Off the Shelf: An autumn harvest at your library

Librarians discuss the latest happenings in the Sequim Library in their monthly column.

Art in the Library features work by Vana Arnold. It’s on view until Dec. 1.


Autumn brings to mind cool, crisp strolls and changing leaves, cozy sweaters and thick knitted socks.

Whether you’re an all-weather adventurer or seasonal homebody, the North Olympic Library System is here to meet all your fall proclivities and needs, from good books with which to sit and sip, to project-based research assistance, to educational programs for nourishing your mind and spirit.

Seasonal homebodies

To start, visit the library website at, where convenient and free resources are nested beneath the “E-Resources” tab. Here you will find thousands of titles in multiple formats, including audio e-books, movies and music to enjoy around the fire, as well as vital educational tools such as Chilton’s auto repair manuals, Consumer Reports, MedlinePlus, HeritageQuest and many more.

The best part? It’s all available at the touch of a key, so there’s no need to change out of your pajamas or venture away from the soup you’re warming on the stove.

If you need assistance tracking down recipes, craft projects or other information, just call the Sequim Library at 683-1161 or send an e-mail to, where professional librarians and research assistants are waiting to help.

All-weather adventurers

The Sequim Library is all a-bustle this season with a bounty of programs for every age and interest, including adventure tales of Alaska, literary workshops and fine art exhibits.

You will find additional information about all the programs listed below by visiting and selecting “Events” and “Sequim.”

A Taste of Southeast Alaska

Join bear-viewing guide Mozelle Maness for a short-film screening and colorful discussion about southern Alaska’s Herring Cove region and the magnificent bears that populate its environs. Light, smoked salmon snacks also will be served at this free event. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.

Writing workshop with best-selling author

New York Times-bestselling author April Henry visits the library to discuss her work and lead a free workshop for aspiring writers. This is an excellent and rare opportunity to learn from an established author and ask questions about the writing and publication processes. All ages are welcome to attend, however space is limited.

To register, visit the Sequim Library events calendar at

Henry’s books also will be available for purchase at the event from Hart’s Fine Books. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Art in the Library

The next time you’re in town visiting the library, be sure to take a moment to experience the work of Sequim fine artist and illustrator Vana Arnold, whose evocative wildlife illustrations are on view. Arnold’s subjects come to life with rich detail and startling presence; they prowl, glide and slink toward the eye. Art in the Library featuring Arnold will be on display until Dec. 1.

Family story times at library resume

Good news, parents, grandparents and caregivers: fall and winter story times at the Sequim Library will resume Wednesday, Oct. 7!

Toddler story times, for ages 18 months-3 years, are presented at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday.

Preschool story times (ages 3-5) take place at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday.

Baby story times (ages 0-18 months) occur at 11 a.m. every Thursday.

Library story times create critically important learning opportunities for young children and those who become regular library users will benefit from the early literacy experiences offered at programs like story time.

For more …

For more information about free programs, services and events at your library, visit, call 683-1161, or better yet, stop by and say, “Hello!”

The Sequim Library is at 630 N. Sequim Ave.


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