Trustee Vacancy Filled Welcome Ellen Hargis

The Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees recently conducted a search to fill the vacancy left when Trustee Marilyn Mitchell completed her second five-year term in March, 2015. Marilyn was a terrific asset to the board and the years she dedicated to serving the library are deeply appreciated. 

The Trustees sought someone who has an interest in public libraries, knowledge of public finance, sound judgment, a knowledge of or an interest in non-profit fundraising, an ability to work cooperatively with others and a commitment to public service. 

Ellen Hargis was appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners to serve a five year term and attended her first board meeting on April 8, 2015. 

For information about the Trustees, please contact Library Director Meredith Wagner by email or by calling 360-385-6544.

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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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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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Library Closure and Move-Back

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 »

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Remodel Update

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.

Resized Lounge AreaAn 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.
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Posted in Director's Report by Meredith Wagner on Friday, March 29th 3:21pm   |   2 comments

Bookmobile Garage Underway!

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.

BKMO Garage Pour 2Milt 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.

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Posted in Director's Report, General by Meredith Wagner on Thursday, February 28th 11:38am   |   0 comments

Library Remodel Progress

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 »

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Remodel News

The library is about to experience an interior remodel.  This project will result in a two-week closure and a move to a temporary location. This remodel is a BIG DEAL for our organization and for our public and we want to do our best to keep you informed.  Plans for reworking the entire floor plan are finalized and bids for the remodel have been advertised in the Leader newspaper and the Daily Journal of Commerce.

The remodel will provide improved layout of public areas, seating, computer access, display of materials, and upgraded lighting, carpet and paint.

We hate to close, but we must move out of the library to get it ready for the contractors.

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Moving an Entire Library!

Can you imagine packing up an entire public library and moving it, and then packing it up again and moving it back? Well, that is what we are about to do.  As daunting as that sounds, library moves happen hundreds of times a year at libraries throughout the country.  That does not mean they are without stress, do not require hours of planning and are something you’d like to spend your leisure time doing.  Nevertheless, once in a while, when you need to make way for the wrecking ball, they can be done!

Lucky for us, there are a number of quality “library movers” in the Pacific Northwest.  These are folks who specialize in helping libraries get from here to there.  The firm we have hired, Star Movers, has moved libraries throughout the Puget Sound including the recent move of our C.L.A.N. partners at the Port Townsend Library.  We have carefully mapped where everything goes we will rely on our staff and our movers to make it all happen.

Everything we pack up will go to designated locations at the Temporary Library (at 51 Colwell Street in Port Hadlock) or our Storage Facility on the Chimacum School campus.  Of course, this is the perfect time to throw out stuff we never use and dispose of “memorabilia” that has outlived its useful existence.  That too, is part of the plan.  Use the move as an excuse to clean up!

To make the move we will close for two weeks starting on December 3.  When the move is done, we will be housed at the Temporary Library, open for business at 10 am on December 17.  Learn more about our move.

Questions?  Ask here, call me at 385-6544 or email me at

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New videos at the library

Love CrimeLoveCrime

Kristen Scott Thomas and Ludvine Sagnier star in a twisted little French thriller about two women locked in perverse game of seduction and domination.  Scott Thomas, the top executive in a large multinational’s Paris office, manipulates rising star Sagnier to advance her own ambitions.  Sagnier, the eager apprentice, turns on her boss when her ideas are stolen.  At that point, director Alain Corneau, a veteran of police procedurals and workplace dramas, skillfully plays out scenarios of gamesmanship and humiliation, back and front-stabbing.  Vicious and fun.

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