North Olympic Library System

Off the Shelf: ‘Octo’ October at the library

Sy Montgomery’s “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness” explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus —… Continue reading


Off The Shelf: Libraries and librarians, changing with the times

The North Olympic Library System is excited to announce it has joined a growing movement of libraries across the country that have gone fine free.… Continue reading


Off the Shelf: Summer jazz at the library

If you haven’t yet enjoyed an outdoor concert at the Sequim Branch Library’s outdoor stage, mark your calendar for Friday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug.… Continue reading


Off The Shelf: Expand your reading, expand your world

Books have amazing powers to both affirm our lives and expand our horizons. Everyone has personal preferences for certain types of authors or characters, and… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!

Editor’s note: Because of a production error, this month’s “Off the Shelf” was not printed in its entirety in the June 5 Gazette. It will… Continue reading

Off The Shelf: A reading list ‘for the birds’

You’re never too young (or too old) for birdwatching. Celebrate spring migration by taking a bird walk with the children in your life. It’s a… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Spring cleaning is optional!

Spring has arrived on the Olympic Peninsula, and whether you’re working in the yard or inside planning your summer garden, exploring a new trail or… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: History-makers are hardly ‘Well Behaved’

“Well-behaved women seldom make history” is a quote you’ve likely seen on bumper stickers, T-shirts and posters. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich originally wrote the words in… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Finding love at the library

February is a month of romance, hearts, valentines and love. While Valentine’s Day focuses on romance, love in many forms can fill our lives throughout… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Read-alikes for books popular in 2018

Circulation data about the books most frequently checked out during 2018 provides a glimpse into community interests and reading preferences. Mystery, history, and books on… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Animated films for adults

Animation is not just for kids! Adults who love film, visual arts, or stories that are not traditional Hollywood fare, can find real gems in… Continue reading

Gratitude, connection and comfort at the library

Initial election results are in, and after weeks of political news leading up to Election Day, many are ready for the warmth of upcoming holidays… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Health resources at your library

“The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls” was published 20 years ago and has sold more than five million copies. “Guy… Continue reading

Off The Shelf: Every day is a day to learn

Today is the first day back to school for students in Sequim. Whether you’re young or young at heart, the library supports opportunities for lifelong… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Exploring the Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula offers countless opportunities for exploring in nature, and summer is a great time to get out to the places you’ve been wanting… Continue reading

Small space fills big role at library

Library meeting rooms reflect the quintessentially democratic values of the American public library. The meeting room at the Sequim Library is an important — and… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: ‘Libraries Rock!’ during 2018 Summer Reading Program!

It’s summertime, and the staff of the North Olympic Library System have been busy since December, planning a whiz bang Summer Reading Program. Starting June… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Circulating water … and books!

This weekend kicks off the 123rd Irrigation Festival. Just as irrigation delivers water to foster growth, the library circulates nourishing materials and services to community… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Expanding horizons for the home-bound

When patrons are unable to make it to the library in person, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) brings the library to them. The “Outreach… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Cuddle up with a cozy mystery

On a cold and blustery day, there is nothing better than a comforting book, especially one labeled cozy. But what exactly is a cozy mystery?… Continue reading