Category Archives: Teens

Library Facility Updates

Dear Library Supporter,

Renovations will soon begin at the Aloha Community Library to develop a new enhanced space for our children’s library. The new children’s library will move to a different space, and will feature new shelving, furniture, and more, thanks to support from a grant and contributions from many of our wonderful donors.

As part of this shift, layout around the library will be adjusted in the coming months, and we will be closing the annex space. It was a difficult decision for the Aloha Community Library Association’s Board of Directors to recommend closure of this space, but the sustainability and vibrance of the library will be stronger for it. As a nonprofit organization, the long-term success of the library is paramount.

Thank you to our generous and patient community for supporting us over the years as we continue evolving the library into the welcoming space the Aloha community deserves.

With appreciation,

Terri Palmer,
Library Director

and the Aloha Community Library Association Board of Directors:

Daniel Hauser, President
Julie Fairman, Vice President
Jessica Otto, Treasurer
Kimberly Thomas, Secretary

Melanie Belles  •  Helen Chandler  •  Beth Lewis
Ron O’Connor  •  Dick Schouten

Reviewers Wanted!

If you have a young person in your life who has enthusiasm for books, movies, tv shows, or games (video or otherwise), we want their opinions! Kids can submit reviews to be compiled into a newsletter, in-library displays, online lists, and more!

There are two ways for kids to submit their reviews: online or in the library.  There are forms, pencils, and a drop box located in the Children’s Library.  If submitting a form online is easier, there is a google form at

Our kid picks volunteers have done such a great job that they are now reviewing books for publishers!  If your child might want to join in the fun, please send Youth Services Librarian Katie an email at

Teens are encouraged to submit reviews, too!  Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their thoughts about books, games, TV shows, movies, and more in the drop box in the Teen Section or online at:

Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest

2020 WCCLS Teen Art Contest: Imagine Your Story

Calling all Washington County teen artists (ages 12-18): Enter for a chance to have your original artwork featured across the county during the 2020 Summer Reading program!

When does it happen?

Monday, January 6, 2020 – Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Submissions are accepted at and at the Aloha Community Library.

The winning design will be used for all countywide 2020 WCCLS Teen Summer Reading materials. First Prize artwork will be featured on posters and bookmarks. An additional prize-winning artwork may be chosen to make buttons.

How do I submit an entry?

  1. Go to, click the Submission form button and follow all directions. Make sure you include a written 1-3 sentence description of the artwork. Click “Save and continue”.
  2. Submit a digital file of your artwork via the link in the submission confirmation page by close of business February 15, 2020.


  1. Bring a hard copy to the Aloha Community Library by 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
  2. Make sure your name and contact information is on the back of or attached to the artwork.

What are we looking for?

  • Represents the Teen Summer Reading theme “Imagine Your Story”.
  • DO NOT include theme text “Imagine Your Story” as part of your artwork.
  • Designs must be the original work of the entrant.
  • Designs should be in color, and should also look good in black and white.
  • Should not include any copied or copyrighted materials.
  • Limit two (2) entries per contestant.


All entries submitted to the Aloha Community Library will be entered into a prize drawing for a Blick art supply sample pack to help keep your creativity flowing! Winners will be selected after February 15, 2020.

If your artwork is selected by WCCLS to be featured this summer, you’ll receive:

  • First Prize: $200 Amazon gift card
  • Second Prize: $100 Amazon gift card
  • Third Prize: $50 Amazon gift card

For more information about the Teen Summer Reading Art Contest please contact the Youth Librarians Bryce Kozla and Katie Anderson at