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Girl reading to dog.

Paws to Read @ the Port Angeles Main Library

Dogs make great listeners for readers of all ages!
Visit the Port Angeles Main Library on Thursday, May 5, at 3:30pm
to share a story with a furry, four-legged friend from Olympic Gentle Paws Therapy Dog Club.

Reading to a dog or other pet provides a non-judgmental audience and encourages reading with confidence in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Research shows that the more a child reads, the more their reading skills will improve. For nervous or self-conscious readers, reading to therapy dogs can be a helpful way to practice reading without feelings of intimidation or judgment.

For readers of any age and level, Olympic Gentle Paws therapy dogs are here
to listen!


Islam 101: Perceptions, Misconceptions, and Context for the 21st Century

Monday, May 16, 6:30pm
Port Angeles Main Library

Tuesday, May 17, 6pm
Sequim Branch Library

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What does it mean to be Muslim in a modern world? What if much of what we believe about Islam is incomplete or simply wrong? For more than 1.3 billion people across the world and many people in Washington state, Islam is not only their religion but also a way of life. Led by scholar David Fenner, this presentation will focus on Islam and the many aspects that form the substance of a rich culture, traditions, and a way of life. Fenner will provide an accurate view of Islam, and create an atmosphere that encourages open dialogue while promoting greater understanding of Islam, its history, and its place in the modern world. The discussion is open and inclusive, and will address topics such as: Who was Mohammed? What is the Qur’an? And delve into the use and history of head scarves. Bring your curiosity; any relevant topic is up for discussion.

About David Fenner
David Fenner’s interest in Islam dates back to his experience as a young man when he first traveled to the region to live in the Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula for six years. He retired from the University of Washington in 2007 as the Assistant Vice Provost for International Education, following a successful career that included establishing exchange programs with universities in Egypt, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Pakistan. Fenner and his wife later returned to the Arabian Peninsula to found an educational center for Arab and Western students that is designed to explore faith, language, natural resources, and diplomacy. Humanities Washington Logo

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


Craft Distilling: Making liquor at home, legally! Craft Distilling logo

Thursday, May 19, 6pm
Port Angeles Main Library

For all fine-food and –drink enthusiasts, small-batch home distilling is a must-try experiment. Distillation expert and author Victoria Redhed Miller will venture beyond home-brewed beer and wine during her presentation, Craft Distilling.

Distilled spirits are more complicated than home brewing, but within reach of a prepared enthusiast. In this free event, Miller will introduce audience members to legal facts important for hobby distillers and discuss the principles of distillation. Learn the basics to get started making quality gin, whiskey, vodka, tequila, or rum on a small scale.

Photo of Victoria Redhed Miller

About Victoria Redhed Miller
Self-reliance enthusiast Victoria Redhed Miller grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband David on their off-grid farm in the foothills near Sequim. She writes and blogs about homesteading, and speaks at events around the country. In her book, Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home, Miller explains the facts around legal distilling and offers detailed instructions on how to make high-quality distilled spirits on a small scale. Copies of Craft Distilling will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Odyssey Bookshop.

For more information, contact Librarian Sarah Morrison at 360.417.8500, ext. 7750, or send an email to .


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Poetry Walks

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


Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

Photograph, Shishi Morning Mist by Dann J. May

The spring-summer Art in the Library show features paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture works inspired by our National Parks. Exhibiting artists include Breanna Beck, Ines Epperson, Jarrod Jackson, Nancy Johns and Annie Johns Wach, Dann J. May, and John Teichert.

The exhibit will be on display at the library from April 15 until July 12.

This program has been made possible by generous contributions from the
Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Diane Williams, who schedules the artists and curates each show. For more information about Art in the Library, including how to participate,
click here.


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.


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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.