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So... you have a new tablet - what now? Ask a librarian!

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:40
Is Santa bringing you a new device this year? Before you rush out to spend that holiday cash or gift card on popular e-book titles for your new tablet or smartphone – take the lead from National Public Radio (NPR) and talk to your local librarian.

NPR developers recently blogged that public libraries are one of the top two resources for those seeking to read the books that NPR’s Book Concierge app recommends, second only to Amazon.

In fact, WCCLS’ own Lisa Tattersall, Adult Services Program Supervisor is the librarian that NPR referred to when they wrote, "it’s always awesome to make librarians happy." Via Twitter, Tattersall encouraged NPR Books to include a link to WorldCat for each book recommended in the Book Concierge. One day later, developers implemented Tattersall’s suggestion, adding a Find at Your Library option. Leveraging WorldCat allows readers across the country to easily locate recommended titles at their nearest library.

Locally, Tattersall’s own recommendation is to explore the amazing collection of free, best-selling e-books and audiobooks available for all ages through our website - "Wait times are short for new titles in the 3M Cloud Library app," says Tattersall, "and a lot of the best sellers from years past are often available to check out right away."

Tattersall also announced that, "due to a recent change, owners of Kindle Fire devices will be happy to know that it is now easier than ever to get the 3M Cloud app on their Fire." 

In the past month the most popular titles borrowed from the library 3M Cloud app include:
A few of the latest best-sellers added to our e-book collection include:
Your local librarian can help you find that next great read – one that fits your interests. They can also recommend additional titles based on authors and series you’ve read previously and enjoyed.

As a WCCLS patron, you have access to great reads on your tablet or smartphone. Use your library card to enjoy popular titles on your new devices throughout the new year, without spending any extra money this holiday season.

Winter holiday closures for WCCLS member libraries

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:38
Please note most WCCLS member libraries will be have reduced hours for the upcoming holidays... but remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks anytime! 

Library Wed, Dec. 24 Thurs, Dec. 25 Wed, Dec. 31 Thurs, Jan. 1 Banks Closed Closed Closing at 3pm Closed Beaverton Closing at 5pm Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Beaverton at Murray Scholls Closing at 5pm Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Cedar Mill Closed Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Cedar Mill at Bethany Closed Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Cornelius Closing at 2pm Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Forest Grove Closing at 5pm Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Garden Home Closing at 3pm Closed Closing at 3pm Closed Hillsboro Main Library Closing at 6pm Closed Closing at 6pm Closed Hillsboro Library at Shute Park Closing at 6pm Closed Closing at 6pm Closed North Plains Closing at 3pm Closed Closing at 5:30pm Closed Oregon College of Art and Craft Closed Closed Closed (thru Jan. 4) Closed Sherwood Closing at 2pm Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Tigard Closing at 5pm Closed Closing at 5pm Closed Tualatin Closing at 6pm Closed Closing at 6pm Closed Tuality Health Resource Center Closed (thru Dec. 26) Closed Closed (thru Jan. 4) Closed West Slope Closing at 4pm Closed Closing at 4pm Closed

Check here for regular WCCLS member library hours.

Additionally, please remember that the Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls will also be closed January 5 - 20, 2015 as they continue construction on their expansion project.

Tualatin Public Library Parking Construction Update

Fri, 2014-12-12 16:06
Construction on the new parking lots near Tualatin Public Library will continue through February. Please be aware of these updates:
  • The parking lot adjacent to the Library is now closed. Please use caution in this construction zone and use the indicated pedestrian routes, shown on this map.

  • The Seneca Street extension is now open, as is the new south parking lot. If this parking lot is full, please use one of the other nearby public parking lots.
  • For those with disabilities, there are ADA spaces available in the lot behind the Library.
  • A new drive-up book return has been installed in the parking area behind the Library. The book drops in the front of the Library and at Haggen grocery store will remain open during this construction.
  • Tualatin Library expects to maintain regular library hours and regular program schedules during the construction.
We encourage regular Tualatin Public Library users to look for construction updates on the City’s webpage and via City of Tualatin's Facebook page.

Weather closures - 12/11/2104

Thu, 2014-12-11 17:42
The following libraries will be closed on Thursday, 12/11, due to power outage:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

Statewide Oregon Summer Reading Particiation

Tue, 2014-12-09 09:05
The Oregon State Library recently reported on 2014 Summer Reading Program statistics gathered from public libraries across the state, and the results look great!

Reading during the summer has been shown as one of the most important things a child can do to maintain critical language and reading skills gained over the previous year.

Of the 207,449 Oregon kids who participated in Summer Reading this year, 30,126 were from Washington County -- that's 14%!

Of the 69,060 participants who reached their reading goals for the summer, 15,039, or 22%, were from Washington County. Way to go, Summer Readers, parents, and libraries!

Statewide Oregon Summer Reading participation, 2006-2014. From Oregon State Library Summer Reading Brief 2014.