Oak Harbor Library Blog

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Words from the Governator

When Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a letter to his State Assembly
everyone read it as just another memo from the Governor.
Little did they know that a message was concealed along the side. An
obscene message directed to member Tom Ammiano.
Valiantly, aides called it a "coincidence". A spokesman
even said: "I suppose when you do so many vetoes, something
like this is bound to happen."
In politics as in all things a sense of humor is key. The letter can be
blamed on an event earlier this month where Ammiano heckled the
Republican governor as he was speaking, accusing him of
altering the truth. Ammiano, from San Fransisco, was
reacting to Schwarzenegger’s refusal to sign a bill into law.
I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature, he wrote.
Each sentence was carefully constructed and signed by
Schwarzenegger. Very clever – aren’t words fun?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Picturing America Program November 19 at 3pm

Our public art display wall currently features artwork from the Picturing America program. Picturing America is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designed to bring masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. This program aims to give students and citizens "a deeper appreciation for our country's history by introducing them to its great art."
Oak Harbor Library is one of the public libraries selected to receive forty high quality reproductions of selected American masterpieces. These works of art are on display in the fiction section on a rotating basis.
In November, in honor of National Native American Heritage Month, three posters depicting Native American history and culture will be displayed on the wall behind the circulation desk.For more information about Picturing America, visit the NEH web site: http://www.picturingamerica.neh.gov/

Basket shown above made by Louisa Keyser (Dat So La Lee, Washoe), c.1850-1925

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Free Movies at the Library

This week the Oak Harbor Library features two free movies for teens and adults. You can decide which is scarier:
Coraline - Thursday, October 22 at 6pm. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, the movie is directed by Henry Selick with music by Bruno Coulais. When Coraline walks through a secret door in her new home she discovers an alternate, eerily similar version of her life. The Other Mother tests Colaline's resourcefulness, determination, love and bravery as she returns home and saves her family. Discussion about the book and the movie follows - for teens.
Health, Money and Fear - Monday, November 9 at 7:00 pm. Directed by Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an emergency room physician from Corvallis, Oregon, this 48-minute film documents how to fix health care in this country by looking at the history of our system, why it costs so much, what it says about us, and what we can do about it. It will be followed by an audience discussion moderated by Dr. Marshall Goldberg - for adults.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Free Ways to Fitness

”Take the stairs and feel better” is something we often hear or read. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? See the results of a fun Stockholm experiment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw
The National Institutes of Health recommend that to stay healthy and fit children and teens get at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most days. An NIH study recorded activity levels of 800 9-year-olds for one week, then measured the same kids at ages 11 and 15. They found that more than 90% of the 9-year-olds met the recommended level of activity. By age 15, however, only 31% met the recommended level on weekdays, and only 17% met it on weekends. The research highlights the need for action by communities, schools and other organizations to help encourage physical activity in teens and adults before they develop obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Want to learn more? Come to the OHfit! Expo in Oak Harbor on Tuesday, October 20. 35 local business including the library will be at the Elks Club with samples, demonstrations and door prizes. Think healthy, eat healthy, live healthy!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The Friends of the Oak Harbor Library invite you to "Meet the Author" this Thursday, October 15, at 3pm. Larry Karp grew up in Paterson, NJ and New York City. He practiced perinatal medicine (high-risk pregnancy care) and wrote general nonfiction books and articles for 25 years, then, in 1994, he left medical work to begin a second career, writing mystery novels. The backgrounds and settings of Larry's mysteries reflect many of his interests, including musical antiques, medical-ethical issues, and ragtime music. His most recent book, The King of Ragtime, the second work in a ragtime historical-mystery trilogy, centers on a real-life dispute between Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin over the alleged theft of a piece of music.
Larry lives with his wife Myra in Seattle; they have two grown children. Other mysteries by Larry Karp include The Ragtime Kid (the first book in the trilogy), First Do No Harm, The Midnight Special, Scamming the Birdman, and The Music Box Murders. Larry's nonfiction books include The Enchanted Ear and The View From The Vue.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Memories of Summer Reading 2009

What do tigers, fire hoses, and Peanut Butter Pond have in common? They were all part of Summer Reading 2009 at the Oak Harbor Library. Oak Harbor children got “creative @ the library” this summer with weekly programs and movies. They made their own musical instruments, sang the Peanut Butter Pond song with Dino O’Dell, and learned to use real fire hoses with local firefighters. There was no time to be bored at the library.
Almost 1000 children signed up to make reading part of their summer-very important for keeping their brains limber over the school break. More than two hundred finished their reading goal, received a free book, and voted for the animal our community will sponsor at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The tiger and the penguin won, along with some lucky puppet winners from Oak Harbor, pictured above.
Keep reading, and get ready for Summer Reading 2010!