by Mary Coté and Patti Swingle
Here is what’s in store at your library during February. For a calendar of all the free, fun and educational events taking place at the North Olympic Library System this winter, visit www.nols.org/events.
The Explore! program series offers participants an introduction to a range of exciting and fun activities on the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. From birding and rhythm workshops to DIY bike maintenance and nature photography, this series will inspire, educate and embolden you to take the first step toward your next adventure.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, learn how to capture stunning images of nature with beloved local photographer Ross Hamilton, who will recommend locations to photograph on the Olympic Peninsula, as well as how to shoot in various climates and locales.
The adventure documentary “Maidentrip” will be screened at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and tells the thrilling story of 15-year-old Laura Dekker as she sets out to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. It is the winner of the Port Townsend Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best First Feature.
The Explore! series continues throughout this winter and spring and features free programs related to bike maintenance, rhythm and backyard birding.
For a complete schedule, visit www.nols.org and select “Events,” and “Sequim.”
Teens! Tell your story
February brings an opportunity for youths between the ages of 12-18 to shed the winter doldrums and channel their creativity during the library’s teen videography workshops, taking place from 4-6 p.m. on two Tuesdays, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16.
These workshops, led by C. Woodrow French, focus on filming and post-production techniques. Lending support to the Sequim Education Foundation’s annual student film festival as well as encouraging area students to explore new modes of expression, library videography workshops offer a small, intimate and welcoming group setting.
Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with Toothy Storytime! This special edition of library storytime will focus on oral health and feature songs, rhymes and free toothbrush kits and books for all children in attendance.
Toothy Storytime takes place at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers and again at 11:30 a.m. for preschoolers.
Additional Toothy Storytimes also are scheduled at the Port Angeles Library and Forks Library on Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 23. Learn more by visiting www.nols.org.
As always, the library is ever thankful to the Friends of Sequim Library for the ability to offer these and other programs for families and youth.
For additional information about upcoming events at the Sequim Library, visit www.nols.org, get in touch with your friendly library staff by calling 683-1161 or stop-in for a visit at 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Patti Swingle is youth services librarian at the Sequim Library, and Mary Coté is a customer service specialist at Sequim and Port Angeles branches.