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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.

Thursday,   December 1,   3pm,   Forks Branch Library    
 (Register now!)

Tuesday,   December 6,   1pm,   Clallam Bay Branch Library     (Register now!)
Saturday,   December 10,   10:30am,   Sequim Branch Library     (Register now!)

Young people ages 8-14 are invited to code their way into the future with Ozobots, on loan from the Washington State Library. Ozobots are tiny robots participants can program using a basic coding program. Pre-registration is required in Sequim and suggested in Clallam Bay and Forks.

Hour of Code
Wednesday,   December 7,   6pm,   Port Angeles Main Library    (Register now!)  Registration begins 11/21/16

All ages are invited to participate in an hour of code at the library! Laptops will be provided, and all coding levels are welcome. Pre-registration is suggested, as limited seats are available.

Saturday,   December 10,   10am-2pm,   Port Angeles Main Library
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.

Technopalooza Technology Fair
Saturday,   December 10,   10am-2pm,   Port Angeles Main Library

All ages are invited to explore technology at this “Geek Out! Technopalooza Technology Fair” at the Port Angeles Main Library. Interactive stations will be set up throughout the library, and feature hands-on coding activities using the NOLS mobile computer lab as well as technology from the Washington State Library’s Gadget Menagerie. Kids wanting to try their hands at engineering can experiment building with Roominate, and 4-H volunteers led by Jeff and Christine Spaulding will be on-hand to demonstrate Scribblebots and Squishy Circuits. Volunteers from the Feiro Marine Life Center will also participate in the event by demonstrating a computer-driven water quality sensor.

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 .

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 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.