Teen-o-rama planned at PO library

A teen watches Benny & Joon at Port Orchard Library
A teen watches Benny & Joon at Port Orchard Library's Teen Cine-Rama
— image credit: Brett Cihon

Trail mix, popcorn and a free movie on a big screen.

Sound good?

Well, unless you’re between 14 and 19, you’re not allowed.

Teen Cine-Rama at the Port Orchard Library is the second Monday of every month starting at 6 p.m. Chaperoned by Port Orchard’s youth services librarian, Shannon Peterson, the monthly showing of films that has featured movies such as the cult classic Benny & Joon is for exclusively for teenagers.

“We have a core group of 15 or 20 kids that come,” Peterson said. “It’s a nice way for kids from other schools to meet up.”

Cine-Rama is just part of the library’s Monday program for teens. Along with showing movies, the library hosts a teen book club, writing group, Q Club and gaming group. Each event is planned by a teen advisory board, formed to find ways to make the library a fun place for teens, Peterson said.

“They make ‘zines, they play board games. It’s a great outlet.” Peterson said.

Brianna Clayton, a 14-year-old from Cedar Heights Junior High, said she comes to the library on most Mondays. She encouraged teens who haven’t checked it out to peek in on the library on some Monday.

“I love it,” she said. “Everyone’s quirky and nerdy and cool.”

Petersen said the Teen Group plans to have a themed month in April, focusing programing on Native American subjects. For more information visit Kitsap Regional Library’s website at


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