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

Hand holding a children's book called Bob


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.

Outer Space Trivia at the Keg & I Taproom

Astronaut floating in Space
Space is a mysterious place, however, there are plenty of things we do know when it comes to the vast space that surrounds us here on Earth. Challenge your knowledge of planets, stars, constellations, and more at the space-themed Third Tuesdays Trivia event on Tuesday, July 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

For adults 21 and over, the library is partnering with the Keg & I, 1291 Chimacum Road, for the monthly Third Tuesdays Trivia Night. Library Information professionals will present questions and award extra points to teams who present a library card. Gather a group of friends or come solo for a lively evening of amicable competition with prizes. All participants must be 21 or over to attend.

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 rstamp@jclibrary.info. 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.