All-Staff Training Day Closure: April 28, 2017
All NOLS locations will be closed for an all-staff training day on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks branches will reopen Saturday, April 29 at 10am.
Clallam Bay Branch Library will reopen on Monday, May 1 at 11am.
Four self-guided trails connecting poetry and nature.
April 1 - May 31.
More information here.
Sync Summer Audiobook Program
The North Olympic Library System is partnering with Sync this summer to provide free audiobook downloads. Sync is a free summer audiobook program for ages 13 and older.
Beginning April 27, Sync will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Simply sign up to get notifications of when the free audiobook downloads are available! You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles will update every Thursday at 10am.
Sync seeks to develop the audience of audiobook listeners by providing free audiobook downloads during the program dates. Sync is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Audiobook downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible. Each SYNC audiobook title will be available for download for a period of 7 days only. Once titles are downloaded, they are yours to keep! The Sync Summer Audiobook Program runs from April 27 to August 16, 2017.
THE DEAD HOUSE Dawn Kurtagich (Hachette Audio)
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY Oscar Wilde (Naxos AudioBooks)
FEED M.T. Anderson (Listening Library)
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Douglas Adams (Random House Audio)
BRONX MASQUERADE Nikki Grimes (Recorded Books)
TEENAGE DIARIES: THEN AND NOW Radio Diaries (Highbridge Audio)
THE GATHERING: SHADOW HOUSE, BOOK 1 Dan Poblocki (Scholastic Audiobooks)
IN OUR BACKYARD: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT Nita Belles (Oasis Audio)
FREAKLING Lana Krumwiede (Brilliance Audio)
BOY Anna Ziegler (L.A. Theatre Works)
BEAST Donna Jo Napoli (Recorded Books)
OF BEAST AND BEAUTY Stacey Jay (Tantor Media)
PLUS ONE Elizabeth Fama (Elizabeth Fama)
IF I RUN Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK W.E.B. Du Bois (Dreamscape Media)
THE RED UMBRELLA Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Ideal Audiobooks)
THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES Terry Pratchett (HarperAudio)
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 Stacy Schiff (Hachette Audio)
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ Richard Montoya (L.A. Theatre Works)
MY NAME IS NOT EASY Debby Dahl Edwardson (Brilliance Audio)
REBUTTAL Jyotsna Hariharan (HarperAudio)
REMEMBER TO FORGET Ashley Royer (Blink)
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR Mark Schatzker (Dreamscape Media)
SUGAR Deirdre Riordan Hall (Brilliance Audio)
GONE: GONE SERIES, BOOK 1 Michael Grant (Tantor Media)
THE ONE SAFE PLACE Tania Unsworth (Highbridge Audio)
AIRBORN Kenneth Oppel (Full Cast Audio)
SHADOWS ON THE MOON Zoe Marriott (Brilliance Audio)
IN MY HANDS: MEMORIES OF A HOLOCAUST RESCUER Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong (Listening Library)
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY Ruta Sepetys (Listening Library)
METAMORPHOSIS Franz Kafka (Naxos AudioBooks)
SHADOWSHAPER Daniel José Older (Scholastic Audiobooks)
For more information, email .
Choose Privacy: Computer Security and Privacy Basics
How safe is it to use your credit card online? How do criminals and fraudsters get into your computer systems? What is privacy in the age of social media? At the Port Angeles Main Library on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30pm, tech guru Eric Waterkotte will answer these questions. Waterkotte will talk about computer security and privacy basics, and discuss best practices to safely navigate your online activity.
This program takes place during the American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week. This is an annual campaign encouraging libraries and patrons to think critically and make more informed choices about their online privacy.
About Eric Waterkotte
Eric Waterkotte is currently a faculty member and program coordinator for the Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics program, as well as the Information Technology program at Peninsula College. He earned a B.S.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Washington. Eric teaches courses on cybersecurity, ethical hacking, web programming, and database design. He is an advocate for a public empowered by tools and knowledge to protect their personal information.
This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.
For more information about this program, email .
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 4, 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
The Mystery of the Missing Supernova
Port Angeles Main Library
Monday, May 8 at 6:30pm
Combining historical clues with more recent observations, NASA Outreach Coordinator Donna Young will discuss the catastrophic collapse of the star Cassiopeia A.
About the Missing Supernova
In July of 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory was launched. After achieving a final orbit ranging from 16,000 km to one third of the distance to the moon, the mirrors focused on Cassiopeia A (Cas A) to calibrate the instruments. The stunning first light image of Cas A provided an unparalleled view of the destroyed star and for the first time the neutron stellar core at the center of the remnant was seen. The catastrophic collapse of the star that resulted in the supernova event happened between 300 and 400 years ago – however, the exact time is still a mystery. Bits and pieces from observational journals, medieval poetry, and studies of the Greenland Ice Sheet all give tantalizing, but contradictory clues to the event.
About the Presenter
Donna L. Young is the NASA/NSO STEM Outreach Coordinator and works with the NASA Astrophysics Division through the Chandra X-Ray Center located at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA. The newly reorganized NASA education and outreach program has been established as NASA’s Universe of Learning Astrophysics STEM Literacy and Learning Network. This program now provides formal support for the National Science Olympiad, for which Young has been the National Astronomy Event Supervisor for the past 18 years, and oversees the space science events. In this capacity she runs Science Olympiad invitationals, workshops, and coaches' clinics. Young travels extensively – presenting at national workshops, meetings and conferences, as well as public libraries and community colleges.
During her visit to the Olympic Peninsula, Young will also present The Mystery of the Missing Supernova program to students at the Port Angeles High School. About ten years ago, Young presented Visions of the Universe which attracted a large audience.
For more information about this program, email .
Battle Planes to Canopy Science: A brief history and modern discoveries of Sitka spruce ecosystems.
On Thursday, May 11, at 6pm at the Port Angeles Main Library, University of Washington Ph.D student Russell Kramer will present From Battle Planes to Canopy Science: A brief history and modern discoveries of Sitka spruce ecosystems. This discussion will cover the history of the Sitka spruce and its place in Olympic Peninsula forestry.
The Sitka spruce has played an important role in the ecology and development of the Olympic Peninsula Region, and was also important in American’s WWI efforts. Russell Kramer will give an introduction to forest management over the last 50 years, including the Northwest Forest Plan. Kramer will also explain his ongoing research in canopy science and how it relates to ecosystem management and the Sitka spruce.
About Russell Kramer
Russell Kramer studied tree biology and forestry at Humboldt State University. After spending five years climbing and studying in the canopy of California's redwoods, he moved to Washington State to apply research methods used for studying large redwoods to species that reach their grandest proportions on the Olympic Peninsula, such as Douglas-fir and Sitka spruce. His research on canopy ecosystems lies at the nexus of science and forest management and is a small piece in his broader interests of ecological forest management. The concept of ecological forestry includes managing forests for multiple values, including biodiversity and rural economic stability.
This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. For more information about this program, email .
Afternoon with an Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Saturday, May 20, 2017. 2pm
New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz will visit the Port Angeles Main Library Saturday, May 20 at 2pm. Krentz will discuss her writing process, her most recent book, The Girl Who Knew Too Much
(penned as Amanda Quick), and answer audience questions. After her presentation,
Krentz will sign copies of her books. Books will be available for purchase through
Odyssey Bookshop at the event.
About Jayne Ann Krentz Seattle-based Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of over fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as historical and futuristic romance novels under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle, respectively.
In The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Amanda Quick brings to life an intelligent, courageous heroine forging a new life against the backdrop of vibrant 1930s Southern California. Irene Glasson has fled New York after discovering her employer murdered. She arrives in Los Angeles looking for anonymity and safety, only to be confronted by the mysterious death of a beautiful young actress. Irene is determined to solve the crime with her unlikely partner Oliver Ward, formerly a famous magician and now the enigmatic owner of a hotel. Mystery, romance, and suspense abound in this page-turner!
This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. To learn more about this event call the Port Angeles Main Library at 360.417.8500 or email .
The Tragedy of War: Japanese American Internment Exhibit
Exhibit will be on display at the Port Angeles Main Library from Thursday, April 6, through Thursday, April 27.
During World War II, 120,000 Japanese, two-thirds of them American citizens, were forced into camps to live under armed guard. Japanese American confinement was authorized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and supported by Congress and the Supreme Court with Executive Order 9066, premised on the fear that Japanese residents were disloyal and might aid in an invasion of the United States. Japanese Americans contested these charges throughout the war and later sought formal redress. In 1983, a bipartisan congressional committee concluded that the confinement resulted from war hysteria, failure of government and military leadership, and racism towards those of Japanese ancestry. The Tragedy of War exhibit revisits the injustice of Japanese American confinement by asking the question: at what point should the rights of citizens be limited or denied to ensure our nation is secure?
This exhibit is provided by Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education. Additional information about the exhibit, including study guides, can be found at http://historymuseum.kennesaw.edu/exhibitions/traveling_tragedy_of_war.php.
This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. For more information, email .
Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library
The spring Art in the Library show features a dynamic collection of works inspired by the written word. Works created by twelve individual artists and two community groups contribute to this once in a lifetime collaborative exhibit. Discover poetry and prose in a variety of textures, styles, and mediums. Experience your own journey by following the visual poetic feast laid before you at the spring Art in the Library show.
The exhibit will be on display from April 21 until July 18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.