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Samish Library

The Samish Indian Nation Library is a resource for Samish citizens who wish to learn more and perhaps conduct research about native culture, language, history, and other aspects of native life.

Samish Indian Nation Library has books that pertain to Northwest Coast native culture, history, art, spirituality, language, native plants and their uses, famous native artists, native crafts (including how-to books), and other aspects of native life.  We also have books on local history (Skagit County and surrounding areas).

While our collection here focuses on Northwest Coast (including First Nations), we also have books on Plains, Southwest and Woodlands tribes.

Currently, our library has over 3,000 titles available for checkout. This includes including a children’s and young adult section and a wide selection of DVDs. Our collection is growing, and we are continuously adding new titles!

Books and DVDs are checked out for a month at a time. Samish Citizens and citizens of the greater Fidalgo area may check out books from the Samish Library. 

Our hands go up to Samish citizen Jan Flagg who has built our library collection from the ground up. Jan has an amazing talent for recognizing and purchasing books that compose our collection.

To set up a patron account and to check out materials from Samish Indian Nation Library, contact Cheryl Chatt, Library Assistant. We are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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  • Summer 2022

    Aug 31, 2022, 16:32 PM

    Hello, again, everyone, welcome to our fall edition of Reader’s Window!

    I cannot believe how fast this summer is flying (has flown?) by!  I hope that your summer has been as fun and as busy as ours has.

    Speaking of busy…good things continue to come our way in Samish Library. In addition to the grants that were mentioned in the last newsletter, we have also received a $500.00 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase books pertaining to climate change and other environmental topics. These titles have arrived, and they are a great selection for all ages of readers. They will be hitting the shelves very soon.

    In other exciting news, the month of July saw two large donations of books to enrich our library collection. One was from Jack Curtright, a retired tribal art dealer from Olympia, Washington. Mr. Curtright’s book collection contained several Bureau of American Ethnology volumes (published by the Smithsonian) dating from around the 1870s to the early 1900s. These will be an invaluable addition to our reference collection. In addition, Mr. Curtright donated some truly exceptional books on Native art and culture, including a very nice selection of books on Native basketry. Our hands go up to Jack Curtright, hóy7sxwq’e!

    The second donation of books we received from the Orcas Island Friends of the Library. We were contacted by Robert Demarest, a Friends of the Library member. He offered a collection of books that they had received as a bequest. The topics of these books are all northwest coast Native art and culture. We now have these books in our library as well. Our library is very fortunate to have received some truly exceptional works to add to our collection. Many, many thanks (hóy7sxwq’e) to the Orcas Island Friends of the Library for these amazing additions to our collection.

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Chat & Craft


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Book Club: Custer Died for Your Sins


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Book Club: Northwest Native Harvest


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Dates: 05 – 05 Jan, 2023

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