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Elwha: A River Reborn
Traveling Exhibit & Program Series

The Port Angeles Main Library is proud to present Elwha: A River Reborn, a new traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum, on view from June 1 to August 29.

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Based on a book of the same name by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman, Elwha explores the people, places, and history behind a remarkable story–and the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. Through first–person accounts, stunning photographs, and informative text printed on free–standing banners, visitors can follow the Elwha’s journey from abundant wilderness to economic engine. Elwha River Aeriel

Elwha: A River Reborn was developed by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in collaboration with The Seattle Times, Mountaineers Books, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Port Angeles Main Library’s presentation of the exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

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Elwha Program Series

While the Elwha exhibit is on display through the summer, the Library will be hosting a series of special Elwha-related programs, including:

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July 10, 7pm — Summer Art Blast!
Roger Fernandes, storyteller and member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, will share a welcoming song and stories of the Lower Elwha. The Elwha Drum Group of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will then share songs and drumming in the heart of the Library. The opening reception for the summer Art in the Library exhibit will be held at 6:30pm, immediately preceding Roger Fernandes’ performance. The summer exhibit features Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe artwork and will be on display at the Library from July 9 until October 6.

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July 18, 9am — Poetry Workshop and Hike with the Washington State Poet Laureate
Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a short, meditative hike on the Smokey Bottom (formerly West Lake Mills) Trail and a brief, guided writing session in response to the hike. Since the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam in 2014, Lake Mills no longer exists, but the trail now provides great opportunities to view the old lake bed and see the Elwha River restoration effort firsthand. No previous experience with hiking or writing is needed, but participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited, so registration required and will open June 15.

For information about Elwha: A River Reborn and related programs, contact the Library at 360.417.8500 or send
an email to . The Port Angeles Main Library is located at 2210 South Peabody Street.


ASRP: Superhero America: The Comic Book Character as Historical Lens

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T. Andrew Wahl, head of the journalism program at Everett Community College, will present “Superhero America: The Comic-Book Character as Historical Lens” at 1pm on Thursday, July 23, at the Sequim Branch Library, and again at 6pm at the Port Angeles Main Library. This multimedia presentation will connect comic book superheroes (and the occasional villain!) to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology.

This 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program event is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, Friends of Sequim Library, and Humanities of Washington. For additional information about upcoming ASRP events, contact Librarian Sarah Morrison at 360.417.8500 or .

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One-on-One Tech-Know-Logy Appointments

Device Help

How would you like to keep your e-reader, smart phone, or tablet full of free library books that you can download right from home? What about being able to download new content in the airport, a hotel, rest stop, and even your vacation destination? NOLS can show you how!

Schedule a 30-minute appointment with expert library staff for hands-on, one-on-one tutoring at the Port Angeles Main Library. Tech-Know-logy sessions will take place by appointment only between 4pm and 7pm on May 20, June 10, July 1 and 22, and August 12 at the Port Angeles Main Library.

Bring your device and be personally guided through the process of downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks from services such as Washington Anytime Library, 3M Cloud Library, and OneClickDigital, as well as the library’s new instant streaming service, hoopla! Staff experts can help you with your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Android tablet or smartphone, Apple device, laptop, or mp3 player. Or, if you’re still considering whether to purchase an e-reader or similar device, the experts can help you find information about which device might best fit your needs.

For more information or to book your appointment, email call 360.417.8500, or visit www.nols.org.


Summertime Music! Outdoor Concert Series

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Grab your lawn chair, a blanket, some good eats, and enjoy live tunes at the Port Angeles Main Library’s annual Summertime Music! Outdoor Concert Series. Bring your family, bring your friends, and have fun!

All concerts begin at 6pm.

July 30: Cort Armstrong & Blue Rooster
Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster perform a signature blend of country, bluegrass, blues, and other music rooted in the Appalachian Mountain sound. Though busy playing in other bands all over the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, and beyond, when Blue Rooster gets together their singular sound comes through like gangbusters.

August 13: Ranger & the Re-Arrangers
Ranger and his father Michael formed Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” in 2006. In the years since, the band has released three CDs and played over 600 shows. Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers”evoke the spirit of a Paris café and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist on Gypsy Jazz. The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger’s unique originals.

August 27: Whozyamama
Whozyamama evokes the traditional Cajun music of southern Louisiana with fiddle, accordion, guitar, bass and Cajun French vocals. A short dance lesson on the Cajun two step and waltz will be led by Claudette Boudreaux of Dulac, Louisiana. The band's name is also a game folks play down there when they meet. Come play "who's ya mama?" with the band!


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Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

The spring Art in the Library show features repurposed marine debris by local artists and students, an eclectic mix of photographs from Judy Larimore, elegant woodwork by Bill Wood, whimsical collages by Melanie Salazar, and new paintings from North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center students. The exhibit will be on display at the Library from April 9 until July 7.

The program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and also by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Diane Williams, who schedules the artists and designs the displays. More information about Art in the Library can be found here.


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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.

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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.