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63rd Annual Library Fair
Saturday, August 10 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Be a part of a great summer event and check out the Orcas Library’s Library Fair on Saturday, August 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m! A big part of the Fair is the Summer Book Sale, organized by the Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library, at the Library. Great book bargains await! This huge book sale leaves few subjects unturned, including fiction, history, geography, mystery, art, and cookbooks, as well as books for children and teens. Also stop by to listen to some live entertainment and check out the booths from some from the local clubs as well.

The Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library is a volunteer nonprofit charitable organization. All proceeds from the Book Sale are used to provide materials and programming for the Orcas Island Public Library.The Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library is a volunteer nonprofit charitable organization. All proceeds from the Book Sale are used to provide materials and programming for the Orcas Island Public Library.

Be a Birder!! @ the Library
Bird Blitz at Moran State Park

Monday, August 12 (10am to 3pm)

Join KWIAHT and fellow citizen scientists as we document the diversity of birds in Moran State Park.  No experience necessary for this fun and educational family event. Meet at the Cascade Lake picnic area and help us find the birds. You may even win a prize!  

2019 Coast Salish
Speaker Series


Althea Wilson

Lummi Filmmaker
Friday August 23 at 6pm

Althea Wilson is a documentary filmmaker and member of the Lummi nation. She will be screening her film “Revitalizing Cultural Knowledge and Honoring Sacred Waters,” which documents the oral history of the Lummi people who fished and lived at the mouth of the Nooksack River. 

The film focuses primarily on life in the Lummi fishing villages on the banks of the Nooksack River between 1925 and 1967, after the Relocation Act. The film’s intent is to contribute to the preservation of knowledge and to share the story of the Nooksack River, and its continued significance to the Lummi People, who still fish and hold sacred the land at the river mouth. 

Much attention has been paid to the significance of the Salish Sea to Coast Salish tribes, says Ms. Wilson, but less is known and acknowledged about what a spiritual, cultural, and life-sustaining resource the Nooksack River was. The video was initiated as Althea Wilson’s capstone project for her Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Studies at the Northwest Indian College in 2017.

The Coast Salish peoples inhabit the Northwest Coast of North America, from the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon, north to Bute Inlet in British Columbia. Coast Salish territories include much of the ecologically diverse Georgia Basin and Puget Sound known as the Salish Sea. 

The Coast Salish Speaker Series brings a unique opportunity for engagement with Coast Salish peoples to promote understanding of the culture, art, and history of First Nation’s communities. The 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. 

August Artist Showcase: Bruce Hanna
I enjoy natural settings, and often carry a camera in some form. Seeing birds and other large critters in their habitat is fun, and I’m fascinated by patterns, colors, shadows, reflections and light.

Background —
I grew up near Chicago. After crossing a road near my house, I could walk for miles in forested ravines with creeks, swamps, and sand dunes to the Lake Michigan shore and never see a person.
I went to Carleton College, then the University of Illinois (with a baby on the way). Before I knew it I was 22, entering grad school with two children to pursue a biology profession.
I had an opportunity to be involved in the start of the internet in 1968, so left biology per se. I led several early projects applying the internet to non-defense uses, but left due to bureaucracy.
For the next thirty years I helped people put ideas into action, policy or practice (officer or owner of businesses, Board member in nonprofits); tools and technology into use — (ARPAnet in ’68, statistician, software); and built things — (decks, landscapes, house remodels).
I retired in 2008, renewed my photography hobby and started birding. After years of vacationing on Orcas, we became homeowners. Family update — now have 5 children over 40 — and 5 grandchildren over 4.

If you’d like an image, or to contact me for any reason:
Bruce Hanna, (360)376-3233 or (805)451-5414
Just as the trees and their leaves can take on varied and interesting forms, so too can the fragments they leave behind.
The Pacific madrone (arbutus menziesii) is a native evergreen tree that sheds it bark every year, depositing many fragments on the ground. The trees themselves have often been a favorite of photographers, but I was struck by the variety of interesting shapes that these fragments exhibited when I went walking near our home here on Orcas. I collected more than 200 different fragments during my walks and placed them on my flatbed scanner to “photograph” their varied textures, shapes and forms. This exhibit includes 12 of the pieces that I found particularly interesting, grouped into  three motifs.
Dave Kosiur


EVERY MONDAY [JUNE 17 - AUGUST 26] 11am to Noon
Free drop-in tech assistance on any device.  Tech expert Keith Light from Orcas Online will be your guru and guide.
Interested in researching your family tree? Come branch out with us!

Do you want to find out if you come from kings or scoundrels? Was your family on the Mayflower? Are you related to the person sitting next to you at the Genealogy Club?

Explore these questions and others without having to leave Orcas.

The Orcas Island Genealogy Club is free and open to anyone who is interested in exploring genealogy—all experience levels welcome. 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 Tuesday, August 20.  Please bring a laptop or other device that can connect to the internet.  If you are new and want help connecting to the library version of, there will be help available after the main meeting.

Meet our mystery woman of Orcas Island. She lived here and owned property in 1917. That’s before women could even vote! We will be researching her together; one group will read through papers and files that museum director Brittany brings from OI Historical Museum and the other group will search on the internet to find facts and information unfolding her history. You can choose which group you are more comfortable with. After an allotted time, we will exchange information and then delve back into researching more before we write the biography.

Besides the research experience at this meeting, we will learn how to write a biography based on facts and information gathered in the research. This can be very helpful with all genealogy research that you do.  

Our bio of the mystery lady will be shared with the Orcas Island Historical Museum as a way for us to contribute to our local history!  Learn what you need to include in a biography and how to choose the style of writing that best suits you and your project.

For more information call coordinators: Call either Vicki Leimback (206-714-3348), Rebecca Johnson (360-298-6007) or Kathi Ciskowski (360-376-4186) for more information.


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