Library Closure Extended Library to be closed until Friday, June 23

— from Martin Arnold — We need more time! The addition to the Library is taking longer than expected to complete. The Library will be closed until Friday, June 23. The Library is expected to open its normal time – 10 a.m. – on Friday. Thanks for your continued patience. … Continue reading

Grand Opening Celebration at the Library Friday, June 23 --- 5 to 8 p.m.

— from Martin Arnold for the Orcas Island Public Library — The Orcas Island Library will be celebrating the grand opening of its new building addition, from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, June 23. Join us for a free dinner, including bratwursts, hot dogs (meat and vegetarian), sauerkraut, ice … Continue reading

Moving Days at the Library Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21

— from Martin Arnold for the Orcas Island Public Library — It’s finally here! Moving day(s)! The Orcas Island Library will close at 1 pm Monday, June 19 and remain closed until 10 am Thursday, June 22, while we move into the new addition. The Grand Opening Celebration will be … Continue reading

Public Historian Describes “Washington at War” The Evergreen State in World War I

The Orcas Island Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Public Historian Lorraine McConaghy. This free event takes place Thursday, May 25 at Orcas Island Community Church 176 Madrona St, Eastsound, WA 98245. One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to … Continue reading

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