Electronic resources @ the library

Washington County Cooperative Library ServicesEven though the Tualatin Library is closed in response to the coronavirus, it offers a wide range of digital resources 24/7 through it’s participation in Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Here are just a few of the services you can access on the WCCLS website:

E-books. At last count, 87,901 titles are available to borrow in electronic format. You can read them on your tablet, phone, or desktop computer. For more information, check the WCCLS E-books page.

Streaming video. Normally you can watch up to ten videos a month on the library’s Kanopy service. During the coronavirus shutdown, additional movies are being offered credit-free. Learn more about Kanopy.

Classes. Several services provide online classes. Coursera offers computer science classes from top universities and organizations worldwide. Many are free, but some have a cost. Lynda offers courses  to learn software, creative, and business skills. Learn more about Lynda.

Homework help. There are several services targeted to kids and teens. With Gale Student Edition, students can search content from magazines, newspapers and reference books for homework assignments. Kids InfoBits is geared to the needs of elementary school students. National Geographic Kids gives access to National Geographic articles, over 230 educational books, and National Geographic photographs in a kid-friendly interface.

For a complete list of the electronic services available through WCCLS, check out their page Research Resources by A to Z.

Tualatin Library to be closed starting 3/16/20

In case you missed it … the Tualatin Public Library will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th until further notice in response to the coronavirus. The situation is evolving, so use these links to stay up-to-date on the latest:

Washington County Cooperative Library Services COVID-19 update page.

City of Tualatin COVID-19 update page.

Are you afraid you will miss your library time during the closure? We are too, but there are alternatives. Don’t forget the many digital services offered to check out books, movies, and more. All are available through WCCLS for those with library cards.

Like us on Facebook

FacebookHave you “liked” us on Facebook yet? The Friends recently formed a new committee to add posts to the social media site more often than we have in the past. You’ll find all kinds of interesting and fun information about the Friends and about the Tualatin Public library.

Some recent posts in just the last month:

  • Fifty ways to love our library
  • Guidelines for book donations
  • Volunteer opening for online book sale shipper
  • Announcement that our newsletter is out
  • Presidents Day quiz
  • An invitation to share: “what are you reading?”

So, we invite you to “like” us on Facebook and join in the fun.

SEDA to perform at the Tualatin Library

Music by SEDAOn Sunday, February 9th the music group SEDA will perform around the hearth at the Tualatin Public Library.

SEDA is the brainchild of Mehdi Farjami, formerly of Toque Libre. Mehdi has been studying music from very early on, mastering several genres and disciplines prior to his current passions of latin and flamenco. He is accompanied by Brenna McDonald on rhythm guitar and backup vocals, Pepe Raphael on lead vocals and auxiliary percussion and Nick Hutch on cajon.

The group’s repertoire includes a wide range of latin sounds from Afro Cuban, Argentinian Tango, Rhumba Flamenco and also various latin instrumentals. You can learn more about SEDA and sample their music on their website. They will perform starting at 2 pm.

Volunteer opportunity with the online book selling team

Shipper neededThe Friends online book selling team needs a third shipper.

We operate an online bookstore with Amazon.com. The number of books and DVDs in our store varies depending on donations; at this writing we have 479 items listed. Every week we add some and sell others, so the titles available are in constant flux.

Our Amazon shipping policy states that we ship within two days of receiving an order. To fulfill that requirement, we’ve established procedures to ship every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We have a 100% five-star approval rating from customers for the past year and don’t want to risk losing that by shipping late.

What’s involved? On your shipping day, you’d check the Friends Amazon account to see what orders need to be fulfilled. You’d pull the items from the shelves in the Friends workroom and package them for shipping. And then you’d drop them off at the post office. The time commitment depends on how many books were sold, but it generally takes two to four hours. The three shippers keep in close contact and cover for each other when the need arises. And we “close” the store at least twice a year to give everyone a break.

We provide all of the supplies needed for shipping. And we buy postage online, so there’s no standing in line when you drop the packages off at the post office. No experienced needed; we’ll provide the training.

We invite you to contact us if you’re interested in learning more about this volunteer position.