Thursday, April 13, 2017

NEW! Cultural Pass online reservation system launches May 8

Did you know that your WCCLS library card can get you free admission to nine local cultural destinations? It’s true, but until now that admission has required coordination with your local library as well as a visit there to pick up a physical pass.

Starting May 8, you will be able to reserve Admission Passes to these destinations from the comfort of your own home. This service allows WCCLS library cardholders to browse destinations by date or venue and reserve, print or cancel admission tickets online. The new reservation system makes it easy to plan your next adventure or family trip!

Check www.wccls.org/culturalpass beginning May 8 to learn more.

Friday, April 7, 2017

WCCLS web services unavailable Tuesday, April 11 7:00-9:00AM

All WCCLS web services will be offline for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, April 11, starting at 7:00 AM. 

Estimated downtime is two hours, during which time you may experience intermittent access to the following services:

Inclement Weather Update, Friday April 7

Due to power outages caused by high winds, the following libraries are operating on alternate schedules today:
  • Garden Home Community Library: CLOSING at 12:00 noon
  • North Plains Public Library: OPENING at 3:00pm

Please contact your library before heading out today!

Last updated at 1:45pm

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Food for Fines Drive at the Cornelius Library

This week, the Cornelius Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries.

The Friends of the Cornelius Library have coordinated efforts to sponsor Cornelius Library’s annual “Food for Fines” drive. Cornelius library patrons can help out community members in need while clearing out their fines. From Sunday, April 9 through Saturday, April 15, the Cornelius Library will forgive $2.00 in fines (up to $20.00 per person) for every non-perishable food item donated.

This year the library expanded the max amount that can be waived up to $20, an increase from last year.

“People are delighted to help others in need of food while clearing up their library accounts,” notes Director Karen Hill. “All the food goes directly to Cornelius residents through a local church food pantry.” The food will be donated to the United Methodist Church food pantry in Cornelius, which will distribute it to local families in need.

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

The Library cannot accept expired, homemade, perishable, open items, unlabeled or rusty cans. Donated foods can only be used to reduce library fines, not other library charges.

Other WCCLS Member Libraries also offer fine programs during National Library week or other times of the year. Please contact your library with questions.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Announcing 2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

First Place Artwork by Elena Hessinger
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Elena Hessinger!

A tenth-grader at Westview High School, Elena has been awarded top honors for her color design which depicts a group of diverse teens reading and constructing a new city in their minds. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Build a Better World: Read!

Second Place Artwork by Laurel Shepard
Elena receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Books and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

This is the eighth consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. Thirty-seven pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 14th, feedback collected from local teens was reviewed and the winning piece was selected.

2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners were also awarded. These individuals each received a gift card for Dick Blick Art Materials.

Below is a full list of 2017 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:

  • First Place: Elena Hessinger, Westview High School
  • Second Place: Laurel Shepard, Southridge High School
  • Honorable Mention: Crystal Franklin, Jesuit High School
  • Honorable Mention: Len Nguyen, Sunset High School

Honorable Mention Artwork by Crystal Franklin
Honorable Mention Artwork by Len Nguyen
The Summer Reading Program promotes reading habits that last all year. Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1st. Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading, including tickets to Portland Thorns, T2, and Trail Blazers games; a round of miniature golf at Bullwinkles Family Fun Center, a deep discount to Oaks Amusement Park, and Buy One-Get One admission to the Oregon State Fair.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the Oregon State Library.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Kevin Locke

Hear Kevin Locke perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:
Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. His instructions were received from his immediate family and community and from extended family in every part of the world. He has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each draw from the richness of our individual heritages.

His role in life is to entertain, educate, engage, and empower the minds of both youth and adults in the North American Indian cultural arts and history of Native Americans. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Having performed in over 90 countries around the world, he has made appearances to over 1 million students and guests in over 10,000 schools and events in the last 35 years. Kevin’s goal is to inspire youth in reaching greatness and uniting the world in oneness. Kevin has recorded twelve albums of music and stories, most recently The First Flute, Open Circle, Keepers of the Dream, and Dream Catcher. Find out more at kevinlocke.com.

Learn more about Kevin Locke in this video:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Ingrid Nixon

Hear Ingrid Nixon perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:
Ingrid Nixon is a world-traveling storyteller, who loves nothing more than to whisk away listeners on journeys of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, lies, tall tales, traditional and personal stories—she tells them all, bringing characters to life using voices, gestures, and animated facial expressions. Her creative approaches to story crafting help make traditional tales relevant to modern audiences.

Ingrid’s first CD, Grimm’s with a Twist, offers deliciously dark stories spiced liberally with humor and pathos. Her new recording, Operation Bouncy Chair, features personal stories about the important things in life: family, love, and coffee. She is a champion liar many times over, a claim that makes her mother both proud and worried. After living in Alaska for many years working in the wilds as a National Park Service ranger, she currently hails from Washington State. Find out more at ingridnixon.com.

Hear Ingrid perform at The Moth:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Norm Brecke

Hear Norm Brecke perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:
Norm Brecke tells everywhere; from narrating for the Seattle Symphony to being a featured teller at the PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, from the Seattle Art Museum to Tom’s Shoes.

Norm spices folktales to make them unique, spins personal stories that reflect his Northwest roots, and performs entertaining historical programs. He often brings music to his stories with guitar, ukulele, banjo, or jaw harp.

Norm taught elementary school for 14 years and developed after-school storytelling programs as well. He and his wife teach storytelling to adults at workshops and Portland Community College. Find out more at normbrecke.com.

Here is a video of Norm performing Bear Girl:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Art of the Story 2017 performer spotlight: Brianna Barrett

Hear Brianna Barrett perform at the 2017 Art of the Story festival:

Brianna Barrett is a playwright, filmmaker, performer, cancer survivor, and punch-card-carrying regular at every locally-owned tea shop in Portland. As a member of Portland Storytellers’ Guild, she teaches storytelling workshops and coaches first-time tellers at the local HHH Foundation's Notes of Hope annual benefit concert.

She was named Portland's Best Storyteller in Willamette Week Magazine (Best of Portland, 2016). Brianna has recently appeared in the Affable Gentlemen, The Yarn, and Imagine Live at the Pickathon Music Festival. She also facilitates a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors at Oregon Health & Science University. Find out more at briannabarrett.com.

Here is a video of Brianna performing at the Portland Storytellers' Guild:

Friday, February 17, 2017

WCCLS 2015-16 Year in Review

Did you know that WCCLS libraries have 1,657,104 items you can check out?

Or that our library users check out an average of 33,004 items per day?

Or that WCCLS member libraries see an average of 10,943 visitors each day?

Find out more fun statistics in the WCCLS 2015-2016 Year in Review, or in the At-a-Glance infographic.


As WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno points out, “As a group, our goal is to provide consistent, quality library experiences for residents of all ages through free access to collections, programs that educate, entertain and inform, services that meet diverse needs, and electronic resources that provide wherever/whenever access beyond library walls.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, February 20, 2017

Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents' Day.

WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library
  • WCCLS offices & courier services

The following member libraries will be OPEN:
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library - closing at 6:00p.m.
  • Tuality Health Resource Center

For regular hours and contact information, please visit: http://www.wccls.org/your_libraries.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome to WCCLS

If you live in Washington County, you are eligible to apply for a library card and use the services of WCCLS libraries. We do not check your immigration status.

WCCLS does not share your name and address with other government agencies.

Your reading record is protected under Oregon Law.


Soo-dhawow

Haddii aad ku nooshahay Degmada Washington, waxaad xaq u leedahay inaad dalbato kaarka maktabadda oo aad isticmaasho adeegyada maktabadaha WCCLS. Ma baari doonno xaaladaada sharciga imigirayshanka.

WCCLS lama wadaagi doonta magacaaga iyo cinwaankaaga wakaaladaha kale ee dawladda.

Xogtaada akhriska waxay ku dhawrsan tahay Sharciga Oregon.


Bienvenidos

Si usted vive en el Condado de Washington, entonces tiene derecho a solicitar una tarjeta de la biblioteca y a utilizar los servicios de las bibliotecas del WCCLS. No vamos a verificar su estado de inmigración.

El WCCLS no comparte su nombre y dirección con otras agencias del gobierno.

Su registro de lecturas está protegido por las leyes de Oregón.

Monday, February 6, 2017

How to Spot Fake News

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions created this handy infographic to help all of us spot fake news in our social media feeds and elsewhere.
To learn more, check out the article written by WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno in the latest edition of the WCCLS Newsletter (PDF).

Going on vacation? Put your library holds on pause!

So you found something you want to check out at the library, but there was already a waiting list. You put the item on hold, but now you’re headed out of town for a few weeks. Of course you don’t want to miss picking up your long-awaited hold while you’re gone!

Happily, our library catalog makes it easy to put your holds on pause. Here’s how:

Once you’ve logged into your library account, click on Requests.
  1. Click the checkbox to select all in the upper-right hand corner of the list. You can pause any items that haven’t already shipped to you.
  2. Click the Suspend/Reactivate Selected button.
  3. Enter the date you will return.
  4. Click Submit.
You will notice the status of these items changes to “Inactive” with the date listed of your return. While you're away, you will keep marching up the holds queue until that date. At that time, your holds will be shipped to the library you selected, if you are first in line by then.

Check out this 1.5 minute video for more details!

Inclement Weather Update, Monday February 6

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

  • Banks Public Library: CLOSED

Last updated at 8:36am

Friday, February 3, 2017

Inclement Weather Update, Friday February 3

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

  • Oregon College of Art & Craft: CLOSED

Please contact your library before heading out today!

Last updated at 11:18am

New Early Literacy Kiosk at Sherwood Public Library

Young visitors and their grown-ups can do a lot more than read in the Children’s Area at Sherwood Public Library now, thanks to a interactive “kiosk” with a variety of objects to twirl, move and manipulate.

Playful options include a caterpillar matching game, a “Wheels on the Bus” driver’s view, color-mixing wheel, story station, magnetic gears, word and picture magnets, and puppet “peek-aboo” window. Messages for grown-ups give gentle nudges to let children explore and learn. The result has turned the Library into a destination for families.

The kiosk was funded by a Community Enhancement Project grant for $10,605 through Metro and City of Sherwood. Burgeon Group, the creator of the kiosk, is a Portland-based firm with the philosophy that “kids learn through play”. The kiosk is built with durable and ecological materials, and designed so pieces can be traded out to keep the content fresh.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Homebound Program Serves Honored Citizen: Author Alter Wiener

The librarians behind the WCCLS Homebound Services program feel honored to serve 350 locals with the ease of mail delivery of books, movies, audio books and all varieties of library media. They have also been privileged to register a famous, local author into the program – Alter Wiener.

Author of From a Name to a Number, and a native of Poland, Alter has called Washington County home for the past ten years. To date he has stood in front of 976 audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest imploring us to never forget the Holocaust. Surviving five concentration camps from the ages of 15-18 years old, Alter is now 90. WCCLS is pleased to offer both Alter’s memoir From a Name to a Number and a link to a video of his final public speaking engagement as searchable items in our library catalog. Alter’s testament is imperative!

Monday, January 30, 2017

WCCLS catalog and online accounts are back up!

Thank you for your patience while the WCCLS catalog and online accounts were unavailable for software updates! We are now back up and running as usual.

If you are seeing any odd behavior with the catalog or account, please clear your browser's cache (instructions here). We aren't expecting any problems, but this should resolve any issues. 

If your browser is not storing your WCCLS barcode and PIN when you log in to your account, clear your browser's cache, and then adjust your browser's settings for saving login information. 

If you want to get deeper into some features of the catalog, we have videos on creating saved searches in the desktop catalog (these alert you to new items added that match your search), as well as creating lists of saved titles.

Questions?
If you have questions about your WCCLS account, please contact your local WCCLS library for assistance.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Catalog and account software will be down starting Sunday night until Tuesday

We will be posting more frequent updates about the catalog and account availability on Facebook and Twitter.

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 29th, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 31st.

Here's what you need to know:
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th, or Tuesday, January 31st
  • Cloud Library e-books and audiobooks will not be available during this time
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog

What will be available during the software updates? 

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated?
You may notice some improvements to the appearance of the public catalog and your library account.  In addition, the staff version of the library catalog will have added functionality.

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Inclement Weather Update, Tuesday January 17

Due to the inclement weather, several libraries are closed or running on alternate schedules today:

Libraries that are CLOSED:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Library @ Bethany
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft

Libraries on alternate schedules:
  • Aloha Community Library: closing at 1:00pm
  • Beaverton Main and Murray Scholls Libraries: opening at 12:00 noon
  • Hillsboro Brookwood and Shute Park Libraries: open from 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Tigard Public Library: closing at 6:00pm
  • Tualatin Public Library: open from 10:30am - 6:00pm
  • Tuality Healthcare Library: open from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Please contact your library before heading out today!

Last updated at 12:53pm

Monday, January 16, 2017

Updates to WCCLS catalog & account January 29-31

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 29th, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 31st.

Here's what you need to know:
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 29th, Monday, January 30th, or Tuesday, January 31st
  • Cloud Library e-books and audiobooks will not be available during this time
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog

What will be available during the software updates? 

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated?
You may notice some improvements to the appearance of the public catalog and your library account.  In addition, the staff version of the library catalog will have added functionality.

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Inclement Weather Update, Saturday, January 14

Libraries running on alternate schedules:
  • Aloha Community Library: open 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    (Grand Opening event has been POSTPONED until further notice)
  • Beaverton Main Library: open 12:00pm - 5:00pm 
  • Cedar Mill Main and Bethany Libraries: open 10:00am - 4:00pm


View regular library hours here.

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

Watch this page for updates throughout the day.


last updated 8:00am

Aloha Opening Celebration Postponed for Second Time

The rescheduled Grand Opening Celebration for the Aloha Community Library that was planned for Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11:00am-2:00pm has been postponed for a second time due to the record snow storm that has impacted the local community this week.

Once the snow and ice clears the library plans to return to their regular schedule. The newly expanded Aloha Community Library is located at 17455 SW Farmington Road, Suite 26A in Aloha. The Library phone number did not change in the move, it remains 503-259-0185.

The expanded Library open hours are:
Monday - Wednesday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday - Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

For questions please email the Aloha Community Library.

WCCLS will post future details on the Aloha Community Library plans for a community celebration of their grand opening activities.

Inclement Weather Update, Friday, January 13

Libraries closed today:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft

Libraries running on alternate schedules:
  • Beaverton Main and Murray Scholls Libraries: opening at 12:30pm
  • Cedar Mill Main and Bethany Libraries: open 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Cornelius Public Library: open 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Garden Home Community Library: open 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tigard Public Library: open 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tualatin Public Library: open 10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuality Healthcare Library: open 10:00am-3:00pm
  • West Slope Community Library: open 10:00am - 4:00pm

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

Watch this page for updates throughout the day.


last updated 10:55am

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inclement Weather Update, Thursday, January 12

Libraries that are closed:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Cedar Mill Main and Bethany Libraries
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tuality Healthcare Library

Libraries running on alternate schedules:
  • Beaverton Main and Murray Scholls Libraries: open 12:30pm-5:00pm
  • Cornelius Public Library: opened at 10:00am, closing at 5:00pm
  • Forest Grove City Library: opening at 10:30am
  • Hillsboro Brookwood and Shute Park Libraries: open 10:00am-5:00pm 
  • North Plains Public Library: opening at 12:00pm , closing at 5:00pm
  • Sherwood Public Library: opened at 10:00am, closing at 6:00pm
  • Tualatin Public Library: open 10:30am-5:00pm
  • West Slope Community Library: open 10:00am-3:00pm (no storytimes or programs today)

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

Watch this page for updates throughout the day.


last updated 1:36pm

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UPDATE: Services Restored, Wednesday January 11, 2017

All WCCLS services have been restored, including the website, catalog, calendar, and other online services. You may now access the following services:
Thanks for your patience during this time.  Stay safe and warm out there!

Service outage at WCCLS, Wednesday January 11, 2017

Due to a power outage, all WCCLS services are currently unavailable.  This includes the website, catalog, calendar and other online services. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to restore services.  We appreciate your patience!

Please check here for further updates.

Inclement Weather Update, Wednesday, January 11

Due to inclement weather, the all libraries are closed today:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton Main and Murray Scholls Libraries
  • Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Brookwood and Shute Park Libraries
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library 
  • Tuality Healthcare Library
  • West Slope Community Library

last updated 3:27pm

Monday, January 9, 2017

Library Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except:
Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 19.

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

Inclement Weather Update, Monday, January 9

Due to icy conditions, libraries are running on alternate schedules today.

Libraries that are opening late:

  • Garden Home Community Library: Open 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft: Open 1:00pm-5:00pm

last updated 8:49am

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Inclement Weather Update, Sunday, January 8

Due to the icy conditions and normal scheduled closures, all WCCLS libraries are closed today.

Libraries closed today (unscheduled closure):
  • Beaverton Main and Murray Scholls Libraries
  • Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Brookwood and Shute Park Libraries
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library
Libraries that are regularly closed on Sunday:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Tuality Healthcare Library
  • West Slope Community Library

last updated 10:03am

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Inclement Weather Updates for Saturday, January 7


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

Libraries that are closed:
  • Aloha Community Library - Grand Opening is postponed, library is closed today
  • Beaverton Murray Scholls Library - closed today


Libraries that are closing early:
  • Banks Public Library: closing at 1:00pm
  • Beaverton City Library (main location): closing at 1:00pm
  • Cedar Mill Bethany - closing at 12:00pm
  • Cedar Mill Main: Closing at 1:00pm
  • Cornelius Public Library: closing at 1:00pm
  • Garden Home Community Library: closing at 12:00pm
  • Forest Grove City Library: closing at 1:00pm
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library: closing at 3:00pm
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Library: closing at 3:00pm
  • North Plains Public Library: closing at 1:00pm
  • Sherwood Public Library: closing at 2:00pm
  • Tigard Public Library: closing at 4:00pm
  • Tualatin Public Library: closing at 12:00pm
  • West Slope Community Library: closing at 11:30am

Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

last updated 3:02pm