Oak Harbor Library Blog

Monday, April 23, 2012

Free Classes for Adults!

Join us for free classes for adults!  On Wednesdays at 2pm - 4pm in April, May, and June, you can take free classes at the Oak Harbor Library on a range of topics from eBooks to Genealogy!  Register online, in-person, or give us a call at 360-675-5115. 

See you there!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

First Annual Island Reading Challenge!!!

More than 50 Oak Harbor 3rd graders just learned how much fun the sport of reading can be!  Oak Harbor Library, in partnership with staff from the Oak Harbor School District, held the first rounds of the amazing, fabulous, exciting, Island Reading Challenge last week. 

The Island Reading Challenge is a battle-of-the-books event aimed at improving literacy skills, while fostering a love of reading.  This year's Island Reading Challenge included six teams of 3rd grade students from Olympic View Elementary and Crescent Harbor Elementary.  After reading a selecton of six books, children took part in a "Quiz Bowl" game to determine the high scoring team from each school.  All teams demonstrated impressive knowledge of the books and wonderful sportsmanship skills.  The two dominant teams - Cool Readers, from Crescent Harbor and Legendary Readers, from Olympic View - will go on to compete in the ultimate, first-ever Island Reading Challenge final challenge.  The final will be held at Crescent Harbor Elementary on Thursday, April 26th at 9:15 a.m.  Families, friends, and community members are invited to cheer on these awesome readers and witness their literacy prowess.  The team with the highest score will receive a trophy to display at their school and all participreaders will receive prizes.  Of course, the biggest prize is their improved reading skills, newly won confidence and full-blown love of reading!

This year's Island Reading Challenge participants read the following books:

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things - by Lenore Look

Half Magic - by Edward Eager

The Hundred Dresses - by Eleanor Estes

Little Wolf's Book of Badness - by Ian Whybrow

The Magical Ms. Plum - by Bonny Becker

The Year of the Dog - by Grace Lin

Monday, April 9, 2012

Whidbey Reads Poetry Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Linda Smith for winning the Whidbey Reads Poetry Contest for her poem, Crows Rising. Linda will receive a $25 cash prize from Whidbey Reads, and will read her poem as an introduction to the author of Crow Planet, Lyanda Lynn Haupt's talk at the Oak Harbor Library on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM. All poems were judged anonymously by Lorraine Healy, author of The Habit of Buenos Aires and other poems.


If my head’s tilted
it’s because of the weight of the sky
congested with crows
their cawing honed along
whetstones of thunder.

In a coin toss, crows are
morning’s heads or tails
deepening the tarnish
of snow-mottled foothills
like teaspoons
that stir into cream
coffee’s scalded perk.

They are the spades played
to trump afternoon traffic
in a flurry of passed tricks.

They are hand puppets
the shadowy beaks
dipping and diving into
dumpsters for doritos on
sunset’s flickering screen.

Like chess pieces, crows
move black misery across  
day’s checkered spaces,
even sleep for them
a game of hide-and-seek.

But in my pale nightmares
they settle atop branches,
keep vigil like a north star;
where there is no light,
they become angels.

Linda A. Smith

Monday, April 2, 2012

Month of the Military Child

Sno-Isle Libraries partners with families during April, the Month of the Military Child. Check out these books for kids -
Title:Night catch
Call Number:E EHRMANT
Author:Ehrmantraut, Brenda.
Publisher, Date:Jamestown, ND : Bubble Gum Press, c2005., 2005
Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 x 23 cm.
ISBN:0972983392 (hardcover)
Love, Lizzie : letters to a military momBook
Title:Love, Lizzie : letters to a military mom
Call Number:J MCELROY
Author:McElroy, Lisa Tucker.
Publisher, Date:Morton Grove, Ill. : Whitman, 2005., 2005
Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN:0807547778 (hardcover)
When Dad's at seaBook
Title:When Dad’s at sea
Call Number:E PELTON
Author:Pelton, Mindy L.
Publisher, Date:Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2004., 2004
Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN:0807563390 (hardcover)
My red balloonBook
Title:My red balloon
Call Number:E BUNTING
Author:Bunting, Eve, 1928-
Edition:1st ed.
Publisher, Date:Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2005., 2005
Description:[32] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Red, white, and blue good-byeBook
Title:Red, white, and blue good-bye
Call Number:E TOMP
Author:Tomp, Sarah Wones.
Edition:1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date:New York : Walker & Co., 2005., 2005
Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 X 26 cm.
ISBN:0802789617 (hardcover)
The Kissing HandBook
Title:The Kissing Hand
Call Number:E PENN
Author:Penn, Audrey, 1947-
Publisher, Date:Washington, D.C. : Child Welfare League of America, c1993., 1993
Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN:0878685855 (hardcover)
Un beso en mi manoBook
Title:Un beso en mi mano
Author:Penn, Audrey, 1947-
Publisher, Date:Washington, D.C. : Child & Family Press, [2001], c1993., 2001
Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Or try these free online resources:
Resources for Military Children Affected by Deployment” – Compiled by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command: Child and Youth Services; provides a list of suggested books for children; deployment kits for both children and adults; and web sites for children, parents, and teachers.
Military KidsConnect” – Age-targeted information for children, elementary grades through high school.
Military Families Learning Network” – Cooperative Extension family specialists and military family service professionals from the Department of Defense, branch services, and non-governmental organizations, offer professional development opportunities for military family service professionals. “Coming Together Around Military Families® (CTAMF)” – A variety of resources from the Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.