Beloved Reading Train Returns to the Forks Branch Library
Saturday, December 27
All ages welcome
All aboard! The Forks Branch invites children of all ages to celebrate the return of the Forks Library reading train. Included in the fun will be a special train-themed storytime, activities, refreshments and free take-home books for children of all reading levels.
The reading train was purchased by The Friends of the Forks Library nearly 7 years ago using funds donated by community members. Since that time the little wooden train has been a favorite place for youngsters to sit and read and discover and learn.
Now, thanks to the financial support and generous volunteer efforts of Forks Elks Lodge #2524, the little train has a fresh coat of paint and several enhancements to inspire a new generation of beginning readers. NOLS extends its gratitude to Lodge #2524 and the national Elks organization for funding the train renovation and celebration; and looks forward to welcoming the little train back to the Forks Library station.
Afternoon with an Author: Patrick Loafman @ the Forks Branch
Port Angeles author and musician Patrick Loafman will read from his new novel Somewhere Upriver at 1pm on Saturday, December 20. Loafman will also perform original music with a homemade kora—a West African instrument with 21 strings that is both a harp and a lute.
Somewhere Upriver is the story of Douglas Mortimer, who is just beginning graduate school and is on his way to fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a great scientist. But when he hires an eccentric old herpetologist as a research assistant, his plans for a successful future are derailed. Douglas enters a world of toxic salamanders, eccentric characters and government conspiracies. This novel follows Douglas into places familiar to Olympic Peninsula residents: the Queets rainforest, Whidbey Island and even Sully’s Burgers of Forks.
Celebrate the Adult Winter Reading Program at NOLS
Reading can help warm the soul through winter’s bitter months, and offers an array of health benefits that include reduced stress, increased brain function, and improved creativity. Start reaping some of reading’s rewards this winter with the 2015 Adult Winter Reading Program at NOLS.
Designed for adults ages 18 and older, this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program will take place between January 1 and February 28.
Participating is easy: simply visit any NOLS library to pick up your Travelogue and then “read” your way around the Peninsula. For every 100 pages you complete, you will receive one entry in a marvelous Grand Prize drawing on Tuesday, March 3; the more you read, the better your chances of winning!
To keep readers motivated, each NOLS library will be hosting events, including author visits and workshops, throughout the program:
- January 8: Drop-In book discussion at the Port Angeles Main Library
- January 21: Author talk with Janet Oakley at the Clallam Bay and Forks branch libraries
- January 22: Author talk with Janet Oakley at the Sequim Branch Library and Port Angeles Main Library
- February 3: Drop-In book discussion at the Port Angeles Main Library
- February 28: Author talk with Mary Daheim at the Port Angeles Main Library
- March 3: Grand Prize Drawing!
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.
NOLS and PUD partner to help you save energy
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.