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Author April Henry

Evening with an Author: April Henry @ the Port Angeles Main Library

Are you interested in writing books for young adults? Meet young adult author April Henry and hear about her new projects and writing partnership with author Lies Wiehl. Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of popular suspense novels Girl Stolen, The Girl Who Disappeared, The Body in the Woods, and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. Come learn about Henry’s writing process, how she became published, and the importance of research in her work. Books will be available for purchase at the event through Odyssey Bookshop. All ages are welcome to the event on Wednesday, October 29th, at 6:30pm in the Port Angeles Main Library.

Girl Stolen book jacket The Night She Disappeared book jacket The Body in the Woods book jacket The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die book jacket


Birding Kits at Your Library

Get ready for the fall migration! NOLS has partnered with the Dungeness River Audubon Center and designer Tom Bihn to make three birding kits available for checkout beginning October 6. NOLS birding kits offer library card holders a fun, free and easy way to get outside and explore the abundant wildlife of Northwest Washington.

What’s inside

Each kit comes equipped with all the discovery tools you’ll need for successful bird watching: binoculars, a guide book for adults and one for younger readers, a birdsong CD, and pamphlets addressing the basics and etiquette of birding – all packaged in a Tom Bihn daypack. 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.

Wacky carved pumpkin

West End Pumpkin Carving Contests

The Forks and Clallam Bay branches will each host an all-ages pumpkin contest beginning Monday, October 27. Carvers can submit their creations during opening hours at either library until judging begins at 4pm on Thursday, October 30.


  • All entries must be received no later than 4pm on Thursday, October 30.
  • Only real pumpkins and other real vegetables or fruits may be used. Artificial craft pumpkins are not eligible.

Each branch will award prizes for Most Unusual and Most Intricate in three age divisions: youth (12 and under), young adult (ages 13 to 17), and adult (18 and older). Looking for inspiration? Visit the library to find stories and books filled with ideas for creative carving and food sculpture.

Snap! Photography for Young Adults ages 12-18

Thursdays, 3:30pm - 5pm Forks Branch Library

Learn how to take more effective photographs from talented photographer Valerie Henschel, owner of Step Ahead Photo. Each class will consist of a discussion of photography with an opportunity for students to share their own work and get feedback and/or share their work. The emphasis will be how to "see" artistically using any camera - phone, point-and-shoot, DSLR, etc. BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera) if you have one, although cameras are not necessary for the class. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required; participants may come to one or all of the sessions.

Elements of Composition:
Simple tips that will make ordinary photos extraordinary
November 6

Elements of Composition

How to make people pictures more powerful
November 13


Creative Focusing Techniques:
New ways to use focus as a creative tool
November 20

Creative Focusing Techniques

Explore Olympics!

Get Out and Explore Olympic!

National Park Service

Olympic National Park and the North Olympic Library System are teaming 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.

NOLS and PUD partner to help you save energy Watt Detector

Clallam County PUD The Library and the PUD are jointly sponsoring a program at each NOLS branch where you can learn how to use a watt detector to save on your energy bills as well as more ideas for reducing your household energy consumption. Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits are available for checkout. Click here for more information about this program.