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When the air starts to feel a little crisp and the days start to get a little shorter, it can mean only one thing – it's time to head back to school! While summer is traditionally the busiest season at our branches, the library can also be a great resource for kids, teens, and families when the school year starts. 

If you're looking for something to read, check out this list of great back-to-school reads for kids and teens, recommended by our children's librarians. Beyond books, we also have an array of digital tools that can help students conduct research, study for tests, and get homework help from trained tutors. Visit our blog to see six favorites

Keep reading to check out some other highlights this month at Washington County Library!

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It's Library Card Sign-up Month!

Chances are good that if you're reading this newsletter you already have a library card. Way to go! That means it's time to take your library game to the next level. We've got two suggestions: 
  1. Convince a friend, family member, or co-worker, to get a library card. Everyone should benefit from the great free services libraries offer, right?
  2. Share your library love on social media! Snap a picture with your library card and post it to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded. Or, post your photo on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Everyone who posts a picture with the hashtag will be automatically entered to win a $100 Visa gift card from the American Library Association. 
If you tag us on social media (@WashCoLib on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), we can share your photo on our channels too. Let's all celebrate libraries together!
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Exploring virtual worlds

Interested in trying out virtual reality with friends or family? Play around with creative spaces, action-packed games, and exploratory activities in our Oculus Rift at Park Grove Library! Find a small group, then call the library to sign up for a one-hour time slot on September 7 or September 14. This event is recommended for ages 9 and up, and an adult over the age of 18 must accompany the group. Find more information in our calendar.

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Boosting business for artists

This month, we've partnered with Springboard for the Arts to offer a series of businesses classes for artists. Develop marketing skills, learn about grant writing, collaborate with your community, or prepare a simple business plan at one of these helpful programs. Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists dedicated to helping build stronger communities and neighborhoods. See all four classes in our calendar.
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Finding a little bit of calm

If you need some extra zen in your life, consider stopping by a free meditation class this fall. Over the next three months, we'll welcome two teachers from the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center for classes on how meditation can lead to inner peace, reduce stress and anxiety, and help transform your life. Speakers Arvind Naik and Nirav Sheth have introduced meditation programs to corporations, tech companies, and more. See the full schedule in our calendar


Libraries closed September 2 for Labor Day

All Washington County Library branches will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. Even though our buildings are closed, you can still access your library account on our website,, and check out ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through our library apps.

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