Monday, March 30, 2015

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Sam Payne

Sam Payne
Sam Payne is a storyteller, songwriter, and jazz musician who has performed in places as far away as Bulgaria, Japan, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Sam holds an English degree from Weber State University, and a Master's in Education from Southern Utah University. An award-winning radio writer and host for over 12 years, Sam currently hosts The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories, a radio program broadcast nationally on the art of storytelling.

Sam co-directed Soundcheck Series, a program for independent songwriters, and is the director of Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork, Utah.

Sam’s stage presence, craftsmanship, and soaring voice have established him as favorite with audiences and critics alike. The Deseret News said of Sam’s work, "Let's talk about storytelling: Sam Payne is a master at it."

Sam is performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Learn American Sign Language at the Tualatin Public Library

Join the Tualatin Public Library for a ten week series of classes to learn American Sign Language (ASL) beginning Saturday, April 4 – Saturday, June 13, 2-3pm (no class 5/23).  Presenter Jonah Eleweke, American Sign Language Coordinator at PSU, will introduce us to the basics of ASL.

Among hundreds of signed languages around the world, up to two million people speak ASL in North America alone -- the 3rd or 4th most used language in the U.S. after Spanish and English.

 American Sign Language (ASL) is the sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. Because it is a manual and visual language that does not require normal hearing, deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages can easily receive and communicate information, thoughts, and feelings through ASL.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Art of the Story 2015 Performer Spotlight -- Chetter Galloway

Chetter Galloway is a storyteller whose focus is on African and African-American tales. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, he now calls Portland, Oregon home. Chetter is an accomplished interpreter of living history and has also worked as a museum curator and educator, developing educational outreach programs for schools.
Chetter Galloway

Chetter began his storytelling career at Carters Groves Historic Site in Colonial Williamsburg, where he told the stories of the lives of free and enslaved Africans in the 18th century. He continued this work Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Atlanta History Center, and has gone on to engage audiences at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site; The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival; The National Black Arts Festival; The National Storytelling Conference; The Smithsonian; and on CNN.

In 2003, Chetter entered East Tennessee State University’s Masters of Storytelling Program. While at ETSU, Chetter honed his craft and developed a one man piece, "Free at Last, Not let me Fly," that he adapted into an educational school assembly program.

Since 2014, Chetter has quickly become involved in the local storytelling scene. He is an active member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, has performed with the Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers, and at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Chetter will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

35th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption

2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  Where were you when the mountain blew on May 18, 1980?

On Tuesday, March 31 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Garden Home Community Library is hosting a slideshow and discussion about the eruption led by author Christine Colasurdo.  

Share your memories of the event and Spirit Lake.

Space is limited.  No need to RSVP but the door will be closed if we reach capacity.

About the author:  Writer, teacher and calligrapher Christine Colasurdo is a recipient of 2010 Fishtrap Fellowship and an award-winning poet. She was born in Portland, Oregon and earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English from Portland State University in 1984. Upon graduating she moved to France, where she studied at the Université de Poitiers for a year and worked in Paris for two years. After returning to the U.S. in 1987, she worked as a graphic designer, writer, and editor in San Francisco, California. She earned her Master of Arts degree in English literature from U.C. Berkeley in 1992.
Colasurdo has published two books on the outdoors. Her first book, Return to Spirit Lake (1997, rev. 2010), is a memoir of her experiences as a child camping, hiking, and working at Mount St. Helens in Washington. In 2005 it was honored as a “Washington Reads” book by the Washington State Librarian. Her second book, Golden Gate National Parks: A Photographic Journey (2002), celebrates the ecological richness of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. Her poetry is featured in anthologies Fading Light and the Marin Poetry Center’s 2013 Trees, and her prose is featured in anthologies Holding Common Ground (2005) and In the Blast Zone (2008). She has given talks in Oregon, Washington, and California and has led tours to Mount St. Helens for the Oregon Historical Society and the Society of Environmental Journalists. In 2000 and 2005 she was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.” In 2000 she was also a featured guest on Public Radio International’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge.”

The Garden Home Library is located at 7475 SW Oleson Rd in Portland, inside the THPRD Garden Home Community Center.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Help make our website easier to navigate!

You are invited to participate in a card sort activity.

Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Hillsboro Library Shute Park Branch
RSVP to attend

Thursday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tualatin Public Library Community Room
RSVP to attend

The purpose of a card sort is to help us organize content on our website in a meaningful way, so that people can navigate it quickly and easily.  We are in the process of redesigning our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of our new site.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you, and to give each category a name. There are no “right answers” in a card sort, but as a group we can see trends that will inform the navigation of our website.  You can complete the sort individually, or work with 1-2 other people.  After the sort is complete, we will have a group discussion about your experience.

If you are able to join us, please RSVP using the links above.  Each session is limited to 20 participants.  We welcome those with all levels of experience with our website; you don't have to be familiar with our current site to participate.

Thank you for considering the giving of your time to make the WCCLS website more useful!

Friday, March 20, 2015

New and Improved Access to Online Resources

On Wednesday, March 25, WCCLS will be switching over to a new authentication system for our online resources. This will provide WCCLS card holders with a simpler, yet more secure, method for accessing a large number of information resources.
What does this mean for you?

•  When you access online resources from home, school, or work, you will be asked to input your WCCLS library card number (under your barcode) and password on this new login screen:

•  When you access online resources on a library computer or on your own wireless device while connected to in-library wifi, you'll be taken directly to the requested resource as before, without having to log in.

If you have questions, please ask staff for assistance at your local library.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Visit your library during Spring Break!

Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break?  Your local library has a lot going on for kids and teens! 

In addition to storytimes, libraries are offering movies, LEGO and game events, origami and crafts, science programs, crafts, and teddy bear sleepovers.  

Ask your local library for details, or check out our calendar of events to find exciting events happening near you!  Click here for the calendar, and then select your library in the right sidebar to view events.

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Judith Black

Judith Black
Judith Black brings to her storytelling a varied background in education, theater, and creative writing. Having studied at Wheelock College, she taught for several years before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She excels in the retelling of history from new perspectives, tickling familial dysfunction, and ironic explorations of aging. Featured on such stages as the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Museum of Cape Town, she has appeared ten times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of storytelling’s most coveted prize, the Oracle Award. Last year she took the craft of American storytelling abroad to France, Sweden, and Finland. Judith's work is dedicated to keeping storytelling alive.

Judith will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:
Here's Judith Black on Mid Life Crisis:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Announcing 2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

Katherine Guo's winning entry
WCCLS is very proud to announce the first place winner of our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Katherine Guo! 

An eighth-grader at the International School of Beaverton, Katherine has been awarded top honors for her unique and bold design which depicts a Mardi Gras style mask laying over an open book. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Unmask

Katherine received a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Books, and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

Second place goes to Ashley Fenner, and Rebecca Dan's submission garnered her an Honorable Mention. Both are students at Glencoe High School and both will receive gift cards to Dick Blick Art Materials.
Second place - Ashley Fenner

Honorable mention - Rebecca Dan

This is the sixth consecutive year WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. A total of 67 pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 10, feedback collected from local Teen Library Councils was reviewed and the winning pieces were selected. A big thank you goes out to all 67 artists who participated this year!

The Summer Reading Program inspires kids with a sense of wonder and helps to promote good learning habits. Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1. Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading. More details about Summer Reading will be available later this spring.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the Oregon State Library.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sir Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015)

The internationally renowned comic fantasy author Terry Pratchett passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at his home in Whiltshire, England, after a lengthy battle with early-onset Alzheimer's.
A Blink of the Screen, by Terry Pratchett.
Published by Doubleday (2015).

Pratchett's work resulted in over 70 books translated into dozens of languages, for which he received a multitude of awards and honors. In 1998, he was knighted as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Head to our catalog and check out one of Terry's many, many books, e-books, or audio-books to discover (or re-discover) what is sure to become a lasting legacy.

Food For Fines Programs at WCCLS Member Libraries

Several WCCLS member libraries will be offering Food for Fines programs in March and April. This is a great way to reduce your library fines while contributing to local food banks and helping those in need. Details vary with each program, so please contact your local library for more information.
  • Banks Public Library: Food for Fines, April 13-18. Call 503-324-1382 for more information.
  • Beaverton City Library & Murray Scholls branch: Food for Fines, April 11-19. More information here.
  • Cornelius Public Library: Food for Fines, April 12-18. More information here.
  • North Plains Public Library: Fines Go For Food, April 12-18. Call 503-647-5051 for more information.
  • Tigard Public Library: Food for Fines, March 22-28. More information here.
  • Tualatin Public Library: Food for Fines, March 15-21. More information here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

North Plains Public Library Hosts Artwork by Anne Marie Grgich

North Plains Public Library presents The Popes Apartment, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed American outsider artist, Anne Marie Grgich.

The Popes Apartment
by Anne Marie Grgich
This exhibit includes 15 multi-media collage pieces sourced from discarded library books. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, March 13, at North Plains Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The evening will also feature art viewing, music, and wine tasting at nearby Abbey Creek Vineyards from 6 to 9 p.m.

About the artist

Grgich began making art at the age of 15 and was encouraged to continue doing so as her life’s work by her uncle. As a young adult, she barely survived a devastating car accident that left her in a coma, and upon regaining consciousness and functionality, decided to become a professional artist. She focused on painting faces and constructing creatures to help work through the pain and confusion brought on by the brain injury.

In 1981, Grgich had her first formal art show, and she continued showing regularly around the Pacific Northwest. In 1988, Grgich’s career took off, landing her work in galleries from New York City to Australia, Finland, The Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom. Anne Marie Grgich has been compared to a modern-day Frida Kahlo, and North Plains Public Library is proud to feature Grgich’s complex and beautiful work. The exhibition runs now through the month of April.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library to Expand Sunday Hours

Photo courtesy of Hillsboro Public Library.
The Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library is celebrating one year of service since its remodel with new Sunday hours, starting Sunday, March 29. Join the library on that first Sunday for refreshments and special activities from 1-4pm at 775 SE Tenth Ave in Hillsboro.

Hillary Ostlund, Shute Park Branch Manager, says, "Opening on Sundays has been a popular request that we hear from patrons. The Library is always filled with students, and this will provide additional access to computers and homework help resources at a time when it is really needed. Plus, people are really eager to pick up their holds!"

Starting Monday, March 30, the Hillsboro Main Library on Brookwood Parkway will be open 10am-8pm Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, and 12pm-6pm Sunday. Additional information can be found here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hillsboro Public Library offers Shelf Help - reading recommendations just for you!

Hillsboro Public Library librarians would love to help you find your next great read! Tell them a little about what you enjoy reading, and they'll send a selection of reading recommendations. Turnaround time for suggestions is four days.
  • What books or authors have you enjoyed?
  • What are some authors or titles that you DID NOT like and why?
  • What are your interests?
  • What are you in the mood to read next?
 Let Hillsboro Library provide some Shelf Help!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Featured Resource: Opposing Viewpoints

With Opposing Viewpoints in Context, you can find all the information needed to fully understand a controversial issue, such as genetically modified food, cyber-bullying, or vaccines.  This premium resource is great for students needing research on current topics, or for anyone seeking to learn more about both sides of an issue.

To get started, click on browse issues to see a list of every topic available, or choose a category.  Once you’ve selected an issue, it’s easy to browse the information available by type.  Each issue includes full-text articles from reference works, magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, as well as primary source documents, statistics, multimedia, and hand-selected websites.

Check out Opposing Viewpoints in Context with your WCCLS library card handy!

Help WCCLS Improve Our Technology Services

Take our survey about the library’s computers and Internet access

We want to hear from you! WCCLS member libraries are running an online survey to help us understand how you use the library’s technology. This helps us provide services that are valuable to you.

This survey is optional, anonymous and will take just 10 to 15 minutes. The results are confidential and the survey does not collect any personal information. Click here to take the survey.

Please support the library and help us improve our services. After you complete the survey, you have the option to enter to win one of three prize packages that include a WCCLS tote bag and a $20 Fred Meyer gift card.

For more information about this survey, please ask your local library staff.

Completa nuestra encuesta sobre las computadoras y acceso al internet en nuestras bibliotecas

¡Queremos saber tu opinión! Las bibliotecas de WCCLS están realizando una encuesta en línea para ayudarnos a entender cómo estás usando la tecnología de tu biblioteca. Esto nos ayudará a proveer servicios que son valiosos para ti.

Esta encuesta es opcional, anónima y te tomará unos 10 a 15 minutos para llenarla. Los resultados son confidenciales y la encuesta no incluye tu información personal. Cliquea aquí para llenar la encuesta.

Por favor, apoya a tu biblioteca y ayúdanos a mejorar nuestros servicios. Después de que completes la encuesta tienes la posibilidad de ganar uno de un conjunto de tres premios que incluyen una bolsa de mano de WCCLS con una tarjeta de regalo para Fred Meyer por $20.

Para más información sobre esta encuesta, por favor pregunte a su personal de la biblioteca local.