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North Plains hosts an evening with Robin Cody

News & Events - Sat, 2015-01-17 09:00
North Plains Public Library hosts An Evening With an Author, Saturday, January 24 at 7pm.

Oregon Book Award winner & author of Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River, Robin Cody will read from his works and lead a discussion.

The event is free, but space for this event will be limited to 50. Please RSVP with North Plains Public Library if you plan to attend.

This event is supported by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, the Friends of North Plains Public Library, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Tech Friday/Viernes de tecnología

Servicios y programas en Español - Fri, 2015-01-16 11:30
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM - Hillsboro Shute Park Branch: Have a tablet, eReader, or other gadget, but not sure how to make the most of it? Do you have questions about your computer or another tech topic? Swing by the library for help! Patient and knowledgeable volunteers and staff will available to answer your questions. Registration is not required, but there is limited space each session. También le podemos ayudar con la tecnología en español.

Most popular books & items at WCCLS

News & Events - Fri, 2015-01-16 11:17
With all the 'best of' lists coming out this time of year, we like to peek at our own numbers to see what's popular with readers right here in Washington County.
Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues to be totally popular with young readers and families, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel claiming 1,971 checkouts last fiscal year (2013-2014) and over 1,000 more since July 1, 2014.
Children's author Mo Willems appears to be our top circulating author these days, with literally dozens of his titles taking up space within our top 100.
Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl topped our list for 3M Cloud Library's Adult Nonfiction category.
If you believe Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling are, in fact, one in the same, that author claimed 3 titles in our top 10 for 3M Cloud's Adult Fiction. Congrats to Gillian Flynn (and the four three other authors whose works beat out Fifty Shades of Grey on this list!). Flynn's Gone Girl: A Novel also ranked #6 in our physical book checkouts last fiscal year:

3M Cloud Adult Fiction:1. Switchblade, by Michael Connelly
2. Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
3. Personal, by Lee Child
4. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
6. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
7. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
8. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
9. High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella, by Lee Child
10. A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein
And what, you might ask, was the number one top-circulating item in the WCCLS system? Disney's 2012 film Brave on DVD with 2,601 checkouts between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

News & Events - Fri, 2015-01-16 09:30
Please remember: the WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

In addition, all WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, January 19, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except for Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
The following will be available during the downtime:
*3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

Cedar Mill Community Library closed Sunday, January 18

News & Events - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:19
Please note that Cedar Mill Community Library will be closed for renovations this Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Cedar Mill Library at Bethany will remain open on Sunday (12pm-5pm), and both libraries (along with most other WCCLS member libraries) will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 19. Regular hours and services will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

Also, please be aware that the WCCLS library catalog will be offline for maintenance beginning Sunday, January 18 at 9pm through Monday, January 19.

Grupo de lectura (Spanish Book Group)

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2015-01-14 19:30
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Hillsboro Shute Park Branch: El grupo de lectura, 'Más libros, más libres' se reúne el 2ndo y 4rto miércoles del mes. El enfoque del grupo son los cuentos cortos de México y Latinoamérica. El cuento se distribuye durante la reunión, se lee en grupo, y después platicamos sobre la lectura.

2015 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Now Open!

News & Events - Wed, 2015-01-14 13:30
Hey! Are you an artist between ages 12-18 and a Washington County library card holder? Submit your design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The contest runs now through February 14, 2015.

The winning design will be used on 2015 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

The winner also receives a $150 gift certificate for Powell's Books. The second place winner receives a $50 gift certificate for Blick Art Materials, and the winner of honorable mention will get a $25 Blick gift certificate.

Remember: the last day to submit your entry is Saturday, February 14, 2015. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form (PDF). Good luck!

Free Workshop on Getting Published, January 20

News & Events - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:00
Garden Home Community Library invites you to attend our Free Writer’s Workshop on Getting Published on Tues., Jan. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. and learn the pros and cons of various publishing methods.

This program will be led by Paul Gerald. Gerald, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown, has authored five books and self-published one of them. He’s seen book publishing as both a published author and an independent publisher, and he’s even sought out an agent for future projects.

In this workshop Gerald will discuss the pros and cons of the varying publishing methods, share stories and hints and suggestions, and try to answer all your publishing-related questions.

Please call 503-245-9932 to RSVP.

Garden Home Community Library: 7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR  97223.
We are located inside the THPRD Garden Home Recreation Center. The cross street is SW Garden Home Rd, across from the Lamb’s Thriftway and the Shari’s Restaurant.

Cuentos en español

Servicios y programas en Español - Tue, 2015-01-13 19:30
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Hillsboro Shute Park Branch: Ven a escuchar cuentos que fomentan las habilidades de alfabetización temprana. Todas las edades. Listen to stories in Spanish that will encourage early literacy skills.

Cultural Coalition of Washington County Awards Grants for 2015

News & Events - Tue, 2015-01-13 13:00
The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) has announced grants to 32 local groups for 2015. The grants, which total $46,915, will go toward helping schools and small organizations carry out cultural projects and arts programs across Washington County. Please read our media release for a complete list of these grants.
Funding for this grant program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Cultural Trust is supported by a unique tax credit program.

Library Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015

News & Events - Tue, 2015-01-13 09:52
All WCCLS member libraries except Tualatin Public Library, Tigard Public Library, and Tuality Health Resource Center will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 20.
Also, please remember that the WCCLS catalog will be down for maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 through Monday, January 19. Thanks for your patience and enjoy this day of remembrance.

Cornelius Receives Grant for Reading Adventure Packs

News & Events - Thu, 2015-01-08 10:30
The Friends of the Cornelius Public Library has received a $2,000 grant from the Oregon International Airshow to support their Reading Adventure Packs, a new initiative to encourage reading and literacy through family interaction.

The Reading Adventure Packs are a set of ten themed backpacks that will include a variety of books and educational support material that can be checked out free at the Cornelius Library. Some of the kits will be in Spanish.

"Our community can really benefit from expanded library services like the Adventure Packs. Cornelius has an especially high rate of poverty and illiteracy," says Karen Hill, Library Director. "Literacy is so important – it’s a key element of breaking the poverty cycle and setting children up to be successful."

Congratulations to Cornelius Public Library for getting this initiative off the ground! For more information, or to check out the Reading Adventure Packs, please contact the Cornelius Public Library.

Early Learning and WCCLS

News & Events - Wed, 2015-01-07 16:12
Last week, NPR aired a story about a Maryland county library system’s efforts on early literacy, which sounded very familiar to us.

Public libraries around the U.S. play a crucial role helping families get an early start on school readiness. It makes good sense. Historically, public libraries have provided critical early learning opportunities in their communities by offering storytimes and other activities for all children from birth. More recently, this support includes offering workshops and classes for parents and caregivers to extend their roles in the early learning process at home.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) does a lot to help build early literacy skills, and we are a proud member of the newly formed Washington County Early Learning Hub (also called Early Learning Washington County). The Early Learning Hub is a collaborative group that brings together our community’s early learning resources in an effort to improve outcomes for children and their families. Through our relationship with the Early Learning Hub, our libraries have forged new relationships with our local school districts.

In the coming months, WCCLS librarians will provide highly interactive Every Child Ready to Read workshops at 16 of the very highest-needs schools in Washington County. These evening presentations will give families strong tools to increase the amount of time their children engage in five critical pre-reading activities: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing. For more information on these workshops, or to find a workshop near your home, please contact our Youth Services Librarian at (503) 681-5092.

Additionally, this summer the WCCLS Outreach and Youth Services Department will begin to deliver a rotating collection of high-interest picture books to targeted family child care home providers each month to increase early access to books. These will include providers who care for children receiving Oregon Department of Human Services assistance, children who are receiving early intervention services, and those who speak English as a second language. Through a generous grant from the State of Oregon, the Washington County Early Learning Hub has purchased $5,000 worth of Spanish language picture books to add to the WCCLS book delivery collection.

Children are getting ready for reading and school success every day. WCCLS and our member libraries help families maximize the critical early years so they can set their children on the path to a lifetime of learning.

WCCLS catalog maintenance scheduled for Sunday & Monday, January 18-19

News & Events - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:30
The WCCLS catalog will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 9pm Sunday, January 18 and running through Monday, January 19, 2015.

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:
The following will be available during the downtime:
*3M Cloud Library users: please ensure you are logged into your user account via the 3M Cloud app on your reading device prior to our catalog downtime. You will be able to search, checkout, and return e-books via the app but not through the WCCLS catalog during this maintenance period.

    Scheduled downtime for OCLC services WorldCat & ArticleFirst, January 2 & 3

    News & Events - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:40
    All OCLC services, including our popular WorldCat and ArticleFirst online resources, will be offline and unavailable this Friday, January 2, 2015 starting at 9pm through Saturday, January 3 at 12pm for a technology upgrade. These are the main tools typically used for Interlibrary Loan requests, so please note these will be unavailable to member library staff during this time.

    Please check the OCLC support website for updates during this time for confirmation that services are back online and that the upgrade has been completed.

    Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls closed Jan. 5-23

    News & Events - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:05
    The Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls is expanding!

    The Murray Scholls library at Murray Scholls Town Center will gain over 4,000 square feet in early 2015 to better serve you. However, to accommodate the construction process, the branch will be closed January 5 - 20, 2015. starting January 5, 2015. The re-opening is currently planned for January 24, 2014.

    The bookdrop will remain open and items checked out at Murray Scholls will not come due during the construction closure. Find more information regarding your holds, construction goals and updates here. Also, follow progress on the expansion via Beaverton Library's Instagram account.
    Construction has started at the Murray Scholls Branch Library! This pic shows the future children's area. #murrayschollsexpansion
    All WCCLS member libraries can serve you during the Murray Scholls closure, and the nearest include Beaverton City Library, Tigard Public Library, and West Slope Community Library.

    Featured Resource: Oregon Career Information System

    News & Events - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:39
    The Oregon Career Information System is your one-stop shop for college and career planning. 

    To get started, explore the four tabs in the green bar along the top of the online resource:
    1. Occupations: Consider career options based on factors that are important to you.
    2. Education: Use tools in this section to evaluate schools and training programs, as well as find information about financial aid.
    3. Employment: Discover tips for successful job searches and employment.
    4. My Portfolio: Create a personal log-in to keep track of your career plans, helpful resources, and assessment results.
    Tutorials in each section show you how to get the most from your research experience.  Much of CIS is also available in Spanish (La gran parte de CIS está disponible en español).

    Check out Oregon Career Information System with your library card handy!

    Announcing a new Oregon REFORMA chapter

    News & Events - Wed, 2014-12-31 09:57
    Through the hard work of our member libraries and WCCLS staff, we are pleased to announce the new Oregon Chapter of REFORMA!

    REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking is a professional organization for library staff and library students, and an affiliate of the American Library Association.
    The new Oregon Chapter of REFORMA will provide leadership statewide to help libraries offer more Latino and Spanish-language oriented materials; to recruit more bilingual library staff; and to encourage new library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino and Spanish- speaking community.
    The Executive Board of Directors of National REFORMA approved the Oregon Chapter at their annual meeting this month. WCCLS Outreach Librarian for Latino and Youth Services Program, Martín Blasco, will serve as the inaugural chair of this new chapter. Elizabeth Lopez, a Librarian with the Hillsboro Public Library will serve as Secretary.

    Find out more here.

    New reading recommendations in the WCCLS catalog January 6

    News & Events - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:45
    Need a good reading recommendation? No problem!

    Beginning January 6, 2015, check out our new and improved book recommendations directly in the WCCLS catalog:

    This new addition displays recommended books that are similar to the title you're currently viewing. The catalog will only recommend titles that are owned by WCCLS member libraries, so you know you’ll be able to check them out.

    If the book you’re looking at is part of a series, the catalog will now show you the other books in the series, and in what order they come. Book reviews and ratings are included, and provided by the popular social reading site Goodreads. This rating and review functionality has replaced our previous option.

    Give it a try! Reviews and ratings are available in both the full catalog as well as our mobile-friendly catalog. Just look for 'Recommended for You' inside any of your search results starting January 6.

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

    News & Events - 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 - wccls.org/ebooks. "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.
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