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Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Chetter Galloway

Thu, 2015-03-26 11:00
Chetter Galloway is a storyteller whose focus is on African and African-American tales. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, he now calls Portland, Oregon home. Chetter is an accomplished interpreter of living history and has also worked as a museum curator and educator, developing educational outreach programs for schools.
Chetter Galloway
Chetter began his storytelling career at Carters Groves Historic Site in Colonial Williamsburg, where he told the stories of the lives of free and enslaved Africans in the 18th century. He continued this work Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Atlanta History Center, and has gone on to engage audiences at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site; The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival; The National Black Arts Festival; The National Storytelling Conference; The Smithsonian; and on CNN.

In 2003, Chetter entered East Tennessee State University’s Masters of Storytelling Program. While at ETSU, Chetter honed his craft and developed a one man piece, "Free at Last, Not let me Fly," that he adapted into an educational school assembly program.

Since 2014, Chetter has quickly become involved in the local storytelling scene. He is an active member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, has performed with the Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers, and at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Chetter will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

35th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption

Tue, 2015-03-24 13:21
2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  Where were you when the mountain blew on May 18, 1980?

On Tuesday, March 31 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Garden Home Community Library is hosting a slideshow and discussion about the eruption led by author Christine Colasurdo.  

Share your memories of the event and Spirit Lake.

Space is limited.  No need to RSVP but the door will be closed if we reach capacity.

About the author:  Writer, teacher and calligrapher Christine Colasurdo is a recipient of 2010 Fishtrap Fellowship and an award-winning poet. She was born in Portland, Oregon and earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English from Portland State University in 1984. Upon graduating she moved to France, where she studied at the Université de Poitiers for a year and worked in Paris for two years. After returning to the U.S. in 1987, she worked as a graphic designer, writer, and editor in San Francisco, California. She earned her Master of Arts degree in English literature from U.C. Berkeley in 1992.
Colasurdo has published two books on the outdoors. Her first book, Return to Spirit Lake (1997, rev. 2010), is a memoir of her experiences as a child camping, hiking, and working at Mount St. Helens in Washington. In 2005 it was honored as a “Washington Reads” book by the Washington State Librarian. Her second book, Golden Gate National Parks: A Photographic Journey (2002), celebrates the ecological richness of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. Her poetry is featured in anthologies Fading Light and the Marin Poetry Center’s 2013 Trees, and her prose is featured in anthologies Holding Common Ground (2005) and In the Blast Zone (2008). She has given talks in Oregon, Washington, and California and has led tours to Mount St. Helens for the Oregon Historical Society and the Society of Environmental Journalists. In 2000 and 2005 she was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.” In 2000 she was also a featured guest on Public Radio International’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge.”

The Garden Home Library is located at 7475 SW Oleson Rd in Portland, inside the THPRD Garden Home Community Center.

Help make our website easier to navigate!

Mon, 2015-03-23 08:00
You are invited to participate in a card sort activity.

Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Hillsboro Library Shute Park Branch
RSVP to attend

Thursday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tualatin Public Library Community Room
RSVP to attend

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 cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you, and to give each category a name. 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.  You can complete the sort individually, or work with 1-2 other people.  After the sort is complete, we will have a group discussion about your experience.

If you are able to join us, please RSVP using the links above.  Each session is limited to 20 participants.  We welcome those with all levels of experience with our website; you don't have to be familiar with our current site to participate.

Thank you for considering the giving of your time to make the WCCLS website more useful!

New and Improved Access to Online Resources

Fri, 2015-03-20 08:30
On Wednesday, March 25, WCCLS will be switching over to a new authentication system for our online resources. This will provide WCCLS card holders with a simpler, yet more secure, method for accessing a large number of information resources.   What does this mean for you?
•  When you access online resources from home, school, or work, you will be asked to input your WCCLS library card number (under your barcode) and password on this new login screen:

•  When you access online resources on a library computer or on your own wireless device while connected to in-library wifi, you'll be taken directly to the requested resource as before, without having to log in.
If you have questions, please ask staff for assistance at your local library.

Visit your library during Spring Break!

Thu, 2015-03-19 10:58

Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break?  Your local library has a lot going on for kids and teens! 

In addition to storytimes, libraries are offering movies, LEGO and game events, origami and crafts, science programs, crafts, and teddy bear sleepovers.  

Ask your local library for details, or check out our calendar of events to find exciting events happening near you!  Click here for the calendar, and then select your library in the right sidebar to view events.

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Judith Black

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:30
Judith BlackJudith Black brings to her storytelling a varied background in education, theater, and creative writing. Having studied at Wheelock College, she taught for several years before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She excels in the retelling of history from new perspectives, tickling familial dysfunction, and ironic explorations of aging. Featured on such stages as the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Museum of Cape Town, she has appeared ten times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of storytelling’s most coveted prize, the Oracle Award. Last year she took the craft of American storytelling abroad to France, Sweden, and Finland. Judith's work is dedicated to keeping storytelling alive.

Judith will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:
Here's Judith Black on Mid Life Crisis:

Announcing 2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest Winners!

Tue, 2015-03-17 13:41
Katherine Guo's winning entryWCCLS is very proud to announce the first place winner of our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest: Katherine Guo! 

An eighth-grader at the International School of Beaverton, Katherine has been awarded top honors for her unique and bold design which depicts a Mardi Gras style mask laying over an open book. Her design expertly captures this year’s Teen Summer Reading theme: Unmask

Katherine received a $150 gift certificate for Powell’s Books, and her art will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

Second place goes to Ashley Fenner, and Rebecca Dan's submission garnered her an Honorable Mention. Both are students at Glencoe High School and both will receive gift cards to Dick Blick Art Materials.
Second place - Ashley Fenner
Honorable mention - Rebecca Dan
This is the sixth consecutive year WCCLS has encouraged teens to capture the spirit of Summer Reading through their creative art. A total of 67 pieces were submitted at the public libraries in Washington County during the months of January and February. On March 10, feedback collected from local Teen Library Councils was reviewed and the winning pieces were selected. A big thank you goes out to all 67 artists who participated this year!

The Summer Reading Program inspires kids with a sense of wonder and helps to promote good learning habits. Summer Reading in Washington County will officially begin on June 1. Teens can sign up at their local public library to earn prizes for reading. More details about Summer Reading will be available later this spring.

The Teen Summer Reading Art Contest was made possible by a grant from the Oregon State Library.

Sir Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015)

Sun, 2015-03-15 18:14
The internationally renowned comic fantasy author Terry Pratchett passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at his home in Whiltshire, England, after a lengthy battle with early-onset Alzheimer's.
A Blink of the Screen, by Terry Pratchett.
Published by Doubleday (2015).
Pratchett's work resulted in over 70 books translated into dozens of languages, for which he received a multitude of awards and honors. In 1998, he was knighted as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Head to our catalog and check out one of Terry's many, many books, e-books, or audio-books to discover (or re-discover) what is sure to become a lasting legacy.

Food For Fines Programs at WCCLS Member Libraries

Sun, 2015-03-15 11:12

Several WCCLS member libraries will be offering Food for Fines programs in March and April. This is a great way to reduce your library fines while contributing to local food banks and helping those in need. Details vary with each program, so please contact your local library for more information.
  • Banks Public Library: Food for Fines, April 13-18. Call 503-324-1382 for more information.
  • Beaverton City Library & Murray Scholls branch: Food for Fines, April 11-19. More information here.
  • Cornelius Public Library: Food for Fines, April 12-18. More information here.
  • North Plains Public Library: Fines Go For Food, April 12-18. Call 503-647-5051 for more information.
  • Tigard Public Library: Food for Fines, March 22-28. More information here.
  • Tualatin Public Library: Food for Fines, March 15-21. More information here.

North Plains Public Library Hosts Artwork by Anne Marie Grgich

Thu, 2015-03-12 16:55
North Plains Public Library presents The Popes Apartment, a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed American outsider artist, Anne Marie Grgich.

The Popes Apartment
by Anne Marie GrgichThis exhibit includes 15 multi-media collage pieces sourced from discarded library books. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, March 13, at North Plains Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The evening will also feature art viewing, music, and wine tasting at nearby Abbey Creek Vineyards from 6 to 9 p.m.

About the artistGrgich began making art at the age of 15 and was encouraged to continue doing so as her life’s work by her uncle. As a young adult, she barely survived a devastating car accident that left her in a coma, and upon regaining consciousness and functionality, decided to become a professional artist. She focused on painting faces and constructing creatures to help work through the pain and confusion brought on by the brain injury.

In 1981, Grgich had her first formal art show, and she continued showing regularly around the Pacific Northwest. In 1988, Grgich’s career took off, landing her work in galleries from New York City to Australia, Finland, The Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom. Anne Marie Grgich has been compared to a modern-day Frida Kahlo, and North Plains Public Library is proud to feature Grgich’s complex and beautiful work. The exhibition runs now through the month of April.

Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library to Expand Sunday Hours

Fri, 2015-03-06 12:04

Photo courtesy of Hillsboro Public Library.The Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library is celebrating one year of service since its remodel with new Sunday hours, starting Sunday, March 29. Join the library on that first Sunday for refreshments and special activities from 1-4pm at 775 SE Tenth Ave in Hillsboro.

Hillary Ostlund, Shute Park Branch Manager, says, "Opening on Sundays has been a popular request that we hear from patrons. The Library is always filled with students, and this will provide additional access to computers and homework help resources at a time when it is really needed. Plus, people are really eager to pick up their holds!"

Starting Monday, March 30, the Hillsboro Main Library on Brookwood Parkway will be open 10am-8pm Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, and 12pm-6pm Sunday. Additional information can be found here.

Hillsboro Public Library offers Shelf Help - reading recommendations just for you!

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:53
Hillsboro Public Library librarians would love to help you find your next great read! Tell them a little about what you enjoy reading, and they'll send a selection of reading recommendations. Turnaround time for suggestions is four days.
  • What books or authors have you enjoyed?
  • What are some authors or titles that you DID NOT like and why?
  • What are your interests?
  • What are you in the mood to read next?
 Let Hillsboro Library provide some Shelf Help!

Help WCCLS Improve Our Technology Services

Mon, 2015-03-02 16:33
Take our survey about the library’s computers and Internet accessWe want to hear from you! WCCLS member libraries are running an online survey to help us understand how you use the library’s technology. This helps us provide services that are valuable to you.

This survey is optional, anonymous and will take just 10 to 15 minutes. The results are confidential and the survey does not collect any personal information. Click here to take the survey.

Please support the library and help us improve our services. After you complete the survey, you have the option to enter to win one of three prize packages that include a WCCLS tote bag and a $20 Fred Meyer gift card.

For more information about this survey, please ask your local library staff.

Completa nuestra encuesta sobre las computadoras y acceso al internet en nuestras bibliotecas¡Queremos saber tu opinión! Las bibliotecas de WCCLS están realizando una encuesta en línea para ayudarnos a entender cómo estás usando la tecnología de tu biblioteca. Esto nos ayudará a proveer servicios que son valiosos para ti.

Esta encuesta es opcional, anónima y te tomará unos 10 a 15 minutos para llenarla. Los resultados son confidenciales y la encuesta no incluye tu información personal. Cliquea aquí para llenar la encuesta.

Por favor, apoya a tu biblioteca y ayúdanos a mejorar nuestros servicios. Después de que completes la encuesta tienes la posibilidad de ganar uno de un conjunto de tres premios que incluyen una bolsa de mano de WCCLS con una tarjeta de regalo para Fred Meyer por $20.

Para más información sobre esta encuesta, por favor pregunte a su personal de la biblioteca local.

Featured Resource: Opposing Viewpoints

Mon, 2015-03-02 10:12
With Opposing Viewpoints in Context, you can find all the information needed to fully understand a controversial issue, such as genetically modified food, cyber-bullying, or vaccines.  This premium resource is great for students needing research on current topics, or for anyone seeking to learn more about both sides of an issue.

To get started, click on browse issues to see a list of every topic available, or choose a category.  Once you’ve selected an issue, it’s easy to browse the information available by type.  Each issue includes full-text articles from reference works, magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, as well as primary source documents, statistics, multimedia, and hand-selected websites.

Check out Opposing Viewpoints in Context with your WCCLS library card handy!

Tualatin Public Library's Amazing Volunteers

Tue, 2015-02-10 09:00
Volunteers at Tualatin Public Library make a difference in their community.
Recently profiled by The Times Tigard-Tualatin, Tualatin’s volunteer tutor program connects instructors one-on-one with those looking to learn a skill.
Volunteer tutor Jennifer Eidson.
Photo courtesy Tualatin Public Library.From physics and math, to computer basics and civics lessons, Tualatin's tutors help their neighbors do better in school, learn a new language, and stay connected to friends and family through new technologies.
Volunteer Coordinator Margie Bradley says, "the best part about my job is I spend my day working with [volunteers] whose hearts are leading them around, and there’s nothing better than that."
Another volunteer organization, Mission:Citizen, is making a big contribution by preparing legal residents for US citizenship. Made up of students from Portland's Lincoln High School, Mission:Citizen hosts citizenship classes most Mondays at Tualatin Public Library from 6pm-7:30pm. They have also recently started classes at Beaverton City Library on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8pm.
Learn more about the work of Mission:Citizen from The Times Tigard-Tualatin.WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno praises Tualatin Public Library and library volunteers' efforts throughout Washington County, saying these stories:"not only highlight the incredible service that the volunteers provide but the trans-formative impact of libraries on the life of our communities. I think it’s really amazing that 100+ years after the start of the public library movement in America, that two of the essential elements – helping immigrants succeed and become citizens, and providing a people’s university – are still alive and well."If you are interested in volunteering at your local library, please find opportunities and contact information here:

Library Closures for Presidents' Day, 2/16/2015

Mon, 2015-02-09 13:30
Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, February 16, 2015, in observance of Presidents' Day.

WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 16:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
  • North Plains Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library
  • WCCLS offices & courier services
The following member libraries will be OPEN:
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library
  • Tuality Health Resource Center
For regular hours and contact information, please visit:

    Aloha Community Library Association Prepares to Inspire the Future

    Mon, 2015-02-09 09:00
    Book art on display at Aloha Community Library.Opened on September 22, 2012 in a small storefront in the Farmington Marketplace shopping center, the Aloha Community Library launched with a motto of "honor our past, showcase the present, and inspire the future." And, with nearly 20% of County residents living within the local 97007 and 97006 zip code areas, the Library already has a significant primary target audience to help them do just that. Beginning as an all-volunteer library, it has now grown in size, use and community support. It now is open 37 hours a week, has part-time paid staff, and offers a variety of programs for its users.

    In April and May 2014 the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Policy Group and the WCCLS Executive Board recommended the inclusion of the Aloha Community Library as a full member of WCCLS. This move allowed the Aloha Community Library to be included in planning for the proposed WCCLS local option levy scheduled for the November 2015 ballot. Official admission of Aloha Community Library as a WCCLS member library will be dependent on approval of the Board of County Commissioners and passage of the library levy.

    If you wish to learn more, or are interested in volunteering with the Aloha Community Library, please email Terri Palmer, Director of Volunteer Services, at

    The library has a NEW larger location within the same shopping center, 17455 SW Farmington Rd Suite 25B, Aloha, OR, 97078 (next door to the Dollar Tree). Current open hours: Monday 10 am–8 pm; Wednesday 10 am–8pm; Thursday 10 am–8 pm; Saturday 10 am–5 pm.

    Beaverton Residents Welcome Expanded Murray Scholls Branch Library

    Sat, 2015-02-07 09:00
    Following a brief renovation and expansion this winter, the Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls Branch is once again open! Visitors will enjoy an additional 5,000 feet of space dedicated exclusively for children and their families. This 80% increase in square footage includes a large new room for young kids and families to participate in storytimes, performances, and other lively activities. It also allowed for the re-purposing of existing space for teens featuring more study tables and an erasable IdeaPaint wall where they can show-off their creativity. Although all major construction is now over, the Branch looks forward to moving new furniture, decor, and technology into the library in the coming months.
    Of course, more room also means more programming for the Beaverton community. The Branch is thrilled to announce additional storytimes for 1-year-olds, toddlers, preschoolers, and families. Other special programs to get excited about this spring include Make It Mondays for grades 3-8, WOW Wednesdays for ages 3-8, among others. Teen programs and events also continue to grow, as will the selection of young adult fiction and graphic novels in the teen book collection.
    A few thoughts from Branch Manager, John Finn:
    • Between January 24 and 28 staff processed nearly 12,000 holds for local patrons.
    • The new children's room opened on January 31 and the full library reopening followed on February 1.
    • Within the first four-days of opening staff in the new children's room answered over 140 reference questions!
    • Our shelves are emptying out while families are enjoying having more room to browse.
    • Many people have commented on how much they love the new children's room, the additional and redesigned space and especially all of the new experiences these changes now offer for them to explore!