Celebrate the Adult Winter Reading Program at NOLS
Reading can help warm the soul through winter’s bitter months, and offers an array of health benefits that include reduced stress, increased brain function, and improved creativity. Start reaping some of reading’s rewards this winter with the 2015 Adult Winter Reading Program at NOLS.
Designed for adults ages 18 and older, this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program will take place between January 1 and February 28.
Participating is easy:
Simply visit any NOLS library to pick up your Travelogue and then “read” your way around the Peninsula. For every 100 pages you complete, you will receive one entry in a marvelous
Grand Prize drawing on Tuesday, March 3; the more you read, the better your chances of winning!
To keep readers motivated, each NOLS library will be hosting events, including author visits and workshops, throughout the program:
- January 8: Drop-In book discussion at the Port Angeles Main Library
- January 21: Author talk with Janet Oakley at the Clallam Bay and Forks branch libraries
- January 22: Author talk with Janet Oakley at the Sequim Branch Library and Port Angeles Main Library
- February 3: Drop-In book discussion at the Port Angeles Main Library
- February 28: Author talk with Mary Daheim at the Port Angeles Main Library
- March 3: Grand Prize Drawing!
Sequim Art in the Library Opening Reception featuring Author-Musician Patrick Loafman
Local author and musician Patrick Loafman will read from his new novel Somewhere Upriver at
6pm on Friday, March 6, during the March Art Walk artist reception. Loafman will also perform original music with a homemade kora—a West African 21-string instrument that is both a harp and a lute, and looks like “a hybrid between a banjo and a suspension bridge.”
Loafman’s novel Somewhere Upriver is the story of graduate student Douglas Mortimer as he journeys to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a great scientist. But when he hires an eccentric old herpetologist as a research assistant, his plans for a successful future are derailed. Together, they enter a world of toxic salamanders, eccentric characters and government conspiracies. Somewhere Upriver follows Douglas into places that will be familiar to residents of the Olympic Peninsula: the Queets Rain Forest, Whidbey Island and even Sully’s Burgers in Forks.
In an ongoing celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, the Sequim Branch Library will be displaying a portion of the Wilderness Art show that was recently seen at the Port Angeles Main Library. The Spring Art in the Library exhibit will be on display from March 6 until June 1. The show will feature vivid photography by local artists James Jackson and Dave Shreffler.
This free Art in the Library program is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library. For more information about the program, contact Emily Sly, Sequim Branch Library Manager, at 360.683.1161 or .
Celebrate Wilderness! at the Sequim Branch Library
In an ongoing celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, the Sequim Branch Library will be displaying a portion of the Wilderness art show that was recently on exhibit at the Port Angeles Main Library.
The Spring Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Sequim Branch Library from March 6 until June 1, and feature vivid photography by local artists James Jackson and Dave Shreffler.
The 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.
Gadget Lab: One-on-One Appointments
Could you use a hand with that shiny new gadget in your life? NOLS can help! The Sequim Branch Library is now offering 20-minute appointments with expert library staff for hands-on, one-on-one technology help.
This spring’s Gadget Lab sessions will take place by appointment only on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 24: 2-4pm
Thursday, April 9: 2-4pm
Tuesday, April 28: 5:30-7:30pm
“I have a new e-reader, but getting books on it from the library had me stumped,” one satisfied Gadget Lab participant said. “Getting personal help was perfect—I’ve been downloading books left and right, and doing it myself!” Bring your device and you will be personally guided through the process of downloading e-books or e-audiobooks from subscription download services such as Washington Anytime Library, 3-M, and Oneclick Digital. Library staff can help you with your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Android tablet, smartphone, Apple devices, and mp3 players.
For more information or to book your appointment, contact Ambur Taft at , or call 360.683.1161.
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.
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.