New Fall Programs!

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.

Family Art

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.  


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Tech Tuesdays: Free Classes & Assistance

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:

August 26 - Online Academies for Education:
Discover numerous online resources for continuing your education.   Learn about websites such as the Kahn Academy, iTunes U, or one of the numerous Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) providing classes ranging from a focus on science, to lectures on arts and history, and even foreign language study. 

September 2 - How to Download Library eBooks and eAudiobooks
Discover the various titles 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.

September 9 -   Introduction to Microsoft Word
In this session you will have the opportunity to learn some of the basics of Microsoft Word and guidance to access additional resources for continuing your Word program education at home.

September 16 – Introduction to Facebook
Facebook is a free social network website.  This class is intended for those new to Facebook or who want to learn basic information about the site.  Learn how to set-up up your Facebook profile, how privacy settings function, how to navigate Facebook’s  news feed and timeline, and time allowing, how to upload photos to build photo albums.
September 23 - Search the Library Catalog
Getting stumped while searching the library catalog? Join us for a session on how to search the PAC (Public Access Catalog). Learn the various options available within the PAC and improve your searching skills.

September 30 - 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 provides 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.

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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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