Friday, June 25th @ 2:00pm
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A Summer Reading Program - Whale Tale!

On Thursday, June 17th @ 6:00pm via ZOOM, as a lead-in to the 'Tales and Tails' Summer Reading Program, Captain Kevin Campion will share his tale to save the rarest whale: the North Pacific right whale. You’ll learn about what right whales mean for modern conservation efforts in the North Pacific and Salish Sea and view scenes from the upcoming film “Right Over the Edge.”

Less than 200 years ago, North Pacific right whales were frequently seen along the Pacific Rim. Commercial whaling severely depleted the population of North Pacific right whales beginning in the 19th century and continuing into the 1970’s. Today the eastern population of North Pacific right whales is critically endangered– considered by many to be the most endangered whale population on Earth.

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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 Artist for May & June

Ashanti Makeba

Ashanti is an artist based in the San Juan Islands with a focus in collage work. What she loves most about collaging is that at its very core it’s a process of transmutation. The juxtaposition of concepts with cultural emblems and striking patterning and textures create a completely new sensory experience. Ashanti’s goal is to create a depiction of a multifaceted universe but in the presentation of a very precise patterning on the canvas. Every cut out ties in with the next to create a symbiotic relationship and flow into a process of storytelling.

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

Jenny's Virtual Story Times!

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