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

Teen Photo Contest
Show off your photography skills! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit up to two photos on the theme “Games.” Sports, tabletop games, and video games all qualify! Think about the theme and interpret it how you want! 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 2016, 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. Please do NOT use copyrighted images or logos as the focus of your photo.

There will be two groups: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, with prizes awarded to the top photos in each group. Prize for each age group is a $25 gift certificate to Photojojo. Voting will be done by the public, with the library staff reserving the right to break any tied votes.

SUBMISSION STARTS: Wednesday, June 29.
SUBMISSION ENDS: Saturday, July 30.
VOTING STARTS: Thursday, August 4.
VOTING ENDS: Monday, August 15 at 5pm.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, August 17.

Photos may be taken home starting Monday, August 29.
Make It Monday
July 18, August 1, August 15
3:00-4:00pm     Storyhour Room
For students entering 7-12 grade and recent HS grads
Registration required

Join us at the library to try something new this summer!
July 18: Make a Book-- Learn the basics of bookbinding and make a simple journal! Bring anything you'd like to add to your journal pages. Register for July 18
August 1: Rock Your Room-- Headed off to a dorm room this fall, or just need to give your space a boost? We'll have some options to make your room your own. Register for August 1
August 15: Tie Dye-- Bring a 100% cotton shirt (wash it first!) and make it into a brilliant tie dye creation. Register for August 15

Tabletop Games
Thursday, July 14
1:00-3:00pm   Community Room
All ages

Spend an afternoon at the library playing your favorite tabletop games! The library will provide Candyland, Twister, and more but it is strongly encouraged that you bring your favorites from home. The lounge will also be available for gameplay.

College Essay Writing Workshop
Wednesday, July 27
3:00-4:00pm     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, but parents may not attend in place of their students.

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 Sunday, July 3 and close Wednesday, July 20. You will be notified by email as to whether you may attend. Your cooperation in this process is appreciated!

The Jester of Notre Dame
Thursday, July 28
2:00-3:00pm   Community Room
All ages

Alexander, King of Jesters, stars as a Medieval monk who sneaks away from the quiet abbey where he copies books and transforms himself into the Jester of Notre Dame! Featuring stunts, comedy, and music, this program is for anyone who loves comedy and is interested in the dramatic arts. This show is performed in Grammelot, a universal gibberish language first developed by traveling clowns and minstrels during the Middle Ages.
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.

Mini Golf in the Stacks
Thursday, August 11
4:00-7:00  Main Library
All ages
Registration required

Join us for a free, fun-filled evening of 10-hole mini golf inside the library! Groups of up to five people may register for a tee time. Bring your finest swing! The course takes up 45 minutes to complete.

Giant Game Night
Thursday, August 18
4:00-7:00  Town Hill
All ages

Play GIANT versions of some of your favorite games on Town Hill. Try giant Scrabble, Jenga, Connect Four, Twister, and a piano! In the event of poor weather we will hold this event in the Community Room.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! and Get in the Game, Read! 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, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at (508) 528-3380 x5 or send an email to

Last Updated: Thursday, Jul 07, 2016
Questions and Comments are welcome. 
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