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Fingerplay Fun Friday: Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-02-14 10:00
Happy Valentine's Day everybody!  Here is one of my favorite love-themed songs: Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink

Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky dinky doo
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
I love you!

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky dinky doo
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
I love you!

I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky dinky doo
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
I love you!


I like this one because, in addition to being a great bonding opportunity for a child and the adult in their life, you can suit your actions to call attention to the homonyms "I" and "eye".  A homonym is a word that sounds exactly the same as another word but has a different meaning.

This rhyme can serve as a great conversation starter about homonyms.  After you have done the action rhyme with your preschooler, write out the words "I" and "eye" on paper and show them the difference.  This will help your child begin to understand how words in the written form work and how we can make the same sounds with different letter combinations.  We call a child's ability to understand how written words work Print Awareness and their ability to connect letters with sounds Letter Knowledge.

When you help your child understand how homonyms work, you also help them realize that much of our language depends on context.  Here is a silly little chant you can share to drive home the point:

I, I, I (point to self)
Me, me, me!!!

Eye, eye, eye (point to eye)
See, see, see!!!

Or, for all the sailors out there:

Aye, aye, aye (nod three times)
Yes, yes, yes!!!

Intercambio/Language Exchange

Servicios y programas en Español - Thu, 2014-02-13 18:30
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Cornelius Public Library: Learning Spanish? Need someone to practice your conversation skills with? Stop by and practice with native Spanish speakers, or others learning Spanish!¿Está aprendiendoinglés? ¿Necesita con quien conversar? Acompáñenos cada jueves para platicar conpersonas que hablan el inglés.

Spanish Book Club (Círculo de lectura)

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-12 19:30
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Hillsboro Main Library: La selección de esta reunión es Juan Darién de Horacio Quiroga. El círculo de lectura se reúne dos veces al mes para una conversación alrededor de lecturas comunes. El enfoque del grupo son los cuentos de Latinoamerica. El grupo es para personas de por lo menos 15 años de edad y en español.

Clases de computación para principiantes

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-12 18:30
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Cornelius Public Library: ¿Quiere aprendercómo usar la computadora? ¡Venga a nuestras clases de computación paraprincipiantes! Cada semana se toca diferente tema. Aprenda lo básico de la computadora,como abrir y guardar archivos, cómo navegar el internet y hacer búsquedas, cómocrear una cuenta de correo electrónico, e introducción a Microsoft Word. Las clases se repiten cada 5 semanas.

Computer Help/Taller Libre

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-12 17:00
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Cornelius Public Library: Computer help in Spanish or English. Do you need basic computer help? Want to learn more about specific programs? We can help! Free and open to the public, no registration required. Help is available from 4-5:30pm in Spanish or English. Sesión de ayuda individual para computación en español o ingles para personas que tienen preguntas de computación básica o necesitan aprender aspectos básicos sobre computación. Gratuito y abierto al público. No necesita registrarse.iSean bienvenidos entre las 4-5:30pm para ayuda individual en español o ingles!

White Out? A Conversation at the Tualatin Library About the Future of Racial Diversity

News & Events - Wed, 2014-02-12 14:50
Join Willamette University professor Emily Drew and the Tualatin Library for a conversation about the future of racial diversity in Oregon.  The conversation will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30pm.

Racial diversity is increasing in Oregon, and Oregonians value what that brings to our lives, yet we are still isolated from one another.  Emily will talk about the challenges in creating racially diverse, inclusive communities.  What does this mean, what does it require, and how might we prepare to embrace the opportunity?

Emily M. Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University. She teaches courses about racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media, and social change. Her primary areas of research involve understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions.

This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust, in partnership with the Tualatin Historical Society.

Contact the Tualatin Public Library for more information about this program.

Teen Summer Reading Art Contest - Deadline 2/15

News & Events - Wed, 2014-02-12 11:43
Hey teen artists: the deadline is fast approaching to submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2014 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington Co., 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.

Submissions started on January 2nd, and the last day to submit your entry is February 15th. Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form. (PDF) Good luck!

Cuentos en español / Spanish Storytime

Servicios y programas en Español - Tue, 2014-02-11 19:30
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM: Ven a escuchar cuentos que fomentán las habilidades de alfabetización temprana. Las horas de cuentos están gratis y se llevarán en el Centro Acuático (Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room #2)./ Come listen to stories that will encourage early literacy skills. Storytimes are free of charge, and are located in the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center, in Multipurpose Room #2, during the Shute Park Library's closure.

Diversión a las 4

Servicios y programas en Español - Tue, 2014-02-11 17:00
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Biblioteca de la ciudad de forest grove: ¡Manualidades y Legos gratis para todas edades! En la area infantil de la biblioteca. Niños menores de 10 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto.

Library Closures for President's Day, 2/17/14

News & Events - Tue, 2014-02-11 14:33
Some, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, February 17th, in observance of Presidents Day.

These are the WCCLS member libraries that will be CLOSED on Monday, February 17th:

  • 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
  • North Plains Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library

All other WCCLS libraries will be open their regular hours.

Intercambio / Language Exchange

Servicios y programas en Español - Mon, 2014-02-10 20:00
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Tualatin Public Library: Practice your English or Spanish conversation skills and help others learn in a welcoming environment. Meets in the community room. Ages 16+.Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable.

Library Schedules for Monday, 2/10/14

News & Events - Mon, 2014-02-10 14:35
The following libraries will open late today, Monday February 10th
  • Garden Home Community Library - UPDATE  
    • the Rec Center is closed until 5pm, the library may or may not open today.  We'll keep updating this page as we learn more. 
  • Hillsboro Library will open at 12 noon 
  • Oregon College of Arts & Crafts campus (and library) will open at 11am
  • West Slope Library will open at 12 noon
Check back here for updates about other closures or late openings.  Please contact your library directly with any questions about schedules for the day.

If you are concerned about the books you had due over the weekend, or holds you needed to pick up, here are a couple of answers:
  • Fines will not be charged for the days libraries were closed
  • Library staff will take into account closed days when determining the date unclaimed holds are to be pulled

Library schedules for Sunday, 2/9/2014

News & Events - Sat, 2014-02-08 20:24
The following libraries will be closed due to weather conditions:
  • Beaverton City Library 
  • Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
  • Cedar Mill Community Library
  • Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Hillsboro Public Library - all services and locations
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • Tualatin Public Library
 The following libraries are normally closed on Sundays:
  • Banks Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library 
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft Library
  • Tuality Health Resource Center Library
  • West Slope Library

Watch this page for updates to expected schedules.

Hora de cuentos en español para niños

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-08 16:00
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM - Beaverton City Library: Todos los sábadosdel 11 de enero al 15 de marzo a las 3:00p.m. ven a la sala de cuentos para niños enla Biblioteca de la Ciudad deBeaverton y participa en cuentos, rimas ycanciones. Para niños de 2 a 5 añosES GRATUITO! NO NECESITAS REGISTRARTE!

Intro a Windows

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-08 14:00
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Hillsboro Main Library: Explore las aplicaciones de escritorio y el sistema operativo Windows en esta clase básica participativa. Perfecta para el principiante, esta clase se repite el segundo Sábado del mes.

Hora de Cuentos en Español (Event canceled)

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-08 13:00
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Cornelius Public Library: ¡Pase una hora divertida con cuentos, canciones, y rimas para toda la familia! ¡Colorín Colorado…Nos veremos el sábado!La hora de Cuentos es patrocinado por los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública de Cornelius.Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 10am a 7pm; Sábado de 10am a 5pm; Domingo de 12pm a 5pmBiblioteca Pública de Cornelius1355 N. Barlow St.503-357-4093www.cornelius.ci.or.us/library

Intercambio / Exchange

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-08 11:30
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Hillsboro Main Library: Practice English or Spanish and help others learn in a friendly atmosphere. Beginners welcome! Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. ¡Están bienvenidos los principiantes!

Intercambio: Español / Inglés. Grupos de Conversación.

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-08 11:00
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Beaverton City Library: ¿Quiere mejorar su inglés? iEntonces venga a uno de nuestrosgrupos de conversación! No es una clase sino una oportunidad para platicar ymejorar su inglés mientras ayuda a hablantes de inglés a mejorar su español.Nuestros grupos son totalmente gratuitos. No necesita registrarse.

Weather Closures, Friday 2/7/14

News & Events - Fri, 2014-02-07 16:42
Due to the weather, the following libraries are closed today, Friday 2/7/14:
The following libraries will be open shorter hours:
Watch this page for updates throughout the day.
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