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Monday-Thursday 10-7
Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 1-5

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.
 Limit by audience:
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Family Storytime: Sa
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Saturday, Mar. 25, 10:15-12:15pm
Join the children’s librarians for sailing stories and crafts. Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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Author! Author! an e
Northwind Arts Center
Sunday, Mar. 26, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Special fundraiser: Enjoy catere hors d'oeuvres by Chef Arran Stark, wine and beer and the Wind & Water art exhibit  inspired this year's Community Read while Erika discusses Before the Wind with Jim. This is a ticketed event supporting Friends of the Port Townsend Library and Northwind Arts Center. Tickets are $50 through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2866175 Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library and the Northwind Arts Center .
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The Library Children
First Baptist Church
Monday, Mar. 27, 4:00 - 4:50 pm
The PT Public Library Children's Choir is back! Directed by Phina Pipia, this is a free music program for ages 7 - 12. Participants will meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:50. The program will culminate with a public performance on Saturday, May 13. Pre-registration is required. Rehearsals take place at the Baptist Church on Lawrence St., adjacent to the library
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Meet the Author with
PT High School Auditorium
Monday, Mar. 27, 7:00-8:30pm
Join Jim Lynch for a talk and reading of Before the Wind and other works. A book signing will follow with books for sale at the event by Imprint Books.  Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library and the Port Townsend School District .
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Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum
Thursday, Mar. 30, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Girls age 13-seniors in high school build, sew, craft and create amazing take-home projects and items to donate to local charities like Jefferson County Humane Society. Girls Create! Is free but space is limited, so please call the Port Townsend Public Library to sign up at 385-3181. Sponsored by Jefferson County Community Foundation .
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S'Klallam Tribe Library in Hummingbird Hall
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 10:00am-12:00pm
Girls age 13-seniors in high school build, sew, craft and create amazing take-home projects and items to donate to local charities like Jefferson County Humane Society. Girls Create! Is free but space is limited, so please call the jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Library to sign up at 360-681-4632. Sponsored by Jefferson County Community Foundation .
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My Old Man and the M
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Apr. 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join Leif Whittaker for an author talk about his memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain, which is his engaging and humorous story of what it was like to "grow up Whittaker" the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts, in an extended family of accomplished climbers. He shares glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early on. With wry honesty he depicts being a recent college grad, still living in his parents' home and trying to find a purpose in life digging ditches, building houses, selling t-shirts to tourists until a chance encounter leads to the opportunity to climb Everest, just like his father did. 

Leif Whittaker was born in Port Townsend, Washington, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. He reached his first major summit when he was 15 years old; he has since climbed many of the world's tall mountains. A writer and a photographer, Leif's work has appeared in Powder, The Ski Journal, and Backcountry. Leif lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a seasonal USFS climbing ranger on Mount Baker. Visit him online at leifwhittaker.com. Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Public Library.
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The Library Children
First Baptist Church
Monday, Apr. 10, 4:00 - 4:50 pm
The PT Public Library Children's Choir is back! Directed by Phina Pipia, this is a free music program for ages 7 - 12. Participants will meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:50. The program will culminate with a public performance on Saturday, May 13. Pre-registration is required. Rehearsals take place at the Baptist Church on Lawrence St., adjacent to the library
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The Library Children
First Baptist Church
Monday, Apr. 17, 4:00 - 4:50 pm
The PT Public Library Children's Choir is back! Directed by Phina Pipia, this is a free music program for ages 7 - 12. Participants will meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:50. The program will culminate with a public performance on Saturday, May 13. Pre-registration is required. Rehearsals take place at the Baptist Church on Lawrence St., adjacent to the library
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Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Thursday, Apr. 20, 7pm-8pm
For National Poetry Month join jazz duo PoetryMusic for a multimedia musical experience. The duo’s performances, featuring Chris Lee on vibes and percussion, and Colleen O'Brien on vocals and cello, combine jazz with poetry – from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou – and visual images. For more than 30 years, the two musicians have been performing as the eclectic chamber jazz duo. 
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Sonic Sea- film view
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Saturday, Apr. 22, 7:00-8:30pm
On Earth Saturday discover how human-induced underwater noise from everyday vessel traffic, Navy sonar and seismic testing harms marine life.  Life in the ocean depends upon acoustics for survival.  Learn what we can do to reduce noise pollution that has existed for only sixty years.  Join us for this eye-opening, award winning film.  Free event.
 
Q&A TO FOLLOW THE FILM
 
Guest: Barb Laski, Ocean Noise Reduction Coalition, Olympic Peninsula
           Founder of Harmony’s Way and Eye to I with Whales Course
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The Library Children
First Baptist Church
Monday, Apr. 24, 4:00 - 4:50 pm
The PT Public Library Children's Choir is back! Directed by Phina Pipia, this is a free music program for ages 7 - 12. Participants will meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:50. The program will culminate with a public performance on Saturday, May 13. Pre-registration is required. Rehearsals take place at the Baptist Church on Lawrence St., adjacent to the library
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The Library Children
First Baptist Church
Monday, May. 1, 4:00 - 4:50 pm
The PT Public Library Children's Choir is back! Directed by Phina Pipia, this is a free music program for ages 7 - 12. Participants will meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:50. The program will culminate with a public performance on Saturday, May 13. Pre-registration is required. Rehearsals take place at the Baptist Church on Lawrence St., adjacent to the library
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Wolves of Washington
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Friday, May. 5, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Outreach Coordinator, Chris Montero with Wolf Haven International will present, Wolves of Washington. The presentation will provide a basic overview of wolf biology and behavior and talk about wolf recovery. After more than 70 years of absence, wolves have returned to Washington. Where are they and how are they surviving? How are they affecting the people who live in Washington? The presentation will also touch on the topic of possible wolf reintroduction on Olympic Peninsula.
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The Library Children
First Baptist Church
Monday, May. 8, 4:00 - 4:50 pm
The PT Public Library Children's Choir is back! Directed by Phina Pipia, this is a free music program for ages 7 - 12. Participants will meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:50. The program will culminate with a public performance on Saturday, May 13. Pre-registration is required. Rehearsals take place at the Baptist Church on Lawrence St., adjacent to the library
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Art in the Library -
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Jun. 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (2016 - October 28, 2017 - February 24, June 23, October 27)
The City of Port Townsend and Northwind Arts Center have entered into an agreement to provide art for the Port Townsend Public Library. Art will be provided by local artists and may be 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.
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Art in the Library -
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Oct. 27, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (2016 - October 28, 2017 - February 24, June 23, October 27)
The City of Port Townsend and Northwind Arts Center have entered into an agreement to provide art for the Port Townsend Public Library. Art will be provided by local artists and may be 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.
Saturday Family Storytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Saturday, Mar. 25, 10:15-10:45 (Every Saturday, 10:15-10:45)
Join us at the library every Saturday for this family storytime for all ages!
Community Meeting: Natural History Bookclub
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Mar. 27, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Contact: Oma Landstra 
Library Foundation Board Meeting
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Mar. 27, 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.