Hour of Code

Hour of Code logoHour of Code originated in 2013 as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer coding. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, expanding to schools, libraries, and communities all over the world. 

Join the fun! All ages are invited to drop in between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to celebrate Hour of Code and learn about computer coding through several hands-on, interactive stations.

Open Tech 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Drop in and work with library staff to receive individual assistance with your computer or handheld device. Bring your device or ask to borrow one of ours.

Learn more about Hour of Code.

Homes for the Holidays

2019 - Dec9_-Gingerbread_GOOG.pngBakers and crafters of all ages and abilities are invited to design and build their own edible creations! Structures may be built out of anything edible, and the base should be no larger than 12” x 12” in size.

Patrons will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorites, and the winners will be announced at the library’s annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 11.

Submit your entry between December 1 – 9.

Gingerbread Contest Entry Form

Storytimes at the Library

Baby Reading BooksStorytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are held throughout each week. All sessions consist of age-appropriate picture books, songs, fingerplays, poetry, and often include playtime and crafts. Storytimes inspire a love of books and reading in participants of all ages. Research confirms that reading success starts with young children enjoying library storytimes!

Weekly Storytimes

Toddler Storytime
Mondays, 10:15 am
Toddler Storytime is for children ages 12 months to 30 months and features movement, music, puppets, and fingerplays as well as flannel stories and the reading of short books written with toddlers in mind.

Tuesdays, 10:30 am
This 20-minute lapsit program for infants from birth to 12 months features action rhymes, baby sign language, songs, and movement designed to stimulate brain development and the enjoyment of music, language, and books.

Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30 am
Bring your preschooler and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and more designed to promote early learning. Preschool Storytime is followed by a craft or activity that encourages community building and enriches literacy.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn
Fridays, 10:00 to 11:30 am
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are for children ages birth to 5 and their families or caregivers. Play, read, sing, and share a snack. Sessions are free and open to everyone.

Special Storytimes for Families with Young Children

Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck!
Wednesday, October 9, 10:30 am
Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with stories and songs that highlight firefighters, then meet a real-life firefighter and climb aboard an engine provided by East Jefferson Fire Rescue.

Black Cats, Pumpkins and Bats!
Wednesday, October 30, 10:30 am
Wear your costume and celebrate Halloween while enjoying non-scary stories, snacks, and seasonal crafts.


Tech Tuesday at the Library

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Join us on Tuesdays for free, one-hour technology classes and individual assistance with your computer or handheld. Bring your device or borrow one of our laptops.

Drop-in Open Tech Assistance
EVERY Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Classes held 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Class Schedule

October 1 – Security on the Web
Phishing, Hacking, Tracking, Finger printing, ransomware and more, are terms frequently seen in the news used to describe security risks when browsing the web. This session will define what these are and some best practices for a safer web browsing experience.

October 8 – Email Security
Learn to identify spam and malicious emails, and explore various ways in which you can control questionable or unwanted messages. Find out what makes a proper email address, how to identify the sites behind the links, and the difference between unsubscribing vs. declaring an email as spam.

November 5 – 3D Printing Basics
Explore the basics behind 3D printing technology. Learn how to use the library’s 3D printer and how to search for and download digital designs online.

November 12 – 3D Printing with FlashPrint
Learn how to manipulate and tweak your 3D print with the Flashprint slicing software used by the library’s 3D printer.

December 3 – Tech Tuesday Special Event: Hour of Code (3:00 to 6:00 pm)
Learn how computer programming works as we celebrate Computer Science Education Week (December 2-8). Drop in between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to learn about computer coding through several hands-on, interactive stations. Staff will also be on hand between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to provide individual assistance with your computer or handheld. Bring your own device or ask to borrow one of ours.

December 10 – Staff’s Favorite Apps 2019
Staff will share their favorite Apple and Android apps and show you how to download them to your tablet or smartphone.

Timeslips: Creative Storytelling for People with Memory Loss

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Join us for TimeSlips, a creative storytelling method that replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. Originally designed as a way for people with dementia to connect with their care partners, TimeSlips has evolved into a way for people to grow and connect across ALL challenges of memory loss. Storytelling empowers people to participate, access their imagination and connect with others. Evidence-based research indicates that TimeSlips brings meaning and purpose into lives, is engaging, empowering, and fun for all who participate.

Everyone welcome. No registration required.

Sponsored by the East Jefferson County Memory cafe and facilitated by Carolyn Christina Manzoni and Randi Winter.

Learn more about TimeSlips at timeslips.org

PTFF Roadshow: Free Cinema at the Library

Artwork of a man in a pickup truck filming a movieJefferson County Library is proud to be a part of the 2019 Port Townsend Film Festival by hosting a free cinema at the library. All films are open to the public free of charge with advance ticket. Tickets will be available at the library 30 minutes prior to film start.

Friday, September 20, 1:00 pm – Phoenix, Oregon
Defying midlife haze, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.” This film runs 109 minutes.

Friday, September 20, 3:15 pm – Jay Myself
Photographer Stephen Wilkes creates an intimate portrait of renowned photographer, Jay Maisel, and the 30,000 square foot building that he’s inhabited and filled with his eccentric collection of beautiful random objects for the last 40 years. This film runs 79 minutes and is preceded by the 7-minute short Photograph of Jesus.

Saturday, September 21, 10:30 am – Motherload
Ride with Liz Canning, cyclist and mother, on her quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. This film runs 81 minutes and is preceded by the 4-minute short Blue.

Saturday, September 21, 12:30 pm – Twelve Conversations
What compels people to confide in one another? A chance meeting in a Port Townsend underground record shop, the intimate power of words and the way the future sometimes reveals the past. This film runs 102 minutes.

Saturday, September 21, 3:00 pm – The Wild
In this follow-up to 2014’s documentary, The Breach, director Mark Titus outlines the ongoing struggle in Bristol Bay to preserve the wild salmon fishing industry, which faces devastation if a massive copper and gold mine is constructed. This film runs 63 minutes and is preceded by two short films: Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee and dukʷibəɫ swatixʷtəd (Changer’s Land).

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 pm – Reviewers Choice Shorts
A collection of films from around the world representing the genius of filmmakers to capture and portray individual human drama. These shorts were given highest ratings by the PTFF review team. The film series runs approximately 81 minutes. Films List

Book Project Video: The Story of Bob

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Book titles have their own stories to tell!

Last Friday, staff arranged the titles of library books into sentences to tell a story. We took to the library lawn, and assembled a continuous line of people holding the book covers, and used them to make a video of our story. Thank you to all of the patrons who held up books and joined us for the filming!

Our movie was entered into a contest to win a visit from Randall Munroe, author/illustrator of XKCD, a popular web comic that blends math, language, romance, and pop-culture. Wish us luck! We’ll let you know if we win.



Watch the completed story:



Experience Virtual Reality

Man wearing Virtual Reality gogglesExperience Virtual Reality with the Oculus device while guided and supported by trained staff. Swim in the deep sea, make friends with a little robot, visit the White House or a National Park, or relax with a virtual movie that happens around you. All these experiences can be yours through the magic of virtual reality.

Participants must be 13 years or older, and a completed waiver form is required to participate. Waiver forms may be picked up at the library or downloaded below. VR experiences may cause dizziness and disorientation. Those prone to motion sickness should take care when using the Oculus device.

Experience Virtual Reality Program Schedule

Health and Safety Information

VR Waiver Form – Adults

VR Waiver Form – Minors

WSU Seed Library

Image of hand holding a small plant.The WSU Master Gardeners will visit the Bookmobile monthly through October with their Seed Library. Join the effort to build our community’s food resilience.

1) Borrow seeds from the Seed Library

2) Grow beautiful, healthy plants and harvest healthy food for your family.

3) Return a portion of your saved seeds to the Seed Library for the next years’ borrowers.

Seed Library Dates
April 22-25
May 20-23
June 24-27
July 22-25
August 26-29
September 23-26
October 28-31
(Closed November thru January)

Seed Library Schedule
Brinnon 12:30 to 2:30 (Thursday)
Coyle 10:30 to 11:30 (Monday)
Gardiner 2:30 to 3:30 (Monday)
Quilcene 2:30 to 3:30 (Tuesday)
Cape George 10:00 to 11:00 (Wednesday)
Port Ludlow 2:30 to 3:30 (Wednesday)

See the full Bookmobile Schedule.

Learn more about the Seed Library.

For questions about the Seed Library at WSU contact seedlibrarywsu@gmail.com.

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Don’t Miss the Pacific Science Center’s Portable Planetarium

Image of the moon and stars and the words Portable Planetarium

Enter the Pacific Science Center’s inflatable planetarium to enjoy an astronomical show!

Friday, July 26

Events will be held at the Chimacum Creek Primary School, 313 Ness’ Corner Road, Port Hadlock. Admittance on a first come first served basis.

Up in the Sky (two sessions)
1:00 – 1:45 pm (ages 5-11)
1:45 – 2:15 pm (ages 5-11)
A stargazing adventure, learn your way around giant “connect-the-dot” pictures in the sky!

Star Search
2:30 – 3:15 pm (ages 8-12)
Learn how to read the nighttime sky using a star map, then hunt for seasonal constellations.

Worldwide Skies
3:15 – 4:00 pm (ages 8-12)
Explore how the sky changes through the night and the year, and what these changes mean to people around the world. Hear star stories from different cultures as you identify a variety of constellations.