Stop by the library on Wednesday, December 11 between 3pm – 6pm for our annual Holiday Open House.
All ages are welcome to join us for refreshments and crafts. Create literary wreaths made from recycled book pages, design gift tags and greeting cards and make New Year’s poppers stuffed with friendship wishes to give as gifts. Materials will be provided. Harp music will be performed by Paula Lalish and refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Jefferson County Library.
At this year’s Open House there is much to celebrate: the newly remodeled space, a new Director, and another year of great programming. If you attend you’ll have the opportunity to ask the new Director, Meredith Wagner, about her plans for 2014, which will include more cultural and educational programs for all ages, enhanced adult services and digital learning classes.
“We expect to begin offering small group technology classes in early 2014,” said Wagner. “We are committed to helping our customers learn how to use the technologies that are necessary in today’s digital society and I am committed to assuring that everyone who uses our services, whether in the library or online, has a positive experience. With that in mind, I look forward to continuing our tradition of caring and responsive customer service.”
Please stop by and visit. We look forward to seeing you!
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It’s time to report to you about some of the cool (and hot) realities of our newly remodeled space.
First thanks to so many of you for the kind words about the “new” library. Much appreciated! In addition, thanks to those of you who have given us suggestions for improvement. The library is the community’s living room. We are made better by hearing from you.
This summer, displays and programs are driving interest in our collections. Throughout the library we have installed book and new materials displays to pique your interest. The new display wall in the non-fiction area and our Adult Summer Reading program have combined to increase checkout of adult non-fiction books by an average of +13% during the past three months. Our fantastic summer reading program for children has had even more impact, boosting kids and teen book circulation by over +20%.
The newly designed early learning area for kids 0-5 has also been a big attraction. Featuring a colorful custom learning sculpture, the area is crawling with little ones and their caregivers – especially after our weekly learning programs for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Come and bring your child or just pop-in and observe. It’s an inspiration to see kids start their education in the right way.
The library is now, more than ever, a place to read, research and study. We have increased seating for readers and computer users significantly. We have more public computers, a wireless bar for laptop users and pretty much every table is wired for your convenience. In addition, we have more comfortable chairs and more study tables. We have also upgraded our lighting so it’s easier to find what you need. And, new lighting is coming soon in the fiction stacks.
Come and see us. You won’t be disappointed.More »
This was an especially great summer for readers at Jefferson County Library! Folks of all ages participated in the Summer Reading Program, including our first ever adult reading program. Hundreds of books were read and over 1,500 people attended a variety of programs and events that made learning fun.
The theme of this year’s children’s Summer Reading Program was “Dig Into Reading,” featuring programs exploring history, archaeology, fossils, ancient art, world cultures and poetry.
A highlight of the children’s program was the Diggerator, a sculpture made of wood and glass, featuring historic 3-dimensional painted objects that were revealed as kids dug into the world below.
Teens had their own highly imaginative Summer Reading Program that featured an ingenious reading log that suggested reading activities and recommended genres for exploration.
The Adult Summer Reading Program highlighted “groundbreaking” reads, a program with nationally recognized author Aaron Elkins and a drawing for dinner for two donated by the Ajax Café.
New York Times Notable Book award winner Karen Joy Fowler will present the 2013 Huntingford Humanities lecture Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chimacum High School auditorium.
Fowler is the author of six novels, including her latest, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, as well as three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and five grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.
“Karen Joy Fowler has written the book she’s always had in her to write. With all the quiet strangeness of her amazing Sarah Canary, and all the breezy wit and skill of her beloved Jane Austen Book Club, and a new, urgent gravity, she has told the story of an American family. An unusual family—but aren’t all families unusual? A very American, an only-in-America family—and yet an everywhere family, whose children, parents, siblings, love one another very much, and damage one another badly. Does the love survive the damage? Will human beings survive the damage they do to the world they love so much? This is a strong, deep, sweet novel.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
The Huntingford Humanities Lecture was established in 2001 in memory of Sara L. Huntingford. She was a longtime supporter of the Jefferson County Library.
The library will close from May 13 – June 2, 2013 to move back to the newly remodeled library. The library will reopen to the public on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 10:00 am. More »
The remodel of the main library accelerated in February and March and the change is dramatic. Lovely maple cabinetry has been installed in the entry, creating a setting for a service desk, an express check out area and a new Friends of the Library bookstore. An attractive wireless bar is being installed for computer users and the new children’s room entry is being framed in.
The newly exposed vaulted ceilings and statuesque fir columns continue to impress, defining a space that is full of natural light and reflective of the Pacific Northwest. The northwest theme will be continued in a cedar trellis that will frame the customer service area. The trellis features 66 handcrafted pieces of clear cedar, manufactured by Peter Wagner, who is donating his wood, time and efforts.
An atrium-style lounge area with a view to a peaceful exterior landscape is almost complete – ready for patrons who seek a quiet place to read. Furniture, shelving and display modules have been ordered and are expected to arrive in May.In the meantime, we continue to serve an ever-growing clientele at the Temporary Library at 51 Colwell Street, Port Hadlock, across from Fiesta Jalisco and Circle and Square Auto Care. Please drop by and see us.
Stay tuned for information on our Grand Opening in June.
On February 20, the library remodel reached a significant milestone, when the slab for the brand new bookmobile garage was poured. The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is building the garage with a $30,000 cash and sweat-equity grant. It’s probably not widely known, but the bookmobile garage is a lynchpin of the entire remodel effort.
By relocating the bookmobile garage from the present library building to a separate facility on the west side of the library property, approximately 400 square feet of public service space is freed up. That space will be used for seating, computers, collections and study tables. The new garage will house the bookmobile and its 2,500-item collection in addition to serving as the location for Friends of the Library book storage and quarterly book sales.
Milt Morris, Rotary Club project director, has solicited several local businesses to underwrite and contribute in-kind services, which will keep the costs of the project manageable. A hearty group of Rotarians has, so far, cleared vegetation, graded the site, built the footings and poured concrete for the 24'x 42' structure.
The East Jefferson Rotary Club deserves a big THANK YOU! Their generosity has contributed to our expansion plans in a very meaningful way.
PS. The remodel of the main library is well underway and on-schedule. The target date for re-opening to the public is June 3, 2013.More »
Director's Report by Ray Serebrin
The remodel of the main library building is well underway. We have reached the point where one can look at the interior and begin to imagine the final result – a beautiful new space with an improved layout, redesigned seating space, more computers, new shelving, upgraded display of materials and revamped lighting and signage. More »