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LEMOORE — The bracelets may have looked simple with foreign symbols on them but for the teenagers who made them at the Lemoore Library on Friday, the bracelets were full of vibranium, a power source that comes from Wakanda, a futuristic African country made famous in the movie "Black Panther."

Based on the movie, the library is offering bracelet making for teenagers in Kings County this summer.

In the movie based on comic books, the people of Wakanda have a power source called vibranium that powers all the technology used and gives Black Panther special powers.

The Kimoyo bead bracelets in the movie are used by the people of Wakanda to communicate, access the internet and perform various other tasks.

Jennifer Riordan, who is in charge of youth services at the library, led the bracelet making.

Riordan had examples of the Kimoyo beads in the movie for the youth to use to make their own bracelets.

Each teen was given strings, beads, a sharpie and began making their bracelet.

“Some of these bracelets are selling on Etsy for around $80,” Riordan said. “After today you’ll get to have one that you made yourself which is more special.”

As Makayla Parham, 18, practiced her imitation of the Nsibidi symbols from the example bracelet, she explained that the reason she came was that the craft was from the movie. 

Allyson McMenamy, 12, said that she came because she just likes to make crafts.

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Riordan said that the library is hoping to offer more opportunities for the teens in the future.

The bracele-making activity is available for ages 12 to 18. Riordan said the activity is meant specifically for the teens of the community. She said there are events for younger children almost every day and the library wanted to have an activity that is special for teenagers.

Elijah Irven, 17, created his bracelet and helped some of the teens around him with theirs.

“This event is important because it gives kids something to do so they stay out of trouble,” Irven said.

Kasie Blades, mother of Montoya Blades who was at the event, said that she likes for her daughter to participate in events in the community and that her daughter was excited to go to the bracelet-making event because she saw the movie.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

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