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PT Library Events Calendar

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at the Port Townsend Public Library! All events are free and open to the public.
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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Monday, Jan. 22, 7:00-8:00pm
Nancy Pearl is “America’s librarian.” She regularly speaks about the value of reading at libraries and library conferences, and for literacy organizations and community groups. Nancy can be found on KUOW in Seattle, KWGS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin Public Radio talking about books and reading. Her monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, on the Seattle Channel features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. 
 
Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the PNW Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee "Librarian Action Figure". If the library world has a rock star - Nancy Pearl is it.
 
Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, literary critic, as well as a radio and television personality, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.  Sponsored by City of Port Townsend and the Friends of the Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Judith Adams - A Fie
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Apr. 20, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

As children we are enchanted by the stories, humor, absurdity, and rhyming cadences of nursery rhymes. But as we get older, too often our appreciation for poems dissolves as we struggle to deconstruct their meaning line by line. As a result, many come to believe that poetry is inaccessible and too much like hard work.

Drawing on diverse poets, including the rich contribution of Washington State’s poets, poet and performer Judith Adams takes us on a journey to rediscover the music, power, humor, and strength of poetry, showing how it can radically enhance, change, and even save our lives. She’ll also discuss the joy of reciting poetry by heart, listen to audience members’ experience with poetry, and lead exercises to fire up the poet in all of us.

Judith Adams is an English-born poet who has lived in the United States since 1976. Adams has published four books of poetry and recorded several albums of her work, and her poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Adams has taken poetry to patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and held readings at the Frye Art Museum and Third Place Books in Seattle. She has conducted poetry workshops for youth and adults, and worked as a teacher for children with disabilities in Waldorf schools.

Adams lives on Whidbey Island.

Sponsored by Humanities Washington.
Community Meeting: Quimper Storytelling Guild
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2:00pm-5:00pm (Every 3rd Sunday)
Contact Perry Spring
 
Staff Training - Library Open at 1:00
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jan. 22, 9:00-1:00
Community Meeting: Jefferson Community Foundation Brown Bag with Hilary Canty
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jan. 22, 11:30-2:30
Contact: Debbi Steele
Community Meeting: Natural History Bookclub
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jan. 22, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Contact: Oma Lanstra
Library Foundation Board Meeting
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jan. 22, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Library Foundation

About the Foundation

  • Independent, 501(c)(3) organization with its own governing board.

  • Manages the library endowment fund to support library needs that go beyond those funded by the City of Port Townsend or the Friends of the Port Townsend Public library.

Gifting to the Foundation

Gifts to the Foundation can be used in 4 different ways --

  • Unrestricted Donations: Allow the Foundation to use your gift wherever the need is greatest.

  • General Endowment Plan: Used to grow the fund and generate income that will be contributed annually to the library for a broad range of needs.

  • Capital Endowment Fund: Supports long-term capital construction projects and facilities improvements.

  • Legacy (Planned) Giving: Some commonly used legacy/planned giving options include Bequests, Charitable Trusts, Transfers from Retirement Plans, and Gifts of Life Insurance.

Gifts can be cash and/or property, gifts through corporations, memorial gifts, charitable trusts, retirement plan assets, or bequests in wills.

Preschool Storytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10:15-10:45
Preschool storytime brings early literacy to kids and their caregivers with songs, rhymes, and activities. The emphasis for this age group is on kindergarten readiness and fostering a love of reading.
"Changeling" Shakespeare Reading Group
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5:00-7:00p.m.
A new reading group is forming in Port Townsend. Sponsored by the Port Townsend Public Library, CHANGELING will meet monthly to read and discuss the plays of William Shakespeare.

 “No one is ever the same after encountering Shakespeare,” said co-founder Bob DeWeese, “so I thought the name was appropriate.” DeWeese and Libby Palmer, the other co-founder of the group, are both retired teachers who share a strong belief in the therapeutic power of Shakespeare’s brilliant language.

Changeling will meet monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 5:00pm  to 7:00pm, in the Pink House meeting room. Readers will alternate roles scene by scene, “so that everyone gets a chance at the juicy parts,” DeWeese said. The group will decide together about which plays to read, and everyone is welcome to join.
For more information, email Bob at bobbinsdream@gmail.com
Babytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10:15-10:45
Newborns up to 18 months and their caregivers enjoy rhymes, fingerplays, songs, shakers, bubbles, and other activities for the very young. This program supports language development, provides age-appropriate stimulation, and offers caregivers an opportunity to build community.
Creator’s Cafe for Teens
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 3:00 pm
Food, crafts, creations. Teens ages 12-18 can come hang out, eat, and work on creative projects.
Toddlertime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Jan. 25, 10:15-10:45
18-36 month olds and their caregivers enjoy songs, short stories, fingerplays, felt boards, and hands-on activities while they explore language and build their early literacy skills.  
Community Meeting: Peninsula Kid Lit Critique Group
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Jan. 25, 4:45-6:45pm
Andrea Lawson
Community Meeting: Teaching Planning Meeting
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Friday, Jan. 26, 10:00am-4:00pm
Contact: Sarah Rubenstein 
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Friday, Jan. 26, 5:30 pm
Join us for a Pajama Storytime, and bring a stuffed animal friend. While families go home to bed, the stuffed friends stay and have a party! Pickup in the morning, and see what shenanigans have been afoot.
Preschool Storytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 10:15-10:45
Preschool storytime brings early literacy to kids and their caregivers with songs, rhymes, and activities. The emphasis for this age group is on kindergarten readiness and fostering a love of reading.
Babytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 10:15-10:45
Newborns up to 18 months and their caregivers enjoy rhymes, fingerplays, songs, shakers, bubbles, and other activities for the very young. This program supports language development, provides age-appropriate stimulation, and offers caregivers an opportunity to build community.
Toddlertime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 10:15-10:45
18-36 month olds and their caregivers enjoy songs, short stories, fingerplays, felt boards, and hands-on activities while they explore language and build their early literacy skills.  
Community Meeting: Quimper Ladies Reading Society and Figurine Study Group
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Contact: Kathi Johnson 
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons and Dragons
Library Learning Center - 1256 Lawrence St.
Friday, Feb. 2, 3:45pm-4:45pm (Fridays in February)
Want to explore dungeons and find treasure? Come join our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game for kids age 10+ and up. No experience or equipment necessary. This will be a PG-rated adventure full of glory, magic,  treachery, risk, and reward! The program will run every Friday for now.