Sequim Library manager Emily Sly. Photo courtesy of North Olympic Library System

Sequim Library manager Emily Sly. Photo courtesy of North Olympic Library System

Off the Shelf: Explore the Peninsula

Whatever your summer plans, the library offers resources for your adventures near and far: audiobooks for the road, travel books, passes to Olympic National Park and Washington State Parks, topographic trail maps and a fun Summer Reading Game with ideas for local exploration — and reading inspiration!

Audiobooks are a great way to listen to stories while driving around town or on a road trip. Check out downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks available through the Libby app, or download movies, music and audiobooks through the hoopla app.

These resources are available for free with your library card. If you don’t have a NOLS card, it’s easy to get a temporary one online at nols.org/library-card, which you can use to access e-content right away.

Then, stop by the library to complete your registration and pick up your new library card. Audiobooks on CD are also available for checkout.

Travel books are great for planning a trip or dreaming about a future adventure. Plan a local exploration of trails with “Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula” by Craig Romano, or discover new places in “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide” by Anthony Bourdain. Take a journey through the “Inside Passage in Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest

Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another” by Kim Brown Seely, or enjoy “Chirri & Chirra: On the Town” by Kaya Doi, a sweet picture book for kids about discovering new places on a bike ride through town.

Day hiking

As you get set to explore Olympic National Park or Washington State Parks, consider placing a hold on the Explore! Olympic Pack or Check Out Washington! daypack.

Each backpack includes field guides, maps and binoculars. The Explore! Olympic Pack includes a pre-paid, seven-day pass to Olympic National Park; the Check Out Washington! daypack includes seven-day access to a Discover Pass, allowing entrance to all Washington State Parks.

NOLS has partnered with Olympic National Park and Washington State Parks to offer the backpacks and passes.

The library also offers laminated topographic trail maps for checkout. Stop by the Sequim Library to browse the maps on the shelf or find a complete list of available maps that can be placed on hold by using the NOLS catalog.

If you’re looking for ideas for local adventures, pick up a copy of the library’s Summer Reading Game, or sign up for the Summer Reading Program at nols.org to access the game online. Some activities include finding a photo from the Bert Kellogg Collection displayed in the community, searching for treasure using the geocaching kits at the library or reading a book set in the Pacific Northwest.

Complete activities through Aug. 20 for a chance to win the weekly drawing for a $5 gift card to Sweet Spot Frozen Yogurt.

Friendly library staff are always available to help connect you with the resources you need at the Sequim Library,t 630 N. Sequim Ave.

For more information, visit nols.org or call 360-683-1161.

Emily Sly is the Library Manager at the Sequim branch of the North Olympic Library System.

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