Monday, July 31, 2017

Stay cool this week at your WCCLS Library

Washington County Public Health is reminding people to take precautions over the next few days to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Check your library's hours for this week - they all have air conditioning and many are open until 8PM or later!

Beaverton Main Library will have the lobby and the Cathy Stanton Room open until 9 PM on Friday for people seeking relief from the heat.

Garden Home Community Library has their Annex open Thursday and Friday from 2-5 PM. (Look for the big yellow gnome in the Lamb's Thriftway plaza!) Play Mario Kart on the big screen, color, play board games, or curl up with a good book. All ages welcome.

North Plains Public Library will be open until 9PM on Tuesday through Friday, and will be offering bottled water.

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours on Friday (10AM-9PM). They will have cool water available, as well as family-friendly activities. The Tualatin Library is also a free lunch site for youth Monday-Friday (in partnership with the Tigard-Tualatin School District). On Sunday, the lobby and Community Room will open at 10AM; the Library will close at the usual time of 6PM Sunday night.

West Slope Library has a free after-hours event on Friday at 6:30PM. Watch the film Lion while enjoying free refreshments. Free bottled water will also be provided during regular hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

In addition, please see this public health press release for a comprehensive list of places to beat the heat this weekend in Washington County. Washington County will also post any updates to cooling center information.

Tips for Staying Cool:
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device when it is very hot.
  • Avoid strenuous activities in the heat of the day.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. Find a splash pad or fountain.
  • Don’t use your stove, oven, washer or dryer on very hot days. 
  • Eat small, light meals.
  • Close your blinds and curtains to keep sunlight out.
  • If the temperature falls at night and it’s safe to do so, open your windows to let the cool air in.
Stay hydrated: