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Listen Up! Stories from the Northwest Corner

Are you or someone you know a veteran? Consider sharing your service story with NOLS this August and September. The Library will collect oral histories from local residents at any branch during the following dates.

AUGUST 22-26
SEPTEMBER 12-16

To schedule your Listen Up! interview, send an email to . All interviews will take place by appointment only, and will be conducted with the participant and an interview partner. Completed recordings will be archived and available for listening on the Washington Rural Heritage website.

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.


The Power of Story: A Conversation About the Death Penalty

Dorothy Van Soest

Tuesday,  September 6,  6:30pm,  Port Angeles Main Library

Wednesday,  September 7,  6:30pm,  Forks Branch Library

Thursday,  September 8,  6pm,  Sequim Branch Library

Capital punishment has given rise to considerable differences of opinion in U.S. society. When a moratorium on executions in Washington State was announced in February 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee, it sparked a national debate. Author and educator Dorothy Van Soest will facilitate an interactive group dialogue about the death penalty, and demonstrate how the issue is multi-faceted by weaving together personal connections, scientific research, life experience, and creative storytelling. Van Soest will also share stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary situations, and how they have found the courage to transform themselves and the world around them.

About Dorothy Van Soest
Dorothy Van Soest is Professor Emeritus and a former dean at the University of Washington. A writer, social worker, and activist, she has published nine books and more than 50 journal articles, essays, and book chapters that tackle complex issues related to violence, oppression, and injustice. Van Soest holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and a Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work. For more information, visit the author’s website at http://dorothyvansoest.com.

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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 28 cultural experts and scholars provides 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.

These events are offered free to the public through the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, Friends of the Forks Library, Friends of Sequim Library, and Humanities Washington.


Clothing Exchange & Family Storytime

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Friday, September 23
10:30am, Forks Branch Library

Tuesday, September 27
2pm, Clallam Bay Branch Library
5:30pm, Makah Tribal Head Start (80 Ba’adah Village Loop Road, Neah Bay)

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The West End library branches, in partnership with First Step Family Support Center, will present three free clothing exchanges and storytimes for children and their parents or caregivers. Each program will feature fun songs, rhymes, and stories, as well as a free clothing exchange. This is a perfect opportunity to swap your gently-worn children’s clothing for larger sizes—because clothes don’t grow, but kids do. Clothing has been generously provided by First Step Family Support Center.


View the night sky with a telescope

Telescopes available August 9!

Thanks to a generous donation from Forks Elks Lodge 2524, telescopes will be available for checkout at all NOLS branches beginning Tuesday, August 9. 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 .


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 .


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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.


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.


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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.