Virtual Reality is Coming to Your Library

Woman 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

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Teen Photo Contest

Image of tomato on black background.Teens have many compelling stories to tell. Using your phone or camera, tell yours by submitting a photo for the Third Annual Jefferson County Library Teen Photography Contest. The theme for this year’s show is: Composition.

Prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as judged by local professional photographers. Photos must include your name, email address and phone number. Submit your image in person at the library or email it to Submission deadline is 8:00 pm on Monday, May 14.


  • Photographer must be between 11 and 18 years of age.
  • Photograph only-no mats or frames.
  • Print size no larger than 14 inches on longest side.
  • Photos may be black & white and/or color.
  • Photo must be taken by the teen photographer.
  • Use of tripods/timers is fine, but must be the work of the contestant.
  • Each photo must be acceptable for public viewing by all age groups or it will not be displayed.

Teen Photography Contest Reception
Thursday, May 23
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us as we announce the winners, enjoy light refreshments, and view a slideshow of the images submitted. Original photographs will be on display in the library through May 31.

2018 Tax Preparation

Image of hand holding pen writing the words Income Tax and a link to Preparation and Assistance.Following the most expansive tax law changes in 30 years, the IRS created a shorter, simpler Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season. The new Form 1040 will replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. The new Form 1040 uses a “building block” approach, in which the tax return is reduced to a simple form. That form can be supplemented with additional schedules if needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations would only need to file this new 1040 with no additional schedules.

Printed tax forms and instruction booklets for the 1040 and schedules 1-6 are available at the library or on the bookmobile. Library staff can help you locate and print other tax forms that you request. We cannot provide tax advice or assistance with completing tax returns.

IRS Resources

MyFreeTaxes is a safe, and easy way for individuals and households earning less than $66,000 to file their federal and up to three state taxes for free. United Way partners with H&R Block to provide its premium online tax filing software to help you easily and accurately file your taxes from your smartphone or computer.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. Click the link to see a location near you that provides assistance.

Tax Information for Small Businesses

Tax and management resources for small businesses in Washington State.

Climate Change: What Can We Do?

Hosted by Professor Paul Loubere, this four-part series takes place Monday evenings in March and explores the ways we can reduce global warming at personal, local and national levels.

Image of planet Earth in water with red sky and the words Climate Change: What Can We Do?Additional Resources

March 4 – Find out where CO2 comes from and where it goes, sources of CO2 emissions, discretionary vs. structural emissions, and our own carbon footprints.

March 11 – This week, we’ll talk about the carbon emissions from our homes and lifestyles, and the impacts of the choices in what we buy. We’ll also discuss Jefferson County’s Climate Action Plan and climate change preparedness in the Pacific Northwest.

March 18 – Learn about the national power grid – how it works and its relation to green energy. We’ll look at various ways of limiting carbon emissions on a national scale, and introduce you to DrawDown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.

March 25 – This week we’ll discuss DrawDown’s paths to reducing carbon emissions, what actions will have the biggest impact, and what avenues you can pursue to lead a “carbon-aware” life.

Inquiring Mind Lecture Series

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In large and small towns throughout the state, Humanities Washington is restoring the town square. Their events and programs are led by cultural experts, scholars, and storytellers, who discuss everything from Washington State history to philosophy to current social issues. People come together to explore and consider what it means to be human, and to reflect on our shared past, present, and future.


Image of Humanities Washington Speaker Clyde FordLet’s Talk About Race
February 6 at at 6:30 pm
With warmth and openness, renowned author and professor Clyde Ford leads a discussion on race in modern-day America with a heavy emphasis on audience participation. Meant for people of all races, participants will come away with tools for engaging in conversations about race in an honest, transparent, and meaningful way.




Image of Humanities Washington Speaker Nick BondAre Salmon Doomed? Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon
February 27 at 6:30 pm
Climatologist Nick Bond explores the past, present, and possible future conditions for salmon in our state, and sees room for optimism. He shares lessons on how local communities have accomplished important work to support salmon runs, but also takes a hard look at the realities climate change poses for this regional treasure. Explore the history, science, and story of this cherished Northwest icon.




Image of Humanities Washington Speaker Carlos GilFrom Mexican to Mexican-American, A Family Immigration Story
March 27 at 6:30 pm
Professor Carlos Gil sought to understand immigration by tracing his family’s history from the 1920s to the 1970s. In the process, he discovered the excitement, culture shock, inter-family conflict, and questions of identity that many immigrants face when seeking a better life in another country. Based on his book, “We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream,” this talk explores Mexican immigration by spotlighting his own family’s experience in southern California, including parallels with Washington State.



Farming Film Festival


Find out how regenerative farming is part of the climate change solution and global earth repair. Inspiring films about farmers working with and restoring ecosystems. Local efforts will be highlighted in discussion after each film.

The Farming Film Festival is followed by the Global Earth Repair Conference, May 3-5, 2019.

1:00 pm at the Port Townsend Public Library
6:00 pm at the Jefferson County Library

The North Olympic Peninsula Farming Film Festival for 2019 is co-sponsored by the City of Port Townsend Library, Friends of the Trees Society and Jefferson County Local Food Systems Council.

Movie Schedule

Trivia Nights

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Books on Tap Trivia Night at Finnriver Cidery

Fridays – 6:30 to 8:30 pm

November 9, December 14, January 11, February 15

Test your knowledge of books, film, and pop culture during an evening of trivia, food and cider. Bring friends and form a team or fly solo and we’ll find a team for you.

This event takes place at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA



Third Tuesday Trivia at the Keg & I Taproom

Tuesdays – 7:00 to 9:00 pm

November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19

Join library staff in a night of friendly competition. Trivia questions will feature science, local history, pop culture, geography, and other various topics!  Bring your team or come solo, test your knowledge, and win! An extra point will be awarded to teams who present their library cards!  The trivia contest is hosted by your information professionals from Jefferson County Library. Must be 21 or over to attend.

This event takes place at The Keg & I Taproom, 1291 Chimacum Road, Chimacum, WA

Holiday Happenings

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December 1 thru December 12 – Homes for the Holidays: Gingerbread House Making Contest

Bakers and crafters of all ages and abilities are invited to design and build their own edible creation! Structure may be built out of gingerbread, graham crackers, candy, frosting, or anything you like, and the base should be no larger than 12” x 12” in size. Submit your entry between Saturday, December 1st and 12:00 pm, Wednesday, December 12th. Patrons will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced at the library’s Annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 12.


Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Hygge Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga), a Danish concept of happiness through being cozy and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. The evening’s activities will include a relaxing environment of dim lights, mellow music, and simple crafts with warm tea to help set the cozy mood. Simple crafting materials for paper snowflakes and coloring utensils and pages will be provided. Feel free to bring your own crafting supplies and ideas. Drop in any time. Program for adults only.

Wednesday, December 12, 3:00 to 6:00 pm – Holiday Open House

Enjoy festive music, delicious refreshments and seasonal craft projects while you celebrate the season at the library annual Holiday Open House. Craft materials will be provided and all ages are welcome. Winners of the Gingerbread House Making Contest will be announced. Crafts room open from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Jefferson County Library.

Art & Music Meditation for Adults

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Start your day in peace and contemplation as you let your thoughts and your paintbrush flow freely. Enjoy a short inspirational reading, and then create, mix colors, and let art take shape while listening to peaceful music. Art supplies will be provided, but space is limited. Please sign up at the library or call 385-6544 to register by November 14.