Since March 4, 1909, when the Madrona Club of Eastsound opened the first public library on Orcas Island, the library has had a rather nomadic existence. As the community grew, so, too, did the public library.
Over the years, each new generation’s increasing and changing needs caused the library on Orcas Island to strain the confines of its location. After outgrowing the building where it had resided since 1953, the Orcas Island Library District was formed in November, 1987, and planning began for a new and larger library.
On a sunny afternoon in June, 1992, the foundation was put down for today’s library building on a hill overlooking Eastsound. The next January, the Orcas Island Public Library opened for business at its present location on Rose Street. Dedication ceremonies were held Feb. 6, 1993.
Please join the community and library staff on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the library for an open house from noon to 6 p.m. to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the grand opening of the public library building.
We will have new historical displays. Refreshments will be served. This is the kick-off for numerous events the library has planned for the coming year. It is their way of saying “Thank You” for supporting the library through the years.