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National Novel Writing Month 2015

Featuring author talks, writing workshops, and weekly write-in sessions to help you reach your goal! NaNoWriMo is a national creative writing program in which participants try to meet the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Author Events:

Picture of local author, Linday MacLaine Picture of local author, Lisa Mantchev
  • Virtual author talk with Ashley Mackler-Paternostro

Tuesday,  November 10, 6pm,  Port Angeles Main Branch
Friday,  November 13, 6pm,  Sequim Branch

Pacific-Northwest-inspired author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro will host an online video at the Port Angeles and Sequim branch libraries to discuss her writing and research process, and how to move beyond the first draft to eventual publication. Although a Midwest native, Mackler-Paternostro left her heart in the PNW; her earlier work, In the After, is set in Joyce. Her novels tell the stories of contemporary families and the strong women at their centers.

  • Author talk with Sequim’s Lindy MacLaine

Friday,  November 20, 6pm,  Sequim Branch
Local author Lindy MacLaine will discuss her work, the writing process, and answer audience questions. MacLaine is the author of the fantasy adventure series, Piper Pan and Her Merry Band. The first installment, The Curse of the Neverland, was released in March 2015. An avid reader and performer-turned-writer, Lindy is a familiar face at the Sequim Branch Library, where she worked for 5 years.

  • Picture-book writing workshop with Lisa Mantchev

Saturday,  November 21, 10:30am,  Port Angeles Main Branch
Local author Lisa Mantchev will discuss the picture-book and novel-writing processes, offer tips from her experience, and introduce writing exercises to help get participants’ creative juices flowing. This event is open to all ages.

Weekly Write-Ins:

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No previous writing experience necessary! Drop by your library during any scheduled Write-In, grab some coffee, and pull up a chair. You have a great novel in you!

  • Write-In Schedule:
  • Clallam Bay Branch Library:  Mondays,  3-5pm
  • Forks Branch Library:  Saturdays,  2-4pm
  • Port Angeles Main Library:  Saturdays,  2-4pm
  • Sequim Branch Library:  Mondays,  3-5pm

Guidance and feedback for your work-in-progress

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NaNoWriMo participants (and other aspiring novelists) are invited to submit up to 1,000 words of a work-in-progress for professional insight and feedback. All selections will be reviewed by published author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro, who will provide individualized feedback for each selection.

  • Guidelines:
  • Submit your work-in-progress between Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, November 21.
  • Max. 1000 words.
  • Send submissions to .
  • Open to all NOLS patrons.
  • Only the first 30 submissions received will be reviewed.

Reserving meeting rooms at your library

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November 30, 6:30pm (Margaret Coffey Room)

Stop in and learn about the NEW Spaces Room Reservation software used by NOLS. The Port Angeles Main Library will be offering two brief, 30-minute tutorials about the software this November. You may bring your own laptop or other device to set up your own reservations, but devices are not required to attend the tutorial.

Tutorial attendance is not required to begin reserving meeting rooms at your library: to get started, visit the SPACES reservation page here.

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CreativiTea: Paper Crafts for the Holidays

1-3pm, Saturday, December 5

Enjoy an afternoon of paper crafts, hot tea, and good company at the Port Angeles Main Library! CreativiTea at the library will have attendees using discarded book pages to create holiday-themed crafts, including ornaments, garlands, bows, and gift tags. There will be plenty of time to chat, sip, and add personal touches to your works with a variety of stamps, inks, and other supplies. CreativiTea is a free program, and all ages are welcome to attend.

Handmade book crafts repurpose books that would otherwise be discarded, and are free and easy to make. Projects range in complexity from holiday paper chains to intricate woven star ornaments. NOLS will provide the hot tea and most of the project materials; you bring the creativity!

Craft tables will be set up in the North Alcove, located on the north side of the library, near the bank of windows. This program is made possible by generous contributions from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

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Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

The winter Art in the Library show features the whimsical work of Port Townsend illustrator, painter, and sculptor Richard Jesse Watson; paintings and illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson; a colorful hand-printed quilt from Franklin Elementary School students; as well as the truly vibrant and surreal paintings of Derek Gundy. The exhibit will be on display at the Library from October 9, 2015, until January 8, 2016.

Art work named Fish Face by Derek Gundy

The program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and also by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Diane Williams, who schedules the artists and designs the displays. More information about Art in the Library can be found here.

Art work named Now Dash Away by Richard Jesse Watson

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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.