The 2017 Summer Reading Program includes reading incentive programs and fun events happening both within and beyond Library walls.
From magicians to musicians, and solar eclipses to zombie apocalypses, NOLS has summer fun for everyone!
Start exploring the exciting events, reading challenge and prizes here.
Global Heat to perform at July Art Blast!
Celebrate the new Art in the Library Pop Art Exhibit, on Friday, July 21, with the quarterly
Art Blast! event. Art Blast! is a celebration of the quarterly Art in the Library exhibit featuring local talent. Global Heat will take center stage at 7pm for a lively mix of fresh, funky soul music. Doors open at 6:30pm, so come early to mingle with featured artists! Refreshments will be served, and limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event.
About the Band
Global Heat thrills audiences around the world with their high–energy sound, with influences from old–school R&B like Prince and Sly & the Family Stone to contemporary artists like The Roots, Bruno Mars, and Macklemore. Band members have performed in over 34 countries worldwide, including tours of China, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. After an extended tour, Global Heat’s original lead MCs returned to Seattle in 2015 and reunited with other original members to record a sophomore album with Triple–Platinum producer Richard Garcia. Global Heat has received multiple awards, including winning the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Bellingham Music Film Festival for its new music video “For A Lifetime”.
Art in the Library
The opening reception for the new Art in the Library exhibit will be held at 6:30pm, immediately preceding Global Heat’s performance. This is an opportune time to meet the featured artist, enjoy refreshments, and view the new Pop Art exhibit. The exhibit will press artistic boundaries and is sure to delight and surprise! Among the many visual treats, library visitors will discover an entire alphabet with one foot tall letters that were felted, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, collaged, beaded, hand sewn and embellished with
a wide variety of mixed media. Twenty–four North Peninsula Surface Design chapter members contributed to this fabulous eclectic community project. The Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Library from July 21 until October 17.
This free Art in the Library program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. For more information, contact the Library at 360-417-8500 or
Read It or Weep!
Friday, November 10
Start reading now—don’t lose a minute! Grab your neighbors, friends, coworkers, family, book club, anyone you know—make a team of 4–6 people and register by November 4 for this book trivia competition for adults, Read It or Weep! Register your team by emailing Erin at . Don’t have a team? Have a team but need an extra player? Go to the NOLS Facebook events page to collaborate with fellow readers.
Team check–in at 6:30pm on November 10; Trivia starts at 7pm. Spectators are welcome!
All questions will be based on the eight books selected for the competition and will include quotes and other minutiae (Which character buys ice cream while contemplating a bill? What story includes the minor characters Georgette and Marcel, a married couple?). Each book represents a different genre; genres include Mystery, Literary fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical fiction, and more. Books for the competition are:
- Claire of theSea Light by Edwidge Danticat
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton
- The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles
- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
- Wrinkles by Paco Roca
Read It or Weep! is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.
Sync Summer Audiobook Program
The North Olympic Library System is partnering with Sync this summer to provide free audiobook downloads. Sync is a free summer audiobook program for ages 13 and older.
Beginning April 27, Sync will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Simply sign up to get notifications of when the free audiobook downloads are available! You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles will update every Thursday at 10am.
Sync seeks to develop the audience of audiobook listeners by providing free audiobook downloads during the program dates. Sync is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Audiobook downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible. Each SYNC audiobook title will be available for download for a period of 7 days only. Once titles are downloaded, they are yours to keep! The Sync Summer Audiobook Program runs from April 27 to August 16, 2017.
THE DEAD HOUSE Dawn Kurtagich (Hachette Audio)
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY Oscar Wilde (Naxos AudioBooks)
FEED M.T. Anderson (Listening Library)
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Douglas Adams (Random House Audio)
BRONX MASQUERADE Nikki Grimes (Recorded Books)
TEENAGE DIARIES: THEN AND NOW Radio Diaries (Highbridge Audio)
THE GATHERING: SHADOW HOUSE, BOOK 1 Dan Poblocki (Scholastic Audiobooks)
IN OUR BACKYARD: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT Nita Belles (Oasis Audio)
FREAKLING Lana Krumwiede (Brilliance Audio)
BOY Anna Ziegler (L.A. Theatre Works)
BEAST Donna Jo Napoli (Recorded Books)
OF BEAST AND BEAUTY Stacey Jay (Tantor Media)
PLUS ONE Elizabeth Fama (Elizabeth Fama)
IF I RUN Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK W.E.B. Du Bois (Dreamscape Media)
THE RED UMBRELLA Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Ideal Audiobooks)
THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES Terry Pratchett (HarperAudio)
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 Stacy Schiff (Hachette Audio)
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ Richard Montoya (L.A. Theatre Works)
MY NAME IS NOT EASY Debby Dahl Edwardson (Brilliance Audio)
REBUTTAL Jyotsna Hariharan (HarperAudio)
REMEMBER TO FORGET Ashley Royer (Blink)
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR Mark Schatzker (Dreamscape Media)
SUGAR Deirdre Riordan Hall (Brilliance Audio)
GONE: GONE SERIES, BOOK 1 Michael Grant (Tantor Media)
THE ONE SAFE PLACE Tania Unsworth (Highbridge Audio)
AIRBORN Kenneth Oppel (Full Cast Audio)
SHADOWS ON THE MOON Zoe Marriott (Brilliance Audio)
IN MY HANDS: MEMORIES OF A HOLOCAUST RESCUER Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong (Listening Library)
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY Ruta Sepetys (Listening Library)
METAMORPHOSIS Franz Kafka (Naxos AudioBooks)
SHADOWSHAPER Daniel José Older (Scholastic Audiobooks)
For more information, email .
NOLS Grows Seed Library is a seed exchange kiosk stocked with small, pre-packaged quantities of free vegetable seeds and other educational materials related to gardening, growing, and seed-saving.
To learn more, click here.
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.
Fun in the Sun!
The sun is out – so fire up the barbeque, invite over some friends, and enjoy the beautiful Olympic Peninsula scenery while playing outdoor games! The North Olympic Library System now has Bocce Ball and Rope Ring Toss available to borrow, so come in and pick up yours today!
Each outdoor game set may be borrowed for up to one week, and comes equipped with easy quick-start instructions. To checkout a game, stop by your nearest NOLS Library or place a hold in the online catalog.
For additional information about other nontraditional items available for checkout, search
“NOLS gear” in the catalog or send an email to .
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Watt Detectors Available at Your Library
Clallam County PUD and NOLS are partnering to offer residents a way to measure energy use in their homes with Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits available for check out. The Kill-A-Watt™ device is a "watt detector" used to measure the amount of electricity your household appliances use. It calculates how much energy and money is being spent on an hourly, daily, monthly or yearly basis. Energy use is measured in watts, which translates into kilowatt-hours (kWh), the same unit of measure used on electric bills. Studies show that people using electricity monitors will save between 5-20% on their bill by watching their energy use and making effective changes.
You may check out a Kill-A-Watt™ device for 21 days. Instructions and other energy consumption information will be included in the kit as well as a worksheet for recording your monthly estimated cost for each of your appliances. A manual for the device can be found here.
To checkout a watt detector, stop by your nearest NOLS library or place a hold on one by visiting the library catalog.