BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 9:00am
Library Community Room
Orcas Island Lit Fest
Saturday, April 6 @ 10:30am
Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and Children’s Author Lois Brandt
Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is the author of the award-winning picture book Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten, which tells the story of one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time. Cotten, a self-taught guitarist who wrote the folk classic “Freight Train,” grew up poor and black in the Jim Crow South. She spent many years in obscurity before gaining recognition late in adulthood.
Children’s author Lois Brandt will read from her book, Maddi’s Fridge, winner of the 2015 International Literacy Association Primary Fiction Award, a 2014 Top Mighty Girl Book for Younger Readers, and an Anti-Defamation League Book of the Month.
All OILF Kids’ Fest activities are free to the public, but we highly recommend reserving a ticket in advance at oilf.org.
This program is made possible, in part, by support of the Washington State Arts Commission and the San Juan County Lodging Tax Facilities Grant Program, with additional sponsorship by the Orcas Island Public Library and Friends of Orcas Island Library.
Mini-survey about a possible coffee/espresso/refreshment service
The Library is considering offering a coffee/espresso service and/or other refreshments, most likely in the former entry lobby. This would be either revenue-neutral or a modest revenue source through the Friends of the Library. We appreciate your input on this idea. As always, please feel free to share any additional comments.
Take the Survey
Meet the Author
Local Author RA Cook
Come and celebrate the launching of RA Cook's book Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas Saturday, April 27 @ 11:00am at the Library This is a wonderful—and beautifully illustrated book that comes with a catchy marimba tune, The Humming Song. Lyrics are by RA Cook, music written and arranged by RA Cook and Margie Smith. After a terrible storm in the Kingdom of Lumaria, with the help of a butterfly named Howie, a caterpillar named Woolie, and using his splendid splinter ideas, Calvin Splinter,
Washington Rural Heritage
Washington Rural Heritage is a collection of historic materials documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State. The collection is an ongoing project of small, rural libraries and partnering cultural institutions, guided by an initiative of the Washington State Library.
Visit the Orcas Island Heritage page here.
Staff Training Day
The Library will be closed Thursday, May 2, 2019, for Staff Training.
- Library Grand Re-Opening Celebration - Short Version [8:38]
- Library Grand Re-Opening Celebration - Long Version [43:48]
- Jens Kruse: "What can we learn from the Weimar Republic in Germany?"
2019 National Poetry Month
In April, we will celebrate National Poetry Month with several activities. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Throughout the Library there will be poetry and fun activities for everyone to enjoy:
Poetry Display by local poets in the Library
“Unpack A Poem” is an inter-active display located in the children’s, teen, and adult reading areas. This is based on a “Teach This Poem” activity where you will read the poem and post your response to questions to deepen your appreciation of poetry. It will be interesting to see the different reactions to each poem
April 11 @ 5:30pm Artist Reception – join our featured poets and April artisans for an informal meet and greet with refreshments.
April 25 @ 6:00pm
Open Mic Poetry Reading
You can read your original poems, or read selections from your favorite poet. Everyone is welcome to participate, youths, teens, adults. Sign-up starting at 5:30pm the day of the event, and readings will be time limited based on the number of participants. Readings begin at 6:00pm.
Tech Made Simple
Tech Made Simple — classes for the ‘non-tech savvy’ presented monthly on the second Tuesday at 10:00am. Offered for free to the community, everyone is welcome. Presented by RockTech Trainers, these interactive classes are fun and informative. You do not need to sign up for these seminars: just come in!