Clallam County Reads
Reader’s Guide

The North Olympic Library System, in collaboration with partners around Clallam County, is excited to share a great read with the entire county, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery!

Clallam County Reads is a community-wide initiative encouraging participants to engage in a common reading experience. Join readers from all corners of the county and share in the experience of reading the same book at the same time!

Beginning October 1, visit your nearest NOLS location to pick up a free copy (yours to keep or share) or borrow it in a favorite format.

Clallam County Reads Events

Free, fun, educational, and community-building events will be held in October and November, culminating in author talks at the Sequim Branch Library and Port Angeles Main Library. For a complete overview, check the reader’s guide.

About the Book
Meet the Author
Book Discussions
Limited Edition Library Cards

Don’t have a library card? Need a replacement? Make a splash with a limited-edition octopus card!

Beginning October 1, and while supplies last, octopus cards will be available at all four library locations.

NOLS Octopus Library Card

Clallam County Reads

The North Olympic Library System, in collaboration with partners around Clallam County, is excited to share a great read with the entire county, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery!

Clallam County Reads is a community-wide initiative encouraging participants to engage in a common reading experience. Join readers from all corners of the county and share in the experience of reading the same book at the same time! Beginning October 1, visit your nearest NOLS location to pick up a free copy (yours to keep or share) or borrow it in a favorite format.

Free, fun, educational, and community-building events will be held in October and November, culminating in author talks at the Sequim Branch Library and Port Angeles Main Library. For a complete overview, check the reader’s guide.

All Events
Clallam Bay Events
Forks Events
Port Angeles Events
Sequim Events

About the Book

The Soul of an Octopus was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. It explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to Mexico and French Polynesia, pursuing these solitary shape-shifters. With a central brain the size of that of an African grey parrot and neural matter in each of its eight arms, octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to get food and escape enclosures; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading their caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? A naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of more than twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, Sy Montgomery’s other works include New York Times bestsellers The Good Pig and How to be a Good Creature. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association.

Meet the Author
Book Discussions
Reader’s Guide
Limited Edition Library Cards

Don’t have a library card? Need a replacement? Make a splash with a limited-edition octopus card!

Beginning October 1, and while supplies last, octopus cards will be available at all four library locations.

NOLS Octopus Library Card

Thank You:

Clallam County Reads events and materials, including over 600 copies of the title, were generously funded by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, Friends of Sequim Library, Friends of the Forks Library, and Clallam Bay Friends of the Library. Additional community organizations involved in the planning and support of Clallam County Reads include: Feiro Marine Life Center, Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Cabled Fiber & Yarn, First Federal Bank, Barhop Brewing & Artisan Pizza, Park View Villas, and Port Angeles Senior Center.

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