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The Lowest Pair to perform at January Art Blast!

The Lowest Pair to perform at January Art Blast!

Olympia bluegrass duo, The Lowest Pair, will perform at 7pm on January 20 at the Port Angeles Main Library. This performance will take place during the library’s quarterly Art Blast—a free reception celebrating the opening of the new Art in the Library show. Refreshments will be served, and limited library services will be available during this special after-hours event.

The opening reception for the new Art in the Library exhibit will be held at 6:30pm, immediately preceding The Lowest Pair’s performance. This is an opportune time to meet the featured artists, enjoy refreshments, and view the new show, which features work by Seattle artist Derek Gundy and Greg and Marilyn Gundy of Sea Basket Farm. The Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 20 until April 18.

About the band
The Lowest Pair, the inspired stringed duo from Olympia, found their roots together in 2013 after first meeting on the banks of the Mississippi. Known for delivering their story through poetic and playful lyrics layered within stripped down intimate arrangements, the group creates an experience that is both haunting and timeless. Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee both studied roots music and traditional banjo techniques and their expert musicianship is equaled by their innate creative talents and free-spirited character. They recorded their first album, 36cents, after playing together for only a month. The evolution of the group’s sound in 2016 is expressed in their two new albums (Uncertain as it is Uneven, and Fern Girl and Ice Man) adding harmonica, drum, bass, and violin to their range. The Lowest Pair err on the side of creativity in their exploration of poetry, song, and melody, laying down songs about life’s journey that deeply root listeners in their music.


Coloring Outside the Library

Coloring Outside the Library

Monday, January 30, 6:30-7:30pm
Barhop Brewing and Taproom, 124 W. Railroad Avenue, Port Angeles
Free / Ages 21+

Take time for yourself this January and spend an hour coloring in a setting that is as relaxed as it is playful. NOLS will present “Coloring Outside the Library” at 6:30pm on Monday, January 30 at Barhop Brewing and Taproom in downtown Port Angeles. Adults ages 21 and older are invited to unwind with a cold beverage and a coloring book during this informal hour of creativity. With a plethora of designs for you to fill-in—from salty seascapes to geometric whorls—there is a coloring page to suit every mood. Color outside the library, and perhaps outside the lines, this winter with NOLS!

Sweetheart bookmarks are here! Create a one of a kind masterpiece for your sweetheart and give a gift that is as fun to create as it is to give away. Valentine’s-themed colorable bookmarks will be provided at this special event.

The library will provide all artistic materials and coloring books. Food and drink will not be provided, but attendees who choose to do so may purchase food and drink from Barhop Brewing and Taproom.

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


Flatverse Coding Camp

Have you ever wanted to try designing your own computer video game? Give it a shot this February and March at the Port Angeles and Sequim Branch libraries! Flatverse Coding Camps will offer participants of all ages weekly opportunities to experiment with an interactive programming environment from Microsoft Research.

This free camp is for all ages and consists of four consecutive weekly two-hour sessions.

Laptops will be provided, and registration is required.

Flatverse Coding Camp

Port Angeles Main Library camps:
Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Sequim Branch Library camps:
Fridays, 4pm – 6pm

This program is made possible by a grant from the Washington State Library.


Evening with an Author: Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield discusses “Babe in the Woods: Building a Life One Log at a Time”

Monday, February 6
6:30pm at the Port Angeles Main Library

Tuesday, February 7
6:30pm at the Sequim Library

Author, Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

Join author, artist, and former Olympic Peninsula resident Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield for a reading and discussion of her book, “Babe in the Woods: Building a Life One Log at a Time,” an honest and gritty memoir about her experiences living alone in the Oregon wilderness.

Following her presentation Pepin-Wakefield will answer audience questions and sign copies of her books. Readers of “Into the Wild,” “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” and “Walden” will eagerly follow the author’s journey through this candid and revealing story of survival.

About the Author:
Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is a former resident of Port Townsend and Art Specialist for Sequim School District. She has published and exhibited her work around the world, and has received wide recognition for her work in art education—including a Fulbright Memorial Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Arts Education Award. In addition to “Babe in the Woods,” Pepin-Wakefield is also the author of “Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait.”

Babe in the Woods: Building a Life One Log at a Time book jacket

About “Babe in the Woods”
At 18, Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield set out to build a home from the trees on her 80 acres of Oregon mountainside. For the following year, log-by-log, she constructed a cabin and sought to heal the wounds of her orphan past, along the way finding a new family in the forest and with the people of the John Day valley. “Babe in the Woods” puts an honest and gritty face on the fantasy of living alone in the woods. The book includes original artwork and ledgers that further detail the construction of the three-story log cabin she built by hand. Pepin-Wakefield’s moving account of her life experiences demonstrates the very real risk and isolation of a solitary life in the wilderness, with interwoven moments of peace, quiet beauty, and repose.

To learn more about this and other upcoming programs at NOLS, call the Port Angeles Main Library at 360.417.8500 or send an email to .


Book Wars! Book Wars!

Friday, February 10, 6:30pm
(team check-in 6:10pm)
Port Angeles Main Library

Seventh- and eighth-grade students from Stevens Middle School will compete in a literary trivia competition—a culmination of a year-long program during which participating language arts students formed teams and read ten books selected by library staff. The team that prevails February 10 will win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for each of its members. The public is welcome to attend this fun, free event.

Book Wars is a joint program between the Port Angeles School District and the Port Angeles Main Library, made possible by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library. For more information, please contact the Port Angeles Youth Services Department at 360.417.8500, ext. 7705.


Life in a Bottle, acrylic on canvas by Derek Gundy

Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

The winter Art in the Library show features bold acrylic paintings and basketry work made from bull kelp. Exhibiting artists include Derek Gundy, Greg Gundy, and Marilyn Gundy. The exhibit will be on display at the library from January 19 until April 18.

This program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, and by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Diane Williams, who schedules the artists and curates each show. For more information about Art in the Library, including how to participate, click here.


TechKnowLogy: One-on-one appointments with a library expert

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.


View the night sky with a telescope

Telescopes available!

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.


Picture of pedometer overlayed on picture of the lower legs of a hiker on a forest trail.

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.

What’s inside?

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

Cropped picture of man on couch with his ankle over his knee holding and using an ipad.

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!


Girl drumming in the street on the rhythm bucket with onlookers.

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.

What’s 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.

Two walkie-talkies flying over the forest.

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
library catalog.

More information
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 .


Kneeling women with GPS and geocache

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.


backpacking skier shown in snowy winter scene National Park Service arrowhead logo

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.