Every once in a while I hear something that doesn’t quite fit in with my regular workaday library world. “Naked” and “mountaineer” were two words that made me do a double take two months ago. In fact, there were several of us who laughed a little when we learned that someone who called himself the “Naked Mountaineer” was going to be coming to the library in order to provide a presentation. What would the presentation be about, we wondered? How did the presenter come up with his title? What was the presenter's real name and what  kind of photos would he share? How could anyone climb mountains naked? We had LOTS of questions.

As it turns out, the Naked Mountaineer's real name is Stephen Sieberson. He is an attorney who has written a book The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler which describes his adventures on some of the most exotic mountain peaks in the world. His adventures, which include strange cuisine, strange customs and even stranger people (including someone who likes to take naked selfies on mountain tops) sound like they will make a hilariously entertaining presentation which I cannot wait to see. Come meet the Naked Mountaineer and hear about his adventures at the:

Poulsbo Library on Saturday, June 3 from 2:00-3:30


 the Kingston Library on Saturday, June 10 from 2:00-3:30


the Port Orchard Library on Tuesday, June 13 from 2:00-3:30


the Bainbridge Island Library on Tuesday, July 18 from 7:00 to 8:30

Mountain climbing not your jam? That is okay. The library has something for every body and every fitness level including exercise DVD's, a whole collection devoted to walking for fitness and hiking books (including those in the photo at the beginning of this post). I have to admit my favorite hiking series has the words "Creaky Knees" in the title. This series focuses on easy hikes in California, Oregon and Washington. After all, not everyone wants to go out there and be a weekend warrior every weekend.

Writing about fitness reminds me that the library system has a number of walking clubs which can be learned about here on our page. I am going to be in charge of the Kingston walking club which will meet for the first time on Friday, June 9 at 11:00 in the morning. Join us as we stroll urban trails and the streets of Kingston.

Spring has sprung so get out there, move and enjoy the fresh air. It does not matter whether you prefer mountain climbing, jogging, or walking. See you there!

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