News Releases

News Releases2020-01-03T14:34:58-08:00

Check here for announcements about current programs and events, news about changes at the Library, new services and programs and an archive of NOLS news.

12Aug, 2020

Broads & Broadsides: The Dead Feminists Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host Broads & Broadsides: The Dead Feminists Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage through Zoom on Thursday, August 20 at 6pm. The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, was first introduced to Congress in 1878 but not passed until 1919, and was finally ratified into law August 18, 1920.

07Aug, 2020

NOLS Offering Library Cards Curbside

In June the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) began offering Curbside Service, providing holds pickup, Grab Bags, returns, and now physical library cards! NOLS has received almost 600 new library card registrations online since the beginning of March 2020 when its facilities were closed to the public due to COVID-19. Staff are eager to be able to connect new patrons with their physical card, providing many temporary (online) accounts with full service access.

05Aug, 2020

Big Library Read: The Darwin Affair

North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can join thousands of readers around the world in reading a historical fiction thriller eBook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. Now through August 17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting” eBook The Darwin Affair with no waiting.

04Aug, 2020

No Small Matter Film Screening and Local Panel

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is happy to partner with the Clallam Resiliency Project to provide a free viewing of the documentary No Small Matter. In addition to the documentary viewing, NOLS and the Clallam Resiliency Project will be co-hosting a panel of experts to discuss the film as well as early childhood learning and development.

28Jul, 2020

NOLS asking for feedback

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is looking for feedback to help plan for upcoming programs and services. Participants may fill out an online survey at bit.ly/NOLSFallSurvey. Paper copies of the survey are available during curbside pickup at each NOLS location. Curbside library service, including returns and holds pick up, is available 11am-5pm Monday through Friday at all NOLS locations, and Saturday 10am to 2pm in Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks.

27Jul, 2020

ReThink Journals for All Ages

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is presenting ReThink Journals for All Ages. During this virtual workshop, create a one-of-a-kind journal to write your story in using simple, easy to find materials from around your home and/or simple kits from the library. A workshop for kids creating brown paper bag journals will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30am. ReThink Journals for adults and teens will be held on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm.

25Jul, 2020

NOLS Grab Bags: Let Library staff do the browsing for you

Beginning July 24, North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can request a Grab Bag on the library’s website. Each bag will contain up to 10 hand-picked items from the library’s collection that patrons can pick up during curbside checkout. Patrons should allow up to two business days for their request to be processed; automatic holds notifications will be sent when items are ready for pickup. The new service will be available during regular curbside service hours at all four branches. Patrons without internet access can call their local branch to have library staff complete the Grab Bag request form for them.

14Jul, 2020

Build a Toolbox with NOLS

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) invites kids ages 6-12 to build their own toolbox with an adult, using provided kits and following along with a demo on Facebook. Toolboxes can hold tools, books, art supplies, toys, and more! This building project is an opportunity for kids and adults to connect with each other by talking, learning, and creating together.

06Jul, 2020

Free Masks Available at NOLS Locations

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is proud to partner with the Clallam County Emergency Operations Center to provide FREE masks to the public. NOLS recognizes that masks are not easily accessible to many individuals in our community.

06Jul, 2020

Teen Summer Events

As part of the annual Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is hosting a series of special virtual events for teens. Activities include trivia, virtual escape rooms, games, dance parties, book chats, cosplay, and door prizes. Registration is required to receive Zoom login for each event.

06Jul, 2020

Books & Libations with Goodness Tea

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) program Books & Libations has been reorganized to provide you with book suggestions and tea tasting—now contact-free! Enjoy perfect pairings at this event co-hosted by NOLS, Goodness Tea, and your home kitchen!

03Jul, 2020

Humanities Washington presents Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host the Humanities Washington lecture Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society on Tuesday, July 14 at 6pm on Zoom. Join professor Anu Taranath to untangle the meaning of hair, and better understand the stories we tell about beauty, bias, and belonging.

02Jul, 2020

No Waiting for Two Black Lives Matter Titles

North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can immediately borrow and read two eTitles, honoring Black Lives Matter, with no waiting. NOLS readers can access the eBook, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor through July 13, and the eAudiobook, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness through July 14. These titles are available with no waiting list during this time.

29Jun, 2020

Summer Events for Kids

As part of the annual Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is excited to provide a series of fun and educational virtual events for children on Tuesdays at 10:30am. Check out www.nols.org or follow NOLS on Facebook, for more fun virtual events for children, teens, and adults happening this summer!

19Jun, 2020

Creating Sanctuary with Jessi Bloom

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will present Creating Sanctuary with Jessi Bloom on Thursday, June 25 at 6pm on Zoom. Learn how to create a garden sanctuary (no matter the size of your yard) with author and holistic gardening expert Jessi Bloom. Registration is required to receive Zoom meeting information; visit www.nols.org/nols-events to register.

17Jun, 2020

Storytime on the Road

As part of the annual Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is hitting the road virtually with a one-of-a-kind storytime series geared towards toddlers and preschoolers, and the adults in their lives—Storytime on the Road.

17Jun, 2020

North Olympic Library System Begins Accepting Returns

In early June, Washington State issued new guidance allowing libraries to offer limited service in Phase 2 of the Safe Start Plan. While the guidance does not yet allow the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) to open its facilities to the public, it does allow the Library to start on the path to reopening by offering curbside returns and holds pickup.

17Jun, 2020

2020 Summer Reading Program at NOLS

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

26May, 2020

Lunch with a Librarian

Kids in grades 4-6 can join North Olympic Library System (NOLS) Librarians Patti and Jennifer for a lunchtime book discussion about books they have recently enjoyed. Hear new titles and share some of your own! The discussions will be held Thursdays, May 28, June 4, and June 11, at 11:30am. Join the Zoom meeting.

15May, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe with NOLS

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has launched a specialized webpage for use during the COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe era (www.nols.org/stay-home-stay-safe). The webpage highlights online resources that focus on learning from home, arts & entertainment, self-care, digital books & media, and COVID-19 news from reliable sources.

04May, 2020

Lunch with a Librarian

Kids in grades 4-6 can join North Olympic Library System (NOLS) Librarians Patti and Jennifer for a lunchtime book discussion about books they have recently enjoyed. Hear new titles and share some of your own! The discussions will be held Thursday, May 7 and May 14, at 11:30am.

01May, 2020

Virtual Book Chats

Connect with other readers in a Virtual Book Chat, offered each Tuesday in May by the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). Talk about what you’re reading, and get title suggestions from others in the community.

01May, 2020

Four Weekly Virtual Storytimes at NOLS!

Through the month of May, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is offering four weekly virtual storytimes. Follow NOLS on Facebook to get reminders when new storytimes will premiere and to watch previously recorded storytimes.

24Apr, 2020

NOLS Help Available by Phone

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is now offering customer service by phone from 1–5pm, Monday through Saturday. Call any of the four NOLS libraries, and select option 2 for Customer Service. Library staff will be available to answer questions about how to get a library card, how to access online resources such as free downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, and questions regarding library accounts.

01Apr, 2020

Virtual Yoga Storytime!

Bend, stretch, and sing during Virtual Yoga Storytime! To celebrate International Children's Yoga Day, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will offer a Yoga Storytime via Facebook Live on Friday, April 3, at 3:00pm.

25Mar, 2020

Big Library Read Selection: Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

North Olympic Library System (NOLS) patrons can join thousands of readers around the world in laughter and learning during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From March 23–April 13, booklovers can enjoy stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s hilarious yet insightful memoir, Funny, You Don't Look Autistic, from their public library as an eBook or eAudiobook with no waitlists or holds. NOLS readers can join by visiting anytime.overdrive.com or downloading the Libby app, then discuss online at discuss.biglibraryread.com.

17Mar, 2020

NOLS COVID19 Closure News

In response to the continually evolving coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, as of Tuesday, March 17, the North Olympic Library System is making the following schedule and service changes:

05Mar, 2020

Battle of the Books Final Competition

See the joy of reading come alive as fourth graders from twelve Clallam County Schools and a homeschool team compete in Battle of the Books at the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), on Friday, March 20 at 6:30pm.

03Mar, 2020

Yoga Storytime at NOLS

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host Yoga Storytimes at the Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim Libraries. Yoga Storytime is a full body experience that builds early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time!

28Feb, 2020

Book discussion of Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata at the Sequim Branch Library

The Second Saturday Book Discussion Group meets at the Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) every second Saturday of the month at 3pm. On Saturday, March 14, the group will meet to discuss Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. To participate, simply read the book and attend the discussion; no reservations are needed, and drop-ins are always welcome.

26Feb, 2020

Book Wars Final Competition

Seventh and eighth-grade teams from Sequim Middle School, Stevens Middle School, Crescent School, Olympic Peninsula Academy, Markishtum Middle School, Quileute Tribal School, and Forks Junior High School will compete in a literary trivia competition at the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). The Book Wars Final Competition will be held on Friday, March 6 at 6:30pm.

24Feb, 2020

Geology Rocks! with Garret Romaine

Author Garret Romaine returns to the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) to discuss rocks, gems, and the geology of Clallam County and the North Olympic Peninsula. Geology Rocks! will be presented at the Forks Branch Library on Friday, March 13 at 6pm, and again at the Port Angeles Main Library on Saturday, March 14 at 2pm.

20Feb, 2020

Book discussion of Notes on a Foreign Country by Suzy Hansen

The Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group meets at the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) every second Tuesday of the month at 11am. On Tuesday, March 10, the group will discuss Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen. To participate, simply read the book and attend the discussion; no reservations are needed, and drop-ins are always welcome.

19Feb, 2020

Master Composter/Recycler Classes

Rethink + Prevent + Inspire! Master Composter/Recycler classes will be held at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) on Saturday, March 7. The Sequim Branch Library will hold a class from 9am-1pm, and the Port Angeles Main Library will hold a class from 3-7pm. Presented by Waste Prevention Specialist Megan Juran, these workshops are free to all Clallam County residents, but registration is required. Learn about critical waste prevention activities with local solutions working with local haulers, governments and organizations to create best practices and educate community members.

19Feb, 2020

Earth to Kenzie at the Port Angeles Main Library

The Seattle Opera’s touring company will present a special one-act children’s opera geared towards children in grades K-6, but open to all! Earth to Kenzie will be presented at the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) on Tuesday, March 3 at 6pm. The Seattle Opera’s visit to the Olympic Peninsula is part of a weeklong residency at the Port Angeles School District and is made possible in part through the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

18Feb, 2020

Second Saturday Science at the Sequim Branch Library

Second Saturday Science: Geology Rocks! will be offered at the Sequim Branch of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) on Saturday, March 14 at 10:30am. The Second Saturday Science series—for ages 7 to 12—creates fun, hands-on opportunities for children to explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

13Feb, 2020

Meditation Virtual Reality at the Forks Branch Library

Enjoy a guided meditation with virtual reality (VR) at the Forks Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) on Friday, March 13 from 2pm-4pm. Adults and teens 13 and older can experience immersive and interactive 360° video using Oculus Rift and Go headsets.

10Feb, 2020

Humanities Washington Speaker to Present

Humanities Washington Speaker Amy Peloff, will present Should I Still Watch This Show? Pop Culture in the #MeToo Era at the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), on Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm and the Sequim Branch Library on Wednesday, February 26 at 6pm.

04Feb, 2020

Advance Care Planning: Making Future Health Care Choices

What type of health care would you want if you were unable to tell your health care providers yourself? Planning ahead is an important step in making sure your wishes are honored. Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend Advance Care Planning programs being held at all North Olympic Library System (NOLS) locations.

14Feb, 2020

Together We Read Digital Book Club

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is joining public libraries nationwide in the digital reading program Together We Read, which offers simultaneous access to the same eBook for a two-week period. The eBook selection for this program is Lean on Me by Pat Simmons.

04Feb, 2020

Toothy Storytimes

The Jamestown Family Dental Clinic will present Toothy Storytimes at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). Toothy Storytime will feature stories and tips on how to keep healthy teeth and gums.

31Jan, 2020

Gansango Music & Dance at the Port Angeles Main Library

Gansango Music and Dance will visit the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), on Thursday, February 13 to give a dance performance at 4pm, followed by a drumming workshop at 6:30pm. Watch the stunning talents of a multicultural group of dancers and musicians come alive in traditional and contemporary dance from West Africa.

29Jan, 2020

Valentine’s Crafts at the Sequim Branch Library

On Thursday, February 13, the Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host Valentine’s Crafts for All Ages. Spread the love with Valentine’s Day-themed letters, cards, crafts, and snacks. Drop by anytime between 4pm and 6pm to create something for those you love and for community members who might appreciate a handcrafted sentiment.

28Jan, 2020

Art in the Library Opening Reception featuring the Shaky Barbers

The Shaky Barbers will bring live blues music to the Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, February 7. The music will begin at 6:30pm, but come early to check out the new art on display and meet featured artists from North Olympic Watercolorists beginning at 6pm.

27Jan, 2020

Toddler and Baby Prom & Dance Parties

Get ready to move and groove at the North Olympic Library System’s (NOLS) Toddler and Baby Prom & Dance Party! DJ Librarians will spin a special program designed to get toddlers, babies and parents moving. Toddlers and babies ages 0-5 years are invited to wear their favorite dance party finery, costumes, or whatever makes them happy.

27Jan, 2020

Valentine Card-Making Extravaganza at the Clallam Bay Branch Library

This Valentine’s Day, the Clallam Bay Branch of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) invites you to delight the special people in your life with a heartfelt and handcrafted card. The Clallam Bay Branch Library’s Annual Valentine Card-Making Extravaganza will take place during open hours beginning Monday, February 10, and continue through Friday, February 14.

16Jan, 2020

Junior Science Explorers at the Sequim Branch Library

Junior Science Explorers will be offered at the Sequim Branch of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30pm. Nurture your child's natural sense of adventure and curiosity, encourage your child to be a persistent problem solver, and introduce your child to basic elements of scientific reasoning with preschool and primary science activities.