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  Ocean Shores Public Library Turns 50!

{posted October 2, 2022}

The Library Story: 50 Years of Growth

September 2022 marked 50 years since the Ocean Shores Public Library was established. Each weekend during September featured fun activities to celebrate the library's achievements, commemorated the community members who have contributed to documenting the history of Ocean Shores, and had displays of the progress both the community and the library have made over the past 50 years.

To download the 50th Anniversary events in PDF, » CLICK HERE.

Where were you in 1972? Over 550 community members joined the Ocean Shores Library Staff in celebrating the library’s 50-year anniversary.

The celebration was during the month of September and featured 12 events for all ages.

September 9th brought back some memories with a screening of the original Poseidon Adventure, one of the hit films from 1972, starring Gene Hackman and Shelly Winters. Spoiler alert – things get a little upside down in this movie!

September 10th marked the Grand Celebration, with keynote speakers Mayor Jon Martin and City Administrator Scott Andersen. Mayor Martin discussed how fiercely independent the city of Ocean Shores is and how the library is part of that mission. He also discussed how the library continues to evolve and is a welcoming place for all the community to visit. City Administrator Andersen stressed what a vibrant community center the library is while providing access to information, a civic participation center, and lifelong learning. Board members from the Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library and Ocean Shores Library Foundation were on hand to offer information, as well. The new 1900 square foot Anneka van Doorninck Pavilion was dedicated, Bill Robison put on a fabulous and funny Family Comedy Show, the video presentation “The Library Story: 50 years of growth” was shown, and hot dogs, chips and sodas were served. A great (and busy) day!

September 17th was ALL about kids and teens! The younger kids began the activities by creating their own pet rocks (I’m sure we all remember those!), and the teens ended the afternoon with a 70’s costume contest and Wii bowling. Treats were had by all.

The final events of the month on September 24th were an entertaining talk by local author Sheila Roberts, who gave the audience a glimpse into the world of publishing and kindly answered questions from the audience. Participants in the Washington Rural Heritage Oral History Project were recognized, and offered commentary during an amazing slide presentation by Joann Lacy entitled “Ocean Shores Memories: Now and Then”, which depicted the early days of Ocean Shores, and many, many pictures showed the tremendous changes that have taken place over the years.

The Friends of the Library generously funded ALL of the activities to help celebrate the 50 year milestone of the Ocean Shores Library, making it an unforgettable birthday for a key resource in the community.


  Zoom-Capable Meeting Room

{posted October 2, 2022}

The Library has two meeting rooms available for the public to use. The large room has new Zoom equipment purchased with a Washington State Library ARPA Grant. Setup is easy and viewing is fabulous on the new 85” screen. Ask the staff for more information and to reserve the room!


  Libby Magazine Collection

{posted August 2, 2022}

The libraries digital selection has expanded to include over 4000 Magazines! You can access the collection with your library card by using the Libby app on your phone or tablet, or accessing the Washington Anytime Library website on your computer.


  Library Foundation Board Member Wanted

{reposted May 29, 2022; posted March 14, 2022}

Position Has Been Filled
Library Foundation Board Member Wanted
Volunteer Position

Do you live in Ocean Shores?
Interested in volunteering for a cause that enhances the livability in Ocean Shores?
Have a passion for the Ocean Shores Public Library?

The Ocean Shores Library and the Ocean Shores Library Foundation announce an opportunity to join the 5-person Board of Directors.

Attendance at monthly meetings
A willingness to advocate for the library in the Ocean Shores community
Publicly speak and promote library services
Serve on Board Committees

Contact a current Library Foundation Board of Directors member
Call Library 280-3919 ask for Keitha
Email Keitha@osgov.com


  Library "What's Happening" Newsletter

{posted January 29, 2022}

Do you want to know what is happening at your Ocean Shores Public Library? To sign up for the monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE.


  Friends of the Library Donation Days 2022

{posted January 1, 2022}

Mondays – January 17th and February 21st, Noon – 2:00. Items accepted include books, DVDs, CDs and audio books. All items must be clean and free of mold, mildew and smells.



{posted November 4, 2021}

New title available for one week check out!

Christopher M. Donnells "Let There Be Lights! A Beginner's Guide to Outdoor Christmas Decorating"


  Library Card Campaign

{posted October 2, 2021}

October is Library card sign-up month at the Ocean Shores Library! Staff and volunteers want to let Ocean Shores residents and property owners know that they can get a free Ocean Shores Library card and access the world.

There will be incentives for bringing in a friend and encouraging them to get a card. Spread the word, and let your neighbors know we have a library with services for all ages.


  Children's Book Donations Needed

{posted October 2, 2021}

Did you know the Ocean Shores Library has given away 769 books to children over the past 8 years during the Holiday season? All the books were donated by community members. With your help, the 2021 Holiday Book Giveaway can be the best one yet!

Please bring in new, unwrapped books for ages baby-12 years old. There is an especially large need for gender neutral books for ages 7-9 years. Your donations can be dropped off at the Ocean Shores Library during open hours.


 Friends of the Library Book Sales and Donations

{posted September 21, 2021}

Book Sales:

Due to the current high possible exposure to Covid and to ensure the safety of our volunteers and patrons, all monthly book sales have been delayed until 2022.

In the meantime, the meeting room shelves will be updated every weekend with new items. Books of most genres (2 for $1.00), DVD's ($1.00 each or special price for sets), Puzzles (50 cents each), Music CD's (25 cents each), Audio Books ($1.00 each) and much more. All prices are suggested donations to FOL.


Donations will only be accepted during the Friends of the Library Donation Days.

Sundays: Noon - 2:00 PM, October 10, November 7, and December 5.

Items accepted include Books, DVD's, CD's, Audio Books, Puzzles, Table Games, and Educational Materials. All donated items must be free of mold and mildew.


 Library Hours and Open Days Updated

{posted July 12, 2021}

The Library is Open!

Pick up and checkout all reserved materials in the library on Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

NO Appointment needed.

The Library is following the Phase 3 capacity and social distancing Washington guidelines.


 Library Hours and Open Days Updated

{posted May 21, 2021}

The Library is Open!
(With limited capacity and hours.)

Curbside pickup of reserved materials has concluded.

Pick up and checkout all reserved materials in the library on Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

NO Appointment needed. The Library is following the Phase 3 capacity and social distancing Washington guidelines.

Thanks – stay tuned for more!


 Library Hours and Open Days Updated

{posted December 1, 2020}

Library Hours Updated
Due to Covid precautions, the Library will be closed on Tuesdays until further notice. The Library will also be closed some Saturdays. Please call for information - 360-289-3919. So Sorry for the inconvenience.

Library Open Days, Dec 16 - Jan 9, 12-3 PM
Wednesday, December 16th
Thursday, December 17th
Friday, December 18th
Wednesday, December 23rd
Wednesday, December 30th
Thurday, December 31st
Wednesday, January 6th
Thursday, January 7th
Friday, January 8th
Saturday, January 9th


 Ocean Shores History Comes Alive!

{posted December 1, 2020}

The Ocean Shores Library applied for and was granted from the Secretary of State - Washington State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services a 1-year grant to orally record the early history of Ocean Shores.

A dedicated group of 5 volunteers worked with the Ocean Shores Library and the State Library to approach 21 community citizens that had glorious stories and historical tales of Ocean Shores past to excitedly share.

These fabulous recollections, in their own words, can be listened to on the State Library website: WashingtonRuralHeritage.org or specifically - https://www.washingtonruralheritage.org/digital/collection/oceanshores

This eye-opening adventure and detailed history is a slice of life that will be listened to and enjoyed for generations to come. You can listen, and see for yourself (Historic photos also available on this site) what the bustle was all about. Enjoy!


 Children's Pumpkin Decorating - To Go!

{posted October 7, 2020}

Elementary children/parents can pick up a pumpkin and decorating kit at the library during open hours. 1 pumpkin per child. Limited pumpkins available!

Curbside pickup days are: Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31, Noon - 3 PM.

Thanks to Sam in produce at IGA for donating the pumpkins!


 Children's Mystery Book Bag Request

{posted August 10, 2020}

Ocean Shores Public Library is offering children’s mystery book bags for library patrons by request. Each bag contains 10 random children’s library books upon your selection of material below and will check out for 3 weeks. When your request has been received, you will be notified about how you will be able to pick up the mystery book bag at the library.

Click Here for the Request Form


 Ocean Shores Public Library Limited Reopening

{reposted from June 1, 2020}

The Ocean Shores Public Library is open for curbside Holds/Reserves drive-through pickup service only.
Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 3:00 PM. The library will deliver materials in bags to your vehicle.
This service will continue even after the Library reopens on July 21st.

Materials can be reserved:

  1. Online (click My Account in the upper right corner of this web page).
  2. Call the library during the above days and hours (#360-289-3919).

An email will be sent when your items are ready for pickup. Sorry no in-person requests.

Due to limited staff please request up to 5 items at a time.

Materials will be due in 21 days, except for new adult fiction, which will be 14 days.

DVDs – 5 requests at a time due back in 7 days.

All returns are to be placed in the book drops.

Library Card application is accessed with a button in the upper right corner of this web page.

Library Card renewals - please call during the open hours.

Library building is closed - no lobby entrance, no restrooms, no computer use.

No donations will be accepted.

All returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours.


 Ocean Shores Library Foundation

{posted May 28, 2020}

The Library Needs YOU

The Ocean Shores Library Foundation, a 501.c.3 charitable organization, is seeking enthusiastic candidates to join a 5 person Board of Directors. The Foundation assists in funding the current and future needs of the library beyond public monies for initiatives, capital improvements, and resources to meet community needs.

The 2019 library expansion would not have occurred without the generosity of a legacy gift left to the Foundation. As the heart of the Ocean Shores community, the library provides access to the world through reading, learning, and connecting. The library is an essential community resource for residents to access information and ideas that strengthen and enrich their lives. Be a part of the future.

Please contact Keitha Owen, keitha@osgov.com or call 360-289-3919 for more information.


 Ocean Shores Public Library Temporarily Closed

{posted March 14, 2020}

Press Release Forthcoming

The Library will be closing at 5:00 PM on 3/14/2020, tentatively to reopen 5/5/2020, in response to COVID-19.



 Ocean Shores Public Library Strategic Plan 2020-2025

{posted February 17, 2020}


The Ocean Shores Library Board of Trustees undertook a process to develop a strategic plan, a shared vision for our community. This strategic plan will guide library activities over the next five years. Four hundred and thirty one library patrons completed a survey to guide and assess the needs of the library community.


The Ocean Shores Public Library will be the essential community resource for residents to access information and ideas that strengthen and enrich their lives.


As the heart of the Ocean Shores community, the library provides access to the world through reading, learning and connecting. The library will provide meeting rooms.


To provide a comfortable and safe place to visit
To connect to the online world with public internet access
To stimulate imagination through reading, viewing, and listening for pleasure
To promote lifelong learning

Strategies and Services

The following strategies address each of the goals listed above. Please find a list of the specific services under each strategy.

The Library will provide a safe, welcoming place to meet and interact with others

The library will provide meeting rooms
The seating in the library will be available to the public
Extended open hours will include weekends
Facilities will be clean and updated
There will be designated spaces for collections
The Library will offer displays of artwork and artifacts

The Library will provide high-speed internet for patrons to access the digital world

The library will provide online training
The library will provide technological support
The library will provide WiFi access

The Library will provide materials to enhance patrons’ leisure time, will find out what they want, and will have the help they need to make choices and access the options

The library will provide readers’ guidance
The library will organize and provide programs
The library will facilitate displays

The Library will provide the resources needed for patrons to explore topics of personal interest and continue learning throughout their lives

The library will provide collections
The library will provide information and referral
The library will organize and present programs
The library will train its staff so that they can provide optimal services


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