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JUNE 2019
Welcome from the Director

Welcome to June at the Orcas Island Library!

In addition to the approach of summer, the terrific range of programs described in this newsletter, our Barbara Gourley art display, and our upcoming Summer Reading Program, I invite you to consider these additional items:

In addition to Barbara’s art display, we also have a Peter Olesin photography exhibit in the Community Room, plus a new John Berry painting on the west side of our new reading room.

Also, in partnership with UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, we will be helping to promote an artist residency at the Whiteley Center, with full use of the Macfarlane Art Studio ( An upcoming space will be reserved for an Orcas Island Artist. Please get in touch with me for more information.

Finally, after extensive Library Board discussion about balancing safety and security with patron privacy, we are installing video cameras in entrance areas. We are not taking this action lightly; however, we have experienced a few instances in which we feel a camera would have helped with looking into cases of vandalism or theft of library-user property. We will post more extensive information about this, including a policy added to our website. In the meantime, please get back to me with any questions or concerns.

Phil Heikkinen
Library Director

2019 Summer Reading Program starts June 23

It’s nearly time to blast off for Orcas Island Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading program.  Official blast off date is June 23rd with registration open on June 19th.  This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11’s landing on the moon.  We’ll be bringing in an inflatable planetarium on July 20th, hosting a Skype tour of NASA’s Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility, as well as many other out-of-this-world events to keep kids reading and learning throughout the summer.  Please join us as it’s sure to be a fun ride!

Eating for the Planet
Thursday, June 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm in the Ann Graves Reading Area

Join nutrition educator Gigi Carter and learn how changing your diet can improve your health and save our planet.

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Parsing the Dragon: A Memoir
Tuesday, June 11, 2018 @6:00 pm @ in the Ann Graves Reading Area

Join author, journalist, and educator Susan Lampe and learn how to use memoir writing to resolve issues of love, conflict, and forgiveness in relationships.

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2019 Coast Salish Speaker Series
Saturday, June 22 @ 6:00pm in the Ann Graves Reading Area.

Join X’welwelat’se (William John) as he introduces us to the “Coast Salish Concepts of Time + Space.”  X’welwelat’se is a Lummi Elder, storyteller, and retired educator from Ferndale High School and Northwest Indian College, where he taught Lummi language classes.  

The Coast Salish Speaker Series was underwritten by a grant from San Juan County and supported by San Juan Islands National Monument, Lopez Island Library, San Juan Island Library, and Friends of the Orcas Island Library. The fourth event in the Series will be in August. For more information visit the Library’s website

June Artist: Barbara Hutchins Gourley
"After a career focused on public spaces, I turned to the more intimate scale of painting to explore subjects of long-held fascination - silent communication of the human gesture, the power of color and light."

"I work in oils, glazing to create form and intensify color.  It is a time-consuming technique, but one I find rewarding."

"Subjects range from produce and fabric to portraits, which provide special satisfaction.  Capturing personality is the challenge."

"With each image I first ask: 'Why is it compelling?  Is it color, gesture?' the answer tell me how to proceed and when to stop.  What is not there emphasizes what it.  Editing is a powerful tool."
The Orcas Island Library is excited to announce a video tour of the International Space Station test module at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Monday, July 29 @ 10:30am in the Library’s Ann Graves Reading Area. Programs Coordinator Mary Pugh arranged the Skype video presentation with Pedro Martinez, the Chair of Johnson Space Control’s Software Engineering Process Group.  More information in next month's newsletter.
Interested in researching your family tree?
​Come branch out with us!

The Orcas Island Genealogy Club will meet for the regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18, the third Tuesday of the month, from 10:30-12:30 in the Community Room of the Orcas Island Library. 

“Let’s Work…Many Hands Lighten the Load”

Instead of a presentation at this meeting we will get together and research.  Bring a name or two and some facts about an ancestor or family you want to learn more about but have found some roadblocks along the way. Fresh eyes may help break a “brick wall”. To get the most out of this meeting a bit of pre-preparation is highly advised in terms of gathering basic information on your subject.

The Orcas Island Genealogy Club is free and open to anyone who is interested in exploring family genealogy--whether you have years of experience or are just wanting to begin now, you are welcome to join.  Bring a computer or other device that can connect to the internet and find out how to connect to the library version of 

For more information about the club call Rebecca Johnson (360-298-6007), Vicki Leimback (206-714-3348), Kathi Ciskowski (360-376-4186).



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