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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.
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PETE SEEGER: The Man
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room
Friday, Jul. 28, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Musical duo Hank & Claire take listeners back in time with their banjo and 12-string guitar as they share stories, historic photos, and sing-along songs from Pete’s life. Learn about his activism on labor, war, civil rights, and the environment and the back stories of songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” For Pete's sake, sing along!  Sponsored by Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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Backyard beekeeping
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Aug. 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Join Richard Lewis for a presentation on how to become a backyard beekeeper. 
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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, 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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Klee Wyck Journal
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join author Lou Mckee for a discussion of her book, Klee Wych Journal. 

"This is western Canada's rain coast!.. where we finally claimed a home beach after years of kayaking and camping in Washington and British Columbia, exploring new areas each trip out. We named this beach Klee Wyck, Laughing One, the name that the young artist Emily Carr earned from the coastal native people. Many days were pristine fresh and sunny...but, when that coastal rain came, we were captured under drooping tarps and breathing smoky fires, sometimes for a week. "Let's build a better shelter in the woods!" So the story begins.

As the days, months and years go by, I keep an illustrated journal of all the flora that grows around us, and all the life in tide pools, seaweeds and shelled critters. When the cabin begins to 'mature' I add drawings of our cozy interior hangout. These pages, completed on the beach, forest or in the cabin, are the inspiration for the book story KLEE WYCK JOURNAL and the original pencil color and ink drawings decorate its pages." http://www.loumckee.com/works.htm
 
Looking for a Grant?
Looking for a Grant?
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jul. 24, 11:00am-12:00pm (Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:00, July 17-August 29)
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.
Mondays with Melody: Read, Chat, and Healthy Snack
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jul. 24, 2:00-2:45 (Mondays, June 26, July 10 & 24, August 7)
Do your “big kids” miss going to storytime?  Mondays with Melody is a storytime program geared for kids ages 6 – 10, featuring books about fairness, courage, and dreams, followed by conversation and a healthy snack. Join Director Melody Sky-Eisler for this special program! 
Community Meeting: Natural History Bookclub
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jul. 24, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Contact: Oma Landstra 
Library Foundation Board Meeting
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Monday, Jul. 24, 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, Jul. 25, 10:15-10:45 (Every Tuesday 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.
Looking for a Grant?
Looking for a Grant?
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 11:00am-12:00pm (Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:00, July 17-August 29)
or call --360-385-3181.
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.
Friends Webinar
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 11:00am-12:00pm
Closed meeting. 
Hypercollage! Teen Art Program with Counsel Langley
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2:00-4:00
Collage enables you to take what is on hand and use it in unexpected ways, giving it new meaning. Whether for artwork, gifts, cards, presentations, communication of your ideas, or fun, collage skills can help you make powerful images. Join local artist Counsel Langley for this hands-on workshop in which she'll be sharing many of the unique collage techniques she has developed over the past ten years and uses in her own work. For teens ages 12-17.
 
Changeling Shakespea
"Changeling" Shakespeare Reading Group
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Tuesday, Jul. 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

Babytime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 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.
Grant Street School
Grant Street School Chess Club
Library Learning Center - 1256 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 12:30pm-1:30pm
During the summer the library will host the Grant Street Chess Club for kids in 1st- 3rd grades. The club will meet in the Library Learning Center from June 21st through August 30th  on Wednesdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Any children between the 1st and 3rd grade who have an understanding of how chess pieces move are welcome to attend and play chess" Sponsored by Grant Street Elementary and the Port Townsend Public Library .
STEAM Workshop with Jen Kingfisher
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2:00-4:00
or call --360-385-3181.
Kids will combine art and technology to create electric crafts! Kids will build circuits, engineer mobiles, create light-up wearable art, and more! For ages 8-14.
Program Meeting
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Jul. 27, 10:00am-11:00am
Closed meeting
Toddlertime
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Jul. 27, 10:15-10:45 (Every Thursday except Thanksgiving, 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.  
Build a Fairy or Gnome House
Charles Pink House - 1256 Lawrence St.
Thursday, Jul. 27, 2:00-3:30
Build your own magical Fairy or Gnome house to bring home, and help decorate the library Gnome house in the shade garden beside the library with jewels, shells, pinecones, and other treasures. For ages 6 and up.
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons and Dragons
Library Learning Center - 1256 Lawrence St.
Friday, Jul. 28, 3:45pm-4:45pm (Fridays, June 23- August 25 at 3:45pm )
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 in the summer from June 23rd-August 25th.