Orcas Island Library Newsletter

January 2019

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January Art Exhibit

Features Nine Local Artists

"My Island” Art Exhibit at the Orcas Island Library

The Orcas Island Library’s January exhibit will be a curated group show of Orcas Island artists and poets. The exhibit’s theme, “My Island”, was an invitation to for artists to submit work that is an expression of their relationship to this Island that we call "home".

The exhibit was curated by Library Art Committee member Andrea Cohen, and includes work in assorted media by Orcas Island artists, including Kandis Susol, Jill McCabe Johnson, Carla Stanley, Colleen Stewart, Caroline Wiltz, Margaret Payne, Myla Ross, Michelle Reed,  and Andrea Cohen.

The Delight of Poetry

Six Tuesdays: Jan. 15 - Feb. 19
1:00-3:00pm at the Library
JoEllen Moldoff, Facilitator
Everyone is welcome!

Poems can touch the heart, spark the imagination, raise our awareness, evoke memories, entertain and surprise.  We will read a selection of contemporary poems for the pleasure of reading aloud and sharing our responses to the writing.  In the process, we can learn how the language of a poem works to make meaning.  Writing prompts will be offered, but writing will be optional.  
Here’s a sample of the kind of poems we will share, by former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser from his latest book, “Kindest Regards: New And Selected Poems”:
Moon Shadows
All night the moon was a lamp held steady
while an oak, alone on the crusted snow,
composed a long letter, thoughtfully forming
each word in the copperplate script
of its shadows.  From a window halfway up
the stairs I watched it at work, the pale blue
airmail stationery smoothed and waiting
and the sentiments coming so slowly
that I grew impatient and climbed up to bed.
And I fell asleep wondering to whom
the tree might have been writing, and why,
and when I awoke the sky was gray
and cold, the sun hidden in clouds,
and the tree was just standing there,
reaching up into a few scattered snowflakes

beginning to fall, not trying to catch them,
but letting them slip through its branches,
and the letter, whatever its message, was gone.
Fee: $20, payable at the first class.
Registration: email “YES”
Class size: 10-18 participants



Interested in researching your family tree? Come branch out with us!

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. The monthly meetings happen on the third Tuesday of the month in the library Community Meeting Room from 10:30-12:30. The next meeting is on January. 18, 2019.  Bring a computer or other device that can connect to the internet.

The topic this month is Brick Walls 101: Have you hit a brick wall in your genealogy search? Do you need genealogical strategies and tips to help solve difficult research problems?

Please bring an electronic device and whatever genealogy information you've gathered leading up to your research barriers.

We will discuss general brick wall strategy and work as a group, in teams, and one-on-one for solutions. For more information about the club and the upcoming meeting call Rebecca Johnson (360-298-6007) or Vicki Leimback (206-714-3348).




Welcome to January at the Library.

Because we still have some spaces available for art displays in 2019, I will repeat my invitation to Orcas Island artists to propose a display at the Library, for example as described in this newsletter about our January offering.

I am pleased to share that we have a new part-time staff member, Lovella Daoust (pronounced dah-‘ooh), who joined us at the end of December. She will share more about herself in a future newsletter. She will be working predominantly at our service desk. I am guessing that many of you may have already met her, either during the past couple of weeks or during her previous time with us as a volunteer.

Please keep an eye out for more information soon about our First Fridays Book Club, which we are planning to expand due to high interest. Also, if you’re interested in genealogy, come to an upcoming meeting of this group, which has also attracted a lot of participation. Also in January, JoEllen Moldoff is starting another of her outstanding poetry series on six Tuesdays.

Our Chess Club continues on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, which in January falls on the 15th. Our new informal tournament, in which attendees can add their names to a crosstable and play each other if/when schedules permit, has started off well with nine participants—and anyone can join at any time. Everyone at all ages and skill levels is welcome to play! We are looking into adding another meeting date, possibly on the first Sunday of each month, to offer an option for people who can’t come on a weekday afternoon.

See you soon—

Phil Heikkinen, Library Director 360-376-4985.






The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Orcas Island Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting [insert custom VP URL]. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

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