The Orcas Island Public Library is seeking a new Trustee to begin serving a five-year term on Jan. 1, 2022.

Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2021.

As the trustees’ handbook states, “Throughout our nation’s history, the public library has offered free and equal access to the collected knowledge, information, and history of our culture.” Serving as a trustee for the Orcas Public Library enables an individual to contribute to an institution that is available for everyone.

The board comprises five members who plan the direction of library services, oversee library policies, and oversee the library’s expenditure of funds. The board represents the library to the community, and the community to the library. The library is organized as an independent junior taxing district, with its trustees appointed by the San Juan County Council.

Serving on the Library Board requires a talent for teamwork, along with a belief in the culture and tradition of public libraries. We are particularly interested in candidates committed to being good stewards of public resources, with the passion and skills to help us shape the library’s always-evolving mission in the community through its programming and services.

A trustee’s time commitment includes monthly meetings plus occasional committee work. Meetings are scheduled by the Board at the beginning of each year to accommodate other priorities as appropriate.

If you are interested in serving as a library trustee, contact Janet Marlow, Interim Director, at 360-376-4985, or email Janet, to learn more about the Library and about the application process.

Final appointment is made by the County Council.


Tuesday, October 19th @ 10:00 am
via ZOOM™ — Log-in information on agenda

The Orcas Island Library Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the District's 2022 General and Debt Service Fund Budgets. The meeting will include the regular October Board meeting in addition to the budget discussion. The Library Trustees invite the public to attend and give comment.

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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

Endurance Speaker Series
Autumn 2021-Spring 2022
on the South lawn and via Zoom

At a time when many wonder, ‘how am I going to get through this’, the library seeks to share stories about endurance to help comfort, entertain, and inspire. Episodes will appear at irregular intervals over the series as ‘hybrid’ events with speakers appearing in person at the library as well as by Zoom meeting, unless stated otherwise. Details may always be found on the library website

While Thor Hanson’s recent talk about the adaption of animals in response to climate change (from his book Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid) certainly resonated with this theme and our times, Erden Eruc's impromptu talk on Sunday, October 3rd at noon was our official opener. He came to us by Zoom meeting from Hawaii during an unplanned stop on his row from California to China. With luck, Erden will bookend the series when he arrives in Hong Kong (or Vietnam) next spring. Meanwhile, save the dates below and be on the lookout for more to come:

  • Episode #1 – Erden Eruc – recording available on Library's YouTube Channel
  • Episode #2 - Rosie Kuhn on eudurance in the writing process - recording available on Library's YouTube Channel
  • Episode #3 - Thursday, November 4th at 4pm - Margaret Mills on endurance in Afghanistan. Join the conversation here.
  • Episode #4- Thursday, November 18th at 5pm – only by Zoom meeting - Peter and Ginger Niemann on endurance while circumnavigating the globe on SV Irene during Covid
  • Episode #5 – Thursday, December 2nd at 6pm - Karl Krüger on endurance and vulnerability. Join the conversation here.
  • March 2022 - Katy Bowman on endurance through movement
  • Spring 2022 - Erden Eruc from China? Vietnam? We'll see where the wind and currents have taken him. TRACK ERDEN!
  • Epilogue - a local Moth-like Story Slam where locals can tell their own stories of endurance

Outdoor Trick-or-Treating for Books

Sunday, October 31st
3:00 to 5:30 pm

Please join us on the South Lawn of the Library for our annual trick-or-treating-for-books event. Kids are invited to come in costume and choose a free book to take home. Warm drinks will also be served for thirsty ghouls and goblins, while supplies last.

This program is made possible by a generous donation of the Friends of the Orcas Library.

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