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summer reading program 2015

June 18 – August 15

Kids from preschool through 6th grade can sign up at the Orcas Public Library for the Summer Reading Program. Kids earn “library dollars” for the books read, and those “dollars” can be used to buy books from our Summer Reading Program bookshop.

Sign-ups begin on Thursday, June 18th at the Library.

We also invite kids to walk with us in the 4th of July parade behind the Summer Reading Program banner. The first 25 kids who show up on parade day to walk with us will get a free Summer Reading Program t-shirt. The Parade is on Saturday, July 4th. Details will be in your registration packet.

To learn about other special summer programs or for more information about the program, contact Nita Couchman, Children’s Librarian, at 376-4985.

Rosetta Stone

We regret to inform you that our Rosetta Stone subscription has expired. At the present time, we are working on a solution whether to continue with this product, or find another language learning platform. Sorry for the inconvenience. In the meantime, try duolingo. It's free!

friends store

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 hardbound books ($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.

what's a mooc?

What's a MOOC? It's a Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

Coursera and EdX are two of the most popular providers of MOOCs. But, there are many more: visit our eLearning page. Or, visit MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities.

ask orcas

Have you ever wondered where you or a friend can go for help with medical or mental health concerns? Or where to go to sign up for Food Stamps? Or how to fill out a disability claim? Sometimes, when we need help the most, it is hard to know where to turn.

Ask Orcas is a new collaborative program staffed by a team of skilled volunteers, trained to navigate available programs and services available on Orcas and surrounding areas. Volunteers will be available in person to assist with identifying opportunities, completing applications, and making connections to needed supports.

Starting on October 1st, Ask Orcas will be at the Orcas Public Library on Sundays from Noon-3 pm, at the Community Church on Tuesdays from 11-3, and at the Senior Center on Fridays from 11-3. There is no fee for service, no income qualification, and all client information is confidential. Or, call Ask Orcas- 376-7676- to connect to a volunteer advocate to help Orcas Islanders navigate the programs serving the Orcas community.

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Ask Orcas is a 6 month pilot program of the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF), developed in response to the results from our last community needs assessment; specifically, that a key barrier to getting needed supports was not knowing who to ask for help. With over 100 nonprofits and faith based organizations providing services, it is challenging at times to know who to turn to for a specific issue, or how to navigate between different services needed to address a larger issue. Ask Orcas will help steer people in the right direction. It will also help OICF, and the community at large, learn what the most pressing needs are for community members and where gaps and overlaps in available services exist.

For more information or to contact a volunteer, call 376-7676.

microsoft it academy

Microsoft IT Academy program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.

Microsoft IT Academy provides digital curriculum and certifications on fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses critical for learners of all ages to be successful in today's technologically evolving world.

Interested in free access to Microsoft training?

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get our mobile app

The Orcas Island Library has a mobile app. Scan the QR code above, or download from wa.boopsie.com

Access the Library's online services using Washington State Library Now, the library app for Washingtonians.

Library Now works on mobile devices including Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod Touch), Windows Phone 8, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Palm, J2ME, and Symbian Series 60.

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Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses
  • Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
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  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations

To access the Testing & Education Reference Center you will need your entire 14-digit Orcas Island Library card number. Prior to accessing this database it is suggested users clear their browser cache.

Follow the link to begin using the Testing & Education Reference Center.