Oak Harbor Library Blog

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Today is the 7th annual "Poem in your Pocket" day, celebrating National Poetry Month. Read a poem, share it with a friend or just dredge up some verse from memory. Here is a poem from Holly Hughes, Whidbey Island Hedgebrook alumni - on fishing in Alaska. Hughes recently presented some of her poems at the Langley Library as part of the Whidbey Reads celebration.

Point Colpoys, Alaska: Tendering

The shoreline sheathed in fog as we run east
into dawn, we can't see a thing
but the bow-wave carries the dawn
and we follow, trusting.

6 a.m. and the radio's silent before the boats waken.
Coffee's on and we ease into the day at seven knots
a speed I've learned is fast enough
to get anywhere.

I re-read your letter now, telling of theater
in New York and I can't help but wonder
what could be better than this,
watching the fog curtain rise

as the gillnetters trail in, their long skirts flowing,
shining holds empty and expectant,
while the salmon wait, silent silver
dreams in dark waters.

Holly J. Hughes (Copied with permission)

Friday, April 24, 2009


Although local food banks are receiving more donations than ever, it is still not enough. Demand has risen sharply in the past year, to the point that shelves are bare at many of the area's food banks. Food Lifeline's Missing Meals Report indicates that 5.2 million more meals are needed each year in Island County to ensure that all low income families and individuals have three nutritious meals a day. Even when these families use federal nutrition programs, food banks and meal programs, AND spend all they can afford on food, 28.3% of the food they need is still missing.
Times are tough. According to http://www.foodsecurity.org/ Washington State has a 10.1% food insecurity rate. This means that some 255,000 households are financially stretched to the point where they cannot be certain that all of their household members will not go hungry. Last month Washington's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.2 percent, its highest level in a quarter century. According to the state Employment Security Department an estimated 20,000 non-agricultural jobs were lost in March.
When children are hungry or stressed over a parent's job loss they cannot learn or develop successfully. Donate to your local food bank. Beginning in May you can drop your donation at the library. The food will go to North Whidbey Help House, for our neighbors.

Friday, April 17, 2009


He lives in a pineapple under the sea and word on the street is that he is 10 years old. Talk about a success story - TV, movies, games, and yes, "Spongebob" books - lots of them. If Spongebob Squarepants can get kids reading we say more power to him, Nickelodeon and the entire media franchise. Kids that read become better readers and are more successful in school and in life, it's that simple. So read on and enjoy!
SpongeBob SquarePants was created by former marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg and is one of Nickelodeon's most-watched shows, now broadcast all over the world. Time Magazine named it one of the greatest television shows of all time in 2007. You can watch all but the most current season online at http://www.hulu.com/ - just type Spongebob in the search box. Mary
p.s. Spongebob is the one on the right, with fan Andy Rice, Assistant Manager of Sno-Isle Libraries Information Technology department. Andy says that Spongebob's birthday, per his driver's license which is shown in two different episodes, is July 14th, 1986. This makes him 22 years old. The first episode of Spongebob Squarepants was aired on May 1, 1999. The series kicked off in July of the same year.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Join the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library this Thursday, April 16, 3pm at the library, for a tribute to the life, times and music of John Denver. Even those who did not particularly care for John Denver's music in his time will agree that those songs are deeply embedded in the collective psyche of the 1970's. Remember Rocky Mountain High, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Sunshine on my Shoulders and Annie's Song? Enjoy all these great songs and more with singer and entertainer Bryan Stratton of Sno-Isle Libraries.
One of the world's best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. John’s music has spanned three decades, outlasted countless musical trends, and garnered numerous music awards and honors, including a 1996 Induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and in 1993, the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Music award.
Want to listen to more John Denver music? Check out http://www.pandora.com/ to stream music legally and free of charge. Or visit the library catalog at http://www.sno-isle.org/ to order up some great cd's. We'll look forward to seeing you on Thursday - Mary

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Whidbey Reads The Highest Tide

Please join us for a discussion of the 2009 Whidbey Reads selection,
The Highest Tide, by Jim Lynch, this Thursday, April 9 at 5:30pm in the Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room. We are looking forward to greeting friends, neighbors and readers in a lively discussion prior to meeting the author later in the month. We'll bring the cookies. See you there! Carter and Mary