Novelist Laura McBride, author of "We Are Called to Rise"

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:00pm


Novelist Laura McBride will read at Orca Books on Friday, July 31st at 7pm. This is a FREE event. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave East in downtown Olympia.

Laura is the author of the new novel, "We Are Called to Rise."  The book was the #1 Indie Next pick for June and an ABA Indies Introduce Debut Authors selection for summer and fall.

  About the book: Three lives are bound together by a split-second mistake, and a child's fate hangs in the balance.
What happens next will test--and restore--your faith in humanity.  Far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip, three lives are about to collide. A middle aged woman attempting to revive her marriage. A returning soldier waking up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there. A very brave eight-year-old immigrant boy.  This is a story about families--the ones we have and the ones we make. It's a story about America today, where so many cultures and points of view collide and coexist. "We Are Called to Rise" challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other and reminds us that no matter how cruel life can be in a given moment, it is ultimately beautiful to live, and live fully.

Daniel & the Lion - Artspace Benefit

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

From today's inbox:

Conversations with Painters - Salon Refus

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Star Hidra Unloading

Star Hidra
July 2014, Port of Olympia—Ship unloading incoming shipment of bagged ceramic proppant, which is used in the process of hydraulic fracturing for oil in the Bakken formation of North Dakota.


night video:

I haven't heard anyone object to the proppant trade bringing jobs. Maybe the real question is whether Thurston County can do better than supporting the fossil fuel industry. Imagine, could Thurston County be a leader in renewable, environmentally harmonious, sustainable energy production?

Leah Noble Davidson Reading

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

From today's inbox:

Poetica Scientifica by Leah Noble Davidson
A Poetry Reading
Saturday, July 26th, 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with a reading from Leah Noble Davidson's collection Poetica Scientifica, as well as poets Ross Robins and Brian Ellis and Brandon Speck.


Brian Stephen Ellis is a writer from Portland, Ore. He is the author of three collections of books; Uncontrolled Experiments in Freedom, Yesterday Won't Goodbye and American Dust Revisited. He was born at Eliot Hospital in Manchester N.H. at an unrecorded time of day.

Leah Noble Davidson has enthusiasm up the wahoo. Her debut book, Poetic Scientifica (published through University of Hell Press), was Powell's 3rd bestselling small press book of last year, and she currently produces Portland's Moth StorySLAM.

Ross Robbins is the founder of Bone Tax Press and Bone Tax Reading Series. His work has appeared in many print and online publications, including Ampersand Review, Vinyl Poetry, and Small Portions. His most recent chapbook, ALL IN BLACK BLOOD MY LOVE WENT RIDING, was recently published by Two Plum Press, and his full-length debut, MENTAL HOSPITAL: A MEMOIR, will be released by YesYes Books in 2015. Visit Ross online at

Writing Workshop: Creating Original Worlds

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Are you a budding writer or a reader amazed at the creativity of the fantasy genre? Join local author Lindsay Schopfer as he guides you through creative world building methods, and shares a variety of techniques to make your worlds as original as possible.

Lakefair Royalty Story Time and Meet and Greet

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

Join this year's Olympia Lakefair Royalty Court at the library for a story time and meet & greet! Bring a camera for an opportunity 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 districtwide program.


Make Bath Fizzies with Deb Petersen

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Blending art and science, create a bath fizzie with soap maker Deb Petersen. Test your fizzie in your next bath. Teens welcome to attend with a parent or other adult. Please call or register in person at the library's information desk starting July 24.

Recent Photos July 2014

Pads on the Pond, at McLane Creek

Recent photos include that amazing sunset during the thunderstorm from last Sunday, the 20th, as well as a picture of an oil train going over the Nisqually River trestle, night train operations at Rich Road, where Tacoma Rail was transferring cars over to BN, and a photo of the Aster K during log loading operation. Here's a quick time-lapse video from the sunset thunderstorm with lightning. I'm hoping to find time to edit more video to show some of the lightning strikes with sounds of thunder, and sunset colors...Also night train operations.

Log Ship Loading

Aster K, most recent log carrier to call at port. Some questions: Where did these logs come from? What kind of environmental impacts have there been?

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