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Cowboy Poetry at Tualatin Library

Wed, 2014-04-16 13:28

Tualatin Public Library hosts Tom Swearingen on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.  Tom is a local Tualatin resident and the winner of the National Finals Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest.  His original cowboy poetry is often based on his own experiences and observations, many of which occur on horseback.  Tom is a popular performer at cowboy gatherings, horse camps, rodeos, and wherever else you find folks who live and appreciate cowboy life and western heritage.  This event is part of the Oregon Reads 2014 William Stafford Centennial Celebration.

Free for all ages.

Heartbleed bug

Fri, 2014-04-11 15:08
There has been a lot of talk this week about the Heartbleed bug that affected massive numbers of websites around the world.  WCCLS has taken steps to ensure that our servers are updated and protected against this bug.

This isn't an issue that affects personal computers or public computers in libraries (  It affects the software that powers online services such as banking or social media websites.

As a general security precaution, it is a good idea to change your password on any site where you have an account.  You'll want to change your password after the website has been updated to protect against the Heartbleed bug.  Password manager LastPass has created a tool that allows you to check if the website in question has been updated:

For more details about the Heartbleed bug, visit this website:

New Director at Tualatin Public Library

Fri, 2014-04-04 16:20
Tualatin Public Library welcomes Jerianne Thompson as its new Library Manager.   Thompson is a familiar face in the library; she has been the Interim Library Manager since last year, and has been the Public Services Supervisor since July 2011. Thompson is taking over for former Library Manager Abigail Elder, who is now Library Director at Beaverton City Library.

Prior to moving to Tualatin, Thompson previously served as Collection Development Coordinator and Branch Supervisor for the Linebaugh Public Library System in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Thompson holds a Master of Information Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Paul Hennon, Community Services Director calls Thompson an effective leader charged with creating “an inviting community center where learning, discovery, and interaction flourish.”

“Tualatin Library is the heart of our community, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the vision of the library as we plan for the future,” says Thompson.

Tuality Health Resource Center closed on Friday 4/4

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:25
The Tuality Health Resource Center is closed today, Friday, April 4th.

Find Tuality Health Resource Center's normal operating hours and contact information on the WCCLS website.

Art of the Story: 10th Annual Storytelling Festival

Tue, 2014-04-01 14:39
Join us for the 10thAnnual Storytelling Festival, April 5 – April 12! 

See the schedule of events for times and library locations.

Performers in this year's festival include both local and national storytellers - Habiba AddoWill HornyakAlton Takiyama-ChungOlga Loya, and Bil Lepp.  Adults and children ages 6 and up are welcome to attend (recommended ages are noted in the schedule), and four performances are exclusively for adults.The festival also features two storytelling workshops and a community story swap. The week wraps up with a Finale Concert, featuring all of the festival's storytellers in one great event on April 12th. A reception precedes the Finale with a no-host-bar and complimentary hors' doeuvres.All events are free. 

Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home at Tualatin Library

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:00
When does a war end? Does it ever? Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home.

Join the Tualatin Library and photographer Jim Lommasson Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for a free conversation about Life After War.  Lommasson has collected oral histories from returning soldiers and documented their struggles at home. In this conversation, participants will consider the wars at home faced not only by returning veterans, but also by communities at large.

Jim Lommasson is a freelance photographer who received the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize for his first book, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms. His second book is Pentimento: Portland’s Lost and Found Carousel. Lommasson is currently working on a book and traveling exhibition about American veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars called Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have a winner for the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest!

Fri, 2014-03-14 12:10
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2014 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Jacqueline Brown!

Jacqueline Brown's winning entry
A ninth-grader at Sunset High School, Jacqueline has been awarded top honors for her unique and electrifying design which depicts a reader poring over the wondrous contents of a book.  Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Spark a Reaction

Jacqueline will receive a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Book and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

This is the fifth consecutive year that WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art.  35 pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February.  On March 11th, a panel of teen librarians met to review feedback collected from local Teen Library Councils and select the winning piece.
Second place - Katie Fo
2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners were also awarded.  These individuals will each receive a gift card for Dick Blick Art Materials.

Here is the full list of 2014 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:

1st PlaceJacqueline Brown 
(Sunset High School)
2nd Place Katie Fo
(Southridge High School)
Honorable Mention Rebecca Dan
(Glencoe High School)

Honorable Mention - Rebecca DanThe Summer Reading Program inspires kids with a sense of wonder and helps to promote good learning habits.

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 Thorn and Trail Blazers games, a round of miniature golf at Bullwinkles Family Fun Center and a deep discount to Oaks Amusement Park.  For more details, please visit in early May.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the Oregon State Library.

DIY TechnARTology Show at the Tigard Library

Thu, 2014-02-27 13:00
Teen Tech Week is March 9 - 15, and the theme this year is DIY @ Your Library.  To celebrate, the Tigard Public Library is holding a DIY TechnARTology Show for teens in grade 6 and up.

How to Participate: Submit your work to our technology-themed art show curated by the Teen Library Council. Stop by the library to pick up a submission form or download one here. Submit work in any of three categories:
  • Art made with technology
  • Technology-themed art
  • Art made by human power

The Tigard Teen Library Council will select a favorite from each category, and library patrons can vote for their own choice on Facebook or at the library. Submissions will be accepted from Saturday, March 1, to Saturday, March 15.

See the art show: Visit the Tigard Library’s Young Adult Room from Monday, March 17, through Monday, March 31, to view all the entries.

On Tuesday, April 1, Tigard Teen Library Council will select the winners.

Tualatin Public Library's Community Resource Fair is Saturday, March 1

Wed, 2014-02-26 16:34
Come join the Tualatin Public Library at the Community Resource Fair on Saturday, March 1st from 10am to 2pm.  Representatives from local area organizations, non-profits, and businesses will be on hand to show you what resources are available in our community. There will be giveaways and fun free activities for kids too!

Screen Time: Growing Readers in a Digital World - Events at three libraries

Mon, 2014-02-24 13:15
Are you a parent or caregiver of a small child?  Have you ever wondered about how much time your child spends watching TV or using a tablet?  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that television and other entertainment media be limited to 1-2 hours a day for children.  The AAP also suggests no screen time at all for infants and children under age 2.  Yet screens surround us every day! 

Come join early learning expert Lisa Guernsey to hear:
  • An overview of issues related to screen time in early childhood
  • Advice on how to responsibly incorporate technology into a child’s life

WCCLS member libraries are dedicated to helping you connect with high quality information and navigate the sometimes confusing world of technology in the early childhood years.

Schedule of Screen Time events (all events are free and open to the public):

Screen Time: Growing Readers in a Digital World
Update: 'Like' our post on Facebook to be entered in a drawing for one of two autographed copies of Lisa's book, Screen Time.  Don't have a Facebook account?  Enter the drawing here.  Drawing to be held on February 28th.

Presenter Bio: Lisa Guernsey is the author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child.  She also directs the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation (, a non-partisan think tank located in Washington D.C.

Website will be unavailable Tuesday, February 18

Sat, 2014-02-15 12:00
The WCCLS website will be unavailable from 9 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday, February 18th, to perform scheduled maintenance.
While the site is down, you can still access the following:

Thank you for your patience! If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at

White Out? A Conversation at the Tualatin Library About the Future of Racial Diversity

Wed, 2014-02-12 14:50
Join Willamette University professor Emily Drew and the Tualatin Library for a conversation about the future of racial diversity in Oregon.  The conversation will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30pm.

Racial diversity is increasing in Oregon, and Oregonians value what that brings to our lives, yet we are still isolated from one another.  Emily will talk about the challenges in creating racially diverse, inclusive communities.  What does this mean, what does it require, and how might we prepare to embrace the opportunity?

Emily M. Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University. She teaches courses about racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. Her primary areas of research involve understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions.

This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust, in partnership with the Tualatin Historical Society.

Contact the Tualatin Public Library for more information about this program.

Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Deadline 2/15

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:43
Hey teen artists: the deadline is fast approaching to submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2014 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington Co., including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

The winner also receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell's Books. The second place winner receives a $50 gift certificate for Blick Art Materials, and the winner of honorable mention will get a $25 Blick gift certificate.

Submissions started on January 2nd, and the last day to submit your entry is February 15th. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form. (PDF) Good luck!

Library Closures for President's Day, 2/17/14

Tue, 2014-02-11 14:33
Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, February 17th, in observance of Presidents Day.

These are the WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 17th:

  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library

All other WCCLS libraries will be open their regular hours.

Library Schedules for Monday, 2/10/14

Mon, 2014-02-10 14:35
The following libraries will open late today, Monday February 10th
  • Garden Home Community Library - UPDATE  
    • the Rec Center is closed until 5pm, the library may or may not open today.  We'll keep updating this page as we learn more. 
  • Hillsboro Library will open at 12 noon 
  • Oregon College of Arts & Crafts campus (and library) will open at 11am
  • West Slope Library will open at 12 noon
Check back here for updates about other closures or late openings.  Please contact your library directly with any questions about schedules for the day.

If you are concerned about the books you had due over the weekend, or holds you needed to pick up, here are a couple of answers:
  • Fines will not be charged for the days libraries were closed
  • Library staff will take into account closed days when determining the date unclaimed holds are to be pulled

Library schedules for Sunday, 2/9/2014

Sat, 2014-02-08 20:24
The following libraries will be closed due to weather conditions:
  • Beaverton City Library 
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Hillsboro Public Library - all services and locations
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library
 The following libraries are normally closed on Sundays:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library 
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft Library
  • Tuality Health Resource Center Library
  • West Slope Library

Watch this page for updates to expected schedules.

Weather Closures, Friday 2/7/14

Fri, 2014-02-07 16:42
Due to the weather, the following libraries are closed today, Friday 2/7/14:
The following libraries will be open shorter hours:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

Libraries Closing Early - 2/6/14

Thu, 2014-02-06 16:50
Due to the weather, the following libraries will close early today:

Use the Tigard Library? Fill in their annual survey

Mon, 2014-02-03 20:08
The Tigard Public Library is doing their annual survey. It asks for users to rate customer service throughout the library, and asks if people have used the library for job searches, among other questions.

Please fill in the survey online here. Paper surveys will also be available at the library from Sunday, February 2nd to Saturday, February 15th.

The Tigard Library director, Margaret Barnes, says, “Our survey is a way to touch base with citizens periodically. Over the years their responses have been crucial in helping us customize library services to meet the needs of the community. Now that we are closed on Thursdays, it is particularly important to ask for feedback.”