Yakima Valley Reads: A Sudden Light

What if everyone in the Yakima Valley was reading the same book, at the same time?

Every year, Yakima Valley Libraries hosts Yakima Valley Reads, a community-wide reading event that encourages adults of all ages to read, discuss, and engage with a single book.

Our selected title for 2018 is A Sudden Light by Garth Stein, best-selling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Join us at events throughout October as we read Stein’s story of a once-powerful Pacific Northwest timber family, and the price that must be paid by the heirs as they struggle for redemption. 




Watch the Emmy Award–winning documentary, America’s First Forest, which tells the story of Carl Schenck, a German forester who came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. While Schenck was originally tasked with over-seeing the restoration of the land, he also established the first forestry school in the United States and helped launch the American conservation movement. 

Film run-time: 55 minutes

Sunnyside Community Library

Saturday, October 13th @ 11:00am

Yakima Central Library

Saturday, October 27th @ 11:00am



Exploring the Paranormal

Tuesday, October 30th @ 6:30pm

Yakima Central Library

Join us for a fascinating presentation by one of Yakima’s most well-known paranormal investigation teams, P.A.S.T. is Present. Members will talk about the history of the group, their investigation methods, in addition to sharing examples of paranormal evidence they’ve collected, and a demonstration of their equipment.

Tracing Your Family History

Tuesday, November 6th @ 6:30pm

West Valley Community Library

Archive Librarian Terry Walker will share tips, tricks and the many library resources available to help you unravel your family history.



West Valley Community Library

Wednesday, October 17th @ 6:30pm

Sunday, October 21st @ 2:00pm

Naches Community Library

Tuesday, October 23rd @ 5:30pm

Sunnyside Community Library

Wednesday, October 24th @ 2:00pm

Selah Community Library

Wednesday, November 7th @ 6:00pm

Free books available from your nearest community library beginning October 1st, while supplies last.