Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WCCLS receives two Oregon Library Association awards

This year the Oregon Library Association (OLA) recognized two Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) affiliates at their annual conference in Salem on April 21.

WCCLS Director, Eva Calcagno expressed, “it is with great pleasure that WCCLS joins OLA in recognizing both Martín Blasco and the Aloha Community Library Association. We are honored that they represent WCCLS and offer wonderful symbols of the tremendous impact of libraries life-long learning on the diverse residents of our County.”

OLA presented its 2017 Librarian of the Year Award to Martín Blasco, WCCLS Outreach Librarian for Latino and Multicultural Services. This award is presented to an Oregon Librarian for exceptional service and Blasco has made many contributions through his service to member libraries and their communities.

The Association recognized Mr. Blasco for his outstanding work in Washington County, as well as his dedication statewide in creating an Oregon Chapter of the National Reforma organization for librarians in the region, and for serving on the prestigious Caldecott Award Committee of the American Library Association.

OLA presented its 2017 Library Supporter of the Year Award to the Aloha Community Library Association. This award is presented for exceptional efforts to support and promote libraries.  According to Aloha Library Director, Terri Palmer, “the non-profit Aloha Community Library Association (ACLA) was founded in 2011 and it has established a tradition of working with members of the community to build an institution that grows and adapts to meet the needs of their patrons.”

In approximately six years, the dedicated residents of Aloha went from a crazy idea to start a non-profit library association to a full-service library operating as part of a strong countywide library system. The library is ideally situated in a highly used shopping center, within walking distance of a high school, a middle school, several elementary schools, and numerous apartment complexes.  It has created a new heart to a community beginning to define its own destiny.

As a result of the ACLA efforts the new Library offers Aloha 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
  • Doubled computer access for the public to 14 stations,  plus free Wi-Fi access
  • Integration with the website and catalog
  • Access to Cooperative’s shared collection of over 1.6 million books, e-books, CD’s and more
  • Convenient local hold pick-up and drop-off location for WCCLS items in the heart of Washington County
  • More robust program offerings for children and adults

The Oregon Library Association (OLA) provides advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration to continually strengthen Oregon’s libraries and the communities they serve. Over 1,000 librarians, library employees, and library supporters are part of the association.

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 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.