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Eli Rosenblatt to perform a mix of salsa, swing, and samba during fall Art Blast!

Art Blast at Port Angeles Main Library

Musician Eli Rosenblatt and his five-piece band will perform a high-energy mix of salsa, swing, and samba at 7pm on Friday, October 9, during the Port Angeles Main Library’s quarterly Art Blast! Rosenblatt is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer, and composer based in Seattle, and often plays for kids and families. His music spans the globe, incorporating sounds from Cuba, Eastern Europe, Africa, and beyond. Rosenblatt’s performance will also help celebrate the reopening of the newly-renovated children’s area of the Port Angeles Main Library.

The opening reception for the fall Art in the Library exhibit will be held at 6:30pm, immediately preceding Eli Rosenblatt’s performance. This is a great time to meet the featured artists, view the art, and enjoy light refreshments. The fall Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Port Angeles Main Library from
October 9 until January 8, 2016.

This free Art in the Library program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. For more information about the program, contact Main Library Manager Noah Glaude at 360.417.8500, or at .

Nature Talks @ Port Angeles Main Library

Nature Talks at the Port Angeles Main Library will examine many of the species indigenous to the Olympic Peninsula, including water birds found in local bays and shores, salmon after the removal of the Elwha River dams, as well as the diversity of bees that inhabit Olympic National Park. All Nature Talks are free to attend and will take place at 6:30pm on Monday, October 12, 19, and 26 in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Main Library.

Picture of a Sea Gull.

Monday, October 12: Water Birds of Strait and Sound
This discussion will focus on the waterfowl, loon, grebe, alcid, and gull populations found along the bays and coasts of the North Olympic Peninsula in fall and winter, and examine their diets, predators, and prey. Presenter Bob Boekelheide's lifelong interest has been the ecology of marine vertebrates, particularly birds and mammals. Former director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center, he is currently active on the board of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society. Boekelheide has participated in marine research projects in the Arctic, Antarctic, and Pacific oceans, as well as in California, spending seven years as biologist on the Farallon Islands. He has organized and compiled the annual Sequim-Dungeness Christmas Bird Count and the Clallam County Migratory Bird Count for the past 20 years.

Picture of the Elwha Damn during its removal.

Monday, October 19: Ecological Responses to the Changing Elwha River
Researcher George Pess will provide an overview of the Elwha River restoration project, and highlight recent changes observed during the dam removal. Preliminary findings indicate massive deliveries of sediment to the main river, its floodplain and nearshore, as well as the recolonization of the upper-watershed by anadromous fish. Additional insights into salmon populations and evolving aquatic and terrestrial foodwebs will also be explored. Pess has worked in fisheries since 1989. His primary research has focused on the natural and land-use effects on salmon habitat and reproduction. His current research projects include studying the ecosystem’s response to the removal of the Elwha River dams, and salmonid recolonization as it relates to population and habitat dynamics.

Close up picture of a bee.

Monday, October 26: A Bit About Bees…
While many people can identify three or four kinds of bees, most are incredulous to learn that there are actually close to 4,000 species of native bees in North America—not including honey bees, which are non-native. Entomologist Jerry Freilich’s talk will help explain why bees are such an observational challenge: they’re tiny, fast-flying, and inconspicuous. Freilich is the former research coordinator of Olympic National Park.

Writing workshop and author talk with NY Times-bestselling author April Henry

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Wednesday, October 14, 6:30pm
Fiction writing workshop @ the Sequim Branch Library
All ages welcome!

Thursday, October 15, 3:30pm
Author talk and book signing @ the Port Angeles Main Library

Blood Will Tell book jacket

This October, New York Times-bestselling author April Henry will visit the Sequim and Port Angeles libraries to offer a free writing workshop and discuss her work.

On Wednesday, October 14, Henry will lead a fiction writing workshop at the Sequim Branch Library, and teach participants how to create page-turning plots and develop multilayered characters. All ages are welcome to attend, however space is limited. Click here to register now, or send an email to . Henry’s books will also be available for purchase at the event from Hart’s Fine Books.

On Thursday, October 15, Henry will visit the Port Angeles Main Library to discuss her writing process and most recent novel, Blood Will Tell. Come learn about Henry’s experience writing for young adults, how she became published, and the importance of research in her work. Henry will also sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase at the event from Odyssey Bookshop.

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

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Documenting Your History

What makes a great photo? How can you develop an eye for light and framing? And how should you handle photographs, both recent and older, to best preserve them? Photographs document our lives, our families, and our community; explore the art and craft of photography by attending one or all four Documenting Your History workshops at the Port Angeles Main Library.

All workshops will begin at 6pm in the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Main Library, and take place every Wednesday in October. Attend as often as you wish!

Documenting Your History, Photo Series

Friends & Family Photography

Wednesday, October 7, 6pm
Professional photographer Sonja Younger will present basic tips and tricks to capture your best family and personal photos.

Landscape & Nature Photography

Wednesday, October 14, 6pm
Serious-amateur nature photographer Charlie Comstock will discuss how to create great outdoor images. Participants are invited to bring a personal landscape or nature photo for discussion and feedback.

Preserving Your Family Photos

Wednesday, October 21, 6pm
Scrapbooker Cheryl Martin will discuss various techniques for labeling and keeping your family photos in a safe storage environment.

Digitizing Your Family Photos

Wednesday, October 28, 6pm
Preserving (and sharing!) your historic photos doesn’t need to be expensive. NOLS digital preservation specialist Abby Siefer will provide an overview of best-practices for archiving photos.

For more information, contact Librarian Sarah Morrison at 360.417.8500, ext. 7750, or send an email to . This program is supported by the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library Division, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. NOLS thanks the Port Angeles Friends of the Library for lending additional support to these and other educational programs!

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The Great Washington Shake Out!

On Thursday, October 15, NOLS will join Jefferson County Library, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library, Port Townsend Public Library, and more than 10 million people worldwide to participate in Great ShakeOut earthquake drills, which will begin at 10:15am at the site of each cooperating library. This is an opportunity for community members to join their local library staff in practicing and implementing the central tenets of earthquake preparedness: “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”

In Clallam County, library staff at NOLS branch locations in Clallam Bay, Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim will lead the drills by making an announcement at 10:15am and instructing patrons and staff to drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or sturdy table, and hold on for the remainder of the 90-second drill.

Jim Gill’s Music Play with Purpose: An Interactive Workshop for Early Childhood Educators

Picture of Jim Gill with his banjo.

Thursday, October 29
Port Angeles Main Library

Nationally recognized musician, author and early childhood education specialist Jim Gill will teach a free, interactive workshop for early childhood educators, librarians, and adults who work with children. During the workshop, Gill will introduce and explain concepts of active music play, and how they provide a context for children to develop abilities—such as self-regulation—that are essential to school success. Jim’s clever word play, rhymes, and active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development. Early childhood professionals and librarians will leave this session with a repertoire of music play activities that can be put to immediate and purposeful use in educational programming.

Limited space is available! Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Port Angeles Youth Services Department at 360.417.8500 x7705.

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

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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.

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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.