Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cool off at your Library this Labor Day Weekend

An extended period of very hot weather is expected over the next several days in Washington County.

“We urge people to limit their time outdoors if possible, wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing, drink plenty of water, and stay in air-conditioning as much as they can,” says Washington County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann.

Check your library's hours for this weekend - they all have air conditioning!

In addition to regular hours, North Plains Public Library will be open on Labor Day, 10AM-7PM. Library materials will be available on a self-service basis.

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours on Saturday (10AM-7:30PM). Additionally, the Library lobby and Community Room will be open 1-7PM on Monday (Labor Day). Library services will not be available that day. Please call or check their website to confirm extended hours.

Please view a comprehensive list of places to beat the heat this weekend in Washington County from Health and Human Services. Please note that Monday is Labor Day, and many places are closed or have reduced hours.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Representative Bonamici learns more about Growing Early Readers

Representative Suzanne Bonamici visited the Beaverton Library August 29th to learn more about the Bridging Cultures: Growing Early Readers grant project. The project is a partnership between Early Learning Washington County, the Beaverton Library, and WCCLS. The $100,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant was funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Family friendly book bags were distributed to local organizations that work with immigrants and refugees. The bags included three levels of developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate books in Arabic, Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese. Also included are wordless picture books and related activities and supplies. More culturally and linguistically diverse books for children and adults will be permanently housed at the Beaverton City Library. The grant goal is to help more children be prepared to enter school ready to read.

WCCLS Program Supervisor Stephanie Lind said “We would like to thank Congresswoman Bonamici for coming to the Beaverton City Library today to learn more about our IMLS grant funded projects. We were thrilled to be able to have our community partners there so that you could hear first-hand about the impact this funding has had on new immigrant and refugee populations in Washington County.”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Libraries closed on Labor Day

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.

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Want to check out a book but the library's closed? Download e-books and audiobooks to your smartphone, tablet and more - 24/7!

If you have any questions, please contact your local WCCLS library

UPDATE: North Plains and Tualatin are open as cooling centers.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Introducing Online Homework Help and More with Brainfuse

We're excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels.

Brainfuse HelpNow™ offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including the SAT preparation. Connect with live tutors online Monday-Sunday, 2pm-11pm.

Brainfuse also includes JobNow™: a host of services to help in every step of the job search process. The JobNow™ service comes with an extensive collection of resources, including resume/cover letter templates, interview tips, general sample interview questions, industry-specific sample interview questions, and a diverse array of online resources and links.

To get started, click the links below with your library card handy:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Several WCCLS Libraries opening late on Monday, August 21

Aloha Community Library will open at 12 noon.

Cedar Mill Main Library and Cedar Mill @ Bethany will open at 11AM to give staff and volunteers the opportunity to view the eclipse.

Tigard Public Library will open at 10:30AM. Join staff in viewing the eclipse outside the library before opening with free eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last.

Tuality Healthcare Library will be closed all day.

West Slope Library will open at 11AM. They will have eclipse glasses, snacks and crafts for adults and kids on the lawn next to the library starting at 9:30AM.