Computer Science Education Week!
NOLS is kicking off the month of December with a variety of fun, interactive technology programs that celebrate worldwide Computer Science Education Week. From programming tiny robots to experimenting with circuitry, Computer Science Education Week abounds in opportunities for developing techies of all ages.
Saturday, December 10, 10:30am, Sequim Branch Library (Register now!)
Young people ages 8-14 are invited to code their way into the future with Ozobots, on loan from the Washington State Library. Ozobots are tiny robots participants can program using a basic coding program. Pre-registration is required in Sequim and suggested in Clallam Bay and Forks.
Saturday, December 10, 10am-2pm, Port Angeles Main Library
Tuesday, December 13, 1pm, Clallam Bay Branch Library
Wednesday, December 14, 2:30pm, Forks Branch Library
Young people ages 8-14 will have the opportunity to work with Roominate™ building sets, on loan from the Washington State Library. Named Time Magazine’s 2014 “Toy of the Year,” Roominate™ encourages children to experiment with basic circuitry and electricity.
Technopalooza Technology Fair
Saturday, December 10, 10am-2pm, Port Angeles Main Library
All ages are invited to explore technology at this “Geek Out! Technopalooza Technology Fair” at the Port Angeles Main Library. Interactive stations will be set up throughout the library, and feature hands-on coding activities using the NOLS mobile computer lab as well as technology from the Washington State Library’s Gadget Menagerie. Kids wanting to try their hands at engineering can experiment building with Roominate, and 4-H volunteers led by Jeff and Christine Spaulding will be on-hand to demonstrate Scribblebots and Squishy Circuits. Volunteers from the Feiro Marine Life Center will also participate in the event by demonstrating a computer-driven water quality sensor.
About Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science, held in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computer science pioneer and career US Navy member. Libraries across the country provide computer science programs to support innovation and provide members of the community with access to technology. Although Computer Science Education Week programming is typically geared towards young people grades K-12 in school programs, several of the programs being offered at NOLS are for adults as well as children. Programs are held in conjunction with Library efforts to encourage problem solving and critical thinking skills in young people and help provide preparatory experiences for a 21st century workplace.
Computer Science Education Week programs are presented in partnership with the Washington State Library, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Clallam County 4-H, Feiro Marine Life Center and Five Acre School. Programming is also generously supported by Friends of the Library groups throughout Clallam County.
For additional information about this and other upcoming programs at your Library, contact your nearby NOLS branch location or send an email to .
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, January 11, 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, March 8, 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, March 22, 2pm to 3pm
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
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
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.
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.