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Library closures for July 4th weekend

Mon, 2015-06-29 08:00
Please note that WCCLS libraries will be closed during the July 4th weekend.

Friday, July 3
The following libraries are closed:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tuality Health Resource Center
  • West Slope Community Library

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

Sunday, July 5
Hillsboro Library Shute Park Branch will be closed.
The following libraries are also regularly closed on Sundays:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Tuality Health Resource Center
  • West Slope Community Library

Please check our schedule for your library's normal operating hours.

Our online resources and e-book digital collections are always available. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Beat the Heat: Stay Cool at Your Local Library

Fri, 2015-06-26 13:39
Looking for inside activities this weekend?  Escape the heat, and enjoy the free air conditioning at our fifteen WCCLS member libraries.  Each library has a cool assortment of activities to enjoy during a heat wave. Relax in a comfortable chair and experience a great summer read, attend one of our many programs designed to entertain and educate, or just browse our amazing collection.  With over 1.6 million items available countywide, you are sure to find something you like!

Extended hours:
The Tualatin Public Library will keep entire library open extended hours, until 8:30 pm on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.

All other WCCLS member libraries will be open regular hours.  See our calendar of events for cool entertainment during this warm weekend.

Visit Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark for FREE this Summer

Mon, 2015-06-22 08:00
The Cultural Pass to Adventure is adding something new this summer.

Available now through September 7, you can reserve a one-day Summer Boarding Pass Membership to visit the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark.

The Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark features a wave pool and 10 waterslides, including one that starts in a real Boeing 747 aircraft on the roof!  Waterpark visitors will also learn about the power of water through hands-on educational exhibits in the Waterpark museum.

The Waterpark Summer Boarding Pass Membership admits two individuals into the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark.  No other attractions on the Evergreen campus are included.  For more information, please read the small print.

Reserve the Waterpark Pass and grab your swimsuit!

Library Staff Member Awarded Prestigious Reforma Scholarship

Fri, 2015-06-19 15:51
Araceli Acosta is one of two proud recipients of a 2015 REFORMA Scholarship, awarded annually by the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Araceli was awarded the Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship for her dedication to serving Hispanic communities at the library and beyond. In addition to working at Beaverton City Library and North Plains Public Library, she is excited to begin her first semester of school at San Jose State University in the Fall.

"Araceli’s greatest motivation and fulfillment comes from assisting Spanish-speaking library patrons, particularly parents, to obtain the information and tools needed to help their children succeed in school and in life,” says Debra Brodie, Library Director at North Plains Public Library.  “It is most fitting that she has been selected to receive the memorial scholarship honoring Rose Treviño.  In her spirit, Araceli is also a passionate and dedicated advocate for youth and a superior role-model, particularly for Spanish-speakers."

Victoria Campbell, Youth Services Manager at Beaverton City Library, adds “Araceli has worked or volunteered in libraries for over ten years.  She has served our Youth Services division since May 2014.  She brings creativity, enthusiasm, and eagerness to her work with teens.  After one month in her new position as Reference Assistant, she started asking about library school.  We are so excited to see her choose the librarian career path!”

Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA actively seeks to promote the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff. To learn more about REFORMA services and lobbying efforts, please visit www.reforma.org.

Summer Reading Proclamation signed by Washington County Board of Commissioners

Thu, 2015-06-18 09:56
The Washington County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation this week declaring the importance of Summer Reading at WCCLS libraries. Super Reader and WCCLS director Eva Calcagno championed the proclamation, along with Super Readers from the County.  The Board of Commissioners joined the fun by donning Super Reader gear and encouraging all residents to sign up at their libraries!
WHEREAS, WCCLS and its 15 member libraries annually offer Summer Reading Programs with activities for children, teens and adults to engage, educate and entertain residents of all ages; and...

WHEREAS, the theme for the 2015 Summer Reading Program is, "Every Hero has a Story," which encourages readers to read about all types of heroes - mythical, graphical, literary, imaginary, or actual every-day heroes;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on this 16th day of June, 2015, the Washington County Board of Commissioners encourages residents of all ages to visit their public libraries, to participate in the annual Summer Reading Program and become reading superheroes in their own right; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a County of Super Readers is a County that is informed, engaged, and better prepared to face the challenges of the future.Read the full proclamation.


The Truths We Hold: A Free Conversation at the Tualatin Public Library

Thu, 2015-06-18 09:00
If the Constitution of the United States speaks to the head, the Declaration of Independence speaks to the heart and to the body; if the Constitution is prose, the Declaration is poetry. What does the Declaration of Independence have to offer us as twenty-first century Americans? What does it mean to have a right to pursue happiness? And how might we think about—and use—the Declaration to improve the state of our Republic?

Join the Tualatin Public Library for “The Truths We Hold: The Poetry and Lessons of the Declaration of Independence,” a free conversation with Wendy Willis.

Thursday, July 2, 7:00 p.m.Tualatin Public LibraryHosted by the Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities
Willis is a poet, essayist, and national leader in civic engagement and collaborative governance. She serves as executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization housed at Portland State University and devoted to improving democratic governance. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released in 2012.

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.

Download audiobooks with 3M Cloud Library

Mon, 2015-06-01 13:30
You can now download audiobooks using 3M Cloud Library! We have added over 1000 titles for readers and listeners of all ages, and will be adding new titles each month.

If you don’t feel you have time to read, but miss having books in your life, you may find audiobooks to be a great alternative! Listen to books in the car, at the gym, or while you’re doing chores around the house.

Audiobooks are just as easy to use in 3M Cloud as e-books. While the initial download can be a little slow (expect around 20 minutes), once the audiobook is on your device, you can listen to it without internet access.

We have audiobook shelves on the Featured section of the 3M Cloud app that you can browse. You can also swipe from the right of the screen to see the option to filter titles by format.

Download the 3M Cloud Library app to your Apple or Android device to get started.

Summer Reading begins at WCCLS libraries!

Mon, 2015-06-01 09:48
Stop by one of our libraries to sign up for Summer Reading 2015.  There's something for everyone!

Little Kids:  Summer Reading is a perfect early reading adventure for babies, toddlers and pre-readers. It's never too early to get kids hooked on books! Visit a library storytime to sign up, and learn more here.

Big Kids and Teens: There are great events throughout the summer, and prizes for readers who meet their summer reading goals - as well as prizes just for signing up! Choose your age group here.

Adults: Once again this year summer reading for adults means finding great book suggestions in your inbox, sharing your reads, prizes for book lovers, and events at your local library. We encourage you to sign-up online and check out the calendar of great events we have lined up for adults.

We look forward to seeing readers of all ages this summer in the library and online!

Help us organize the new WCCLS homepage!

Tue, 2015-05-12 15:16
Many thanks to everyone who has participated in usability testing for our new website so far.  Here's another opportunity to make your voice heard!

Click here to begin.

In this exercise, we are asking you to imagine that you want to complete certain tasks on our website.  For example, "you want to know if your library is currently open."  Then you simply click on the page where you would look first.  There are no right or wrong answers.  We have selected 15 scenarios for testing, but you can complete as many as you have time to do.  You'll also get a sneak peek at the current draft of our new home page!  Thank you for your time and assistance.

Update about WMA format audiobooks from Library2Go

Thu, 2015-05-07 12:06
OverDrive, the company that powers the Library2Go service, has announced that any remaining audiobooks in the WMA format will be pulled from Library2Go. Those of you who download your audiobooks using OverDrive app on your phone or tablet are not affected by this issue.

For the past few years, OverDrive has been working with publishers to get WMA audiobook titles converted to MP3 format. MP3 format is available for use on more devices than WMA audiobooks. Some publishers are unwilling to convert some of their audiobook titles from WMA to MP3.

On May 19th, all WMA audiobooks that are left will be removed from Library2Go. If you have a WMA audiobook checked out during this time, you will have the audiobook for the full checkout time. However, all holds on WMA audiobooks will be cancelled on May 19th.

Access to Technology at WCCLS Libraries Makes a Difference Every Day

Thu, 2015-05-07 11:30
We surveyed 4,478 people about their public technology use at WCCLS member libraries.  59% of survey respondents used public technology at the library.  This infographic shares some of the highlights of how public technology users at the library use it to meet their goals.

View the entire report here.

Cedar Mill Library Open House Celebration

Thu, 2015-05-07 10:49
You are invited to the Cedar Mill Library open house celebrating the library’s recent remodeling:

Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Now that the walls and ceiling are painted, the flooring is replaced, and some new furniture has been installed, the Cedar Mill Library is ready to throw a party! There will be a brief recognition event at 11:30 a.m., guided tours of the library, and the ongoing fundraiser, Second Edition Resale Shop (also newly remodeled). Enjoy refreshments, an activity for kids, a book and media sale, and a special sale at Second Edition. Stop by and see the improvements - all funded by generous library donors and Second Edition Resale shop sales.

"Freshen Up for Spring" Raffle
In conjunction with the open house celebration, the library is having a raffle for several "Freshen Up for Spring" baskets. They contain items from local businesses to help you clean up, remodel, and decorate your home and garden. Ticket sales start Friday, May 1, at Cedar Mill Main. Tickets are 3 for $5 or $2 each. Drawing will be on May 16. Proceeds benefit the library.

Photo: Laura Torgersen, Cedar Mill Library Reference Assistant, at the new Adult Services desk, with "Poem in Your Pocket" display.

Get help filling out Public Housing waitlist applications at the Library

Tue, 2015-04-28 10:15
WCCLS is pleased to partner with the Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC). HAWC will be taking applications for their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing waitlists from May 2nd to May 9th.

If applicants do not have Internet access, they can use the public computers at WCCLS member libraries to submit an application online. In addition, staff from the Housing Authority staff will be at WCCLS libraries and PCC at scheduled times throughout the week to help people apply.

To learn about the waitlist opening, visit www.co.washington.or.us/housingpreap. This site includes a link to the application, as well as days and times when Housing staff will help the public at WCCLS libraries.

HAWC plays an important role in providing affordable housing in Washington County. WCCLS is glad to have the opportunity to assist HAWC in this critical service to our community.

WCCLS catalog and online accounts are back up!

Mon, 2015-04-27 12:19
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. We aren't expecting any problems, but this should resolve any issues. We have information about clearing your browser's cache on your desktop computer and your mobile device on our website.

If your browser is not storing your WCCLS barcode and PIN when you log in to your account, clear your browser's cache (see above for info), and then adjust your browser's settings for saving login information. You'll find that at the bottom of this page on the WCCLS website.

If you want to get deeper into some features of the catalog, we have videos on creating saved searches in the desktop catalog (these alert you to new items added that match your search), as well as creating and managing lists of saved titles.

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

Catalog and account software will be down starting Sunday night until Tuesday

Fri, 2015-04-24 08:30
We will be posting more frequent updates about the catalog and account availability on Facebook and Twitter.

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 26th, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, April 28th.

Here's what you need to know:
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, April 26th, Monday, April 27th, or Tuesday, April 28th
  • 3M Cloud  e-books will not be available during this time.
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog

What will be available during the software updates?

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated?
This update adds functionality to the staff version of the library catalog, but you will not notice any significant changes with the look or performance of the public catalog or with your library account. 

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

Help us organize the new WCCLS website!

Thu, 2015-04-23 13:19
Do you have a spare 10-20 minutes to help with the WCCLS website?  

Click here to complete the online survey and card sort.

The purpose of a card sort is to help us organize content on our website in a meaningful way, so that people can navigate it quickly and easily.  We are in the process of redesigning our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of our new site.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of online cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you. There are no “right answers” in a card sort, but as a group we can see trends that will inform the navigation of our website.  The survey will close May 1.  Your participation is greatly appreciated! 

Tualatin Teen Librarian Wins State Award

Thu, 2015-04-23 10:20
Congratulations to Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin Public Library Teen Librarian, for receiving the OYAN You’re Excellent Award at the 2015 Oregon Library Association conference. The Oregon Young Adult Network [OYAN] gives this award to recognize an individual or organization that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in Oregon libraries.

In their letters nominating Meuchel for the award, Tualatin teens shared these comments about Meuchel:

"It was because of Aimee that I began to actively seek out leadership opportunities and become more involved in my community. Without her guidance and support throughout the years, I would have never grown out of my shell or realized how much I enjoy helping others."
"Aimee is always smiling and having fun, which influences me and some other teens to smile and have fun with life, because you can't let the past or a bad day bring you down and ruin fun. ... Aimee honestly has the most creative mind in the world, and is the funnest person I have met."

"I have learned from her the meaning of leadership and responsibility ... and she taught me to trust myself. ... I have never met someone older than me that understands how teens feel; she relates to us, and that is why she is a friend to me."

"I would never have become to person I am today if it weren't for talking to that special little red-haired librarian."
Meuchel has worked at the Tualatin Library since 2006, starting as a Children's Librarian. When the Tualatin Library was expanded in 2008, Meuchel became Tualatin's first Teen Librarian and was instrumental in the development of the Library's dedicated Teen Room.   Because of Meuchel's efforts, Tualatin Library has a highly successful teen program. The Library presents more than 200 programs for teens each year, including weekly drop-in gaming and movie nights. The Teen Room regularly has more than 600 visits each month.

As part of the award, Meuchel received an engraved plaque and a monetary donation of $100 to support teen services at the Tualatin Public Library. 

2015 Library Supporter of the Year Award goes to Three Beaverton Women

Mon, 2015-04-20 10:47
Three Beaverton women are recipients of the 2015 Library Supporter of the Year Award from the Oregon Library Association.

Congratulations to Dawn Prochovnic (pictured left with with OLA President Candace Watkins), Debbie Plawner, and Mitzi Sandman, founders of School Libraries Matter: Beaverton.  This organization advocates strong school libraries and teacher librarians. 

The Library Supporter of the Year Award is presented to an Oregonian or a group of Oregonians for exceptional effort to support and promote libraries.  Read more here.

Oregon Book Award winners announced for 2015

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:16
The Oregon Book Award winners for 2015 were announced on Monday, 4/13.  Below is a selection of the winners in some categories; find a full list of the winners here.

Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw Award for Children's Literature
Whistle in the Dark by Susan Hill
Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction
Big Little Man: In Search of my Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction
The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld by Justin Hocking
Ken Kesey Award for Fiction
The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna
Readers Choice Award
The Free by Willy Vlautin

Congratulations to all the winners!

"How to Start an Investment Club" program at the Tualatin Library

Thu, 2015-04-16 11:00
The old adage "there's safety in numbers'' can be applied to investment clubs in more ways than one. An investment club is a group of individual investors who come together to learn, share investing experiences and help each other become more successful investors.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tualatin Library Community Room
No prerequisites: anyone can learn how to invest for your future goals.

Clubs provide education, camaraderie and buying power, plus the confidence of knowing you don't have to go it alone. This workshop will review the ins and outs of starting an investment club and the advantages of learning and earning in a group.

Officers and members of the Portland, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of Better Investing will present the workshops.