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Port Angeles Library Events

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Do You Believe in Magic? Family magician Jeff Evans returns to NOLS

See what Valentine tricks magician Jeff Evans has up his sleeve at these free programs for all ages. There is always magic in the air when Jeff performs at the Library, and these special performances are sure to entertain and amaze!

  • Clallam Bay Branch Library
    Friday,  February 12,  7-8pm
  • Forks Branch Library
    Saturday,  February 13,  12-1pm
  • Port Angeles Main Library
    Saturday,  February 13,  3:30-4:30pm

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TEDxPortAngelesLibraryLive

Drop in anytime to watch streaming TEDx Talks!
Thursday, February 18, 1-8pm

TEDxPortAngelesLibraryLive will bring the TED2016 Conference to the Port Angeles Main Library beginning at 1pm on Thursday, February 18. Watch thought-provoking talks on a wide range of topics, from social issues to science breakthroughs, interspersed with a live, simulcast feed from the TED2016 Conference in Vancouver. This event will take place in the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Main Library, and is free and open to the public. Stop in for one video, one hour, or more.

The theme for TED2016 is dreams: the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. If you like, adjourn to the Library Living Room between sessions and begin the discussion; these are ideas worth spreading.

For additional information about this event, contact Sarah Morrison at or at 360.417.8500.


Painting, Sierra Horsley, by Pamela Hastings


Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

The first Art in the Library show of 2016 features sculpture, assemblage work, and 100 portraits of “hot flash women” by Port Angeles artist Pamela Hastings. The exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 8 until April 12.

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.


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.