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Think Like a Trout with Miss Jenny!

Grab your 2021 Tails and Tales Explorer Guide on July 29th from 9am to noon at Cascade Falls Trailhead in Moran State Park and ‘think like a trout’ with Children’s Librarian Jenny De Groot. Make a trout hat and search for ideal coastal cutthroat trout habitat in and around Cascade Creek. Free and open to all children, while supplies last. The 2021 Explorer’s Guide was made in partnership with Orcas Island Public Library, Friends of Moran State Park, and Kwiaht. Copies are available at the Library or... Download and print your own here.

Expanded Hours and Services!

The Orcas Island Library is pleased to offer the following hours and services, effective June 7, 2021:

  • Open hours from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    and 12:00 to 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Public computers, study tables, and comfortable chairs are also available.
  • Come see our remodeled former lobby, which now features a stand-up countertop.

Be sure to explore the website to see our wide range of online and in-person services. Also, call us at 360-376-4985 or email Library Director Phil Heikkinen at with your comments and questions.

Featured Artists for July & August

Kathy Huberland -
"Endangered Species"

An unlikely combination of circumstances preceded my entree into the world of endangered species.....A family death, an artist friend’s gift, and a change in our established political policies came together as I found myself scratching the surface of a blackened board to evoke the likeness of polar bear fur. Scratchboard, a medium that was originally invented for the purpose of reproduction in printing, originated in the 19th century in Britain and France. It soon becamea popular medium, often replacing wood, metal, and linoleum engraving. As my interest in endangered species evolved it seemed to be the right medium to evoke the dramatic qualities of these animals. There is no specific order I drew them in, rather step by step I did what I was compelled to do. Each one was an education into a world I knew little about but felt needed exposure. It’s enriched my life and hope it strikes a note for you.

Zoë Osenbach

I’ve been taught to play and enjoy my work, and never take it too seriously. This has led me to be a very process oriented artist. I like doing things the long way, I like getting my hands dirty with my work, and truly having every step of it be ‘me’. After working for many years as a photographer, I’ve found a new home with mixed media. I work with found/used/recycled objects to give them new life. I find creative freedom in the limitation of working with what I can find at the Exchange, or in my friends trash cans. So many interesting things lie beneath the plastic exterior of objects we are told to use, briefly, then discard.

Over 3,000 Popular Magazines Now Available for Download

The Library is pleased to announce that over 3,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read on any device 24/7. Users with a library card can read digital magazines alongside ebooks and audiobooks on Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive. Top titles include Cooks Illustrated, National Geographic, The New Yorker, and many other popular magazines.

Digital magazines have no wait lists or holds, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Library patrons can also download magazines to Libby for offline use. Readers can browse lists of magazines within the app and search by format to find available titles.

From the website access OverDrive here

Cooking with Christina -
Thursday, July 29 @ 6pm

Join Christina Orchid, long time Orcas resident and world renowned chef by Zoom, as she prepares mussels two ways (click the cookbook cover to print the recipes at home) in celebration of National Culinary Arts Month. Cook along with Christina in your own kitchen or just sit back and enjoy the show! Click HERE to register.

Jenny's Virtual Story Times!

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