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Port Angeles Library Events

Nature Talks @ the Port Angeles Main Library

This fall, the Port Angeles Main Library is offering an educational presentation series to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic Wilderness Act.
Nature Talks @ the Port Angeles Main Library will feature three engaging presentations that cover a range of wilderness-related topics, from the birds of the Olympic Peninsula to the fungi that cover our forests. Led by local and international experts, this series will seek to provide information and practical tips for exploring and understanding nearby wilderness areas, and the wonders that inhabit them.

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All Nature Talks are free and begin at 6:30pm inside the Carver Room at the Port Angeles Main Library.

The series kicks-off Tuesday, October 21, with Corvids in the Fall, a discussion of how ravens, crows and jays prepare for winter. Ken Wiersema of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (OPAS) and Dungeness River Audubon Center will offer new insights into these intelligent, crafty, and sometimes pesky birds, while also addressing land stewardship and how to spot the birds in the wild. An active Audubon member since 1968, Wiersema is a past president of OPAS and currently serves on its board. He also serves on the Dungeness River Audubon Center board and regularly teaches birding classes there. Mushroom

On Thursday, October 30, mycologist Dr. Bryce Kendrick will investigate the mysterious lives of mushrooms and other fungi of the Pacific Northwest in a richly illustrated presentation entitled Fungi: Now You See Them - Now You Don’t. Based in Sidney, British Columbia, Kendrick is a retired university professor internationally recognized for his scientific work and teaching in the field of mycology. In addition to studying fungi for more than 50 years and authoring more than 300 mycological publications, Kendrick was elected a Centenary Fellow of the British Mycological Society and received the Lawson Medal of Canadian Botanical Association for lifetime contributions.

The series wraps-up Tuesday, November 4 with a discussion of the Wilderness Act led by Ruth Scott of Olympic National Park. During her presentation, America’s Enduring Legacy of Wilderness, Scott will summarize how and why the Wilderness Act came about, its legal implications, and what we can learn from wilderness-protected areas. Scott will also examine the diversity of wilderness throughout the nation, including the Olympic Wilderness in our backyard. A natural resource specialist at Olympic National Park, Scott began working with the National Park Service in 1972, has worked at six park areas, and spoken about wilderness stewardship at a variety of venues, including the World Wilderness Congress in Bangalore, India, and the European PAN Parks Conference in Bulgaria. Her current responsibilities at Olympic National Park focus on wilderness monitoring, planning, and re-vegetation with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers throughout the country.

An Afternoon with an Author: Meet Suzanne Selfors

Suzanne Selfors

Bainbridge author Suzanne Selfors visits the Port Angeles Main Library at 3pm on Wednesday, October 22 to discuss her latest projects, how she became an author, and offer tips about writing for young people. Selfors is the author of The Sasquatch Escape, Smells Like Dog, and Saving Juliet. All ages are welcome to attend. Books will be available for purchase from Odyssey Bookshop after the event.

This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

The Sasquatch Escape book jacket Smells Like Dog book jacket Saving Juliet book jacket

One-on-One Tech-Know-Logy Appointments One-on-One Tech-Know-Logy Appointments

How would you like to keep your e-reader, smart phone, or tablet full of free library books that you can download right from home? What about being able to download new content in the airport, a hotel, rest stop, or your vacation destination? The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) can show you how! Schedule a 30-minute appointment with expert Library staff for hands-on, one-on-one tutoring at the Port Angeles Main Library. Tech-Know-Logy appointments are available between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday, October 9 and 23. Bring your device and you will be individually guided through the process of downloading e-books or e-audiobooks from the Library’s subscription download services such as Washington Anytime Library, 3M Cloud Library, and OneClickDigital. Staff experts Sarah Morrison, Ean Henninger, Leo Skye, and Wendy Oak can help you with your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Android tablet or smartphone, Apple device, laptop, or mp3 player. Or, if you’re still considering whether to purchase an e-reader or similar device, the experts can help you find information about which device might best fit your needs.

Tech-Know-logy sessions will take place by appointment only between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday, October 9 and 23 at the Port Angeles Main Library, located at 2210 South Peabody Street. For more information or to book your appointment, email , call 360.417.8500, or visit the library.

Evening with an Author: April Henry, master of suspense

Photo of April Henry

Are you interested in writing books for young adults? Meet young adult author April Henry and hear about
her new projects and writing partnership with author Lies Wiehl. Henry is the New York Times bestselling
author of popular suspense novels Girl Stolen, The Night She Disappeared, The Body in the Woods, and
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. Come learn about Henry’s writing process, how she became published, and the importance of research in her work.
Books will be available for purchase at the event through Odyssey Bookshop.
All ages are welcome to the event on Wednesday, October 29th, at 6:30pm in the Port Angeles Main Library.

This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Girl Stolen book jacket The Night She Disappeared book jacket The Body in the Woods book jacket The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die book jacket

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NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

Every Saturday in November, 2-4pm

Meet other aspiring novelists and put pen to paper– or fingers to keys– to work on your word goal. Come Write In!

No previous writing experience necessary. NaNoWriMo is a national creative-writing-focused program in which participants try to meet the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Drop by the library any time during any of the Write-Ins, grab some coffee, and pull up a chair.
You have a great novel in you!

Mary Daheim

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with visiting author Mary Daheim

Thursday, November 6, 6:30pm

Renowned Northwest author and former Port Angeles resident Mary Daheim writes cozy mysteries set in locations based on Washington towns and cities, as well as historical romances. Daheim will discuss
her writing process and answer questions from fans and aspiring
writers in the audience.

Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

In a continuing celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, the fall Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Port Angeles Main Library between October 10 and January 5. More>>

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Birding Kits at Your Library

Get ready for the fall migration! NOLS has partnered with the Dungeness River Audubon Center and designer
Tom Bihn to make three birding kits available for checkout beginning October 6. NOLS birding kits offer library card holders a fun, free and easy way to get outside and explore the abundant wildlife of Northwest Washington.

What’s inside

Each kit comes equipped with all the discovery tools you’ll need for successful bird watching: binoculars, a guide book for adults and one for younger readers, a birdsong CD, and pamphlets addressing the basics and etiquette of birding – all packaged in a Tom Bihn daypack. 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.

Free Pool Passes available for check out now

Family in pool and the William Shore Pool logo

Two passes means borrowers have two ways to enjoy the William Shore Pool in
Port Angeles. One pass is for individuals who’d like to try one of the many exercise programs offered at William Shore, including Zumba, water walking, as well as balance and stability classes. The second pass grants up to six household members access to open swim, lap swim, or shallow/deep swim sessions. Patrons may borrow each pass for up to one week. To place a hold request, visit www.nols.org and use the online catalog to search for “William Shore Pool pass.” Pool passes have been generously donated by the William Shore Pool.

Explore Olympics!

Get Out and Explore Olympic!

National Park Service

Olympic National Park and the North Olympic Library System are teaming 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 Watt Detector

Clallam County PUD 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.