Digital SLR Camera Workshop

Join us at 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 18 when photographer Jordan Sleeth presents a photography show of his travels in Nepal followed by an instructional workshop. The workshop will focus on using digital SLR cameras and will be for photographers at the intermediate level.

Registration is not required, but you can ask to sign up for a reminder call.

If you are interested in digital photography, make sure to browse West Slope Library’s selection of books on the topic!

For more information this and other programs, please contact us.

Learn the Art of Ukrainian Egg Decoration

As Spring and Easter approach, learn the art of Ukrainian egg decoration from expert folk artist Daniela Mahoney on Saturday, March 7, 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Mahoney, who is renowned for her elaborate and beautiful egg art, will lead participants through the delicate process of painting decorative eggs and discuss the importance of heritage crafts.

From Egg Lady to Egg-xecutive by Teresa Mahoney on Vimeo.

Supplies will be provided free of charge.

This free class is for adults only and registration is required.

Contact us for more information.

Tedde McMillen: Tea Expert and Library Lover

Tedde McMillenMeet Tedde McMillen, lover of tea, successful entrepreneur, and a lifelong library patron. As a college student majoring in Music she spent many hours studying at Multnomah County Library’s Music Library downtown. After college she worked at Metro and moved to the Sylvan area in 1983.

In the early 90’s Tedde once again found herself spending hours in the library as she researched the start-up business she and her daughter would establish in 1994: Oregon Chai. In 1998 she traveled to India to learn more about the tea growing and harvesting process and worked to establish fair trade relationships at every step of production. Oregon Chai sold in 2004 for 75 million dollars. McMillen detailed this journey in her book Million Dollar Cup of Tea.

MIllion Dollar Cup of Tea by Tedde McMillenTedde joined West Slope Library’s book group about 10 years ago and has been a loyal patron ever since. Even after having moved to California for a couple years she has returned to West Slope and is once again part of the book group. Tedde volunteers at the Hoyt Arboretum, giving walking tours, and is a member of a group that knits outerwear for charity. She loves her volunteer work and reading mysteries and literature.

For an opportunity to meet Tedde, join us for a tea tasting and her presentation “The Lore of Tea” at 6:00pm on Wednesday, January 21.

Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest

WCCLS Teen Summer Reading Art Contest 2015WCCLS is now accepting submissions for its Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

Contestants between the ages of 12-18 are asked to submit an original design. The theme for 2015 is “Unmask!”.

The winning design will be used on 2015 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

The winner will also win a $150 gift certificate to Powell’s Books and some runners up will receive gift certificates to Blick Art Materials.

The deadline for submitting a design is Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Questions? Please contact us.

Download the entry form.

A Look Back at 2014

Think of the library as a quiet, serene place? Think again! West Slope Community Library is a bustling hub of activity, filled with books, programs, and conversation. 2014 was an especially exciting year as we hosted popular programs and encountered a few unexpected events.


Library in snowWe weren’t too far into 2014 before Snowpocalypse hit and shut the library down for more than four days. As the snow and ice melted, our reading room flooded and had to be closed off. An entire wall and all the carpeting had to be replaced, but not a single book was damaged! Thanks to the Washington County Facilities Department and Cedar Mill Construction, we were back to full service in less than three weeks.

Volunteer HarrietAround that same time, the Beaverton Valley Times ran a wonderful profile of two of our longest-serving volunteers, Harriet and Dee. The article revealed in a timely way that the library thrives because of the community of people who use and support it, in spite of whatever problems we might encounter.


Fir Grove Garden ClubThe Fir Grove Garden Club came out in full force in March to spruce up the library grounds for spring, and they continue to meet regularly throughout the year to keep our landscaping beautiful and inviting.

Habiba Addo - StorytellerIn April, we collaborated with Raleigh Park Elementary to host Habiba Addo during the Art of the Story Storytelling Festival. Addo wowed an audience of over 60 people in the Raleigh Park cafeteria with her stories of African folk tales and life.

Mo the PigeonIn May, we met Mo the Pigeon! Mo arrived on the library’s doorstep one morning seemingly daze and disoriented—a racing pigeon who had lost his way. He enjoyed hanging out on the front porch eating birdseed, and even wandered inside the library a couple times. After Mo had been living at the library for about a week, the Willamette Racing Pigeon Club graciously agreed to capture Mo and help him find his home. We learned within a few weeks that he was returned to his happy owner 150 miles away in Tacoma, Washington.

Summer Reading 2014The Summer Reading program for adults, teens, and kids was a great success. Over 540 kids & teens participated in Summer Reading at West Slope, and almost 270 adults participated, too. Thousands of books were read, many prizes were won, and everyone who participated helped beat back the dreaded “summer slide.”

Board Games at West Slope LibraryThe Oregonian/Beaverton Leader featured an article about our board game lending collection—the first of its kind in the Portland-metro area. The collection of nearly 100 games has become incredibly popular as have the library’s board game events.

Ann Balogh - Jazz Cats - The Party's OverLocal artist Ann Balogh displayed one the most popular exhibits of the year, Jazz Cats.  Our community is home to so many great artists, and we love being an exhibit space for them.

3M Cloud LibraryIn September, the 3M Cloud Library launched, and suddenly ebooks were easy! You can download the 3M Cloud Library app on almost every major device and start reading ebooks in minutes. Contact the library if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment for a tutorial.

Life After War collageIn October, the library participated in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project for the second year, hosting “Life After War” with Jim Lommasson. The program focused on the effects of war on soldiers after they return home, and Lommasson’s photographic portraits of soldiers from his “Exit Wounds” project prompted deep, moving conversations that carried on well into the night, even after the library closed.

Make and PlayIn November, for International Games Day, the library offered the game design workshop “Make & Play” and over 60 kids, teens, and adults attended, creating fantastic original tabletop games. By the end of the day, over 100 people had spent time at the library making and/or playing games.

What a year! Of course, there were so many other programs, events, and stories that took place at the library this year. We offered nearly 150 storytimes for children & parents. We welcomed 150,000 people into our building. And over 300,000 books, DVDs, CDs, board games, and magazines were checked out!

The library is a busy, vibrant place, and 2014 was a success thanks to all the organizations and individuals who partnered with and supported us:

Friends of West Slope Community Library
Fir Grove Garden Club
Garden Home Community Library
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Raleigh Park Elementary
Raleigh Hills K-8
Valley Community Presbyterian
Oregon Humanities
Dove Lewis’s Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation
Washington County
Beaverton Police Department
Raleigh Hills Business Association
Fred Meyer
UU Yogurt
Raccoon Lodge
Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant
China Delight
Human Bean
Local artists such as Pat Gerlach, Ann Balogh, Jean Mullen, ACMA Students, and others
And, of course, all of our wonderful volunteers!

Thank You and Happy New Year!