Friday, December 30, 2016

WCCLS 40th Anniversary Passport Drawing Results -- UPDATED

The WCCLS 40th Anniversary Passport drawing was completed on December 29th. All winners were notified on December 30. And the winners are...
  • Apple iPad Air 2
    Bob D.
    Cedar Mill Community Library

  • Classic Film Series - 4 tickets to Sherwood Center for the Arts
    Robin S.
    Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany

  • Family Matinee Series - 4 tickets to Sherwood Center for the Arts
    Larry R. & Sheryll R.
    Hillsboro Public Library, Shute Park

  • THPRD Conestoga Party - kids party for 10
    Julia R.
    Aloha Community Library

  • Cultural Experience - 2 admission passes to Pittock Mansion
    Anne L.
    Beaverton City Library, Murray Scholls

  • Wine Tasting Experience for two to the Blooming Hill Vineyard
    Karen E.
    West Slope Community Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag, Water Bottle and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Abigail M.
    Garden Home Community Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Rebecca B.
    Banks Public Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Evelyn M. & Leda M.
    Beaverton City Library, Main

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Gloria M.
    Cedar Mill Community Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Tammi F.
    Forest Grove City Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Dougy
    North Plains Public Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Pierre R.
    Hillsboro Public Library, Brookwood

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Dorothy W.
    Tigard Public Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Thomas C.
    Tuality Healthcare Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Michael H.
    Tualatin Public Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Jon C.
    Sherwood Public Library

  • WCCLS Book Bag and Commemorative WCCLS 40th Anniversary T-shirt
    Lauralee T.
    West Slope Community Library

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Aloha Community Library Grand Opening - January 7

WCCLS is pleased to announce the Grand Opening Celebration for the Aloha Community Library:

Saturday, January 7, 2017
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Aloha Community Library
17455 SW Farmington Road, Suite 26A

Join the Library for a ribbon cutting, tours of the new library, refreshments, and commemorative items. Several prizes donated by fellow WCCLS member libraries will be awarded in a drawing.

Eva Calcagno, WCCLS Director, remarked, "WCCLS eagerly awaits the opening of the Aloha Community Library. This 16th full-service public library fills a gap in service in the center of the County and will serve an anticipated 19,000 residents with books, programs, homework assistance and computer services."

The new Aloha Community Library location offers residents:
  • A 30% increase in open hours – now open 6-days a week for 47 hours per week
  • Four times the space – including significantly expanded public and staff areas
  • Increased computer access for the public – up to 14 stations (this doubles prior access) plus free Wi-Fi access
  • Integration with the WCCLS website and catalog
  • Access to the Cooperative’s shared collection of over 1.6 million books, e-books, CD’s, DVD’s and more
  • Convenient local hold pick-up and drop-off location for WCCLS items in the heart of Washington County
  • Free and convenient access to the WCCLS Cultural Pass to Adventure venues – 9 popular destinations
  • More robust program offerings for children and adults

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lynda.com announces breach of user data

Lynda.com, an online resource available free with your WCCLS card, has recently announced a security breach of user data affecting a small percentage of users. Lynda.com has emailed users who have been potentially affected in this breach. More details are available here. Please contact Lynda.com help for additional questions and concerns.

If you have received an email notice about this from Lynda.com, now might be a good time change your Lynda.com password. Here are a number of tips for creating a strong password, and please remember to never reuse passwords across multiple platforms and services.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter holiday closures for WCCLS member libraries

Please note most WCCLS member libraries will have reduced hours for the upcoming holidays... but remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks anytime!

Check here for regular WCCLS member library hours.

Saturday, December 24
  • Aloha Community Library - closed
  • Banks Public Library  - closed
  • Beaverton City Library and Murray Scholls Branch  - closed
  • Cedar Mill Community Library and Bethany Branch  - closed
  • Cornelius Public Library - closing at 2:00pm
  • Forest Grove City Library  - closed
  • Garden Home Community Library - closing at 3:00pm
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - closed
  • North Plains Public Library - closing at 2:00pm
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  - closed
  • Sherwood Public Library - closing at 2:00pm
  • Tigard Public Library - regular hours
  • Tualatin Public Library - closing at 6:00pm
  • Tuality Healthcare Library  - closed
  • West Slope Community Library - closing at 2:00pm
Sunday, December 25
  • All libraries closed
Monday, December 26
  • Aloha Community Library - closed
  • Banks Public Library  - closed
  • Beaverton City Library and Murray Scholls Branch  - regular hours
  • Cedar Mill Community Library and Bethany Branch  - regular hours
  • Cornelius Public Library - closed
  • Forest Grove City Library  - closed
  • Garden Home Community Library - regular hours
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - close at 6:00pm
  • North Plains Public Library - closed
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  - closed
  • Sherwood Public Library - closed
  • Tigard Public Library - regular hours
  • Tualatin Public Library - regular hours
  • Tuality Healthcare Library  - closed
  • West Slope Community Library - closed
Saturday, December 31
  • Aloha Community Library - regular hours
  • Banks Public Library  - close at 3:00pm
  • Beaverton City Library and Murray Scholls Branch  - closed
  • Cedar Mill Community Library and Bethany Branch  - regular hours
  • Cornelius Public Library - regular hours
  • Forest Grove City Library  - regular hours
  • Garden Home Community Library - regular hours
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - close at 4:00pm
  • North Plains Public Library - regular hours
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  - closed
  • Sherwood Public Library - close at 5:00pm
  • Tigard Public Library - regular hours
  • Tualatin Public Library - close at 6:00pm
  • Tuality Healthcare Library  - closed
  • West Slope Community Library - regular hours
Sunday, January 1
  • All libraries closed
Monday, January 2
  • Aloha Community Library - closed
  • Banks Public Library  - closed
  • Beaverton City Library and Murray Scholls Branch  - regular hours
  • Cedar Mill Community Library and Bethany Branch  - regular hours
  • Cornelius Public Library - regular hours
  • Forest Grove City Library  - closed
  • Garden Home Community Library - regular hours
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - close at 6:00pm
  • North Plains Public Library - closed
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  - regular hours
  • Sherwood Public Library - closed
  • Tigard Public Library - regular hours
  • Tualatin Public Library - regular hours
  • Tuality Healthcare Library  - closed
  • West Slope Community Library - closed

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Inclement Weather Updates for Saturday, December 17

Due to the inclement weather, libraries are running on alternate schedules today.

Libraries that are opening late:
  • Garden Home Community Library: Open 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Libraries that are closing early:
    • Banks Public Library: Open 10:00am - 1:00pm


    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

    Please contact your local library before venturing out today, and stay safe!

    last updated 9:18am

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    Extension on WCCLS Passport Drawing - both collecting stamps and redemption

    Due to the recent library closures and the continued icy conditions in some areas of the county, WCCLS has decided to extend the deadline for collecting stamps from member libraries and submission of the entry forms to the WCCLS Passport drawing to Friday, December 23, 2016.

    Please submit all drawing entries to your local library by December 23.

    Inclement Weather Updates for Friday, December 16

    Due to the inclement weather, libraries are running on alternate schedules today.

    Libraries that are closed for the day:
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft 

    Libraries that are opening late:
    • Banks Public Library: opening at 11:00am
    • Garden Home Community Library: opening at 12:00 noon
    • Tualatin Public Library: opening at 11:00am

    Libraries that will close early:
    • Banks Public Library: closing at 4:00pm
    • Cedar Mill Community Libraries (Main and Bethany): closing at 5:00pm
    • Cornelius Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Garden Home Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Sherwood Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Tigard Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Tualatin Public Library: closing at 4:00pm

    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

    Please contact your local library before venturing out today, and stay safe!

    last updated 3:51pm

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Inclement Weather Updates for Thursday, December 15

    Due to the inclement weather, many libraries are running on alternate schedules today.

    The North Plains Public Library will be open regular hours.
    The Forest Grove City Library is open and expects to maintain regular hours.

    Libraries that are closed for the day:
    • Cedar Mill Community Libraries (Main and Bethany)
    • Garden Home Community Library
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft 
    • Tualatin Public Library
    • Tuality Healthcare Library

    Libraries that are opening late:
    • Banks Public Library: opening at 12:00 noon
    • Beaverton City Libraries (Main and Murray Scholls): opening at 1:30pm
    • Hillsboro Public Libraries (Brookwood and Shute Park): opening at 12:00 noon
    • Sherwood Public Library: opening at 12:00 noon
    • Tigard Public Library: opening at 10:00am
    • West Slope Community Library: opening at 1:00pm

    Libraries that will close early:
    • Banks Public Library: closing at 3:00pm
    • Cornelius Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Sherwood Public Library: closing at 3:00pm
    • Tigard Public Library: closing at 3:00pm
    • West Slope Community Library: closing at 4:30pm

    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

    Please contact your local library before venturing out today, and stay safe!

    last updated 11:46am

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Inclement Weather Update for Wednesday, December 14

    Due to the inclement weather, all WCCLS libraries are closing early today:
    • Banks Public Library: closing at 4pm
    • Beaverton Main and Beaverton Murray Scholls: both closed as of 1:30pm
    • Cedar Mill Community Library Main location: closing at 4pm
    • Cedar Mill Library @ Bethany: closing at 4:00pm
    • Cornelius Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Forest Grove City Library: closing at 4:30pm
    • Garden Home Community Library: closed as of 3pm
    • Hillsboro Libraries: Brookwood and Shute Park: closing at 5:00pm
    • North Plains Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft: closed as of 3:00pm 
    • Sherwood Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Tigard Public Library: closing at 5:00pm
    • Tualatin Library: closing at 4pm 
    • Tuality Healthcare Library: closed as of 3:00pm
    • West Slope Library: closed as of 3:00pm
    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

    Please contact your local library before venturing out today, and stay safe!

    last updated 4:25pm

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Weather Updates for Friday, 12/9/2016

    Due to the inclement weather, the following libraries are either closed for the day or running on alternate schedules.

    Libraries that are closed:
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft

    Libraries on alternate schedules:
    • Banks Public Library: opens at 12 noon
    • Garden Home Community Library: opens at 11:30, closes at 6pm

    last updated 12/9/16 at 12:12pm 

    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Inclement Weather Updates for Thursday, December 8

    Due to the inclement weather, the following libraries are closed for the day:
    • Banks Public Library
    • Beaverton Main and Murray Scholls Libraries
    • Garden Home Community Library
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft
    Libraries closing early:
    • Cedar Mill Community Library: closing at 12:30pm
    • Cedar Mill @ Bethany: closing at 1pm
    • Cornelius Public Library: closing at 2pm 
    • Forest Grove City Library: closing at 1pm
    • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Hillsboro Shute Park Library: closing at 1pm 
    • North Plains Public Library: closing at 1pm
    • Sherwood Public Library: closing at 2pm
    • Tigard Public Library: closing at 5pm
    • Tuality Healthcare Library: closing at 12 noon
    • Tualatin Public Library: closing at 3:30pm
    • West Slope Community Library: closing at 11:00am 
    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

    Please contact your local library before venturing out today, and stay safe!

    last updated 4:30pm

    Public asked to postpone business with Washington County, if possible

    Weather predictions are prompting Washington County departments and offices to draw down the number of staff available to support some county services Thursday. Although County buildings are expected to remain open and many services will continue without interruption, county officials would like the public to postpone visiting county buildings until after the weather has improved. 

    "Our buildings and key services will be up and running, but tomorrow will not be business as usual," said Assistant County Administrator Don Bohn. "Although some services will be fully staffed -- such as snow and ice removal or law enforcement -- we'll have reduced staffing in other areas of the organization." 

    The public is asked to monitor the Washington County website or social media feeds to learn more about potential changes to hours of operation. Updates about clearing snow and ice from the County road system can be found at www.wc-roads.com.

    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    2017 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 2017 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 Monday, January 2, 2017, and the last day to submit your entry is Monday, February 13, 2017. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF).

    Winners will be announced at the end of March. Good luck!

    Passport to WCCLS: Redeem stamps December 1-23

    WCCLS turns 40 this year! Have you been exploring neighboring libraries and getting your Passport to WCCLS stamped? (Library mascots have!)

    Don’t forget to take your passport back to your library, so that you can enter the Passport Drawing. You must redeem your stamps December 1-23.

    The Drawing will take place on December 29, and winners will be notified.

    Passport Random Drawing Prizes:
    • Apple iPad Air 2 (16 GB, Wi-Fi only)
    • Classic Film Series (4 tickets) Sherwood Center for the Arts
    • Family Matinee Series (4 tickets) Sherwood Center for the Arts
    • THPRD – Conestoga Party (kids party for 10)
    • Cultural Experience: Admission Passes for two to Pittock Mansion
    • Wine Tasting Experience for two to Blooming Hill Vineyard
    • WCCLS Book Bag includes water bottle and commemorative 40th WCCLS Anniversary T-shirt


    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Groundbreaking for New Cornelius Public Library scheduled for Summer 2017

    The City of Cornelius announced today that the Cornelius Place Development is approved, with groundbreaking scheduled for summer of 2017. The announcement marks a major step in a multi-year effort to bring the project to reality.

    The City achieved the additional funding needed to bring the Cornelius Place Project to reality with an Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) award valued at over $8 million to the project’s affordable housing partners, Bienestar, Inc. and BRIDGE Housing.

    The multi-use Cornelius Place development will house the expanded Cornelius Public Library including much needed community convening space, a YMCA center, and 45 affordable housing units for adults age 55 and older. The new library will provide a variety of services to support children, families, and seniors, including pre-reading and early education programs, student success programs and adult education.

    The Cornelius Public Library is closing in on the last $800,000 of its $4.8 million capital campaign fundraising goal and expects the OHCS award to accelerate the final fundraising push.

    “We have worked hard over a number of years to bring the Cornelius Place development project to reality. This will be cornerstone of our city,” said Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin. “The new Public Library will offer information and services desired by our diverse population. We look forward to working with individuals, local business and foundations to fully fund the library portion of the project by March 2017.”

    Cornelius Place is a joint project of the City of Cornelius Public Library, Bienestar and BRIDGE Housing. BRIDGE joined the project team this year, bringing considerable financial, real estate, and development expertise.

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    WCCLS libraries welcome all community members


    Washington County Cooperative Library Services and our member libraries reaffirm that we welcome and serve every member of our community. As we witness unrest across our nation following this month’s historic national election, and learn about acts of violence, discrimination and bigotry in our communities, we remind everyone that public libraries are a refuge and a place of common ground. We welcome and include all people, and want every member of our community to feel safe and comfortable using our spaces and resources. We expect that library users will show each other the same respect.

    As the American Library Association President, Julie Todaro, wrote, “Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

    The libraries of Washington County encourage you to use our libraries for education, entertainment and enlightenment. We continue to welcome everyone into our libraries, our shared community gathering spaces.

    Thank you,

    Eva Calcagno, Director
    Washington County Cooperative Library Services



    Las bibliotecas de WCCLS dan la bienvenida a todos los miembros de la comunidad 


    Washington County Cooperative Library Services (Servicios de Bibliotecas Cooperativas del Condado de Washington) y nuestras bibliotecas miembro reafirman su bienvenida y servicio a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad.  Al ser testigos de los disturbios en toda la nación después de las históricas elecciones nacionales de este mes, y saber de los actos de violencia, discriminación e intolerancia en nuestras comunidades, recordamos a todos que las bibliotecas públicas son un refugio y un lugar de encuentro. Damos la bienvenida e incluimos a todas las personas, y queremos que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad se sientan seguros y cómodos en el uso de nuestros espacios y recursos. Esperamos que los usuarios de las bibliotecas demuestren el mismo respeto hacia otras personas.

    Como escribió el Presidente de la American Library Association (Asociación Estadounidense de Bibliotecas), Julie Todaro: “las bibliotecas de nuestro país trabajan para todos los miembros de la comunidad, incluyendo las personas de color, inmigrantes, discapacitados y las más vulnerables de nuestras comunidades, ofreciendo servicios y recursos educativos que transforman las comunidades, abren las mentes y promueven la inclusión y la diversidad”.

    Las bibliotecas del Condado de Washington los invitan a ustedes a que utilice nuestras bibliotecas para educarse, entretenerse e ilustrarse.  Seguimos dando la bienvenida a todos en nuestras bibliotecas y en nuestros espacios compartidos de reunión para la comunidad.

    Gracias,

    Eva Calcagno, Directora   
    Washington County Cooperative Library Services

     

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    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!

    LibraryWednesday
    Nov. 23
    Thursday
    Nov. 24
    Friday
    Nov. 25
    Saturday
    Nov. 26
    BanksNormal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

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

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

    Cornelius
    Closing at 2:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

    Forest Grove
    Normal HoursClosedClosedClosed

    Garden Home
    Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Hillsboro
    Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    Hillsboro
    Shute Park
    Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

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

    Sherwood
    Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

    Tigard
    Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Tualatin
    Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    Tuality Health
    Resource Center
    Normal HoursClosedClosedUsual Closure

    West Slope
    Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Friday, November 4, 2016

    Library Closures for Veterans Day

    Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day - Friday, November 11, 2016.

    Libraries open on Friday, November 11th:
    Oregon College of Art and Craft (open 9:00AM-5:00PM)
    Tualatin Public Library (open 10:00AM-6:00PM)
    Tuality Healthcare Library (open 11:00AM-5:00PM)

    Libraries closed on Friday, 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 Brookwood Library
    Hillsboro Shute Park Library
    North Plains Public Library
    Sherwood Public Library
    Tigard Public Library
    West Slope Community Library
    WCCLS offices & courier services

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Drop off your ballot at a WCCLS library

    Tuesday, November 8 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 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton
    • Washington County Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building (Rear Entrance), 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 Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro
    • King City - City Hall, 15300 SW 116th Avenue, King City
    • North Plains City Hall, 31360 NW Commercial Street, North Plains
    • Sherwood City Hall, 22560 SW Pine Street, Sherwood
    • Tigard City Hall, 13125 SW Hall Boulevard, Tigard
    • Tualatin City Offices - 18880 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin

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

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    2016 Summer Reading Highlights

    Washington County residents read a lot of books last summer! Here are some highlights from the 2016 Summer Reading program:

    Kids & Teens Summer Reading

    • 31,513 participants county-wide
    • 20% increase in program attendance throughout the summer compared to 2015
    • In an online survey, 86.37% of respondents “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that summer reading helps their children become better readers.
    • 100% of respondents said that they personally enjoyed sharing books or talking about reading with their children this summer.

    Adult Summer Reading

    • 5,911 particpants, a 34% increase from 2015!
    • 2,020 book reviews were posted at reads.wccls.org.
    • In an online survey, 32% of participants said they discovered a new author, series or genre.
    • 31% said they felt more motivated to read. 

    Comments from participants:

    • "My teens shared some very interesting books with me over the summer."
    • "We set a goal of reading 20 books. We more than doubled our goal!"
    • "My kids got a kick out of mom being in the adult summer reading program!"
    • "[I] loved that it motivated me. I hadn't read for a few years because of young kids and exhaustion. It made me aware I was neglecting a love of mine and I could fix that."

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    WCCLS Events Calendar Upgrade, October 18

    Starting Tuesday, October 18, the WCCLS Events Calendar will look slightly different. Due to a scheduled upgrade, the new calendar interface has a more modern appearance and adapts better to mobile devices. It also has a few new features, like maps with directions to events.

    Watch this short video for a sneak peek:

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    WCCLS web services unavailable October 4, 6:30 AM

    All WCCLS web services will be offline for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, October 4, starting at 6:30 AM. Estimated downtime is one hour.


    During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Quake Up! Earthquake Preparedness Fair on October 1

    Bounce back faster from disaster! The quality of life after an earthquake is dependent on how well prepared you and your neighbors are. Don’t miss Quake Up! 2016, an educational and hands-on event which will help you and your family prepare for an earthquake or other disaster.

    Beaverton Farmer's Market
    Across from the Beaverton Library on SW Hall Blvd. (between 3rd and 5th)
    Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Free

    Receive information, visit with experts, attend presentations, and enter drawings for emergency supply giveaways. Learn how to prepare for a major earthquake, including what steps to take during and immediately after the quake itself, and what to do in the following days and weeks after a disaster.

    Large earthquakes occur within a seismic zone just off the Pacific Northwest’s shores, extending along the entire Oregon Coast. A major strike that will impact the entire Northwest is due—significant damage can be expected to reach inland to the Tualatin Valley, Portland region and other population centers. Quake Up! is a showcase of public information, education and step-by-step tools for the Washington County community to better survive the “big one” and recover.

    Can't make the event? 
    Check out a Preparing Together Kit from your library - a discussion guide and toolkit to help families and communities prepare for emergency. Resources are also available online.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Libraries Expand Collection of Quality Spanish Publications

    Currently, in Washington County, approximately 30% of all students registered in first grade are Latino. Many Latino households speak Spanish as their first language. There is a strong correlation between literacy in a first language and literacy in a second language. Providing quality books to children and adults in their original language has a positive effect on their English literacy.

    With this goal in mind, last November two librarians from WCCLS member libraries attended the acclaimed International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico to acquire Spanish language materials to expand our collection that is locally available to both students and all WCCLS library cardholders. This fair attracts more than 750,000 attendees, and almost 2,000 publishers are represented. Our librarians focused on obtaining titles that are typically unavailable for purchase in the United States. Due to their efforts local readers now have access to 2,154 new quality publications in Spanish.

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Survey: Tell us about your child's summer reading experience!

    Did enjoy a great summer with your child this year through the Summer Reading Program?

    Fill out the Summer Reading Survey to tell us all about it in four short questions! 

    The survey is English and Spanish.





    Encuesta: ¡Cuéntenos sobre la experiencia de su niño con la lectura en el verano!

    ¿Disfrutó con su niño el Programa de Lectura de Verano?

    Complete la encuesta sobre la Lectura de Verano y cuéntenos sobre la misma en cuatro preguntas breves.

    La encuesta es en inglés y en español.

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Grant awarded for Early Learning Washington County

    Early Learning Washington County has been awarded $100,000 to support growing numbers of immigrant and refugee families in Washington County. The federal grant provides 3,500 family friendly early literacy book bags so that students can be prepared to succeed in school. The bags contain books and supplies in Arabic, Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

    Abigail Elder, Director of the Beaverton City Library is excited about what this means for Washington County communities: “We know successful integration of immigrant and refugee families in our communities is often tied to their children's academic success. Their children are expected to do well in school, learn English quickly and contribute to the family's successful adjustment. This grant award helps us help them do that.” The Beaverton Library will also add more culturally and linguistically appropriate books for children and adults to their permanent collection.

    The grant is awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Oregon State Library. Early Learning Washington County is a partnership between United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Washington County Health & Human Services to improve educational outcomes for children in Washington County. Washington County Cooperative Library Services is working with Early Learning Washington County and Beaverton City Library on this grant to improve library services for new county residents.

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Libraries closed on Labor Day

    All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

    Image via PlaceIt
    Want to check out a book but the library's closed? Download e-books and audiobooks to your smartphone, tablet and more - 24/7!

    If you have any questions, please contact your local WCCLS library

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    Best Outdoor Adventures at Tualatin Public Library

    Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike, paddle, or bike ride?  

    Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon author Adam Sawyer will present some of the best hikes, paddles, bike routes, and adventures within an hour’s drive from the Portland, Oregon, area.

    Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.
    Free for Ages 16 and up
    Tualatin Public Library Community Room

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Learn online for free with lynda.com

    We have exciting news! You can now access lynda.com’s wealth of online video learning for free with your WCCLS library card.

    With over 4000 skill-building courses in the areas of business, creative arts, and technology, you are sure to find quality, on-demand training for personal and professional growth. Lynda.com normally charges individuals for accounts, but with WCCLS’ subscription, all WCCLS cardholders can access this great online training at no cost.

    To get started, visit wccls.org/lynda with your library card handy. What will you learn today?

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    Library Closures for Independence Day - July 4, 2016

    All WCCLS member libraries will be closed next Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

    Libraries will return to their regular schedules July 5. Please check our schedule for your library's hours.
     
    Our online resources and e-book digital collections are always available. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Summer Music Programs at Tualatin Public Library

    Feel the rhythm at the Tualatin Public Library this summer.

    Beat the heat while listening to some cool tunes on a Sunday afternoon. From jazz to folk to steel drums, there's something to satisfy every musical taste!

    All concerts are free and for all ages.


    Adlai Alexander Trio
    Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
    Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Adlai Alexander performs with intricate guitar in a way that’s rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds. Jazz, Bossa Nova and a 60s twist.

    Chris Garcia Jazz Trio
    Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.
    An eclectic mix of musicians with a broad range of influences, combined with an exciting passion for music, Chris Garcia Jazz trio brings the perfect groove to the library.

    Two Spirit Jazz
    Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m.
    Two Spirit Jazz current repertoire comes from the American songbook and from the vast supply of American jazz and blues.

    Boy & Bean
    Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m.
    Boy and Bean are a swing/jazz trio that focuses on music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

    The Doubleclicks
    Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.
    The Doubleclicks are a nerd-folk musical duo consisting of sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber. They are known for performing nerd-friendly comedy music.

    Northwest Panman Steel Drums
    Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m.
    Get your groove on at a live steel drums concert with Northwest Panman, Terry Baber.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Why Play Matters at Tualatin Public Library

    “Grow up and stop playing.” Most of us have heard this admonishment in some form as we moved from youth to adulthood. But is it good advice? Research shows that play and physical activity can have positive effects on children’s health, well-being, and education; they also boost health and creativity in adults. What is the value of play?

    This is the focus of “Why Play Matters: Promoting Health and Creativity for Kids and Adults,” a free conversation with play activists Jonathan Blasher and Tara Doherty.

    Tualatin Public Library Community Room
    Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

    This program is hosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

    Please note: this session will include interactive play for all levels of ability.

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Two Washington County Libraries Awarded Oregon Community Foundation Grants

    The Cornelius Public Library announced a $30,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for the development of the new Cornelius Library building. The new library will house a variety of services to support children, families and schools including pre-reading and early education programs, student success programs, and adult education. This award brings the total funding for the library project to within 80% of their fundraising goal. Ground breaking on the project is projected for March 2017.

    The Aloha Community Library received a $25,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation as part of its capital campaign to renovate and relocate to a new, larger space around the corner from the current library. The renovation includes electrical upgrades, an ADA accessible restroom, enlarged patron spaces, new computers, printers, furnishings and equipment. The Aloha Community Library will become a full member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services in 2016.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Visit Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark for FREE this Summer

    Back by popular demand, the Cultural Pass to Adventure features a Summer Boarding Pass to the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark.

    Available June 17 through September 5, you can reserve a one-day pass that admits two individuals. The same person may only check out the Waterpark membership once during the summer of 2016; the Waterpark plans to track usage by name. Please note that any other attractions on the Evergreen campus are not included in this Waterpark membership. For more information, please read the small print.

    The Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark features a wave pool and 10 waterslides, including one that starts in a real Boeing 747 aircraft on the roof!  Waterpark visitors will also learn about the power of water through hands-on educational exhibits in the Waterpark museum. 

    Reserve the Waterpark Pass and grab your swimsuit!

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Beat the heat this weekend at the library

    With the high temperatures forecast for this weekend, the Tualatin Public Library will extend hours on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 until 8pm to serve as a cooling center.  The Hillsboro Public Library and City of Hillsboro are also offering 4 cooling centers for the weekend.

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Portland-metro area through Sunday night, with forecasted highs of 100 degrees.

    While Tualatin is extending hours this weekend, you can also find a cool place to visit at any of the other WCCLS libraries.  Contact your local library with questions about hours and locations.

    For more information on beating the heat, and to learn about other cooling centers in Washington county, visit the Washington County website.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Zero search results?

    Trivia question: How many items are in the WCCLS catalog?

    Oh, go on and guess before you keep reading. For the record, say it out loud.

    Okay, ready for the answer? One point six five million items! Yes, that is a lot of options for you… 1,650,627 to be exact (as of today).

    However, we don’t have everything you could ever think of. And even with your stash of (pretty awesome) Catalog tips, there will still be times when your search terms find zero titles.

    When that happens, the (pretty awesome) Catalog suggests four helpful actions for tracking down exactly what you’re looking for:
    1. Check your spelling. Spelling does matter in the PAC. If you’re not sure how to spell something (i.e. Sophia vs. Sofia), pop over to a new tab in your browser and Google it.
    2. Contact us. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, call or email your library. You can also send your question via chat or text message.
    3. Recommend your library purchase the item. Your library likes to hear your suggestions!
    4. Request an interlibrary loan (ILL). If another library has it, we will try to get it for you… for free!
    PAC Cat would like to place an ILL…


    Note: This is the eighth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Your Opinion Matters! Tell us about e-books

    Please take this brief survey and tell us about your e-book experience. We want to make sure the library e-book and e-audiobook resources meet your needs.

    Click here to
    take the survey


    This survey is hosted by Westside Voices, an online panel that provides Washington County residents the opportunities to share their opinions on a variety of topics. WCCLS is sharing this survey with Clean Water Services so there are questions about water resources, too.

    The survey will only take a few minutes of your time, and your responses will help to improve your community. At the end of the survey you will have the option to join Westside Voices in order to receive future surveys on various topics.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

    This survey is being hosted and administered by DHM Research, an independent research firm, to keep your personal information confidential. DHM assures complete confidentiality and anonymity of your information.

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Text it - new feature!

    Nod your head if this seems familiar:

    You suddenly remember something important and you don’t want it to slip your mind, so you responsibly scribble a note for yourself.

    Then a few hours later, you remember you have a note, but when you look for it, you can’t find it!

    Now all you know is that you wanted to remember something… but what?

    The (pretty awesome) Catalog is here with a NEW feature that can help you remember and find titles at your local library.

    Use Text it when you want to have a title and location handy on your cell phone! Since you always have your phone with you, you won’t lose your reminder… unlike those pesky jotted notes. For example:

    • You’re browsing the MobilePAC at lunch and want to pop by the library on your way home to pick up a new DVD.
    • Your child is doing a science project, and you need the call number so you can quickly run into the library and grab some books.
    • Your friend tells you about an author that you want to look for the next time you’re at the library.
    • You’re in the middle of a DIY project, and want to go to the library to browse that section for help instead of getting lost in a sea of internet videos.

    Using Text it is easy:
    1. When you find a title in the catalog, click on Find It, and click the phone icon beside your library’s copy. (In the MobilePAC, click the words “Text it”.)
    2. Enter your cell phone number, select your Carrier, and click Send. You must select the correct carrier for the text to be successful.
    3. Your text message will include the first 30 characters of the title, library name, and call number. Results vary slightly, depending on your phone and text messaging app.

    Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to text with the library…
    Note: This is the seventh of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/30/16

    All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

    In addition to regular weekend closures, Forest Grove City Library will be closed Saturday, May 28, and Garden Home Community Library will be closed Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1.
     
    All of our online resources and e-books are available! Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: How to limit by items checked in

    Can you name this tune?

    TO DO
    TO DO
    TO DO, TO DO, TO DO, TO DO, TO DO, TO DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Yes, you're right! It is the Pink Panther theme song. (Also, aren't you glad your To Do list isn't that long?!)

    Now that the Pink Panther music is semi-permanently stuck in your head, you will want to check out a Pink Panther movie for the weekend.

    But you also want to make sure your library has at least one Pink Panther DVD before making the trek over there. How can you be sure?

    The (pretty awesome) Catalog is here to help you limit your search so that you’re only looking at items that are currently available.

    This can be helpful when you want to make sure the library has something checked in before you make the trip!
    • Your child is doing a state report on Ohio, and needs a book ASAP.
    • You want a book for the weekend, and you want to check ahead of time to see if there’s anything there by your favorite authors.
    • You’re hosting a game night at your house, and you want to see what board games are available.
    • You’re minutes away from finishing your audiobook, and you want to nab the next one in the series so you can start it right away.

    Limiting by items checked in is easy:
    1. In the catalog, use the upper-right hand corner dropdown menu to switch to another branch.
    2. The location you’re searching now appears beside the WCCLS logo.
    3. Search for terms as you normally would.
    4. In the Limit by drop down, select Items that are IN.
    5. Your results will only show what is currently available!
    The Catalog has many other dropdown options and dashboard limiters that can help you. For more search tips, check out this two-minute video.

    Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to use all the search limiters…

    Note: This is the sixth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Mind Set for Self Defense Class at Tualatin Library

    Join Mike Stradley for a two-hour self defense seminar to explore safety strategies at work, with your family, and when you travel. Train the most important self defense tool you have, your brain. Develop a safety mind set.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Tualatin Public Library

    This class is presented by Mike Stradley, a police officer for over 31 years; currently working as a lieutenant in charge of patrol for the West Linn PD.  “During my career I was on Portland’s Special Emergency Reaction Team for 18 years and a Pilot for the Bureau for 21 years, I was a Field Training Officer (Coach), Defensive Tactics Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and Emotional Survival Instructor. “ Mike has also worked the Gang Enforcement Unit for six years and the Transit Division for three years.

    In Mike’s personal life, he has been involved in martial arts for 40 years. Mike says “I firmly believe being prepared mentally can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Mental preparation is more important than physical preparation. Without question being mentally prepared saved my life more than once.”

    No registration is required for this free class.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Use the Catalog like an app!

    Imagine this: You’re out enjoying a rare, but much deserved free day, and suddenly this question hits you… “Are my library items overdue?” And then you can’t shake that thought, and your computer is miles away, so you can’t check your account online.

    But wait... you can! The (pretty awesome) Mobile Catalog is here to help.

    The MobilePAC is great for accessing the library catalog when you’re on the go:
    • You suddenly remember a classic movie that would be perfect for this weekend
    • You’re browsing a magazine in line at the grocery store and find an article you want to finish reading,  but you really don’t want to purchase it
    • You're running errands and wonder if your favorite author has written anything new recently
    • Or you just prefer a simpler interface that still allows you access to everything the (pretty awesome) Catalog has to offer
    Using the MobilePAC is easy:
    1. Visit m.wccls.org in the browser of your choice.
    2. Search the Catalog with a keyword or advanced search.
    3. Check your Account and renew titles.
    4. Make a shortcut on your device's home screen to keep the mobile catalog handy, like an app. Search the Internet for instructions on how to add a mobile shortcut to your device.
    You can do most things you can do with the regular catalog in the MobilePAC, but if you’re ever stuck, simply click the Full Catalog link at the bottom.



    Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to use it...

    For more about the MobilePAC, check out this 1.5 minute video!

    Note: This is the fifth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Keep track of what you check out


    Remember that book you checked out last year? You know the one… it had a red cover? You really liked it.

    No, you don’t remember?

    Then you need to start keeping a Reading History, and the (pretty awesome) Catalog is here to help.

    Your “reading” history keeps track of everything you check out, not just books. So, it’s a simple way to remember:
        That movie with what’s-her-name that you checked out last month
        That music CD with that song by that guy
        Which magazine issues you’ve already checked out
        The museums you’ve already visited with a free Cultural Pass to Adventure
        Your favorite cake pan

    Starting your Reading History is easy:
    1. Log into your library account.
    2. Click Contact Information and Preferences.
    3. Check the box next to Maintain reading history, and click Submit Change Request. (A pop-up advisory message will appear. If you agree, click OK.)
    Anything you check out from now on will be recorded in your Reading History. You can delete items and stop recording at any time.






    Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to use it...


    Note: This is the fourth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    WCCLS website, catalog & accounts will be down Thursday evening, May 5

    Due to network maintenance, all WCCLS websites will be down on Thursday, May 5, between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.

    During this time, you will NOT be able to access the following services:
    • WCCLS catalog (searching, placing holds, etc.)
    • Your online account 
    • WCCLS website
    • WCCLS events calendar
    • The telephone renewal line
    • Access to online research resources
    • Cloud Library
    • Library2Go Overdrive
    We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience!

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    WCCLS 2014-15 Year in Review

    Did you know that WCCLS libraries have 1,629,422 items you can check out?

    Or that our library users check out an average of 34,095 items per day?

    Or that WCCLS member libraries see an average of 10,487 visitors each day?





    Find out more fun statistics in the WCCLS 2014-2015 Year in Review, or in the At-a-Glance infographic.

    As WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno points out, "Library service could not be provided without the cooperation and support of local governments, able staff who open and operate libraries each day, the legion of volunteers who donate their time to assist in this endeavor, and the thousands of patrons who visit our member libraries day in and day out. [WCCLS is] thankful for the dedication and inspiration [we] see every day. It is an honor to be part of this unique organization."

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: "Try before you borrow" books

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever checked out a book that you didn’t like after you got it home.

       (Yeah, it’s happened to us, too.)

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could try before you buy borrow at the library?

    But wait! You CAN get a sneak peek of books through Google Preview in our (pretty awesome) Catalog.

    Google Preview can helpful when you want to read the first few pages of a novel before committing to putting it on hold.
       Or when you’re selecting fun picture books to read to your kids.
       Or if you want to make sure the cookbook you selected has plenty of inspirational
       photos.
       Or if you want to see if that non-fiction how-to book suits your needs.

    Using Google Preview is easy: 
    1. Search the catalog for a title you would like to preview.
    2. Some (not all) books have a Google Preview button under the cover image. (Only titles in Google Book Search have previews in our catalog.)
    3. Click the button and scroll through the selected pages.
    4. If you want to check it out, close the preview, and place a hold!
    Try it yourself!

    PAC Cat likes Google Preview…










    This is the third of eight weekly tips about our online library catalog.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    New! Print from Anywhere to a WCCLS Library

    Printing at the library just got easier! Washington County Cooperative Library Services is now offering a new cloud-based printing service that makes printing on-the-go convenient. With Print from Anywhere, you can print to a library printer from your laptop in the library, your computer from home, or your mobile device from almost anywhere.

    With Print from Anywhere, you have three options for printing: web form, email, or mobile app. Once you successfully submit a document, it waits in a private queue at your library for at least four hours. At the library, release your print job by entering your email address and paying for the pages you print.

    Print from Anywhere is currently available at many WCCLS libraries, and is expected to be at most locations within the next few months.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Get emails about new titles

    Have you ever tried to put a hold on a brand new movie that hasn’t even been released yet on DVD, and found out there were already 73 people ahead of you in line?

    With Saved Searches, you can beat the crowd and put your hold on new items soon after they are available in our (pretty awesome) Catalog.

    Saved Searches are helpful when you’re super-excited about an upcoming title.
       Or when you want to be first for new books by your favorite author.
       Or you want to read everything new about a particular subject.
       Or you want to know about every new DVD the library orders (hint, it’s a lot of titles!)

    Creating a saved search is easy:
    1. Search the catalog as
      specifically as possible. If you are waiting for a new title to appear, enter the title exactly, and select title from the drop-down menu.
    2. Click Save Search and log into your account. (The first time you create a saved list, a pop-up advisory message will appear. If you agree, click OK.)
    3. Determine the settings for your email notices.
    4. When you want to stop receiving email notices, log into your account and click the red X next to the search.
    Try it yourself!

    PAC Cat has a saved search, but may need some help with his search strategy…

    For more about saved searches, check out this three-minute video!

    This is the second of eight weekly tips about our online library catalog.