Rock Tech Seminars are two-hour seminars open to everyone and free to the public.
They will be available every Tuesday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, in the Community Meeting Room beginning February 7, 2017, and lasting 11 weeks. You do not need to sign up for these seminars: just come in!
The first hour consists of a broad and informal presentation on a variety of topics dealing with personal
technology. The remaining hour is dedicated to Questions and Answers from the participants. At present,
we have just over ten seminars to offer, with more on the way as the needs of the community and
participants are gauged.
These free seminars are not intended to provide in-depth study or hands-on assistance on each of the
topics or issues specific to each of the participants' devices. Instead, the seminars will be presented in
such a way as to de-mystify the topics and provide a wide range of solutions to a broad audience at
varying levels of technological understanding. Participants requiring hands-on assistance or specific
classes book time with our trainers separately.
In these seminars, we will not be able to solve everyone's problems or even provide answers to
everyone's questions, but we do hope to provide the community with a fundamental and basic resource in
a fun and relaxed way.
Washington Rural Heritage
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Learn a new language: Pronunciator
You can learn 80 languages in any of 50 languages with Pronunciator. That’s 4,000 possible course combinations! One of the great things about Pronunciator is that you can learn any language, in virtually any other language. Plus, Pronunciator has ESL for speakers of 50 non-English languages! Each language course has a minimum of 1,500 phrases to learn, and most have 10,000 phrases.
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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 hardbacks ($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.
Spraying of foam insulation:
February 13 to 16
Library will be open normal hours.
As part of our building expansion project, contractors will be spraying foam insulation beginning on Monday, February 13 and will complete the process by the 16th.
Although the spraying will be within the new addition, some fumes may be released. Therefore, in an effort to be cautious, the Library will be closed on the 13th. At that time, we will evaluate what impacts there are and whether we will be able to open during subsequent days of spraying.
Our existing building shows very little impact from fumes due to the spraying. However, we want to encourage anyone who notices fumes and has any concerns to limit their time spent at the Library during this week.
Thanks for your patience!
Phil Heikkinen, Library Director
first friday book talks
First Friday Book Talks is an Orcas Island Library-sponsored reading group that meets in the community meeting room at noon on [as its name proclaims] the first Friday of each month.
Some of the books we will read this year:
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri [Mar]
- Dead Wake by Eric Larson [May]
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [Jun]
- The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes [Jul]
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides [Aug]
- Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig [Sep]
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande [Oct]
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [TBA]
Contact Holly or Martin at the Library if you're interested in joining this reading club.