Libraries are generally thought of as indoor spaces, but the North Central Regional Library is sponsoring a series of programs about the outdoors this spring.

  • Wenatchee Valley College sociology professor Rich Brinkman will talk about life on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at the Twisp library on March 30 at 6 p.m. Brinkman spent 150 days hiking the 2,650-mile PCT two years ago, exploring not only the trail but also the subculture of through-hikers.
  • Local naturalist Dana Visalli will present a talk on the “Incredible, Unforgettable and Edible Wildflowers of the Methow Valley,” just in time for spring viewing and snacking, at the Winthrop library on April 6 at 7 p.m.
  • And wildlife biologist Bill Gaines will provide a timely look at the elusive grizzly bear in the North Cascades in a program entitled “Ghost Bears” at the Winthrop library on April 18 at 7 p.m.

Other programs of interest at regional libraries include native plants of Central Washington, a look at how land conservation helped create the PCT, and backcountry safety and rescue operations.

Robots invade Twisp

Children can experiment and have fun with programmable robot balls at the Twisp library during the upcoming spring break from school. The program will teach basic coding with Spheros, a robotic gaming device that is controlled using a smartphone or tablet. The program is geared for children ages 8 and up.

The robots will be in Twisp on April 6. There are four sessions for the program: 1, 2, 3 or 4 p.m.

People need to sign up in advance, since space is limited. Call the Twisp library at 997-4681.