free lecture @ orcas center
Does the Late Stage of the Weimar Republic in Germany Hold Lessions for the Current Moment of the American Republic?
A Presentation by Jens Kruse
Professor Emeritius of German, Wellesley College
Monday, March 27 @ 5:30pm
at the Orcas Center Center Stage
“History does not repeat itself, but it does instruct.” So starts the recently released On Tyranny by eminent historian Timothy Snyder. In his presentation, Jens Kruse attempts to assess what instruction we can derive, at our current historical moment, from a comparison of the years 1932/33 in the Weimar Republic in Germany to the years 2016/17 in our American republic.
Jens Kruse was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1949. He has taught German language and literature on all levels of our curriculum and published books and articles on Goethe, Kafka, and other authors. Most recently, he has prepared, for eNotatedClassics, annotated electronic editions of Kafka stories such as “The Metamorphosis” and the “Hunger Artist.”
Please join us for this stimulating presentation and conversation, presented by the Orcas Island Library. This event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Lunde, 376-4985.
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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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.
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.
April is Financial Education Month and the Library will be presenting a free, multi-week workshop on Wills and Estate Planning. Many put off doing anything because they don’t know where to begin. Everybody has stuff! Even if you don’t own property you have things you have collected throughout your lifetime. Lack of planning will add up to 7 years and probate through the courts if you don’t have a Will. Library staff will have a step-by-step survey that participants can use to develop their personal plan.
read the schedule
Beginning Wednesday April 12 at 1:00pm you will get your survey and actually start to fill it out line by line. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.
Monday April 17 at 1:00pm, bring your survey and local attorney Tom Fiscus will be on hand to discuss things you may not have thought of and answer questions.
Monday April 24 at 1:00pm bring your finalized survey and Library staff will discuss next steps in your planning process.
You can use these very hands-on workshops to take charge of your personal planning and get it done.
Please sign up for this FREE workshop at the Orcas Island Senior Center’s front desk or by calling 376-2677. There is a class limit of 25 participants. For more information about the workshop call Mary at 376-4985.
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:
- Dead Wake by Eric Larson [Apr]
- 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.