Monday, December 31, 2018

Updates to WCCLS Catalog January 13-15

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 13, patron catalog accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 15.

Here's what you need to know: 
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 13, Monday, January 14, or Tuesday, January 15
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime 
  • When accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog 

What will be available during the software updates? 
  • You can still search the catalog, but not log in to your account. The alternate catalog will not be available.
  • You will be able to access downloadable e-books and audiobooks via OverDrive 
  • You will be able to access streaming video via Kanopy 
  • The wccls.org website will be available, including WCCLS online resources and the events calendar 

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

Winter Holiday Closures for WCCLS member libraries

Please note most WCCLS member libraries will have reduced hours for the upcoming holidays... but remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks and stream videos 24/7!

Check here for regular WCCLS member library hours.

Monday, December 24
  • Aloha Community Library - closed
  • Banks Public Library  - closed
  • Beaverton City Library Main  - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Bethany Library - closed
  • Cedar Mill Library - closed
  • Cornelius Public Library - closing at 2:00 pm
  • Forest Grove City Library - closing at 3:00 pm
  • Garden Home Community Library - closing at 3:00 pm
  • Hillsboro Public Library Brookwood - closing at 4:00 pm
  • Hillsboro Public Library Shute Park - closing at 4:00 pm
  • North Plains Public Library - closing at 2:00 pm
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft - closed
  • Sherwood Public Library - closing at 2:00 pm
  • Tigard Public Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Tualatin Public Library - closing at 6:00 pm
  • Tuality Healthcare Library - closed
  • West Slope Community Library - closing at 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 25
  • All libraries closed
Wednesday, December 26
  • Hillsboro Public Library Brookwood - closing at 6:00 pm
  • Hillsboro Public Library Shute Park - closing at 6:00 pm
Monday, December 31
  • Aloha Community Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Banks Public Library  - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Beaverton City Library Main  - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Bethany Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Cedar Mill Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Cornelius Public Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Forest Grove City Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Garden Home Community Library - closing at 3:00 pm
  • Hillsboro Public Library Brookwood - closing at 4:00 pm
  • Hillsboro Public Library Shute Park - closing at 4:00 pm
  • North Plains Public Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft - closed
  • Sherwood Public Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Tigard Public Library - closing at 5:00 pm
  • Tualatin Public Library - closing at 6:00 pm
  • Tuality Healthcare Library - closed
  • West Slope Community Library - closing at 4:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1
  • All libraries closed
Wednesday, January 2
  • Hillsboro Public Library Brookwood - closing at 6:00 pm
  • Hillsboro Public Library Shute Park - closing at 6:00 pm

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    WWI Trench Art Exhibition

    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

    Oregon College of Art and Craft Library
    November 7 - December 19
    Monday-Friday | 9am - 5pm
    Open to the Public

    In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day 2018, the OCAC Library hosts a small exhibition on trench art curated by students Will Benson and Thea Kinner. Trench Art in World War I features physical pieces of trench art, printed images, and WWI literature.

    "Trench art objects are holders of soldiers’ memories and reminders of the conflict they faced. Made out of recycled war refuse such as shell casings, spent bullets or whatever came to hand, they open a window to the past.

    They tell us things like where soldiers went and what their surroundings were like. They also give hints about soldiers’ thoughts and actions. Something as simple and functional as a matchbox cover can provide a map of a soldier’s movements while other, more decorative examples, show a desire to find and create beauty, to camouflage war in art."


    Library Closures for Thanksgiving week

    See the chart below for WCCLS member libraries hours during the week of Thanksgiving.

    Remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks and stream videos 24/7!

    LibraryWednesday
    Nov. 21
    Thursday
    Nov. 22
    Friday
    Nov. 23
    Saturday
    Nov. 24

    Aloha
    Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    BanksClosing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

    Beaverton
    Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
    Beaverton
    Murray Scholls
    Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
    BethanyNormal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Cedar Mill
    Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Cornelius
    Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

    Forest Grove
    Normal HoursClosedClosedClosed

    Garden Home
    Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    Hillsboro
    Brookwood
    Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    Hillsboro
    Shute Park
    Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    North Plains
    Closing at 5:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    Oregon College
    of Art and Craft
    Normal HoursClosedClosedUsual Closure

    Sherwood
    Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

    Tigard
    Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Tualatin
    Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
    Tuality Healthcare
    Library
    Closing at 2:00ClosedClosedUsual Closure

    West Slope
    Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Library Closures for Veterans Day

    Many of the WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, or Monday, November 12, 2018.

    Libraries closed Sunday, November 11:
    Cornelius Public Library
    Garden Home Community Library
    Tigard Public Library
    West Slope Community Library

    Libraries closed/closing early on 
    Monday, November 12:
    Aloha Community Library
    Banks Public Library
    Bethany Library
    Cedar Mill Library
    Cornelius Public Library
    Forest Grove City Library
    Garden Home Community Library (closing at 6 pm)
    North Plains Public Library
    Sherwood Public Library
    Tuality Healthcare Library
    West Slope Community Library
    WCCLS offices & courier services

    Libraries open both days:
    Hillsboro Brookwood Library
    Hillsboro Shute Park Library
    Tualatin Public Library

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Send in Ballots November 2018

    Voters Urged to Mail or Drop Off Ballots Early

    Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to mail or drop off their ballots as soon as possible for the November 6 General Election.

    Voters should have received their ballots by mail last weekend.

    Voters will have until November 1 to send their completed ballots in appropriately signed envelopes with a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service.

    After this date, completed ballots should be dropped off at official collection sites in order to meet the election's 8 p.m. deadline on November 6.


    Ballot drop-off sites can be found on the Washington County website.

    Information about vote-by-mail, voter eligibility and other election matters may be found at the Washington County Elections Office website or by calling 503-846-5800.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Pay Your Fines Online

    WCCLS is excited to announce that patrons can pay their account fines and fees online, starting today!

    How does it work?
    1. Log in to your account.
    2. View your fines and fees.
    3. Click the "Pay Fines Now!" button and follow the directions.
    More information can be found on our website.

    If you have additional questions, please contact your local library branch.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Teen Read Week 2018

    Teen Read Week 2018

    Author Talks & Writing Workshop
    William Ritter – author of the Jacoby series


    The Cooperative invites local teens to meet and chat with Oregon author of the Jackaby series, William Ritter. He is brought to Washington County by WCCLS as a local promotion of the American Library Association’s Teen Read Week™.

    All sixteen of the WCCLS member libraries are offering copies of Ritter’s title Jackaby, while supplies last, to give away to teens starting in September. WCCLS will present three engagements with Ritter for local teens in early October - two author talks and one writing workshop.

    The workshop focus is Fundamental Facets of Fiction. Participants will learn about world building, character creation, pacing and more. Enjoy an engaging, interactive talk and leave with techniques and tips to boost your writing.

    Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Begun in 1998, Teen Read Week™ is held annually during the second week of October (October 7 – 13, 2018). Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

    William Ritter is an Oregon educator and author of the bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.

    AUTHOR TALKS:
    Tigard Public Library: Tuesday, October 9, 6 - 7 p.m.
    Sunset High School: Thursday, October 11, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    WRITING WORKSHOP:
    Hillsboro Public Library, Shute Park: Wednesday, October 10, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

    William created a video just for his WCCLS visits. View it here!

    Visit the Calendar of Events or William Ritter's blog for more details.

    Monday, September 24, 2018

    8th annual Garden Home Sustainability & Repair Fair

    WHEN: Friday, Oct. 12 from 5-7:30

    WHERE: In the THPRD Garden Home Community Rec Center’s Gym
    Address: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223. At the intersection of SW Garden Home Rd & SW Oleson Rd.

    This event is FREE and open to the public. It’s family friendly.

    There are topics of interest for everyone: parents or retired, apartment dwellers or homeowners. A list of exhibitors is included in this press release.

    A sampling of our exhibitors:

    Depave *NEW EXHIBITOR
    ecoShuttle
    econstruction NW *NEW EXHIBITOR
    Full Circle *NEW EXHIBITOR
    Happy Baby Food
    New Seasons Market
    Portland Urban Beekeepers
    River West Village
    Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) Nature Park
    Tualatin Riverkeepers
    Victory Seed Company
    WashCo Bikes (formerly Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition) *NEW EXHIBITOR

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Labor Day Library Closures

    All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, in observance of Labor Day.


    Image via PlaceIt
    Want to access books and movies but the library is closed? Download e-books and audiobooks  and watch movies on your smartphone, tablet and more - 24/7!

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

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    Banks Library temporarily closed - Thursday August 9, 2018


    Banks Public Library will be closing immediately (1:00 pm Thursday August 9) due to electrical issues.  The Library will most likely remain closed tomorrow as well. 

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

    Update 8/10/18: The electrical issues are resolved, and the library will re-open with regular hours on Saturday, August 11.  Thank you for your patience!

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Stay Cool at Your WCCLS Library

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

    Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours on Sunday, July 29 until 7 pm.

    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:

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Library Closures for Independence Day - July 4, 2018

    All WCCLS member libraries will be closed next Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

    Libraries will return to their regular schedules July 5. Please check our schedule for your library's hours.

    Our online resources and digital library are always available.

    Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Temporary Service Changes at OCAC Library

    OCAC entrance by Tedder,
    CC BY 3.0
    Due to staffing limitations over the summer, OCAC Library collections will not be available to fulfill holds placed by general WCCLS cardholders. If you need access to particular titles, consider using our interlibrary loan service to make the request, and we’ll try to get those books from other libraries across the country.

    The OCAC Library will not serve as a holds pickup location over the summer, or a place to return WCCLS library materials. Please pick up your holds and return WCCLS library materials at an alternate WCCLS member library. The nearest WCCLS public libraries are the Cedar Mill Community Library and the West Slope Community Library.

    In the meantime, patrons are still welcome to visit the library during open hours to browse materials in the library. However, OCAC cannot loan out materials until regular service resumes.  Also, donations are not being accepted at this time.

    Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to resuming our usual service levels for the public in the fall.

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    Summer Reading Starts June 1st – Something for Everyone!

    Librarians across Washington County have been hard at work preparing for the 2018 Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Summer Reading program, and it all starts on Friday, June 1. We invite you to stop by your library and experience a summer of FUN!

    WCCLS brings three performers to each of our 16 member libraries designed to engage and entertain elementary and pre-reader age kids. Dates and times are listed on our website (www.wccls.org/srp)

    Loaded with a massive library of video games, a climate controlled game theater is pulling up to your local WCCLS library this summer! Join Game Truck for a round of laser tag. Enjoy life-sized Jenga and other games while you wait your turn at each event! Dates and times are listed on our website (www.wccls.org/tsrp).

    And WCCLS libraries make the summer fun for adults with great events, fun prizes for book lovers, and perfect book suggestions in your inbox. Share your favorite reads, connect to your community, and make new friends. WCCLS libraries are hosting a slew of events for adults – for details check out the fun at www.wccls.org/calendar.

    Sign up online at wccls.org/asrp or at your library through July 31.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities?

    More and more organizations and communities are working toward being "inclusive." But what does that entail? Having a statement at the end of a job announcement to encourage communities of color, queer people, and women to apply can be a start, but how do policies, environment, and culture support this invitation? How do they fail to support it? How do we know if a space is inclusive and accessible for all?

    This is the focus of "Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities," a free conversation with Rachel Bernstein. This program will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:00pm and is hosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

    Rachel Bernstein is the partnership and training manager at Oregon Humanities. For the past decade, as a political and nonprofit professional, her work has focused on building the civic capacity and engagement of coalitions, organizations, groups, and individuals. As a Conversation Project Leader, she appreciates discovering what Oregonians are already doing to create inclusive communities and what questions they are still struggling with.

    Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Julie Wickman at 503.691.3069 or via email at jwickman@tualatin.gov.

    Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities' programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/28/18

    All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

    All of our online resources and e-books are available!

    Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    Save a stamp: drop off your ballot at a Washington County ballot box

    Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to mail or drop off their ballots as soon as possible this election season so that all ballots are processed in a timely manner.

    Voters should have received their ballots by mail over the recent weekend. Information about vote-by-mail, voter eligibility and other election matters may be found at the Washington County Elections Office website or by calling 503-846-5800.

    Voters will have until May 10 to send their completed ballots in appropriately signed envelopes with a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service. After this date, completed ballots should be dropped off at official collection sites in order to meet the election's 8 p.m. deadline on May 15.

    Many ballot drop sites are inside or outside of WCCLS libraries. Check the list to find one near you!

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    14th Annual Art of the Story Festival Announces Story Slam Winners

    Student Slam Winner - Evelyn Elston & Adult Slam Winner - Kristen Olsen-Huddle

    Evelyn Elston, a senior with the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, is the winner of the first annual WCCLS Art of the Story Student Story Slam held earlier this month. Kristen Olsen-Huddle was selected as the winner of the fourth annual WCCLS Art of the Story Adult Story Slam. Both tellers are scheduled to participate in the Festival Finale Showcase the evening of Saturday, May 5, at the Sherwood Center for the Arts. The showcase, hosted by the Sherwood Public Library, features performances by all three professional tellers in the festival Geraldine Buckley, Rick Huddle, Habiba Addo, plus Elston and Oleson-Huddle.

    Evelyn Elston is a senior at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton. Her main interests include theater and writing, and she serves as the student body president at her school. She will be going to college in the fall, but is currently undecided on where. Her favorite place to be is Detroit Lake state park. 
     
     


    Kristin Olson-Huddle
    Kristin always knew she want to be an actress, she also knew she had a story to tell, but she had to get the chops to get there. She went to a free acting intro and ended up down a rabbit hole doing weird improv for a few years. A class turned into a performance troop, The Tuesday Group and branched out to be part of the crew for a Monthly Variety Show, Scratch PDX. On her own she put together a solo show that she performed with Portland Story Theater’s Singelhandedly, The One Fest, Orlando Fringe and as an independent production. She has told stories on stage at the local Moth, Portland Story Theater’s Valentine’s show, The Mystery Box Show and Nevertheless, We Persist. In other news, she is super mom to twin one year olds and married to that guy, Rick Huddle.

    WCCLS invites you to experience the stories these five exceptional tellers will share the evening of Saturday, May 5. Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres preceding the showcase in partnership with Reedville Catering and no host beverages will be for sale by Smockville Brewhouse in the lobby. Sherwood Center for the Arts (22689 SW Pine St, Sherwood, OR 97140).

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Art of the Story 2018: Adult Story Slam Contest

    Ellen Wolfson
    John Wylder
    Kristin Olson-Huddle
    Maggie Lot
    The Art of the Story kick-off program is an Adult Story Slam Contest. This Slam is a competition within a set time limit, placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. The 2018 contest features Ellen Wolfson, John Wylder, Kristin Olson-Huddle, and Maggie Lott.

    This program for adults takes place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 21, 7-9 p.m.

    Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Fiction, folktale/myths are not allowed. The four tellers each have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.

    This Slam is judged by the audience! The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale May 5 at the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

    Learn more about the participants.

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Art of the Story 2018 performer spotlight: Geraldine Buckley

    Hear Geraldine Buckley perform at the 2018 Art of the Story festival:
    Award-winning storyteller and educator Geraldine Buckley is internationally known for her trademark wit, warmth and humor.  She is also known for personal stories that make people laugh and think. She has been involved in storytelling, speaking, conducting  workshops, and coaching for over thirty years in the US, Canada, England, Holland, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand. 

    Geraldine teaches workshops, and performs in conferences, colleges, churches, schools, corporations, and house-concerts. She has appeared as a featured teller in festivals throughout the US, including twice at the National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, TN., and the Timpanogos Festival in Orem, Utah. 

    Geraldine was the Protestant Chaplain at the largest men’s prison in Maryland until January 2010. In addition she conducted workshops in Rimutaka, the largest men’s prison in New Zealand. The inmates performed a Haka, a ceremonial dance as a thank you. She was thrilled.

    Geraldine is frequently heard on Sirius radio. She has recorded three CDs, each which is a recipient of a gold award from Storytelling World. She has as a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Regent University.  Geraldine lives in Frederick, Maryland, 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. Find out more on her website www.geraldinebuckley.com

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Art of the Story 2018 performer spotlight: Rick Huddle

    Hear Rick Huddle perform at the 2018 Art of the Story festival:
    Rick Huddle is a storyteller, educator, and musician. He has toured all over the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and Colombia. He is a Moth Story Slam winner and has performed at the National Storytelling Festival- Exchange Place.

    Drawing on influences of David Sedaris, Spalding Gray, and a touch of Carol Burnett, he performs personal monologues that juxtapose self-deprecating humor with self-honoring humility.

    Rick believes that stories, songs, and laughter can help us better understand ourselves and each other- especially those with whom we don’t agree. His most treasured work is teaching social-emotional skills to young students with special-needs.

    He lives in Portland, Oregon with his talented and charming wife, Kristin, and their wonderful little twins, Gus and Marlo.  Learn more about Rick at www.rickhuddle.com.

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Librarians Attend the International Guadalajara Book Fair

    For the past three years librarians representing WCCLS have been attending the Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) de Guadalajara to purchase Spanish language books not available through traditional U.S. publishers. The FIL is an internationally-recognized book fair that brings together over 1,000 publishers from across the Spanish-speaking world.

    The Spanish language books purchased by WCCLS librarians at the FIL are available for checkout to library users throughout Washington County through the shared WCCLS catalog. During the most recent book-buying trip in 2017, six librarians traveled from Washington County libraries and purchased 3,656 books. They purchased picture books, children’s novels, cookbooks, basic education materials, self-help titles, fiction, and much, much more. The majority of these titles are original Spanish-language titles, and cannot be purchased through US-based distributors. Additionally, the FIL showcases independent publishing houses whose print runs for titles are often quite small; librarians are able to purchase unique books directly from these indie publishing houses.

    During the past few years, Washington County librarians have purchased original titles from countries representing the diversity of Washington County’s Spanish speaking community, with books from Mexico, Peru, Chile, Guatemala, and Venezuela, among others. The librarians have also been able to purchase books bilingual in Spanish and Mesoamerican indigenous languages such as Maya. “We are especially pleased with the number of children’s titles we found that positively reflect various Latin American cultures,” remarked librarian Crystal Garcia, from Sherwood Public Library.

    Besides providing books in Spanish, many WCCLS libraries also offer Spanish language early literacy workshops for parents of young children, in-person assistance from Spanish-speaking staff at the libraries, Spanish kindergarten readiness programs, computer classes in Spanish, Spanish language story times, celebrations and activities for Día de los Niños and Día de los Muertos, English language learning materials, citizenship classes, and more. To learn about these services go to www.wccls.org/es/inicio.

    Lea esta información en el comunicado de prensa en Español

    Announcing 2018 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

    Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2018 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Ruth Hailey!

    First Place Artwork by Ruth Hailey
    A eleventh-grader at Forest Grove High School, Ruth has been awarded top honors for her color design which depicts musical instruments burst out of a stack of books. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Libraries Rock!

    Ruth receives a $200 gift certificate for Amazon.com and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

    This is the ninth consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. Fifty-six pieces were submitted digitally or the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 13th, feedback collected from local teens was reviewed and the winning piece was selected.

    2nd and 3rd place winners were also awarded. These individuals will also receive gift certificates to Amazon.com ($100 and $50, respectively)

    Second Place Artwork by Sarah He

    Below is a full list of 2018 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:
    • First Place: Ruth Hailey, Forest Grove High School
    • Second Place: Sarah He, Westview High School
    • Third Place: Jasmine McCleskey, homeschool student

    Third Place Artwork by Jasmine McCleskey
    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 State Library of Oregon.

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Art of the Story 2018 performer spotlight: Habiba Addo

    Hear Habiba Addo perform at the 2018 Art of the Story festival:
    A native of Ghana, West Africa, Habiba offers an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movements. Her stories will encourage the audience to explore their own world as well as those far, far away.

    Addo performs stories from the continent of Africa and its diaspora to inspire and provoke thought. She lives her art through continuous study and practice – combining her knowledge and deep appreciation for these cultures with her natural talent for storytelling and prodigious vocal abilities.

    Anyone who has witnessed her performances will testify that she blends her sense of humor with extremely genuine respect and love for these revered traditions. Addo teaches and performs with infectious joy and adept technical accuracy. She has performed and taught the local community in dance, storytelling and theater through companies such as Miracle Theater, Northwest Afrikan Ballet and Portland State University.

    Find out more at her website: http://www.habibasvillage.com/

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    Coloring A Child’s World: Early Literacy Workshop at Cedar Mill Library

    Mother reading to child
    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    At the Cedar Mill Community Library

    Getting ready to read begins at birth! At this free workshop, find out how you can help children, from birth through preschool age, learn six specific early literacy skills.  The books, songs, and activities presented will offer ways to naturally incorporate early literacy activities throughout your day.

    Participants will receive a certificate for two training hours.

    Presented by: Jody Westerman, OR Registry Trainer

    To register call: Jody Westerman 503-644-0043 ext.120 or e-mail jodyw@wccls.org

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    Food for Fines at Tualatin Public Library

    The Tualatin Public Library's annual Food for Fines program starts March 10 and runs through March 16, 2018.

    If you have any overdue library fines, now is the time to start getting your account in order, and all you will need to bring is a can of food*.

    The Food for Fines campaign allows Tualatin patrons with overdue fines to donate canned goods in exchange for fine forgiveness. For each pound of food you bring in, you will receive a one dollar voucher to redeem against overdue fines.

    The Tualatin School House Pantry is excited to partner with the library as March is the month donations fall to their lowest levels all year.

    Most needed items are :
    • Baby food
    • 100% fruit juices
    • Canned fruit and vegetables
    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Boxed meals
    • Boxed macaroni and cheese
    • Sugar
    • Meat: canned tuna, chicken, turkey, roast beef and even Spam are popular!
    • Powdered laundry detergent
    • Toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap

    *Maximum donation allowed is 10 lbs per card holder.

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Inclement Weather Updates for Thursday, February 22

    Due to the inclement weather, some libraries are running on alternate schedules today.  Morning programs may be canceled at some locations, even if the library is not closed - please call before heading out!

    Libraries that are opening late:
    • Beaverton City Library - Main - opening at 12:00 noon
    • Beaverton City Library - Murray Scholls - opening at 12:00 noon
    • Garden Home Community Library - opening at 12:00 noon 
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft - opening at 11:00 am
    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

    Last updated at 8:49am

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Inclement Weather Updates for Wednesday, February 21

    Due to the inclement weather, some libraries are running on alternate schedules today.  Morning programs are canceled at many locations, even if the library is not closed - please call before heading out!

    Libraries that are opening late:
    • Aloha Community Library - opening at 12:00 noon
    • Beaverton City Library - Main - opening at 12:00 noon
    • Beaverton City Library - Murray Scholls - opening at 12:00 noon
    • Garden Home Community Library - opening at 12 noon
    • Tigard City Library - opening at 12 noon
    • Tualatin City Library - opening at 10:30 am 
    • West Slope Community Library is OPEN
    Libraries that are closed all day:
    •  Oregon College of Art & Craft
    Libraries that are closing early:
    • Beaverton City Library - Main - closing at 7:00 pm
    • Beaverton City Library - Murray Scholls - closing at 7:00 pm
    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

    Last updated at 2:30 pm

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Inclement Weather Updates for Tuesday, February 20

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

    Libraries that are closed:
    • Oregon College of Art & Craft

    Libraries that are closing early:
    • Aloha Community Library - closing at 1:00 pm
    • Banks  Public Library - closing at 5:00 pm
    • Beaverton City Library - Main - closing at 6:00 pm
    • Beaverton City Library - Murray Scholls - closing at 6:00 pm
    • Cedar Mill Community Library - Main - closing at 5:00 pm
    • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany - closing at 5:00 pm
    • Garden Home Community Library - closing at 2:00 pm
    • West Slope Community Library - closing at 12:30 pm

    Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

    Last updated at 1:37 pm