Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bethany Library Opens Annex in Bethany Village

You are invited to the Bethany Library Annex Open House! 

When: Saturday, June 22 from 1-3pm
Who: All Ages
What: Games and crafts  
Where: Bethany Library Annex 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2, Portland, OR 97229     

A small library in Washington County is getting a little bigger thanks to community support and the last countywide library levy. Nested in the center of one of the region’s most rapidly-growing neighborhoods, Bethany Library receives more than 200,000 patron visits each year and lends out around 750,000 items. At just 4,000 square feet the branch has been undersized from its opening in 2007. “We have not found another library that delivers as much service from such a tiny footprint.” Says Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries Executive Director, Peter Leonard.

Located outside city boundaries, the library is not eligible to receive public funding for a building project. So its governing nonprofit, Cedar Mill Community Libraries Association, has been leasing space from supportive private developers in order to provide library services in the expanding community. Central Bethany Development is holding space for a larger library in the planned Bethany Plaza, but construction is at least a few years out.

In the meantime the library is opening an annex that it will use for programs including the 2 dozen that it already offers children and their parents every month. The additional space will accommodate new programs for babies, adults and teens.
The library also plans to allow local nonprofit groups to use the space for meetings beginning next year.

The Annex is located down the street from Bethany Library between the Subway Sandwich shop and Salon Desire in Bethany Village. Find scheduled programs at library.cedarmill.org/events/bethany-calendar.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/27/19

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

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

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Oregon College of Art & Craft closing in May

The Oregon College of Art & Craft will be permanently closing in May. OCAC has been a valued special library in WCCLS for many years, and we will miss their unique contribution to our Cooperative.

When will the OCAC library close?

The OCAC library is open through the end of the semester, May 17. All OCAC library materials must be returned by May 10.

What will happen to OCAC material checkouts and holds?
If you currently have any OCAC library items checked out, those will have a due date of May 10.  Holds on OCAC materials are now only allowed for OCAC registered patrons. No renewals are allowed for any OCAC materials.  As of May 20, all OCAC items will no longer appear in the online catalogs.

What will happen to the OCAC collection?
OCAC is finding new homes for their library collection, including Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Washington County Cooperative Library Services member libraries, and other non-profit cultural institutions who will care for and make the collections accessible. That means you can look forward to seeing more wonderful arts and crafts titles at your local library!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr.


Hear Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
The Reverend is a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. A 2018 Kresge Fellow, his deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs.

For more than thirty years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate.

Rev. Robert Jones makes his home in Detroit while performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. While Robert has been a featured storyteller at venues such as the National Storytelling Festival, the late Kathryn Windham’s “Tale Tellin’ Festival”, he is also an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, accomplished at guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

Acclaimed photographer James Fraher writes about Robert: “Perhaps the world’s most highly educated blues musician, an ordained minister, a longtime DJ, and a living encyclopedia of blues history, the Reverend Robert Jones is comfortable among juke joint loud talkers, fancy-hatted church ladies, and PhDs alike."

Learn more about Robert at www.revrobertjones.com

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Jasmin Cardenas


Hear Jasmin Cardenas perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Cardenas is a bridge builder and believes in the power of stories to unite us. She joyfully made her national debut at the 2016 National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place stage. One of the first Latina’s to receive The Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship, Jasmin uses storytelling and theater to pursue justice and humanity. She launched the bilingual Cuentos Aqui Storytelling literacy program for the Chicago Public Libraries. Her stories are available on podcast.

A professional actress, director, writer and Chicago native, Jasmin has performed at Steppenwolf, Goodman Theater and Adventure Stage Chicago, among others. Her one-woman show ¿ Niña Buena? toured throughout Chicago and to an international festival in Mexico. Currently Jasmin is focused on working class stories with her collective The Workers’ Theater, made up of low wage workers in America. A proud SAG-AFTRA member - her TV credits include NBC's Chicago Fire, Showtime’s The CHI & ABC’s Betrayal. Learn more about Jasmin at www.jasmincardenas.com and listen to a story at www.soundcloud.com/2ndstory/episode-32-jasmin-cardenas-nina-buena

Friday, April 26, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Lawrence Howard


Hear Lawrence Howard perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Originally from New York, Lawrence Howard knows how to take listeners on a journey through the rich landscape of story. One of the founders of Portland Story Theater, he delivers stories that resonate with adult audiences. Lawrence draws from his rich repertoire of adventure, personal and mythic tales, as well as rhyming narrative poetry, to create compelling story programs for people from all walks of life. He is best known as the creator of the Armchair Adventurer series, which brings to life the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration at the turn of the 20th century. He can recite hundreds of bawdy limericks and likes to brew his own ginger ale. Learn more about Lawrence at www.lawrencehoward.name/about.htm

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Art of the Story 2019 performer spotlight: Kelly Hoffman


Hear Kelly Hoffman perform at the 2019 Art of the Story festival:
Take sheer physical power coupled with dynamic cadences, throw in a rich and varied life filled with powerful personal experiences and you start to get an idea of what an evening with Kelly is like. Hoffman has been telling stories to delighted audiences since grade school, only now when she does it she (usually) doesn’t get in trouble! Kelly has been performing on stage for over 16 years for audiences of all ages.

Throughout her life, Kelly has been a member of the Merchant Marines, a Firefighter, an Officiant, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Mom, a Wife, and a Storyteller. She has also been a winner, a loser, a fighter, a lover, a jerk, a kind woman, and everything in between. Kelly has two master’s degrees, each focusing on the healing benefits of storytelling in society and in families. Her passion for story comes from the pure joy, connection and community created when the right story is told at the right time in the right way to the right people. Whether a story of courage or comedy, you’ll find yourself relating, connecting and cheering for all the right reasons.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Older & Wiser Story Showcase

Washington County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services, Beaverton City Library, and the Older and Wiser Storytellers sharing their unique stories and the experience of aging in our community.
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Elsie Stuhr Center are proud to partner to present

This program for adults takes place at the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center in Beaverton on Tuesday, April 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This is a new festival showcase featuring Cynthia Butts, John Wylder, Janis Collins, Chuck McConnell, and Frances Hunter.


        

Monday, April 22, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Adult Story Slam Contest

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 2019 contest features Janet Liu, Patrick Gannon, Sankar Raman, Norina Beck, and Mike Devenney.

This program for adults takes place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 27, 7-8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Fiction, folktale/myths are not allowed. The five 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 4 at the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Learn more about the participants.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Art of the Story 2019: Student Story Slam Contest

This year, the Art of the Story festival includes a Student Story Slam.  A Story Slam is a competition within a set time limit placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. It’s great entertainment! Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Tellers have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.

This Student Slam is judged by members of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. While this event is not open to the public, the Student Slam winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale on May 4. For more Festival events and information, visit www.wccls.org/festival

Meet the contestants:

AISHWARYA MARATHE : A Seamless Night.
Aishwarya Marathe has lived on three different continents and is Indian by origin. At present, she is a junior at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. Aishwarya has participated twice at Lakewood Theater's "Young Playwrights Festival," a semi-professional experience in workshop and staged-reading format. Besides writing plays and prose, Aishwarya performs on the violin and oboe in her school orchestra and in an ensemble, and she has been learning Kathak, an ancient form of Indian Classical Dance, for ten years. She is also being vocally trained in Hindustani music. Her strong connection to her Indian heritage form the base for her writing, whether to explore a new aspect of her background or to give people of color a voice.


GRAYSON WRIGHT : Cookies Were Never so Complicated.
Grayson Wright is 18 years old and has attended Arts and Communications Magnet Academy since the 6th grade. Grayson has been writing her entire life and prefers to write short stories and poetry. The thing Grayson is most passionate about is architecture and she'll be studying it at the University of Oregon next year. Grayson, author of various opinion editorials, is very outspoken and is a huge social and political activist.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Announcing 2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

First Place Artwork by Amelia Querbach
Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2019 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Amelia Querbach!

Amelia is a student at Meadow Park Middle School. Teens around Washington County voted for this ethereal design as their favorite depiction of the 2019 Summer Reading slogan, "A Universe of Stories."

Amelia receives a $200 gift certificate for Amazon.com and her art will appear on countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer, including posters and bookmarks.

2nd and 3rd place winners were also awarded. These individuals will also receive gift certificates to Amazon.com ($100 and $50, respectively). The 2nd place artwork by local student Emily Lian was chosen to be featured on 1-inch buttons.
Second Place Artwork by Emily Lian

Local students Emma Hill and Ava Reynolds tied for Third Place, and both received prizes.

Third Place (tie) Artwork by Emma Hill
Third Place (tie) Artwork by Ava Reynolds
Teens can join the Summer Reading Program at their local Washington County Library starting June 1.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Announcing a new event calendar!

WCCLS is excited to announce that we are implementing a new event calendar on April 23, 2019.  We have selected this new calendar because of some great new features that will make it easier and more useful to the public.  Those features are:
  • Modern, responsive design
  • Online registration for events
  • Integration with our new catalog – the same look and feel, and you can search for events from the catalog search box
Here’s a sneak peek of what the new calendar will look like. 
The main event listing:

A detailed event page:



We’ll be keeping the same URL for the calendar (calendar.wccls.org), so any bookmarks or saved links to the calendar will still work after the new calendar is available.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Garden Home Community Library CLOSED for Expansion April 7-20

What does the closure mean for you?
  • Items checked out recently at Garden Home are due on or after the library reopens on April 21. This does not affect due dates of any items checked out at other libraries.
  • No WCCLS items may be returned to Garden Home during the closure, as book drops will be locked. If you wish to return items, you may do so at another WCCLS member library.
  • Holds with a pickup location of Garden Home have been set to INACTIVE status through Sunday, April 21. If you wish to receive items sooner, you will need to select a different pickup location and reactivate each hold. Library staff can help you make this change.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services through Garden Home are suspended during the closure. If you would like to request an item from outside of WCCLS, you may request it through another member library.
  • Library programs in the Annex will be held as scheduled, but no new Annex reservations will be accepted for this period.
  • The library will be growing from 1,996 to 3,449 square feet, with more room to read, study, learn and play. Garden Home staff is excited to welcome patrons back to a bigger, better work-in-progress on Sunday, April 21, and stay tuned for details of a Grand Opening event in June!

Keep up with expansion news and photos: https://www.gardenhomelibrary.org/expansion

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Cornelius Public Library's Grand Opening - March 30

Cornelius Public Library invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of their new location. Come join the festivities, including the official ribbon cutting, refreshments, tours, and activities for every
age.

When:
Saturday, March 30
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:
1370 N Adair St
Cornelius OR

A Center for Learning & Living
The new library will be the place where the community discovers the joy of reading, is inspired to life-long learning and enrichment, and feels empowered to unify and celebrate our diverse population.

Library and Community Spaces
  • 100-person meeting room
  • 5 reservable study/conference rooms
  • 40,000 books
  • Computers and laptops
  • Special Children and Teen areas
  • Coffee bar
  • Public courtyard and amphitheater

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Inclement Weather Updates for Wednesday, February 27th

Due to the inclement weather, some libraries are running on alternate schedules on Wednesday, February 27th.  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 or closing early:

  • Aloha Public Library - delayed opening at 1:00 pm
  • Beaverton City Library - Main and Murray Scholls locations - delayed opening at 1:00 pm
  • Oregon College of Arts and Crafts - delayed opening at 2:00 pm
  • Tigard Public Library - delayed opening at 11 am
  • Tualatin Public Library - delayed opening at 12:30 pm

Libraries that are closed for the day
  • Garden Home Library

Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

last updated at 8:56am

Monday, February 25, 2019

Inclement Weather Updates for Monday, February 25th

Due to the inclement weather, some libraries are running on alternate schedules on Monday, February 25th.  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 or closing early:
  • Aloha Community Library - delayed opening at 12 noon
  • Beaverton City Library - Main and Murray Scholls locations - delayed opening at 1:00 pm
  • Tualatin Public Library - delayed opening at 10:30 am
  • West Slope Library - delayed opening at 9:30am 

Libraries that are closed for the day:
  • Garden Home Library 
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft Library

Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

last updated at 9:19am

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

WCCLS Catalog Maintenance - February 24

Due to scheduled server maintenance, patron catalog accounts will be unavailable Sunday, February 24, from 6pm to 11pm.

What will be available during maintenance? 
  • 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 and the events calendar will be available
Thanks in advance for your patience! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, February 18, 2019

Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of Presidents' Day.

WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 18:
  • 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
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Tuality Health Resource Center
  • West Slope Community Library
  • WCCLS offices & courier services

The following member libraries will be OPEN:
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library
For regular hours and contact information, please visit: http://www.wccls.org/your_libraries.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Inclement Weather Updates for Saturday, February 9

Due to the inclement weather, some libraries are running on alternate schedules on Saturday, February 9.  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 or closing early:
  • Banks Public Library - Closed
  • Beaverton City Library - Main and Murray Scholls locations - delayed opening at 12:00 noon
  • Cedar Mill Library - Closed
  • Cedar Mill Bethany Library - Closed
  • Cornelius Public Library - Closing at noon
  • Forest Grove Library - Closing at 3:00 pm
  • West Slope Library - Closing at 3:00 pm
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

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

Last updated 2/8 at 2:33pm

Thursday, February 7, 2019

WCCLS 2017-2018 Annual Report

There is so much going on at your library!  Did you know that in the last year, people checked out over 11.2 million items?

Or that there were 3,792,947 library visits?

Or that people conducted 422,755 online research sessions?

Or that 133,675 volunteer hours were donated to the libraries?

Find out more fun facts in the At-a-Glance infographic, and delve into how WCCLS is improving people's lives in the WCCLS 2017-2018 Annual Report.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Inclement Weather Updates for Tuesday, February 5th

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 or closing early:
  • Garden Home Community Library - opening at 12:00 noon 
  • Aloha Community Library - opening at 12:00 noon 
  • OCAC Library - opening at 1:00 PM 
  • Tualatin Public Library - closing at 8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures 2019

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except:
Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 22.

As always, e-books and streaming video are available 24/7 for checkout!

Monday, January 14, 2019

WCCLS catalog and online accounts are back up!

Thank you for your patience while the WCCLS catalog and online accounts were unavailable for software updates! We are now back up and running as usual.

If you are seeing any odd behavior with the catalog or account, please clear your browser's cache (instructions here). We aren't expecting any problems, but this should resolve any issues.

If your browser is not storing your WCCLS barcode and PIN when you log in to your account, clear your browser's cache, and then adjust your browser's settings for saving login information.

Questions? If you have questions about your WCCLS account, please contact your local WCCLS library for assistance.