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Clallam Bay Library Events

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All-Staff Training Day Closure

Monday,  October 24,  all branches

All NOLS locations will be closed on Monday, October 24, for an all-staff training day.
Library branches in Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks will reopen at 10am on Tuesday, October 25.
The Clallam Bay Branch Library will reopen at 11am on Tuesday, October 25.

Third Annual Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest

Decorated pumpkins.

This October the Clallam Bay Branch Library will host its third annual all-ages pumpkin decorating and carving contest beginning at 11am on Wednesday, October 26th. Decorators and carvers are invited to submit their completed creations during the library’s opening hours until judging commences at 2pm on Friday, October 28.

Contest rules
Entries will be accepted at the library beginning October 26, and must be received no later than 2pm on Friday, October 28. Prizes for Best in Show will be awarded in four age divisions: youth (6 and under); kids (7-12); young adult (ages 13-17); and adult (18 and older). Only real pumpkins, vegetables and fruit may be used. Artificial craft pumpkins are not eligible.

For more information, contact the Library at 360.963.2414, or send an email to .org.

Clallam County Reads:  One county. One great read.

The Boys in the Boat book jacket.

This October NOLS is excited to introduce Clallam County Reads, a book club for the entire county. This series of free, educational, and community-building events and programs will center around the themes explored in the club’s official selection, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This inspirational true story celebrates the 1936 U.S. Olympic rowing team, when nine working-class young men took the sport—and world—by storm. Clallam County Reads will culminate with a visit and presentation by Daniel James Brown on Saturday, October 29. See below for more details about all the upcoming programs and events! The Boys in the Boat book jacket.

How to participate
Participating is easy:  Simply stop by any NOLS branch location and,
beginning September 23, pick up your free copy of The Boys in the Boat and its accompanying reader’s guide. Copies of the original edition—as well as an adaptation for younger readers—are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are yours to keep. The book is also available in alternative formats such as large-print and e-audio.


October 1—October 29,  all branches
For teens ages 12-18

Put your research skills to the test while hunting for information related to The Boys in the Boat. Completed scavenger game sheets will be entered in a drawing for $50 in gift card prizes to local businesses. To get started, pick up a game sheet at your library, or download one here.
Entries are due at your branch no later than 5pm on October 29.

October 21,  6:30pm,  Sequim Branch Library
October 22,  5:30pm,  Port Angeles Main Library

Local sea kayaker, author, and adventurer Chris Duff will share exciting stories from a lifetime of traveling the world’s oceans in small boats and turning his dreams into reality.

October 22,  3:30pm,  Sequim Branch Library
Competitive rowers will join Elise Beuke of the University of Washington women’s rowing team and Coach Debby Swinford of the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association to discuss their sport and how to get involved. Learn about local rowing opportunities, examine an actual racing shell, and be inspired!

October 29,  11am-3pm,  Vern Burton Community Center, 308 East Fourth Street, Port Angeles
This Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association-hosted fundraiser will feature rowing-themed games, fun interactive stations, face-painting, tasty treats, local art, and a raffle for a grand prize get-away to a beachfront condo on the island of Kauai! Free admission.

October 29,  7pm,  Port Angeles H.S. Auditorium, 304 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles
Join author Daniel James Brown for this free, wide-ranging discussion about his experiences researching and writing The Boys in the Boat. Featuring an author Q&A and book signing. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Clallam County Reads logo

More information
Additional community organizations involved in the planning and support of Clallam County Reads include: the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association; the Port Angeles and Sequim education foundations; the Port Angeles and Sequim school districts; the Quileute Nation; Trinity United Methodist Church; the Sequim Museum & Arts Center; and the University of Washington Women’s Rowing Team. Clallam County Reads has been generously supported by Friends of the Library groups in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks, and Clallam Bay.

For more information about the Clallam County Reads program series and book club, send an email to .org or call the Port Angeles Main Library at 360.417.8500.

Listen Up! Stories from the Northwest Corner

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To kick-off the Listen Up program, sixteen interviews were collected in spring of 2016 about personal experiences in national parks. The complete recordings can be found at the Washington Rural Heritage website. We also compiled some of our favorite stories from the recordings into a video – click here to watch!

We recently collected interviews from local area veterans; stay tuned for the published recordings.

About Listen Up!
Listen Up! Stories from the Northwest Corner will present local residents with ongoing opportunities to help tell and preserve the story of Clallam County for generations to come. The program is inspired by StoryCorps, an organization focused on the collecting, sharing, and preserving of oral histories.

View the night sky with a telescope

Telescopes available!

Thanks to a generous donation from Forks Elks Lodge 2524, telescopes are available for checkout at all NOLS branches. Each scope is equipped with accessories to help Library patrons view the night sky, including a pocket constellation guide, beginner’s instruction manual, and a headlamp to aid in nighttime viewing. Library telescopes may be borrowed for up to one week. To place a hold request, visit the Library catalog and search for “telescopes.” Hold requests can also be made by calling the library or visiting any of the four NOLS branches in Clallam County.

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New! Pedometers now available at your Library

Stride toward healthy living with NOLS pedometers, now available for checkout at all Library locations! Whether you’re exploring new wilderness trails or strolling through your daily activities, now you can keep track of how many steps you take and calories you burn.

What’s inside?

Each pedometer may be borrowed for up to one week, and comes equipped with easy quick-start instructions. To place a hold, call or visit any NOLS branch library, or visit the online catalog.

For additional information about NOLS pedometers and other nontraditional items available for checkout, contact Erin Shield 360.417.8500 ext. 7724, or send an email to .

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Uncover new resources: iPads now available @ NOLS

Borrow an iPad tablet to use during your next visit to NOLS!
Library card holders in good-standing may borrow an iPad on a first-come, first-served basis for up to two hours at a time.

The new devices, to be used inside the library, are ideal for research, personal browsing, or to experience the Library’s many downloadable resources—including streaming movies, TV shows, and audiobooks.

Questions? Ask NOLS staff for assistance!

Girl drumming in the street on the rhythm bucket with onlookers.

Rhythm Buckets at your Library

Get ready to make some music! Rhythm Buckets for drummers of all ages are now available for checkout at all NOLS library locations. Big Rhythm Buckets for adults and Lil’ Rhythm Buckets for younger drummers offer library card holders a fun, free, and easy way to learn while playing the buckets themselves and the assortment of noisemakers inside.

What’s inside
Each bucket comes with all the discovery tools you’ll need for successful rhythm-making: drum sticks, various hand percussion instruments like shaker eggs, kalimbas, and guiros, as well as music instruction books for both adults and kids. Patrons may borrow each bucket for up to three weeks. To place a hold, call or visit any NOLS branch library, or search the online catalog for “Rhythm Buckets.”

For additional information about NOLS Rhythm Buckets and other nontraditional items available for checkout, contact Erin Shield 360.417.8500 ext. 7724, or send an email to .

Put your communication in motion!
Two-way radios now available for checkout at your library. Two walkie-talkies flying over the forest.

Let the exploring begin! Walkie-talkie two-way radios are now available for checkout at all NOLS library locations. The radios, which patrons may borrow for three weeks, are perfect for camping, hiking, hunting, and other fun adventures.

Each walkie-talkie will operate for up to 10 hours, and comes with rechargeable batteries and a charging station. With a range of up to 35 miles, NOLS two-way radios allow you to roam widely without losing touch. Additional safety features include a built-in flashlight, weatherproof design to prevent dust and moisture from interfering with functionality, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) channels to help keep you alerted to extreme weather conditions like flash floods or blizzards. The radios also come equipped with an optional silent vibrating ringer.

To checkout a set of walkie-talkies, stop by your nearest NOLS library or place a hold by visiting the
library catalog.

More information
For additional information about NOLS walkie-talkies and other nontraditional items available for checkout, contact Erin Shield at 360.417.8500 ext. 7724, or send an email to .

Kneeling women with GPS and geocache

Geocaching Kits at Your Library

Hunt for treasure with a little help from modern technology! NOLS is introducing three geocaching kits that are now available for checkout. Using the global positioning system (GPS) and your wits, geocaching brings together a love of the outdoors and modern tools of navigation. Geocaches may be found anywhere, and the basics of the game are simple: Participants select a cache from a website; after a cache is selected, the coordinates to the location are entered or downloaded onto a GPS device. It is then up to the players to use their navigational and detective skills to seek out the hidden container. Caches may contain simply a logbook for those who’ve found it, or perhaps a small treasure to share. Participants traditionally leave an item in exchange for any they might take.

Geocache and GPS

What’s inside

Each kit, housed in a backpack donated by Swain’s General Store, comes with all the tools you’ll need for successful geocaching: a Garmin eTrex10 GPS device, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching, and a quick start guide. Patrons may borrow each kit for up to three weeks. To reserve a kit, call or visit any NOLS library, or visit the online catalog at www.nols.org.

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Get Out and Explore Olympic!

Winter is a great time for a new adventure. Olympic National Park and the
North Olympic Library System have teamed up to help local families explore the spectacular national park in our own backyard. Explore Olympic! daypacks are available for check out at any NOLS branch. Daypacks are filled with discovery tools for exploring the park, including trail and field guides, binoculars and reading materials for kids. Families who check out a pack will receive a seven-day entrance to Olympic National Park thanks to a generous donation from Washington’s National Park Fund.