Monday, November 30, 2015

December Fun at a WCCLS Library

Why not make this a holiday season to remember with one or more outings to your local library?

Our member libraries have music, arts, crafts, games, and more fun programs planned for all ages!

For a full listing of events at each library please visit our calendar.

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Beaverton Civic Theatre Preview: A Little Princess
Beaverton City Library

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nathan Palmer: Coffees of the World
Forest Grove City Library

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Winter Concert: River City Ramblers
West Slope Community Library

Thursday, December 3, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Children's Choir & Strings Concert
Sherwood Public Library

Friday, December 4, 6:00 PM
First Friday Flick
North Plains Library @ Jessie Mays Center

Saturday, December 5, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Wassail Party
Forest Grove City Library

Tuesday, December 8, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Jewelry 101
Beaverton Murray Scholls

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
Song Circle: Sing Popular Pop & Folk Songs - For Adults
Cedar Mill Community Library

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Taiko: Youth Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble
Tigard Public Library

Wednesday, December 9, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Craft Night
Banks Public Library

Thursday, December 10, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Snow Globe Craft
Hillsboro Shute Park Branch

Friday, December 11, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Holiday Happy Hour: Two Spirit Jazz Concert
Sherwood Public Library

Saturday, December 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Game On
Tigard Public Library

Sunday, December 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Board Game Day (adults, teens, families)
Cedar Mill Community Library

Sunday, December 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Knotty Yarn Crafts
Tigard Public Library

Tuesday, December 15, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Teen WinterFest
Beaverton City Library

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Winter Swap Meet
Garden Home Community Library

Thursday, December 17, 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Family Game Night
West Slope Community Library

Friday, December 18, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday Family Flicks -Minions Movie Screening
Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Friday, December 18, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Teen Friday Night Movies
Tualatin Public Library

Friday, December 18, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Teen Movie Night
Sherwood Public Library

Friday, December 18, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday Family Flicks -Minions Movie Screening
Hillsboro Main Library

Friday, December 18, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Foreign Film - Human Capital (Italian w/English subtitles)
Garden Home Community Library

Saturday, December 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Star Wars Celebration
Beaverton City Library

Saturday, December 19, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Reindeer Crafts
Tigard Public Library

December 19-31, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
'Tis the Season for Teen Reading
Beaverton City Library

Monday, December 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Star Wars Crafticon
Tualatin Public Library

Tuesday, December 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Star Wars Trivia Battle and Costume Contest
Tualatin Public Library

Tuesday, December 22, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Around the World Holiday Crafts
Hillsboro Shute Park Branch

Wednesday, December 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lego Star Wars
Tualatin Public Library

Thursday,  December 24, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Teen Button Making
Hillsboro Main Library

Thursday,  December 24, all day event
Christmas Eve Games & Goodies
West Slope Community Library

Tuesday, December 29, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM     
Decorative Cookie Battle
Beaverton City Library

Tuesday, December 29,  4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Last Tuesday Game Night
West Slope Community Library

Tuesday, December 29, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fun with folk art - Scandinavian craft workshop
Garden Home Community Library

Wednesday, December 30, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Film Club - Eight Women (France)
Cedar Mill Community Library

Monday, November 23, 2015

Call for Story Slam Contestants

The 12th Annual Art of the Story Festival announces a call for Story Slam contestants.

A Story Slam is a competition within a set time limit, placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance.

This Slam is judged by the audience.

Story Slam Contest
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library
(Adult program)

The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story, along with nationally acclaimed tellers, at the Festival Finale on April 9.

Contestant Entry Deadline: November 30, 2015

Email for more information.

2016 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 2016 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 Saturday, January 2, 2016, and the last day to submit your entry is Monday, February 15, 2016. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF). Good luck!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Library closures for Thanksgiving week

See the chart below for WCCLS member libraries hours during the week of Thanksgiving.

Remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks 24/7!

Nov. 25
Nov. 26
Nov. 27
Nov. 28
Banks Normal Hours Closed Closed Normal Hours

Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Cedar Mill at
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 2:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Garden Home
Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 4:00ClosedClosing at 6:00Normal Hours
Shute Park
Closing at 4:00ClosedClosing at 6:00Normal Hours

North Plains
Closing at 5:00 ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Oregon College
of Art and Craft
ClosedClosedUsual ClosureUsual Closure

Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Normal HoursUsual ClosureNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Tuality Health
Resource Center
Normal HoursClosedUsual ClosureUsual Closure

West Slope
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

City Club Friday Forum on The Art of Storytelling
WCCLS is a proud co-sponsor of the November 20th City Club of Portland Friday Forum on The Art of Storytelling. The Friday Forum features internationally acclaimed Native American teller Gene Tagaban (One Crazy Raven), Lawrence Howard (co-founder of Portland Story Theater), living African-American historian Chetter Galloway and Mindy Netifee (co-producer of Backfence PDX).

To register to attend this event, visit the PDX cityclub website.

Washington County asks: Have We Heard From You Lately?

Washington County Seeks Your Ideas to Improve Community Involvement
Washington County's Community Involvement Transition Planning Team is seeking your input about enhancements to Washington County's community involvement program. You can help expand and improve the ways that our community contributes to decision-making that shapes our livability in Washington County. Here are three direct ways to help:
  • Take an on-line survey – Provide feedback about enhancements to the county's public involvement program by completing a brief web-based survey from November 16 until November 30. Your input will help the Transition Planning Team refine their recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Community event December 1 – Come and learn more about the work of the Transition Planning Team, the options under consideration and provide input about recommendations for re-shaping Washington County's community engagement program. This event is planned for Tuesday, December 1, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Willow Creek campus of Portland Community College.
  • Sign up for on-going notices – Stay current with this important effort by receiving updates about the county's community involvement program. Add your email address to the eSubscription service under the "County Administrative Office" category listed at this website:
The 13-member Community Involvement Transition Planning Team was appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners earlier this year to explore a broad range of public participation models and strategies. Oregon State University's Extension Service staff support for the county's Citizen Participation Organizations (CPOs) ends in early 2016. OSU Extension announced in 2014 that it had re-evaluated its institutional strengths and role in this county program and would not continue to administer the program on the county's behalf in the future. More information about the transition process is available at:

Sponsored by: Washington County Administrative Office

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tualatin Library presents Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories

Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan is a book of 50 oral histories by very thoughtful men and women of all demographics, experience, and opinions.

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.
Tualatin Library Community Room
Free for ages 18 and up

Every American should hear what our warriors have to say about war and homecoming. Author and photographer Jim Lommasson will be presenting.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Library Closures for Veterans Day

Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Libraries open on Wednesday, November 11th:
Oregon College of Art and Craft (open 12:00-5:00 p.m.)
Tualatin Public Library (open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Tuality Healthcare Library (open 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Libraries closed on Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Libraries Thank Voters for Continued Support

On Tuesday, November 3rd Washington County voters approved the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) replacement operating levy. Unofficial returns as of November 4 give the levy a 64% approval. With nearly 97,000 votes counted, the library community is delighted with this show of support from Washington County voters. According to Eva Calcagno, Director of the Cooperative Library Services, “WCCLS would like to thank the voters of Washington County for their continued support of countywide library services with the passage of Measure 34-235!”

The renewal of the local option levy, Measure 34-235, means that funding from the approved levy will maintain and expand countywide operating support at an increased rate of 22¢ per $1,000 of assessed value for the next five years, beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021.

Following the election returns Calcagno remarked, “With this increased funding, WCCLS and member libraries will maintain and expand the services and collections our patrons want, both in the library and in the community through increased electronic offerings and outreach programs to meet people where they are. We look forward to offering the residents of Aloha more convenient direct neighborhood access to the WCCLS system with the addition of the Aloha Community Library as a full member. We congratulate the residents of Bethany, Cornelius and Hillsboro who will welcome expanded library operations in coming years, as well as the residents of Banks, Garden Home, North Plains and Tigard who will see increased open hours at their local libraries.”

Thank you, voters, for your continued confidence in your public libraries as vital components of your quality communities since 1976.