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Tualatin Library extends hours on Friday

Wed, 2015-07-29 16:39
The Tualatin Public Library will extend hours on Friday, July 31, until 9pm to serve as a "cooling center." The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Portland-metro area through Friday night, with forecasted highs of 100 degrees.

The Tualatin Library normally closes at 6pm on Friday through Sunday but is open until 9 pm on Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 503-691-3074 or visit online.

The Juanita Pohl Center is another Tualatin location where residents without air conditioning can find some relief. The JPC will be open regular hours on Thursday and Friday: 8 am - 5 pm. The JPC is located at 8513 SW Tualatin Rd. (inside Community Park). For more information, call 503-691-3061.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under four, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.

Washington County Public Health advises taking precautions to avoid heat-related health issues, including staying hydrated, staying in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible, and avoiding strenuous activities. For more info:

Partners in Diversity Survey

Thu, 2015-07-23 14:20
Partners in Diversity is seeking minorities who are unemployed or underemployed to take an online survey (located in the purple section of their homepage).  The survey is available in several languages.

Click here to participate in the survey
The nonprofit organization is collecting data in an effort to help minorities and English Language Learners overcome barriers to living wage jobs in the greater Portland area. Your participation is appreciated!Partners in Diversity is an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, whose mission is to partner with Oregon and SW Washington member employers to attract and retain professionals of color.

North Plains Public Library open more hours

Mon, 2015-07-13 16:12
Thanks to funding from the Washington County Cooperative Library Services and approval of the 2015-2016 budget by the North Plains City Council, the North Plains Library will be open 50 hours each week - one hour earlier each weekday and Saturday and eight summer Sunday afternoons.  Visit early and visit often!

Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday:10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)

Scheduled Maintenance for Online Resources

Thu, 2015-07-09 12:00
Our authentication system for online resources will be undergoing routine maintenance on Sunday.  As part of this upgrade, you may experience a brief period of downtime from 9:00 pm on Saturday, July 11, through 3:00 am on Sunday, July 12.

You will still have access to our online catalog and e-books during that time.

Hillsboro Main Library closing early on July 17

Wed, 2015-07-08 16:09
The Oregon International Air Show is happening July 16-19, next door to the Hillsboro Main Library.  Since major roads around the library will be closed during parts of the show, the Hillsboro Main Library will close at 6pm on Friday, July 17

The library will be open regular hours on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12-6pm). The Shute Park Branch will be open normal hours throughout the weekend.

Brookwood Parkway will be closed between Cornell Road and Dawson Creek Parkway during the following times:
  • Thursday, July 16: 11am-3:45pm
  • Friday, July 17: 10:30am-3:45pm and 7-10:30pm
  • Saturday, July 18: 10:30am-5pm
  • Sunday, July 19: 10:30am-5pm
Traffic will be allowed to access the Library from the north during the road closures, but expect extensive delays.

Tigard Library Installs Automated System to Check in Items Faster

Tue, 2015-07-07 18:34
The Tigard Library has a new automated check-in system:

NEW Tigard Public Library AMH from Tigard Library on Vimeo.

“We are excited about this new system,” said Library Director Margaret Barnes.  “By checking in items faster, we’ll be able to get them off people’s accounts and back on the shelf quicker so that other patrons can check them out.  Our goal is to increase customer satisfaction and confidence.”
In 2014, checking in items manually required about 190 hours a week.  The new system will check in up to 2,500 items per hour.  It reads the radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag to determine what type of material it is, and then sorts it into the correct bin for re-shelving. 

The Tigard Library is the third library in Washington County to install an automated check-in system, along with Hillsboro and Beaverton.

Free online access to Chilton auto repair information

Tue, 2015-06-30 14:32
WCCLS now offers online access to Chilton’s trusted auto repair information. 
Log in with your library card to use this extensive resource from anywhere you have internet access. 
Visit to get started!

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

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 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.