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Welcome to October at the Orcas Island Library!

 As you can see from this newsletter, we’ve got a lot of programs going on this month. We have also started a new Great Decisions discussion series, which began on  September 23 and is already proving very popular. It is scheduled for the 4th Monday of each month at 6 pm, and is listed in the “Events @ your Library” section of our homepage.

I’m happy to announce that we are inviting bids for a group of remodeling projects. This has taken a long time to get moving, so it’s great to see it nearing reality. Of course, that depends on our receiving bids for it, so please let your friends in the construction business know about it, or look into it yourself if you are a contractor!  All the bid information is available through links on our homepage.

We are starting up the Chess Club again (3rd Tuesday of each month at 3 pm). It’s been challenging to find a time that doesn’t compete with work and after-school sports, so if you are interested in chess and have some thoughts about a better time, please let me know.

The Annual Friends of the Library meeting is scheduled tentatively for 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, October 20. Confirmation of the location and program agenda, including a guest speaker, will be available shortly at This program is free and open to the public.

Also—this is the month when we begin advertising our annual Library Trustee opening. If interested in serving on the Library Board, please get in touch with me to learn more. I may be a bit biased, but I think this is one of the best volunteer opportunities on the island.

See you soon—
Phil Heikkinen


Meet the Author: Kristin Jarvis Adams, a 2018 Washington State Book Awards finalist for her memoir The Chicken Who Saved Us.

October Artist Show
Barbara Evans

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE in the forest and the sea holds a special place for Artist, Barbara Evans. The setting influences her art both visually and spiritually. She shares this same heart with Native Hawaiians who honor ahupau’a, translated, “from the mountains to the sea “, as sacred space.

Living and creating in this environment, enveloped by a sacred forested, Entrance Mountain and facing the Salish Sea, Barbara finds an abundance of inspiration daily, reading and writing and creating, as she captures the moment, her subjects in paintings, drawings and architecture reflect her sensitivity to these expressions of the natural world. In telling a story through her medium, she relate s to what the subject is offering back to her and in turn, to other viewers. The journey is as important as the completed artistic work. As heart, mind and hand develop the connection of idea into the aesthetic results. Along with the visual expressions, she is ‘most apt to write about the experiences and or subjects of her work. which Influence and inform her artwork Connecting to what is seen is an artist ‘s way of being.

If a home is a testament to the artist’s soul, then Barbara’s Orcas Island home is a powerful statement of her creative spirit. Throughout her home and exterior environment, which she has designed her aesthetic is expressed in every room and garden area.

An appreciation of her environment is evident and her art has captured her love for where she lives and creates with her husband, David. Barbara is an alumnus of University of California, Irvine, former college art instructor and current Professional Environmental Designer, specializing in site design and architecture.

Jack Nisbet
"The Dreamer and the Doctor"
Friday, October 4 @ 6:00pm
in the Ann Graves Reading Area

Making Their Mark: In the Field with John and Carrie Leiberg

John Leiberg was a Swedish immigrant who drifted west in 1883 in search of mineral wealth but then, over the next quarter-century, performed landmark plant and Forest Reserve surveys across the entire region. His wife Carrie, a practicing physician, supported John’s efforts while carving out her own role with the Northern Pacific as “the only female railroad surgeon in the known world.”

Join author Jack Nisbet for a slide presentation that explores how the Leibergs fit into the greater Northwest story, and how their efforts resonate with issues that still confound us today—from wildfire to women’s rights, from public heath to the fate of our dynamic landscape.

Saturday, October 5 @ 4:00pm
in the Ann Graves Reading Area

With James Loucky, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Western Washington University. Discover current world migration realities and associated U.S. policy. What are the humanitarian, economic, environmental, and political issues? How do we develop humane policies for the housing and care of refugees and migrants?

The Library is pleased to announce a new series based on the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program. Join America's largest discussion series and be part of a nation-wide, non-partisan program intended to broaden public understanding and involvement in foreign affairs by investigating a range of contemporary foreign and domestic policy issues. 
The Discussion Group will meet at 6pm on the 4th Monday of each month from September 2019 to April 2020. Click here to download the 2019 schedule and details.
The next meeting and topic is:
Monday October 28 @ 6pm
Refugees & Global Migration
Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies, and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Trick-or-Treating for Books

Thursday, October 31st @ 3:00 - 6:00 pm
in the Community Room

Please join us for our annual trick-or-treating for books event.  Kids are invited to come in their costumes and pick out a book to take home.  Light, healthy snacks are provided for hungry ghouls and goblins.

This program is made possible by Friends of the Orcas Library. 

Seed Swap & Potluck

Celebrate the close of another growing season by joining us at the library for a fall potluck and seed swap on Saturday October 19th, 6-8 PM in the community room. This event is free and open to everyone, whether you are a veteran seed saver or a total newbie. If you don’t have seeds to share, it’s okay, come anyway! The only admission requirements are an appetite for good food and seed curiosity. 

For more information, please contact Katie Wilkins,

Sponsored by the Orcas Island Seed Library

Birding Backpacks for Kids

Are you looking for fun ways to get your kids outside with nature? Would you like to learn more about local birds?  Come to the library and check out one of our family-friendly birding backpacks!  

Each backpack includes a child-sized pair of binoculars, a set of BirdSleuth games (Bird Spy Bingo and Habitat Scavenger Hunt), and a Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North American.  One week checkout.  Ask at the front desk for further information.

How to Feed Your Kid's Urge to Bird

Birding backpacks were generously provided with a grant from the Bessemer National Gift Fund.
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. 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, Oct. 15, 2019.  Bring a laptop or other device that can connect to the internet. 

Tips and clues to help you solve genealogical mysteries, or, in the language of the hobby, finding your way around BRICKWALLS!

We have pulled together information that can help you move forward with difficult research.  Some of the things we will talk about include maiden names, middle names, and changing jurisdictions. There are many other situations to touch upon. This is also a good meeting for newcomers to attend because we will help you get on the free library Ancestry website and start you on your way to finding the history of your family.
Coordinators, Vicki Leimback, Rebecca Johnson and Kathi Ciskowski and will bring their organizational and genealogical skills and resources to share.  They’ll also find some good presenters!

Call either Vicki (206-714-3348), Rebecca (360-298-6007) or Kathi (360-376-4186) for more information


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