Wednesday, July 8 @ 10:00am
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curbside pickup now available for reserved materials!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: Noon to 3pm

We invite you to reserve books, DVDs, and other materials through our website, by searching the online catalog, identifying items you want, and placing the request (or “hold”) using your account information. You may have a total of up to ten holds at a time on one account. Look for an email when your holds are available; if you don’t have an email address on your account, we’ll give you a call. If you need a library card, applications will be available during curbside service hours.

Items will be available for pickup at our front entrance between 12:00 and 3:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This service is for curbside pickup only: no one is allowed inside the building. When approaching the pickup table, please maintain the 6-foot spacing requirement and wear a facemask.

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

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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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

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.

‘Imagine Your Story’

This summer @ the Library


Readers of all ages will explore all things fairytale, fantasy, and myth this summer as Orcas Island Public Library presents “Imagine Your Story” library programing. Children’s activities include: the ever popular ‘books for library dollars‘ program, virtual creature creation programs, and a new explorer program sure to get kids and families out and onto their island preserves this summer!


The 2020 Summer Reading Program runs June 21st to August 15th. Registration for the children’s SRP starts on Wednesday, June 17h. The first 100 kids to register get a free bandana! Teens and adults are also encouraged to grab a book bingo card and attendant this summer’s activities. All programs are free and open to the public.

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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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 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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With Mark Ferrari
via Zoom Thursday, July 16 @ 6:00pm

Join us as we talk with multiple award-winning author Kij Johnson, in her own words a “writer, dreamer, fritterer". She did not start writing until she was twenty-five, and still has an impressive lineup: novels, short stories, essays, poetry, script, and a blog.

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