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Computer Science Education Week!

Computer Science Education Week

NOLS is kicking off the month of December with a variety of fun, interactive technology programs that celebrate worldwide Computer Science Education Week. From programming tiny robots to experimenting with circuitry, Computer Science Education Week abounds in opportunities for developing techies of all ages.

Tuesday,   December 13,   1pm,   Clallam Bay Branch Library
Wednesday,   December 14,   2:30pm,   Forks Branch Library

Young people ages 8-14 will have the opportunity to work with Roominate™ building sets, on loan from the Washington State Library. Named Time Magazine’s 2014 “Toy of the Year,” Roominate™ encourages children to experiment with basic circuitry and electricity.

About Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science, held in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computer science pioneer and career US Navy member. Libraries across the country provide computer science programs to support innovation and provide members of the community with access to technology. Although Computer Science Education Week programming is typically geared towards young people grades K-12 in school programs, several of the programs being offered at NOLS are for adults as well as children. Programs are held in conjunction with Library efforts to encourage problem solving and critical thinking skills in young people and help provide preparatory experiences for a 21st century workplace.

Computer Science Education Week programs are presented in partnership with the Washington State Library, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Clallam County 4-H, Feiro Marine Life Center and Five Acre School. Programming is also generously supported by Friends of the Library groups throughout Clallam County.

Washington State Library Logo 4H Clover Logo Institute of Museum and Library Services Logo Feiro Marine Life Center

For additional information about this and other upcoming programs at your Library, contact your nearby NOLS branch location or send an email to .

Second Saturday Science
Sequim Branch Library

The Second Saturday Science series—for ages 7 to 12—creates fun, hands-on opportunities for children to explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Preregistration is required due to space limitations.

Two Flintstone-inspired cars made from craft sticks with figures inside

Craft Stick Creations
Saturday, January 14
10:30am – 12:30pm @ the Sequim Branch Library

Registration opens December 14!

The first rule in craft stick bending is that there are no rules. Your goal is to be as adventurous and creative as possible. Stretch your imagination to make creative, fun crafts. Attendees will go home with a Flintstones-inspired car constructed at this whimsical session!

Gingerbread Dwelling Contest
Clallam Bay Branch

Picture of a gingerbread house with lots of candy decorations.

Bring your gingerbread houses, castles, huts, and cabins to the Clallam Bay Branch for a fun, all-ages decorating contest beginning Monday, December 12. Final judging will take place at 4pm on Friday, December 16, with prizes awarded soon after.

Contest rules

  • All abodes must be totally edible;
  • Your creation can be built from a kit, entirely from scratch, or a combination of both;
  • Your entry must be your own (No pre-made houses, please!)

Age divisions

  • 6-years-old and under;
  • Ages 7-12;
  • Ages 13 and up.

To learn more about this and other programs at your library, call 360.963.2414 or send an email to .

LEGO® Junior Maker Program
Port Angeles Main Library

Boy building with Legos

Saturdays, 10am-Noon, Free
December 17
January 21
February 18
March 18

Looking for a fun indoor activity this winter? Create and play during monthly LEGO® Junior Maker programs at the Port Angeles Main Library! These fun, free programs will take place from 10am-Noon on Saturday, December 17, January 21, February 18, and March 18.

Junior Maker programs will take place in the library Living Room and be facilitated by library staff. Participants will be encouraged to write a story about their creation, which will be photographed during the program. Parents or caregivers are asked to accompany all children under 8 years-old. All materials will be provided. LEGO® bricks and creations will remain in the library at the conclusion of each program.

The library’s LEGO® brick collection is made possible through the North Olympic Library Foundation, the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, the Girl Scout Troop of Western Washington, and brick donations from library patrons.

Kids Create Art
Sequim Branch Library

Several kids sitting at tables drawing in the Sequim Library participating in Kids Create Art program

Led by local artists, the Kids Create Art program series— recommended for ages 7 to 12— creates fun, hands-on opportunities for children to explore various artistic media.

Each session is free to attend, but with class sizes limited, preregistration is required.
To register, visit the Sequim Branch Library events calendar, call the library at 360.683.1161, or send an email to .
All materials will be provided.

10:30am to 12pm every third Saturday of the month
October through May

Class Schedule


  • Dec 17
  • Jan 21
  • Feb 18
  • Mar 18
  • Apr 15
  • May 20
  • Creating with Clay
    Part 2: Painting
  • Printing Penguins
  • Treasure Map
  • Drawing a
  • Tissue Paper
    and Tulips
  • Air Dry Clay
  • Dani LaBlond
  • Carrie Rodlend
  • Carrie Rodlend
  • Carrie Rodlend
  • Carrie Rodlend
  • Eva Kozun
Young girl holding up her clay art project. Young boy holding up her clay art project.

This program is generously supported by the
Friends of Sequim Library.

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


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.

Wednesday, January 11,   2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, January 25,   2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 8,   2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 22,   2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, March 8,   2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, March 22,   2pm to 3pm