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.
We 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.
Around 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.
The 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.
In 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.
In 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.
The 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.”
The 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.
Local 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.
In 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.
In 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.
In 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
Dove Lewis’s Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation
Beaverton Police Department
Raleigh Hills Business Association
Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant
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!