Oak Harbor Library Blog

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Free Health and Happiness at the Library

Attending a community event at your local library may be more than just entertaining - it may improve your health, according to a study from Norway. Researchers who followed more than 50,000 people found that engaging in arts and cultural activities is linked to physical and emotional health. The connection held even when researchers controlled for socio-economic and health factors: free events that are emotionally engaging or creative can boost well-being. Improve your happiness by attending an event at the Oak Harbor Library this month. Here are a few ideas -

Saturday Matinee: The Help - free movie and popcorn on Saturday, January 7 at 2PM. A southern society girl returns from college determined to be a writer in this film based on the book by Kathryn Stockett. Free popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Learn how to Download eBooks, Movies & Music on Monday, January 9 at 3PM. Register now for this free introductory class on downloading from the Sno-Isle Libraries web site.

Meet local authors as Spirit of Writing contest winners read from their work on Thursday, January 19 at 3PM. Refreshments provided by Whidbey Island Writers Association.

See you at the library! Mary

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Get in Line 24/7

It's really easy and time-saving to place holds on your favorite books, music, and movies 24/7. Simply follow the simple steps below to get started.

1. Start at your library's homepage at www.sno-isle.org

2. Search for your favorite book, author, or subject in the catalog search box

3. Click "Place Request"

4. Enter your Library Card Number and Password (last 4 numbers in your phone number)

5. Choose your pickup location

6. Click "Submit Request"

Then, like magic, your items will arrive at your local library and we will contact you to let you know they're here. All you have to do is grab them off the holds shelf within seven days of notification and check them out. Super easy and super fast!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Great Gift Books for Kids 2011

Receiving a book can be a transformative event in a child's life. Here are a few selections to help you ignite a life-long love of reading, learning and imagination.

Picture Books

Binky Under Pressure
by Ashley Spires

Blue Chicken
by Deborah Freedman

King Jack and the Dragon
by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury

A Place to Call Home
by Alexis Deacon

The Rain Train
by Elena De Roo

The Umbrella
by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Chapter Books

Everest: You Decide How to Survive!
by Bill Doyle, David Borgenicht and David Morton

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami

Okay for Now
by Gary Schmidt

by Colin Meloy

by Brian Selznick

Non-Fiction Books

Drawing from Memory
by Allen Say

Every Thing On It: Poems and Drawings
by Shel Silverstein

Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five
by Valorie Fisher

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
by Giles Laroche

The LEGO Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination
by Daniel Lipkowitz

Spread the joy of reading!

Jane L.S.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Great Gift Books of 2011

Books make wonderful gifts. I think great novels, cookbooks, history, and art books make especially great gifts. Some of my favorite gift books of 2011 include:

Five Fiction Choices

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

The Old Spring by Richard Francis

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Untold Story by Monica Ali

Five Non-Fiction Choices

Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil Macgregor

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

My Vietnam by Luke Nguyen

Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

Happy Giving and Receiving,