3M Cloud Library

Washington County Cooperative Library Services, of which OCAC is a member, has recently acquired a new E-book service through 3M Products. E-books from the new system will be viewable in the Online Public Catalog. You can then check them out right there and download to your tablet or device over the local wifi. Its a pretty intuitive system that will be much more user friendly. Library2Go, the previously E-book platform for the county, will still be available to patrons.

Check out their website or read the user guide below to get started.

3M Cloud Library New Patron Apps User Guide


MFA AC+D would like to invite you to our Design Focused – FirstFriday Opening Reception.

Jody Dunphy MFA AC+D ’12
Killeen Hanson MFA AC+D ’12
Kyla Mucci MFA AC+D ’13
Laura Allcorn MFA AC+D 11
FURTHERMORE is a space where Portland makers can explore the blurred boundaries between art, craft, + design. Cultivated through the MFA in Applied Craft + Design Studios, FURTHERMORE will offer a venue for exchange and exploration.
5:30pm – 7:30pm
421 NE 10th Ave

OCAC October Events

Design Week at OCAC
Making It Naturally: the New Design Entrepreneurs

MON OCT 6 | 7pm | OCAC Campus | Centrum Studio

Comprised of West Coast artists/designers/makers, employing a hybrid of artisan-care, environmental sensitivity and local manufacturing our panelists embrace the challenges of creating low-impact goods as they explore and master the frontier of sustainability. These entrepreneurs insist on the most premium and transparent methods of making, analogous to the paradigm shift from fast to slow food. The group will discuss the complexities of fiber farming, natural dye processes, domestic supply chains and natural fiber wearables and fashion.


Bobby Bonaparte — Older Brother, designer/maker
Max Kingery — Older Brother, designer/maker
Kathy Hattori — Botanical Colors, president
Jason Rens — SU PE RM AK ER, founder
Lydia Wendt — California Cloth Foundry, design and development/founder
Moderator: Kristin Valente — Ernst & Young, Partner/OCAC Board Member

Free and open to the public.

Making It Naturally: Exhibition and Sale

OCT 6–NOV 2 | The Shop@OCAC | 10am–3pm daily

Making It Naturally features natural fiber and dye goods available for purchase by Older Brother, Botanical Colors, and California Cloth Foundry.

TUE OCT 7 | 6:30pm | 421 NE 10th Avenue
MFA Applied Craft + Design Chair JP Reuer will moderate a highly interactive exchange between audience members and Metropolis magazine Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher Susan S. Szenasy. Audience members may participate in shaping the conversation by emailing in questions with subject heading ‘Szenasy Talk’ by 5pm Monday, October 6 to jpreuer@pnca.edu. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

WED OCT 8 | 4–7pm | 421 NE 10th Avenue
Connecting design thinking to design doing, OCAC and PNCA have collaborated to create a unique MFA Program grounded in hands-on making, entrepreneurial strategies, and social and environmental engagement. Free and open to the public.

Learning Art Together
  Ages 18-36 months + Adult
Nov 19–Dec 17 | WEDS |  9:30–10:15am | 4 sessions
You are never too young to be creative! Help spark your young child’s imagination while learning more about integrating art into your home. | $10 per child

Creative Pre-schoolers  Ages 3-5 years + Adult
OCT 21–DEC 9 | TUES |  9:30–10:15am | 4 sessions
Choose from an array of classes: Fiber Art, Collage, Crazy Hats, Self Portraits, Felt Frenzy, or Art Card | Click here for class dates | $10 per child

In-Service Days of Art Grades 1-5
OCT 10 and NOV 10 | 9:00am–5:00pm | 1 session
Join us for a day of creating while your school has an in-service day. We offer young artists an exciting day of two innovative and creative workshops that engage kids in unique projects, inspiring the imagination and fostering the future artist. Games, free choice time and snacks round out the day of making | Before and After Care available | $70/child 


Come create and explore craft together! Our Family Workshops are designed for the artist in everyone. Spend some special time together and see what unfolds!
Spooky Crafts OCT 26 | 1:00–3:00pm 
Winter Holiday Crafts DEC 7 | 1:00–3:00pm

Browse the selection of books on contemporary and modern art, artists, architecture, design, fashion, photography and more curated by artists John Brodie and Blair Saxon-Hill of Monograph Bookwerks.

New titles include: Hilda Morris, An Eames Primer, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Hilma af Klint: Pioneer of Abstraction, Tantra Song, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer and more……


2 DAY WORKSHOP  OCT 4-5 9:30am–4:30pm

PRINTMAKING: Etching, Chine Colle and the Layered Print
6 WEEK CLASS  OCT 8-NOV 12  6:40pm–9:40pm

BOOK ARTS: Millimeter Binding
3 DAY WORKSHOP  OCT 17-19   F 6:30pm-9:30pm SS 9:00am–4:00pm

FIBERS/TEXTILE: Hand Weaving Play: Photoshop Design for Digital AVL Looms
2 DAY WORKSHOP  NOV 2 & NOV 9 10:00am–5:00pm

OCT 9-NOV 23
OCAC Campus | Hoffman Gallery
OCAC Campus | Centrum LAB

OCAC Faculty Michael de Forest Participates in BAM Biennial 2014
OCT 31-MAR 29
Bellevue Art Museum | Bellevue WA

Steve Bandanes | MFA AC+D Visiting Artist Lecture
WED NOV 5 | 6:30pm | 421 NE 10th Avenue

Dawn Hancock | MFA AC+D Visiting Artist Lecture
THU NOV 6 | 6:30pm | 421 NE 10th Avenue

Undergraduate Open House
SAT NOV 8 | 2pm | OCAC Campus

Graduate Open House

SAT NOV 22 | 2pm | OCAC Campus

Banned Books Week


This week marks the annual celebration of Banned Books Week, a week dedicated to intellectual freedom and the right to read without censorship. Every year, hundreds of books are banned in the U.S. and thousands more are banned world wide.

What does Banned mean?
A banned book can mean that there is a nation wide, region wide, city wide, or institutional restriction from reading a specific book. More commonly, books are banned from schools, libraries, bookstores and more because an individual challenges it’s content.

What does Challenge mean?
A book challenge occurs when an individual or institution feels the content of a book is not appropriate in some way, and they make a formal complaint with the goal of having the book removed.

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Books are still being banned even today, a fact which many people are unaware of. And for every book that is banned, those individuals are effectively controlling what others are allowed to read.

Banned books week is a time to celebrate, loudly, the right to read what you want. You can check out a map of bans taking place over the last few years here. Or visit the American Library Association’s site to see a list of frequently banned items. The list includes some great works such as The Great Gatsby, the Harry Potter series, The Giver, The Catcher in the Rye, and more.


Stop by OCAC library to see a list of commonly banned books and, of course, to check some out to read.


Library Updates!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It was a busy summer in the library! Now that we are starting a new year, its time to update our followers. This summer we received many donations which may be of interest. Come by to take a look or search our online catalog for some of your favorite topics. Also this summer, we moved quite a few materials over to our storage unit. If you’re looking for something and can’t find it, that may be why. Please ask our staff about finding materials in storage. Its easier than you think.

Orientation this year was amazing. The updated schedule included both a library informational session, and a tour. We were so pleased to get this precious time with incoming students and better acquaint them with library resources. Do you need a refresher on library resources? If so please come by. We are happy to give tours and go over everything from books to databases and more!!

Last Wednesday was Constitution day. Our librarian Elsa Loftis made an awesome “cosmo quiz” with a twist. Which founding father would you have voted for? If you took a current citizenship test, would you get deported? These quizzes added a fun element to our yearly celebration and we hope to have more people in next year! This week starts off banned books week, a national holiday celebrating the freedom to read without censorship. What are some of your favorite banned books? Elsa likes Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham and Ash enjoys the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Other notable banned books include: The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lolita, The Color Purple, The Harry Potter series and much much more. To learn more about banned books, and to see a list of things that have been banned, you can visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org !!!

-Ash Ward (Your friendly OCAC library worker)

Library Of Congress

Last week our Librarian Elsa went to the library of Congress!!! She brought us back some near pictures from her visit. Take a look.photo (6)

Elsa in the card catalog

Elsa in the card catalog

Library of Congress card catalog

Library of Congress card catalog


John Gray Donations

Last week we spoke a bit about the amazing donation of John Gray’s estate. This week, we’d like to give you the list to browse. While it is always better to hold the books in your hands, you can at least get a sneak peek of the titles here on our Library Thing donations catalog. If you aren’t familiar with Library Thing, prepare to be wowed!

The collection is a great addition to our ceramics section, featuring Native American works with a focus of earth, heritage, and tradition.


Just a few of our amazing title additions:

Indian Stories and Storytellers
Hopi Kachinas
From This Earth