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JUNE 20 — August 20

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Port Angeles Main Library Renovation
Scheduled closure: Tuesday, June 14

The Port Angeles Main Library will be undergoing renovations May 31 through June 14. The renovation project will focus on replacing carpet in the central part of the library, updating public computer workstations, and providing better access for patrons using personal electronic devices. The library will remain open throughout the project, but will close on Tuesday, June 14 while renovations are completed.

During the project, the library’s audiobook, CD and DVD collections will be displaced. Small amounts of the displaced collections will remain available on temporary shelving, however patrons are encouraged to continue placing holds on material from other branches during the renovation. The library’s 32 public computers and public printer will be unavailable from June 1 through June 14. Wi-Fi access, express computers with a 15 minute limit, circulating iPads, and digital microfilm reader computers will remain available. Other areas of the library will remain open and operate as usual during the renovation project.

In addition to replacing nearly 2,000 square feet of worn carpet, the renovation will adjust the layout of the library’s public computers and other furnishings to better meet modern service needs and the high customer demand. In 2015, the public computers at the Port Angeles Main Library were in use for more than 60,000 hours, while nearly 70,000 prints were made on the public printer. In addition to the new carpeting and layout, technology and equipment will also be updated throughout the building—including new computer monitors, chairs, and tables with convenient access power outlets. The renovation project, estimated to cost $55,000, is a planned project under NOLS’ Ten Year Capital Plan, funded as part of the North Olympic Library System’s 2016 Capital Improvement budget.

For additional information, contact Assistant Library Director Noah Glaude at or 360.417.8500 x7717.

Picture of ONP hiking trail and poetry walks sign.

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

Cropped picture of man on couch with his ankle over his knee holding and using an ipad.

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.