First Friday Flick is now Family Fun Night in the Library

After discussions with our staff and volunteers we have decided to move our First Friday Flicks to the Library. This will allow us to have more control over the temperature and let parents have a quiet moment to read or checkout items while the movie is playing.

Popcorn and juice will still be served and we encourage those kids to want to bring their blankie, jammies and plushies to do so.

More information will come soon but this starts on October the 6th (6:30pm) with Ice Age: Collision Course. We are re-branding this as Family Fun Night!

If you have any questions please reach out to the Library Director at

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Banned Book Week Sept. 24-30th

Join us for Banned Book Week September 24th-30th. Check out a banned book from our display, and complete a banned book quiz to be entered into a drawing for a banned book swag bag!
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Homework Help Available

Math and Science tutoring help is available during the school year. Our Volunteer, Stacie, will be available for half-hour segments each Monday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m..

Stacie will provide help with all subjects,including math from an elementary school level through calculus.

Call the library at (503) 647-5051 to book a free tutoring session.

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Library Book Club

Wednesday, September 27, 2017The Glass Universe – Dava Sobel

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with the captivating, little-known true story of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. At the outset this group included the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but by the 1880s the female corps included graduates of the new women’s colleges—Vassar, Wellesley, and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The “glass universe” of half a million plates that Harvard amassed in this period—thanks in part to the early financial support of another woman, Mrs. Anna Draper, whose late husband pioneered the technique of stellar photography—enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight.

Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars, Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use, and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin, who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard—and Harvard’s first female department chair.

Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women who, through their hard work and groundbreaking discoveries, disproved the commonly held belief that the gentler sex had little to contribute to human knowledge.

New patrons are always welcome to join our book discussions.

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New Library Hours

We are extending our library hours on Thursdays and Fridays and will now be open until 7:00 p.m.


NEW! Cultural Pass online reservations

Did you know that your WCCLS library card can get you free admission to nine local cultural destinations? It’s true, but until now that admission has required coordination with your local library as well as a visit there to pick up a physical pass.

Starting May 8, you will be able to reserve Admission Passes to these destinations from the comfort of your own home. This service allows WCCLS library cardholders to browse destinations by date or venue and reserve, print or cancel admission tickets online. The new reservation system makes it easy to plan your next adventure or family trip!

Check beginning May 8 to learn more.

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We Welcome All Community Members


The North Plains Public Library reaffirms that we welcome and serve every member of our community. We remind everyone that public libraries are a refuge and a place of common ground. We welcome and include all people, and want every member of our community to feel safe and comfortable using our spaces and resources. We expect that library users will show each other the same respect.

As the American Library Association President, Julie Todaro, wrote, “Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

The libraries of Washington County encourage you to use our libraries for education, entertainment and enlightenment. We continue to welcome everyone into our libraries, our shared community gathering spaces.