We're happy to announce these new programs for all ages!
From Tall Ships to Family Art, there are new programs on a variety of subjects beginning September 24, when we host the author of A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, Adrianne Harun, at 6:30 pm at the library. October 7 we're proud to host New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast as our 13th annual Huntingford Humanities Lecture presenter. This event will be held at Chimacum High School Auditorium and begins at 6:30 pm.
Two lectures about tall ships will be presented by Stan Cummings and are co-hosted by the library and Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The first, Tall Ships and the Rise of the British Empire will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm, and the second, Pilgrim, the Story of the Tall Ship Featured in "Two Years Before the Mast" will also be held at the library on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm.
On October 23, we're hosting two young women from Palestine and Israel who work together as peacemakers with Creativity for Peace, a New Mexico nonprofit with operations in Israel and Palestine. Yaara Tal (from Gaza Israel) and Deema Yusuf (from Ramallah, Palestine) will talk about their peacemaking work both at this special event, as well as at local schools in both the Port Townsend and Chimacum School Districts. This event will be held at the library and begins at 6:30 pm.
On November 12, we will host the author of House Girl, Tara Conklin at a Meet the Author event at the library beginning at 6:30 pm. House Girl, a story of art and injustice that intertwines the lives of a young house slave in 1852 with a current day, young, ambitious lawyer. House Girl received a starred review from Library Journal.
One Saturday every month, beginning October 4 from 2-4 pm, families can come to the library and get creative together! Taught by local artist Sidonie Wilson, Family Art is designed for adults and children to create and explore a variety of art mediums together. It starts with a demonstration and art conversation, followed by creative work-time. Space in the program is limited - sign up at the library, or call to register.
The topics for the Family Art workshops include: Vine and Creeper: Illuminated Letters; Silk Narratives: Sujani Quilts; The Art of Gift Giving: Explosion Boxes; Marc Chagall and Russion Fairytale Art: "I and the Village"; HeARTS: Victorian Puzzle Purses, Code Writing, Paper Stitching and Secret Love Messages; and an Introduction to Japanese Sashiko.
Thursday Afternoons for Kids and Teens
Literacy, Games, Art and HOMAGO (Hanging out, Messing Around, Geeking-Out) -- a Teen Writers Club and Library Advisory Groups are all part of the weekly new youth programs. Learn more about these Thursday programs.
And, in addition to all this wonderful new programming, we still have our ongoing programs, including: Tech Tuesdays, Babytime, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Mothersong, Boffer Club, and Homework Help.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the kids and teens who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading is Out of this World!” It was a record-breaking year with 410 kids and 114 teens joining in the fun!
The reading portion of the program isn’t over until Labor Day. Kids and teens are encouraged to continue reading, receiving prizes and adding more rocket fuel to our reading rocket. A special thank you to Drew Elicker for creating the rocket in the Children’s Room, which clocked over 4,200 hours of reading.
Thanks to the Friends of the Jefferson County Library for providing reading incentives and fabulous programming. We also extend our thanks to the adults and teen volunteers who helped throughout the summer.