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Poetry Walks

Four self-guided trails connecting poetry and nature.
April 1 - May 31.
More information here.

Documentary Nights! at the Sequim Branch Library

Documentary Nights! at the Sequim Branch Library

Join your friends and neighbors for eye-opening journeys and inspired stories from some of today’s most innovative and gifted filmmakers during Documentary Nights! at the Sequim Branch Library. Films from around the world will be shown at
6pm every fourth Tuesday, January through June.

The “Documentary Nights!” program series will take place in the library meeting room, and is free to attend.

This program is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.

Driving with Selvi

Tuesday, May 23, 6pm: Driving with Selvi
“Driving with Selvi” follows the inspiring story of Selvi, South India’s first female taxi driver, as she takes control of both the steering wheel and her future during a courageous transformation from abused child bride to empowered working mother. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is led on an intimate journey of healing, overcoming obstacles, and fulfilling dreams. This 2015 film was directed by Elisa Paloschi.

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Tuesday, June 27, 6pm: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
This inspiring and hopeful story set on the pristine Haida Gwaii archipelago shows how the distinct worldviews of this 14,000-year old society is co-mingling with an influx of progressive, modern urbanites to create a sustainable life amid the challenges of the 21st century. Charles Wilkinson directed this 2015 film in Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the North Coast of British Columbia.

Launching Vee’s Chariot: An End-of-Life Tale

Author Kate Riley

Author Kate Riley will read from her book Launching Vee’s Chariot: An End-of-Life Tale, and lead a participatory discussion on the end of life at 4pm on Friday, May 26 at the Sequim Branch Library.

Kate Riley is a certified death midwife, minister, educator, advocate, international story consultant, and author. She embarked on her life purpose in the field of death and dying after completing her hospice training in 1988.

Launching Veeís Chariot: An End-of-Life Tale <strong></strong> book jacket

“Dying a good death is Vee Riley's final wish, and she believes a good death is a conscious death. In the grip of end-stage cancer, she decides how she will interact with her deteriorating physical condition, while letting go of family and friends, her home, and her independence. For most of her life, Vee pursued a daily spiritual practice that included artwork, writing, meditating, and communing in nature, and she devoted herself to compassionate service enriching the lives of hundreds. Now, at 87, Vee knows the door to life is closing, and she valiantly engages her daughter Kate as her ally. Vee’s goal is to die at home, but the process is not as straightforward as she envisioned...This is a book to read and keep: you will want your family to read it when your time comes, and you will want to read it while caring for one of them. It is a gift, a comfort, and a treasure.” Bonnie Vestal, M.D., Pediatric Oncologist and Medical Counselor, retired.

This author appearance is made possible with generous support from the Friends of Sequim Library.
For more information, email .

Sequim Art in the Library opening reception featuring Dean Ratzman

Sequim Art in the Library opening reception featuring Dean Ratzman

Friday, June 2,   6pm
Sequim Branch Library

Dean Ratzman will play his Swingin’ with Dean Show at 6:30pm on Friday, June 2, during the First Friday Art Walk. An artist reception will take place at 6pm, immediately preceding the live tunes, for the new Art in the Library exhibit featuring Jim Gift.

About Dean Ratzman
At 6:30pm, Dean Ratzman will offer his Swingin’ with Dean Show, featuring hits of great American artists from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. Ratzman’s solo show includes piano, trombone, trumpet and singing. Treat yourself to an evening of swing, jazz, blues, rock and pop.

artwork by Jim Gift

Art in the Library
The new Art in the Library exhibit features the photography and paintings of Jim Gift, and will be on display from June 2 through October 2 at the Sequim Branch Library. Gift, a Sequim-based artist, is an award winning nature photographer specializing in wildlife and landscape photography. He has won numerous awards for his photography including eight best of show ribbons. His landscapes reflect his special love of the wilderness. Gift is a lifelong birder and has completed his largest body of work on diverse bird species.

Over the last eight years, Gift has studied watercolor painting and has focused his time in developing his skills using this medium. He paints largely from his photographs of birds and of local mountains and waterways.

More information
Limited library services will be available during this special after-hours reception.
The Art in the Library program is made free to the public with generous support from
the Friends of Sequim Library.

Sync Summer Audiobook Program

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)

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 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)

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 .

Sync Summer Audiobook Program

Jerry Owie - Fazez of Afrika

Art in the Library at the Sequim Branch Library

The current Art in the Library exhibit features the paintings, prints, and sculptures of Jerry Owie, and will be on display from February 3 through May 30 at the Sequim Branch Library.

This program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Friends of Sequim Library. More information about Art in the Library can be found here.

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.

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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

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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!

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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 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 .

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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.

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.

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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.