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Catalog and account software will be down starting Sunday night until Tuesday

Fri, 2015-04-24 08:30
We will be posting more frequent updates about the catalog and account availability on Facebook and Twitter.

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 26th, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, April 28th.

Here's what you need to know:
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, April 26th, Monday, April 27th, or Tuesday, April 28th
  • 3M Cloud  e-books will not be available during this time.
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog

What will be available during the software updates?

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated?
This update adds functionality to the staff version of the library catalog, but you will not notice any significant changes with the look or performance of the public catalog or with your library account. 

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Help us organize the new WCCLS website!

Thu, 2015-04-23 13:19
Do you have a spare 10-20 minutes to help with the WCCLS website?  

Click here to complete the online survey and card sort.

The purpose of a card sort is to help us organize content on our website in a meaningful way, so that people can navigate it quickly and easily.  We are in the process of redesigning our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of our new site.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of online cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you. There are no “right answers” in a card sort, but as a group we can see trends that will inform the navigation of our website.  The survey will close May 1.  Your participation is greatly appreciated! 

Tualatin Teen Librarian Wins State Award

Thu, 2015-04-23 10:20
Congratulations to Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin Public Library Teen Librarian, for receiving the OYAN You’re Excellent Award at the 2015 Oregon Library Association conference. The Oregon Young Adult Network [OYAN] gives this award to recognize an individual or organization that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in Oregon libraries.

In their letters nominating Meuchel for the award, Tualatin teens shared these comments about Meuchel:

"It was because of Aimee that I began to actively seek out leadership opportunities and become more involved in my community. Without her guidance and support throughout the years, I would have never grown out of my shell or realized how much I enjoy helping others."
"Aimee is always smiling and having fun, which influences me and some other teens to smile and have fun with life, because you can't let the past or a bad day bring you down and ruin fun. ... Aimee honestly has the most creative mind in the world, and is the funnest person I have met."

"I have learned from her the meaning of leadership and responsibility ... and she taught me to trust myself. ... I have never met someone older than me that understands how teens feel; she relates to us, and that is why she is a friend to me."

"I would never have become to person I am today if it weren't for talking to that special little red-haired librarian."
Meuchel has worked at the Tualatin Library since 2006, starting as a Children's Librarian. When the Tualatin Library was expanded in 2008, Meuchel became Tualatin's first Teen Librarian and was instrumental in the development of the Library's dedicated Teen Room.   Because of Meuchel's efforts, Tualatin Library has a highly successful teen program. The Library presents more than 200 programs for teens each year, including weekly drop-in gaming and movie nights. The Teen Room regularly has more than 600 visits each month.

As part of the award, Meuchel received an engraved plaque and a monetary donation of $100 to support teen services at the Tualatin Public Library. 

2015 Library Supporter of the Year Award goes to Three Beaverton Women

Mon, 2015-04-20 10:47
Three Beaverton women are recipients of the 2015 Library Supporter of the Year Award from the Oregon Library Association.

Congratulations to Dawn Prochovnic (pictured left with with OLA President Candace Watkins), Debbie Plawner, and Mitzi Sandman, founders of School Libraries Matter: Beaverton.  This organization advocates strong school libraries and teacher librarians. 

The Library Supporter of the Year Award is presented to an Oregonian or a group of Oregonians for exceptional effort to support and promote libraries.  Read more here.

Oregon Book Award winners announced for 2015

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:16
The Oregon Book Award winners for 2015 were announced on Monday, 4/13.  Below is a selection of the winners in some categories; find a full list of the winners here.

Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw Award for Children's Literature
Whistle in the Dark by Susan Hill
Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction
Big Little Man: In Search of my Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction
The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld by Justin Hocking
Ken Kesey Award for Fiction
The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna
Readers Choice Award
The Free by Willy Vlautin

Congratulations to all the winners!

"How to Start an Investment Club" program at the Tualatin Library

Thu, 2015-04-16 11:00
The old adage "there's safety in numbers'' can be applied to investment clubs in more ways than one. An investment club is a group of individual investors who come together to learn, share investing experiences and help each other become more successful investors.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tualatin Library Community Room
No prerequisites: anyone can learn how to invest for your future goals.

Clubs provide education, camaraderie and buying power, plus the confidence of knowing you don't have to go it alone. This workshop will review the ins and outs of starting an investment club and the advantages of learning and earning in a group.

Officers and members of the Portland, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of Better Investing will present the workshops.

Updates to WCCLS catalog & account April 26-28

Mon, 2015-04-13 08:30
Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 26th, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, April 28th.

Here's what you need to know:
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, April 26th, Monday, April 27th, or Tuesday, April 28th
  • 3M Cloud  e-books will not be available during this time.
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog

What will be available during the software updates?

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated?
This update adds functionality to the staff version of the library catalog, but you will not notice any significant changes with the look or performance of the public catalog or with your library account. 

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Brody Theater

Wed, 2015-04-08 08:00
Members of Portland's Brody TheaterBrody Theater is Portland's longest running improvisation focused theater. Founded over 19 years ago as Tom Johnson's ambitious improv project, the Brody has become a world renowned comedy and storytelling theater company.

Brody Theater specializes in narrative improvisation, or "long-form." The underlying goal of their work is to tell engaging stories that make people think, that help people grow, and that make people laugh. The Brody puts an emphasis on both entertainment and experiment, making it a showcase for both audience-pleasing performances and cutting edge theatrical presentation.

Members of the Brody Theater ensemble will be performing at these 2015 Art of the Story events:

Grand Opening: Beaverton Murray Scholls Branch!

Tue, 2015-04-07 14:15
Join Mayor Denny Doyle, city councilors, Beaverton City Library staff, and the Beaverton community for a celebration of the newly expanded and renovated Murray Scholls Branch Library.

Adults, children, and families are invited to the Grand Opening, to enjoy cake and fun activities for kids along with a few words by Mayor Doyle.

Saturday, April 11, at noon
1200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102

This event will celebrate a pivotal expansion of Beaverton’s library services. The Reser Family Children’s Room unofficially opened last month and residents have already expressed great enthusiasm. Since reopening, the number of patrons visiting the library has increased 30 percent over last year. More than 300 people attended events in February, including the first programs ever held during library open hours.

The additional 5,000 square feet includes a large new room for children and their caregivers to participate in additional storytimes and activities such as “Make It” Mondays and WOW Wednesdays. It also facilitated the repurposing of existing space for teens with more study tables and an erasable IdeaPaint wall where they can show-off their creativity. Teen programming will continue to grow in the coming months, as will the selection of young adult fiction and graphic novels in the teen book collection.

“We encourage families to explore and interact with the new space,” said John Finn, branch manager. “This project has been a great success, thanks in part to the Reser Family Foundation, the estate of Wayne Whitbeck, the Beaverton Library Foundation, and the Friends of Beaverton City Library, along with Gramor Development.”

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Kuniko Yamamoto

Fri, 2015-04-03 15:45
Kuniko YamamotoA native of Japan, Kuniko Yamamoto started performing in her hometown of Osaka. After performing on Kansai National TV in 1985, Kuniko studied in the United States with Tony Montanaro. She then toured with Leland Faulkner’s Light Theater, bringing ancient Japanese tales to life with shadows and magic.

Since creating her solo show, she has appeared at Epcot Disney, The Kennedy Center, and the National Storytelling Festival. To date, Kuniko has performed at over 2,000 theaters, schools, colleges, and festivals from Alaska to Florida.

Kuniko Yamamoto will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Here is a video of Kuniko's work, created by Jon LeClair.

A Jobseeker's Workshop at the Tualatin Public Library

Thu, 2015-04-02 08:30
WorkSource Oregon and the Tualatin Public Library present A Jobseekers’ Workshop on Thursday, April 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar to learn an overview of the available services at the Tualatin Public Library and WorkSource Oregon. Representatives from the Library and WorkSource Oregon will provide information on the resources, training opportunities, and tools that can help you land your next job.  No reservation required.  Free.

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Sam Payne

Mon, 2015-03-30 16:58
Sam PayneSam Payne is a storyteller, songwriter, and jazz musician who has performed in places as far away as Bulgaria, Japan, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Sam holds an English degree from Weber State University, and a Master's in Education from Southern Utah University. An award-winning radio writer and host for over 12 years, Sam currently hosts The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories, a radio program broadcast nationally on the art of storytelling.

Sam co-directed Soundcheck Series, a program for independent songwriters, and is the director of Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork, Utah.

Sam’s stage presence, craftsmanship, and soaring voice have established him as favorite with audiences and critics alike. The Deseret News said of Sam’s work, "Let's talk about storytelling: Sam Payne is a master at it."

Sam is performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Learn American Sign Language at the Tualatin Public Library

Fri, 2015-03-27 10:21
Join the Tualatin Public Library for a ten week series of classes to learn American Sign Language (ASL) beginning Saturday, April 4 – Saturday, June 13, 2-3pm (no class 5/23).  Presenter Jonah Eleweke, American Sign Language Coordinator at PSU, will introduce us to the basics of ASL.

Among hundreds of signed languages around the world, up to two million people speak ASL in North America alone -- the 3rd or 4th most used language in the U.S. after Spanish and English.

 American Sign Language (ASL) is the sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. Because it is a manual and visual language that does not require normal hearing, deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages can easily receive and communicate information, thoughts, and feelings through ASL.

Art of the Story 2015 Performer Spotlight -- Chetter Galloway

Thu, 2015-03-26 15:01
Chetter Galloway is a storyteller whose focus is on African and African-American tales. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, he now calls Portland, Oregon home. Chetter is an accomplished interpreter of living history and has also worked as a museum curator and educator, developing educational outreach programs for schools.
Chetter Galloway
Chetter began his storytelling career at Carters Groves Historic Site in Colonial Williamsburg, where he told the stories of the lives of free and enslaved Africans in the 18th century. He continued this work Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Atlanta History Center, and has gone on to engage audiences at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site; The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival; The National Black Arts Festival; The National Storytelling Conference; The Smithsonian; and on CNN.

In 2003, Chetter entered East Tennessee State University’s Masters of Storytelling Program. While at ETSU, Chetter honed his craft and developed a one man piece, "Free at Last, Not let me Fly," that he adapted into an educational school assembly program.

Since 2014, Chetter has quickly become involved in the local storytelling scene. He is an active member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, has performed with the Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers, and at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Chetter will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Chetter Galloway

Thu, 2015-03-26 11:00
Chetter Galloway is a storyteller whose focus is on African and African-American tales. Originally from Suffolk, Virginia, he now calls Portland, Oregon home. Chetter is an accomplished interpreter of living history and has also worked as a museum curator and educator, developing educational outreach programs for schools.
Chetter Galloway
Chetter began his storytelling career at Carters Groves Historic Site in Colonial Williamsburg, where he told the stories of the lives of free and enslaved Africans in the 18th century. He continued this work Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Atlanta History Center, and has gone on to engage audiences at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site; The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival; The National Black Arts Festival; The National Storytelling Conference; The Smithsonian; and on CNN.

In 2003, Chetter entered East Tennessee State University’s Masters of Storytelling Program. While at ETSU, Chetter honed his craft and developed a one man piece, "Free at Last, Not let me Fly," that he adapted into an educational school assembly program.

Since 2014, Chetter has quickly become involved in the local storytelling scene. He is an active member of the Portland Storytellers Guild, has performed with the Portland Story Theater Urban Tellers, and at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Chetter will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:

35th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption

Tue, 2015-03-24 13:21
2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  Where were you when the mountain blew on May 18, 1980?

On Tuesday, March 31 from 7-8:30 p.m., the Garden Home Community Library is hosting a slideshow and discussion about the eruption led by author Christine Colasurdo.  

Share your memories of the event and Spirit Lake.

Space is limited.  No need to RSVP but the door will be closed if we reach capacity.

About the author:  Writer, teacher and calligrapher Christine Colasurdo is a recipient of 2010 Fishtrap Fellowship and an award-winning poet. She was born in Portland, Oregon and earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in French and English from Portland State University in 1984. Upon graduating she moved to France, where she studied at the Université de Poitiers for a year and worked in Paris for two years. After returning to the U.S. in 1987, she worked as a graphic designer, writer, and editor in San Francisco, California. She earned her Master of Arts degree in English literature from U.C. Berkeley in 1992.
Colasurdo has published two books on the outdoors. Her first book, Return to Spirit Lake (1997, rev. 2010), is a memoir of her experiences as a child camping, hiking, and working at Mount St. Helens in Washington. In 2005 it was honored as a “Washington Reads” book by the Washington State Librarian. Her second book, Golden Gate National Parks: A Photographic Journey (2002), celebrates the ecological richness of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. Her poetry is featured in anthologies Fading Light and the Marin Poetry Center’s 2013 Trees, and her prose is featured in anthologies Holding Common Ground (2005) and In the Blast Zone (2008). She has given talks in Oregon, Washington, and California and has led tours to Mount St. Helens for the Oregon Historical Society and the Society of Environmental Journalists. In 2000 and 2005 she was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.” In 2000 she was also a featured guest on Public Radio International’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge.”

The Garden Home Library is located at 7475 SW Oleson Rd in Portland, inside the THPRD Garden Home Community Center.

Help make our website easier to navigate!

Mon, 2015-03-23 08:00
You are invited to participate in a card sort activity.

Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Hillsboro Library Shute Park Branch
RSVP to attend

Thursday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tualatin Public Library Community Room
RSVP to attend

The purpose of a card sort is to help us organize content on our website in a meaningful way, so that people can navigate it quickly and easily.  We are in the process of redesigning our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of our new site.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you, and to give each category a name. There are no “right answers” in a card sort, but as a group we can see trends that will inform the navigation of our website.  You can complete the sort individually, or work with 1-2 other people.  After the sort is complete, we will have a group discussion about your experience.

If you are able to join us, please RSVP using the links above.  Each session is limited to 20 participants.  We welcome those with all levels of experience with our website; you don't have to be familiar with our current site to participate.

Thank you for considering the giving of your time to make the WCCLS website more useful!

New and Improved Access to Online Resources

Fri, 2015-03-20 08:30
On Wednesday, March 25, WCCLS will be switching over to a new authentication system for our online resources. This will provide WCCLS card holders with a simpler, yet more secure, method for accessing a large number of information resources.   What does this mean for you?
•  When you access online resources from home, school, or work, you will be asked to input your WCCLS library card number (under your barcode) and password on this new login screen:

•  When you access online resources on a library computer or on your own wireless device while connected to in-library wifi, you'll be taken directly to the requested resource as before, without having to log in.
If you have questions, please ask staff for assistance at your local library.

Visit your library during Spring Break!

Thu, 2015-03-19 10:58

Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break?  Your local library has a lot going on for kids and teens! 

In addition to storytimes, libraries are offering movies, LEGO and game events, origami and crafts, science programs, crafts, and teddy bear sleepovers.  

Ask your local library for details, or check out our calendar of events to find exciting events happening near you!  Click here for the calendar, and then select your library in the right sidebar to view events.

Art of the Story 2015 performer spotlight - Judith Black

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:30
Judith BlackJudith Black brings to her storytelling a varied background in education, theater, and creative writing. Having studied at Wheelock College, she taught for several years before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She excels in the retelling of history from new perspectives, tickling familial dysfunction, and ironic explorations of aging. Featured on such stages as the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Museum of Cape Town, she has appeared ten times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of storytelling’s most coveted prize, the Oracle Award. Last year she took the craft of American storytelling abroad to France, Sweden, and Finland. Judith's work is dedicated to keeping storytelling alive.

Judith will be performing at the following 2015 Art of the Story events:
Here's Judith Black on Mid Life Crisis: