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Vocalist Robin Bessier

Robin Bessier Quintet Performs at January Art Blast!

The Robin Bessier Quintet will be performing an exciting mix of Latin, Swing and Blues at the Port Angeles Main Library on January 9 at 7pm as part of the Library’s quarterly Art Blast. Vocalist Robin Bessier will be joined by George Radebaugh on keyboard, Ted Enderle on bass, Tom Svornich on drums and Kurt Festinger on sax, clarinet and flute. Bessier, a Port Townsend resident, sings in a number of local bands, including Porto Alegre, Redshift and Sollati. Her CD, “Other Side of Forever” landed on the Top 40 jazz charts after its release last year.

The opening reception for the winter Art in the Library exhibit will be held at 6:30pm, immediately preceding The Robin Bessier Quintet performance. This is the time to meet the featured artists, view the art, and enjoy refreshments. The winter exhibit will feature wearable art pieces by Trisa Katsikapes and an eclectic mix of art from the North Peninsula Surface Design Group. The exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 9 until April 8.

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 Noah
Glaude, Main Library Manager, at 360.417.8500 x7717 or .


Celebrate the Adult Winter Reading Program at NOLS

Reading can help warm the soul through winter’s bitter months, and offers an array of health benefits that include reduced stress, increased brain function, and improved creativity. Start reaping some of reading’s rewards this winter with the 2015 Adult Winter Reading Program at NOLS.

Designed for adults ages 18 and older, this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program will take place between January 1 and February 28.

Celebrate the Adult Winter Reading Program

Participating is easy:
simply visit any NOLS library to pick up your Travelogue and then “read” your way around the Peninsula. For every 100 pages you complete, you will receive one entry in a marvelous
Grand Prize drawing on Tuesday, March 3; the more you read, the better your chances of winning!

To keep readers motivated, each NOLS library will be hosting events, including author visits and workshops, throughout the program:

  • January 8: Drop-In book discussion at the Port Angeles Main Library
  • January 21: Author talk with Janet Oakley at the Clallam Bay and Forks branch libraries
  • January 22: Author talk with Janet Oakley at the Sequim Branch Library and Port Angeles Main Library
  • February 3: Drop-In book discussion at the Port Angeles Main Library
  • February 28: Author talk with Mary Daheim at the Port Angeles Main Library
  • March 3: Grand Prize Drawing!

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Celebrate the Adult Winter Reading Program with Drop-In Book Discussions

Not sure what book to read next? Drop by the Port Angeles Main Library on Thursday, January 8, and Tuesday, February 3, for an easy-going book discussion group beginning at 6pm. Get great recommendations from library staff and other readers at this informal chat session, where you can discuss what you’re reading and learn about new books in a relaxed, casual setting.

Unlike traditional book groups, Drop-In Book Discussions at NOLS offer fans of any genre an opportunity to survey what others in the community are reading. There is no required reading prior to participation.


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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.


Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

In a continuing celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, the fall Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Port Angeles Main Library between October 10 and January 5. More>>

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NOLS and PUD partner to help you save energy Watt Detector

Clallam County PUD The Library and the PUD are jointly sponsoring a program at each NOLS branch where you can learn how to use a watt detector to save on your energy bills as well as more ideas for reducing your household energy consumption. Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits are available for checkout. Click here for more information about this program.