Oak Harbor Library Blog

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teen Art Show @ the Oak Harbor Library

Here's an event you will not want to miss: Oak Harbor Teens display the best of all mediums at the 5th Annual Teen Art Show, beginning Thursday December 9 at 7:00 PM. Enjoy free food, view the show, and meet the artists and their families at the Opening Gala on Thursday evening. You may also drop in any time between 10am and 5pm Friday or Saturday, Dec 10-11. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library and catered by OHHS Wildcat Catering, this event is open to all. Mary

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Great Gift Books

Oak Harbor Library's Gift Book Gala is just around the corner! Join us for a cup of cocoa and hear ideas for giving creative book gifts for children, teens, and adults:

Tuesday November 30th at 5pm at the Oak Harbor Library

Wednesday December 1st at 2:15pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center

To get us in the spirit, here are a few suggestions for gift books for adults (and your own reading pleasure!):

Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
by Sandra McDonald

This is a great book of short stories, where Diana is the central character throughout. The unique stories of fireman, goddesses, and cowboys will captivate readers looking for variety, passion, and imagination!

My Favorite Ingredients
by Skye Gyngell

This fun and inspiring cookbook is based on sixteen simple ingredients and is as beautiful to look at as it is to cook with. A great choice for the creative chef!

The Surf Guru
by Doug Dorst

This character-driven book of short stories is the perfect combination of humor and insight, imagination and humanity. Sure to delight both male and female readers!

Join us at the Gift Books Galas, or if you don't make it be sure to stop by the Oak Harbor Library to pick up a copy of the complete list!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Cookbooks & Cold Nights

These cold, dark days are a perfect time to cozy up inside with some new recipes. Luckily, the lists of the year's best cookbooks are starting to come out, offering some fresh ideas for good food.

Amazon's Top 10 Cookbooks

Booklist's Top 10 Food Books

NPR's 2010's Best Cookbooks: Real-Life Labors of Love

Be sure to get your name on the list of holds for these books at your local library.

Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The other NBA - the National Book Award - is closely watched by readers, librarians, publishers and booksellers, and the results are generally quite surprising. This year, as has often been the case, the titles selected are mostly relatively obscure: this is not your usual bestseller list.

Two of the finalists for fiction, Lords of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon and I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita, are published by small independent publishers. Other finalists include So Much for That by Lionel Shriver, Great House by Nicole Krauss and Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey. Four of the five fiction finalists are women (including Lionel Shriver); most are not very well known. Perhaps the NBA nominations will help you discover a new author to love!

Check out Sno-Isle Libraries Best of the National Book Award Fiction list for highlights of previous NBA winners. Which ones have you read? Was the award was deserved? Mary C

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gift Book Gala

Join us for a cup of cocoa or coffee while librarians offer book recommendations for holiday gift giving on Tuesday November 30, at 5pm, at the Oak Harbor Library, as well as Wednesday December 1, at 2:15pm, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. This first annual Gift Book Gala is sure to delight all ages and interests.

Pressed for time? Pick up a copy of our top-picks booklists from the library before you go shopping and give the gift of reading!

See you there!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Northwest photos on display

Oak Harbor native Curtis Adams shares more of his photos this month. These photographs were taken in various locations in the Pacific Northwest: the Columbia Gorge, Deception Pass and off-shore of Vancouver Island. Stop by the Oak Harbor Library in November to see his "painterly" images.