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An Evening of Literary Provocation with the Sister Spit Tour

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join Sister Spit for an evening of literary provocation that's thoughtful, political, hilarious, and vulnerable. Meet 6 of the best emerging queer-feminist writers/performers in the country. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

All library programs are free to attend. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

March 16th - Remember Rachel - Remember Gaza

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm


Remember Rachel - Remember Gaza

6-8:30 PM
First Christian Church, Koinonia Hall
701 Franklin St SE, in downtown Olympia
Community Potluck
Special Guest: Alice Coy

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation Wednesday, March 16th, to remember and reflect upon Rachel Corrie's stand in Gaza thirteen years ago, and upon all those who continue to live and struggle there.  This annual event will feature guest Alice Coy, International Solidarity Movement activist, visiting from the UK, who was with Rachel in Gaza in 2003.  Join us as we celebrate Rachel's community here in Olympia and in the Northwest and those in Gaza whom she grew to love.  Help us explore how we can make a difference for our global community and our friends in the Middle East.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.

For further information contact or (360) 754-3998


Stuffed Animal Singalong Sleepover

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Stuffed animal friends love library sleepovers! After songs and games, we'll tuck them in. Pick them up the next day between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and learn what mischief happened during the night. This event is a part of Family Read & Sing Aloud, 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.

Digging Up George Bush’s Homestead

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Come join us at the Olympia library, where we will dig into some local history.

This summer The Evergreen State College opened its first ever archaeological
field school, excavating one of Washington state’s first homesteads where the
multi-racial Bush family settled in 1845. Come hear about it! Currently a Senior
at TESC, emphasizing in anthropology, linguistics and language, Lexi Walsh is
from Lacey, WA and a North Thurston High School alumna.

This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

As with all library programs, this event is free and open to the public.  Feel free to contact us with any questions!  360.352.0595

Olympia Area Alternative & Preschool Fair

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Learn about the amazing array of Olympia area alternative education opportunities! Visit over 20 alternative public and private school programs in one place!

Bring your family, talk with school representatives, and enjoy free activities for kids, preschool through high school ages.

At Olympia Community School, 1601 North Street SE, Olympia. 

Email or call 360-866-8047 for more info.


Science Café - Evolution, Genetics and Color Blindness

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

How the world became colored
and the implications for curing color blindness

Jay Neitz, Ph.D.
7:00 PM, Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Orca Books, 509 East 4th Ave

In collaboration with his wife, Maureen, Jay Neitz has discovered how genetic mutations play a part in many of the most common vision problems that affect modern humans.  They have also used colorblindness in primates as a model for exploring the potential of curing vision problems in humans with gene therapy.   They have successfully added a third type of cone pigment to dichromatic retinas using viral vector mediated gene transfer. The cure of colorblindness in adult monkeys may recapitulate the evolution of color vision in primates.  The demonstration that new visual capacities can arise from a single addition of a therapeutic gene in adults provides a positive outlook for the potential of genes to be used as medicines to cure adult vision disorders.

About the Speaker:

Jay Neitz received his PhD in Biopsychology from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1986. His graduate work was conducted in the laboratory of Gerald Jacobs, Ph.D., and focused on understanding how the human visual system works using color vision as a model.  After graduating in 1986, he continued post-doctoral training in the Jacobs lab and began collaborating with his wife, Maureen Neitz, Ph.D. who was also in the Jacobs lab. In 1991, Jay Neitz took his first faculty position at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After nearly 18 years in Wisconsin, Maureen and Jay Neitz moved their labs to the University of Washington in January of 2009. He is currently the Bishop Professor in Ophthalmology.

Robotics for Kids!

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center and experience the amazing world of robots! This is a fantastic introduction to robotics and engineering, and great preparation for participating in local robotics clubs and classes. Staff from the Museum of Flight and student representatives from local robotics clubs will be onsite 12-4pm leading hands-on activities. At 2pm, attend the Museum of Flight’s “Robot Garage” workshop. No experience necessary. You’ll learn about the history of robotics along with the cutting edge robots currently being developed around the world. You’ll also design your own robot to complete a challenge. Activities appropriate for 4th grade and up.

Sea Monster Myths

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center at 2pm to discover mythical sea creatures from around the world and close to home. You’ll learn about scary deep sea legends from different cultures, and learn the real life inspirations for many of those stories. After the presentation we will host a Create-a-Creature workshop where you can flex your creative muscles to design your own Puget Sound-inspired marine myth! 

Chinese New Year Crafts

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Chinese New Year falls on February 8this year – come celebrate the coming Year of the Monkey with arts and crafts projects. Stop by anytime to make a dragon mask, paper lanterns, lucky fish, or door hangers to welcome good fortune into your home.

Art-Rageous Science

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center and learn how art and science can join forces, and create some science-inspired art to take home! Crystalizing watercolors, pH painting, and much more. 

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