section show you how to get the most from your research experience.  Much of CIS is also available in Spanish (La gran parte de CIS está disponible en español).

Check out Oregon Career Information System with your library card handy!