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National Novel Writing Month 2015

Featuring author talks, writing workshops, and weekly write-in sessions to help you reach your goal! NaNoWriMo is a national creative writing program in which participants try to meet the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Author Events:

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  • Virtual author talk with Ashley Mackler-Paternostro

Tuesday,  November 10, 6pm,  Port Angeles Main Branch
Friday,  November 13, 6pm,  Sequim Branch

Pacific-Northwest-inspired author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro will host an online video at the Port Angeles and Sequim branch libraries to discuss her writing and research process, and how to move beyond the first draft to eventual publication. Although a Midwest native, Mackler-Paternostro left her heart in the PNW; her earlier work, In the After, is set in Joyce. Her novels tell the stories of contemporary families and the strong women at their centers.

  • Author talk with Sequim’s Lindy MacLaine

Friday,  November 20, 6pm,  Sequim Branch
Local author Lindy MacLaine will discuss her work, the writing process, and answer audience questions. MacLaine is the author of the fantasy adventure series, Piper Pan and Her Merry Band. The first installment, The Curse of the Neverland, was released in March 2015. An avid reader and performer-turned-writer, Lindy is a familiar face at the Sequim Branch Library, where she worked for 5 years.

  • Picture-book writing workshop with Lisa Mantchev

Saturday,  November 21, 10:30am,  Port Angeles Main Branch
Local author Lisa Mantchev will discuss the picture-book and novel-writing processes, offer tips from her experience, and introduce writing exercises to help get participants’ creative juices flowing. This event is open to all ages.

Weekly Write-Ins:

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No previous writing experience necessary! Drop by your library during any scheduled Write-In, grab some coffee, and pull up a chair. You have a great novel in you!

  • Write-In Schedule:
  • Clallam Bay Branch Library:  Mondays,  3-5pm
  • Forks Branch Library:  Saturdays,  2-4pm
  • Port Angeles Main Library:  Saturdays,  2-4pm
  • Sequim Branch Library:  Mondays,  3-5pm

Guidance and feedback for your work-in-progress

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NaNoWriMo participants (and other aspiring novelists) are invited to submit up to 1,000 words of a work-in-progress for professional insight and feedback. All selections will be reviewed by published author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro, who will provide individualized feedback for each selection.

  • Guidelines:
  • Submit your work-in-progress between Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, November 21.
  • Max. 1000 words.
  • Send submissions to .
  • Open to all NOLS patrons.
  • Only the first 30 submissions received will be reviewed.

First Friday Art Walk featuring author Jonathan Evison and artist Jarrod Jackson

Best-selling author Jonathan Evison will read from his latest novel This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! at 6:30pm on Friday, December 4, at the Sequim Branch Library. Evison’s reading will take place during the winter Art in the Library opening reception and First Friday Art Walk events.

Picture of Jonathan Evison. Picture of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! book jacket.

About Jonathan Evison

Bainbridge Island’s Jonathan Evison is the New York Times-bestselling author of three award-winning novels: All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, soon to be a major motion picture. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! was released in September 2015 and is the author’s fourth novel. Books will be available for purchase from Hart’s Fine Books of Sequim. Evison will also be available to sign books.

About Art in the Library

The opening reception for the winter Art in the Library exhibit will be held at 6pm, immediately preceding the reading by Jonathan Evison. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet featured artist Jarrod Jackson, view the art on display, and enjoy light refreshments. The winter show will be on-view until March 1, 2016. Limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event.

This program is offered in partnership with Hart’s Fine Books and is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.

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Art in the Library at the Sequim Branch Library

The Fall Art in the Library exhibit will be on display at the Sequim Branch Library between September 3 and December 1, 2015, and features the illustrations of colored pencil artist Vana Arnold.

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.

Vana Arnold's Moonlight Rendezvous

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.

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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.