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Listen Up! Share Your Stories About the Clallam County Community

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What was your first impression of this community? What kind of positive changes have you seen while living in the area? What sort of changes would you like see in the community, and what actions could you take to bring about that change?

Share your stories about the Clallam County community this March at the Sequim, Port Angeles, and Forks branches. Interviews should be less than 10 minutes and will take place by appointment or during drop-in hours. An interview partner is recommended, but not required.

  • March 27;  Sequim Branch Library
  • March 28 & 30;  Port Angeles Main Branch Library
  • March 29;  Forks Branch Library

To schedule your Listen Up! interview email .
To learn more click here.

This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles
Friends of the Library.


Big Library Read features “Art of the Pie”

Big Library Read features “Art of the Pie”

No baking class needed, just a library card! The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will take part in OverDrive’s Big Library Read program, the world’s largest global eBook reading club, connecting millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time.
NOLS patrons will have unlimited downloadable access to one of 2016’s best-selling cookbooks from March 16 through March 30.
To borrow your copy of the eBook, visit the NOLS OverDrive website, also known as the Washington Anytime Library, at www.nols.org. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

About the book
Pie-guru and local author Kate McDermott has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR, and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up, with hints helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.

Big Library Read features “Art of the Pie”

About Big Library Read
Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes, and more can be found at BigLibraryRead.com. This program provides immediate access to Art of the Pie during the two week period, without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook can be read on all major computers and devices and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between the North Olympic Library System, OverDrive and Countryman Press, publisher of Art of the Pie.


Hour of Code!

Participate in an Hour of Code at the Forks Branch Library!
Wednesday,  April 5,  4-5pm.

Hour of Code!

The Forks Branch Library will host an Hour of Code on Wednesday, April 5, from 4pm to 5pm.
Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn programming basics. Each participant will use a laptop to access a variety of fun, self-guided tutorials provided by Code.org.

More About Coding
Computer coding is a valuable skill because it is a universal language. People who know how to code will be able to communicate across countries and cultures, and solve problems more efficiently in the future. Learning programming at a young age helps children solve everyday problems and set up for a lifetime of opportunities. Hour of Code is the first step for anyone to learn that computer science is fun and accessible at all ages!

This event is recommended for ages 4 and up; even pre-readers can participate! All learning levels are welcome. Laptops will be provided.

Register Now!

This program is made possible by a grant from the Washington State Library. For more information about this program email .


Picture of a sign with a poem in the heart of the forest.

Poetry Walks

Four self-guided trails connecting poetry and nature.
April 1 - May 31.
More information here.


The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

Sequim Branch Library
April 6,  6:00pm

Clallam Bay Branch Library
April 7,  5:00pm

Forks Branch Library
April 8, 12:00pm

Port Angeles Main Library
April 8, 4:00pm

This April, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will partner with Humanities Washington to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with presentations on how Japanese Americans faced the injustice of internment. Writer
and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa--a lecturer with the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau--will lead free, engaging conversations at all NOLS Branches. Mayumi Tsutakawa’s visit will also coincide with The Tragedy of War: Japanese American Internment; an exhibit on display April 6 through April 27 at the Port Angeles Main Library.

Mayumi Tsutakawa The Pine and the Cherry
Prior to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, music clubs, as well as native-language services. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered. Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle-based Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho and when they returned, had lost everything and could not find work. How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does an immigrant community survive in the face of racism or religious hatred? Mayumi Tsutakawa will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

About Mayumi Tsutakawa
Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who focuses on Asian/Pacific American history. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology and edited two books on pioneer Asian American artists; They Painted from their Hearts and Turning Shadows into Light. Tsutakawa received her master’s degree in communications and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. Her graduate thesis is one of the few documents to research pre-war Japanese American newspapers.

Humanities Washington

About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across the state. Speakers Bureau is one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of 35 cultural experts and scholars provides low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn, and engage in conversation. These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film, and history. For more about the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, visit www.humanities.org/programs/speakers.

For additional information about this program email .


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.

Wednesday, March 29,   2pm to 3pm


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

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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.