Oak Harbor Library Blog

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Your Library on Facebook

Join your friends on facebook and "like" the Sno-Isle Libraries

This is an easy way to find out about free classes, events, resources, new books, as well as discuss library related happenings with your friends and neighbors -- all in one easy place. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Children's Books That Bite!

Though the words “children’s picture books” conjure up visions of sweet dreams, fluffy animals and happy endings, there are legions of readers who prefer stories that involve sharp teeth and a clever twist at the end. For all those children (and adults) who take pleasure in the element of surprise, wicked humor and all things that get eaten by other things, this list is for you!:
Footprints in the Snow, by Mei Matsuoka
Mr. Wolf is tired of reading books that always portray his species as wicked, conniving predators. He decides to write his own story about a kindly wolf who follows a set of tracks in the snow that just happen to lead to a fat, tasty-looking duck. Oh, dear! Will Mr. Nice Wolf’s instincts get the better of him?

I’d Really Like to Eat a Child, by Sylviane Donnio
Achilles the crocodile is a picky eater. Though his parents do their best to entice him with savory treats, he insists that he prefers children. Achilles soon discovers, however, that catching and eating a child is more difficult than he had planned.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, by Kevin Sherry
Blue giant squid likes being BIG! Bigger than a clam! Bigger than a jelly-fish! Even bigger than an octopus! But is he really the biggest thing in the ocean? Well… maybe not.

Snip Snap! What’s That? , by Mara Bergman
A wide-mouthed alligator slithered out of the sewer and slipped up the stairs of an apartment. Were the children scared? YOU BET THEY WERE! Until they decided to take charge and scare the alligator right back!

Tadpole’s Promise, by Jeanne Willis
Tadpole and Caterpillar are in love. They are so in love that they promise each other never to change. But Tadpole can’t keep his promise and neither can Caterpillar, leading to an ending more tragic than that of Romeo and Juliet.

Ugly Fish, by Kara LaReau
Ugly Fish takes pride in being big and mean. He believes that his fish tank is only big enough for one fish and he immediately eliminates any competition. Ugly Fish changes his tune when Shiny Fish arrives and the tables are turned.

What Pet to Get? , by Emma Dodd
When Jack is given permission to get a pet, he deliberates with his mother over which pet would be best. A crocodile? Too snappy! A bison? Too smelly! What pet to get?

Wolves, by Emily Gravett
What do wolves really like to eat? It isn't little girls in red hoods! When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than might be good for him.

- Jane López-Santillana

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Connecting with Your Kids

Oak Harbor School District and Skagit Valley College Head Start Program have completed another episode of Connecting with Your Kids. Each segment reveals a 15-minute tip on how to help get your preschool child ready for Kindergarten. This month's theme is awareness of letters and the sounds of language. Watch it on Channel 21 (Wildcat TV) at 6:00 am, 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am or 5:00 pm, or view on YouTube. How can you help develop your child's understanding of letters and sounds? Play with letters - make letters in sand, clay or whatever is at hand. Help your child find the first letter in her name. Sing songs, tell stories and recite rhymes together. Read rhyming books and play games. Make it fun! Remember, your child's play is her most important work.
Check out these terrific rhyming and alphabet books to read with your child -
My Very First Mother Goose
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Sheep In A Jeep
Have fun reading together!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Computer Classes, Art Classes, and More!

If you're an adult and interested in learning new things, you're in luck! We are happy to offer many classes for adults at the Oak Harbor Library, including:

Tech Talks: A 4-part series of basic computer classes starting in March.

Drawing Classes: A 3-part series starting in April.

Librarians as Information Guides: Nine classes on topics such as health information online, genealogy, downloading ebooks, and more! These run April through June.

Look for writing classes in the fall and lots more!

All classes are free, however, you must register in advance online, in person, or by calling 360-675-5115 x6030. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


In conjunction with 2012 Whidbey Reads Whidbey Island libraries are displaying artwork related to birds. In March, Oak Harbor Library displays work by two artists, Melissa Klein and Duane Simshauser.
Melissa Klein's painting, Bird Woman, was inspired by a character in Neil Gaiman's book, Anansi Boys. Melissa says: My paintings are moving meditations that inspire people to look beyond the ordinary. My work explores mythology and pokes fun at social conventions. As a child I was an avid reader of fairy tales and myths from around the world. I find that every day we create new myths and interpretations of myths that can be traced back to very old stories. Melissa Klein lives in Sequim.  
Duane Simshauser works in acrylic paint and collage. Since returning to the Northwest as a full-time resident, Duane has been re-acquainting himself with the environment of his youth. His images feature birds, animals, landscapes and people, but he finds the most enjoyment in using shapes, colors and textures in ways that do not represent any particular subject. Crows and ravens are featured in his works because they are so linked to literature and legends. They demonstrate intelligence as well as adaptability. Duane's work can be seen at Seagrass Gallery on Camano Island.