Library Offers New Hours, New Programs

Jefferson County Library (JCL) has expanded its operating hours. In-library and curbside services are now offered Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the computer lab is open from noon to 4:45 p.m. for both drop-in visitors as well as those with reservations. Short-term laptop loans are available for use in the library parking lot.

Masks and social distancing are still required indoors, per CDC guidelines. The bookmobile continues to offer contactless-holds delivery and is open for browsing at regular stops Monday to Friday.

Need internet? First-come, first-served financial assistance is available, via the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit. EBB provides aid to low-income households for internet service and equipment. Qualifying households can receive $50 a month off broadband fees and a one-time discount of $100 off a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. For application assistance call (360) 385-6544 or email information@jclibrary.info

The EBB application period will end when funds are exhausted or six months after the Covid-19 health emergency has been declared officially over. No personal information will be shared with government agencies except those administering the EBB Program. No questions will be asked about immigration status. For more information on this benefit see getemergencybroadband.org.

June 19: Library closed. The library board of trustees approved the addition of June 19 to the list of library holidays, mirroring the decision of the state legislature to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 arrival of federal troops in Galveston, Texas, to secure the freedom of those who had remained enslaved despite the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier.    

Interested in learning about technology? Join professional librarians for Tech Tuesday classes offered twice-monthly from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The June 1 class topic will be Introduction to Zoom Online Meetings. You’ll learn how to use Zoom with a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The June 8 class will present home-networking basics. It will focus on components and troubleshooting, as well as sharing files, printers, and internet connections between devices.

Colorful reading. The library invites you to see with a different set of lenses on June 18, as it kicks off Reading Colors Your World, the summer reading program for both kids and adults. Readers will have a chance to win a t-shirt, $50 gift certificate, and other prizes. Get details on the JCL website or in the library.

Colorful nature. What does a bee see when it looks for a sweet sip? Why are hummingbirds so attracted to red flowers? Staff from Heronswood Garden will present Nature’s Color Connections on June 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. You’ll explore the ways plants, animals, and people interact with the colors in our world. Join online at jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/natures-color-connections.

Where the wild things are. Learn about amazing mammals that make their homes in the Pacific Northwest. Staff from Northwest Trek will host a presentation and Q&A session June 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join online at jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/amazing-mammals-northwest-trek.

Storytime for tots. Preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy age-appropriate stories, songs, and movement activities on Mondays and Wednesdays. The 30-minute sessions foster a love of books and reading, with the whole family in mind. Join online at jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/family storytime

Coding for tweens and young teens. Kids from 9 to14 can join a library program called Learn to Code Using Scratch, June 30, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Scratch is a visual programming language and online community where youths learn how to write computer code and share their work. This session will explore coding concepts such as variables and loops. Join online at jclibrary.librarymarket.com/events/coding-scratch-2.

The Jefferson County Library is located at 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock. Wi-Fi is available in the parking lot 24/7. Contact library staff at 360-385-6544 or email information@jclibrary.info.