Library Adds Programs, Expands Access

As more in-person events return to Jefferson County Library, the list of community offerings continues to grow. June programs include the following:

Reading Programs and Book Discussions

Discussion of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – June 9, from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. Sign up and get a copy of the book here: JCL Event

Summer Reading Program – Begins June 13. Readers of all ages can track their reading and earn rewards.

Adult Summer Read Event – Begins June 20. Adults can participate in a special program with an outdoor theme. World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, a book by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, will be discussed July 28 in person and August 4 online.

For Kids

Outdoor storytimes – Mondays 10:30 to 11 am, and Fridays 10 to 11:30 am, at HJ Carroll Park in Chimacum. Online storytimes – Wednesdays, via Zoom, 10:30 to 11 am

Travel Tube Playset – June 20, from 11:30 am to noon. A program to build kids’ hand-eye coordination, offered at HJ Carroll Park. Participants will wrap a map around a card- board tube and use as a navigation guide.

For Teens

Dungeons and Dragons– June 1 to July 20, from 2 to 5 pm, online. In the first session, teens will get help with using online tools, personalizing characters, and getting to know teammates. Games will be held on Zoom, with support available for setup at the beginning of each session. Break-Out Bag Mystery Kit – June 20 to 24. Teens will use hints, solve puzzles, and crack a code to gain access to prizes. Registration required.

For All Ages

How to Avoid Online Phishing – June 7, from 3 to 4 pm (hybrid in-person and online presentation). The class will focus on cyber attacks in which criminals trick internet users into providing sensitive information or downloading malicious software through an email, web site, or text. Travel Apps – June 14, from 3 to 4 pm (hybrid in-person and online presentation). The class will focus on applications that help with trip planning.

Drawing and cartooning – June 27, from 11:30 am to noon at HJ Carroll Park. Local author/illustrator Dana Sullivan will work with participants to create characters that express emotion and action in this low-pressure workshop.

Updates and Continuing Services

Holiday Closing. The library will be closed on June 19 in observation of Juneteenth: Freedom Day.

Pedestrian Improvements. To make it easier to get to the library on foot, Jefferson County has installed “Safe Paths to School” sidewalk and lighting on Cedar Avenue. This effort entailed relocation of the transit bus shelter in front of the library and adding connecting sidewalk access from Cedar Avenue to the library entrance.

WSU Seed Library. The bookmobile will continue to make seed deliveries at scheduled stops. A variety of seeds from the Washington State University Seed Library will be available for summer planting. At the end of the season, a portion of the seeds get returned to the seed library for next year’s borrowers.

Free tech support. Available on a drop-in basis with Jamie Pena, the library’s digital equity navigator. She can help with low-income connectivity applications. One-on-one appointments with tech-savvy library staff are available by reservation on the library web site.

Covid Safety Practices. The library staff is required to wear masks if county Covid cases are above 100/100,000. Curbside delivery is still available, and meeting rooms are now open for use by the public. Patrons can reserve rooms with newly installed audio-video equipment (purchased with grant funds) that allows meetings to be held online as well as in person.

Program Access Options. The library is maintaining access to programs online via Zoom in addition to in-person attendance. Links to join online Zoom events can be found at jclibrary.info.

The library, located at 620 Cedar Avenue in Port Hadlock