Oak Harbor Library Blog

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fort Casey and the Defense of the Pacific NW

Terry Buchanan, author of Fort Casey : the history of Fort Casey and the defense of the Pacific Northwest , will speak at the Oak Harbor Library on Thursday, November 3 at 3:00pm. Through personal narrative accounts and remarkable photographs, Buchanan traces the history of the birth, death, and revival of Whidbey Island's Fort Casey from the 1890s to the present. The author will have copies of the book for sale, and copies are also available at the library. Supported by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Library as Gathering Place

I was recently in the beautiful city of Montreal. One of my favorite things about that historic, French-speaking city is its vibrant cafe culture. Everyone hangs out in these sweet little cafes that are found in every neighborhood.

People meet to converse, study, read, tell stories, talk politics, listen to music, have a warm drink, and just share their lives - even if being there on their own - with their fellow friends and neighbors.

While hanging out in these cafes as much as I could while I was there, I was reminded me of how much I love this very aspect of public libraries. Places where people meet to catch up, study, relax, read, tell and listen to stories, talk politics, listen to music, and share our lives with friends and neighbors.

Libraries offer fantastic online services and we also luckily still offer wonderful spaces to gather and reflect. -Kara

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Let's Talk About Books

October is National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association. Do you belong to a discussion group? Many of the Sno-Isle Libraries, including Oak Harbor Library, offer ever-evolving and always engaging book groups. Talking about books with friends and neighbors can be a transformative experience - plus you will discover titles you might never have selected on your own!
Share your love of reading and join a discussion group. On October 20 at 6:00 PM Oak Harbor's Highly Evolved Literary League (that's you) will discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. The book describes the author's family's efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.
Love mysteries? Join the Whidbey Mystery Readers on October 27 at 3:00 PM as they discuss the mysteries of Marcia Muller. Choose any title by the author and drop in - the group is funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.
Sno-Isle Libraries and the Sno-Isle Foundation are proud to offer book discussion kits for book groups. Each kit includes 10 copies of a single title. Resources for book discussions may be found at publishers' websites, bound into some editions of the book, or at http://www.bookreporter.com/ or http://www.readinggroupguides.com/.
Happy reading,