Off the Shelf: Summer reading, summer fun

Summer days are on the way, which is great news for readers. North Olympic Library System’s Summer Reading Program offers free events and a chance to win prizes just for reading!

The annual program is a great way to encourage reluctant readers to consider making reading a daily habit. Anyone — from babies to grown-ups — can participate from June 16-Aug. 26.

Sign up now for the reading challenge at and stop by the library to choose a free book! Starting June 16, track your reading online or pick up a tracking sheet at the library.

After 30 days (and again at 60 days) of reading, you will receive an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. Each NOLS branch will draw winning tickets for kids, teens and adults, with a choice of a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant or bookstore, or a LEGO set of the winner’s choice, up to $100 in value.

You’ll also earn a Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt after reading for 30 days! This year’s T-shirt was designed by Jaiden Dokken, a Sequim resident and Clallam County Poet Laureate.

Reading is just one part of the summer fun at the library. NOLS also offers a variety of programs for all ages. Magician Jeff Evans kicks off the Summer Reading Program with a magic show at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.

Discovery Club for kindergarten through fifth-grade students starts at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30, at the Sequim Middle School, 301 W. Hendrickson Road. Each week of the six-week Discovery Club features a different theme including visual art, music, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), and theater.

Adults can learn about journaling as a reflective practice for self-exploration and self-care with Marni Amsellem, a licensed psychologist and founder of Write.Reflect.Grow. Register to join the “Find Your Voice Through Journaling” session, held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, on Zoom.

For your next read, try one of these titles available at your library:

“The Music of Bees” by Eileen Garvin

From the publisher: “Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life’s curveballs, are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing — and maybe even a second chance — just when they least expect it.”

“Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury

From the publisher: “Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.”

“The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan

From the publisher: “A charming, clever, and quietly moving novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.”

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The friendly library staff look forward to seeing you soon.

The Sequim Library is at 630 N. Sequim Ave. For more information, visit or call 360-683-1161.

Emily Sly is the Sequim Library manager.