July Tech Tuesdays Schedule

Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject at 3:00pm.  Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00 and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.


Here's what's coming up in July:

July 1 - How to Download Library eBooks
Discover the wide range of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library. Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow.
July 8 - Introduction to Microsoft Excel 
Learn some of the basics as well as a wide variety of features in the Microsoft Excel program, and find out about some additional resources for continuing your Excel program education at home.
July 15 - How to Use Pinterest 
Pinterest is a free website that allows account holders to save visual bookmarks, or "pins," onto what are referred to as "boards," to mark their favorite website information. Learn how to set-up your Pinterest account, begin collecting visual bookmarks, and create a variety of boards to store your bookmarks. Learn how to share pins, and how to participate with and create group boards.
July 22 - What are Makerspaces? 
Curious what the future holds for libraries? Will it be all hi-tech gadgets and computers with no books in sight? What about these Makerspaces? We will take a look at what some libraries are doing to engage members of their communities. 
July 29 - Home Networking and Smart Devices 
Terms like "modem," "router," "wireless access point," and "nest" have you confused? Join us for a discussion about what pieces of equipment are needed to set-up a home network and what devices you might connect, now and in the future.
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Posted in General, Technology, Teens by Brwyn Griffin on Monday, June 16th 11:10am   |   0 comments

Summer Reading Program Starts June 19

Fizz! Boom! Read! Our 2014 Summer Reading Program features reading, activities, prizes and events for children and adults of all ages. Join us each week for exciting workshops such as Science with Thaddeus Jurczynski and Art with Sidonie Wilson. Learn to make Steampunk art, brush up on your fiction writing skills, or participate in our weekly Science Cafés. Enjoy performances by Oregon Shadow Puppet Theatre and entertainer extraordinaire Alex Zerbe. Read throughout the summer and win prizes.

Don't miss the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off on June 19 for highlights of upcoming events and to pick up one or both crafting kits for our summer-long contests. “Peep into a Classic” and “Spectacular Structure” kits will be available for groups, families and individuals who want to get wildly creative this summer.

Check out our Calendar of Events for detailed program information, or download our printable Summer Reading Program Calendar. Look for special Quilcene Summer Reading Events for our south county patrons. We have something for everyone. Celebrate your love of reading this summer!
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Posted in General, Kids, Teens by Teri Burroughs on Tuesday, June 3rd 6:34pm   |   0 comments

Learn About US Foreign Policy

"Great Decisions 2014" is coming to Jefferson County Library this month.  Produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and facilitated by Joyce Francis, PhD; "Great Decisions" is America’s largest civic discussion program on world affairs.  The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 96-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.  Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

The first Great Decisions group was launched in Portland, Oregon in 1954 by FPA's Vice President Roger Mastrude.  Based on the so-called "Avon" model of face-to-face, active and informal conversation, participants would read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics before meetings, where they aired their respective views and opinions.  FPA would tally up opinion ballots and report the results to the Department of State.  The program gained media attention, was picked up by local schools, and soon gained national attention.

The grassroots, face-to-face model adopted by Great Decisions more than 50 years ago continues today, with tens of thousands of participants taking part in discussions nationwide annually.

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Posted in General by Brwyn Griffin on Tuesday, April 8th 2:15pm   |   0 comments

Tech Tuesdays Continues in May

Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.  Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.

Here's what's coming up in May:

May 6 - eBooks and eAudiobooks
Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and how to check-out and return the items you borrow.

May 13 - Computer Security for the Home User 
Learn about how to make your home computer and mobile devices more secure. This class will cover spyware, viruses, and other malware, and how to protect your devices from these threats.

May 20 - Novelist and Other Book-Finding Guides 
Don’t know what to read next? Have you finished reading all of your favorite author’s books and are looking for similar books? Try Novelist, a library database that holds information about authors, series, read-a-likes, and more. Want to find other book lovers who love to talk about them? Try Good Reads, a website dedicated to books and those who read them. Need some authoritative advice on which books are good and those that aren’t? Check out Book Lust, a book written by former Seattle librarian, Nancy Pearl.

May 27 - Microsoft PowerPoint 
This class will be an introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, the program for preparing presentations and digital slide shows. Learn some of the basics of PowerPoint, and learn about additional resources for continuing your PowerPoint program education at home.

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Posted in General, Service, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Monday, April 7th 2:49pm   |   0 comments

Book Club Kit News & Tips on Starting Your Own Book Club

Have you ever finished reading a book and wished you could share your experience with someone that has read the same story? What story isn't better when shared? Forming a book reading group or book club is a great way to enrich our reading experience. Your library makes finding books for book clubs very simple by providing book club kits to our customers.

Book clubs can have a variety of functions and it's helpful to define the intention of the club to better serve club members. Some clubs have a social focus providing a common ground for regular meetings of the same members. Other groups meet simply for the joy of discussing specific authors or mutually agreed upon titles and are not intended to diverge into sharing personal life details.

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Posted in General, Service by Brwyn Griffin on Monday, February 24th 9:34am   |   1 comments

Inquiring Mind Lecture Series Continues

The library concludes this year's Inquiring Mind lecture series with Robert Horton on Thursday, April 17. Horton, a movie critic for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, has spent more than 30 years writing and talking about film.  The End of the Trail: How the Western Movie Rode Into the Sunset will explore how movies reflect the history and culture of their times. Because of the dramatic changes seen in Westerns, the genre forces us to look critically at our own myths. Why do we need the clarity of “good guys” and “bad guys” at certain times? How do these movies challenge our way of thinking – and what happens to us when a movie forces us to question our long-cherished beliefs?

Learn more about Robert Horton.
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Posted in General by Brwyn Griffin on Saturday, February 22nd 3:24pm   |   0 comments

Support Olympic Peninsula Libraries

Library RE(a)D Third Edition BOTTLEWhat better pairing could there be than a bold red wine and a really good book? Wind Rose Cellars of Sequim is again working with the Jefferson County Library, the Port Townsend Library Foundation and the North Olympic Library Foundation to sell Library RE(a)D, a 2011 Washington Wine.
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Posted in General by Teri Burroughs on Friday, February 14th 1:40pm   |   2 comments

Having trouble viewing our Catalog with Internet Explorer 11?

If you've recently upgraded your PC's browser to Internet Explorer 11, or if your PC is set for automatic updates, you may find yourself suddenly seeing the mobile version of our online catalog.  Here are some easy steps to help you fix the problem.  Be sure to open your browser to the Library's Catalog to begin.
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Posted in General, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Tuesday, December 17th 2:41pm   |   1 comments

You're Invited to our Holiday Open House

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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Posted in General by Teri Burroughs on Wednesday, December 4th 2:22pm   |   4 comments

Reading is Good For You

Did you know reading is good for you? The National Reading Campaign of Canada released a study proving just that.  The study found that, on average, people who read have better physical and mental health.

Reading for as little as six minutes per day can reduce stress by 60%, slow your heartbeat and ease muscle tension. 

Do yourself a favor -  read every day!  Learn more.

Meredith Wagner
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Posted in Director's Report by Meredith Wagner on Wednesday, November 6th 10:12am   |   1 comments