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Girl reading to dog.

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, March 2, 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
to listen!


Advanced Planning Seminars

Tuesday,  March 7,  1:30pm,  Port Angeles Main Library

Monday,  March 13,  9:30am,  Sequim Branch Library

Black and White photo of a lovely older couple

Have you been meaning to update your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney or just want to communicate better with your friends and family about their plans? This seminar will guide attendees through the End of Life Washington Advance Directive, which combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document.

Participants will learn about how to communicate their end-of-life wishes to loved ones and to physicians; the presenters will cover various End-of-life choices and the free services of End of Life Washington. Participants will also be guided through the process of documenting their wishes about the kind of medical care they do or do not want at the end of life.

There is no cost for the seminar, documents or Advance Directive notarization. The seminars are expected to last about 3 hours. With class sizes limited, preregistration is recommended. To register for the Port Angeles seminar, visit the Port Angeles Main Library Events Calendar, at www.nols.org, call 360.417.8500 or email . To register for the Sequim seminar, visit the Sequim Branch Library Events Calendar, at www.nols.org, call 360.683.1161, or email . All materials will be provided.

Picture of Karen Griffith and Judy McCay About Karen Griffith and Judy McCay
Karen and Judy are sisters who became interested in end-of-life planning as they were taking care of their father who was in hospice. Karen is a former Director of Volunteer Services at a hospice in Salt Lake City. She is currently on the board of the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare. Judy is as passionate about end of life issues as she cared for her husband in the months before his death. It was at that time that they become familiar with the work of End of Life Washington (EOLWA) and the Death with Dignity option. Four years ago, Karen become a Client Support Volunteer with them, assisting clients through the process to obtain life-ending medications and attending their deaths. Judy has joined her 2 years ago as a member of EOLWA's Speakers Bureau.

The sisters now travel around the state educating people on their end-of-life options and particularly the need to have completed with Advance Health Care Directives. As they get older, the end-of-life choices become less theoretical and much more real and they have a real passion to educate and help people walk that final journey.

These events are offered free to the public through the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and Friends of Sequim Library.


Microsoft Office Specialist Certification March 21 - 23

Flatverse Coding Camp

The North Olympic Library System, in partnership with the Washington State Library, is offering multiple testing sessions for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams at NO CHARGE March 21 - 23. Market value for a MOS exam is typically between $99 and $130 per exam, depending on the location. The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams will also be available free of charge during all test sessions. Testing will be held at the following NOLS locations and times:

Forks Library
March 21st, 1 - 3pm Register

Port Angeles Main Library
March 22nd, 5 - 7pm Register

Sequim Library
March 23rd, 10 - 12pm Register

Limited space is available and registration is required. Multiple one-hour sessions are available at this event, but it is only possible to take one exam per session (you have 50 minutes to complete each exam). If you wish to take multiple exams, please register for multiple sessions. If you're unable to attend one of the designated testing sessions, contact ehelp@nols.org to schedule an individual testing appointment with library staff. More information for exam takers can be found here.

The Imagine Academy
To help prepare for success on MOS exams, Washington residents can take online courses through the Microsoft Imagine Academy Program FREE through the North Olympic Library System website. The Microsoft Imagine Academy offers hundreds of introductory classes covering everything from sending and receiving emails to navigating the web. Popular courses cover the basics of Office 2010 and 2013, Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. These digital literacy courses help students learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online and take advantage of new career opportunities. For more practiced users and IT professionals, the academy offers courses tackling advanced subjects such as SQL Server, ASP.NET, Visual Studio and Microsoft Dynamics.

All Imagine Academy courses are conducted in one-on-one virtual sessions and are free of charge with your library card. Free certificates of completion can be downloaded at the conclusion of each course, and official Microsoft Certification and testing is also available.

Access to the Imagine Academy is made possible through an ongoing public-private partnership between Microsoft, the Washington State Library, the Office of Secretary of State and the Washington State Legislature.

To get started, visit the NOLS Microsoft Imagine Academy here. Once enrolled, explore the catalog of courses and continue the self-paced coursework on any computer at the library, or at home from a personal computer.


Flatverse Coding Camp

Have you ever wanted to try designing your own computer video game? Give it a shot this February and March at the Port Angeles and Sequim Branch libraries! Flatverse Coding Camps will offer participants of all ages weekly opportunities to experiment with an interactive programming environment from Microsoft Research.

This free camp is for all ages and consists of four consecutive weekly two-hour sessions.

Laptops will be provided, and registration is required.

Flatverse Coding Camp

Port Angeles Main Library camps:
Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Registration closed

  • February 2
  • February 9
  • February 16
  • February 23

Sequim Branch Library camps:
Fridays, 4pm – 6pm
Registration is currently full.
Click here to sign up for the wait list.

  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March17
  • March 24

This program is made possible by a grant from the Washington State Library.


Life in a Bottle, acrylic on canvas by Derek Gundy

Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

The winter Art in the Library show features bold acrylic paintings and basketry work made from bull kelp. Exhibiting artists include Derek Gundy, Greg Gundy, and Marilyn Gundy. The exhibit will be on display at the library from January 19 until April 18.

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.


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.


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

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.