Orca Books event: Geologist Dave Tucker will talk about his new book "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington"

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 7:00pm

A FREE author event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia.

Geologist Dave Tucker will talk about his new book "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington", a popular field guide to 22 geologic sites, including the Mima Mounds, Rainbow Falls State Park, and more. Geoscientist Dave Tucker narrates Western Washington's geologic tales, covering sites from its low-lying shorelines to its rugged mountaintops.

Dave Tucker has a master's degree in geology and is a research associate in the geology department at Western Washington University. He is a director of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research at the active volcano and educate the public about volcanic hazards of Mount Baker.

Food & Garden Series: Organic Home Composting

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Learn how to start your home compost, keep unwanted pests away and compost to restore nutrients to your garden soil. Presented by Quin Baine of GRuB. This event is part of the Olympia Timberland Library Food & Garden series.

Zine Reading Thing

Sat, 07/11/2015 (All day)

As part of the 7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing, there will be a Zine Reading Thing in the atrium after the library closes from 6:30. Come hear special guest zinesters read their work, or share from your own 24-Hour Zine Thing creation! The featured readers for the night are Dreamboat Annie, Sage Adderley, Carrie Born, and Alice Wynne.

Founder of Fat Fancy radical plus size clothing boutique & body positive life coach, Dreamboat Annie is a bad ass sweetheart, & a fat, queer, femme, Cuban-American, artist, punk rock dream come true.

Sage Adderley is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. She is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, writes the personal zine, Marked For Life & the body positive zine, FAT-TASTIC!

Alice Wynne, of Dog Faced USA, is actively trying to incorporate discussions of "the face" and the skull's connection to body and identity into everyday conversations.

Carrie Born is a retired heavy equipment operator//long-haul trucker gal turned blue-collar poet & typewriter collector.

This event occurs after library open hours and no other library services will be available.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595

7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The challenge: Make a 24-page zine from idea to completion in 24 hours. Make your own zine about whatever suits you, or contribute to a collaborative zine on a theme that wins the popular vote. Drop in to the meeting room to use provided supplies, including typewriters, long-armed staplers, recycled magazines, Print Gocco, and copy machines. Feel free to bring interesting materials to use or share. All ages and levels welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

No library services will be available after 5:00 p.m.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595.


Shakespeare's Classic Romance Reimagined

Tue, 07/07/2015 (All day)
Award-winning Northwest author Lois Leveen has a new take on Shakespeare’s great romance, “Romeo and Juliet.” She will talk about her book, “Juliet’s Nurse,” at the Olympia Timberland Library, July 7 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Verona, Italy, 14th century: Angelica, a mother mourning her dead infant, enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to be wet-nurse to their newborn daughter, Juliet.
By turns, comic, sensual and tragic, “Juliet’s Nurse” gives voice to one of literature’s most memorable characters, a woman who was both insider and outsider among Verona’s wealthy ruling class. The city of Verona, itself, comes to life - the poverty, the grandeur, the rivalries.

Orca Books Talk: Author David Neiwert presents "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us."

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 3:00pm

Journalist David Neiwert will talk about his new book, "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us."

In "Of Orcas and Men," a marvelously compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting, and scientific research, Neiwert explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings. Beginning with their role in myth and contemporary popular culture, Neiwert shows how killer whales came to capture our imaginations, and brings to life the often catastrophic environmental consequences of that appeal.

David Neiwert is an investigative journalist based in Seattle and a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is the author of 'And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border' (NationBooks, March 2013) -- winner of the General Nonfiction first-place prize in the International Latino Book Awards -- as well as five other previous books.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Subsidized Housing in Thurston County

Is it true, as some articles have claimed, that subsidized housing in downtown Olympia is crowding out "market rate" housing? To find out, I looked at data from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the City of Olympia about one kind of subsidized housing -- apartment buildings created for certain low income populations.  I found that it is unequally concentrated in the urban areas of the county.  By far most is in the urban growth area of the City of Olympia.  Downtown and west Olympia were the major concentrations. By clicking on this link:  http://arcg.is/1dWmehm, you will see the results of the research with graphics and additional information.  

Thurston Co for Bernie Sanders Meet & Greet

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Bernie Sanders is generating a lot of grassroots exciement.  We invite all Thurston County folks to get involved.

You can get more information and rsvp here:



Obsidian 414 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 890-4425

Enjoy a great discussion about the Bernie Sanders campaign, the possibility of a future visit from Senator Sanders, what we need to do to make that happen, and our fight to make our country a more progressive place for all.

Come join the community, bring your friends, bring your family, meet some new faces, exchange niceties, get down to business, and have some fun.


Reader’s Theater Unlimited – Comedy Shorts

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bring your lunch for an afternoon of summer comic relief with Reader's Theater Unlimited. Laugh your way through four short comedies and enjoy tea & dessert provided by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. The plays are: "Unsinkable" by Michael McKeever; "Table for Three" by Carl W. Williams; "Kickass Librarian" by Jason Wilkins; and "Your Money Cheerfully Refunded" by Albert K. Schaaf. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 - Phone: 360-943-7790 - Intercity Transit route 12/13

Lakefair Royalty Crowns and Capes Story Time

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:30am - 11:15am

Kids can join this year's Olympia Lakefair Royalty Court at the library for a story time and meet & greet! Bring a camera to take photos with this year's queen and princesses, who are amazing local high school students. The Capital Lakefair Royalty Scholarship Program is one of the most prestigious and longest running scholarship programs in the local area. The program began in 1958 and has provided more than 240 participants with over $250,000 in scholarship funding. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.


Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 - Phone: 360-943-7790 - Intercity Transit route 12/13

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