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Close up picture of 2015 PoetrySLAM 6th grade participants.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the 2016 Clallam County PoetrySLAM, featuring local poets in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.

Presentations held at
Port Angeles Main Library
Thursday, April 21 @ 6:30pm: 6th Graders
Thursday, April 28 @ 6:30pm: 7-8th Graders

Here’s how it works:
Clallam County students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are invited to submit original works of poetry (written by the student) to be read or recited for the judging panel. Original poetry will be judged on content.

Students in sixth grade may also choose to recite a previously published poem from memory. Recited poems must be under 30 lines in length. The recital will be judged for quality of dramatic performance. Only students in sixth grade may recite a previously published poem; seventh- and eighth-graders must read or perform their own original work.

All poets must be able to read or recite their poetry at the PoetrySLAM.

How to Enter:

  1. Students may enter by participating in a classroom elimination round held at their school. For homeschooled students, or those whose classroom is not conducting elimination rounds, entry can be arranged by contacting NOLS Youth Services Library Jennifer Knight at .
  2. All students interested in participating must fill out an official entry form, and attach a copy of the poem they wish to read or recite.
    -6th Grade Entry Form
    -7-8th Grade Entry Form

Entry forms must be received by the library or your teacher no later than 5pm on April 1, 2016.

6th Grade Prizes:
First- and second-place prizes will be awarded in the original poetry category. One “best in show” grand prize will also be awarded. Recitation prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the SLAM judges. This year, there will also be a People’s Choice prize.
-6th Grade Grand Prize: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet
-1st Place: $40 Bookstore gift certificate
-2nd Place: $25 Bookstore gift certificate
-Recitation and People’s Choice prizes will be gift certificates to local bookstores.

7-8th Grade Prizes:
First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for best original poetry. All prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the SLAM judges. The winning poem will also be included in the
Poetry in the Park program.
-1st Place: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet
-2nd Place: $50 gift certificate to local bookstores

For more information, contact NOLS Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Knight by calling 360.417.8500 ext. 7733, or sending an email to .

Close up picture of 2016 PoetrySLAM 7th and 8th grade participants.
Picture of PoetrySLAM participant reciting poem.
Picture of PoetrySLAM participant reciting poem.

Lego Club
Forks Branch Library

Close up of duplo blocks.

Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
November 18, 2015 through May 18, 2016
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.