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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.

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