State Library, local libraries offering “Gadget Menagerie” training

The Washington State Library is partnering with local libraries across the state providing “Gadget Menagerie” training on handheld devices for library staff. Library patrons and students will be provided similar training focused on the needs of the device user. About 40 locations and 70 sessions are scheduled for the Gadget Menagerie through July.

“This is another great example of the Washington State Library and our excellent local libraries providing helpful ‘real-world’ training to folks,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s a brave new world of technology, fun and helpful and scary to people who haven’t used all of these devices.” “We are very excited to be able to provide this training,” said State Librarian Rand Simmons. “These skills will benefit both library staff and those who wish to use the devices to access a whole array of useful library resources.”


Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council Meeting

Gov. Inslee will introduce Partnership’s new executive director, Sheida Sahandy. The Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the GA Auditorium at 210 11th Ave., Olympia. This two-day session will begin with Gov. Inslee introducing the Partnership’s newly appointed executive director, Sheida Sahandy.

The Leadership Council will also:
Advise staff on how to proceed in addressing marine sediment issues.
Hear an update on current legislative priorities.
Hear a panel presentation on Puget Sound issues related to traffic safety and oil by rail transport. The Leadership Council is the governing body of the Puget Sound Partnership. Its seven members are leading citizens chosen from around the Sound and appointed by the governor.

These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to address questions or comments about the regional effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. The full agenda, meeting materials and directions are available at:

January 17, 2014/ News Release

40th Annual Model Railroad Show

ALL ABOARD!Next Stop: Pacific Science Center’s 40th Annual Model Railroad Show, January 18-20.  Back for the 40th consecutive year, the Model Railroad Show will showcase dozens of highly detailed, creative scenic layouts, displays and activities that deliver a lasting impression. Partake in the tiny world of modeling, tinkering and engineering and discover why our Model Railroad Show has been a Northwest family tradition since 1974. Play engineer and operate trains, explore dozens of layouts, try themed hands-on craft activities and ride the Iron Horse Railway under Pacific Science Center's iconic arches. Complete your trip with the IMAX® film Rocky Mountain Express and experience the adventure of a transcontinental railway on Seattle’s biggest screen.
WHO: Presented in conjunction with the National Model Railroad Association, Pacific Northwest Region 4th division. The group provides dozens of layouts, displays and activities that capture the public’s interest in trains and train models. In addition to the NMRA layouts, guests can build their own train and tracks at the LEGO railroad display.


Saint Martin’s To Celebrate The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Saint Martin’s University community will honor the memory and legacy of human rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, Jan. 24, with its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This event is free and open to the public, and it will take place 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Worthington Conference Center, located on the Lacey campus at 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E.

Suzi Q. Smith, an American poet and spoken-word artist who is among the highest-ranked slam poets in the nation, is the keynote speaker for the event. Smith has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed around the globe, earning her international acclaim. She is also well-known as an activist who collaborates with organizations advocating for civil rights, peace, the arts and youth.

Several Saint Martin’s students are scheduled to make a variety of presentations during the evening, which will also include a Southern-style dinner. The Old School Fellas, an eight-piece jazz band, will provide music.

“We hope this annual program serves as a reminder to our community about the crucial need to carry on Dr. King’s vision for true social justice,” says Brittany Reed, assistant director of campus life at Saint Martin’s.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Saint Martin’s Campus Life, the Black Student Union and the Office of Intercultural Initiatives.

January 17, 2014/ Public Notice