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Forks Library Events

National Novel Writing Month 2015

Featuring author talks, writing workshops, and weekly write-in sessions to help you reach your goal! NaNoWriMo is a national creative writing program in which participants try to meet the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Author Events:

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  • Virtual author talk with Ashley Mackler-Paternostro

Tuesday,  November 10, 6pm,  Port Angeles Main Branch
Friday,  November 13, 6pm,  Sequim Branch

Pacific-Northwest-inspired author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro will host an online video at the Port Angeles and Sequim branch libraries to discuss her writing and research process, and how to move beyond the first draft to eventual publication. Although a Midwest native, Mackler-Paternostro left her heart in the PNW; her earlier work, In the After, is set in Joyce. Her novels tell the stories of contemporary families and the strong women at their centers.

  • Author talk with Sequim’s Lindy MacLaine

Friday,  November 20, 6pm,  Sequim Branch
Local author Lindy MacLaine will discuss her work, the writing process, and answer audience questions. MacLaine is the author of the fantasy adventure series, Piper Pan and Her Merry Band. The first installment, The Curse of the Neverland, was released in March 2015. An avid reader and performer-turned-writer, Lindy is a familiar face at the Sequim Branch Library, where she worked for 5 years.

  • Picture-book writing workshop with Lisa Mantchev

Saturday,  November 21, 10:30am,  Port Angeles Main Branch
Local author Lisa Mantchev will discuss the picture-book and novel-writing processes, offer tips from her experience, and introduce writing exercises to help get participants’ creative juices flowing. This event is open to all ages.

Weekly Write-Ins:

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No previous writing experience necessary! Drop by your library during any scheduled Write-In, grab some coffee, and pull up a chair. You have a great novel in you!

  • Write-In Schedule:
  • Clallam Bay Branch Library:  Mondays,  3-5pm
  • Forks Branch Library:  Saturdays,  2-4pm
  • Port Angeles Main Library:  Saturdays,  2-4pm
  • Sequim Branch Library:  Mondays,  3-5pm

Guidance and feedback for your work-in-progress

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NaNoWriMo participants (and other aspiring novelists) are invited to submit up to 1,000 words of a work-in-progress for professional insight and feedback. All selections will be reviewed by published author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro, who will provide individualized feedback for each selection.

  • Guidelines:
  • Submit your work-in-progress between Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, November 21.
  • Max. 1000 words.
  • Send submissions to .
  • Open to all NOLS patrons.
  • Only the first 30 submissions received will be reviewed.

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Lego Club

Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
November 18, 2015 through May 18, 2016
For children ages 6-14. Free.

Create a Lego masterpiece based on a weekly theme or build something totally unique! The goal of Lego Club is to encourage children to use their imaginations while working as individuals and teams. Each week will present attendees with a new theme to help encourage and guide new projects. All materials will be provided, and the Lego creations will remain in the library after each session.

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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, December 18,   11:30am to 12:30pm

Tuesday, January 12,   3:30pm to 4:30pm

Wednesday, February 17,   3:30pm to 4:30pm

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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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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.

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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.