Local libraries allow online card sign-up, walk-to-school day is approaching, and more.

COURTESY: ALTIERUS - Altierus Executive Director Siri Dixon, Tigard Mayor John Cook and other community leaders presented a $25,000 Go! award to Megan Kovacs, executive director of Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, last Wednesday.

Local libraries allow online card sign-up

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) recently announced that residents may now apply online for an E-Access library card, and that students in the county many sign up for a Youth Access Card.

In the last few years, the E-Access card has become popular for students seeking access to electronic resources, such as research databases and e-books. This card has been useful for schools that issue students tablet computers to complete classroom and homework assignments.

This September, in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up month, WCCLS began offering online registration for E-access cards for all residents through its website. 

With an E-Access card, people can download e-books and audiobooks, read publications such as the New York Times online, and access different educational and training resources through the library's partner websites.

Youth Access cards are designed for children up to 17 years old. In addition to providing access to electronic resources, the Youth Access card will allow up to five checkouts of books or audiobooks as well. It is designed to fill the gap between E-access only and a full service General library card.

Most registered library patrons have general WCCLS library cards, and if you currently have a general library card, there is no need to make a change.

Walk, bike to school day scheduled for Oct. 4

Eight Tigard-area elementary and middle schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 4.

Students from Alberta Rider Elementary, CF Tigard Elementary, Durham Elementary, Mary Woodward Elementary, Metzger Elementary, Templeton Elementary, Fowler Middle School and Twality Middle School will be walking and bicycling to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

Elementary school walkers, cyclists and rollers will arrive at schools between 7:40 and 8:10 a.m., while middle school students will be arriving from 9:15 to 9:55 a.m.

A number of schools are setting meeting places to kick off walking school buses or bike trains. Templeton will have two locations where parents can park and walk with their students: Tigard Church of God (15670 S.W. 98th Ave.) and Calvin Presbyterian Church (10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane).

Students at Mary Woodward Elementary will be walking with former Timbers player Jack Jewsbury from Summerlake Dog Park (11450 SW Winterlake Drive).

State Rep. Margaret Doherty and Tigard City Council President Jason Snider will be walking with students to Durham Elementary from S.W. 88th Ave. and S.W. Hamlet Street at 7:20 a.m.

To learn more, visit

Tigard technical college gives funds to Girls Inc.

Nonprofit technical college Altierus Career College Tigard, formerly Everest, hosted Tigard Mayor John Cook, local employers and community partners at an open house to celebrate the completion of two years of transformation on campus.

According to officials at the college, half of all Oregon jobs require more than a high school degree, but less than a two- or four-year college education, yet many individuals who could fulfill these jobs lack the required training. To bridge the gap, Altierus has created a unique and affordable pathway for students pursuing high-demand careers in technical and medical industries.

Altierus also presented a $25,000 GO! Program award to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. GO! awards support organizations improving the educational outcomes of underserved communities, and Girls Inc. will use the funds to support its Girls Group programs that develop self-sufficiency of girls in Portland schools.

Saturday Academy offers break classes

This winter break, local educational organization Saturday Academy will bring their hands-on, in-depth classes to the Muslim Educational Trust. Students entering grades three to 12 can explore science, technology, engineering, math and the arts with experts in their fields. Classes are offered from Dec. 18 to 22.

Classes this winter break include Chemistry for Girls: Acid Base Chemistry; LEGO Mindstorms, Analytical Chemistry, iMovie: Video Production and more.

All are welcome at Saturday Academy, and financial aid is available. To learn more and register, visit

Blair Stenvick
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