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Oregon kids win big with Summer Reading

News & Events - Fri, 2014-11-14 11:51
Eight Oregon children now have a head start on saving for college, thanks to taking part in summer reading. Their names were randomly drawn as winners in Fizz Boom Save!, a statewide campaign designed to promote summer reading programs at public libraries around the state. The Oregon College Savings Plan sponsored the program in partnership with the Oregon State Library and Oregon Library Association.

Overall, the Oregon College Savings Plan awarded just over $11,000: each of the eight winners received a $529 Oregon College Savings Plan account, while 15 libraries — three from each Oregon congressional district — each received $500.

“The Oregon College Savings Plan believes it is fundamentally important to support summer reading programs for Oregon families,” said Michael Parker, executive director of the Oregon 529 College Savings Network. “Studies indicate that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. If we can get kids to enjoy reading now, we’re setting them up for greater success in school and in life.”

According to the Oregon State Library, nearly 201,325 children and teens participated in the summer reading programs offered at public libraries throughout Oregon, reading 149,898 books. More than 65,788 participants reached their reading goals and finished the summer reading program. 

Exactly 5,594 children and teens participated in the Fizz Boom Save! summer reading program. The eight winners included:
• John Ficher of Myrtle Point, Grade 4, Flora M Laird Memorial Library
• Javon Hoffman of Beaverton, Grade 1, Hillsboro Public Library — Shute Park Branch Library
• Aspen Bailey of McMinnville, Grade 1, McMinnville Public Library
• Oliver DeMasi of Philomath, Grade 4, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library — Philomath Community Library
• Caleb Vaughan of Prineville, Grade 2, Crook County Library
• Sophia Marsh of Albany, Grade 5, Albany Main Library
• Rebekah Hewlett of Bend, Grade 2, Deschutes Public Library System — East Bend Library
• Isabella Johnston of Portland, Grade 3, Multnomah County Library — Hollywood Library

Image courtesy of https://www.ok4saving.org/images/photo_reading2014.jpg.

Weather Closures - Thursday, 11/13/14

News & Events - Thu, 2014-11-13 11:36
The following libraries will be closed on Thursday, 11/13, due to the inclement weather:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.

Celebrate International Games Day at your Library!

News & Events - Wed, 2014-11-12 19:15
Join your local library and the American Library Association in celebrating International Games Day, November 15, 2014!

International Games Day at your library is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning, and is absolutely free and open to anyone around the globe. The games can be video games, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games - you name it! Bring your favorite to share, design your own game, or come to learn a game that's totally new to you. Read more about West Slope Community Library's Games Day events in the Oregonian.

Several WCCLS member libraries are hosting events Saturday, November 15:

  • Beaverton City Library: The library's Wii U console will be set up from 10am-12pm in the Teen Room, and board games will be available throughout the day.
  • Cedar Mill Community Library: 6-9pm, Board games, card games and computer games set up throughout the library for the whole family ages 5 and up (including Dominion, Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, Alhambra, and Ticket to Ride); bring your own game, learn a new game or master an old favorite.
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library: 1-3pm, "International Games Day - Unplugged;" Lots of board games, card games, and puzzles. Bring your family and friends and have fun. Enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies too! 
  • Hillsboro Main Library: 1-4pm; Lots of board games and electronic games for adults, teens, and children of all ages.
  • Sherwood Public Library: 2-4pm, Children & family board games, cards & puzzles in the Community Room; Ages 10-100 in the Young Adult area.
  • Tigard Public Library: Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday (Nov. 16) 12pm-6pm, "International Games Weekend;" Games are taking over the library! Bring your friends or the whole family and play it up with self-service board games, card games and more. Young Adult Room.
  • Tualatin Public Library: 1-5pm; Come enjoy tabletop games throughout the library.
  • West Slope Community Library: "Make & Play" game design workshop for all ages, 12:30-2:30pm; table games set up throughout the library all day (including Hanabi, Pandemic, Tsuro, Carcasonne, Trival Pursuit, Scrabble, and others).

3M Cloud app crashing on some Apple devices after update

News & Events - Wed, 2014-11-12 15:39
If you use the 3M Cloud Library on an Apple device and recently updated the app this week, you may find the app crashes. 3M Cloud Library has traced the crashing to the syncing of bookmarks to the cloud. They are working hard to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, if you can’t read your book in the 3M Cloud app on an Apple device, here’s what to do:

  1. Use the 3M Cloud app in airplane mode – this will prevent the bookmarking syncing issue from crashing the app
  2. Uninstall and reinstall the app, but do not open the book that crashed the first time, unless you have your device in airplane mode.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience! Hopefully 3M Cloud will have this resolved soon.

WCCLS & Library Journal Index 2014

News & Events - Sun, 2014-11-09 11:47
Each year, Library Journal publishes an index of 'Star Libraries' within the United States.

Their rating system is developed from the annual data most public libraries in the United States, with the help of state library agencies, submit to the federal Institute for Museums & Library Services (IMLS).
Washington County Cooperative Library Services was recently lauded as a star library, earning 4 out of 5 stars! However, as a rather unique library cooperative, the data we are asked to submit to the Oregon State Library each year paints a slightly different picture when viewed within the context of single municipal libraries and centrally managed, regional library systems.

The data WCCLS reports includes only the county-level data: central support services costs and statistics, plus statistics from Washington County's West Slope Community Library and our Homebound Services program. As a result, the $5+ million annual WCCLS budget gets divided by West Slope’s relatively small service population. All of the data for WCCLS member libraries (with the exception of West Slope) are reported individually by each member library. So, to get the complete picture of Washington County, you need to add them all together.

Totals for WCCLS member libraries as a whole (fiscal year 2011-2012):
Service population:  536,370
Circulation per capita:  24.27
Library visits per capita:  7.91
Program attendance per capita:  0.43
Public internet use per capita:  1.16
Expenditure per capita: $64.38
Total expenditures: $34,530,588If the 12 WCCLS member libraries' data were viewed together as a single library system, we would still rank very well among other public library systems of similar size featured in the 2014 Library Journal index ($30+ million/year annual expenditures). In fact, WCCLS had better program attendance rates than Salt Lake County (UT), King County (WA), & Hennepin County (MN) Libraries; more library visits per capita than Multnomah County, Denver (CO), & St. Louis County (MO) Public Libraries; and higher circulation per captia than all other 2014 Star Libraries in this expenditure category, with the exception of Multnomah County Library.

Last but not least, we'd like to congratulate our colleagues at our cooperative's Garden Home Community Library, who received a 3-star rating within their own peer group ($200k - $399.9k/per year annual expenditures)! Nice work, Garden Home!

Congratulations also to our fellow Oregon Star Libraries: Lakeside Public Library (Coos County Library Service District), Port Orford Public Library, Eugene Public Library, and Multnomah County Library.


Library Closures for Veterans Day

News & Events - Wed, 2014-11-05 12:14
Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Libraries open on Tuesday, November 11th: 
Libraries closed on Tuesday, November 11th: 
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • Hillsboro Main Library
  • Hillsboro Shute Park Branch
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library
  • WCCLS offices & courier services

    Drop Off Ballots Early at a WCCLS Library

    News & Events - Mon, 2014-11-03 12:49
    Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day! Avoid the rush and drop off your ballot early. Several WCCLS member libraries have official Washington County Elections ballot drop boxes on site. Click on the links below for locations and library hours.

    24-hour Drop Off Sites
    Voters may drop off their completed ballots before the 8 p.m. deadline Tuesday at several 24-hour drop-off sites, including:

    • Washington County Elections Office, 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard, Beaverton
    • Washington County Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building, 155 N. 1st Avenue, Hillsboro
    • Banks Public Library, 111 Market Street, Banks 
    • Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N. Barlow Street, Cornelius 
    • Forest Grove, Pacific Avenue and Birch Street, Forest Grove 
    • Hillsboro Library - Main Branch, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro 
    • King City - City Hall, 15300 S.W. 116th Avenue, King City 
    • North Plains City Hall, 31360 N.W. Commercial Street, North Plains 
    • Sherwood City Hall, 22560 S.W. Pine Street, Sherwood 
    • Tigard City Hall, 13125 S.W. Hall Boulevard, Tigard 
    • Tualatin Police Department, 8650 S.W. Tualatin Road, Tualatin 

    Indoor Drop-Off Sites (open only during library hours)
    Official drop boxes at indoor locations include:


    Monday & Tuesday Drive-through Service:
    Elections officials will also provide drive-through ballot collection service at the County Elections Office at 3700 S.W. Murray Boulevard. This drive-through service will be offered:

    • Monday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
    • Tuesday, November 4, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
    Additional curb-side ballot collection service will be available after 10 a.m. on Election Day at these locations: 

    Featured Resource: Biography in Context

    News & Events - Mon, 2014-11-03 08:45
     
    Get trustworthy information about more than 220,000 famous people through Biography in Context, a perfect resource for middle or high school students, as well as adults seeking general information.
    Getting started: Search for a person by name, occupation, nationality, birth place, or death place.  Can't choose who to study?  Click "browse people" to see many categories you can choose from.  Also provided are news and magazine articles about the person, as well as images, and audio clips, and videos.  
    Check out Biography in Context with your library card handy!

    Cornelius Public Library Closed Sunday, November 2

    News & Events - Tue, 2014-10-28 15:43
    Please note the Cornelius Public Library will be closed all day this Sunday, November 2, to accommodate a nearby exercise by the Cornelius Fire Department. The closure is to ensure public safety.

    Cornelius Public Library will maintain regular hours Saturday, November 1 (10am-5pm) and Monday, November 3 (10am-7pm). Materials checked out from the Cornelius Library due November 2 can be returned November 3 without fines. If you have questions, please contact the library at 503-357-4093.

    Free Discussion about Cross-cultural Ideas of Life and Death at Tualatin Library on October 28

    News & Events - Tue, 2014-10-21 08:00
    Grave Matters: Reflections on Life and Death across Cultures and Traditions

    Ages 16+
    Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm
    Location: Tualatin Library Community Room
    Free

    Traditional American culture is often portrayed as either death-denying (death is a taboo not to be discussed) or death-defying (life should be prolonged at any cost). Yet diverse religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions present our mortality not as something to be feared or defied, but as a means of learning how to live a full life. Can acknowledging our mortality bring greater meaning to life?

    Courtney Campbell is the Hundere Chair in Religion and Culture and a professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. He has been on the faculty at OSU since 1990 and has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. Campbell serves on the board of directors for Benton Hospice, the ethics committee for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and coordinates the program in medical humanities at OSU.

    This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project, which offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

    Parking at the Tualatin Library is limited because of parking lot improvements; additional parking is available.

    Print Motivation for Diverse Learners

    WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:08
    This article originally appeared in Resource News (Vol. 30. Ed. 6), a publication of Child Care Resource & Referral in Washington & Columbia Counties.

    The key to turning children into enthusiastic and curious readers starts with matching the right book with the right child. We call a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books their print motivation.

    When a child connects with a book, he or she is motivated to seek out more books and put in the hard work it takes to learn to read.

    Some psychologists and educators have argued that children learn best in one of three different ways:
    Visual Learners find images and other visual representations help them learn
    Auditory Learners respond best through listening and sounds
    Kinesthetic Learners prefer to engage in physical experiences when learning.

    It can be helpful to think along these lines when connecting children with books. Some children respond best to books that are packed with rich pictures. Others are drawn by books with rhythmic and musical qualities. Still others need books that get them moving and interacting in a physical way.

    Here are a handful of books for toddlers and preschoolers sorted out by the learning style they support best.

    Visual Learner BooksTitle: Where's Walrus?
    Author: Stephen Savage
    Find this book at your library

    Walrus has escaped from the zoo! Help the zookeeper find track him down in this wordless book.

    Title: The World Is Waiting for You
    Author: Barbara Kerley
    Find this book at your library

    Gorgeous photographs invite the reader to dive in and explore the world.

    Title: What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
    Author: Steve Jenkins
    Illustrator: Robin Page
    Find this book at your library

    A visual guessing game about animal body parts and their many uses.






    Auditory Learner BooksTitle: My Very First Mother Goose
    Editor: Iona Opie
    Illustrator: Rosemary Wells
    Find this book at your library

    A lovely collection of nursery rhymes, filled with rhyme and beautiful language.

    Title: Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!
    Author: Wynton Marsalis
    Illustrator: Paul Rogers
    Find this book at your library

    A little boy describes the sounds that surround him in a rhythmic and entertaining way.

    Title: Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
    Author: Rita Gray
    Illustrator: Kenard Pak
    Find this book at your library

    Children discover the calls of common backyard birds while puzzling over the silence of a nesting robin.




    Kinesthetic Learner BooksTitle: Can You Make a Scary Face?
    Author: Jan Thomas
    Find this book at your library

    A silly bug invites kids to make a variety of fun faces.
    Title: Bounce
    Author: Doreen Cronin
    Illustrator: Scott Menchin
    Find this book at your library

    Rhyming text encourages kids to bounce their way through this engaging picture book.
    Title: Don't Push the Button!
    Author: Bill Cotter
    Find this book at your library

    A monster entices kids to push a mysterious button, leading to some wild results.





    It is important to expose children to as many types of books as possible. This will help you identify their book preferences and possible learning style(s). Not all children will fall squarely within one learning style category. One child may show an early connection with sound books and then will grow to love exploring picture-heavy and interaction books.

    Your Washington County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more book recommendations, please visit our website or stop by your local library: www.wccls.org/readytoread

    Adobe Digital Editions and Your Privacy

    News & Events - Fri, 2014-10-10 10:44
    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.

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