State Legislators Featured Storytime Guests at Local Library

MEDIA RELEASE - For immediate release
Date: July 6, 2011
Contact: Jodi Nielsen, Senior Program Educator
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

State Legislators Featured Storytime Guests at Local Library

West Slope Community Library Features
July 10 - Representative Tobias Read
July 17 - Senator Mark Hass

Washington County, Oregon: On Tuesday, July 10th Oregon State Representative Tobias Read will visit the West Slope Community Library as a guest "storyteller" for the Toddler Storytime and Oregon Senator Mark Hass will be the featured storyteller on Tuesday, July 17th. Toddler Time is held from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the children's area of the library.

Both Read and Hass represent the residents of the surrounding West Slope area and have been invited to visit the library to learn about the latest offerings in early literacy services provided by the library, and to witness first hand how public libraries utilize Oregon Ready To Read funds (the only state funding allocated for public libraries).

According to Eva Calcagno, Director of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), the West Slope Library primarily uses state Ready To Read funds to administer their annual Summer Reading program. Calcagno reports, "as we continue to educate the public about the importance of introducing both pre-readers and young readers to the rich resources available in the public library, we felt this offered a wonderful opportunity to showcase the libraries' services to the Senator and State Representative during their legislative recess. Reading through the summer months is vital to helping children prepare to enter school ready to read and ready to learn."

Parents of young children, Read and Hass will be right at home reading and engaging the active and curious minds of toddlers. When the Legislature is not in session, Read enjoys coaching youth basketball and mentoring for the Greenway Elementary SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program. Hass is currently Chair of the Senate Committee on Education and General Government. And while in the House of Representatives, Hass was a key player on tax and education policy. His first bill passed into law (HB2421) created tax incentives for businesses to set up college scholarship programs for their employees. Hass has also served as board member on the Beaverton Library Foundation.

We invite parents and care givers with toddlers ages one and a half to three to attend one or both of the guest storyteller appearances. It offers the opportunity to meet and speak with your state and federal legislative representatives.

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: 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 Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.