Thursday, March 31, 2016

Food For Fines Programs at WCCLS Member Libraries

Several WCCLS member libraries will be offering Food for Fines programs in 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: Fines for Food, April 11-16. More information
  • Beaverton City Library & Murray Scholls branch: Food for Fines, April 9-17. More information
  • Cornelius Public Library: Food for Fines, April 10-16. More information
  • North Plains Public Library: Fines for Meals on Wheels, April 10-16. Call 503-647-5051 for more information.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Local Librarians Come to the Aid When Vandals Hit

It could be a coincidence that “Be a Reading Hero” was a recent summer reading theme and local librarians became caped crusaders to inspired readers young and old. Perhaps, but this month many local librarians in Washington County have continued to take that hero role to heart and have come to the aid when vandals hit a fellow library in the rural southern Oregon community of Cave Junction.

Hearing that colleagues and library patrons were in need was all it took for the staff from the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and the WCCLS member libraries of Hillsboro, North Plains, Cedar Mill, Garden Home and West Slope to jump into action and pass the hat, collecting over $2,000 in support for the Illinois Valley branch of the Josephine Community Libraries. Donations came from library staff, volunteers, Friends of the Library and some city staff members. The donations will help cover necessary repairs and replacement of damaged items that are needed as a result of extensive vandalism.

On the morning of February 23, robbers broke in to the Illinois Valley branch of the Josephine Community Libraries (JCLI), ransacking the building, and stealing cash and other items. Phone and Internet lines were cut and the fuse box destroyed. Windows were shattered and every drawer and cabinet was opened and items tossed about and vandalized. Even toys from the children’s area were thrown out on the lawn. A special collection of minerals and gemstones on display at the library were stolen. Thankfully no books, CDs, or DVDs were stolen, but a computer screen was damaged and an iPad was stolen.

Although the library building is covered by insurance, JCLI still needs to cover the deductible and additional costs not covered by insurance. Replacement costs for damages and repairs are estimated at $5,000.

WCCLS Director, Eva Calcagno, notes, “Josephine Community Library, Inc. is a non-profit run library system that operates on a shoe-string. They get no government funding and rely on local donations and fundraising to keep the doors open. In a county with high unemployment, struggling to provide even basic public services, the JCLI is a bright spot in the community. To learn about this senseless act of vandalism was disheartening. For the staff of Washington County libraries who benefit every day from excellent community, county and city support, it felt important to reach out to our fellow library in need.”

Roberta Lee, Illinois Valley Library Branch Manager, responded to the donations saying, “I’ve been so impressed by the response to this ridiculous incident. I can’t help but feel the library’s more supported and loved than ever.”

Readers who also wish to lend support can donate to JCLI online at or by mail to P.O. Box 1684, Grants Pass, OR 97528.

Art of the Story 2016 performer spotlight: Kevin Kling

Hear Kevin Kling perform at the 2016 Art of the Story festival:
Kevin’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life – from hopping freight trains to getting hit by lightning. His stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, deliver hilarious, often tender stories. He is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Kling’s artistry has been recognized with the awarding of numerous grants and fellowships, such as The National Endowment for the Arts. For the past several years, he has performed at the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. He was also named “Minneapolis Story Laureate” in 2014.
Despite a congenital birth defect and motorcycle accident that affects the use of both arms, Kevin continues to write many plays and stories. He has released a number of compact disc collections of his stories and has published three books.

Here is a video feature about Kevin from MN Original.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Announcing 2016 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

First Place Artwork by Natalia Kurpiel
WCCLS is pleased to announce the winner of its 2016 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Natalia Kurpiel! 

An eleventh-grader at Tigard High School, Natalia has been awarded top honors for her unique and bold design which depicts a girl opening a books to a new world with cards and chess pieces.  Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Get in the Game: Read! 

Natalia 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 Artwork by Chloe Montague
Second place goes to Chloe Montague (ACMA), and Honorable Mention to Ashley Fenner (Glencoe High School). These individuals both received gift cards to Dick Blick Art Materials.

This is the seventh consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art.  Thirty pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. 
Honorable Mention Artwork by Ashley Fenner
On March 16th, feedback collected from local Teen Library Councils was reviewed and the winning piece was selected.

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tigard Public Library Food for Fines, March 20-26

Take $1 off your fines for each non-perishable food item you donate during the Tigard Library’s Food for Fines drive from Sunday, March 20, through Saturday, March 26, 2016. You can clear up to $10 of fines from your account.

Tigard Library will donate the food to the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry in Tigard, which will distribute it to local families in need. March is an important month for food pantries because their inventory is often depleted.

Acceptable donations include:
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon etc.)
  • Canned and boxed meals (chili, soup, macaroni and cheese etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta, rice and cereal
  • Canned fruits
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Baby food
Tigard Library cannot accept homemade, perishable, open or unlabeled items, rusty cans or items past their expiration date.

Food for Fines applies only to fines, not other library charges. Reduce your library fines and take a bite out of hunger!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Art of the Story 2016 performer spotlight: Patrick Ball

Hear Patrick Ball perform at the 2016 Art of the Story festival:
Patrick Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and spoken word artists in the world today. Born and raised in California, he gave little thought to where his ancestors came from. However, he found he was irresistibly drawn to the lyrical and turbulent history of Ireland. Ball fell in love with the eloquence and fire of the Irish oral tradition and the Celtic harp.

Patrick’s concerts are a captivating blend of music and storytelling. He has recorded three spoken word and nine instrumental albums, earning national awards and selling over one-half million copies collectively. He has been awarded grants for his work by the Zellerbach Family Fund and the California Arts Council. He is also the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.

Here is a video of Patrick performing "O'Carolan's Farewell to Music."

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Art of the Story 2016 performer spotlight: Tom Swearingen

Hear Tom Swearingen perform at the 2016 Art of the Story festival:

Cowboy poet Tom Swearingen tells stories about the American west based on his life in the saddle. Funny or serious, he brings his original stories to life with the rhythm of poetry. Tom is popular at cowboy gatherings and horse camps. But he is also popular at libraries, historical centers, and wherever else you find folks who appreciate the cultural heritage of the West.

Tom is two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Week Contest. His Horses and Happiness CD is a two-time Western Music Association finalist for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Tom and his wife live in Tualatin, Oregon and can often be found riding horses in Oregon’s backcountry.

Here is a video of Tom performing "When a Horse Hoof Hits the Ground."

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

See to Read: Free Vision Screenings at Cedar Mill Library

Did you know that at least 15 percent of all preschoolers have an undetected vision problem that needs to be treated with glasses?  In 2013, the Oregon Legislature mandated a new law requiring all children entering kindergarten must show proof of a vision screening. 

See to Read is part of this statewide initiative, aiming for earliest detection through a partnership with The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute, the Oregon State Elks, the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Lions.  Trained screeners from the Oregon Elks and Oregon Lions administer free vision screenings at public libraries throughout the state of Oregon to children ages 3-7 years old.
Drop-in at the Bethany Branch:
Tuesday, March 29 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Drop-in at the Cedar Mill Library:
Wednesday, March 30 from 10:30 AM to12:00 PM
Thursday, March 31 from 10:30 AM to12:00 PM
Saturday, April 2 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Art of the Story 2016 performer spotlight: Amy Theberge

Hear Amy Theberge perform at the 2016 Art of the Story festival:

Theberge is a born storyteller. She grew up surrounded by music - her first memory is of performing a dance to the Ghostbusters theme song on her parents’ pool table!

Amy’s captivation with the arts led her to attend a performing arts school in Vancouver, Washington. Quick witted and possessing an amazing ability to assess people and situations, Amy is a natural performer.

Here is a video of Amy at last year's Festival Story Slam.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

UPDATE: Website and Catalog are BACK ! 3-13-2016

Currently our website and catalog are down. We are working on getting everything back up - and we appreciate your patience!  We'll post again here and on Facebook and Twitter when everything is back up.

UPDATE:  The website and catalog are back - thanks for your patience!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Art of the Story 2016 performer spotlight: Val Mallinson

Hear Val Mallinson perform at the 2016 Art of the Story festival:
Mallinson believes that beauty and hilarity are everywhere you look. As a professional writer and storyteller, Val specializes in travel, food, and humor. She is the author of four travel guides, including the popular The Dog Lover's Companion to the Pacific Northwest. She has appeared on stage with Back Fence PDX and SE Uplift.

Her latest creative endeavor is PopUp Poetry (&prose) – commissioned poetry created on her typewriter.

Here is a video of Val at last year's Festival Story Slam.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Parents of children ages 0-6: please take our survey!

Do you use your library with your child(ren) ages 0-6? We want to hear from you!

Please complete this quick 5-question survey for Parents and Caregivers of Ages 0-6.

¿Usa usted la bibliotecas con su/s niño/a/s de 0 a 6 años? Encuesta de WCCLS para padres y cuidadoras de niños de 0 a 6 años.

Survey available March 7-21, 2016.