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

Join us for Tech Tuesdays

Do you need help figuring out how to download ebooks, set up your Facebook page or create a Gmail account? 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:

March 25 – Apps
Come join us as we share some of our favorite Apple and Android apps and let us hear about your favorite app.
April 1 – eBooks and eAudiobooks
Discover the various titles of eBooks and eAudiobooks available through your library.  Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading of the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow.
April 8 – Jefferson County Library Online
Learn how to use the free Library Elf program which will alert you when your books are due and can assist you in tracking multiple accounts. If you would like to reduce paper waste, learn how to choose an eReceipt instead of a paper receipt. Want to track what you have read? We will show you how to track your reading history within your library account.  Learn how to set-up a saved search so you will know when the library has purchased a new book on a specific topic you wish to read.  We will cover these topics and more about online services for managing your library account.   
April 15 – Introduction to Microsoft Excel
In this class we will provide a brief introduction to Microsoft Excel, the spreadsheet application developed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Excel is part of the Microsoft Office Suite and has been a popular spreadsheet program since 1993 replacing Lotus 1-2-3 as the industry standard for spreadsheets. We will also direct students how to access resources for continuing your Excel program education at home.
April 22 – Introduction to Facebook
What is Facebook and how does it work? In this class we will show you how to set up your Facebook profile, with appropriate privacy settings to serve your goals within the Facebook privacy policy. We will demonstrate how you can find friends and begin to share. Find out the difference between your news feed and timeline, and how to create photo albums.
April 29 – Gmail and other Google Services
There is more to your Google account than just email.  In this class we will explore the range of services available from Google, including; online storage, video chats and Google Docs. Discover the variety of services available through your Gmail account.

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Posted in General, Service, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Sunday, March 23rd 1:49pm   |   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   |   0 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   |   2 comments

Living in the Newly Remodeled Library

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.

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Posted in Director's Report by Meredith Wagner on Wednesday, September 11th 2:50pm   |   0 comments

Readers Dig Into Reading this Summer!

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.
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Posted in Kids by Meredith Wagner on Friday, August 30th 4:30pm   |   3 comments