BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 9:00am
Library Community Room

Read Agenda

Seed Swap & Potluck

Saturday, October 19 @ 6:00 - 8:00pm
in the Community Meeting Room

Celebrate the close of another growing season by joining us at the Library for a fall potluck and seed swap. This event is free and open to everyone, whether you are a veteran seed saver or a total newbie. If you don’t have seeds to share, it’s okay, come anyway! The only admission requirements are an appetite for good food and seed curiosity.

For more information, please contact Katie Wilkins, kwilkins@orcaslibrary.org.

Sponsored by the Orcas Island Seed Library.


Trick-or-Treating for Books

Thursday, October 31 @ 3:00 - 6:00pm
in the Community Meeting Room

Please join us for our annual trick-or-treating for books event. Kids are invited to come in their costumes and pick out a book to take home. Light, healthy snacks are provided for hungry ghouls and goblins.

This program is made possible by Friends of the Orcas Library.


Meet the Author: Jack Nisbet

Friday, October 4 @ 6:00pm
in the Ann Graves Reading Area

Making Their Mark: In the Field with John and Carrie Leiberg

John Leiberg was a Swedish immigrant who drifted west in 1883 in search of mineral wealth but then, over the next quarter-century, performed landmark plant and Forest Reserve surveys across the entire region. His wife Carrie, a practicing physician, supported John’s efforts while carving out her own role with the Northern Pacific as “the only female railroad surgeon in the known world.”

Join author Jack Nisbet for a slide presentation that explores how the Leibergs fit into the greater Northwest story, and how their efforts resonate with issues that still confound us today—from wildfire to women’s rights, from public heath to the fate of our dynamic landscape.


Global Migration

Saturday, October 5 @ 4:00pm
in the Ann Graves Reading Area

With James Loucky, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Western Washington University. Discover current world migration realities and associated U.S. policy. What are the humanitarian, economic, environmental, and political issues? How do we develop humane policies for the housing and care of refugees and migrants?


GREAT DECISIONS 2019

4th Monday each month at 6pm
in the Community Meeting Room

The 2nd meeting and topic is: Refugees and Global Migration on Monday October 28 @ 6:00pm

The Discussion Group will meet at 6pm on the 4th Monday of each month from September 2019 to April 2020. Attend the entire series or just one; no registration is required. However, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.The program model involves reading a chapter topic in the Great Decisions Briefing Book, meeting to watch an associated video, and discuss some of the most critical global issues facing America today. Each discussion will be facilitated and may include guest speakers who have relevant knowledge and insight on each topic.

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Trustee Wanted

The Orcas Island Public Library is seeking a new Trustee to begin serving a five-year term on Jan. 1, 2020.

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2019.

As the trustee handbook states, “Throughout our nation’s history, the public library has offered free and equal access to the collected knowledge, information, and history of our culture.” Serving as a trustee for the Orcas Public Library enables an individual to contribute to an institution that is available for everyone.

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Seeking Bids for Remodeling Project

Orcas Island Public Library is inviting sealed bids for a library building remodeling project, with bid opening scheduled for October 18 at 3:00 pm.

The project includes addition of a small roof area, replacement of an existing acoustical ceiling, preparation work for installing two NanaWall doors, replacement of an exterior door with windows, and some minor interior changes including electrical work.

For the complete invitation for bids, bid drawings, specifications, bidding form, and general conditions, see below, or contact Library Director Phil Heikkinen at 360-376-4985, or pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org.


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!

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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.

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YouTube Channel

  • 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?"
Watch
  • 10.19.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 10.19.2019
  • Saturday | 6:00pm
  • Seed Swap & Potluck
  • in the Community Meeting Room
  • 10.24.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 10.26.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 10.28.2019
  • Monday | 6:00pm
  • Refugees & Global Migration
  • Great Decisions in the Community Room
  • 10.31.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 10.31.2019
  • Thursday | 3:00pm
  • Trick-or-Treating for Books
  • in the Community Room
  • 11.1.2019
  • Friday | 12:00pm
  • 1st Fridays Book Club in the Community Room
  • 11.2.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.7.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.9.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.9.2019
  • Saturday | 2:00pm
  • 2nd Saturday Book Club in the Community Room
  • 11.9.2019
  • Saturday | 6:00pm
  • Humanities Washington Speaker
  • David Buerge - "Who Was Chief Seattle?"
  • at the Community Church
  • 11.11.2019
  • Monday
  • LIBRARY CLOSED
  • Veterans Day
  • 11.12.2019
  • Tuesday | 10:00am
  • Tech Made Simple in the Community Room
  • 11.12.2019
  • Tuesday | 3:00pm
  • Friends of the Library Board in the Maria's Room
  • 11.13.2019
  • Wednesday | 9:00am
  • Board of Trustees in the Community Room
  • 11.14.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.16.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.18.2019
  • Monday | 6:00pm
  • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
  • Great Decisions in the Community Room
  • 11.19.2019
  • Tuesday | 10:30am
  • Genealogy Club in Community Room
  • 11.19.2019
  • Tuesday | 3:30pm
  • Chess Club in the Community Room
  • 11.21.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.21.2019
  • Thursday | 3:30pm
  • Table of Contents Book Club in Maria's Room
  • 11.23.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 11.28.2019
  • Thursday
  • LIBRARY CLOSED
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • 11.30.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 12.16.2019
  • Monday | 6:00pm
  • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
  • Great Decisions in the Community Room
  • 12.24.2019
  • Monday
  • LIBRARY CLOSES @ 1:00PM
  • Christmas Eve
  • 12.25.2019
  • Tuesday
  • LIBRARY CLOSED
  • Merry Christmas
  • 12.31.2019
  • Monday
  • LIBRARY CLOSES @ 1:00PM
  • New Year's Eve
  • 1.1.2020
  • Tuesday
  • LIBRARY CLOSED
  • Happy New Year

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Book Drops Around the Island

In addition to the book drop in front of the library, we have three more book drops conveniently located around the island:

  • To the east, the Olga book drop is located right next to the Olga store.
  • n the west side in Deer Harbor, you can find the book drop in front of the Deer Harbor Community Club.
  • At the Orcas ferry landing, the book drop sits in front of the Cottage Gift Shop on Orcas Road.
The book drops are checked and emptied on a weekly basis.


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