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The Library is closed until further notice

Please feel free to keep your books and movies! (Well ... not permanently.) All materials checked out [books, audio books, magazines, videos, interlibrary loans] have been renewed to June 25, 2020!

BOOK & MAGAZINE DONATIONS: Please do not leave book & magazine donations at the Library while it remains closed. Staff and members of the Friends of the Library will not be on the premises to gather donations. Thank you for your understanding.

We have taken this difficult step out of concern for the health for Orcas Island residents. Evidence is compelling that limiting social contacts can help reduce the potential for the Coronavirus/COVID-19 to spread throughout our community.

We will continue to study this serious community issue with County health officials and others. When we can in any way restore services at some level, we will share this welcome news as soon and as widely as possible.

We recognize the serious impact that this decision will have on all of us.

As we work through future options, please continue to contact us at 360-376-4985, or email Library Director Phil Heikkinen at pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org. We will also post updates to our website at www.orcaslibrary.org.

Our website offers a variety of resources such as ebooks, e-audiobooks, a wide variety of databases, language learning, streaming movies and other alternatives, all available with your library card number and PIN. If you would like to return library materials, you can leave them as usual at our book drop locations in Deer Harbor, Olga, Orcas Landing, and the Library itself.

Phil Heikkinen, Library Director, on behalf of the Library Board and staff

ProQuest is launching a new Coronavirus Research Database, giving all ProQuest users access to full-text content covering all facets of COVID-19 and related infectious diseases.

Log into ProQuest with your Library Card and PIN

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of electronic books accessible through the library’s website. Animation, sound, music and narration are added to existing picture books to produce an electronic book which you can read, or have read to you. The TumbleBook Library also includes chapter books in audio book and e-book formats, multi-cultural topics, foreign language and bilingual books, puzzles, and games.

Spelling, concentration, and fill-in-the blank games developed to reinforce young reader’s comprehension skills are also available. Additionally, the language drop down menu allows you to view the entire website in Spanish or French.

You can access the TumbleBook Library by clicking the image below:

Access TumbleBook Library

Orcas Small Business Help

Are you lost in the maze? A group of island experts has teamed up with Orcas Island Library to help you navigate the various business financial assistance programs. For small business owners, independent contractors and sole proprietorships facing a web of confusing information and paperwork while seeking to apply for federal and state financial assistance programs, the team can help.

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Harry Potter at Home

Looking for the next chapter in Harry Potter at Home? Daniel Radcliff (“Harry Potter”) along with other well-loved actors and actresses are now reading all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. See new line ups weekly at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or hear them here on Spotify.

Are you already a Potterhead and need a virtual escape without going out? Thanks to the Peters Township and Halifax Public Libraries you can now try out their two new Harry Potter Virtual Escape Rooms: Escape Room 1 and Escape Room 2.

All great ways to cast a banishing charm on boredom!

Orcas Island Library is participating in the Great Islands Clean Up for the entire month of April and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

Islanders are encouraged to remove litter collectively but independent of one another from their favorite places on Orcas Island, be it shorelines, county parks, county roads, or other areas within your neighborhood. Road and beach litter can be disposed of, free of charge, at the Orcas Transfer Station. Individuals are encouraged to wear bright clothing and safety equipment (gloves, masks, trash grabbers, if you have them) and work in safe locations whenever possible. Families with children should work together and stay off roads. Once you’ve collected your litter, try playing our Great Islands Clean Up Bingo Game and post your photos on Facebook

Be safe, have fun, and clean up our beautiful island!

Pandemics in Literature

Jens Kruse offers course/reading group on "Pandemics in Literature"

I recently had offered and started teaching, to a group of about 17 people, a course called “How to Sell Your Soul: Literary manifestations of the Faustian Bargain from the 16th Century to the Present.” Then the library closed, social distancing rules went into effect, etc., and I had to suspend that course until further notice.

In our current circumstances I now hope to offer, by way of ZOOM, a course/reading group on “Pandemics in Literature". We would be reading texts like: Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year; Mary Shelley’s novel The Last Man; Poe's The Masque of the Red Death; Thomas Mann's Death in Venice; Jack London's The Scarlet Plague; Albert Camus’ The Plague; Saramago's Blindness.

We would be “meeting” once a week, probably on Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:30 or 1:00 (depending on how the conversation goes).

If you would be interested please let me know by emailing me at jkruse@wellesley.edu. If I decide to go ahead with this offering I would then send you further details on how we will proceed.

Need a Storytime Shake-up?

These Websites Have You Covered.

In this unprecedented time with families juggling work, school, and other at-home demands, it may be challenging to find inventive ways to engage and entertain your family. If you are at a loss for new ideas, try shaking up your daily routine with this storytime line-up:

  • Storytime Online. This award-winning children’s literacy program features on-demand storytimes by celebrities with follow-up teacher activities for the at-home classroom.
  • PBS Kids Read-Alongs. More read-alouds from famous people from a website you can trust. Follow PBS Kids Read Aloud with a current line-up which now includes Read Along Mondays with Michelle Obama.
  • Thank You Thursdays with Mo Williams. Kennedy Center’s Education Artist-in residence, author and illustrator Mo Williams, continues in all new episodes for any-aged artists following his very successful and archived Lunch Doodles lessons.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga. Yoga, stories, and mindfulness practice for little ones in a pandemic world.
  • Storytime From Space. Ever wondering what astronauts are reading? Check out this STEM-friendly and educational website to find out.

Find a comfy chair, sit back, and let someone else take care of storytime.

All Library Events Cancelled Until Further Notice

Seed Library

Got seeds?

Even while the library is closed, you can still check out seeds from the seed library. Please take a look at the seed library catalog and contact Katie Wilkins at kwilkins@orcaslibrary.org. She will happily make arrangements to get seeds to you. If you don't see what you need, check with Katie to see if she can get the seed for you through her partnerships with the Orcas Island Seed Bank and other seed saving friends. You shouldn't have to go without!

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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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