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:

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.


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.


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!