Help Your Kids Learn All Summer Long

School may be out, but learning is still in.  The library has launched its 2015 Summer Reading Program, offering kids and teens a way to have fun all summer long and be ready for school this fall. 

Studies show that kids who read regularly during summer vacation keep up or even move ahead in school, while ones who don’t often slide backward. Research confirms that students who don’t read during the summer lose about two months of reading progress and fall behind academically.  It’s called the summer slide. 

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is Every Hero Has a Story.  The library is offering all kinds of fun learning activities throughout the summer, including art classes,  visits from the Hands On Children’s Museum and Reptile Man Scott Peterson, teen writing classes, movies and more. 

We encourage kids to try to read or be read to each day.  For every five hours of reading, participants select a free prize book provided by the Friends of the Jefferson County Library.  Teen readers choose a free book for every ten hours they read.  In addition to great programs at the library we have also partnered with the YMCA to offer classes and events in Quilcene this summer. 

The library is here to help families integrate books and literacy into their summer and their daily lives.  


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We Can Bring the Library to You

The Library offers a home delivery service for county residents who are unable to visit the Library due to age, disability or illness. This unique service helps us extend our services beyond the Library’s four walls. 

Library staff work closely with HomeLibrary patrons to identify the library resources they are most interested in.  This may include books, audio books, videos, or music CDs.  Library materials are then selected and delivered by library staff to the patron’s home.  Items are selected based on patron requests and preferences, and are delivered once a month on Wednesdays.

Staff can also assist patrons with setting up their devices so they can download titles from our free e-book collection through the Washington Anytime Library.  

Services like these can be lifeline for citizens who are shut in.  Many users of home delivery services are longtime library patrons, who, through no fault of their own, can no longer visit the library.  This service restores that connection. 

This free, personalized service is available to residents of the unincorporated area of Jefferson County, those who live outside Port Townsend City limits.  To inquire about HomeLibrary Service or for more information, call the library or click here to enroll online.

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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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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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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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Hot new book

Here is a review from “Kirkus Reviews” of a terrific new thriller from Norway.  I really didn’t want this book to end - RS

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New and Newish DVDs

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