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Sequim Library Events

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JUNE 20 — August 20

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Outdoor Summer Concerts

Bring your lawn chair, a blanket, some good eats, and enjoy live tunes at the Sequim Branch Library's annual Summertime Music Outdoor Concert Series!
In case of inclement weather, concert to be held indoors at the Sequim Branch Library.

Dirty Beat Duo

Dirty Beat Duo

Friday, July 22,  6pm,  Sequim Branch Library

This groovy duo will stop at nothing to create and perform the most danceable cross genre, cross generational electronic dance music known to the planet. Dirty Beat Duo embodies voracious beats and playful, pulsing, positive vibes that unite our community and evolve our spirit.

Lobo Del Mar

Lobo Del Mar

Friday, July 29,  6pm,  Sequim Branch Library

Travel the world with the music of Lobo Del Mar, a Celtic band and dance troupe performing music and dance from around the globe. Audiences are given a taste of the family’s mixed heritage, as well as all the beautiful places this family has called home. Musical repertoire includes Celtic music, bagpipes, Irish Step Dance, Flamenco, Mexican music, bluegrass, Western Swing, Polynesian music and dance, and bellydance!

Delta Rays

Delta Rays

Friday, August 5,  6pm,  Sequim Branch Library

The Delta Rays have played their spicy blend of Zydeco, R&B, Irish fiddle, Tex-Mex accordion, Gypsy folk, and swing music around the Peninsula for more than 20 years.

Bushwick Book Club

Bushwick Book Club

Friday, August 12,  6pm,  Sequim Branch Library

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle delivers literature, music, and songwriting to the community while building the next generation of musicians and readers. This rotating group of musicians will perform original music inspired by a variety of different books with the intent of inspiring literature and music lovers alike!

Contra dancers Rodney Miller

Community Contra Dance

Saturday, August 20,  6pm,  Sequim Branch Library

Bring your dancing shoes and join the fun during an all-ages community contra dance with caller Sherry Nevins. Accompanying tunes provided by Master Fiddler Rodney Miller and Alex Sturbaum on guitar.

(In case of inclement weather, dance to be held indoors at
Sequim High School Cafeteria, 601 N Sequim Ave.

Things Are Looking Up! - Discover Astronomy with your Library

Humans have long admired, feared, and wondered about the potential that twinkles far above in the inky night sky. This August, NOLS is offering a collection of astronomy-inspired events to fuel your curiosity and wonder about outer space. The “Things Are Looking Up!” astronomy series will feature a hands-on introduction to the new Library telescopes, a free film screening of “The Martian,” and fascinating discussions about space exploration with NASA Ambassador Ron Hobbs.

John Goar

Telescopes 101
Monday, August 8, 6:30pm
Port Angeles Main Library

Learn how to use the new NOLS telescopes—available for checkout beginning August 9—under the expert guidance of the Olympic Astronomical Society’s own John Goar. With a telescope in-hand, John will show you how to use these powerful tools and share tips for beginning and experienced viewers. The presentation will highlight the best summer sky targets on the Peninsula, and will be followed by a Q&A session for attendees to take advantage of John’s expertise and extensive astronomy background.

John devotes much of his free time exploring the outer limits of space with a pair of Dobsonian telescopes he built (named Ursa Minor and Draco) and sharing his passion for the night sky with the public. For seven consecutive years, he has led night sky observation programs that are free and open to the public as a volunteer at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. More information about these programs can be found at www.olympictelescope.com.

The Martian

Free Film Screening: "The Martian"
Monday, August 22, 5pm
Port Angeles Main Library

The 2015 film “The Martian” starring Matt Damon is based on the novel by Andy Weir, who extensively researched real NASA technologies in his startlingly realistic depiction of a future mission to Mars. The story centers on American astronaut Mark Watney, a clever and resourceful NASA botanist and mechanical engineer whose approach to survival is rooted in science and humor. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film and recent discoveries about Mars at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 23, at the Port Angeles Main Library.

Ron Hobbs

Mars and “The Martian”
Tuesday, August 23, 6:30pm
Port Angeles Main Library

Join NASA Ambassador Ron Hobbs for a discussion of the real space technology that was employed in the making of “The Martian,” as well as recent discoveries about the red planet. The discussion will focus on how the work of NASA and other agencies extends into the film’s fictional setting in the 2030s, when astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on its surface. This talk will also review some of the exciting new revelations about Mars, and, weather permitting, offer participants an opportunity to view the planet through a telescope.

Ron Hobbs is currently an instructor for Bellevue College’s TELOS education program for retirees. His extensive speaking background has focused on topics as diverse as herbal medicine, public health, mountaineering, and astronomy. His life-long interest in the exploration of space led him to his current volunteer position for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Solar System Ambassador.

We Are All Explorers!
Monday, August 22, 6:30pm, Forks Branch Library
Wednesday, August 24, 6:30pm, Sequim Branch Library

Engage your inner-explorer with NASA Ambassador Rob Hobbs! Since its beginning 240 years ago, the United States has been the “Exploration Nation,” and for the past fifty-plus years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has led explorations into the Solar System. Now the internet age allows citizens to participate in that exploration, from just enjoying the views to processing the pictures, to contributing “citizen science.” Hobbs’ talk will review some of the current NASA missions and ways in which everyone can ride along on the adventure.

The “Things Are Looking Up” astronomy series is free and open to the public, and has been made possible by generous donations from Friends of the Library groups and Forks Elks Lodge #2524. To learn more, contact the Port Angeles Main Library at 360.417.8500 or send an email to .

Listen Up! Logo

Listen Up! Stories from the Northwest Corner

Curious about the next Listen Up theme? We’ll begin to record stories from veterans in late August and early September. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing a story, please contact us at – we’d love to hear from you!

To kick-off the Listen Up program, sixteen interviews were collected in spring of 2016 about personal experiences in national parks. The complete recordings can be found at the Washington Rural Heritage website. We also compiled some of our favorite stories from the recordings into a video – click here to watch!

Wine Country by Eileen Gieser

Art in the Library at the Sequim Branch Library

The summer Art in the Library exhibit features the pastel works of Eileen Gieser, and will be on view from June 3 through October 3 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.

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.

Free Pool Passes for SARC

Free Pool Passes

Notice: The Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) will close indefinitely beginning Friday, October 30, 2015. As a result, NOLS pool passes will be suspended. This closure does not affect passes to the William Shore Memorial Pool in Port Angeles. For additional information, contact NOLS Technical Services Manager Erin Shield at 360.417.8500 ext. 7724.