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Intro a Windows

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-04-12 13:00
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Hillsboro Shute Park Branch: 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

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-04-12 12:00
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


Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-04-12 10:30
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Hillsboro Shute Park Branch: Come practice your English or Spanish in a relaxed, conversational setting. Venga a mejorar su español o inglés en un ambiente relajado y divertido.

Intercambio: Español / Inglés. Grupos de Conversación.

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-04-12 10:00
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.

Heartbleed bug

News & Events - Fri, 2014-04-11 15:08
There has been a lot of talk this week about the Heartbleed bug that affected massive numbers of websites around the world.  WCCLS has taken steps to ensure that our servers are updated and protected against this bug.

This isn't an issue that affects personal computers or public computers in libraries (http://www.businessinsider.com/heartbleed-bug-explainer-2014-4).  It affects the software that powers online services such as banking or social media websites.

As a general security precaution, it is a good idea to change your password on any site where you have an account.  You'll want to change your password after the website has been updated to protect against the Heartbleed bug.  Password manager LastPass has created a tool that allows you to check if the website in question has been updated:  https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/

For more details about the Heartbleed bug, visit this website: http://heartbleed.com/

Grupo de lectura (Spanish Book Group)

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-04-09 18:30
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Hillsboro Shute Park Branch: La lectura de esta reunión es Vacaciones pagadas de Enrique Serna. El enfoque del grupo son los cuentos de la literatura Latinoamericana. Todas las personas desde los 15 años de edad son bienvenidas. La lectura se distribuye durante la reunión.

Sesión de Ayuda para Computación en Español

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-04-09 18:00
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Beaverton City Library: 2nd floor compuer classroom: Sesión de ayuda individual para computación en español parapersonas que tienen preguntas de computación básica o necesitan aprenderaspectos básicos sobre computación. Nosotros podremos ayudar con:Habilidades básicas de computaciónProcesador de palabrasCorreo electrónicoHabilidades básicas de búsqueda en Internet iSean bienvenidos a cualquier hora entre 6:00 p.m. y 7:30p.m. para ayuda individual en español!La sesión tendrá lugar en el Salón de Computación en el segundopiso de la biblioteca. Gratuito y abierto al público. No necesita registrarse.

Clases de computación para principiantes

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-04-09 17:30
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, 2014-04-09 16:00
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!

New Director at Tualatin Public Library

News & Events - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:20
Tualatin Public Library welcomes Jerianne Thompson as its new Library Manager.   Thompson is a familiar face in the library; she has been the Interim Library Manager since last year, and has been the Public Services Supervisor since July 2011. Thompson is taking over for former Library Manager Abigail Elder, who is now Library Director at Beaverton City Library.

Prior to moving to Tualatin, Thompson previously served as Collection Development Coordinator and Branch Supervisor for the Linebaugh Public Library System in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Thompson holds a Master of Information Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Paul Hennon, Community Services Director calls Thompson an effective leader charged with creating “an inviting community center where learning, discovery, and interaction flourish.”

“Tualatin Library is the heart of our community, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the vision of the library as we plan for the future,” says Thompson.

Tuality Health Resource Center closed on Friday 4/4

News & Events - Fri, 2014-04-04 11:25
The Tuality Health Resource Center is closed today, Friday, April 4th.

Find Tuality Health Resource Center's normal operating hours and contact information on the WCCLS website.

WiserKids: a New Early Literacy Blog from Cedar Mill Community Library

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-03-21 10:00

Hi gang!

We're super-excited to announce a brand new early learning blog from our very own Cedar Mill Community Library: WiserKids: grow, learn, read, play, explore at your library

WiserKids will feature "information and activities about early literacy, reading recommendations, programs, special events and more!"  It is brought to you by the hard-working youth services team at the Cedar Mill Community Library and the Cedar Mill Library at Bethany.

We hope you will take the time to follow what promises to be a great library resource for families with young children!!

Also, in case you didn't already know, the Tigard Public Library has their own library blog for families (Family Book Bag) and the Garden Home Community Library has developed a fantastic set of Pinterest boards to help you connect with great books (Garden Home Library Youth Reads).  We highly suggest you check out these vast treasure troves.

We hope you can tell that the public libraries of Washington County love sharing tips with families to help kids get ready to learn and read!

Fingerplay Fun Friday: Fe Fi Fo Fum!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-03-07 16:09
Here is a silly little fingerplay: Fe Fi Fo Fum

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum
Fe, fi, fo, fum
See my fingers,
See my thumb.
Fe, fi, fo fum,
Goodbye fingers,
Goodbye thumb!

I like how simple this one is.  It is a perfect gateway to more complicated fingerplays like last week's I Saw a Little Rabbit or The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  
When little kids work on moving their fingers individually, they are preparing themselves for future writing success!
Please note that our Fingerplay Fun Fridays will be on a minor hiatus beginning next week.  The program will start back up on April 18th.  We apologize for this inconvenience but promise to return with more fun rhymes soon!

Fingerplay Fun Friday: I Saw a Little Rabbit!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-02-28 13:58
Here's a cute little rhyme about a bunny: I Saw a Little Rabbit

I Saw a Little Rabbit

I saw a little rabbit
Go hop, hop, hop

I saw his long ears
Go flop, flop, flop

I saw his little nose
Go twink, twink, twink

I saw his little eyes
Go blink, blink, blink

I said, “Little rabbit,
Won’t you stay?”

He just looked at me,
And hopped away

I like this one because it encourages imaginative play. When you make your hand into a little bunny by extending your index and middle fingers, you're engaging in symbolic play.  Your hand isn't really a rabbit, you're just pretend that it is.  This makes perfect sense to adults, but to little kids it takes time.
There is a growing body of research about the importance of play in the early years.  From a literacy standpoint, when children recognize that something is a representation of an actual object, they begin to understand how books work.  The pictures and words on the page of a book stand for ideas and objects.  We use these symbols to communicate.  We call this understanding print awareness.  Children who understand how books work have an easier time learning how to read.

Fingerplay Fun Friday: Form the Orange!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-02-21 10:00
Here is one of our older videos: Form the Orange

Form The Orange

Form the orange,
Form, form the orange.
(hold hands apart in half circles, slowly bring together)

Peel the orange,
Peel, peel the orange.
(keep thumbs together, slowly separate finger-tips)

Squeeze the orange,
Squeeze, squeeze the orange.
(give yourself a great big hug)

Form the banana,
Form, form the banana.
(slowly bring palms together over your head)

Peel the banana,
Peel, peel the banana.
(slowly separate palms)

Go bananas,
Go, go bananas!
(dance any way you please)

I like this one because it's super-catchy and loads of fun for kids.  Best of all, it is a great opportunity for kids to practice coordinating their big body movements.  You start by making your hands into two half-circles, which you slowly bring together into one full-circle.  Making your fingers and thumbs meet takes some degree of focus.

Kids who are able to control their body movements will have an easier time learning how to write.  Writing requires a considerable amount of focus and precision.  When kids play with and practice their big body movements, they are working on important pre-writing skills!

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!!!

Fingerplay Fun Friday: Pease Porridge Hot!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-02-07 10:00
Here is an old Mother Goose rhyme that introduces kids to the concepts of hot and cold: Pease Porridge Hot

Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old.

Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.

I like this one because it does a nice job of describing the opposites hot and cold.  When children understand how opposites work, they begin to see how one thing can have different qualities.  The porridge (or oatmeal) can be hot or it can be cold.  We use the adjectives "hot" and "cold" to describe or attribute specific qualities of heat to the object "porridge".

Kids who have a broad understanding of adjectives and opposites have an easier time making sense out of what they read once they begin learning.  Knowing the names of opposites helps them to make guesses, as well.

When you share books with your child, try taking a little extra time to describe the pictures on the page.  Use as many different words as you can to describe the objects and ask your kids to help describe.  You don't even need a book to help your child learn more adjectives and opposite words.  Simply describe the things you see throughout your day.

There are many excellent picture books that help kids master the concepts of opposite.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Title: Big Dog... Little Dog
Author: P.D. Eastman
Find this book at your library

Fred and Ted are best friends who are very different.  This delightful book uses a humorous story to introduce kids to opposite concepts.

Title: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
Author: Steve Jenkins
Find this book at your library

The animal kingdom is explored with an eye to extremes.  While not an "opposite" book, the author does a nice job of including the opposing superlatives.
Title: Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
Author: Sandra Boynton
Find this book at your library

Dinosaur lovers will enjoy this prehistoric book of opposites!
Title: Tall
Author: Jez Alborough
Find this book at your library

The concepts of tall and small are on display as a lovable and small chimp becomes tall with the help of friends!
Title: You and Me: We're Opposites
Author: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Ethan Long
Find this book at your library

Zoo animals tell each other how their opposites.

CLEL Bell Awards Announced!!

WCCLS Kids - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:10
The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announced the winners of their Bell Picture Book Awards this morning!!

These awards have been given to recognize five picture books from 2013 that provide excellent support for early literacy development in children around five key practices: Read, Talk, Sing, Write and Play.

Without any further ado, here are the 2014 CLEL Bell Awards!!!
(click on each title to see Early Literacy Activity Ideas from CLEL)

Title: Open This Little Book
Author: Jesse Klausmeier
Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Find this book at your library

"Readers open the cover to discover five characters, each with their own little book, all within the pages of the first. Open This Little Book celebrates the pleasures of reading, sharing stories, and having a book of your own."
- Synopsis by CLELTitle: Moo!Author: David LaRochelleIllustrator: Mike WohnoutkaFind this book at your library
"A very vocal cow commandeers the farmer’s car and sets off on an adventure. The entire story is told with just two words: Moo! and Baa! The speech bubbles and the very limited vocabulary help children make the critical connection between the words we say and the print on the page."- Synopsis by CLELTitle: Nighty-Night, CooperAuthor: Laura NumeroffIllustrator: Lynn MunsingerFind this book at your library
"A small kangaroo requests song after song to help him fall asleep, and his mother obliges by making up her own words to familiar tunes. Singing songs together is a powerful way to build phonological awareness skills and vocabulary, and Nighty-Night, Cooper models how a parent can use songs to create a comforting bedtime routine with a child."-Synopsis by CLELTitle: Things I Can DoAuthor: Jeff MackFind this book at your library
"Hand-written text and exuberant collages illustrate this story of a boy who takes great pride in his accomplishments. Reading skills and writing skills develop together, and the format of The Things I Can Do invites children to see themselves as authors as well as readers."- Synopsis by CLELTitle: Niño Wrestles the WorldAuthor: Yuyi MoralesFind this book at your library
"Niño takes on all the toys in his room with an amazing series of lucha libre wrestling moves. When his sisters wake up from their nap, they challenge him to a match, too! Who will be victorious? Niño Wrestles the World joyfully demonstrates the language-rich, open-ended play that contributes to a child’s narrative skills."- Synopsis by CLEL
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