Oak Harbor Library Blog

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cool Tricks at Your Library: GED, SAT, PowerPoint & more!

Lots of people don't know to turn to the library's website to study for the GED, SAT, firefighter and nursing tests, brush up on your math skills, and learn how to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and more!

You can use the Learning Express Library online database from home or at the library to study for tests and gain all kinds of skills, 24/7. Some of the resources are also available in Spanish.

Give it a try, and let us know if you have any questions!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Teen Art Contest @ the Library

The 7th annual Teen Art Contest at Sno-Isle Libraries is now accepting entries. Each year we hold this contest during Teen Read Month, which is the entire month of October. This year's theme is "Books with Beat" - heartbeat, musical beat, crime beat... use your imagination!
The official entry form is available at the library, or you can download and print it from the Sno-Isle Libraries web site: http://www.sno-isle.org/?id=5394
All people age 12-18 are eligible to enter. Four winners will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card from Amazon.com, and the winning entries will be printed together as a full color poster.
Turn in your completed entry at the library no later than November 1 at 5pm. We know there are some great artists in Oak Harbor - let's see what you can do! Anne

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cool Tricks at Your Library: Learn a Language

Traveling to another country and want to be able to say hello and goodbye to the people you meet?

Look no further than Mango Languages from sno-isle.org from the library or at home. Choose from over twenty languages, as well as ESL courses. It's a quick, fun, and easy way to learn a new language.


Image courtesy of Purdue University.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Best Books of Summer - By the Readers

Hundreds of Whidbey Island readers submitted reviews to the libraries this summer. Winners of the $50 gift certificates to a bookstore of choice, compliments of the Friends of the Library, will be announced this week. It's always fun to see what people are reading and to hear their thoughts about books. Here are a few of this year's favorites:

Escape by Carolyn Jessop (2007). This true story of a woman born into the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints is a story of power, corruption, and the strength of the human spirit. A must read.

Strength in what remains by Tracy Kidder (2009). After running for his life in war-torn Burundi and Rwanda, Deo manages to get to the U.S. Friendless, homeless and penniless, he survives and, through the kindness of strangers, even meets with real success.

Somewhere inside : one sister's captivity in North Korea and the other's fight to bring her home by Laura and Lisa Ling (2010). This is the true story of one sister's captivity in North Korea and the other's fight to bring her home. It tells of the hardships they faced and the friends they made. A must read.

The news where you are by Catherine O'Flynn (2010). This story about Frank Allcroft, a television news anchor who delivers his hometown news, starts slowly but soon pulls the reader in. It is a moving story of a man coming to terms with loss on many levels.

In the name of honor by Richard North Patterson (2010). In his new novel Patterson examines the shocking rates of suicide among Iraqi war vets. This very complex book is about two men who have just returned from Iraq, both with some form of post traumatic stress disorder.

Shattered by Karen Robards (2010). Lisa Grant was a rising young star in a prestigious law firm until the firm went bankrupt. She takes a job in the District Attorney's office and soon discovers a mystery in her own family. Mystery solved, romance found in the process - worth reading.

Kisser by Stuart Woods (2010). This new Stone Barrington novel is action packed and full of romance, as Stone comes to the aid of new starlet who also does lipstick ads. It will keep you entertained.

I thoroughly enjoyed Gentlemen and Players (downloaded audio) by Joanne Harris, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson, and Destiny Disrupted: a history of the world through Islamic eyes by Tamim Ansary. What books did you read this summer? Mary

Thursday, September 2, 2010

This Month's Artist: Joan Brosnahan

Watercolorist Joan Brosnahan began her career as an artist over twenty years ago and has developed a unique, unlimited style that is widely known under the signature of "Broz". Joan utilizes varied styles in her work and demonstrates her ability and imagination in combining traditional watercolor with a variety of mixed media.

More recently, Joan Brosnahan has developed a mixed media technique that has rapidly become popular. Her artwork appears in a number of galleries on Whidbey Island, including Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor and Cornet Bay Gallery near Deception Pass. Joan teaches painting classes at Oak Harbor Senior Center.