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Summer Programs for Teens
Teens: Join us at one (or more) of our summer programs!

Summertime Photo Contest
Show off your photography skills! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit up to two photos on the theme “Summer.” Here’s an opportunity to think about what summer means to you—is it a trip to the beach, laying in a hammock, or playing a favorite sport? Maybe it’s sparklers on the Fourth of July, or an outdoor barbecue. Use your imagination, take a lot of great pictures, and enter our contest!

SEND US YOUR STUFF: Photos must be emailed as JPEG attachments to with your NAME, GRADE in the fall of 2015, an EMAIL ADDRESS, and a PHONE NUMBER.

Although we love photography tricks, please limit yourself to minimal editing and filters. Photos will be printed on 4x6 photo paper. Instagram photos are square and do not qualify for this contest.

Photos must have been taken within the past year. There will be two groups: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, with prizes awarded to the top photos in each group. Voting will be done by the public, with the library staff reserving the right to break any tied votes.

SUBMISSION STARTS: Wednesday, July 1.
SUBMISSION ENDS: Saturday, August 1.
VOTING STARTS: Wednesday, August 5.
VOTING ENDS: Friday, August 14.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Tuesday, August 18.

Photos may be taken home starting August 29.

Knitting for Teens
Tuesdays, July 7-August 11
2:00-3:00pm   Storyhour Room
For students entering 6-12 grade and recent HS grads

Enjoy an hour knitting and spending time with friends! The King Philip HS Knitting Club is relocating to the Norfolk Library for the summer, but even if you go to a different school or haven’t been in knitting club, come join us! We will have some knitting supplies, but it is recommended that students bring size 7 or 8 needles and a skein or worsted weight yarn to get started. No experience is necessary. Mrs. Pickart, the KP Knitting Club advisor, will drop in and join us for instruction at one of our meetings.

Historical Swords: Combat Through the Ages
Thursday, August 6
2:30pm   Community Room
For students through 12 grade

What is a hero without a trusty sword? Learn about different eras of European sword use, with demonstrations of combat from historical combat manuals. Discover the use of several different types of swords, their design and use. Audience members will have a chance to participate--  do you have what it takes for combat?  We’ll also have a question and answer/mythbusters" session where we’ll discuss the common misconceptions about swords.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

College Essay Writing Workshop
Back by popular demand!
Tuesday, August 18
1:00-2:00pm     Schoolhouse
For students entering 10th-12th grade

Registration required. Spots will be filled by lottery.
Lanita Foley, a certified educational planner and consultant, will work hands-on with students and their parents to write an outstanding college essay, providing expert guidance, coaching, and encouragement to students no matter where they are in the essay process. Parent attendance with their student is strongly recommended.

Important information about registering:
As per the presenter, space for this program is extremely limited, with a maximum of 16 spots including parents who may want to attend. When you register, you must indicate if a parent/caregiver will be attending with the student. Priority will be given to Norfolk residents entering 12th grade, and we will fill any remaining slots with 11th graders and then 10th graders. You will receive a reminder email that you registered for the lottery only. If you are unable to attend, please email Marissa Antosh, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at immediately so we may fill the empty spot. Lottery will open Monday, July 27 and close Monday, August 10. You will be notified by email as to whether you may attend. Your cooperation in this process is appreciated!

Every Hero Has a Story! and Unmask! are sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Questions? Please call Marissa Antosh, Youth Services Librarian, at (508) 528-3380 x5 or send an email to

Last Updated: Monday, Jul 20, 2015
Questions and Comments are welcome. 
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