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Storytimes at the North Olympic Library System

Regularly held storytimes at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) begin again starting on September 17. Storytimes at NOLS introduce children to reading in fun and engaging ways, and provide parents and caregivers with ideas on ways to help bolster early literacy development. Weekly storytimes will be held at the Port Angeles and Sequim Libraries through May, and the Forks Branch Library through June.


NOLS is Fine Free!

Beginning September 1, 2019, your library is fine free! The North Olympic Library System will no longer charge overdue fines for items returned late. This change helps ensure equitable and free access to library materials and services for everyone in our community.

NOLS is not alone in eliminating fines. Libraries across North America are going fine free to reduce access barriers. Earlier this year the American Library Association passed a resolution encouraging libraries to eliminate fines. You can read the NOLS Board of Trustees resolution about going fine free, and the reports that underlay that decision, here.


Call for Artists – Ocean Arts

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is currently seeking submissions for an Ocean Arts exhibit at the Port Angeles Main Library and Sequim Branch Library. Local artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter work of any medium from paintings and drawings to fiber art and sculpture. Deadline for consideration is Monday, September 16, 2019.


Off the Shelf – Summer Jazz at the Library

If you haven’t yet enjoyed an outdoor concert at the Sequim Branch Library’s outdoor stage, mark your calendar for Friday, August 23rd and 30th. The panoramic views of the Olympics make for a stunning backdrop, admission is free, and the memories are priceless. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and invite your friends and neighbors to meet you at the library for a show! Concerts start at 6pm; inclement weather brings the performance inside the library.


Peninsula Families Today – Encouraging Empathy in Children

"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression." Mr. Rogers


Off the Shelf: Expand Your Reading – Expand Your World

Books have amazing powers to both affirm our lives and expand our horizons. Everyone has personal preferences for certain types of authors or characters, and reading in a well-loved genre, style, or subject can be relaxing, comforting, and reassuring. But reading can also expand our world view, taking us beyond our own lives, local culture, or current society, and letting us experience different times, lifestyles, life experiences, places, and cultures.


Off the Shelf – 3, 2, 1… Blast Off!

Every year, libraries across the country encourage youth to continue reading during the summer break. Daily reading is good for everyone, but is especially important for young people who are learning to read and developing critical thinking skills. Whether you’re a book-lover or reluctant reader, a kid or grown-up, NOLS is here to help you achieve your summer reading goals, and have fun doing it!