The Friends of the Orcas Island Library has merchandise for sale*. Merchandise is available for purchase in the Library.
- Canvas Bags: $15
- Mugs: $15
- Hats: $12
- Bumper Stickers: $2.50
And, of course ... paperbacks ($1) and hardbound books ($2) in the Library lobby.
*All proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to further the mission and activities of the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.
Testing & Education Reference Center
The Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
- Over 300 practice tests and courses
- Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
- Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
- Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
- Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
- Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations
To access the Testing & Education Reference Center you will need your entire 14-digit Orcas Island Library card number. Using this resource from your computer outside the Library requires a password. The password is orcas.
Follow the link to begin using the Testing & Education Reference Center.
Have you ever wondered where you or a friend can go for help with medical or mental health concerns? Or where to go to sign up for Food Stamps? Or how to fill out a disability claim? Sometimes, when we need help the most, it is hard to know where to turn.
Ask Orcas is a new collaborative program staffed by a team of skilled volunteers, trained to navigate available programs and services available on Orcas and surrounding areas. Volunteers will be available in person to assist with identifying opportunities, completing applications, and making connections to needed supports.
Starting on October 1st, Ask Orcas will be at the Orcas Public Library on Sundays from Noon-3 pm, at the Community Church on Tuesdays from 11-3, and at the Senior Center on Fridays from 11-3. There is no fee for service, no income qualification, and all client information is confidential. Or, call Ask Orcas- 376-7676- to connect to a volunteer advocate to help Orcas Islanders navigate the programs serving the Orcas community.
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Ask Orcas is a 6 month pilot program of the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF), developed in response to the results from our last community needs assessment; specifically, that a key barrier to getting needed supports was not knowing who to ask for help. With over 100 nonprofits and faith based organizations providing services, it is challenging at times to know who to turn to for a specific issue, or how to navigate between different services needed to address a larger issue. Ask Orcas will help steer people in the right direction. It will also help OICF, and the community at large, learn what the most pressing needs are for community members and where gaps and overlaps in available services exist.
For more information or to contact a volunteer, call 376-7676.
nancy pearl's reading list
Nancy Pearl spoke on Orcas Island on Wednesday, July 16th. She offered her thoughts on scores of books to engage your mind this coming year. Nancy's approach to enjoying reading is the "Rule of 50" which states "If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages."
Here is a list of reading Nancy recommended at her talk on Orcas Island this summer. Enjoy!
microsoft it academy
Microsoft IT Academy program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.
Microsoft IT Academy provides digital curriculum and certifications on fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses critical for learners of all ages to be successful in today's technologically evolving world.
Interested in free access to Microsoft training?
what's a mooc?
What's a MOOC? It's a Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.
Coursera and EdX are two of the most popular providers of MOOCs. But, there are many more: visit our eLearning page. Or, visit MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities.
friends of the library
The Friends of the Library want more members. They want you! Click on the poster image above to get more information on the Friends of the Library.
Medicare Open Enrollment
The SHIBA volunteers on Orcas are sponsored by Island Hospital: they are available for individual consultations on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Orcas Medical Center.
Call 376-2561 to schedule an appointment.