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Fine Amnesty Program

Fine Amnesty Program
September 15 through September 30

From Friday, September 15, through Saturday, September 30, all four branches of NOLS will hold a community resource drive with a twist: accrued library fines will be waived, in exchange for a donation of nonperishable food, diapers, or pet food. See listings at each branch to see what’s needed most

Your donations will stay local! All resources will be turned over to community groups including local food banks, animal rescue organizations, and other area nonprofits. It’s a win for you and a win for your community.

Fines will be waived for books, DVDs, magazines and other materials that were returned to the Library past their due dates, as well as overdue items returned during the Fine Amnesty period. Charges will not be waived for InterLibrary Loan items, lost/damaged items, processing fees or collection agency fees.


Spinning class at the YMCA

Go exercise. Y? Because you can!

Lift weights, try a Zumba class, or shoot some hoops! NOLS has partnered with the YMCA in Port Angeles to offer a free pass available for checkout. A NOLS YMCA pass offers library card holders a free, fun, and easy way to exercise.

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Borrowers can try one of the many exercise classes offered at the Y, including yoga, cycling, body sculpting or Tai Chi. The Y also offers classes catering specifically to active older adults. Racquetball and basketball courts are available plus an extensive array of exercise equipment in the gym.

The NOLS YMCA pass is good for entry to the Port Angeles facility for one week; it cannot be used at the Sequim facility.

To place a hold click here or call or visit your local NOLS Library.

Borrowers will need to provide valid ID to the YMCA and clear a background check prior to using the facility.


Screening of American Promise, a POV documentary

Screening of American Promise, a POV documentary

Saturday, September 30 at 2pm

American Promise, co–directed and produced by Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster, is an intimate and provocative account, recorded over 12 years, of the experiences of two middle–class African–American boys who entered a very prestigious–and historically white–private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Dalton School had made a commitment to recruit students of color, and five–year–old best friends Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers of Brooklyn were two of the gifted children who were admitted. The boys were placed in a demanding environment that provided new opportunities and challenges, if little reflection of their cultural identities.

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This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award–winning nonfiction film series.
To learn more about POV films visit http://www.pbs.org/pov.


Early Logging on the Olympic Peninsula, featuring Jack Zaccardo

Thursday, October 12 at 6pm

Early Logging on the Olympic Peninsula

Jack Zaccardo , retired Department of Natural Resources forester, will narrate photos of Clallam County’s logging history. Early Logging on the Olympic Peninsula will feature photos from NOLS’ Kellogg Collection, covering landscapes and portraits of forestry workers from the 1880s through the early 20th Century.

These photos are from NOLS’ Bert Kellogg Collection, a collection of about 5,000 images that Zaccardo’s step–grandfather donated to the library in the 1970s. Beginning in 2012, the library began scanning this wealth of local history, with support from grants from the Washington State Library and the federally funded Institute of Museum and Library Services, and with generous gifts from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. In 2017, the last photo was scanned.

All photos are available to access online at http://www.nols.org/articles-databases/kellogg-photo.html
or by clicking on “North Olympic Heritage” at www.washingtonruralheritage.com.

This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.
For more information about this program, email .


Read It or Weep!

Friday, November 10

Start reading now—don’t lose a minute! Grab your neighbors, friends, coworkers, family, book club, anyone you know—make a team of 4–6 people and register by November 4 for this book trivia competition for adults, Read It or Weep! Register your team by emailing Erin at . Don’t have a team? Have a team but need an extra player? Go to the NOLS Facebook events page to collaborate with fellow readers.

Team check–in at 6:30pm on November 10; Trivia starts at 7pm. Spectators are welcome!

All questions will be based on the eight books selected for the competition and will include quotes and other minutiae (Which character buys ice cream while contemplating a bill? What story includes the minor characters Georgette and Marcel, a married couple?). Each book represents a different genre; genres include Mystery, Literary fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical fiction, and more. Books for the competition are:

Read It or Weep!

Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Second Place, and Team Spirit!
Each member of the winning teams will receive the following prizes:

  • First Place:
    $25 gift card to Odyssey Book Store + NOLS nylon tote bag and sticker
  • Second Place:
    $5 gift card to Blackbird Coffeehouse + NOLS tumbler and sticker
  • Team Spirit:
    $5 gift card to Blackbird Coffeehouse

Read It or Weep! is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.


Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library The summer Art in the Library show features Pop Art

The summer Art in the Library show features Pop Art
Summertime brings an off–beat, fun, and colorful parade of Pop Art pieces to the Port Angeles Main Library! Imagination adorns the ceilings and walls as an alphabet procession is led by the letter P through the sunniest alcove of the Library. Creativity is the name of the game – the current Pop Art exhibit will delight and entertain visitors to the Library from July 21 until October 17.

This program has been made possible through the generous support of 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.


TechKnowLogy: One-on-one appointments with a library expert

TechKnowLogy: One-on-one appointments with a library expert

The Port Angeles Main Library is offering free, 30-minute appointments with expert library staff for hands-on, one-on-one technology tutoring. These sessions will take place at the Port Angeles Main Library by appointment only. To schedule your TechKnowLogy appointment, send an email to . Please be sure to include what day and time you’d like to reserve, as well as what kind of device you’re using.

On the day of your appointment, simply bring your device and questions to the Port Angeles Main Library, and you will be personally guided by a NOLS expert. Learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks, or stream your favorite television shows, music, and movies with services such as Washington Anytime Library and Hoopla. NOLS experts will help you navigate your Kindle, Nook, Android tablet or smartphone, Apple device, laptop, or MP3 player. If you’re considering whether to purchase an eReader or similar gadget, TechKnowLogy tutors can also help you find information about which one will best suit your needs.


NOLS Grows Seed Library

NOLS Grows Seed Library is a seed exchange kiosk stocked with small, pre-packaged quantities of free vegetable seeds and other educational materials related to gardening, growing, and seed-saving.

To learn more, click here.


Burke Museum Backyard Scientist: A Science Kit for Preschoolers and their Families

Burke Museum Backyard Scientist:  A Science Kit for Preschoolers and their Families

Through the end of 2017, you can check out a backpack geared towards preschoolers to encourage exploration of the natural world. Designed by the Burke Museum, each Backyard Scientist kit contains a magnifying lens, specimen viewer, collection boxes, big net, binoculars, ideas for nature walk activities, a book, a feather, rock, shell, and an insect. Funded through a Thrive Washington Grant and the Burke Museum, the backpacks are perfect to explore the outdoors with your young one without leaving your own backyard!

To checkout a kit, stop by your nearest NOLS branch or place a hold in the online catalog.

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Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

The sun is out – so fire up the barbeque, invite over some friends, and enjoy the beautiful Olympic Peninsula scenery while playing outdoor games! The North Olympic Library System now has Bocce Ball and Rope Ring Toss available to borrow, so come in and pick up yours today!

Each outdoor game set may be borrowed for up to one week, and comes equipped with easy quick-start instructions. To checkout a game, stop by your nearest NOLS Library or place a hold in the online catalog.

For additional information about other nontraditional items available for checkout, search
“NOLS gear” in the catalog or send an email to .


View the night sky with a telescope

Telescopes available!

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.


Picture of pedometer overlayed on picture of the lower legs of a hiker on a forest trail.

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.

What’s inside?

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

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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 .


Kneeling women with GPS and geocache

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.


backpacking skier shown in snowy winter scene National Park Service arrowhead logo

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.


Clallam County PUD logo Killa Watt Service Concepts

Watt Detectors Available at Your Library

Clallam County PUD and NOLS are partnering to offer residents a way to measure energy use in their homes with Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits available for check out. The Kill-A-Watt™ device is a "watt detector" used to measure the amount of electricity your household appliances use. It calculates how much energy and money is being spent on an hourly, daily, monthly or yearly basis. Energy use is measured in watts, which translates into kilowatt-hours (kWh), the same unit of measure used on electric bills. Studies show that people using electricity monitors will save between 5-20% on their bill by watching their energy use and making effective changes.

You may check out a Kill-A-Watt™ device for 21 days. Instructions and other energy consumption information will be included in the kit as well as a worksheet for recording your monthly estimated cost for each of your appliances. A manual for the device can be found here.

To checkout a watt detector, stop by your nearest NOLS library or place a hold on one by visiting the library catalog.