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Adobe Digital Editions and Your Privacy

Fri, 2014-10-10 11:44
In recent days, there has been press coverage about the extent of user data that the desktop computer e-book application Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) version 4.0 collects and transmits back to Adobe unencrypted. How does this affect library patrons who borrow e-books from one of our two e-book services – 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive/Library2Go?

If you use 3M Cloud Library, there is no need to use the desktop application Adobe Digital Editions. 3M Cloud Library e-books are read via their mobile app or by a desktop application built by 3M. 3M released this statement:

Many of you have recently heard of the problems with Adobe Digital Editions and privacy, and many have asked us if we have similar problems with our system.  While we do use Adobe for DRM support, we never recommend that users download Adobe Digital Editions for reading 3M Cloud eBooks.  We have our own internally developed applications for PC and MAC which removes the need to have any 3rd party software installed to use our service.  Our technical team has confirmed that the kinds of data noted in the article below are not transmitted between the 3M software and Adobe. http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/adobe-confirms-its-gathering-ebook-readers-data/

If you use OverDrive (Library2Go) to download e-books, this issue does not affect you if you use the OverDrive app on a mobile device. However, if you use Adobe Digital Editions version 4.0 on your desktop computer, this may affect you, as Adobe Digital Editions software is required to download e-books from OverDrive to your desktop computer. You may choose to uninstall Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 and install an earlier version (3.0) instead, as earlier versions appear to be unaffected. OverDrive released a statement about the issue.

WCCLS is concerned about patron privacy and will continue to monitor this issue.  We will share any information we find in order to help our patrons make informed decisions about their e-book use.

Featured Resource: 3M eBooks are easy!

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:22
WCCLS is pleased to offer a new ebook lending option through 3M!  Here's how to get started:

1. Download the app.
Visit ebook.3m.com or your device’s app store to download the 3M Cloud Library app.  The app is available for:
* Apple (iOS)
* Android
* Kindle Fire
* Nook Tablet
* Windows
* Macintosh

2. Enter your library card info.
* You only need to do this once!
* Select your state.
* Choose your library (Washington County Cooperative Library Services).
* Enter your library card number and PIN.

3. Check out & download.
* It’s really easy! Browse or search for a book to download.
* Add your email address so you get an email message when your holds are available.
* You can also check out and keep track of your ebooks in our library catalog.

WCCLS Celebrates Launch of Expanded E-book Options!

Mon, 2014-09-22 12:16
Join your friends and neighbors at the Hillsboro and Tualatin libraries on Tuesday, September 23rd to celebrate the launch of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services’ (WCCLS) new 3M Cloud Library service!


WCCLS is pleased to present this easy to use e-book service that will work on your Apple or Android device, Kindle Fire, PC or Mac. The 3M Cloud Library app is a snap to get set up on your device and links up to your WCCLS online account.

Attend one of the two launch parties to get a personal demonstration of the new service, enjoy refreshments, and enter to win a free Samsung Galaxy tablet (courtesy of sponsor 3M Cloud Library).

Hillsboro Main Library Launch Party:   11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (2850 NE Brookwood Pwy). Enjoy special remarks from Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Interim Library Director Linda Lybecker and WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno.

Tualatin Public Library Launch Party:   4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (18878 SW Martinazzi Ave). Featured speakers include Tualatin City Manager Sherilyn Lombos, Library Manager Jerianne Thompson and WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno.

Doug Monson, a representative from 3M Cloud Library, will be on hand to demonstrate the e-book service at both events and answer questions.

With the launch of 3M Cloud Library, WCCLS is adding e-book titles for readers of all ages – kids, teens and adults. Enjoy finding the latest bestseller or read one of those titles that never seem to go out of circulation. WCCLS will be adding more e-books to 3M Cloud Library over time, and working to keep hold queues short. We also will continue to offer the Library2Go service that you may already use and enjoy. WCCLS is adding this second e-book service to respond to your feedback and keep up with the ever-growing demand for e-books.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the launch parties on the 23rd!

Adult Summer Reading 2014 - #WCCLSReads

Mon, 2014-09-15 16:22
Thank you for participating in WCCLS’ Adult Summer Reading this year!

Over 4,700 adult readers in Washington County discovered (or rediscovered) many, many great books this summer – 30% more readers than last summer! Here's a sampling of goals our readers accomplished through Adult Summer Reading:


Last week we randomly selected four lucky names from those of you who registered for the adult summer reading program either online or at your local library. With the help of our sponsors listed below, these four winners each received an Apple iPad Mini (winners have been contacted by their local library -- sorry if you were not contacted, but you're still a winner in our book!).

In order to make sure our program meets your needs and is fun, we are asking for your feedback. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer this very short, anonymous survey. The survey will close on September 30th.

Thanks again to our program sponsors, thanks to all of you for participating in Adult Summer Reading at WCCLS. Keep on reading! #wcclsreads


Cedar Mill Community Library celebrates 40 years of service

Fri, 2014-09-12 16:04
Gather together with family, friends and neighbors on Saturday, September 20 to celebrate 40 years of library service to the Cedar Mill & Bethany community!

Features Cedar Milers Volkswalk from the Bethany to the Cedar Mill Library, live music and dance, artistic bookends contest, pet rock kid's craft, classic cars and attire, book and vintage items sales, quilt raffle, giveaways, and cake! More info: library.cedarmill.org

Cedar Mill Community Library Association - 12505 NW Cornell Rd, Suite 13, Portland, OR 97229. Telephone: (503) 644-0043 library.cedarmill.org

Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany - 15325 NW Central Drive, Suite J-8, Portland, OR 97229. Telephone: (503) 617-7323 library.cedarmill.org

Featured Resource: National Geographic Kids online

Tue, 2014-09-02 14:03
Did you know?
* A dog's nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.
* The average person walks about 80,000 miles in a lifetime.  That's more than three times around the world!
* A giant squid's eyeball can be as big as a human head.

Find out more interesting facts about our world using our newest online resource!

National Geographic Kids has...
* digital issues of the magazine
* over 230 educational books, and
* National Geographic photographs
... all in a kid-friendly interface.

Check out National Geographic Kids with your library card handy!

Library Closures for Labor Day, September 1, 2014

Tue, 2014-08-26 09:36
All WCCLS member libraries will be closed next Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and relaxing holiday! Find your local library's hours here.
"Labor Day, 1899 - 09/04/1899," by Clifford Berryman.
http://research.archives.gov/description/6010329

Parking impacted at Tualatin Public Library, August 20 through mid-October

Tue, 2014-08-19 17:13
From the City of Tualatin,
Construction on the new City parking lots and the Seneca Street extension is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 20. Parking for the library will be impacted during this time, as one of the two lots will be closed; however, there are other nearby public lots where you can park during construction.The south lot, adjacent to the former Council Building, will be closed beginning the week of August 18. Customers will still be able to access the City Offices and Library via the existing driveway off of Martinazzi Avenue, and limited parking will be available in the lot closest to the Library (the north lot). This first phase is expected to be completed in late September. Once the south lot is reopened, construction will begin on the north lot. The City appreciates your patience during this construction process.At this time, Tualatin Library expects to maintain regular program schedules and regular library hours during the construction.  Hours are:Monday - Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pmFriday and Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pmSunday, 1:00-6:00pm We encourage regular Tualatin Public Library users to look for construction updates on the City's webpage:
http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/library/construction-around-library
And via social media (Facebook):
https://www.facebook.com/Tualatin.OR

Website maintenance scheduled for 9pm Tuesday, 8/12

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:13
The website will be down for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, August 12, from 9pm to 11pm.
During this time you will NOT be able to access the WCCLS website.
The following services will still 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.

Library Notifications by Text Message

Wed, 2014-08-06 08:45
Beginning August 6, you can choose to receive WCCLS notifications by text message, in addition to (or instead of) email, phone, or mail.

With text message notifications, you will receive a text:

when your holds are ready

when your items need to be returned or renewed

when your items are overdue, and

when it is time to renew your library card. 

Important things to consider: 

You will be responsible for any associated text message costs. You’ll receive a text for each item you placed on hold so if you are concerned about the number of text messages you may receive, you may want to stick with your current notification method.

Because WCCLS sends out many notices each day, you could receive WCCLS text messages as early as 5:30 a.m.

Find out more at www.wccls.org/notifybytext, including a two-minute video to get you started. 

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.