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Washington County 2016 Community Cultural Participation Grant Opportunity

Fri, 2015-08-28 16:28
The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) opens its grant cycle on Tuesday, September 1st.  Washington County based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to apply for grants to be used during calendar year 2016. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,000 or $2,000. To apply for a $2,000 grant, an organization must be a 501(C)3 non-profit.

A strong grant application will address priorities of promoting cultural diversity, developing community and/or cross-cultural partnerships, providing matching-fund or cost-sharing. Proposals should be geared toward a specific event, activity or communication of the organization.

Applicants to this grant program can apply for activities or opportunities that address one or more of these five goals:
  1. Public Awareness, Audience Building and Participation: Marketing and promotion
  2. Support Existing Cultural Organizations: Professional development and capacity building
  3. Increase Public Art Opportunities: Installations with high impact and/or educational purpose
  4. Support Cultural and Heritage Learning: Education and cultural learning programs/participation
  5. Increase Youth Access to the Arts: School-based arts and cultural opportunities and arts awareness  
The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2016 Grant Guidelines, and application instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the CCWC website. Application are submitted online only through the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s grant application site.

The grant application period ends October 12th at 5pm. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the grant orientation session scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:30-6:00 pm
Hillsboro Public Library – Main  Library Board Room (second floor)
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro 97124

The CCWC was established in 2005 to distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to promote the cultural identity, quality of life and economic vitality of Washington County and its arts, heritage and humanities organizations. The Coalition has distributed over $385,000 in grants to Washington County based organizations over the last 10 years.

The Oregon Cultural Trust was established by the Oregon Legislature to strengthen Oregon’s culture through the establishment of a permanent endowment. The Trust primarily receives funding from the sale of Cultural license plates and from gifts from individuals and businesses through an Oregon State tax credit program. The Trust invests a portion of proceeds from the endowment in annual grants to Oregon counties and tribal groups, funding for statewide cultural agencies, and competitive grants to cultural non-profits. To learn more about the Trust or to make a donation please visit the website.

Announcing a new WCCLS website in September

Wed, 2015-08-19 11:34
WCCLS will be launching a new-and-improved website on September 15.  The new wccls.org is:
  1. Mobile-friendly.  Over 30% of WCCLS website visitors come by mobile devices.  With the new website, no matter if you’re using a desktop or a mobile phone, content will automatically resize for easy reading.
  2. Clean and uncluttered.  The new website was designed by the WCCLS in-house web team, with a focus on simplicity and accessibility.   
  3. Easy to navigate.  The web team used input from library users through in-person and online studies (more than 300 responses—thank you!) to make it easier to find the content you need.

No interruption of service is expected, and the online library catalog will not change.  We look forward to serving you better through the new wccls.org!

"Your Own Business" series at Beaverton City Library

Tue, 2015-08-18 17:58
Starting Your Own Business: 
Feasibility & Business Plans

Tuesday, September 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library Meeting Room A
Registration is optional.

Curious about starting your own business? Learn more about what to consider before taking the leap, as well as some tips for getting started writing your business plan. Presented by Analizza Lambino of the Small Business Administration's Portland District Office and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center.


Marketing 101 for Small Business
Tuesday, September 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library Meeting Room A

Registration is optional. To register call the SCORE office at (503) 326-5211.

This class will provide an overview of marketing basics with an emphasis on low cost marketing ideas including an overview of social media options.

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: http://www.co.washington.or.us/hhs/news/heatwave-june-2015.cfm.

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 wccls.org/chilton 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 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.