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Jul 172024
 

Congrats to Kevin G. for winning the first $25 gift certificate!

Download the beanstack app, choose Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library and then the Norristown TEEN Challenge. Log some reading time and be entered to win. Gift cards are for Chickfila, Chipotle, XBox, Playstation, Roblox, Google Play, etc.

Jul 122024
 

Like to solve puzzles? Love the 80’s? Then don’t miss Friday, July 26th at the library. Starts at 1pm in the community room. Register by emailing Melissa at MVelez@mclinc.org.  Ages 13+

Jul 122024
 

Practice your mini-golf putt. Challenge your friends to four square. Play board games like Apples to Apples or Racko. If we have enough teens we’ll host mini-competitions somewhere between minute-to-win-it and the Olympics. If not, we’ll chill in the air conditioning and play games. It’s indoor recess!  No registration necessary. Drop in at 2pm on Wednesday afternoons during summer reading at the library (through August 10th). Ages 11 and up.

Jul 122024
 

Come alone or bring a friend to Make-It-Monday every Monday during summer reading club (through August 10th). We set up art projects in the teen area on the first floor. Drop in between 1-4pm to create with our supplies. We’ve made earrings and bracelets, painted watercolor fish, and mod-podged collage boxes. Coming soon: mini-pillows, Olympic sculptures, and tissue paper painting. No registration necessary. Contact Jeanne or Melissa at the library with questions. JCove@mclinc.org   610-278-5100 X400.

 

Jun 122024
 

Why should little kids have all the fun? Teens can do fun stuff at library and win prizes too this summer too! Whether you read one book or ten, you’ll earn chances to win. Attend programs at the library in person and you may win extra chances. The library is open all summer and usually has working a/c. We have a place on the first floor by the far windows for teens to hang out. Saturday hours in July & August switch to 10am-2pm only. Respect the space. Respect each other. Respect yourselves.

Why should I read? It is a great escape. It can be funny or sad or exciting. We have books at all levels about so many things. Learn about other people and places. Learn how to be good at something. Reading has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Reading will help you succeed in life. Get better at it. If you think it’s boring, you have the wrong book. Seriously, give it a try.

 

 

(Beanstack will be available June 15)

To get started, download the free Beanstack app to log reading minutes and be entered to win $25 gift cards throughout the summer. (Choose the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Teen Challenge.)  Audiobooks, graphic novels, magazines, reading to your little cousin, required reading for school…it all counts. You can also submit reviews and see what other teens are reading on Beanstack.

Next, check out our teen events by clicking on the maroon event tab above and filtering the audience for “teens”.  Find the day, time, and description of all our events. Don’t be bored. Try something new. Grab a friend or come alone. Mystery & Escape Room programs require registration! Email Jeanne at JCove@mclinc.org with questions. Sign up by email to Jeanne or through the event listing on our website calendar.

RECURRING SUMMER EVENTS FOR TEENS:

Make-It-Mondays: 1-4pm, a different creative project each week.

6/17-yarn painting, 6/18-rainbow butterfly wall decor, 7/1-fish watercolors, 7/8 collage boxes, 7/15-Frida Kahlo paintings, 7/22 Tissue art, 7/29 Olympic Art, 8/5 Backpack keychains

Tuesday Pokemon Trading & Tournaments: 4pm each week. Experience is not required to get started.

Wednesday Indoor Recess: 2pm Teens (4pm Kids), Competitions, Backyard games, 4-square, etc.

Morning Mind Games: Alternating Tuesdays at 11am, tinker with the library’s STEM stuff, play games, fiddle with chain reactions, do puzzles. This is not a STEM class.

Mystery Fridays: 1pm in our community room, registration is required for these alternating mystery games and escape rooms.

6/28-Werewolf Escape,  7/12 Nancy Drew Mystery at Magnolia Gardens, 7/26 80’s Escape Room, 8/9 Unsolved Case of Honey the Bunny

Friday Afternoon Gaming: 3-5pm every Friday in the teen area, play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with up to 8 players or check out the newest titles for our Playstation 5.

Novel Knockout Smash Brothers Tournaments: 12-4pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month, ages 13+ only

Comic Fest Art Studio: Every Saturday in July, Supplies will be out upstairs for teens who want to work on submissions for our art contest.

Comic Fest Volunteer Team: 11am, Wednesdays, July 10th & 24th, help us create and prepare our space for Comic Fest. Email Jeanne at JCove@mclinc.org to sign up.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Bridgeport Family Game Night: 6:30pm on Friday, June 14th at Bridgeport Borough Hall

Make Music Day: June 21st (noon drum workshop at the library followed by various live performances, other performances around town)

Drum Workshop, loops: 1pm on Tuesday, July 16th, professional musician Tony Flagiello will bring a selection of drums and other equipment for teens to try out

Bollywood Dance lesson: Monday, July 22nd, ages 7-17

Henna Workshop: 2:30pm, Monday, July 22nd, ages 7-17

COMIC FEST: 10-3, Saturday, August 3rd, cosplay, trivia, art games, artist alley merch sales, character appearances, all ages. It’s a thing.

Team Puzzle Contest: 6pm, Monday, August 5th, all ages. Register to bring a team of 2-4 people to compete against other teams to complete the same puzzle.

 

May 102024
 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss our annual COMIC FEST at Norristown Public Library SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2024!

Back by popular demand we will have the cosplay contest, trivia, fan voting, crafts for all ages, character visits, artist alley, and more! New this year: a gaming truck!

 

 

GET READY:

Prepare your cosplay outfits for our Comic Fest cosplay contest now (all ages). If you need help drop by on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, at 11am and consult with our volunteer costume expert, Cali. Create your own character or imitate your favorites from Marvel, DC, Manga, Anime, Disney, etc.

Submit entries for the art contest by July 31st (all ages). All residents of Montgomery County are eligible to enter our Comic Fest Art Contest. $50 will be awarded to winners in each of the following categories: Fan Art, Original Character, Short Comic Strip, People’s Choice. There are no restrictions on age, media used, or size of artwork. Submissions can be brought to the library or emailed to JCove@mclinc.org. Submissions will be put on the library’s social media for people’s choice voting after the event.

Register for and attend our lightsaber workshop on Monday, July 29th at 3pm (kids & teens).  https://mnl.libcal.com/event/12589463

Save your money so you can buy some cool merch at Artists Alley.

Tell you friends to save the date so you can go to Comic Fest together.

ATTEND THE ACTUAL EVENT SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2024:

The event is from 10am-3pm at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, Norristown, PA 19401  610-278-5100.  Comic Fest is fun for kids, teens, & adults. All are welcome. Entry is free. Spanish speaking staff will be on-site.  Park in the lot below the library building, accessed off Swede Street.

Stop at the registration table when you arrive to receive your program, free lanyard, and snack tickets. Wander the festival between scheduled programs to see costumes & characters, vote your fandom, shop artist alley, play games, create your own buttons & comic books, admire fan art, and more.  Members of Kyber Base will be here in Star Wars costume. Sonic, Pikachu, and Belle will also make appearances. Don’t miss the GameTruck outside until 1:30pm. Separate gaming will be set up for younger children in the children’s department upstairs. All day teen and adult gaming will be held in the community room. See below for timed elements of the day.

10-11am: Sonic character visit

10am-1:30pm: GameTruck will be outside our Powell Street entrance.

11am-12noon: Pikachu character visit, trading card game tournaments

12noon: Trivia with prizes

1pm: Artist Showdown

2pm: Cosplay Contest ($50 prizes in three age categories)

Check out some photos from last year’s Comic Fest…

       

Apr 222024
 

 

 

 

 

Thumbnail by Johan Nohr

Adventurer’s Guild (in person)

Date: Thursdays

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Teen Area, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library

Audience: Teens

Categories: Gaming

Roll dice and wreak havoc with our weekly tabletop roleplaying program! We’ll be playing Free League Publishing’s MORK BORG, a “pitch black apocalyptic fantasy RPG about lost souls and fools seeking redemption, forgiveness or the last remaining riches in a bleak and dying world.” Pencils, paper and dice are all provided, just bring your creativity!