Community Announcements

  • Thu Sep 30th, 2021 7:56am
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No waiting on over 260 eBooks for kids and teens, including new and classics!

No waiting on over 260 eBooks for kids and teens, including new and classics!

T-shirt Bag Take & Make

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is providing Reusable T-shirt Bag Take & Make Kits. Be prepared for Washington State’s single-use plastic bag ban, coming into effect October 1, with this stylish, reusable, no-sew bag. Pick up a kit at your nearest NOLS branch beginning Friday, September 24, while supplies last. You’ll have a fashionable, washable, dryer-able, upcycled bag in no time!

The T-shirt Bag Take & Make Kit includes instructions and one T-shirt from a previous Summer Reading Challenge. All you need is a pair of scissors. Other handy, but optional, supplies include a fabric pen, regular pencil or chalk, and a ruler or straight edge. Check out books from the NOLS collection to make your bag even more spectacular—search the catalog for embroidery, tie-dye, mending, sewing instructions, and more.

Plan ahead now to protect and carry your library materials all winter long! Use a NOLS T-Shirt—or a shirt from home; reusable bags are a better alternative to the 2 billion single-use plastic bags Washingtonians use every year! See the Department of Ecology website ( for more information about the single-use plastic bag ban.

For more information about this program, visit, email [email protected], call 360-417-8500, or stop by your local NOLS branch.

Guaranteed No-Waiting eBooks

Over 260 eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids, teens, and classics readers are now available with no waiting through OverDrive with your North Olympic Library System (NOLS) card! This special collection is always available for checkout, no holds needed. The No Wait – Everyone Reads! includes fiction and nonfiction content, including classics, picture books, science topics, and other titles to engage young learners. Adult readers will be pleased to find over 100 classic titles, including authors such as Jack London, Jane Austen, Henry David Thoreau, George Eliot, and more. Titles will be available through Sept. 1, 2024.

To browse the collections, visit the Washington Anytime Library (or Libby app) at, click on the Kids or Teens category at the top, and then scroll to the No Wait – Everyone Reads! sections.

For more information about this collection, or help with eBooks, email [email protected], call 360-417-8500, or stop by your local NOLS branch.

Elks Bingo

Everyone is invited to Bingo at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Rd., Sundays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.

Masks are required in the building and food is available. The Lodge will be following all Clallam County health guidelines.

Resilience Month Events

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is excited to announce a variety of activities during the month of October in celebration of Resilience Month. NOLS has teamed up with the Clallam Resilience Project and other community partners to bring virtual events focused on building knowledge, skills, connection, and resilience. Each workshop will focus on topics and skills related to resiliency. All workshops are held on Zoom; registration is required for each program to receive Zoom login. Register at, or by calling or stopping by your local NOLS branch.

Saturdays, October 2, 16, and 30, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Laughter Yoga Series

This series offers an introduction to laughter yoga, laughter exercises (practices to stimulate laughter) and breathing exercises to promote relaxation. The laughter yoga series will occur three times over the course of the month and will be taught by Instructor JJ. Join one session or all! Register to receive Zoom login information.

Tuesday, October 5, 1-2:30 p.m.

NEAR is Here: People Helping People

Explore how bodies, behaviors, and choices intersect with the NEAR sciences (neuroscience, epigenetics, ACES, and resilience). Increase your knowledge of community resources and resiliency building efforts and activities. Register to receive Zoom login information and a special Resiliency Kit available for pick up.

Presentation is provided by: Mel Melmed RN, MPH, MSN, Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition; Kaelan Gilman, Clallam Resilience Project; and Minnie Whalen, Clallam Resilience Project

Tuesday, October 5, 6-6:45 p.m.

NEAR is Here: Family Training

Join parents and families for an evening of NEAR sciences (neuroscience, epigenetics, ACES, and resilience) training. How can NEAR sciences foster connection and nurture hope during these difficult times? Register to receive Zoom login information and a special Resiliency Kit available for pick up.

Presentation is provided by: Bonnie Schmidt, parent and Educator and Amanda Sanders, parent and Parent Educator with Lutheran Community Services

Beginning Monday, October 11, while supplies last

Free Resiliency Kits

Pick up a Resiliency Kit at any NOLS location, while supplies last. The kit provides a variety of activities and tools to help build resilience and support self-care. Resiliency Kits with activities and tools in Spanish will also be available, while supplies last.

Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Intentional Aging: Mindfulness, Movement, and Breath

Two things that can improve well-being and promote resilience are breathing and paying attention to the present moment. Join a special session of NOLS’ ongoing series Intentional Aging. During this session, learn about breathing techniques, a guided mindfulness practice, gentle movement, and the science and research associated with these skills.

Presentation is provided by: North Olympic Library System

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 pm

Quileute Resilience, Hope, and Healing

Quileute Nation members will discuss Indigenous resilience through ACES application, community collaboration, and education. There will be time for participants to ask questions and discuss practical approaches to long term generational healing. Register to receive Zoom login information and a special Resiliency Kit available for pick up.

Presentation is provided by: Miss Ann Penn-Charles & Charlotte Penn of the Quileute Nation

Resilience Month activities are supported by Clallam Resilience Project, United Way of Clallam County, Lutheran Community Services, Quileute Human Services and local Friends of the Library groups. For more information about this program, visit, email [email protected], or call 360-417-8500.

Dmitri Matheny Group returns

to Port Townsend October 8

The Dmitri Matheny Group will perform Friday, Oct. 8 from 8-10 p.m. at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Port Townsend.

The Dmitri Matheny Group features Milo Petersen on guitar, Phil Sparks bass, Mark Ivester drums and the leader on flugelhorn.

“An all-star jazz band featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the western United States,” writes All About Jazz, “the Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit, serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism.”The Oakland Tribune agrees: “Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries, earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today’s jazz scene.”

American musician Dmitri Matheny was recently voted “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, and has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”

Admission is $8. Call 360-385-6959 or visit for more information.