Articles 2020

Off the Shelf – Winter Gifts from Your Library

This December, we’re all being challenged to adapt favorite traditions and settle in at home for a while. If you’re looking for ideas to help pass the time this winter, visit to learn more about materials and services available online or curbside at your local library.


Off the Shelf – Celebrate National Picture Book Month

In recognition of National Picture Book month, I thought I would share a handful of my favorites published in 2020. Although picture books are particularly good for one-on-one sharing with the children in your lives (introducing new vocabulary, helping build a love of reading), they are also great for all ages; replete with art and poetry.


Off the Shelf – Visit Your Library Curbside

Many of us are heading inside earlier than we did a month ago, with sunset arriving closer to dinnertime, leaving us a couple hours indoors at the end of the day. This is a great time to connect with a new book, watch a movie or listen to an audiobook as you work on a craft. If you’re looking for something to read or watch, the library has endless options.


Off the Shelf – Doorways to Reading

If you’ve ever been confounded by what to read next, and a librarian or friend suggested the ideal book, then you’ve been a beneficiary of readers’ advisory! At the North Olympic Library System, staff can give personalized recommendations online at (under ‘Services’ select ‘Bookmatch’) or by phone. If you wonder how staff find those books or would rather search yourself, here are some things to try.


Off the Shelf – Find a New Book

Looking for a great new read to while away a summer day? The North Olympic Library System has you covered. The Library’s new book shelves, once a frequent destination for in-person browsing, are now full of books received within the last year waiting to be put on hold and checked out via curbside library service.


Off the Shelf – Customize Your Listening

For community members with a smart phone, tablet, or home computer, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks available through the Washington Anytime Library (WAL) and hoopla, are simple to access anytime from home—and have been a lifesaver through the recent library closure.


Off the Shelf – Summer Reading

We’re all looking forward to life getting back to “normal.” While this summer will look a bit different than past years, the library is still offering something familiar to many kids and adults – the Summer Reading Program!


Off the Shelf – What can I do on the NOLS website?

The question is really, “What can’t you do?” You may be surprised how much there is to explore at


Off the Shelf – Escape Into a Good Mystery

Right now who couldn’t use an escape? I love nothing better than an absorbing mystery that keeps me turning pages until the end. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed recently.


Off the Shelf – Numbers Tell a Story

Every ten years, the Census counts everyone living in the United States. By mid-March, you'll receive a postcard in the mail with information about how to complete the 2020 Census -online, by phone, or by mail. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and reflects where you are living on April 1.

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