Oak Harbor Library Blog

Monday, May 23, 2011

At Your Service

Do you need...

--a perfect book for vacation
--a book group to join
--a free lecture to attend
--computer skills to learn
--a storytime for your children
--books to download to your eReader
--movies and music to download on a rainy night
--a writing group for your teenager
--a question answered
--a book kit for your book group
--a language to learn
--electronic books on philosophy or science
--genealogy resources
--legal forms online and in-print
--business plans online and in-print
--homework help
--car repair instructions
--Oprah and Consumer Reports online
--or a place to work on your laptop with free wi-fi?

Look no further than your local library.

Consider the library your one-stop shop for information. Online and in-person, we are at your service for all ages education and entertainment.


Monday, May 9, 2011

New Book by Whidbey Reads Author a Success!

Erica Bauermeister, the 2011 Whidbey Reads author, just published her next book, Joy for Beginners, and so far it's receiving rave reviews!

It is the Indie Next Pick for June 2011 and Publisher's Weekly says the book is, “Sensual…evocative…A book designed to both fill you up and make you hungry for life.”

Click here to read more about the book, including its first chapter. And, if you missed Erica's recent visit to Whidbey Island, you can listen to an interview I hosted with the author on Whidbey's community radio station KWPA 96.9.

If "Joy," as Erica calls it, is anything like The School of Essential Ingredients, I can't wait for June to arrive!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Floral Illustrations Welcome Spring

Pennie Janousek's botanical illustrations are on display at Oak Harbor Library during the month of May. Pennie says of her artwork:

Nature, particularly its flora, has held a fascination for me since my childhood. My art has always been a reflection of that love of nature in its form and subject matter. During the past eleven years I have channeled my artistic energy into one of the most demanding of art forms. Botanical illustration was historically used prior to photography as a means of scientific documentation of a species. While the onset of photography filled this need for visual accuracy, it could not replace the beauty of botanical illustration as an art form in its own right. By rendering the details and intricate structure of a plant form, my aim is to transfer to the viewer both an intimate knowledge and an artistic sensibility of my subject.

Ms. Janousek is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Joining Forces to Help Military Families

Last week Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a national campaign for U.S. military families: Joining Forces. The campaign calls for businesses, civic agencies and individuals to come up with ways to help families deal with the stresses of day-to-day life, particularly during periods when parents are deployed. It also includes initiatives for job training and financial assistance for those who are leaving the military. Here are some of the ways the Oak Harbor Library serves our military families:

  • Preschool story times Monday through Thursday at the library, including bedtime stories on Monday evenings at 7pm.

  • Free events for all ages, such as last week's great presentation by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Search and Rescue Team

  • Free wifi and laptops for jobseekers, plus a wealth of information on how to write a resume, prepare for an interview and land a job

  • Free test taking preparation and online tutors for all levels of education, right up through college

Join us in supporting military families 100% - Mary