Monday, September 9, 2019 @ 9:00am
Library Community Room


Read Agenda

Meet the Author: Amita Lhamo

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

Amita Lhamo celebrates her new Book Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks

In Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying, Amita Lhamo uses her luminous stories to reveal the power of simple human kindness and the profundity of being. She shares the beauty found blooming within the cracks of broken hearts leading us into the intimacy of the soul’s journey in death.

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Meet the Author: Kristin Jarvis Adams

Friday, September 27 @ 6:00pm
in the Ann Graves Reading Area

The Library will host Kristin Jarvis Adams, a 2018 Washington State Book Awards finalist for her memoir The Chicken Who Saved Us.

Kristin’s true story about how a young boy with autism finds a way to communicate through a chicken named Frightful inspires communities to share difficult stories and heart-opening conversations. Her presentation focuses on finding surprising hope, being vulnerable, and how to find community in challenging situations.

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

The first meeting and topic is: State of the State Department and Diplomacy on Monday September 23 @ 6pm

The Library is pleased to announce a new series based on the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program. Join America's largest discussion series and be part of a nation-wide, non-partisan program intended to broaden public understanding and involvement in foreign affairs by investigating a range of contemporary foreign and domestic policy issues.

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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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?"
  • 9.17.2019
  • Tuesday | 10:30am
  • Genealogy Club in Community Room
  • 9.17.2019
  • Tuesday | 3:30pm
  • Chess Club in the Community Room
  • 9.19.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 9.19.2019
  • Thursday | 3:30pm
  • Table of Contents Book Club in Maria's Room
  • 9.21.2019
  • Saturday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 9.23.2019
  • Monday | 6:00pm
  • State of the State Department & Diplomacy
  • Great Decisions in the Community Room
  • 9.26.2019
  • Thursday | 11:00am
  • Storytime in the Children's Room
  • 9.27.2019
  • Friday | 6:00pm
  • Meet the Author: Kristin Jarvis Adams
  • in the Ann Graves Reading Room
  • 9.28.2019
  • 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 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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