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North Central Regional Libraries hosting several outdoors-themed programs this spring.

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On March 21, 2017, the Chelan Public Library will host one of many programs as part of Columbia River Reads Initiative. The Program at the Chelan Library will be Ghost Bears, a look at the elusive grizzly bear in the North Cascades, with wildlife biologist Bill Gaines. (Courtesy of the Chelan Library)

As part of North Central Regional Library’s annual Columbia River Reads initiative, several libraries will be hosting outdoors-themed programs this spring.

Speakers will talk on a host of topics, including hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, backcountry safety, grizzly bear recovery and native plants of Central Washington.

Now in its third year, the Columbia River Reads program encourages everyone in NCRL’s five-county library district to read the same book. This year, that book is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed will speak at a public event in Wenatchee on April 13.

Free upcoming library events to support the program include: 

Hillary Schwirtlich hiking on the PCT. (Courtesy of NCRL)

Piece by Piece on the PCT: How land conservation made my 2,65-mile hike possible, with Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Hillary Schwirtlich

March 23, 6:30 p.m., Leavenworth Public Library

March 30, 6 p.m., Entiat Public Library.

Rich Brinkman at end of PCT. (Courtesy of NCRL)

Life on the Pacific Crest Trail, with Wenatchee Valley College sociology professor Rich Brinkman

March 25, 12:30 p.m., Curlew Public Library.

March 30, 6 p.m., Twisp Public Library.

April 8, 2 p.m., Brewster Public Library.

April 22, 1 p.m., Okanogan Public Library.


Chelan County Search and Rescue. (Courtesy of NCRL)

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, backcountry safety and rescue operations.

March 16, 6:30 p.m., Cashmere Public Library

March 21, 6 p.m., Manson Public Library

March 30, 6:30 p.m., Wenatchee Public Library

Bill Gaines. (Courtesy of NCRL)

Ghost Bears, a look at the elusive grizzly bear in the North Cascades, with wildlife biologist Bill Gaines

March 15, 6 p.m., Quincy Public Library

March 21, 7 p.m., Chelan Public Library

March 28, 5 p.m., Warden Public Library

April 18, 7 p.m., Winthrop Public Library



Incredible, Unforgettable and Edible Wildflowers of the Methow Valley, with Dana Visalli

April 6, 7 p.m., Winthrop Public Library

Native plants of Central Washington

April 18, Wenatchee Public Library (time still to be determined)

April 27, 6:30 p.m.

Leavenworth Public Library

For more information, please contact Angela Morris at (509) 663-1117, ext. 119.

(Submitted by Michelle McNeil)




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