Once upon a Crime: Marty Wingate

by Lindsey A. In October, Oak Harbor Library will present Once upon a Crime, a series of programs featuring local authors of mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. On select Tuesdays, authors will visit the library to talk about their books and the craft of writing mysteries. This week we feature an interview with Marty Wingate, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Nonfiction For People who Think They Hate Nonfiction

​By Kaley C. I always thought I hated nonfiction. I’d try to read it on my lunch breaks or after work, but found myself unable to focus and suddenly in need of a nap or snack. I kept choosing books I felt would be interesting subjects, but still couldn’t sit down and read anything like when I read fiction. Eventually, during a […]

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Pour Yourself a Glass of Pop and Open a Midwestern Book

By Kaley Like a lot of the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the Pacific Northwest, I’m a transplant from the Midwest​. Around this time of year I’m usually thinking of my family and pals back home. Mostly because of the tumultuous weather they are toughing through during the transition of winter to spring. That […]

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Audio Spotlight: Stories that Take You Away

by Denise A few weeks ago, Marina shared audiobooks that eased her commute. Like Marina, I rely on audiobooks for company while on the road. Whereas Marina tends toward nonfiction audiobooks, I thrive on fiction. My eyes on the road, a section of my mind relaxes by wandering into fictional worlds brought to life by […]

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LibraryReads List April 2017

by Marina Ahhh . . . April showers! Well, it’s raining another batch of top ten books as voted on by library staff around the country. What can be better than that? At least it’s an excuse to keep you out of the real rain. Because there’s no need to get your books wet. But […]

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Whidbey Reads 2017: A Darker Side to Island Life

By Kaley It’s official! You have likely seen or heard from our Island library staff that we have chosen Ashley Ream’s​ The 100 Year Miracle​ as our title for Whidbey Reads 2017. If you’ve never participated or heard of it before, a team of staff and community members pore over books for weeks until one is selected. Then it’s […]

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Love on the Moors: Gothic Romance

by Lindsey I recently read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre for the first time. Although it is largely classified as a classic novel, it also qualifies as a gothic romance. Along with other classics such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, “Jane Eyre” is, in fact, a key title in the […]

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16 in ’16: Read a New Book Feedback

by Jocelyn We’re halfway through our final Reading Resolution, and I’m checking in to see how it’s going. What 2016 title(s) are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for us? I just finished reading When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I eagerly anticipate […]

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For the Love of Pulp!

by Liz As a lover of all things stemming from and/or related to mid-century kitsch, it was the cover art originally drew me to the pulp fiction genre. Dramatic, racy, and a titch sleazy, displaying these covers with their scandalous titles adds a little spice to anyone’s bookcase. And after almost 20 years of collecting, my […]

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16 in ’16: Read a New Book

by Jocelyn Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final challenge in the Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16 contest. For the next three weeks, we challenge you to read…a book published in 2016 (also known as a “New” book). With about 300,000 books published in the United States every year, that gives you A LOT of […]

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