A Letter from our Trustees about Vaccination

October 13, 2021

Recently, the library district has been asked about its approach to COVID vaccinations multiple times, which suggests that it would be useful for us to share the answers as widely as possible; to keep our community informed, and to invite other questions you may have.

Q: Are Library staff required to be vaccinated?
A: No, our Library staff do not fall under either state or federal vaccination mandates.
Our library district is an independent junior taxing district governed by a local Board of Trustees. Trustees could choose to mandate vaccination or offer incentives but have chosen not to do so.
Why? Because 100% of the Board, staff, and volunteers are already fully vaccinated.
Each has made the decision that being vaccinated is the best way to protect themselves, their families, their work colleagues, and their community. Additionally, this choice reduces risk for the library district. It better protects our assets—our staff—and helps ensure continuity of operations, with less possibility of multiple staff needing to quarantine or require medical attention should an outbreak occur.

Q: Does the library district require proof of vaccination to enter the Library or Bookmobile?
A: No, the library district does not ask for proof of vaccination status to use our facilities.

Local and regional mandates requiring proof of vaccination are designed for those businesses where patrons take
off their masks to eat, exercise, etc. It does not apply to library facilities, where staff and patrons are fully masked and socially distanced while indoors.

Library staff are dedicated to combatting misinformation, disinformation, and other “fake news” by applying their
years of training in media and information literacies. In libraries, it is not “trust, but verify” – it’s “verify, then trust.” The fact that all of the library district’s staff, volunteers, and Trustees have placed their trust in vaccines, masks, and social distancing is a strong endorsement.

Public libraries are founded on the principles of freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and equitable access.
Maintaining that focus during a public health crisis has been challenging, but we believe the district has achieved
a balance that respects personal freedoms while providing services that meet our community’s public health needs
in the safest manner possible. We encourage you to continue asking our library staff questions – as author Neil
Gaiman noted, “Google will bring you back, you know, a hundred thousand answers. A librarian will bring you
back the right one.”

Stay safe and healthy,

The Jefferson County Library District Board of Trustees
Michael Kubec, Chair
Hal Beattie, Vice-Chair
Joan Chapdelaine, Secretary
Raj Rakhra, Trustee
Cheri Van Hoover, Trustee

Libby and OverDrive System Requirements

October 1, 2021

As of September 30, 2021, users of older Apple devices may have trouble using OverDrive desktop or mobile apps (including Libby). OverDrive has reported that the web certificate provider Let’s Encrypt is ending support for older operating systems and browsers. These certificates are relied on for secure connections for websites. As a result:

  • The Libby app will only function in iOS 10 and higher. To use Libby on an iOS device, users are required to update their device’s operating system to iOS 10 or newer, if possible. Steps to upgrade your device’s operating system can be found here. Please note that some devices, including most produced before 2012, cannot be updated and will no longer be able to run OverDrive/Libby apps.
  • The legacy “OverDrive for Mac” desktop app is now only supported on macOS 10.12.1 through 10.14. If possible, update your computer to one of these macOS versions. Note that if you update to macOS 15 or higher, you will be unable to use the legacy “Overdrive for Mac” app. Steps to update your computer’s operating system to a supported version can be found here.
  • Using older web browsers may result in problems loading the Washington Anytime Library (http://anytime.overdrive.com) or other Libby/OverDrive sites. Users should upgrade to a newer browser version.

If you are using a device that cannot be updated (such as an older iPad) your options for accessing Libby and OverDrive include:

  • Installing the Libby app on a different, newer device (mobile phone, tablet, etc.).
  • Accessing OverDrive materials through your computer by going to the Washington Anytime Library.

Please contact the library’s One-on-One Tech Help Online for assistance with accessing e-content or downloading the Libby app onto a newer device.

For more information about the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate and the consequences of this change you can visit, DST Root CA X3 Expiration (September 2021) – Let’s Encrypt (letsencrypt.org)

Contact-Free Library Services



Library Services to Keep You SafeThe library is committed to providing exceptional service to our patrons, even during these unusual times. We continue to work behind the scenes, including ordering and processing new materials, creating virtual online programming, establishing new ways of assisting you, and more. Here are some of our contact-free library services, designed to keep our community safe.

Contactless Holds Pickup

Place items on hold, then let library or Bookmobile staff deliver them to your trunk, rear seat, or on a designated table for pickup. Service Hours

Personal Picks
Don’t know what to read, watch or listen to? Fill out our new Personal Picks form and let library staff hand select items that match your interests!

WiFi Hotspots
Need internet access at home? The library has mobile Verizon Jetpack “MiFi” hotspots available for patrons to borrow. Reserve a MiFi

Wireless Printing
Let us print your digital files for you to pick up curbside from the library or Bookmobile. More information

3D Printing
Print a tool, a household item, a replacement part, or even a toy! Visit our 3D Printing page for information about how to search for designs, and how to submit them for printing.

One-on-One Tech Help
Get personalized technology assistance from the comfort of your own home. Register for a 30-minute tech help session with trained library staff.

Short-term Laptop Loans
Borrow a laptop for use on library property. Short-term checkouts are available Tuesday – Saturday when the library is open.

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Contactless Holds Pickup Services

Contactless Holds Pickup Services

Jefferson County Library

Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday/Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Vehicle Service
• Park in a designated spot.
• Call the posted phone number.
• Staff will bring items to your vehicle’s trunk or open back seat window.

Jefferson County Bookmobile

Vehicle Service
• Park your vehicle. 
• Call the posted phone number.
• Staff will bring items to your vehicle’s trunk or open back seat window.

Walk-up / Bike-up Service
• Join line at table outside Bookmobile.
• Please wear a face mask to keep our community healthy!
• Keep 6 feet apart

Bookmobile Schedule

Brinnon Community Center
Tuesday, 10:00 am to noon
Thursday, 1:30– 3:30 pm
Cape George Firehall
Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Coyle Community Center
Monday, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Gardiner Community Center
Monday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Paradise Bay, Shore & Spruce
Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Port Ludlow Village Store
Wednesday, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Quilcene Community Center
Tuesday, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am – noon

Kanopy Kids: Featuring Unlimited Plays

Kanopy Kids provides free Streaming Videos for ChildrenThe library’s streaming video service, Kanopy, now includes Kanopy Kids: thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Kanopy Kids provides parents and caregivers with hundreds of streaming videos from a curated selection of educational and enriching videos. Kanopy Kids contains developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to help keep kids safe.

Kids’ categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films and Movies for the Whole Family. Key titles include ArthurBabarFranklin & FriendsMaya the BeeWild KrattsBetween the Lions, and Little Pim. The collection also highlights classic films from Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton and Oscar® nominated titles, including A Cat in Paris and The Secret of Kells, plus family-friendly documentaries, Girls Rock and The Endless Summer.

Kanopy Kids adds approximately 100 new titles each each month, and provides unlimited plays, so your kids are free to explore enriching, educational and entertaining content without impacting the number of plays adults receive each month.

To access Kanopy Kids go to https://jclib.kanopy.com/ and click on “Go to Kanopy Kids” in the upper right corner. Click again to toggle out of Kids Mode and return to the main Kanopy collection. 

Traveling Trivia

Flaunt your knowledge of books, movies, pop culture, and current events at Traveling Trivia on Tap! Bring a team of friends, or come solo and we’ll find a team for you. New book and movie titles will be featured each month. 

Don't Miss Traveling Trivia, Fridays at 6:30 pmFebruary 7
101 Brewery at Twana Roadhouse, Quilcene
Book: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Film: Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

March 13
Finnriver Cidery, Chimacum
Book: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Film: Hidden Figures (2017)

April 3
101 Brewery at Twana Roadhouse, Quilcene
Book: The Collector by Jack Nisbet
Film: The Biggest Little Farm (2019)

May 1
Finnriver Cidery, Chimacum
Book: A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Film: A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

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!


4th Tuesday each Month
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Please join us for a multi-cultural sing-along for young children and their grown-ups.

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 Group 
Fridays, 10:00 am
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are for children ages birth to 5 and their families or caregivers. Come play, read, sing, enjoy snacks and enhance the bond with your family and community. Sessions are free and open to everyone.

Kaleidoscope playgroup is provided by a partnership between Jefferson County Library, First Step Family Support Center and the Olympic-Kitsap Peninsula Early Learning Coalition, and through a grant from the Satterberg Foundation. Contact Darcy at 360-774-3413 for more information.

Homes for the Holidays

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Bakers 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

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.

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

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Tech Tuesdays will be on Holiday Hiatus December 17 thru December 31. Join us for our first class of the New Year on Tuesday, January 7, 2020!

January 7 – Apps for New Year’s Resolutions
Whether you want to get in shape, get organized, save money, or manage stress, there’s an app to help you along the way. Join us as we explore a collection of apps designed to keep you focused and help you achieve your goals in the coming year.

January 14 – Free eBooks and Audiobooks
Access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks free with your library card. Learn how to borrow them, instantly, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.