Library Stories Contest — Deadline Extended to May 31

— from Martin Arnold of the Orcas Public Library — In celebration of the upcoming expansion of the Orcas Island Library, we want your “Library Stories” in any medium: Written — essay, poem, one-act play (maximum 500 words) Illustrated — drawing, painting, photograph, print, sculpture (maximum 22” x 28”) Performed … Continue reading

Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington Fruit

Sunday, March 6 at 2pm at the Orcas Island Community Church, FREE What is the messy and juicy history of Washington’s produce industry? Who was Cashmere’s Cider King? From apples to oranges, huckleberries to durian, anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how these perishable products preserve historic events and reflect our … Continue reading

Library Expansion: Requests for Qualifications

 — from the Orcas Island Public Library — Request for Qualifications for Owner Representation Services and Public Fundraising Campaign Consultant The Orcas Island Public Library is in the planning process for the development of a proposed expansion to be constructed at 500 Rose Street, Eastsound, WA, and is soliciting responses … Continue reading

The Time Travelers Perform “Green Fields of America”

Wednesday, February 4 at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Martin Arnold — America’s rich history comes alive in this unique performance that weaves together storytelling and folk music against a backdrop of original artwork inspired by the titles of early American and Celtic fiddle tunes. Traditional … Continue reading

Humanities Washington: An Exploration of Literature and Our Lives – Friday, March 15

Friday, March 15, 2013 at Orcas Island High School, 715 School Road By Martin Arnold, Orcas Public Library The Orcas Island Public Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Anu Taranath, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. For more information, contact Phil … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the Library’s Open House!

Wednesday, February 6, Noon to 6 p.m. By Martin Arnold Since March 4, 1909, when the Madrona Club of Eastsound opened the first public library on Orcas Island, the Library has had a rather nomadic existence. As the community grew, so, too, did the public library. Over the years, each … Continue reading

Library District Holds Hearing on 2013 Budget

The Orcas Island Library District will hold a Public Hearing on the 2013 Budget October 9, 2012 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room. The agenda for this meeting will include discussion on the 2013 General Fund Budget and the 2013 Building Fund Budget. The public is invited … Continue reading

Website Classes Now Offered at the Library

By Martin Arnold The Orcas Island Library’s website is more than just the home page on the Library’s public access computers. The Library’s web site is an information portal to the World Wide Web. From this web site you can access old newspapers, gather information on repairing your car, check … Continue reading