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for Parents & Teachers @ NOLS!

ABCs, apples and erasers

Teacher kits are available for checkout.
Each kit contains an assortment of books and materials supporting specific curriculum topics such as "The Human Body", "Wordless Picture Books", and more. Kits also contain an insert sheet containing lesson and activity ideas, web links to standards-based instructional support, and much more. Look for links in the dashboard on the left.

Clothing Exchange
Family Storytime

Cartoonish children's clothes hanging from a clothes line

Friday, September 23
10:30am, Forks Branch Library

Tuesday, September 27
2pm, Clallam Bay Branch Library
5:30pm, Makah Tribal Head Start (80 Ba’adah Village Loop Road, Neah Bay)

The West End library branches, in partnership with First Step Family Support Center, will present three free clothing exchanges and storytimes for children and their parents or caregivers. Each program will feature fun songs, rhymes, and stories, as well as a free clothing exchange. This is a perfect opportunity to swap your gently-worn children’s clothing for larger sizes—because clothes don’t grow, but kids do. Clothing has been generously provided by First Step Family Support Center.

Family Flicks
Sequim Branch Library

Family Flicks provides free family entertainment, popcorn, and fun movie trivia!

2pm every first Saturday of the month
October through April

The Incredibles

October 1:  The Incredibles
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, is forced into action to save the world.

The Good Dinosaur

November 5:  The Good Dinosaur
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Norm of the North

December 3:  Norm of the North
When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland.


January 7:  Ratatouille
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous Parisian restaurant.

The Secret Life of Pets

February 4:  The Secret Life of Pets
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.


March 4:  Wall-E
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.


April 1:  Zootopia
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Battle of the Books:
A Book Club for Fourth Graders

Battle of the Books is a year-long collaborative project between NOLS and schools from around Clallam County, including home-school families based in Port Angeles. Between October and February, Library staff will visit fourth-grade classrooms to discuss each book, and facilitate discussions for home-schooled fourth-graders (ages 9-10) at the library. All participating students will receive free copies of the books read throughout the year and a t-shirt featuring original student artwork.

Homeschool students must pre-register to participate; to register, visit the Youth Services Department of the Port Angeles Main Library, call 360.417.8500 ext. 7705, or send an email to .

This year, participating fourth-graders will read the following titles for Battle of the Books:

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Home-school student discussion: Monday, October 10, 1:15-2:15pm, Port Angeles Main Library

How to Steal a Dog

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

Home-school student discussion: Monday, November 14, 1:15-2:15pm, Port Angeles Main Library


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Home-school student discussion: Monday, December 12, 1:15-2:15pm, Port Angeles Main Library

City of Ember

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Home-school student discussion: Monday, January 9, 1:15-2:15pm, Port Angeles Main Library

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Home-school student discussion: Monday, February 13, 1:15-2:15pm, Port Angeles Main Library

As a culmination to the program, teams of students from each school will compete for a trophy at 6:30pm on Friday, March 24 at the
Port Angeles Main Library
. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at the Port Angeles Main Library at 360.417.8500 ext. 7705, or send an email to .

The Battle of the Books program is made possible through generous support from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, the Friends of Sequim Library, and the Friends of the Forks Library.

The Fourteenth Goldfish How to Steal a Dog Wonder City of Ember One Crazy Summer

Lego Club
Forks Branch Library

Close up of duplo blocks.

Wednesdays, 2-3pm
October 5, 2016 through April 26, 2017
For children ages 6-14. Free.

Create a Lego masterpiece based on a weekly theme or build something totally unique! The goal of Lego Club is to encourage children to use their imaginations while working as individuals and teams. Each week will present attendees with a new theme to help encourage and guide new projects. All materials will be provided, and the Lego creations will remain in the library after each session.

PAWS to Read
Sequim Branch Library

Sequim PAWS to Read

Second Wednesdays, 3-4pm
October 2016 — May 2017

Discover the joy of reading with a little help from some furry friends at the Sequim Branch Library! The PAWS to Read program will connect readers with Olympic Gentle Paws Therapy dogs beginning October 12 at 3pm. Dogs and their trainers will eagerly listen to readers of all ages from 3-4pm on the second Wednesday of every month, October through May.

Reading to a dog or other pet provides a non-judgmental audience and encourages reading with confidence in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Research shows that the more a child reads, the more their reading skills will improve. For nervous or self-conscious readers, reading to therapy dogs can be a helpful way to practice reading without feelings of intimidation or judgment.

Paws to Read
Forks Branch Library

Paws to Read

Practice your reading skills with Tally the therapy dog! Children can build their reading skills and find encouragement and reading success by reading aloud to dogs that are trained to listen and be attentive. Tally and her trainer are members of the Olympic Gentle Paws.

Friday, September 30,   11am to 12pm
Wednesday, October 26,   2pm to 3pm
Friday, November 18,   11am to 12pm
Wednesday, December 7,   2pm to 3pm