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Libraries Provide - Countywide! September 28, 2019 - EO Column

McCusker introduces new library director in Adams

By Erin McCusker Sep 28, 2019

This month, I am highlighting a Umatilla County Special Library District partner library, the Adams Public Library. Stephanie Partida is the new library director as of July. She brings a joyful energy to the job and is excited to implement her many ideas. She talked about the library and their wonderful, upcoming events.

Tell us about your library.

Although we are small, we offer many services for our community. We are happy to be a part of the Sage Library System so that our patrons have access to millions of books, DVDs, and audio books.

What services do you provide?

In addition to usual library services, the Adams Public Library also has the following items available: an AstroScan Telescope for night sky viewing, CD players to listen to audiobooks and Maryhill Museum passes. You can also bring your old VHS tapes into the library and use our Media Transfer Equipment to convert them to DVD.

What is the Adams Public Library’s vision of the future?

Our vision is to provide appropriate resources in support of the information and recreational needs of area residents, and thereby be a center for community enrichment and lifelong learning.

What are your current and upcoming events?

The library’s events are on our Facebook page. Ongoing events include storytimes on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., and adult and youth craft nights.

October events at the Adams Public Library include:

• Read Down Your Fines all through October.

• Oct 4, 6 p.m. — Family Lego Night. Come enjoy a snack and build something creative.

• Oct. 26, 7 p.m. — Movie Night in the Library.

Here are some events at other libraries:

• Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. at the Athena Public Library — Weekly Crafternoon. Perfect for kindergarten and up but younger kids are welcome with a helper.

• Fridays, 10 a.m. at the Weston Public Library — Preschool Storytimes. For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents and caregivers.

• Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the Athena Public Library. Starting in October, the weekly storytime is moving to Friday mornings for babies and children to 6 years old.

• Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Athena Fall Festival — Library Book Sale. There will be used books for sale and the proceeds go to support the weekly crafternoons and bi-monthly teen nights.

• Oct. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Athena Public Library. Adult Book Club. The monthly book club will be discussing “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

• Oct. 24, 5 p.m. at the Weston Public Library — Novel Readers Book Club.

• Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m. & Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weston Memorial Hall — Friends of Weston Library Used Book Sale. This is the annual book sale with proceeds going to support the library.

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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! 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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