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Libraries Provide - Countywide! August 31, 2019 - EO Column

Here’s what a library card means for you

By Erin McCusker Aug 31, 2019

This September is Library Card Sign-Up Month sponsored by our libraries and the American Library Association (ALA). It is a time to remember that a library card is a critical step on the path to lifelong learning.

A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give library customers of all ages the tools to succeed in school and beyond. Your libraries in the Umatilla County Special Library District (UCSLD) provide early literacy and family story times, teen programs, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, high-quality and popular books, videos and audiobooks. And, there is more.

When you get a library card at your local library — Adams, Athena, Echo, Helix, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Stanfield, Ukiah, Umatilla or Weston — you have access to not only your home library but also all of the libraries in Umatilla County (

Additionally, your library is a member of the Sage Library System and you have access to “a library consortium of public, school, academic, and special libraries throughout 15 counties of Eastern and Central Oregon” (

Your library card also provides free access to the ebooks and audiobooks of the Library2Go program of the Oregon Digital Library Consortium ( Check at your local library for tips and tricks to download them to your own device.

In addition, your free library card gives you access to the following services:

•The internet at your library’s public computers or through complimentary wifi

•Online, electronic databases of high quality information, vetted by research librarians and experts in the field (

•Fun programs that bring families and communities together, like book clubs, craft gatherings, movie nights

•Local history collections, genealogy and family history resources

•Community meeting rooms

•Magazines and newspapers

•Children’s play areas

•The Summer Reading Program, helping students retain their reading skills over the summer

•And wonderful library staff who are ready to help

If you already have a library card, go check out your library and see what’s new. You can access the websites of all of the UCSLD member libraries at this website address:

If you don’t have a library card yet, visit your local library in person or online to find out how to get this valuable treasure and make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun.

Here are a few programs coming up at the Umatilla Public Library:

•Sept. 6, 1 p.m. — Umatilla Public Pop-up Library during Kiwanis Park Ribbon Cutting at Kiwanis Park, Umatilla

•Sept 10, 5 p.m. — Umatilla Public Pop-up Library at the Master Trail Plan Ribbon Cutting at Umatilla City Hall

•Sept. 13, 3 p.m. — “Toy Story” movie and snacks at the Umatilla Public Library

•Sept. 20, 3 p.m. — “Toy Story 2” movie and snacks at the Umatilla Public Library

•Sept 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Outdoor book sale and Umatilla Public Pop-up Library at Village Square Park

•Sept. 27, 3 p.m. — “Toy Story 3” movie and snacks at the Umatilla Public Library


Erin McCusker is the district director of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Read her column, Libraries Provide – Countywide!, the last weekend of the month. Contact McCusker at 541-276-6449 or…

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Libraries Provide - Countywide! July 27, 2019 - EO Column

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Stanfield library provides welcome atmosphere

The Stanfield Public Library serves as a site for the Free Summer Lunch Program.
Photo contributed by Cecili Longhorn


The Umatilla County Special Library District (UCSLD) works in partnership with 11 public libraries in Umatilla County. The wonderful thing about the UCSLD library partners is that you can use any of them with your home library card.

This month, I am highlighting the Stanfield Public Library. Library director Cecili Longhorn answered questions about her library and told about many of their wonderful events.

Tell me about your library: The Stanfield Public Library is a small library located in west Umatilla County. The library locally serves our community of just under 3,000 people. There are currently three staff members, library director Cecili Longhorn and two assistant librarians, Debbie Baros and Kathryn Wall. We all enjoy being active in our community. We provide a friendly and welcoming experience for all who visit the library.

What services do you provide? The Stanfield Public Library provides resources, information, materials and events. The library creates a family-friendly environment and brings new experiences and opportunities to our community. We also pride ourselves on our community involvement and try to partner with various organizations like the local fire department, the public school, the police department, the city’s public works, local farmers, our Head Start, businesses and the list goes on and on. We are always looking for new ideas and opportunities to enrich our services for our community.

What is the Stanfield Public Library’s vision of the future? We plan to continue updating our library, including adding a public meeting/event room that will also share a bit of our community’s history. The city of Stanfield agrees that there is a community need for this space and is discussing options and ideas. I believe this would be a huge asset for our community.

What are your current and upcoming events? The Stanfield Public Library is completing our final week of the Summer Reading and Free Summer Lunch programs. The daily, seven-week Summer Reading Program offers the following activities and events: Dance with Debbie Day, Story Time, Story Walks, Crafts and a Free Lunch Program for kids.

The Library also hosted evening events for families: an OMSI program, the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and a Family Rocket Night.

All of the activities are free thanks to the State Library of Oregon’s Ready to Read Grant, the Oregon Department of Education and Hunger Free Oregon. Local businesses, such as Java Junkies, the Main Street Market, Dairy Queen, Umatilla County Fair, Bellinger Farms, Broken Barrel, Walmart, AWS, Umatilla County Fire District #1 and more have all stepped up to help make these programs possible.

Throughout the year we host many other events, such as Trucks and Tractors in the Park, weekly Story Times, Movies in the Park, Santa’s Workshop, a Book Club, the Haunted Library, a Family Story Time and more. If you are ever looking for something to do, stop in and see what is coming up at the Stanfield Public Library.


Erin McCusker is the district director of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Read her column, Libraries Provide – Countywide!, the last weekend of the month. Contact McCusker at 541-276-6449 or ().

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The Umatilla County Special Library District works in partnership with our libraries to advance and make available excellent library services, programs and continuing education opportunities for all.


We believe libraries strengthen communities through individual, family, economic and community development. Libraries are integral parts of the infrastructure and critical to the livability and economic development of the region. The UCSLD is an essential partner with local governments to ensure the communities of Umatilla County have access to 21st century programs and services.


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