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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.


Tuesday, January 24, 6pm: Happy
Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Director Roko Belic set out to answer these questions and more in this 2012 release, which combines powerful human stories from around the world with cutting-edge science to find a deeper understanding of the most valued emotion.

The Great Along

Tuesday, February 28, 6pm: The Great Alone
This 2015 film directed by Greg Kohs captures the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey, in Alaska’s 1000+ mile Iditarod race

Usual and Accustomed Places

Tuesday, March 28, 6pm: Usual and Accustomed Places
Makah filmmaker Sandra Johnson Osawa examines the fishing rights of Native Americans, discovering more about her own family history along the way. Osawa is an essayist and poet whose narration brings an intimacy to the history of broken treaties in this 2000 film.

The Color of Honor

Tuesday, April 25, 6pm: The Color of Honor
Filmmaker Loni Ding offers a vivid, collective portrait of the Japanese-American experience in World War II, following the 442nd Regimental Combat Team—the most decorated military unit in U.S. history—and the Military Intelligence Service (M.I.S.)—the linguists who decoded Japanese military plans—as well as the thousands of draft resisters and army protesters who challenged the constitutionality of the internment camps.

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.

Sequim Art in the Library opening reception featuring Allyn Guthrie

Local rock and blues duo Allyn Guthrie

Friday, February 3, 6pm
Sequim Branch Library

Local rock and blues duo Allyn Guthrie will perform at 6:30pm on Friday, February 3 during the First Friday Art Walk and opening reception for the new Art in the Library show, featuring the work of artist Jerry Owie. An artist reception will take place at 6pm, immediately preceding the live tunes.

About Allyn Guthrie
At 6:30pm, Rick “Allyn” Goudzwaard and Chris Guthrie will offer their “acoustic rock and blues with attitude,” with searing vocals, harmonies, acoustic and slide guitar, and mandolin backup. Treat yourself to an evening of spirited originals and classic covers.

Art in the Library
The new Art in the Library exhibit features the paintings of Jerry Owie, and will be on display from February 3 through May 30 at the library. Jerry Owie is a Sequim-based artist who was born in Benin City, Nigeria. He has worked in metal fabrication, fashion, furniture design and fabrication, chainsaw carving, and wood and stone chisel carving. Owie’s paintings and drawings are inspired by nature as well as life’s day-to-day activities and struggles.

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

Snake River-Ansel's View by Ken Dvorak

Art in the Library at the Sequim Branch Library

The current Art in the Library exhibit features the photography of Ken Dvorak, and will be on display from October 7, 2016 through February 1, 2017 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.

Artist Ken Dvorak has generously offered to donate 25% of any print sales during the months of December and January to the Sequim Branch Library. Consider the gift of art and support your library this holiday season!

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

Closeup picture of an iPad with a hand opening up the cover for a little peek.

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 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.