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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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Langdon Cook - Upstr
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

“Langdon Cook delivers a beautifully written portrait of the iconic salmon that blends history, biology, contentious politics, and the joy of fishing into a captivating and thought-provoking tale. Like a great meal, Upstream is thrilling, deeply satisfying, and memorable. After reading it, you will understand why salmon are worth fighting for.”

—Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons

“Salmon are the essence of the Pacific Northwest, and as Langdon Cook shows so powerfully, they are the key to its future. From the wild flats of Alaska’s Copper River to the straitjacketed creeks of California, Upstream captures the myriad ways people and salmon are deeply intertwined. To read this book is to see through Cook’s sharp eyes the tragedy, mystery, and promise of this magnificent fish we quite literally can’t afford to lose.”

—Rowan Jacobsen, author of The Essential Oyster

“In this fresh tale of an ancient wonder, Langdon Cook takes us on an inspired journey of discovery through the heart and soul of salmon country, introducing us to the charismatic fish and people behind the meal.”

—David R. Montgomery, author of King of Fish and Growing a Revolution
 

Will wild salmon still be swimming a decade from now? This is what author and journalist Langdon Cook sets out to discover, as he travels every stage of the salmon pipeline, from Alaskan spawning grounds and Columbia River hatcheries to chefs' frying pans and 4-star restaurant menus. UPSTREAM: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (A Ballantine Books Hardcover; On Sale May 30), interweaves nature, commerce, cuisine, adventure, and the environmental impact on how we consume this once seemingly limitless food source.

As he did with his previous award-winning book, The Mushroom Hunters, which the Wall Street Journal called a “rollicking narrative delivering vivid and cinematic scenes on every page,” Cook takes readers on a rugged wilderness journey to meet the diverse, colorful group of people associated with this unique species and those who populate American salmon culture.

Drawing on research from renowned chefs and tribal fisherman to environmentalists and government bureaucrats, UPSTREAM illuminates the important role that salmon plays in society and offers an engrossing account of how salmon—one of the last wild foods on our table—nourished humanity through the ages, and why we need them in the future:

  • Salmon are both a past and present culinary favorite, and as fresh, wild salmon becomes increasingly rare and expensive, American diners' obsession with them is only growing.
  • Salmon are consistently a top three seafood in annual sales, along with tuna and shrimp, and have widely publicized health benefits.
  • Wild salmon restoration is the single largest American environmental effort ever made on behalf of a species, to the tune of over a billion dollars spent on this endeavour every year
  • According to the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife, there are 40 million licensed anglers in the U.S. that generate more than $46 billion in fishing-related retail sales per year.

About the Author: Langdon Cook is the author of The Mushroom Hunters, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager. Cook’s writing appears in numerous publication and has been nominated for a James Beard Award (2016) and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

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The Harmonica Pocket
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Dec. 15, 7:00 pm

Equipped with hula hoops, ukuleles and a suitcase of props, The Harmonica Pocket celebrates the holidays with their program "Happy Huladays!"

 

Seasonal books, songs and holiday cheer mixed up with all the usual Harmonica Pocket shenanigans get audiences singing, laughing and moving in their seats. Winter’s here, let’s sing!

Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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H2OMG! Making Sense
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Jan. 19, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
It feels like not a day goes by without a story in the news that relates to some water issue. Whether it’s lead in schools, drought in California, or dwindling snowpack in Washington, water scarcity is a challenge that needs our attention—now. In this talk, participants learn about water scarcity and its effects both globally and at local levels here in Washington State. Participants are challenged to consider how they value water in its different uses, and explore whether taking an ethical approach to water issues changes how we manage and govern water on our increasingly thirsty and crowded planet.

Rachel Cardone has spent nearly 20 years working on water issues as an economist, writer, policy maker, philanthropist, and advisor to public, private, and non-profit organizations. Prior to returning to independent consulting in 2012, she spent five years establishing the Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Cardone has traveled or worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and has spent several years facilitating workshops, training sessions, and meetings for a range of audiences. She has a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a focus on Energy Policy & Finance, and a BA in History (Anthropology minor) from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Cardone lives in Chimacum.

Sponsored by Humanities Washington.
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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.
Looking for a Grant?
Looking for a Grant?
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Monday, Nov. 20, 11:00am-12:00pm (Mondays from 11:00 to 12:00)
Meet with a volunteer for an hour-long, one-on-one appointment at the Port Townsend Public Library to help you navigate and use the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network to learn how to write a grant. For more information on the workshop, email Nancy Grant at ngrant@cityofpt.us. For more information on grants, see http://grantspace.org/ Sponsored by Port Townsend Public Library Foundation.
CR Planning Meeting
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Monday, Nov. 20, 3-4pm
Closed meeting
Freedom Reader Book Club (Membership full at this time)
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 10:00am - 11:30am (Third Tuesdays of the month)
Membership full at this time.
Preschool Storytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 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.
Fiber Arts Night
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm (1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month)
Come and enjoy an evening of working on handiwork projects with other fiber artists (from knitting to quilting to weaving all fiber arts projects are welcomed). Please bring your own supplies.
Babytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10:15-10:45
Newborns up to 16 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.
Library Closed - Thanksgiving
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Nov. 23, All day (Library closed Thursday and Friday )
Library Closed - Thanksgiving
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Friday, Nov. 24, All day (Library closed Thursday and Friday )
Looking for a Grant?
Looking for a Grant?
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Monday, Nov. 27, 11:00am-12:00pm (Mondays from 11:00 to 12:00)
Meet with a volunteer for an hour-long, one-on-one appointment at the Port Townsend Public Library to help you navigate and use the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network to learn how to write a grant. For more information on the workshop, email Nancy Grant at ngrant@cityofpt.us. For more information on grants, see http://grantspace.org/ Sponsored by Port Townsend Public Library Foundation.
Preschool Storytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 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 Shakespea
"Changeling" Shakespeare Reading Group
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 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, Nov. 29, 10:15-10:45
Newborns up to 16 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, Nov. 30, 10:15-10:45
16-36 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: Teaching Planning Meeting
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Friday, Dec. 1, 9:00am-3:00pm
Contact: Sarah Rubenstein 
Yule Ball
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Friday, Dec. 1, 7:00 pm
Join us for a Harry Potter themed party. Enjoy music, snacks, crafts, and activities in the Carnegie Room. All ages are invited.
Saturday Family Storytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:15-10:45am
Join us every Saturday for this family storytime program for all ages.