Friday, October 30, 2015

Too late to mail, not too late to vote!

Washington County elections officials are asking last-minute voters to drop off their ballots at official collection sites as soon as possible so that all ballots are processed in a timely manner. The deadline for voting is 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 3.  

With only a few days left in the vote-by-mail election period, Washington County has received 289,567 ballots, or about 22 percent of all registered voters in the county so far.

Drop-off Sites Available
Ballots will also be collected until 8 p.m. Tuesday at several official drop-off sites throughout the county. All official drop-off sites are listed on the county's website. Many WCCLS libraries have ballot boxes available.

24-hour Drop-off Sites
Voters may drop off their completed ballots at several 24-hour drop off sites, including: 

Indoor Drop-Off Sites
Official drop boxes at indoor locations include: 

Saturday Hours to Help Meet Election Deadline
To assist with the last-minute rush of voters, the County Elections Office at 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters with questions or concerns are welcome to call or visit during these Saturday hours.

Drive-through Service on Election Day Only
A drive-through service will be provided at 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard on November 3 only. This drive-through service will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be accessible from the right-most northbound lane of S.W. Murray Boulevard, just north of the Tualatin Valley Highway.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Your Library = Access to Technology and Life-long Learning Opportunities

One of the best services the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) offers is the shared library collection that all patrons have access to. Did you know that through the WCCLS system, our 263,000+ library card holders have access to over 1.6 million books and other materials? That’s the equivalent of about five Beaverton Main Library collections.

In addition to the shared library collection WCCLS and its 15 member libraries offer 375 public access computers and free WiFi that people use for job searches, email communication, checking in with the home office, studying for job exams, or completing online courses. Member libraries offer technology assistance for all members of our community. Examples of learning opportunities include library workshops (resume writing, computer skills), research databases and online tools such as Oregon Career Information System, Learning Express Library, Reference USA. And with WCCLS member libraries open up to 359 days per year they also offer access to meeting space – free, safe, neutral public space for meeting with clients or study groups or doing market research.

In the spring of 2015 WCCLS conducted a survey of 4,478 people to better understand how community members use and benefit from free access to computers and the Internet through their public libraries. Of the total survey participants who reported visiting the library in the past year, 59%, or 2,623 people, reported that they had used a public access computer or the library's wireless network during their visits. In fact, the survey revealed that access to library technology helped Washington County Residents in multiple ways. According to Eva Calcagno, WCCLS Director, “82% of respondents believed library technology access was important for their communities and one out of five WCCLS computer users made use of this resource for their employment or job searches.”

The same can be said for the monthly offering of hundreds of literary, career and cultural programs presented throughout the WCCLS member libraries. From visits by Acclaimed Authors to learning the Basics of Going Solar or hands-on assistance with Computer Skill Development – there is sure to be a local library-based program or service that will meet the interests of the nearly 3.9 million visitors our libraries welcome each year.

These are just a few of the reasons why maintaining resources for job-seekers and expanding the purchase of books, e-books and other materials are a core-component within Measure 34-235 – the replacement levy for countywide library services on the November 3 ballot (

Following is a brief sample of upcoming programs and services designed for the adults in our communities. Additional services can be found on the libraries events calendar (

Classes & workshops:

Seismic Retrofitting: Sat., Oct. 24, 1- 3 p.m. Learn the basics of installing a residential seismic retrofit.
Encore Entrepreneurship: Wed., Oct. 28, 6 p.m. Turn your professional experience or hobby into an encore career!

Basics of Going Solar: Sun., Oct. 25, 2 p.m. Presented by Solar Oregon and Energy Trust of Oregon. Registration required.

Open Computer Lab: Thurs., weekly, 9 - 10 a.m. Drop by for help with your tablet, downloading e-books and more.

Computer Help (Bilingual): Wed., weekly, 5:30 p.m. Computer help on library computers or yours.

Writing Workshop with Writers in the Grove: 2nd Sat., monthly, 10:30 a.m. Designed for all experience levels.

Writers’ Group: 1st Thurs., monthly, 6:30 p.m. Share your writing projects and receive feedback from peers.

Can I Recycle That? Recycling and Sustainability: Wed., Nov. 4, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Reduce, reuse and lighten your footprint.

Arts & Culture:

Friends of the Library Cultural Series: 1st Tues., monthly, 7 p.m. Nov. 3: Leah Stenson – Japanese Poetry and Dec. 1: Nathan Palmer – Coffees of the World

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher: Tues., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Diverse music program including Bach’s Third Lute Suite and more.

Book, Film, Poetry & Discussion Groups:

Crazy 8s Author Tour: Thurs., Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Eight published Oregon authors speak for eight minutes each. Enjoy this engaging and fast-paced event.

Hillsboro READS: Series of October events surrounding author Harper Lee’s books To Kill a Mockingbird (and film screenings), Go Set a Watchman; author Marja Mills The Mockingbird Next Door.

Holocaust Remembrance on the 77th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Mon., Nov. 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Witness local Holocaust survivors speak about experiences under Nazi persecution.

Soup and Books: Thurs., Oct. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Author Maggie Stuckey discusses books as we enjoy free soup from New Seasons.
Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories – Life after Iraq and Afghanistan: Sat., Nov. 14, 2 p.m. Book of 50 oral histories will be discussed by the author.

For additional information about Measure 34-235 please visit

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Save a stamp: drop off your ballot at a Washington County ballot box

Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to send in or drop off their ballots as soon as possible this election season so that all ballots are processed in a timely manner.

Voters should have received their ballots by mail over the recent weekend. Information about vote-by-mail, voter eligibility and other election matters may be found at the Washington County Elections Office website or by calling 503-846-5800.

Voters will have until October 29 to send their completed ballots in appropriately signed envelopes with a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service. After this date, completed ballots should be dropped off at official collection sites in order to meet the election's 8 p.m. deadline on November 3.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bridging the Gap: Offering Mobile Libraries to In-home Child Care Providers

A Successful Model of Countywide Efficiency

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Early literacy education and public libraries go hand-in-hand with Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake and a child learning their ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s. The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is pleased to have been chosen as an anchor partner collaborating with the United Way and the Early Learning HUB of Washington County to deliver mobile library services to in-home child care providers. Leading educators and librarians in the community identified a need to reach young children where many spend their waking hours Monday through Friday. Realizing that transporting children off-site is difficult at best for this audience, the Early Learning HUB approached WCCLS to develop a countywide resource Books for Kids/Libros Para Niños. Through the partnership WCCLS delivers mobile library services (refreshed monthly) to approved child care providers in geographic hot spots across Washington County.

Tualatin Library hosts Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

New York Based Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher will a perform a diverse program encompassing four centuries.

Tualatin Library
Tuesday, October 27
7:30 p.m.

The main works will include Bach's Third Lute Suite, William Walton's "5 Bagatelles", "Cordoba"  and "Sevilla" by the Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz.  Peter will also perform selections from his Centaur Records release "Music of Edvard Grieg" in which he himself wrote the guitar transcriptions. Other composers include Praetorius. York and Villa-Lobos.

Free for all ages at the Library Hearth!  This event is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Tualatin Library.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Drop off your ballot at a WCCLS library

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day, and 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. election day deadline 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 City Offices - Council Building, 18880 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin

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

Friday, October 9, 2015

Garden Home Community Sustainability & Repair Fair

Garden Home Community Library is hosting the 5th annual Sustainability fair. This year they are also adding a Repair Fair! Free and open to the public. Family friendly, with a photo booth and other kid friendly tables.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 am – 2 pm
Garden Home Community Rec Center
7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223

Repair Fair
The waffle iron stopped waffling and you accidentally ripped the pocket of your favorite jacket. You cannot bear to toss these things out because they just need to quick repair to start working again. But you are not sure how. We can fix it!

A Repair Fair is a free, volunteer-driven event where people with repair skills help fix broken items such as and pants, a blenders, mixers, coffee makers, vacuums, bikes and more. Please no gas-powered equipment, TVs or microwaves.
People who are interested in having an item fixed are asked to contact and let us know what broken items they will bring so we can come prepared.

In addition to the Repair Fair, there will be 2 rooms of sustainability topics and exhibitors including:
  • Eat Smart, Waste Less
  • 8 Inch Nails
  • Transition PDX-Westside
  • SW Trails
  • Habitat for Humanity West
  • Happy Baby Food
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Green Living Journal
  • Tualatin Valley Water District
  • Repair PDX (NEW ATTENDEE!!!)
  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) Nature Park
  • SOLV
  • Solar Oregon
  • Drive Oregon
  • Portland Pollution Prevention Outreach

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tualatin Library presents Braceros: The Men of Migrant Labor

Join our bilingual Washington County Museum presenter as she brings the past to life and shares about the Braceros, a group of Mexican workers who helped farmers during the labor shortage of WWII.

Saturday, October 10, 2015
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tualatin Library

Learn hands-on by examining artifacts and photographs. Free for all ages (Grades 3 and up) in the Library Community Room.

Braceros: trabajadores migrantes
Adultos y niños desde 3er grado.
Únanse a nuestra presentadora bilingüe del Museo del Condado Washington quien revivirá el pasado y compartirá las experiencias de los braceros: los trabajadores mexicanos que ayudaron a los agricultores durante la falta de trabajo rural durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Aprendan mientras observan artefactos y fotografías.
Sala comunitaria. Tualatin Library. Gratis.
Sábado 10 de octubre de 2 a 3 p.m.