July 2015

No Books Allowed: A Comedy Showcase at Olympia Library!

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Library for an evening of comedy.  Four of Olympia's best comics, plus one from Tacoma, will make you laugh so hard you'll beg for mercy. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

Pie in the Library: a Community Pie Contest

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Calling all pie bakers – the Lacey Timberland Library, the Friends of the Lacey Library and Olympia Food Co-op are co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Pie in the Library Pie Contest. Special guest judges will determine the most amazing pies in three categories: fruit, other (everything that isn't fruit), and teen/youth bakers. Guidelines will be available at the library information desk and on the Olympia Food Co-op website starting August 1. Beverages and pie will be served, prizes will be given, fun will be had.

Orca Books Talk: Author Dave Tucker on "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington"

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

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

Orca Books is delighted to welcome geologist Dave Tucker, who will be talking 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 others near Olympia.

In "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington", the most recent addition to the Geology Underfoot series, author and geoscientist Dave Tucker narrates western Washington's geologic tales, covering sites from its low-lying shorelines to its rugged mountaintops. The book's 22 chapters, or vignettes, lead you to easily accessible stops along Washington's highways and some trails, too. A healthy dose of full-color illustrations and photos compliments the author's illuminating prose, further demystifying Washington's geologic wonders. With Geology Underfoot in Western Washington in hand, you'll soon feel like an Evergreen State geology expert.

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. Tucker has been mapping Baker's geology since the mid-1990's, in particular the distribution of volcanic ash deposits. He leads public field trips and gives presentations about the geology of northwest Washington, and is author of the blog, Northwest Geology Field Trips.

Food & Garden Series: Straw Bale Gardening @ Olympia Library

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Local gardener, Chip Beatty, will teach the innovative method of straw bale gardening which requires no soil or weeding. This program takes place after the library closes. No other library services will be available.

Oly High Sophomore Becomes Regional Finalist in Google’s Global Science Fair Competition

Surabhi Mundada

Surabhi Mundada, a sophomore at Olympia High School, has been selected as a regional finalist for the 2015 Google Science Fair competition. The Google Science Fair is the largest online science fair in the world open to students age 13-18, offering them the opportunity to pursue their interest in science and technology.                                      

Mundada’s project was selected as a finalist from thousands of submissions from around the world. The Global Finalists will be announced on August 4. Mundada, 15, was selected for her project, MyGlove. MyGlove is wearable technology that assists with hand movements, improves grip, and detects and controls tremors. The glove helps those suffering from the loss of hand motion control due to diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, and Huntington’s disease as well as healthy people impacted by loss of control over hand motor ability. Mundada has been participating in sciences fairs since the third grade. She cites Stephen Hawking as one of her idols for perseverance in the field of science.

“Even though Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, he worked hard through many obstacles and largely contributed to physics and cosmology,” writes Mundada.

In her free time she plays piano, dances and does Taekwondo. Mundada plans to study biotechnology, biomechanics or biomedical engineering, but ultimately wants to develop innovative products for the benefit of people.

Zine Reading: Reid Urban and Jefferson Doyle

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

As part of the Olympia Library's month long celebration of zines, Reid Urban and Jefferson Doyle will read selections from their work and reflect on the changing role of zines - their impact on culture and society. Urban will show a video and read from a self-published work dealing with the use of miscommunication and the spaces it creates. Doyle is a local musician, homeless rights activist, and editor of NO BIGGIE CITY zine. The upcoming 4th issue includes articles about a queer-run auto shop in Seattle, a history of Lake Cushman, and interviews with local punk bands and recording engineers. This program will occur after regular library hours; no other library services will be available.

The Life and Death of King John

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:45pm



Thursdays through Sundays, Aug 6th through 23rd – all shows at 6:30pm

 Admission is FREE

Donations are gratefully accepted …and sharp looking t-shirts will be available!


Directions: Our field is on the West (water) side of the park. From Southbound East Bay Drive you will need to cross the bridge after the park’s entrance and follow the signs, banners and sense of gathering tension.  Bring a picnic, a blanket or chair. Bring the family*. Heck, bring the dog too!

Animal Fire can hardly wait to bring this drama of a kingdom in crisis, colliding ambitions and collapsing dynasties to Olympia! Loyalties - and lives - will be tested … broken … and lost   

King John is from the portion of the Shakespearean canon known as the Histories. The Bard blended fact, fantasy, comedy and action centuries before novel writers and premium cable channels began delighting audiences with tales of medieval murder and betrayal. He created a series of plays full of historical myth-making so potent that to this day his authorial liberties are to this day taken as truth. 

Adult Beginning Fiddle/Violin Class

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:30pm

Have you always wanted to learn to play the violin/fiddle?

Introductory class starts July 13 at the Olympia Center. For course description/registration: