Oak Harbor Library Blog

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boat Photos on Display

Photographer Curtis Adams is an Oak Harbor native and a Navy son. He was born in the Old Main building which is now part of the Skagit Valley College campus: the building behind Oak Harbor Library. When Curtis was born, Old Main was the dispensary for NAS Whidbey. He is an anomaly in our community as he is not Navy, retired or of Dutch heritage. He lives locally with his wife, Teresa. His mother Julia, father Tom and son Phillip are Whidbey Island residents as well.

Curt’s interest in photography started at a young age. When his father was stationed in Brunswick, Maine, his parents purchased a “Brownie” film camera for him. As a third grader, he graduated to a 35mm SLR, and was initiated into darkroom work during art class in White Rock, New Mexico. In junior high and high school in Friendly, Md. he became the yearbook photo “geek”. He literally dove into underwater photography in Bermuda, and progressed into underwater video while living in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. He’s now shooting with an Olympus digital SLR here on Whidbey.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Oak Harbor's Highly Evolved Literary League

Oak Harbor's Highly Evolved Literary League invites you to share your love of reading. The group, which is open to everyone, meets at 5:30 pm one Thursday each month at the Oak Harbor Library. Books are available at the library check-out desk at the beginning of each month prior to the discussion. Pick up a copy of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak now, and join us for a lively discussion on Thursday, July 22 at 5:30 pm.
Reading selections for 2010:
July 22, 5:30 pm - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Aug 19, 5:30 pm - Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
Sep 23, 5:30 pm - Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates
Oct 21, 5:30 pm - Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Nov 18, 5:30 pm - Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Dec 16, 5:30 pm - Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Summer reading is not just for kids - Sno-Isle Libraries has a great new summer reading program for grown-ups, too (yes, that is you). Beginning June 21, "Read and be rewarded" by sharing your favorite summer books with a short review (online, or written in the old fashioned way). Your name will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate at the bookstore of your choice, funded by the Friends of the Library.
And that's not all: you may also be selected as Sno-Isle Libraries "Reader of the Week." A special booklist and poster will be created in your honor.
One book review gets you entered in both contests! Enter online, or pick up review forms at the library. Happy reading!

Monday, June 7, 2010

This Month's Artist: Cheryl Telford

Cheryl Telford creates vibrant abstract paintings using acrylics and mixed media. She says of her artwork:

“The artistic process helps me become aware of myself in the larger process of life; I strive to create images that offer a respite to those that view them. It is an exceptional feeling when others respond to what I have created, and is so authentically me.”

As well as being an artist, Cheryl is also the Community Libraries & Technology Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. You can view more of her artwork at her web site: http://www.cheryltelford.net

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Julie&Julia: Free Movie at the Oak Harbor Library

Enjoy the Saturday matinee at your local library on June 5 at 2:00 PM. The movie is free, and so is the popcorn, courtesy of the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.
"Julie and Julia" stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Julie is frustrated in her temp job so decides to take a yearlong culinary quest, to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The film follows both women who discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci Columbia Pictures; Directed by Nora Ephron Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; 2009