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All branches will be closed for an all-day staff training session on Friday, April 25, 2014. All branches will reopen on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

2014 Clallam County Young Adult PoetrySLAMs @ Port Angeles Main Library

This year, there are more ways than ever to participate in National Poetry Month. The Port Angeles Main Library is hosting two separate contests and open readings for young adults. Students in grades 9-12can enter to compete in an original poetry competition on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30pm. Students in grades 6-8 can enter to compete in the PoetrySLAM by writing or reciting on Friday, April 18 at 6:30pm. The public is invited to attend both events! Both contests are generously sponsored by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.


PoetrySLAM, grades 9-12
Thursday, April 10, 6:30 pm


1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be given for the high school contest. All prizes will be awarded at the discretion of contest judges.

1st Prize: Tablet
2nd Prize: iPod Shuffle
3rd Prize: $50 gift certificate to local bookstore

High School contestants

Here’s how it works:

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit up to three original poems of no more than 60 lines (total). Poetry will be judged primarily by content, although the author’s presentation will also factor into the judge’s decision. Poetry may be read or memorized. Poets must be able to attend the April 10 SLAM to be considered for the prize.

Deadline for entry:

Poems must be submitted along with entry form to either Susan MacDonald at Port Angeles High School, or Jennifer Knight at the Port Angeles Main Library before 5pm on March 25. Poets may also submit poetry to by the deadline.


Diane Urbani de la Paz, Peninsula Daily News
Michael Mills, Peninsula College

Middle School contestants

PoetrySLAM, grades 6-8
Friday, April 18, 6:30 pm


In the competition for 6-8 grade students, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded in both the recitation and original poetry categories. One grand prize will be given for the best in show. All prizes will be awarded at the discretion of contest judges.

1st Prize: Tablet
2nd Prize: iPod Shuffle
3rd Prize: $50 gift certificate to local bookstore

2013 winner

Here’s how it works:

Students in grades 6-8 are eligible to submit one entry in either or both of the following categories.

Original Poetry Category:

Original poetry (written by the student) must be submitted in written form and read or recited for the judges. Original poetry will be judged on content.

Recitation/Performance Category:

Recited poetry must be memorized, and under 5 minutes in length. Recitation will be judged on dramatic performance.

How to Enter:

a) At a classroom elimination at a Port Angeles School; or
b) At an elimination contest to be hosted at the Library on Saturday, April 12. Deadline for entry in elimination contest is April 9. Contact to enter the elimination contest. Students interested in entering must fill out form and submit along with original poetry or poem which you wish to recite/perform.


Betty Gordon, North Olympic Library System Board of Trustees
Diane Urbani de la Paz, Peninsula Daily News,
Alan Turner, Port Book and News Bookstore,
Michael Mills, Peninsula College Tidepools

Swing Dance Workshop for Teens @ Port Angeles Main Library

Get ready to jump and jive as the Port Angeles Library presents Swing Dance workshops with award winning dance instructor Carole Hathaway. These introductory classes are for young adults ages 12-18 and are presented as part of the 2014 Get Moving! series. Classes will be held at the Port Angeles Library on Mondays, May 5th, May 12th and May 19th, at 7pm. Partners are not required and participants my choose to attend one, two, or all three classes. For more information call (360) 417-8500 x7705.

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