Community Announcements

  • Thu Aug 13th, 2020 11:53am
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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 Aug. 17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting” eBook The Darwin Affair with no waiting. NOLS readers can solve the mystery from home – with a valid library card – by visiting or downloading the Libby app, then discuss online at

Historical fiction novel The Darwin Affair takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Facilitated by Rakuten OverDrive, Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an eBook through public libraries. The free program only requires a NOLS library card to get started. Apply for a library card at

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit

“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. Watch the film and tune in to the discussion from the comfort of your own home! Registration is required to receive a link to view the film as well as Zoom panel login information. Register at

No Small Matter is a 45-minute documentary built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early-childhood experiences. The documentary meets parents who are struggling to do their best for their kids, incredible teachers who model what early childhood classrooms should and could be like, and children learning and developing in real time. The film is also firmly grounded in science, opening up the “black box” of what’s happening inside children’s brains. These positive, hopeful stories serve as motivational tools in both the film and the No Small Matter campaign: Change is necessary, critical, and attainable if we put our minds to it.

Panelists include:

Anna King, Early Childhood Education, Peninsula College

Bonnie Schmidt, Little Rhythms Learning Center

Jennifer Lu’Becke, NOLS West End Youth Librarian

Mary Budke, Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula

Representative Mike Chapman, 24th Legislative District

When you register for the film and panel you will be asked if you have any questions for the panelists. You may also submit questions for the panelists by emailing [email protected] directly.

For additional information and updates on programs and services, visit, email [email protected], or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

NOLS Offering

Library Cards


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.

Getting a library card is easy! Patrons are encouraged to register for their card online at Choose “Temporary Card” and fill out the quick form. Then, if you are a resident of Clallam County, stop by your local branch during Curbside hours with your photo ID to get a physical card. If your ID card does not have your current local address on it (if you have recently moved to the area) bring in a current utility bill, checks imprinted with your new address, or other item that shows your name and current local address. Your Full Service Library Card allows you to check out unlimited items! With your NOLS Library Card, you can enjoy browsing the catalog online, placing item holds, using the Grab Bag program, and utilizing the many Online Resources provided like eBooks, streaming media,, and more!

Curbside Library Service, including returns and holds pick up, is available 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at all NOLS locations, and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks. For more information about library services and programs, checkout the, call 360-417-8500, email [email protected], or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

Mariposa House and Prevention Works! Present: Good News and Effective Tools for Building

Resilience and

Managing Stress with Linda Chamberlain, PhD MPH

Part 1 Aug. 18, 3-5 p.m. Understanding the science of breath has never been more important to our healing and well-being. We will practice some simple breath awareness strategies and movements as we explore how the breath can shift the nervous system, calm the brain and build resilience. In the second part of this workshop, participants will learn about an evidence-based tool called iRest. iRest, the abbreviation for Integrative Restoration, is a mind-body practice that combines guided meditation with breath work and deep relaxation techniques. Found to be highly effective for stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems and other related issues, iRest was initially developed with the U.S. military and is now used in a wide range of settings around the world. An overview of the scientific evidence supporting iRest will be interwoven into some brief practices to demonstrate two iRest tools. There will be one break and time for questions, answers and discussion.

Part 2 Aug. 26, 3-5 p.m. The second session in this series will began with easy breath and movement strategies that can be done while seated to reduce stress and counteract the effects of sitting for long periods of time. We will then transition to a review of the ten tools of iRest with an emphasis on building our inner resource, setting an intention and affirming our heartfelt mission. We will do some brief practices to demonstrate how iRest works with our brains and bodies to harness our innate capacity for resilience. The session will close with a guided iRest meditation followed by questions and discussion. There will be one break.

Certificates are available – $60 for 4 hours Workshop

Registration Link: