Art in the Library Reception at the Sequim Branch Library
On Friday, December 5, the Sequim Branch Library will take part in Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk with a special after-hours reception featuring the work of local painter Bridget Baker. The artist’s work will be on display, light refreshments will be served, and live music by Jaspar Lepak will be performed from 6pm until 7:30pm. Limited library services will also be available during the reception.
Bridget Baker’s abstract art, on view inside the library throughout December, January and February, is created primarily with acrylic paint. Although she’s always been creative, Baker began painting two years ago and is mostly self-taught. First drawn to collage work, she quickly fell in love with the acrylic process. Her newest work often mixes media to take advantage of the creative potential in each approach.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Baker spent almost 15 years living below the Mason-Dixon Line, mainly in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast. She lived overseas for three years before retiring to the Olympic Peninsula. In her work you will see influences of the endless prairie sky found in the Midwest and the multicultural influences of the Deep South, as well as the natural beauty of her adopted home in Sequim.
Jaspar Lepak is a Folk/Americana singer-songwriter known for her bell-like voice and introspective storytelling. A child of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Lepak began writing songs in 2002 while living in Minneapolis. She recorded five albums between 2004 and 2008, and in 2009 left Minneapolis for Durban, South Africa. Performing on some of the country’s premier stages, she gained an enthusiastic following and released her sixth album. Lepak currently lives in Seattle and this spring released her seventh album, Wide World.
Free Pool Passes available now
Lift some weights, go for a swim, take an exercise class, or just splash around! The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has partnered with the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) in Sequim to make two free passes available for checkout beginning November 3. Whether alone or with the entire family, SARC passes give library card holders a free, fun and easy way to test the waters and stay active.
How to use your pool pass
One pass is for individuals who’d like to try one of the many classes offered at SARC – everything from Tai Chi to water aerobics. The second pass grants up to six household members access to workout, cardio, and weight rooms, in addition to open swim and family fun night. Patrons may borrow each pass for up to one week.
Reserving your pass & Additional information
Patrons may borrow each pass for up to one week. Pool passes have been generously donated by the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center. To place a hold request search for "SARC pool pass." Hold requests can also be made by calling the library or visiting any of the four NOLS libraries in Clallam County.
Birding Kits at Your Library
Get ready for the fall migration! NOLS has partnered with the Dungeness River Audubon Center and designer Tom Bihn to make three birding kits available for checkout beginning October 6. NOLS birding kits offer library card holders a fun, free and easy way to get outside and explore the abundant wildlife of Northwest Washington.
Each kit comes equipped with all the discovery tools you’ll need for successful bird watching: binoculars, a guide book for adults and one for younger readers, a birdsong CD, and pamphlets addressing the basics and etiquette of birding – all packaged in a Tom Bihn daypack. 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.
Get Out and Explore Olympic!
Olympic National Park and the North Olympic Library System are teaming 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 and can be reserved through the online catalog. 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.
NOLS and PUD partner to help you save energy
The Library and the PUD are jointly sponsoring a program at each NOLS branch where you can learn how to use a watt detector to save on your energy bills as well as more ideas for reducing your household energy consumption. Kill-a-Watt™ Energy Detector Toolkits are available for checkout. Click here for more information about this program.