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 Food For Fines 2015

November 6, 2015

The Ocean Shores Public Library will once again be offering our "Food For Fines" program this month. Patrons can pay late fees with non-perishable food items. One item equals $0.50 in late fees. This does not cover lost materials. The program will run from Tuesday, November 10th through Saturday, November 21st.

* All donations will go to local area food banks. This is in cooperation with the North Beach High School Food Ball.


 Holiday Book Drive 2015

October 13, 2015


Give the Gift of Reading! Any time between October 13th through December 16th, donate new or gently used children's books to the Ocean Shores Library.

We will wrap and distribute the books to local children before Christmas. See photos of smiling faces of last year's recipients here.


 Book Store Reinvention

July 24, 2015

The Friends of the Library Used Book Sales will now be held in the Library Meeting Room.

Book Store dates for the remainder of 2015 will be August 8th, September 5th, October 10th, November 14th, and December 12th, Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

WHY? The building that housed our book store for more than a year has been sold. We are vacating by the end of July. Rather than rent another space it has been decided to reinvent our book sales.

ALSO! The FOL Book Shelves in the library lobby will be greatly expanded into the Meeting Room. Shelving will be added to the walls of the Meeting Room and filled with the more popular genre of books. The honor system of paying for books [that is used in the lobby] will also be used for the meeting room. These books will be available during open library hours and frequently restocked. Stop by and browse!

WHAT? What is the big deal? The income from FOL fundraisers supports adult and youth programs and events at the library. Those dollars provide many extras at our library.

Volunteers are needed:

  1. To transport boxes of books to the meeting room on the Friday before sales.
  2. To set up tables and display those books on those Friday afternoons.
  3. To pack and move books not sold on Saturday afternoons.
  4. To sell books on those Saturdays, either morning or afternoon shift.
  5. Please contact Vickie at 360-620-0732 or vickicraig_48@yahoo.com


 Support the Friends of the Library Raffle

July 13, 2015

Check out the more than 20 pieces of beautiful art work donated by local Ocean Shores artists. Raffle entries are $1.00 per entry. Enter as often as you would like. Reception and drawing will be Thursday, December 10th at 2:00 PM in the library meeting room. Items will not be mailed to winners and all items must be picked up by December 17th.

Thank you to the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores and the local artists for supporting the Ocean Shores Friends of the Library. Also thank you to Niko Laranang for sewing the beautiful raffle box cover and to Linda Parisi for coordinating with Associated Arts for the donations.


 Food For Fines 2014

November 5, 2014

The Ocean Shores Public Library will be accepting non-perishable food items for late fines from November 5th through November 20th.* All donations will go to local area food banks.

*This will not include lost materials. One item will equal $0.50 in late fees. This is in cooperation with the North Beach High School Food Ball.


 New Website Functionality

June 30, 2014

The new wider layout for the Ocean Shores Public Library website may have caught your eye immediately, but we've also added more new features:


 Please Continue to Support Your Library!

June 3, 2014

Updated for the August 5, 2014 Primary Election, get the details on the Library Levy Fact Sheet. Voting "Yes" to pass this levy will insure the library remains open with current staffing and hours for the next three years.


  New Check-In/Check-Out Desk is Complete

January 31, 2014

New Check in / check out desk at the Ocean Shores Public Library. Funding bequeathed by longtime volunteer Pat Cogswell. Design by Keitha Owen. Constructed by Total Building Concepts, Inc.  Jeremy Towery. Technology by Midbrod Networking  Grant Midbrod.

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 Construction on a New Check-In/Check-Out Desk

January 6, 2014


The Library was the wonderful recipient of bequeathed money from a longtime volunteer and patron, Pat Cogswell. Pat volunteered for the library 9 hours a week for over 10 years.

Her wishes were for the library to have a new check-in / check-out desk. The Library Board is monitoring the project and has hired local construction company, Total Buildings Concepts Inc. owned and operated by Jeremy Towery . Jeremy has worked in Ocean Shores on many, many projects for the past 15 years. Grant Midbrod with Midbrod Networking Services is installing all the technology.

In order to keep the library access open during the construction – we will be using the meeting room to do temporary check out / check in processes. Materials can be returned and reserves can be picked up.

Unfortunately the groups scheduled to use the meeting room will not be able to meet.

The groups are making other location arrangements, so please check with your group. The Library Programs will be rescheduled to future months. Watch for future program calendars for details.

The new desk will significantly improve traffic flow and increase staff work efficiencies.

Please stop by and watch the progress.

As with any construction projects – the finish date is always  a bit up in the air, however we are aiming for the first of February.


Library Director

Update: January 18, 2014 - Jeremy and Kaleb Towery prepping the space for the new check in / check out desk.

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Update: January 23, 2014 - Jeremy and Kaleb Towery with Lynn Powell assembling the new check in / check out desk.

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 Holiday Book Drive for Kids

November 25, 2013

The Ocean Shores Library is asking for donations of new or gently used books for children, ages 2 - 12, for a Holiday Book Drive. Give the gift of reading this Holiday Season to a child. New, unwrapped, books can be dropped off at the Library during business hours, from November 26 - December 18. On December 20th, the staff will begin distributing the books to children that visit the library. If you have a child who would like a book, they can pick one up between December 20th and December 24th. This is a wonderful way to promote literacy, and get books into the hands of children who need them. Thank you for your support.


 Adult Winter Reading Program Winners

April 4, 2013

"While the City Sleeps", the 2013 Adult Winter Reading Program, was created to encourage leisure reading among adults. Partcipants were to read or listen to five books checked out from the library, and keep a reading log. Each Friday there was a drawing for a free book. Reading logs were entered into the Grand Prize drawing at the end of March. 24 people signed up, 53 slips were turned in, and 265 titles were read.

Grand Prizes were a beautiful handmade quilt donated by Barbara Patton, an original new Kindle, and two $25 Amazon gift cards, generously supported by the Ocean Shores Friends of the Library.

Mark Van Guse
Mark Van Guse, quilt winner.
Melodie Youngs
Melodie Youngs, Kindle winner.
Jim Mitchell
Jim Mitchell, gift card winner.
Marty Olson
Marty Olson, gift card winner.
 Rapunzel Raffle

April 1, 2013

Three items will be awarded to one winner in the raffle. All center on the German folk tale, RAPUNZEL, which was first published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.

  1. Caldecott Medal Winning Book [1998] RAPUNZEL. This classic tale is illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky whose stunning paintings reflect the traditional European art of the era.
  2. Seymour Mann’s porcelain doll, RAPUNZEL, 1986 edition. She is hand-painted, her clothing is hand sewnand she is of heirloom quality in her original box.
  3. Disney’s DVD, a movie based on the tale RAPUNZEL, entitled "Tangled."

Friends of the Library are grateful for a local resident’s donation of these items. Be sure to look for their display at the library. You could win a perfect keepsake or a delightful gift.

$1.00 per entry. Drawing in September.


 Friends of the Ocean Shores Public Library Raffle Winner

February 16, 2013Quilt Winner

Dolores from Dolores’ and Fay’s shop donated a beautiful Americana quilt to the Friends of the Ocean Shores Public Library for their fund-raising raffle.

Congratulations to the winner, Marilyn Hilsen!

New Library Hours for 2013
December 18, 2012

New Hours Coming in 2013:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11-6
Friday - Saturday: 10-5 
Sunday - Monday: closed.


Non-Resident Library Card Fees
Adopted November 15, 2012

Citizens living (or owning property) within the Ocean Shores City limits pay $.0247 per $1,000 assessed value. A $200,000 home would be $49.40 per year.

To insure that non tax payers residing outside of the Ocean Shores city limits bear the same cost as those tax payers in the City, a Non-Resident fee of $45.00 annually was approved by the Ocean Shores Public Library Board of Trustees on January 18, 2012.

For Non-Resident North Beach School District Students (ASB card or Home School Cre-dentials required, ages 5 – 18), an individual $5.00 annual fee was approved.

For Non-Residents, temporarily visiting Ocean Shores, a three month Individual or Family fee of $15.00 was approved.

Tax payers that live outside of Ocean Shores may see a library charge on their property tax statement, this supports the library in that region. For example, North Beach residents see a library charge that supports the Timberland Library System and their closest regional library is located in Hoquiam.

Comments regarding this policy can be directed to the Ocean Shores Public Library Board of Trustees. The Library Board of Trustees meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at 2 PM in the library meeting room. The meetings are open to the public.

Click here for a PDF file with the above information.


Print MagnifierPrint Magnifier now at the Library
October 16, 2012

New! Ocean Shores Public Library print magnifier.

Great for books, magazines, pill bottles, letters, photographs and more!

Donated by the Ocean Shores Lions Club.

[It is for viewing only – it does not print.]

40th Anniversary Celebration of the Library
October 6, 2012

Friends of the Library are holding a celebration for the Ocean Shores Library’s 40th Anniversary! Yes, there has been an Ocean Shores Library operating for forty years. Of course, it didn’t always have this site or building.

Come to the party and see all the pictures about the library's early days. Explore what the library features and offers today. Browse display of art by local artist, take a chance at winning one, or more. Partake of refreshments. Enjoy music by Donovan Scott, local keyboard artist. There will be activities and games for the kids, too. Come to the party to meet and greet old friends and new. You are invited to join the celebration and to join Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Ocean Shores Public Library RAFFLE!!!
August 2, 2012

Sixteen Ocean Shores Artists have generously donated 20 art pieces to the Friends of the Ocean Shores Public Library for their fund-raising raffle. Tickets are $1.00 per item, enter as many times as you wish. Drawing will be held in October 12th just after the Friends celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Ocean Shores Public Library on October 6th.

Super Safety Slogans Poster Contest
May 2012

Students in kindergarten through eighth grades used their creativity to construct posters with slogans that are displayed in participating organizations to raise awareness of sidewalk safety concerns. All the supplies to create the posters were provided at the library, along with time to complete their designs. All those who participated received a small prize, with grand prizes being awarded to the top posters in three separate age groups. This program was funded by the Safe Routes to School Grant.

Winners received a free bike from North Coast Skate and Bike shop!

The Seattle Times
May 15, 2012

The Ocean Shores Public Library now subscribes to The Seattle Times newspaper, daily as well as the Sunday edition.

Library Catalog is Now Mobile!
April 16, 2012

Yes, that's right, the Library Catalog is now mobile! You asked for it and here it is. On April 17th and beyond, whenever you visit the Library Catalog, you'll see Apollo-To-Go™. This will be on iPhones, iPads, Android phones/tablets, or other touchscreen mobile devices. Apollo will auto-sense your device from the catalog links and search in the green box in the top right corner of the Library website.

Are you a Local Author? Would you like to talk about your book?
March 5, 2012

The Ocean Shores Public Library is contemplating hosting an Author Fair Program in late Summer or early Fall. This public event would allow authors to meet the public, sell their books and talk with other local authors. If you are interested, please contact, Keitha Owen, Library Director at Keitha@osgov.com or call 360-289-3919.

Clam Festival
February 18, 2012

The Library will be represented at the Clam Festival on March 24th.

Library Amnesty Week: You forgot? We forgive!
Tuesday, January 24th – Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Ocean Shores Public Library knows the economy hasn’t improved much… and understands many of our loyal patrons are still experiencing financial difficulties at this time. So, overdue materials can be returned either inside the library or in the outside book drop, no questions asked, and late fees will be forgiven. This is not valid for lost items or replacement charges. Please don’t stop using the Library because of overdue items, the Library has great books, computers and programs for all ages that patrons should be taking advantage of. The Ocean Shores Library also started issuing new, improved library cards in September of 2011, and if you haven’t gotten one of them, we encourage you to do so! For more information, contact the Library at 360-289-3919 or oslibrary@osgov.com.

Check out eReaders at the Ocean Shores Public Library
December 21, 2011

Try before you buy! The Ocean Shores Public Library has received a grant from the Washington State Library to provide access to eReaders for the community. The library currently has two Kindles and one Nook available for borrowers to check out for a two week period. Each device comes preloaded with a different variety of books for the borrower to enjoy.

Ocean Shores Public Library Now Offers Download Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, and Video
December 8, 2011

Ocean Shores Public Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video, available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere. Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software. For audiobooks: OverDrive® Media Console™.To read eBooks, users will need Adobe® Digital Editions and/or a Kindle app. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including Kindle, iPod®, Sony® Reader™, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, log in to the Catalog system. For an overview of this new service, please » Click Here

New Online Services
October 22, 2011

We are proud to announce two new additions to our online services. Download free audio books from LibriVox, and download free e-books from Project Gutenberg! Both can be accessed through our online Catalog system. For detailed explanations of these two new services, please » Click Here

You Can Write A Review!
October 18, 2011

What did you like about the book you just read, the movie you just saw, or the music you just listened to? Let others know! To find out how to write a review and have it posted in the catalog, please » Click Here

Ocean Shores Public Library Open House
September 24, 2011

Ocean Shores Public Library held a grand celebration including refreshments, music, children’s activities, and a short presentation highlighting some of the library’s treasures. Attendance was excellent, and an enjoyable time was had by all.

The Friends of the Library held a drawing for a Kindle during the open house. The winner was Shelley Voie. Congratulations!

Friends of the Library Kindle winner

New Library Catalog is Online
September 9, 2011

Check out your new online library catalog in the green box at the top right corner of this page. Explore the items your library owns, put items on reserve (hold), and look at your account.

Ocean Shores Public Library Catalog

New Library Cards in Five Styles
September 9, 2011

The Ocean Shores Public Library has a new look, new conveniences and new ways for you to access information. Along with this change all patrons will receive new library cards. Which one will you choose?

Library Cards

New Baskets for Use in the Library
August 2011

The Friends of the Library have provided new baskets for our patrons. No need to carry armloads around the Library when you can now use a convenient basket.

Library Baskets

New Library Hours
August 2, 2011

The Ocean Shores Public Library has expanded their hours of service. We now open our doors at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. We don't close until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. on Thursday, and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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