Sunday, January 31, 2016

Use the Tigard Library? Fill in their annual survey

The Tigard Public Library is doing their annual survey.

You can fill it out online throughout February, or by paper in the library from Sunday, January 31, to Saturday, February 13.

Anyone can take the survey whether or not they have used the library. Last year, 2,781 people responded.

This year the survey will ask people to rate customer service and to suggest programs or services they would like the library to provide.  It will also ask about e-books and e-audiobooks, as well as how people learn about library events and services.

The Tigard Public Library has conducted annual surveys for more than 20 years.  Past survey responses have influenced several changes in library operations such as re-opening on Thursdays, allowing people to pick up their own reserved books, adding more programs for children and families on weekends, and offering a wider variety of computer classes. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Coming soon: protecting your OverDrive/Library2Go account with a PIN

Beginning February 1st, you will need to enter the PIN for your OverDrive/Library2Go account when logging in. Here’s what you need to know.

Why is the PIN requirement being added?
We are adding the PIN requirement to your OverDrive login to protect the privacy of your account. Your account PIN is required for all of our other online services, including the Cloud Library, online research resources, and your library account.

What is my PIN?
Your PIN for OverDrive is the same as the PIN you use to log into your library account online. If you need to reset your PIN, please contact your local library for assistance.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tigard Library Seeks Local History Volunteers

The Tigard Library will hold an open house to acquaint people with its local history room on Monday, January 25, at 6 p.m. The library is looking for volunteers who will assist people in using its local history resources. Volunteers welcome library users to the room and answer basic questions about Tigard history and materials available at the library.

The local history room is currently open to the public on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.  Additional volunteers would allow the library to open the local history room more often. 

The library’s local history librarian will train volunteers to become familiar with the collection and provide an overview of local history projects and resources. Volunteers will provide basic assistance to the public and convey more complex inquiries to history librarians for further research.

For more information about the open house or to RSVP, please call 503-718-2517.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Access the New York Times online with your library card!

With your WCCLS library card, you can now get unlimited online access to the New York Times, both inside and outside the library.  

Find the details about our online New York Times access in the Research section of our website.

Read unlimited articles – we’ve taken care of the paywall for you.

Some of the highlights include:
  • All NYT articles published between 1851 and 1922, and from 1981 to present
  • Full access to the International New York Times 
  • Full access of book reviews back to 1981
  • Market Data charts, indexes and interactive tools
If you have any questions about New York Times access online, please ask staff at your local library.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Library Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016

All WCCLS member libraries except Tualatin Public Library (closing early at 6:00 p.m.), Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Healthcare Library will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2015 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 19.

As always, e-books are available 24/7 for checkout!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tualatin Public Library: Music by the Whiskey Darlings

The Whiskey Darlings is a down home duo from Portland, OR, featuring sweet harmonies, acoustic guitars, and mandolin.

Sunday, January 24, 2pm
Tualatin Public Library

When Rob Rainwater and Michele Van Kleef—both popular, local solo performers in their own right—discovered their shared love for singer/songwriter music of the 1960s and 70s, they instantly began crafting original music in the same vein. Rainwater brings his musical background in blues and bluegrass, while Van Kleef offers her stunning soulful vocals and background in rock and folk.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Award-winning books for kids and teens announced

2016 Newbery Medal Winner
Earlier today, the American Library Association announced award winners for books for children and teens in a variety of categories.

Some of the most familiar awards might be the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal.

But the awards cover a wide range, from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award ("for the most distinguished beginning reader book"), to the Pura Belpré Awards ("honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience").

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner
See the full list of award winners from the ALA here.

You can also browse a list of award-winning books within the WCCLS catalog. You're sure to find some excellent titles to share with your young readers.

Also, in your hunt for good kids titles, don't overlook the book lists provided on the WCCLS for Kids page at Happy reading!

Tualatin Public Library: Say Yes to Less

Get practical tips on where to start, how to sort, and who gets what. You’ll also learn the guaranteed litmus test for what to keep.

Say Yes to Less
Tuesday, January 19, 6:30-8pm

Tualatin Public Library

Presented by Jane Green, author and founder of A Clear Place. Jane brings a “no blame/no shame” light-hearted approach to living large with less.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Library Closures, Tuesday January 5, 2016

The Oregon College of Art and Craft Library is closed today, Tuesday 1/5/16, due to inclement weather.

Watch this post for updates on any other closure-related information.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Weather Closures, Monday January 4, 2016

Due to the inclement weather, the following libraries are closed on Monday, January 4:

Full day closures:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft
Late opening:
The West Slope Community Library is opening at 12 noon.

Early closures:
  • Both Beaverton Library locations (main and Murray Scholls) are closing at 5:00pm.  Messy Art is still scheduled to start at 4:00, but Song Circle is cancelled.
  • West Slope Community Library is closing early at 6:00pm.

Watch this post for additional updates throughout the day.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Weather Closures, Sunday January 3, 2016

Closed all day: 
The Cornelius Library is closed today due to inclement weather.

Early closure:
  • The Cedar Mill Community Library main location and the Bethany branch are closing early today at 3:45pm.
  • Hillsboro Libraries (Main and Shute Park) are closing at 4:00pm.
  • Tualatin Public Library is closing at 4:00pm.

Watch this post for further updates on library closures today.