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.
“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, 3M, and OneClickDigital. Library technology wizards Amber Blume-Barrett and Ambur Taft can help you with your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Android tablet, smartphone, Apple devices, and mp3 players. “There is so much to keep up with in technology,” Blume-Barrett said, “It can be mind-boggling. Come in and let the library give you a helping hand.”
Gadget Lab sessions will take place by appointment only on the following dates:
Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm:
- January 7
- January 28
- February 4
- February 25
- March 25
- April 15
- May 6
Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm:
- February 9
- March 9
All Gadget Lab sessions will take place at the Sequim Branch Library, located at 630 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim. For more information or to book your appointment, contact Ambur Taft at , or call 360.683.1161.
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!
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.
Art in the Library at Sequim Branch Library
Sequim December—February Artist: Bridget Baker
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.
Art in the Library is a collaborative library/community art project featuring rotating exhibits by local artists. The program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Friends of Sequim Library, and also by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Randy Radock.
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.