Scary Story Contest

Norwood Public Library is holding another writing contest this October! Kids ages 12-18 years old are invited to showcase their creativity in a local writing contest. Share your scary stories and poems with us!

A panel of three judges will choose a total of THREE winners. Winners will have their works posted on the Norwood Public Library website and receive a $25 Amazon gift card, generously donated by the Friends of the Norwood Public Library.

The categories will be:

Best Plot
Scariest Setting
Best Poem

Judges will not see the author names of submitted works. The winners will be announced on October 31st.

To enter, please see submission guidelines below:

Word limit: 2,000 maximum. No minimum.

Format: Typed. PDF, Word, or Google Doc.

Submissions will be judged on style, creativity, and grammar.

(The judges request the contest contain no sexual assault, young child deaths, or animal cruelty. For further clarification, please email

Submissions can be emailed to or print copies can be dropped off at Norwood Public Library.
DEADLINE: October 27th at 4pm. We open for submissions October 1st.


2023 Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program is about to begin! We have many fun events and reading incentives to entertain and educate throughout the month of July and into August. Our Read-At-Home program kicks off July 1st. Patrons of all ages can track their reading in two ways: log reading on paper forms available at the library or track reading via

Check out our calendar for fun events throughout the summer!


Trustee Election Results

Leonard Halpern (40 votes) and Kathleen Hartman (40 votes) have been elected to serve terms commencing June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2026 on the Norwood Public Library Board of Trustees. The election was held May 16, 2023 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.


Teen Poem Winner

Congratulations to EmmaLee Farns, winner of our Spring Writing Contest for Teens. EmmaLee won a $30 gift certificate to The Brewer Bookstore, sponsored by The Friends of Norwood Public Library. Thank you to all of the teens who submitted their works. With 30+ submissions, our judges had some talented works to read and tough choices to make. Keep writing! Here is EmmaLee’s winning poem:

Painting The Sky

By EmmaLee Farns

It was a summer evening

riding in the car with friends.

The music was loud,

echoing in my ears

bouncing off of my many thoughts.

The only thing I could think about

was Rachel,

I knew she had painted

the sky for me that night,

For there was a beautiful sunset.

I hung my feet out of the window

and closed my eyes,

trying to clear my many racing thoughts

feeling the wind blowing against my feet.

And I finally felt peace.


New Catalog

Our new catalog is here! Thank you for your patience. In addition to checking out items, we are now able to register new users, renew items, place holds, and more!


New Catalog

Our new catalog launches April 26th! While we migrate, our online catalog goes offline around 4:30pm on April 18th. However, patrons can still check out books at our library and eBooks should be available to patrons with active library cards. During this transition in services, renewals, holds, and user registrations are temporarily paused. At Norwood Public Library, we will be open during our regular hours. Please note that some of the libraries in our system have adjusted their hours during this time when you plan your visit.

Full services will be up and running soon! Thank you for your patience. We’re looking forward to our brand new system!


Updates to Our System

This year Norwood Public Library is migrating to a new circulating system along with the other libraries in the North Country Library system. A new catalog interface will be available to our patrons. We anticipate the transition will occur in the spring. Stay tuned!


Holiday Closures

Norwood Public Library will be closed Saturday, December 24, 2022 and Saturday, December 31, 2022. Happy Holidays!


Scary Story & Poem Winners

Announcing the winners of the Scary Story (and Poem) Contest for Teens:

Scariest Setting: “Hear That?” By Sara Miller

Best Ghost Story: “A Lost Family” by Clare Cragg

Best Poem: “The End of the World” by Celia Cragg

Each winner receives a $25 gift certificate to The Brewer Bookstore sponsored by the Friends of Norwood Public Library.

Thank you to all of the participants! With over 50 submissions, the judges read many good stories and poems. Read the winning works below!

Scariest Setting Winner

Best Poem Winner

Best Ghost Story