North Central Regional Library

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A branch of North Central Regional Library in Omak, known as Omak Public Library.

The North Central Regional Library (NCRL), headquartered in Wenatchee, Washington, is an intercounty rural library district and municipal corporation formed in 1960. NCRL provides public library services to persons residing in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan Counties. This 14,947-square-mile (38,710 km2) service district is only slightly smaller than the combined area of Massachusetts (10,555 square miles) and Connecticut (5,543 square miles) and comprises 1/4 of Washington State's land surface area.

NCRL provides service to its many rural patrons through its popular, unique, and innovative Mail Order Library. This was the country's first mail order library operation and has become one of the few remaining. Descriptive catalogs are designed by library staff for home use and are distributed three times per year on all rural postal routes. Books, audio recordings, and video recordings are mailed directly to the user's home and may be returned using the merchandise return label included in each shipment.


Bilingual Outreach:
NCRL's Bilingual Outreach Program provides regularly scheduled Spanish/English storytimes at public schools, Head Start, Migrant Seasonal Head Start [1], ECEAP [2], and other facilities serving children throughout Grant County to foster emergent literacy and promote reading. In 2003, NCRL received a federal "Serving Cultural Diversity" grant that funded bilingual library materials, a van, and audio listening centers.

Authors in Residence
In 2004, NCRL directed its first author in residence program to middle-school age children by bringing author Ben Mikaelsen [3] to six middle schools and the Wenatchee Public Library for programs. In 2005, author Will Hobbs [4] presented programs and kids were encouraged to read his books Far North and Jackie's Wild Seattle. In 2006, children's author/illustrator Richard Jesse Watson [5] and author Patrick Carmen [6] presented programs at schools and libraries throughout the library district. Terry Trueman [7] was the author in residence in 2007.


  • Brewster Community Library [8]
  • Bridgeport Community Library [9]
  • Cashmere Community Library [10]
  • Chelan Community Library [11]
  • Coulee City Community Library [12]
  • East Wenatchee Community Library [13]
  • Entiat Community Library [14]
  • Ephrata Community Library [15]
  • Grand Coulee Community Library [16]
  • Leavenworth Community Library [17]
  • Manson Community Library [18]
  • Mattawa Community Library [19]
  • Moses Lake Community Library [20]
  • Okanogan Community Library [21]
  • Omak Community Library [22]
  • Oroville Community Library [23]
  • Pateros Community Library [24]
  • Peshastin Community Library [25]
  • Quincy Community Library [26]
  • Republic Community Library [27]
  • Royal City Community Library [28]
  • Soap Lake Community Library [29]
  • Tonasket Community Library [30]
  • Twisp Community Library [31]
  • Warden Community Library [32]
  • Waterville Community Library [33]
  • Wenatchee Public Library [34]
  • Winthrop Community Library [35]


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