BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

NOTE: New Meeting Time

Wednesday, February 12 @ 10:00am
Library Community Room

Read Agenda

Orcas Island: Building a More Inclusive Paradise

A Presentation by Kevin Carter

Tuesday, February 18 @ 6:00pm

Orcas Island is this perfect backdrop for creating and living your best life, but for some, there is an undercurrent of intolerance and, in some cases, blatant racism. What will you do to nurture your oasis?

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How to Sell Your Soul:

Manifestations of the Faustian Bargain in Literature from the 16th Century to the Present

Presented by Jens Kruse

Thursdays @ 11:00am beginning March 5

The instructor believes that the term “Faustian Bargain” has recently gained increased currency in newspapers and magazines he reads. Somehow journalists and writers seem to feel a need to resort to that concept as they try to report on what they observe in the world around them. So it might be useful to explore the origins and the meaning(s) of that term and concept by reading and discussing at least some of the texts that have shaped and reshaped the Faust legend over the last five centuries or so.

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want to exhibit your art?

Now’s your chance. The Art Committee at the Orcas Island Library is now seeking applications for the 2020 exhibit schedule. All types of art — painting, sculpture, photography, mixed-media — are acceptable.

Interested Orcas Island artists of any age may submit either online to Art Committee Chair, Dave Kosiur at [dkosiur@gmail.com] or in-person to Library Director Phil Heikkinen.

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friends' winter book sale

Saturday, March 7 — 10:00am - 3:00pm

Orcas Schools Cafeteria


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?"
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February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

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GREAT DECISIONS 2019

The 6th meeting topic is:
Decoding U.S.-China Trade
Monday, February 24 @ 6:00pm

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitive- ness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices?

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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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  • 2.17.2020
  • Monday
  • LIBRARY CLOSED
  • Presidents' Day
  • 2.18.2020
  • Tuesday | 10:30am
  • Genealogy Club in Community Room
  • 2.18.2020
  • Tuesday | 3:30pm
  • Chess Club in the Community Room
  • 2.18.2020
  • Tuesday | 6:00pm
  • Kevin Carter — Orcas Island: Building a More Inclusive Paradise
  • in the Graves Reading Area
  • 2.20.2020
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 2.20.2020
  • Thursday | 3:30pm
  • Table of Contents Book Club in Maria's Room
  • 2.22.2020
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 2.24.2020
  • Monday | 6:00pm
  • Decoding U.S.-China Trade
  • Great Decisions in the Community Room
  • 2.27.2020
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 2.29.2020
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.5.2020
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.6.2020
  • Friday | 12:00pm
  • First Fridays Book Club in the Community Room
  • 3.7.2020
  • Saturday | 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friends Winter Book Sale
  • Orcas Schools Cafeteria
  • 3.7.2020
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.10.2020
  • Tuesday
  • LIBRARY CLOSED
  • Staff CPR Training
  • 3.10.2020
  • Tuesday | 3:00pm
  • Friends of the Library Board in the Maria's Room
  • 3.11.2020
  • Wednesday | 10:00am
  • Board of Trustees in the Community Room
  • 3.12.2020
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.14.2020
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.17.2020
  • Tuesday | 10:30am
  • Genealogy Club in Community Room
  • 3.17.2020
  • Tuesday | 3:30pm
  • Chess Club in the Community Room
  • 3.19.2020
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.18.2020
  • Thursday | 3:30pm
  • Table of Contents Book Club in Maria's Room
  • 3.21.2020
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.23.2020
  • Monday | 6:00pm
  • Decoding U.S.-China Trade
  • Great Decisions in the Community Room
  • 3.26.2020
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 3.28.2020
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room

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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 at the Post Office. New Location.
  • On 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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