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Roslyn Public Library Events

Book Club

Story Time

Ready to Read in Roslyn

Baby & Me

Summer Reading Program

Book a Librarian

World Affairs Series

One Book One County

Adult Lecture Series

Stitching Circle

Art in Our Library

Imagine Academy

Roslyn Library Book Club

October's Read
Discussion November 2 @ 6:00 pm

The Roslyn Library Book Club is a small and informal group of book-lovers that meets at the Roslyn Library each month to discuss the book they have chosen in common to read. The Roslyn Library provides multiple copies of the chosen book.

Book selections vary from non-fiction to classics, poetry and plays to science fiction and young adult literature.

Please join this lively group at any time during the year or month. The book talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm at the library.

FREE and OPEN to the public.

2017 Book Selections

Previous Reads

The Summer Reading Program

June 28 - August 2, 2017


Kittitas County
Friends of the Roslyn Library
Roslyn Downtown Association
Cle Elum Kiwanis
Basecamp Books & Bites
Roslyn Theatre
Maggie's Pantry

2017 Summer Reading Program Photo Album

Every summer, the Roslyn Library holds the Summer Reading Program which aims to keep kids of all ages reading throughout the summer weeks. The program offers incentive prizes for time spent reading, a raffle for completing reading goals, and features weekly story times, activities and events.

Story Time at the Roslyn Library

Story time 2012


10:30 am @ the Library

The Roslyn Library offers story time for children of all ages every Tuesday at 10:30 am. 

Our library's story times are informal programs that focus primarily on books. Occasionally the librarian will feel intrepid and sing a song or get the kids to dance or help with rhymes. Volunteer readers are often featured and they are appreciated by all.

Selected books vary from educational to whimsical, but all of them help build literacy skills. Story time children build the six skills they need to learn to read:
  • Print Motivation
  • Vocabulary
  • Print Awareness
  • Letter Knowledge
  • Narrative Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
Not only that, but story time is a great time to build social skills! The laid-back atmosphere means your temperamental two-year old will be welcome even on her grumpiest days.

You'll be surprised how fast the other kids role model proper library behavior as they play together with puzzles and toys in the sunny children's area.

And it's a great place and time to meet other parents, check out parenting resources, and browse for books, videos, CDs, and magazines for yourself and other members of your family.

Ready to Read in Roslyn

Ready to Read in Roslyn is an early literacy program of the Roslyn Library that aims to help develop pre-reading skills in young children, thus preparing them for success in school and beyond.

The program launched in 2008 with a storytelling and book giveaway event for area preschool children. This initial event and the launch of the program was made possible by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation through the Washington State Library. Matching funds were provided by the Cle Elum Kiwanis with supporting funds from the Friends of the Roslyn Library.

Later, the Roslyn Library held a special series of story times for children between 1 and 2 years old, developed by Dr. James Thomas, that provided parents and caregivers with resources and guidance to help their children get ready to read and learn while their children learn and have fun with one another.

Since 2010, the program has provided book bag giveaways for new babies born in the area. Bags include board books and information about early literacy, along with information about library resources for parents and their children.

In late 2014, the library began offering a special program for infants called Baby & Me that introduces books and language to babies.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Roslyn Library.

Baby & Me

Baby & Me is a Ready to Read program for birth to walking age children. We use music, movement, books and rhymes to help babies develop their gross and fine motor skills, their eyesight, and their language and emotional and intellecutal capabilities. It introduces our newest children to the world of reading, art, and storytelling. It is also a great time to meet other moms and dads and to let your baby socialize and play.

Six week long sessions are offered several time throughout the year. Registration is required. Note that you will be getting up and down a bit, and you will be sitting on the floor with your baby. Siblings who are able to integrate and engage with the program are welcome.

For the next available Baby & Me program, contact the library at (509) 649-3420 or

Book a Librarian

The library offers one-on-one technical help through the Book-a-Librarian program. Patrons can call and reserve a 30 minute session with the librarian to learn how to do things like  download e-books to your Kindle, get an email account, or apply for a job online.

To book a librarian, call (509) 649-3420 or email

World Affairs Program

The World Affairs Program provides the opportunity for our community to engage with other cultures. Professionals from across the globe visit Roslyn and share with us their culture and perspectives of the issues that we all face as part of the human race.

Each gathering is different, from a Q&A presentation by Sudanese health workers to a reception at the Roslyn Brewery for a group of young, emerging leaders from various countries in Europe to an informal dinner that provided an opportunity for citizen diplomacy with a group of international professionals from the UW's
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

This series is made possible through a partnership with the World Affairs Council.

To view pictures of the different World Affairs Series programs, click here.

One Book One County

One Book One County program is a once a year, county-wide program that encourages everyone in our community to read and talk about the same book.
Copies of the selected book for the year are available to borrow from the city libraries. Community members are encouraged to read the book, then the libraries host programming throughout the month of March that relates to the themes that emerge from reading the book. It all makes for people spending more time reading a good book and more time talking to their friends and neighbors about the issues the book brings up.

The One Book One Community Program is sponsored by The Friends of the Roslyn Library.

Adult Lecture Series

The Adult Lecture Series features talks on all sorts of topics, from the travel adventures of local residents to local geology to how to taste and pair wines. Call the library at (509) 649-3420 or search the library events calendar for upcoming presentations.

Roslyn Library Stitching Circle

A group of stitchers meets every Monday at 5:00 pm at the library for the Roslyn Library  Stitching Circle. Some people are working on their own crocheting or knitting projects, embroidering, hand-sewing, even making rag rugs. Others want to learn or RE-learn how to stitch.

Other times, the group decides on a project they can all work on together, such as the dish scrubbers they crocheted one year. Sometimes special speakers are brought in to share their skills, such as felting, or to kick off a group project, such as a knitted hat.

The Stitching Circle offers a great way to motivate yourself to start or finish a project, to learn a new craft, to relax, and to meet and chat with others. Join in anytime.

Art in Our Library

Current Exhibit:

In Motion : kinetic art
August 4 - October 15, 2017

Upcoming Exhibits:

Under Cover : quilted art
November - January
Call for Art
Submission Form

Past Exhibits:

Out the Back Door: sheds, barns & alleys
February 13 - April 30, 2017

Friend or Fowl

May 16 - July 14, 2016

February 22 - April 14, 2016

Holiday Arts & Crafts
December 7 - December 31, 2015


September 21 - November 19, 2015

Heroes Among Us : Portaits
June 25 - August 13, 2015

Celebrating Spring : Watercolors
April 13 - June 11, 2015

Fiber Art
January 26 - March 19, 2015

Recycled Art
October - December, 2014

Black & White
July - September, 2014

Ten Cubed
April - June, 2014

January - March, 2014

Appliance Art
October - December, 2013

Local Beasts

May - August, 2013

Handmade Roslyn

January - March 2013

Art in our Library Vision
The Roslyn Library is a great place to view art of all kinds and from all corners of the globe.
There is a strong permanent collection of art featuring local and locally-relevant subject matter. The permanent collection rotates on a seasonal or annual basis. When art is not on display, it is kept in a secure and safe environment on site. All of the permanent art is inventoried. The library also hosts traveling exhibits or displays for up to 3 months at a time. There is a wide variety of styles and forms represented in both the permanent collection and in rotating exhibits.
The Art in Our Library committee serves as the coordinating force for all rotating art exhibits, for calls for art and art acquisitions, and for creating and maintaining display spaces in the library.
There are special areas inside the library designated for rotating exhibits, for children’s or students’ art, and for three dimensional art work. All of these spaces are set up and maintained to give the art the best display possible. Safety and security of the art and ease of rotation are important considerations. There are place cards that name each piece, the artist, the medium, and the cost of the piece, if applicable.
The library’s website serves as a virtual display space by showcasing digital thumbnails of the art that is on display and information about the artists that created it.
The library’s collection of books and other materials enhances and complements the art in the library.
There is sculptural art on the library grounds connecting the building to the Coal Mines Trail and to the downtown center.
The Roslyn Library serves as a display venue for local art organizations.

The purpose of the Art in Our Library program is to provide a structured means to:
  • collect and display a permanent art collection at the library;
  • exhibit temporary displays of art at the library ;
  • utilize the historic library building as a venue for displaying art;
  • support art and artists, especially local and regional artists;
  • include, enhance and highlight the library’s collection of books and other materials about art and artists;
  • collaborate with the area’s art community, including the Roslyn Art Guild, the Roslyn Art Walk, the High Country Artists, student art through the local schools, and private galleries and associations;
  • further the library’s mission to provide lifelong learning.

Our audience for the Art in Our Library program is people of all ages, all backgrounds, and from all walks of life. They are residents of the community of Roslyn, residents of the surrounding community of the Upper County, and are visitors to our area. They are lovers of the arts and culture.  They may use libraries all of the time, or they may be new to the public library experience. The Art in Our Library committee reflects this audience.

  • Create an inventory of existing art in the library’s collection;
  • Create a wish list of desired art to add to the library’s collection;
  • Develop a procedure, including selection criteria, review process, and display space and methods, for acquiring new art for our permanent collection through purchases and donations;
  • Develop and maintain a procedure for rotating art displays, including selection criteria, review process, display space and methods, display time frames, and setting responsibilities and deadlines;
  • Create and maintain an Art in Our Library presence on the Roslyn Library’s website to serve as another “space” to display art;
  • Cultivate a Five Percent for Art fund through the Friends of the Roslyn Library to fund art purchases and to pay for displaying and maintaining art.

Imagine Academy

Microsoft Imagine Academy -
Basic Computer Skills and Internet E-Learning

The Roslyn Public Library is partnering with Microsoft to offer the public free, online computer training through the Microsoft IT Academy. The IT Academy offers technology courses at all levels - from basic computer skills such as using the mouse and keyboard and defining "the cloud" to basic, intermediate, and advanced lessons for Microsoft software products, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access and more.

Over 400 courses help people at every level of computer literacy. You can simply become more comfortable with computers and technology in general, improve skills critical to your workplace or education, build your resume, or even prepare for professional Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

Learners will be assigned an access code to get into the courses, and from there, can take as many or as few as they like. You can learn at your own pace, from any computer connected to the Internet and at any time. The library will serve as your guide. The rest is up to you.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library / Office of the Secretary of State, and the Washington State Legislature.

To get started or for more information, call (509) 649-3420.

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