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Tigard Public Library

13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223 | Phone 503-684-6537   

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Food for Fines Is Back!
February is Library Lovers’ Month and we’re returning the love to our loyal library users. From Sunday, February 9 – Saturday, February 15, donate food at the Library. For every non-perishable can, box, or other food item, we will delete $2 of fines off your account up to $20. Food for Fines applies only to fines, not lost or damaged items.

What you can donate.
· Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)
· Canned and boxed meals (chili, soup, macaroni & cheese, etc.)
· Peanut butter
· Pasta, rice, cereal
· Canned fruits
· 100% fruit juices
· Baby food

What you can leave at home…or throw out.
· Food that is past its expiration date
· Homemade, perishable or opened items
· Unlabeled or rusty cans

The Library will donate all food to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry to help those in need. Take a bite out of hunger and your fines at the same time!
Add Some Chat to Your Morning Coffee
The Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter. What really goes on in a restaurant kitchen. A day in the life of a Tigard cop. These are a few of the topics discussed at the library’s Coffee and Conversation events. Not your usual breakfast conversation. But then, the Library probably isn’t the first place you think of for breakfast. On Thursday, February 20, at 9 a.m., join us for free coffee and a light breakfast and get to know library staff and fellow community members.

February marks the third session in the Library’s Coffee and Conversation series. At the January breakfast, the conversation flowed naturally. Someone mentioned the various houses in Harry Potter, and a surprising number of guests knew what house they belonged to. Those who didn’t, learned about a website where they could find out…cuz that’s what librarians do!

A Tigard police officer joined the conversation. Many guests were curious about his job. He said most officers’ interactions involve just talking to people, either to ease fears or gain or provide information. He said that police K-9s were some of the most effective deterrents to those who are trying to escape the police. They may be on the run, but when they see the dog, they give up.

Add some chat to the cream in your coffee and join us for Coffee and Conversation. Who knows who will drop by? You may not know the people sitting next to you when you arrive, but by the time you leave, you’ll know a little more about each other.
The Amazing Women Behind Tigard

They promoted schools, advocated for parks, improved the Tigard Library, excelled in conservation efforts. They were trailblazers, activists and doers who helped make Tigard what it is today. In honor of the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the Tigard Library is featuring these Tigard stalwarts in a display in the Local History Room.Grace Tigard Houghton

Schools, parks and the Library’s Houghton Reading Room have been named after some of them. Grace Tigard Houghton is near and dear to the Library’s heart.  The granddaughter of Tigard founder Wilson Tigard, Grace was a strong advocate for physical education and local libraries.  When she died at the age of 97, she left one-third of her estate to the Tigard Library for a reading room. 

The other amazing women include Patricia Whiting, a former state legislator who helped pass progressive legislation to enhance the environment and women’s rights related to civil rights, employment, family planning and childcare. She appeared on the Today Show to promote a ban on spray cans, which depleted the ozone. 

Two Tigard schools are named for Alberta Rider and Mary Woodward because of their advocacy of education and community contributions.  Alberta Rider sold her property to the school district for the school and continued to live in her home while it was being built.  Mary Woodward, was an educator, journalist and conservationist. She received national awards for her conservation work and was one of the founders of The Oregon Press Women’s club.  

These are just a few of the amazing women who have inspired others to make a difference in Tigard.  Learn more about them in the library’s local history room and online where a different woman will be featured each month.

Charge It!Volta Charging Station
You may have noticed orange cones and red and yellow tape in the parking lot in December.  No, it wasn’t some bizarre holiday decoration. It was Progress! The City installed two new Volta super chargers for electric vehicles replacing the previous one.

The best news is they’re free for electric vehicle owners! Volta has partnered with companies who pay for advertising on the space-age chargers. Want to know more? https://voltacharging.com/

From the friendly “Hello” message to the attractive high-tech styling, the chargers are almost as welcoming as the library! If you drive an electric vehicle, you can multi-task while you’re at the Tigard library. Charge your vehicle while you charge your mind! 

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Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223
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Voice: 503-684-6537 | To Renew Items: 503-846-3245
Adult Reference Desk: 503-718-2517
Children's Reference Desk: 503-718-2656
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TV Time?

TV-FamilyDid you know that the Library now has popular TV shows, both recent and classic? From Downton Abbey and Hell on Wheels to Laverne and Shirley, who needs streaming? Okay, that may be a little over the top. But if you’re used to reserving your favorite show from another library, climb the stairs or take a ride on the elevator to the AV Lounge on the second floor. Look for the cases with the green labels at the end of the Blu-ray section. 

You can pace yourself to stretch a favorite series as long as possible or binge-watch as you binge on popcorn. If you want to find out what TV shows are currently available, you can do a Keyword search for TV Series DVD in the new catalog. Click on the “Available Now” dropdown menu, then check the Tigard Public Library box. If you see something you like, you can reserve it right there. Or if you feel lucky, take a stroll down the TV aisle. You might pick up a gem that you can’t find anywhere else.

The Times They Are A-Changin’! New hours at the LIbrary
Beginning Sunday, December 1, the Tigard Library will have new hours:
  • Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The slight change in hours can yield big results in terms of how efficiently we can help you. Currently, our lowest use is from 8 to 9 p.m. on weeknights. By closing an hour earlier, we can re-allocate staff to serve you during our busier times.

Most other libraries in the Washington County library cooperative (WCCLS) close at 8 p.m. or earlier. When we surveyed patrons about the operating hours change earlier this year, less than seven percent of respondents said it would affect them negatively.

Making our weekend hours consistent from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both days will enhance service for patrons who can only visit the library on the weekends. Plus, the new hours will be easier to remember!

The City recently conducted performance audits, and the independent auditors recommended that the library close at 8 p.m. on weekdays.

Please Be Seated!
(July 2019)
Upstairs, downstairs, the library has upped its game. We have created new spaces, new looks and a variety of new seating locations.   

New furniture decorates the new teen space on the first floor, and much of our existing furniture has taken a staycation.  It’s still in the library; it’s just visiting other areas and finding new scenic views. Many of our overstuffed chairs have moved elsewhere on the first and second floors, including:

  • Left of the Welcome Desk
  • Beneath the weaving across from the Bestsellers section---a great place to rest your feet while you’re contemplating whether to check out a new book.
  • At the top of the stairs facing the closest bank of public computers.
  • Near the DVDs and Blu-rays upstairs.
  • In the World Languages section upstairs accompanied by a beautiful book display.

And a few of the shyer chairs are tucked away discreetly in corners. They would love some attention.

Whether you’re reading a book or people-watching, try out some of our new, old seating and see if they give you a new perspective---either on the library or on life.  That’s what we’re here for!

Teen Scene Update!Give Me Some Space
(July 2019)

We’re making some changes and moving some collections. While it’s still a work in progress, you may have already noticed some of those changes: a new Teen Scene space on the first floor where the audio-visual materials used to be. Teens were instrumental in the design and development of the room. Here’s one teen’s take on the new space.

Several of them are seniors who are graduating and wanted to leave younger teens with an inviting area for studying and socializing. Coming soon in a drawer near the new alcove, teens can look forward to video games to check out. 

DVDs, Blu-rays, books on CD have rocketed upstairs and are now located in the former Young Adult space. Music CDs also have a new home upstairs in the row behind the magazines. Adults will find some quiet study space there as well as rows of films to browse and borrow. Come find your own space in the Tigard Library.

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Sat-Sun  10 AM–6 PM
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  Tigard, OR 97223
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