Libraries, community to host Resilience Month events

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is offering a variety of activities during the month of October in celebration of Resilience Month.

The Clallam Resilience Project and NOLS have teamed up with community partners to host events focused on building knowledge, skills, connection and resilience. Find details at or by calling or stopping by a local NOLS branch.

Resilience Kit

Get a free Resilience Kit that provides a variety of activities and tools to help build resilience, engage in community care, and support self-care, beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, at any NOLS branch, while supplies last.

‘The New Science of Thriving’

hear a virtual presentation focusing on the mental, emotional and behavioral health of children and youth and the adults they will become with “The New Science of Thriving: Prioritizing Possibilities for Child, Family and Community Flourishing,” — set for 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, on Zoom. Registration is optional. The event is presented by Dr. Christina D. Bethell.

Participants will be inspired to shift the narrative from trauma and toxic stress to positive childhood experiences and relational health and systems to build community and connection as well as to flourish, organizers say.

Día de Culturas: Celebrando la Diversidad Latinoamericana

From 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, on the Peninsula College’s Forks Campus, come together for a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at this community event.

Cultural awareness and traditions can create a sense of stability and connection: they can happen in a positive, routine manner, which helps promote well-being.

Sábado 15 de octubre, 3-7 p.m. en Peninsula College, campus de Forks.

Únase con nosotros para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con un evento comunitario. La conciencia cultural y las tradiciones pueden crear una sensación de estabilidad y conexión: pueden ocurrir de una manera positiva y rutinaria que ayude a promover el bienestar.

‘Generational Clarity (Trauma Informed Strategies): An Indigenous Perspective’

Presented by JanMarie Ward Olmstead (Chumash), this interactive workshop is set for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct.21, at the Red Cedar Hall on the Jamestown S’Klallam Campus in Blyn.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Historical and cultural context inform trauma informed approaches as a path to healing through Seven Generation Strategies, acknowledgement of inter-generational core strengths, and self-determination. This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to develop an understanding of how the historical experience of American Indians and Alaska Natives connects to Inter-generational Trauma, ongoing discrimination, racism, lateral violence, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).

Participants will learn how experiences over a life course and over generations has a significant impact on our health.

Climate anxiety, building community resilience

Presented by Melanie Greer, “Exploring Climate Anxiety and Building Community Resilience Together” will introduce a common language and knowledge about the range of reactions people are reporting and strategies to take towards personal and community resilience.

This is offered from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Studium Generale in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, and on Zoom. Registration is optional.

Related activities and events in October that foster a sense of community and resilience include the Second Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Reading from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse; and a Take and Make: Tin Box Diorama kit, in commemoration of Day of the Dead, provided by Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts and available for pick up at any NOLS location beginning Monday, Oct. 17.

Resilience Month activities are supported by: Clallam Resilience Project, United Way of Clallam County, Clallam County 4-H, Clallam County Noxious Weed Control Board, Coordinated Care, Empowered Teens Coalition, First Step Family Support Center, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Jefferson County Public Health, Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts, Olympic Community of Health, Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition, PAVE, Peninsula College, Port Angeles Education Foundation, Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition, Peninsula Early Childhood Coalition, Quileute Human Services, Amanda Sanders, Washington Health Care Authority, and local Friends of the Library groups.

For more information about this program, visit, email to or call 360-417-8500.