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Sequim Library Events


All branches will be closed for an all-day staff training session on Friday, April 25, 2014. All branches will reopen on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m.



One-on-One Gadget Lab Appointments

One-on-One Gadget Lab

“I have a new e-reader, but getting books on it from the library had me stumped. Getting personal help was perfect – I’ve been downloading books left and right, and doing it myself!” That was a recent testimonial from a happy Gadget Lab participant. Could you use a hand with the shiny new gadget in your life? The Library can help! Schedule a 15-minute hands-on, one-on-one technology tutoring appointment at Sequim Library. Gadget Lab appointments are available between 1:30 and 3pm on Wednesday April 16, 23, and 30. Bring your own device and you will be personally guided through the process of downloading e-books or audio books from the Library’s subscription download services such as Washington Anytime Library, 3-M, and Oneclick Digital. Experts Amber Blume-Barrett and Ambur Taft can help you with your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Android tablet or smartphone, Apple devices, and mp3 players. Amber says, “There is so much to keep up with in technology. It can be mind-boggling. Come in and let us give you a hand.”

Gadget Lab sessions will take place by appointment only between 1:30 and 3pm on Wednesday April 16, 23 and 30 at the Sequim Branch Library at 630 N Sequim Avenue. For more information or to book your appointment, contact Amber Blume-Barrett at or call 360.683.1161.



Food for Thought Series: Grow What You Like to Eat! Christie and Kelly Johnston of Johnston Farms

On Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00pm, the Sequim Branch will present the next in its Food for Thought series. Christie Johnston, of Johnston Farms, will discuss how to Grow What You Like to Eat!

Do you love to eat fresh vegetables but find your green thumb is sometimes not up to the task? This is the presentation for you! Christie and her husband Kelly Johnston have been supplying locals with organic veggies for the past 14 years. Christie will share how to find the right seeds, prepare your soil, and create the right environment for each plant. She’ll even talk about those hard-to-grow plants, and how to get them to thrive in our climate.

The Johnstons moved from Edmonds to the Olympic Peninsula in 2000 when they found their dream farm in Agnew. With a background in banking, Christie fell naturally into the marketing side of their business. She credits her husband Kelly, who holds a degree in horticulture, with teaching her everything she knows about growing things. But 14 years of hands-on work will make an expert of any one – or at the very least, turn your thumbs green! Christie says her passion is seeing people delighted with food freshly pulled from the earth.

Come to Food for Thought with Christie, and get fired up to grow what you like to eat this year!

This event is free, and pre-registration is not required.



Sequim Branch Library’s May Book Discussion: The Help

The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett will be discussed at 3pm on Saturday, May 10, at the Sequim Branch Library.

The Deep South of the 1960s is the volatile setting for this thought-provoking novel about two black maids in Jackson, Mississippi, and the white women who employ them. As the lives of these remarkable women intertwine, they build a compelling story whose heartbeat is injustice, indignation and cultural change. Stockett’s pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues.

Copies of the book are available at the Sequim Branch Library in various formats including large print, audiobook on CD, and downloadable e-book or audio. They can be requested online through the Library catalog at www.nols.org. Pre-registration for this program is not required, and drop-ins are always welcome.

Sequim Branch Library Book Discussion Group: 2014 Book Selections

  • Book Selection List
  • East of Eden

    January 11, 2014

    East of Eden
    by John Steinbeck
    Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Steinbeck creates some of his most memorable characters and explores his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

    Request this item.


    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    February 8, 2014

    We Need to Talk About Kevin
    by Lionel Shriver
    Presented as a series of letters, this is the story of Eva Khatchadourian, who is struggling to hold the remnants of her life together after her sixteen-year-old son is sentenced to prison for killing several of his classmates in a school shooting. Writing to her estranged husband, she explores the events that led up to Thursday, as she now calls the infamous afternoon, starting as far back as the couple’s decision to have a child.

    Request this item.


    Cutting for Stone

    March 8, 2014

    Cutting for Stone
    by Abraham Verghese
    When Marion Stone’s past catches up with him – nearly destroying him – he must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the twin brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

    Request this item.


    April 1865

    April 12, 2014

    April 1865: The Month that Saved America
    by Jay Winik
    April 1865 was a month that could have unraveled the United States of America. Instead, it saved it. Provocative, bold, exquisitely rendered, and stunningly original, April 1865 is the first major reassessment of the Civil War's close – a masterful account of the thirty most pivotal days in the life of the United States; not only the tale of the war's denouement, but also the story of the making of our nation.

    Request this item.


    The Help

    May 10, 2014

    The Help
    by Kathryn Stockett
    The Deep South of the 1960s is the volatile setting for this thought-provoking novel about two black maids in Jackson, Mississippi, and the white women who employ them. As the lives of these remarkable women intertwine, they build a compelling story whose heartbeat is injustice, indignation and cultural change. Stockett’s pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues.

    Request this item.


    The Art of Racing in the Rain

    June 14, 2014

    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    by Garth Stein
    On the eve of his death, Enzo, a philosopher among dogs, takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.

    Request this item.


    The Book Thief

    July 12, 2014

    The Book Thief
    by Markus Zusak
    This unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read, sharing her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

    Request this item.




Art in the Library at Sequim Branch Library

Sequim March – May 2014 Artist: Photographer Nora Lawson

Unlikely Nest

Nora Lawson grew up in the Puget Sound area. She has traveled to many states – she names California, Hawaii and Florida as a few of her favorites. When she moved to the Forks area four years ago, she discovered what those living here already know: the Olympic Peninsula is a photographer’s paradise. Her subject matter centers on nature’s abundant beauty including sunsets, rainforests, beaches, and wildlife. Rainforest Reflection

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, who schedules the artists and designs the displays. Nora Lawson’s photography will remain on display at the Sequim Branch Library through the end of May.





NOLS and PUD partner to help you save energy

Watt Detector

Clallam County PUD 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.






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