Off the Shelf: Soak up the sun with these titles, tunes

You will find fun for the whole family this weekend at the Sequim Sunshine Festival. Your library will be there, too! Stop by and say hello at Carrie Blake Community Park on Saturday, March 4.

The Sequim Branch Library booth will have a fun craft activity and information about free library programs. You can also enjoy a StoryWalk where the pages of a children’s book are posted along a path in the park to combine reading with movement.

For more ways to welcome the spring and summer seasons, check out these sunny titles or borrow some albums to let the power of music brighten the gray days:

“The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds” by Caroline Van Hemert

— available at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) as a book and eBook

From the publisher: “For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist’s human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature and adventure. This unique blend of science, adventure and personal narrative explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of the creatures who make their homes in the wildest places left in North America.”

“Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates: Plants for a Lush, Water-Conscious Landscape” by Nora Harlow

— available at NOLS as a book

From the publisher: “A guide to native and climate-adapted plants for summer-dry, winter-wet climates of North America’s Pacific coast with compelling text and stunning photographs. Create gardens that maintain and expand local and regional biodiversity, take little from the earth that is not returned, and welcome and accommodate the presence of wildlife.”

“Sea Salt and Honey: Celebrating the Food of Kardamili in 100 Sun-Drenched Recipes” by Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Tsakiris

— available at NOLS as a book

From the publisher: “An enchanting celebration of Greek provincial life — its charming culture and sublime food —captured in 100 delectable recipes and captivating stories from the Greek-American Tsakiris family, accompanied by stunning full-color photographs by James Beard.

“If you’re looking for some tunes to transport you to sunnier times, give the following albums a listen.”

“1967: Sunshine Tomorrow” by The Beach Boys

— available at NOLS in CD and streaming formats

This compilation pulls together a slew of previously unreleased material from The Beach Boys, a band that appears on many summer playlists and makes you want to spend a day with your toes in the sand.

“An Introduction to KC and The Sunshine Band” by KC and The Sunshine Band

— available at NOLS as a CD

Lift your spirits with the infectious disco grooves of classics like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty.”

Check out Hoopla

Who are the musical artists that add sunshine to your day? There is a good chance that you can find them on Hoopla, a streaming service that gives you access to music, movies, TV shows and more — free with your library card! Find Hoopla in the “Online Resources” tab at

More info

Stop by the Sequim Library at 630 N. Sequim Ave. to find inspiring reads. You can also browse the catalog at

For more information, call 360-683-1161 or email to

Corrina Desmarais is a librarian with the North Olympic Library System.