Summer Reading Program
Got Prizes? Did you ‘Imagine a Story’ at an island preserve, have library dollars to cash in for books, or a bingo card that’s worthy of praise? Summer Reading Program prizes (t-shirts, books, metal water bottles, etc.) await you. Claim them at the Library through August during curb-side pickup hours (noon to 3 pm - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays), or before they disappear!
The SRP is generously sponsored by Friends of the Orcas Island Library.
"Imagine Your Story"
This summer @ the Library
Readers of all ages will explore all things fairytale, fantasy, and myth this summer as Orcas Island Public Library presents “Imagine Your Story” library programing. Children’s activities include: the ever popular ‘books for library dollars‘ program, virtual creature creation programs, and a new explorer program sure to get kids and families out and onto their island preserves this summer!
The 2020 Summer Reading Program runs June 21st to August 15th. Registration for the children’s SRP starts on Wednesday, June 17h. The first 100 kids to register get a free bandana! Teens and adults are also encouraged to grab a book bingo card and attendant this summer’s activities. All programs are free and open to the public.
Stories in the Night Sky
Thursday, August 27 @ 6:00pm
via Zoom with Amy Oliver
Dramatic stories unfold each night in the skies above us. Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Amy Oliver as she regales us with the myths and legends of our stars and constellations. There are stories of Greek maidens, Roman heroes, mystical creatures, and magical beasts to delight every audience.
Meet Susan Lampe
Monday, August 17 @ 6:00pm via Zoom
Local memoir author and educator Susan Lampe will talk about how you could turn family history into historical fiction. Susan will explain the difference between family history, memoirs and historical fiction, and the importance of research to enhance a story. A short writing exercise will be included in the program.
Meet Greg Bear
Saturday, August 15 @ 3:00pm
via Zoom with Mark Ferrari
Celebrated science fiction author, Greg Bear will join us for a discussion on the science fiction and fantasy genre. Greg has authored more thanthirty novels, short stories, and books. He has been awarded five Nebulas and two Hugos
Meet Tina Connolly
Thursday, August 13 @ 6:00pm
via Zoom with Mark Ferrari
Join us as we meet author Tina Connolly, who writes stories and novels for teens described as, “bewitching, clever, delightful, original, and unexpected.”
Wizards of the Coast
via Zoom Thursday, July 23 @ 4:30pm
The Wizards are coming! Join us for an amazing opportunity to meet members of the creative team from gaming giant Wizards of the Coast as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Program.
MEET KIJ JOHNSON
With Mark Ferrari
via Zoom Thursday, July 16 @ 6:00pm
Join us as we talk with multiple award-winning author Kij Johnson, in her own words a “writer, dreamer, fritterer". She did not start writing until she was twenty-five, and still has an impressive lineup: novels, short stories, essays, poetry, script, and a blog.
With Mark Ferrari
via Zoom Thursdays, July 9 & August 6 @ 3:00pm
Have you ever imagined yourself as a fantasy creature? Are you a bird, a troll, a bunny, a dragon, a hobbit, or something else? See how to bring your imagination to life through story and illustration with this interactive children’s program. Our inspiration for our creatures will be the new online book The Ickabog: Chapter 2. You and read it online HERE.
Watch Video - Session 1
Old Lady on the Trail:
Triple Crown at 76
Author Mary Davison
Friday, March 6 @ 6:00pm
Author Mary Davison delivers an informative and amusing rendition of her experiences in long distance hiking, which she discovered at the young age of 60. Hiking’s “Triple Crown” consists of the Appalachian Trail (2,181 miles), the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles), and the Pacific Coast Trail (2,650 miles.) Starting in 2003 Mary was a novice, hiking long sections of the U.S. National Scenic Trails. In 2012 she started on the Continental Divide Trail, finally completing all three in 2017 at the age of 76.
FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE
Sam Gailey, Author
Jake Perrine, Audiobook Narrator
Thursday, February 27 @ 6:00pm
A discussion with book author Samuel Gailey and audiobook narrator Jake Perrine about their collaboration on The Guilt We Carry. Join Sam and Jake as they discuss the journey of turning a best-selling book into a best-selling audiobook. They will cover the creative process, including how they collaborated, the various voices of each character, jumping back and forth in the story's timeline throughout the novel and how this affects certain characters' voices.
Orcas Island: Building a More Inclusive Paradise
A Presentation by Kevin Carter
Tuesday, February 18 @ 6:00pm
Orcas Island is this perfect backdrop for creating and living your best life, but for some, there is an undercurrent of intolerance and, in some cases, blatant racism. What will you do to nurture your oasis?
Dog-Whistles and Cat-Calls: The Modern Signs, Symbols, and Signals of Hate
A Presentation by Clyde W. Ford
Saturday, February 8 @ 6:00pm
From hand gestures to tattoos to code-words, author and scholar, Clyde W. Ford, examines the signs, symbols, and signals of hate. He discusses their historical and cultural significance, laying bare the prevalence of hate-filled imagery in our culture.