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2017 Summer Reading Program | June 17  August 19

The 2017 Summer Reading Program includes reading incentive programs and fun events happening both within and beyond Library walls.
From magicians to musicians, and solar eclipses to zombie apocalypses, NOLS has summer fun for everyone!
Start exploring the exciting events, reading challenge and prizes here.


Explore the Ocean with E/V Nautilus

The Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus

Port Angeles Main Library
Wednesday, August 30 at 12pm


Forks Branch Library
Thursday, August 31 at 1pm


Clallam Bay Branch Library
Friday, September 1 at 1pm

remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Ocean Exploration Trust NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

The Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus is conducting unprecedented research off the Washington coast. Get an inside look at the work Nautilus is doing at unique programs taking place at the Port Angeles Main Library on Wednesday, August 30 at 12pm, the Forks Branch Library on Thursday, August 31, at 1pm and the Clallam Bay Branch Library on Friday, September 1 at 1pm.

NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will be conducting seafloor research utilizing remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) deployment along the Olympic Coast aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. With live streaming support from the Ocean Exploration Trust, this ship to shore event will provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the research being conducted in our local marine sanctuary. Scientists, engineers, and educators onboard Nautilus will be available to communicate virtually, in real-time with anyone curious about the ocean, how to pilot a remote operated submarine, the impact the ocean deeps have on land, and much more. Additionally, a representative from NOAA will use a small pool on-site to provide an in-person demonstration of ROVs used aboard the ship.

To learn about the work of Nautilus and to watch live footage of dives off the Pacific coast, visit www.nautiluslive.org.


Tally the dog looking sweetly into the camera

PAWS to Read

Practice your reading skills with Tally the therapy dog! Children can build their reading skills and find encouragement and reading success by reading aloud to dogs that are trained to listen and be attentive. Tally and her trainer are members of the Olympic Gentle Paws.

Friday, September 8,   11am to 12pm


Burke Museum Backyard Scientist: A Science Kit for Preschoolers and their Families

Burke Museum Backyard Scientist:  A Science Kit for Preschoolers and their Families

Through the end of 2017, you can check out a backpack geared towards preschoolers to encourage exploration of the natural world. Designed by the Burke Museum, each Backyard Scientist kit contains a magnifying lens, specimen viewer, collection boxes, big net, binoculars, ideas for nature walk activities, a book, a feather, rock, shell, and an insect. Funded through a Thrive Washington Grant and the Burke Museum, the backpacks are perfect to explore the outdoors with your young one without leaving your own backyard!

To checkout a kit, stop by your nearest NOLS branch or place a hold in the online catalog.

Burke Museum Logo

Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

The sun is out – so fire up the barbeque, invite over some friends, and enjoy the beautiful Olympic Peninsula scenery while playing outdoor games! The North Olympic Library System now has Bocce Ball and Rope Ring Toss available to borrow, so come in and pick up yours today!

Each outdoor game set may be borrowed for up to one week, and comes equipped with easy quick-start instructions. To checkout a game, stop by your nearest NOLS Library or place a hold in the online catalog.

For additional information about other nontraditional items available for checkout, search
“NOLS gear” in the catalog or send an email to .


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.


Picture of pedometer overlayed on picture of the lower legs of a hiker on a forest trail.

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 .


Uncover new resources: iPads now available @ NOLS

Picture of a girl holding an iPad in front of her face so you see the back of the iPad with the Apple logo.

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.


Free pool passes available now

Free Pool Passes

Lift some weights, go for a swim, take an exercise class, or just splash around! The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has partnered with Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club (FAAC) in Forks to make two free passes available for checkout beginning January 5. These passes give library card holders a free, fun and easy way to test the waters and stay active.

How to use your pool pass

Two passes means borrowers have two ways to enjoy FAAC. One pass is for individuals who’d like to try the pool—it provides access for one to the pool during Family Swim time. The second pass grants an individual access to the entire facility: pool, cardio, and weight rooms, in addition to the many fitness classes offered at FAAC—from Zumba to kick-boxing to spin classes to water aerobics. Patrons may borrow each pass for up to one week. FAAC passes are valid only at the Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club in Forks; there are also passes available for the William Shore Pool in Port Angeles and the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center. Passes do not include swimming lessons.

Reserving your pass & additional information

To place a hold request, use the online catalog to search for “Forks Pool Pass”. Hold requests can also be made by calling the library or visiting any of the four NOLS libraries in Clallam County.

NOLS pool passes have been generously donated by the Forks Athletic & Aquatic Club. For more information about the facility, including hours of operation, pool and class schedules, visit the FAAC website or follow FAAC on Facebook.


backpacking skier shown in snowy winter scene National Park Service arrowhead logo

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.


Clallam County PUD logo Killa Watt Service Concepts

Watt Detectors Available at Your Library

Clallam County PUD and NOLS are partnering to offer residents a way to measure energy use in their homes with Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits available for check out. The Kill-A-Watt™ device is a "watt detector" used to measure the amount of electricity your household appliances use. It calculates how much energy and money is being spent on an hourly, daily, monthly or yearly basis. Energy use is measured in watts, which translates into kilowatt-hours (kWh), the same unit of measure used on electric bills. Studies show that people using electricity monitors will save between 5-20% on their bill by watching their energy use and making effective changes.

You may check out a Kill-A-Watt™ device for 21 days. Instructions and other energy consumption information will be included in the kit as well as a worksheet for recording your monthly estimated cost for each of your appliances. A manual for the device can be found here.

To checkout a watt detector, stop by your nearest NOLS library or place a hold on one by visiting the library catalog.