Oak Harbor Library Blog

Monday, September 28, 2009

Free Family Event - Jack the Giant Killer

Jack the Giant Killer... and other Terrible Tales. Enjoy this free family event on Saturday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Library. Skeletons dance and ghosts fly in this horrifying puppet show, presented by Clay Martin Puppet Theater, for adults and brave school-aged children. Jack the Giant Killer is a famous folktale about how Jack tries to outwit one giant after another. This collection of gothic horror stories features a re-creation of an authentic 19th century English Toy Theater production of Jack the Giant Killer. Hand puppets perform the stories of Dracula and the Mummy's Curse, and shadow puppets act out Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado. Clay Martin's puppets have appeared in festivals and theaters all around the world. This production is made possible by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Please come! Mary C

Thursday, September 17, 2009


The freedom to read, essential to democracy, is continuously under attack. Individuals and groups across the country lobby to remove or limit access to reading materials and distribute lists of books or authors that they deem objectionable. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to national security and the corruption of morals.
"Use your brain...the filter you were born with."
Censorship rests on a denial of a fundamental premise of democracy: that ordinary citizens, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad. We trust our customers to make their own decisions about what they read and believe.
Celebrate YOUR freedom to read at the Oak Harbor Library on Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m. with a free showing of To Kill A Mockingbird Based on the much-challenged book by Harper Lee, this classic film stars Gregory Peck in his Academy Award winning performance. Free popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Free Rock 'N' Roll History Program Sept 17

According to Dick Clark, "a major upheaval occurred during the 1950s : The world became youth conscious," developing new tastes in movies, cars, fashion, media and, above all, music. The new youth culture was embodied in the wild new beat of rock and roll music. From Chuck Berry to Elvis, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones: who knew our brains could hold so many sound memories? And who will win at "Name that Tune?"
Join the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library in Oak Hall 306 on Thursday, September 17 at 3:00 pm for an interactive HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL program with Lisa Temcov, Skagit Valley College music professor. Suitable for all ages.
Meanwhile, check out some of these titles from the library's collection:
Who shot rock & roll? a photographic history
Sonic boom: the history of Northwest rock
Rock & roll year by year

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quilts on Display

Susan Davis Myers has quilts on display at Oak Harbor Library during the month of September. Her interest in quilting goes back many years. Susan says:

My maternal grandmother was a dressmaker and taught me to sew clothing when I was still in grade school. For years I made clothes for myself, my children and grandchildren. Then I discovered quilting! It is a wonderful hobby that I have enjoyed for over twenty years. The challenge of cutting up colors of fabric and sewing them back together to create designs is satisfying. I strive for precise points and acurate intersections as well as interesting color combinations. I consider myself a traditional quilter and often do "scrap" quilts. I moved to Oak Harbor 18 months ago and joined Quilters on the Rock, a guild of very talented and welcoming quilters who live on Whidbey Island.

For more information about Quilters on the Rock, visit their web site: http://www.quiltersontherock.com/