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Port Angeles Library Events

Homestead Home-Ec: Hands-on antique skills series

What was life like for the handful of individuals who first settled in Clallam County? What traditional skills were learned from nearby native tribes? Discover the answers to these questions and more at Homestead Home-Ec, a series of hands-on programs at the Port Angeles Main Library that explores the handicrafts and skills of early Olympic Peninsula residents. Come learn a new-old skill, and pick up a little history about the area.

All Homestead Home-Ec programs will begin at 6:30pm in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Main Library, and take place on a bi-weekly schedule throughout April and May. Attend as often as you wish! Dates for Homestead Home-Ec programs are as follows:

Thursday, April 16: Hand spinning and natural dyes

Thursday, April 30: Beekeeping

Thursday, May 14: Foraging and plant identification

Thursday, May 28: Hand quilting

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Registration is required to attend, and space is limited; to reserve your place, call 360.417.8500, send an email to . or register online.
For more information, contact Librarian Sarah Morrison at 360.417.8500, ext. 7750.

NOLS thanks Port Angeles Friends of the Library for supporting these and other educational programs!

ASRP: The Adventures of Robots, Rovers, and Astronauts in the Third Age of Exploration

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Escape the Ordinary with the Adult Summer Reading Program! Ron Hobbs’ presentation on space exploration kicks off two months of events, presentation, and opportunities to participate at all NOLS branches. Ron’s free presentation, “The Adventures of Robots, Rovers, and Astronauts in the Third Age of Exploration” will be given on:

Sequim Branch Library, Wednesday, June 3, 1pm

Forks Branch Library, Wednesday, June 3, 6pm

Port Angeles Main Library, Thursday, June 4, 6pm

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

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Creative Science! with the Burke Museum

Saturday, June 6th, 10am-12pm

Be creative with science! The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is hosting a special family program for kids age 3-5 and their families, and it’s all about art, nature, and science. Drop in anytime between 10am and 12pm to weave your own masterpiece, investigate rocks and minerals, and to explore plants and animals through a creative lens.

This program is made possible by a grant from Thrive By Five Washington, and is part of a collaboration between NOLS and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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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.

Elwha Dam

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:

Return of the River

June 3, 6:30pm — Free at Last: Elwha River through Three Years of Dam Removal
The Elwha Valley has undergone dramatic changes as sediment trapped behind dams was freed during the $325 million restoration project. Olympic National Park geomorphologist Andrew Ritchie will present time-lapse and fly-through videos as he discusses how the Elwha River has responded to the shift from a sediment-starved to sediment-rich system during the past three years.

June 11, 6:30pm — Half Empty or Half Full? A Balanced Rationale about Dam Removal
Author and scientist Dennis Dauble, a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will share several case studies of dam removal projects and discuss the economic, social, and ecological risks and rewards of dam removal. Dauble will also discuss the history of dam construction in the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing water storage and hydro-electric projects that have accompanied population growth in the 20th century.

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June 18, 6:30pm — Screening of Return of the River
“Return of the River” chronicles the multiple-year dam removal process and its far-reaching environmental impact by shining a light on the activists, scientists, park officials, tribal members, and politicians who worked to change the Elwha’s fate. Following the screening, filmmaker John Gussman will be available for a question and answer session in the library.

June 24, 6:30pm — Jump Starting Recovery: Revegetating the Elwha
Revegetation of the former reservoirs of Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell on the Elwha River began during November 2011. More than 200,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to date, and natural regeneration has thrived in some areas. Joshua Chenoweth, restoration ecologist for Olympic National Park, will discuss the progress of the natural and managed revegetation, as well as the future of the project.

June 29, 6:30pm — Hiking the Elwha Valley
Award-winning guidebook author Craig Romano will discuss hiking in the Elwha Valley. Drawing from his book, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula, Romano will cover a variety of trails in the Elwha River watershed that make for perfect family outings or multi-day adventures.

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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: The New Northwest Passage film screening

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In this documentary, four men in a small yacht sail through the icy Canadian Arctic where they witness the clash between traditional Inuit culture and the reality of modern Arctic life in a time of climate change. The Northwest Passage is going through massive changes—physical, political, economic and social. The New Northwest Passage documents this little-seen land and follows the crew as they discover the new reality of life in the Arctic.

Port Angeles Main Branch, Tuesday, June 16, 6pm

Sequim Branch, Tuesday, June 16, 6pm

Clallam Bay Branch, Saturday, July 11, 1pm

This is a 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program event; for additional information about upcoming events, contact Sarah Morrison at 360.417.8500 or .

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.

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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Summertime Music! Outdoor Concert Series

Cort Armstong and Blue Rooster Ranger & the Re-Arrangers Whozyamama

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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Poetry Walks

Four self-guided trails connecting poetry and nature.
April 13 - June 14.

More information here.

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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.