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.
To access Pronounciator please enter your entire 14-digit library card barcode when prompted.
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Check out our new YouTube Channel!
Featuring Jens Kruse's talk "What can we learn from the Weimar Republic in Germany?"
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.
Tech Made Simple
Tech Made Simple — classes for the ‘non-tech savvy’. Offered for free to the community, everyone is welcome. Presented by RockTech Trainers, these interactive classes are fun and informative.
They will be available every Tuesday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, in the Community Meeting Room. You do not need to sign up for these seminars: just come in!
April 2017 Printable schedule
May 2017 Printable schedule
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:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [May]
- 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.