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The Library Returns to Curbside Pickup Services starting Friday, January 22

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: Noon to 3:00pm

As some of you may have already read, the Governor’s office has issued a “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan, which updates the State’s approach to recovery from the virus pandemic.

On January 20, specific guidelines for libraries were added, which we will implement beginning Friday, January 22. The new guidelines call for libraries in Phase One (as we all are initially) to cease any in-building services, and to return to offering only online and curbside services.

The procedures: Staff members will checkout and deliver materials directly to library users via an outside table, or to people’s cars upon request. We will take item requests via our online catalog, email, phone, or in person at the front door. We will fulfill requests as soon as possible, normally on the next curbside day.

Our curbside services will be available initially on Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat from noon to 3 pm. If possible, we will expand days and/or hours based on needs and further developments. Also, upon request we will make alternate pickup arrangements for people who can’t come during our posted times.

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The Library is open for browsing!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: Noon to 3:00pm

We are happy to invite library users back into the building, after almost eight long months of closure, so that they can browse our collections, use our copier/printer, and even read newspapers and magazines. People can reserve or checkout materials as usual.

This is a “20 people for 20 minutes” pilot project, in which up to 20 people can be in the building concurrently, for a total of 20 minutes each. In compliance with the San Juan County ordinance, facemasks are required. People who prefer to stay outside can continue to use curbside services, which we have had in place since early June.

Our open hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 3:00pm.

We hope that before too long, based on our experiences week by week, and depending on San Juan County COVID-19 case counts, we will be able to add to our occupancy total and time spent in the building, as well as to offer public computer access and study tables again.

Please contact Library Director Phil Heikkinen at, or 360-376-4985 with any questions.

HKP Architects Wins an AIA NW Design Award for Orcas Library Expansion

HKP Architects received three of the six Merit Awards given out in this year’s American Institute of Architects Northwest Section Design Awards. One of the three HKP projects that was awarded at the virtual event was for the Orcas Island Public Library Expansion.

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Surplus Items for Sale

As mentioned in the November newsletter a variety of surplus items are offered for sale through a silent auction. Items are available for viewing during the Library’s open hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from Noon to 3 pm.

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Board Games @ the Library!

Looking for things to do at home this winter? We are excited to announce our expanded and updated board game collection!

Board games have made a big comeback with modern themes designed to engage players in strategy and problem-solving, and party games to keep you laughing. Playing games serves as an antidote to pandemic-induced screen time overload, helps build family connections, creates fond memories for children, and can reduce stress and increase cognitive function.

The collection includes strategy, hobby, party, cooperative, and classic games for all ages, including several new one- and two-player games, to enliven your stay-at-home winter nights. We are excited to offer patrons the opportunity to borrow these games.

Click here to see the collection and place holds for pickup during curbside hours. Check back as new games are added this month! Game on!

Questions or suggestions? Email Lynn at

Prime Time Family Reading Program

We are excited to be partnering with Humanities Washington and Prime Time© to bring the love of books and reading into your family. Together we want to develop a lifelong love of reading for families, focusing on children aged 6-10 years old but siblings of any age are welcome to join in.

From Thursday January 7th to February 11th Prime Time Family Reading will run for 1-hour every Thursday evening at 6pm. This is a 6-week commitment for parents and children to participate in the program.

In Prime Time Family Reading you’ll enjoy engaging, family-based reading and discussion on topics like fairness, courage, and dreams. Prime Time has a proven track record that develops strategies to increase creativity, critical thinking, and academic success.

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Prime Time Reading Art Gallery

There are wonderful stories that lurk inside all of us. Set your imagination free - submit your original writing or artwork in this collaborative effort.


Jenny's Virtual Story Times!

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Photo: Mike Penney/HKP Architects