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Tualatin Public Library's Amazing Volunteers

Tue, 2015-02-10 08:00
Volunteers at Tualatin Public Library make a difference in their community.
Recently profiled by The Times Tigard-Tualatin, Tualatin’s volunteer tutor program connects instructors one-on-one with those looking to learn a skill.
Volunteer tutor Jennifer Eidson.
Photo courtesy Tualatin Public Library.From physics and math, to computer basics and civics lessons, Tualatin's tutors help their neighbors do better in school, learn a new language, and stay connected to friends and family through new technologies.
Volunteer Coordinator Margie Bradley says, "the best part about my job is I spend my day working with [volunteers] whose hearts are leading them around, and there’s nothing better than that."
Another volunteer organization, Mission:Citizen, is making a big contribution by preparing legal residents for US citizenship. Made up of students from Portland's Lincoln High School, Mission:Citizen hosts citizenship classes most Mondays at Tualatin Public Library from 6pm-7:30pm. They have also recently started classes at Beaverton City Library on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8pm.
Learn more about the work of Mission:Citizen from The Times Tigard-Tualatin.WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno praises Tualatin Public Library and library volunteers' efforts throughout Washington County, saying these stories:"not only highlight the incredible service that the volunteers provide but the trans-formative impact of libraries on the life of our communities. I think it’s really amazing that 100+ years after the start of the public library movement in America, that two of the essential elements – helping immigrants succeed and become citizens, and providing a people’s university – are still alive and well."If you are interested in volunteering at your local library, please find opportunities and contact information here:

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, 2/16/2015

Mon, 2015-02-09 12:30
Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015, in observance of Presidents' Day.

WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 16:
  • 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
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
  • 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
  • Tuality Health Resource Center
For regular hours and contact information, please visit:

    Aloha Community Library Association Prepares to Inspire the Future

    Mon, 2015-02-09 08:00
    Book art on display at Aloha Community Library.Opened on September 22, 2012 in a small storefront in the Farmington Marketplace shopping center, the Aloha Community Library launched with a motto of "honor our past, showcase the present, and inspire the future." And, with nearly 20% of County residents living within the local 97007 and 97006 zip code areas, the Library already has a significant primary target audience to help them do just that. Beginning as an all-volunteer library, it has now grown in size, use and community support. It now is open 37 hours a week, has part-time paid staff, and offers a variety of programs for its users.

    In April and May 2014 the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Policy Group and the WCCLS Executive Board recommended the inclusion of the Aloha Community Library as a full member of WCCLS. This move allowed the Aloha Community Library to be included in planning for the proposed WCCLS local option levy scheduled for the November 2015 ballot. Official admission of Aloha Community Library as a WCCLS member library will be dependent on approval of the Board of County Commissioners and passage of the library levy.

    If you wish to learn more, or are interested in volunteering with the Aloha Community Library, please email Terri Palmer, Director of Volunteer Services, at

    The library has a NEW larger location within the same shopping center, 17455 SW Farmington Rd Suite 25B, Aloha, OR, 97078 (next door to the Dollar Tree). Current open hours: Monday 10 am–8 pm; Wednesday 10 am–8pm; Thursday 10 am–8 pm; Saturday 10 am–5 pm.

    Beaverton Residents Welcome Expanded Murray Scholls Branch Library

    Sat, 2015-02-07 08:00
    Following a brief renovation and expansion this winter, the Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls Branch is once again open! Visitors will enjoy an additional 5,000 feet of space dedicated exclusively for children and their families. This 80% increase in square footage includes a large new room for young kids and families to participate in storytimes, performances, and other lively activities. It also allowed for the re-purposing of existing space for teens featuring more study tables and an erasable IdeaPaint wall where they can show-off their creativity. Although all major construction is now over, the Branch looks forward to moving new furniture, decor, and technology into the library in the coming months.
    Of course, more room also means more programming for the Beaverton community. The Branch is thrilled to announce additional storytimes for 1-year-olds, toddlers, preschoolers, and families. Other special programs to get excited about this spring include Make It Mondays for grades 3-8, WOW Wednesdays for ages 3-8, among others. Teen programs and events also continue to grow, as will the selection of young adult fiction and graphic novels in the teen book collection.
    A few thoughts from Branch Manager, John Finn:
    • Between January 24 and 28 staff processed nearly 12,000 holds for local patrons.
    • The new children's room opened on January 31 and the full library reopening followed on February 1.
    • Within the first four-days of opening staff in the new children's room answered over 140 reference questions!
    • Our shelves are emptying out while families are enjoying having more room to browse.
    • Many people have commented on how much they love the new children's room, the additional and redesigned space and especially all of the new experiences these changes now offer for them to explore!

    Featured Resource: LearningExpress Library

    Mon, 2015-02-02 08:37
    LearningExpress Library can help you:

    • Prepare for tests: including occupation and military exams as well as SAT, ACT, AP tests, GED, graduate school admissions, and U.S. citizenship exams
    • Master computer skills: focusing on Microsoft Office and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
    • Build math and reading skills: for elementary, middle, high school, college, and adult learners
    • Recursos para Hispanohablantes también.
    To get started: Choose a learning center from the image carousel: Adult Learning Center, College Prep Center, Popular Software Tutorials, etc.  Once you’ve selected a center, browse for a topic that interests you.  In many cases, you can choose from several levels of tutorials.  Each tutorial consists of lessons, quizzes, and practice tests to gauge your learning.  You will want to create an account to keep track of your progress.

    Check out LearningExpress Library with your WCCLS library card handy!


    Thu, 2015-01-29 09:14
    WCCLS is pleased to announce that we have begun work on an improved and updated website.  Our current was last redesigned in 2008 (over six years ago!), with a brief homepage-only refresh in 2011.  We are looking forward to a modern, new look.  More importantly, we are working hard to make it easier to find things on our website.  Since almost 30% of our website traffic comes from people using mobile devices, we are also excited that the new will be mobile-friendly, with a responsive design that automatically resizes to each device.

    The WCCLS website is designed for our patrons, and we need your help!  You will have several opportunities in the coming months to offer guidance with this project, starting with this one:

    Please take 5 minutes to fill out this short survey.

    Thank you for your assistance and support!

    WCCLS library catalog is back online

    Tue, 2015-01-20 10:28
    Thank you for your patience during our scheduled maintenance. The WCCLS catalog is now back online. You may now access all online services, including:

    Holocaust survivor Miriam Kominkowska Greenstein to speak at Tualatin Public Library

    Tue, 2015-01-20 08:30
    Hear a fascinating story of courage and survival
    Tualatin Public Library
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    In 1939 Miriam Kominkowska was nine years old, living happily with her loving family in the small town of Lubraniec, Poland. Everything changed on September 1 when Germany invaded Poland.

    In the Shadow of Death is the story of young Miriam's resilience and fierce determination to live, as she experienced the terrible devastation of Lodz ghetto, endured the loss of her family, and survived the grim horror of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Join us to hear her story.

    Mrs. Miriam Greenstein will have copies of her autobiography In the Shadow of Death, A Young Girl's Survival in the Holocaust available for $20 and can be autographed at the end of the program. Proceeds go to the endowment fund for the maintenance of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

    Parking at the Tualatin Public Library is limited because of parking lot improvements; additional parking is available at nearby public parking lots. See Construction Around the Library for more information.

    North Plains hosts an evening with Robin Cody

    Sat, 2015-01-17 08:00
    North Plains Public Library hosts An Evening With an Author, Saturday, January 24 at 7pm.

    Oregon Book Award winner & author of Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River, Robin Cody will read from his works and lead a discussion.

    The event is free, but space for this event will be limited to 50. Please RSVP with North Plains Public Library if you plan to attend.

    This event is supported by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, the Friends of North Plains Public Library, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

    Most popular books & items at WCCLS

    Fri, 2015-01-16 10:17
    With all the 'best of' lists coming out this time of year, we like to peek at our own numbers to see what's popular with readers right here in Washington County.
    Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues to be totally popular with young readers and families, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel claiming 1,971 checkouts last fiscal year (2013-2014) and over 1,000 more since July 1, 2014.
    Children's author Mo Willems appears to be our top circulating author these days, with literally dozens of his titles taking up space within our top 100.
    Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl topped our list for 3M Cloud Library's Adult Nonfiction category.
    If you believe Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling are, in fact, one in the same, that author claimed 3 titles in our top 10 for 3M Cloud's Adult Fiction. Congrats to Gillian Flynn (and the four three other authors whose works beat out Fifty Shades of Grey on this list!). Flynn's Gone Girl: A Novel also ranked #6 in our physical book checkouts last fiscal year:

    3M Cloud Adult Fiction:1. Switchblade, by Michael Connelly
    2. Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
    3. Personal, by Lee Child
    4. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
    5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
    6. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    7. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
    8. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
    9. High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella, by Lee Child
    10. A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein
    And what, you might ask, was the number one top-circulating item in the WCCLS system? Disney's 2012 film Brave on DVD with 2,601 checkouts between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

    WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

    Fri, 2015-01-16 08:30
    Please remember: the WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

    In addition, all WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, January 19, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except for Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center

    During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
    The following will be available during the downtime:
    *3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

    Cedar Mill Community Library closed Sunday, January 18

    Thu, 2015-01-15 15:19
    Please note that Cedar Mill Community Library will be closed for renovations this Sunday, January 18, 2015.

    Cedar Mill Library at Bethany will remain open on Sunday (12pm-5pm), and both libraries (along with most other WCCLS member libraries) will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 19. Regular hours and services will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

    Also, please be aware that the WCCLS library catalog will be offline for maintenance beginning Sunday, January 18 at 9pm through Monday, January 19.

    2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Now Open!

    Wed, 2015-01-14 12:30
    Hey! Are you an artist between ages 12-18 and a Washington County library card holder? Submit your design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

    The contest runs now through February 14, 2015.

    The winning design will be used on 2015 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, 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.

    Remember: the last day to submit your entry is Saturday, February 14, 2015. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF). Good luck!

    Free Workshop on Getting Published, January 20

    Wed, 2015-01-14 08:00
    Garden Home Community Library invites you to attend our Free Writer’s Workshop on Getting Published on Tues., Jan. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. and learn the pros and cons of various publishing methods.

    This program will be led by Paul Gerald. Gerald, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown, has authored five books and self-published one of them. He’s seen book publishing as both a published author and an independent publisher, and he’s even sought out an agent for future projects.

    In this workshop Gerald will discuss the pros and cons of the varying publishing methods, share stories and hints and suggestions, and try to answer all your publishing-related questions.

    Please call 503-245-9932 to RSVP.

    Garden Home Community Library: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR  97223.
    We are located inside the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. The cross street is SW Garden Home Rd, across from the Lamb’s Thriftway and the Shari’s Restaurant.

    Cultural Coalition of Washington County Awards Grants for 2015

    Tue, 2015-01-13 12:00
    The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) has announced grants to 32 local groups for 2015. The grants, which total $46,915, will go toward helping schools and small organizations carry out cultural projects and arts programs across Washington County. Please read our media release for a complete list of these grants.
    Funding for this grant program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Cultural Trust is supported by a unique tax credit program.

    Library Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015

    Tue, 2015-01-13 08:52
    All WCCLS member libraries except Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 20.
    Also, please remember that the WCCLS catalog will be down for maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 through Monday, January 19. Thanks for your patience and enjoy this day of remembrance.

    Cornelius Receives Grant for Reading Adventure Packs

    Thu, 2015-01-08 09:30
    The Friends of the Cornelius Public Library has received a $2,000 grant from the Oregon International Airshow to support their Reading Adventure Packs, a new initiative to encourage reading and literacy through family interaction.

    The Reading Adventure Packs are a set of ten themed backpacks that will include a variety of books and educational support material that can be checked out free at the Cornelius Library. Some of the kits will be in Spanish.

    "Our community can really benefit from expanded library services like the Adventure Packs. Cornelius has an especially high rate of poverty and illiteracy," says Karen Hill, Library Director. "Literacy is so important – it’s a key element of breaking the poverty cycle and setting children up to be successful."

    Congratulations to Cornelius Public Library for getting this initiative off the ground! For more information, or to check out the Reading Adventure Packs, please contact the Cornelius Public Library.

    Early Learning and WCCLS

    Wed, 2015-01-07 15:12
    Last week, NPR aired a story about a Maryland county library system’s efforts on early literacy, which sounded very familiar to us.

    Public libraries around the U.S. play a crucial role helping families get an early start on school readiness. It makes good sense. Historically, public libraries have provided critical early learning opportunities in their communities by offering storytimes and other activities for all children from birth. More recently, this support includes offering workshops and classes for parents and caregivers to extend their roles in the early learning process at home.

    Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) does a lot to help build early literacy skills, and we are a proud member of the newly formed Washington County Early Learning Hub (also called Early Learning Washington County). The Early Learning Hub is a collaborative group that brings together our community’s early learning resources in an effort to improve outcomes for children and their families. Through our relationship with the Early Learning Hub, our libraries have forged new relationships with our local school districts.

    In the coming months, WCCLS librarians will provide highly interactive Every Child Ready to Read workshops at 16 of the very highest-needs schools in Washington County. These evening presentations will give families strong tools to increase the amount of time their children engage in five critical pre-reading activities: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing. For more information on these workshops, or to find a workshop near your home, please contact our Youth Services Librarian at (503) 681-5092.

    Additionally, this summer the WCCLS Outreach and Youth Services Department will begin to deliver a rotating collection of high-interest picture books to targeted family child care home providers each month to increase early access to books. These will include providers who care for children receiving Oregon Department of Human Services assistance, children who are receiving early intervention services, and those who speak English as a second language. Through a generous grant from the State of Oregon, the Washington County Early Learning Hub has purchased $5,000 worth of Spanish language picture books to add to the WCCLS book delivery collection.

    Children are getting ready for reading and school success every day. WCCLS and our member libraries help families maximize the critical early years so they can set their children on the path to a lifetime of learning.

    WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

    Tue, 2015-01-06 08:30
    The WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

    During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
    The following will be available during the downtime:
    *3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

      Scheduled downtime for OCLC services WorldCat & ArticleFirst, January 2 & 3

      Fri, 2015-01-02 11:40
      All OCLC services, including our popular WorldCat and ArticleFirst online resources, will be offline and unavailable this Friday, January 2, 2015 starting at 9pm through Saturday, January 3 at 12pm for a technology upgrade. These are the main tools typically used for Interlibrary Loan requests, so please note these will be unavailable to member library staff during this time.

      Please check the OCLC support website for updates during this time for confirmation that services are back online and that the upgrade has been completed.