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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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Friday, Sep. 28, 6:30pm

Enjoy the animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings in the Carnegie Reading Room. The movie follows Young Kubo as his peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. Rated PG.

Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Public Library.
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Jonathan White - Tid
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Jonathan’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up on the beaches of southern California. He’s built and sailed many boats, logged more than a hundred thousand miles on the Pacific and Atlantic, and surfed all over the world. He has served on numerous conservation boards and committees, including the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.

As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, Washington, he spent eleven years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest, from Puget Sound to Southeast Alaska. Resource Institute sponsored weeklong seminars aboard the sixty-five-foot schooner, with subjects ranging from navigation, anthropology, and whale research to poetry, writing, music, and photography. Psychologist James Hillman taught a seminar on the role of animals in dreams; scientist Lynn Margulis discussed the Gaia Hypothesis; poet Gary Snyder pondered the role of killer whales and bears in Haida mythology. Robert Bly, Gretel Ehrlich, Richard Nelson, Paul Winter, Art Wolfe, and William Stafford were among the many others who taught aboard Crusader.  Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water, grew out of these experiences.

While on a seminar in Southeast Alaska, Crusader ran aground on a spring tide. After nearly losing the boat, Jonathan vowed to learn more about this mysterious and implacable force. Ten years of research took him to five continents where he saw the largest, fastest, scariest and most amazing tides in the world. With Lukasi Nappaaluk, an Inuit elder, he slithered through a hole in the arctic ice and gathered mussels in the dark cavities left behind by a dropping tide. In China, he witnessed the world’s largest tidal bore, a 25-foot wave that charges upriver at twenty miles an hour. And at the Royal Society of London, he learned that Plato and Aristotle, Leonardo de Vinci, Newton, Descartes, and many other noted thinkers had been captivated – and befuddled — by the tide’s mystery. The book that led to Galileo’s arrest for heresy by the Catholic Church, in fact, was a treatise originally called “The Flux and Reflux of the Tides.” It’s been that important to mankind for centuries. But the story has never been properly told.

Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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Create Your Own  Aut
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Typically stories of the self (autobiographies) are told through a narrative of a passage through time. In this workshop, we will learn how to create a story of ourselves through a series of meaningful places instead. Whether it’s a home, a riverbank, a car, a corner in a city or a meadow high up in the mountains, we will take our most significant places and use them to compose our own autogeographies.

 

Our autogeographies can be created through any mode of expression. They can be essays, poems, songs, films, or paintings. All that we want to do is dig deep into our personal relationships with places and translate them into any medium. There will be no grades and no prizes. But there will be expression, creativity, and fun.

 

Dr. Rob Sullivan will be leading the workshop. He has a PhD in geography from UCLA and has taught geography at UCLA, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College.

Sponsored by Dr. Rob Sullivan.
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Thursday, Oct. 11, 7pm

The evolution and adoption of digital technologies has increased in recent years. Children, teens, and families are using technology in school, at home, and in libraries more than ever. It is the goal of libraries to help families find the best digital tools, to create a positive experience for all. This program in partnership with the Port Townsend School Libraries will help parents learn about digital citizenship and pass that knowledge onto their children to help them become safe, kind, and responsible digital citizens.

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Create Your Own  Aut
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Typically stories of the self (autobiographies) are told through a narrative of a passage through time. In this workshop, we will learn how to create a story of ourselves through a series of meaningful places instead. Whether it’s a home, a riverbank, a car, a corner in a city or a meadow high up in the mountains, we will take our most significant places and use them to compose our own autogeographies.

 

Our autogeographies can be created through any mode of expression. They can be essays, poems, songs, films, or paintings. All that we want to do is dig deep into our personal relationships with places and translate them into any medium. There will be no grades and no prizes. But there will be expression, creativity, and fun.

 

Dr. Rob Sullivan will be leading the workshop. He has a PhD in geography from UCLA and has taught geography at UCLA, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College.

Sponsored by Dr. Rob Sullivan.
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Create Your Own  Aut
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Typically stories of the self (autobiographies) are told through a narrative of a passage through time. In this workshop, we will learn how to create a story of ourselves through a series of meaningful places instead. Whether it’s a home, a riverbank, a car, a corner in a city or a meadow high up in the mountains, we will take our most significant places and use them to compose our own autogeographies.

 

Our autogeographies can be created through any mode of expression. They can be essays, poems, songs, films, or paintings. All that we want to do is dig deep into our personal relationships with places and translate them into any medium. There will be no grades and no prizes. But there will be expression, creativity, and fun.

 

Dr. Rob Sullivan will be leading the workshop. He has a PhD in geography from UCLA and has taught geography at UCLA, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College.

Sponsored by Dr. Rob Sullivan.
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Art in the Library -
Friday, Oct. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
The City of Port Townsend and Northwind Arts Center partner to provide art for the Port Townsend Public Library. Art will be provided by local artists and maybe for sale via Northwind at the discretion of each artist. Shows will be changed at 4-month intervals and will be launched with an opening reception at the library. Please contact Northwind for more information (360) 379-1086 or info@northwindarts.org. Sponsored by Northwind Arts Center .
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Create Your Own  Aut
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Typically stories of the self (autobiographies) are told through a narrative of a passage through time. In this workshop, we will learn how to create a story of ourselves through a series of meaningful places instead. Whether it’s a home, a riverbank, a car, a corner in a city or a meadow high up in the mountains, we will take our most significant places and use them to compose our own autogeographies.

 

Our autogeographies can be created through any mode of expression. They can be essays, poems, songs, films, or paintings. All that we want to do is dig deep into our personal relationships with places and translate them into any medium. There will be no grades and no prizes. But there will be expression, creativity, and fun.

 

Dr. Rob Sullivan will be leading the workshop. He has a PhD in geography from UCLA and has taught geography at UCLA, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College.

Sponsored by Dr. Rob Sullivan.
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Create Your Own  Aut
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Typically stories of the self (autobiographies) are told through a narrative of a passage through time. In this workshop, we will learn how to create a story of ourselves through a series of meaningful places instead. Whether it’s a home, a riverbank, a car, a corner in a city or a meadow high up in the mountains, we will take our most significant places and use them to compose our own autogeographies.

 

Our autogeographies can be created through any mode of expression. They can be essays, poems, songs, films, or paintings. All that we want to do is dig deep into our personal relationships with places and translate them into any medium. There will be no grades and no prizes. But there will be expression, creativity, and fun.

 

Dr. Rob Sullivan will be leading the workshop. He has a PhD in geography from UCLA and has taught geography at UCLA, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College.

Sponsored by Dr. Rob Sullivan.
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Thursday, Nov. 8, 7pm

The evolution and adoption of digital technologies has increased in recent years. Children, teens, and families are using technology in school, at home, and in libraries more than ever. It is the goal of libraries to help families find the best digital tools, to create a positive experience for all. This program in partnership with the Port Townsend School Libraries will help parents learn about digital citizenship and pass that knowledge onto their children to help them become safe, kind, and responsible digital citizens.

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Orca - How We Came t
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Jason M. Colby will join us to talk about his new book, Orca - How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator. Jason is the Associate Professor and Undergraduate Adviser in History with the University of Victoria. He holds a BA and an MA from Whitman College and a PhD from Cornell. His areas of interest are in international relations and environmental history. This is his second book. 

Since the release of the documentary Blackfish in 2013, millions around the world have focused on the plight of the orca, the most profitable and controversial display animal in history. Yet, until now, no historical account has explained how we came to care about killer whales in the first place. 

Drawing on interviews, official records, private archives, and his own family history, Jason M. Colby tells the exhilarating and often heartbreaking story of how people came to love the ocean's greatest predator. Historically reviled as dangerous pests, killer whales were dying by the hundreds, even thousands, by the 1950s--the victims of whalers, fishermen, and even the US military. In the Pacific Northwest, fishermen shot them, scientists harpooned them, and the Canadian government mounted a machine gun to eliminate them. But that all changed in 1965, when Seattle entrepreneur Ted Griffin became the first person to swim and perform with a captive killer whale. The show proved wildly popular, and he began capturing and selling others, including Sea World's first Shamu.

Over the following decade, live display transformed views of Orcinus orca. The public embraced killer whales as charismatic and friendly, while scientists enjoyed their first access to live orcas. In the Pacific Northwest, these captive encounters reshaped regional values and helped drive environmental activism, including Greenpeace's anti-whaling campaigns. Yet even as Northwesterners taught the world to love whales, they came to oppose their captivity and to fight for the freedom of a marine predator that had become a regional icon. 

This is the definitive history of how the feared and despised "killer" became the beloved "orca"--and what that has meant for our relationship with the ocean and its creatures.
  Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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Create Your Own  Aut
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Typically stories of the self (autobiographies) are told through a narrative of a passage through time. In this workshop, we will learn how to create a story of ourselves through a series of meaningful places instead. Whether it’s a home, a riverbank, a car, a corner in a city or a meadow high up in the mountains, we will take our most significant places and use them to compose our own autogeographies.

 

Our autogeographies can be created through any mode of expression. They can be essays, poems, songs, films, or paintings. All that we want to do is dig deep into our personal relationships with places and translate them into any medium. There will be no grades and no prizes. But there will be expression, creativity, and fun.

 

Dr. Rob Sullivan will be leading the workshop. He has a PhD in geography from UCLA and has taught geography at UCLA, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Los Angeles, and Santa Monica College.

Sponsored by Dr. Rob Sullivan.
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Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:00-8:00pm
Join Dr. Arendt Speser  for a fascinating lecture about our own library collection and the evoltuion of the use of libraries.

More to come...
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Nature Photographer
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Kevin Ebi, wildlife photographer, for his presenation - A Year of the Eagle

About Kevin Ebi from his website, http://www.livingwilderness.com/
Kevin Ebi fell in love with nature early in life; it took many more years for him to discover his passion for photography. Growing up, Kevin went on many outings with his parents to Pacific Northwest national parks, particularly Mount Rainier and Olympic in Washington state. As an adult, he began carrying a camera on hikes so he could show others what he saw, but over time discovered that the patience and keen observation photography required helped him appreciate nature even more.
 
His images are used regularly by major calendar and greeting card lines, and by a wide range of publishers including National Geographic, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, BBC Earth, Lonely Planet and Moon travel guides, and Outdoor Photographer. His image of Halaeakala National Park was featured on commemorative U.S. postage Forever stamp to honor the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Two of his images are printed mural-size in the Mount Rainier National Park visitor center at Sunrise. The National Geographic Society has used his images to promote tourism in the Central Cascades. A major automobile manufacturer also used one of his images in a campaign.
 
He has authored or co-authored four photography books, including Year of the Eagle, which shows how eagles learn to fly and start families of their own; Running in Circles, which demonstrates the life cycle of water through art images; and Living Wilderness, a comprehensive compilation of his art images. He lives near Seattle, Wash., and has photographed more than half of the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Iceland, and New Zealand. Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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Flip Flop on the App
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
At age fourty-seven, Maribeth Crandell decided to walk the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail. Join Maribeth for an author talk and slides from her book and adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail northward from Georgia to New York and then again from Maine south.  

Maribeth Crandell grew up in North Carolina and loved the outdoors. She went to college in the Blue Ridge Mountains and studied Environmental Education. Moving to the Pacific Northwest she worked as a naturalist, outdoor educator and guide from the Columbia River to Southeast Alaska. In mid-life she went back to school to get a Teaching Certificate and Masters in Human Development. She has worked as a community outreach educator for many years on Whidbey Island in Washington State. She still hikes the rugged trails of the Pacific Northwest and Appalachia. Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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Nature Photography T
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
An hour program featuring outdoor/nature photography tips, techniques, locations, gear, post-processing and questions with Russ Stamp
About Russ

Photography had been a hobby for several decades, but with the advent of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000’s, photography became a passion. My professional life was spent as an educator. Now, I incorporate both of these passions by offering photography lectures and workshops to folks interested in gaining a better understanding of digital photography. The real joy I gain now is helping people develop a better understanding between what they envision artistically and how to get the camera to capture that vision. It’s truly a whole brain process.

Having lived in Colorado and now in Port Townsend, Washington, there have been, and continue to be, many opportunities to photograph amazing places.



  Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
Friday, Sep. 21, 1:00-3:30
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Sep. 24, 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 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.
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 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