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Featured Resource: Learn a new language with Mango

Wed, 2014-07-23 12:42
Traveling abroad this summer?  Want to brush up on your high school Spanish?  With your library card, you have access to learning over 60 languages.  Mango uses real-life situations and conversations to help you quickly grasp a new language or improve your language skills.  Mango also includes literal meanings, cultural notes, and grammar notes to help you communicate more effectively.

 
How to get started:  
  1. Access Mango through the WCCLS website.
  2. Create a login and password which will allow Mango to remember where you leave off (optional).
  3. Select a language and level of instruction.
  4. Get talking!
Check out Mango Languages with your library card handy.

WCCLS website will be down Tuesday evening, 7/22

Sun, 2014-07-20 16:51
The WCCLS website will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from approximately 9pm to 11pm, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
What does this mean?  During this time you will NOT be able to access these services:
  • WCCLS website
The following services will be available:
  • WCCLS catalog (searching, placing holds, etc.)
  • WCCLS events calendar
  • WCCLS telephone renewal line

Thanks in advance for your patience!  We apologize for any inconvenience.

WCCLS website, catalog & accounts will be down Monday evening, July 21

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:49
The WCCLS website, catalog, and patron accounts will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from approximately 9pm to 11pm, Monday, July 21, 2014.
What does this mean?  During this time you will NOT be able to access these services:
  • WCCLS website
  • Your online account 
  • The telephone renewal line
  • WCCLS catalog (searching, placing holds, etc.)
  • WCCLS events calendar

Thanks in advance for your patience!  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Special Events at Garden Home Community Library

Tue, 2014-07-15 17:02
Garden Home Community Library is hosting two special guests this month:

Meet the Author – Paul Gerald

Tuesday, July 22, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Paul Gerald is the author of five books, including 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland, Breakfast in Bridgetown, and Peaceful Places in Portland, which have new editions this year. He will read, tell stories, and show pictures.

Before the Show Began:  Theatres of Oregon
Tuesday, July 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Director Darrell Jabin will introduce his newest documentary and answer questions.

Garden Home Community Library is located inside the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center at the corner of SW Oleson Rd. and Garden Home Rd.

Free.

Library Closures for Independence Day, July 4, 2014

Mon, 2014-06-30 12:54
All WCCLS member libraries will be closed this Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
Forest Grove City Library will also be closed Saturday, July 5. Other libraries will return to their regular schedules July 5. Please check our schedule for your library's hours.


Photo by Flickr user puzzler4879.Our online resources and e-book digital collections such as Library2Go are always available. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Featured Resource: find your next book with NoveList

Fri, 2014-06-27 11:33
Looking for a new book to read this summer?  Not sure where to start?  WCCLS library cardholders have access to NoveList Plus, a resource designed to help you find read-alikes and other great books.

Searching tips: Search for a title you loved, and then look for suggested titles on the right-hand sidebar.  Or find new books by genre, using the menu in the left-hand sidebar.  No matter how you use it, Novelist is full of ideas to get you reading something you enjoy.

Check out NoveList Plus with your library card handy.

Hungrytown at Cedar Mill Library - June 29 at 2:00 PM

Thu, 2014-06-26 13:12
June 29, 2:00pm
Cedar Mill Library

The musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson bring their popular folk music to Cedar Mill all the way from West Townshend, Vermont. Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including Portlandia.

New features for Library2Go accounts

Thu, 2014-06-19 09:46
WCCLS patrons will notice new features within their Library2Go (OverDrive) e-book accounts today!

Under 'Advanced Search,' you are now able to search for e-books and e-audiobooks by their ISBN.








In addition, all reader lists (including Wish List, Recommended for you, etc.) are now found under your account by clicking on 'Lists.'



You are now able to borrow, sample, share, add to Wish List, and see title details all directly from the cover image. You are also able to filter your Wish List to see titles that are available now.

Science of Applying for Grants at Tualatin Public Library

Wed, 2014-06-11 14:06
Ages 18+
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Tualatin Library Community Room

There are many steps that need to be taken before a nonprofit organization is ready to submit a truly compelling and competitive proposal for grant funding. Developing and gathering the proper information that funders require can be a daunting process. Join grants expert Rick Horton to learn some hot tips and a formula for success!  This is a free class and no registration is required.


Summer Reading / Lectura de verano 2014!

Sun, 2014-06-01 20:25
Our Summer Reading Program is now in full swing at libraries across Washington County, with something for all ages!
  • For 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: wccls.org/srp2014
Adult Summer Reading participants will also have the chance to win an iPad Mini (which you'll use exclusively for reading, right?)!
With direct access to our growing collections of e-books and digital audiobooks, as well as our Mango Languages app and other great mobile resources, you will definitely want to register for Summer Reading now.

#WCCLSreads

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/26/2014

Wed, 2014-05-21 14:07
All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

Photo by Flickr user puzzler4879.








All of our online resources and e-book digital collections such as Library2Go are, of course, available! Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

West Slope Library Closed for In-Service - Friday, May 16

Wed, 2014-05-14 13:07
The library will be closed on Friday, May 16, 2014 for staff in-service.

Books and other library materials may still be returned in the outside drop during that time.

The library will resume regular hours on Saturday, May 17.  Find West Slope Library's normal operating hours and contact information on the WCCLS website.

An Evening with Cory Doctorow

Wed, 2014-05-07 14:36
Join your friends and neighbors for a stimulating evening with author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow, author of the bestselling novel Little Brother. Cory will be speaking about how technology and politics affect our lives as readers and as citizens. Afterward, Cory will answer questions from the audience and sign books. Jacobsen’s Books will be selling books at the events.



Event dates and locations:Tuesday, July 8th at 7:00 pm: Beaverton City LibraryWednesday, July 9th at 7:00 pm: Tigard Public LibraryThursday, July 10th at 7:00 pm: Hillsboro Main Library

Featured Resource: Science Online

Tue, 2014-04-29 13:21
Need an experiment for the Science Fair?  Want to learn more about amphibians, atoms, or asteroids?  WCCLS cardholders have free access to Facts on File’s Science Online, with resources appropriate for middle and high school students, as well as adults seeking general information about science-related topics. 

Searching tip: Simply search for the topic you’re interested in, and then use the tabs at the top of the search to narrow the results to topics, diagrams, images, experiments, news articles, etc.

Check out Science Online with your library card handy.

Cedar Mill Library Celebrates Star Wars Day

Mon, 2014-04-28 14:04
“May the 4th Be With You”
May 4th is the unofficial holiday for Star Wars aficionados everywhere. Stop by on Sunday, May 4th for Star Wars Day, an all-ages event from 12-3 p.m.

Cedar Mill: Come dressed up as your favorite character (optional), take a picture with the Cloud City Garrison, visit the craft & activity tables, test your trivia knowledge, take the Jedi challenge, browse the used book & media sale (buy 3, get the 4th free), purchase your Star Wars raffle tickets, and shop the Second Edition sale. (1/4 off one item of clothing)

Bethany: Come dressed up as your favorite character (optional), browse the used book & media sale (buy 3, get the 4th free), purchase your Star Wars raffle tickets, and pick up a Star Wars themed take & make craft and coloring sheets.

Raffle: Stop by the Cedar Mill library today to purchase your Star Wars raffle tickets to win one of several Star Wars packages. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing on May 4 at 3 pm.

New Kids Portal for Library2Go!

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:28
We are pleased to announce a new child-friendly interface to help you and your kids discover ebooks safely and effectively in our Library2Go collection.Simply login to your WCCLS Library2Go account, then scroll down on the main screen until you see the OverDrive for Kids eReading Room link (below). Here you may browse and search through all available children's titles. You can also filter titles by Interest and Reading Levels, as well as by Lexile measure or Accelerated Reader (ATOS) level.



To switch back to the regular Library2Go site -- which includes adult and young adult titles -- just click on the Main Collection button at the top left of your screen.

Website maintenance scheduled Tuesday, April 22

Mon, 2014-04-21 15:01
The WCCLS website will be unavailable from 9 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd, 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 webmaster@wccls.org.

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 (http://www.businessinsider.com/heartbleed-bug-explainer-2014-4).  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:  https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

For more details about the Heartbleed bug, visit this website: http://heartbleed.com/

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.