2017 Summer Reading Information – Kids

How to Register

Registration opens June 5! Kids’ Summer Reading: Build a Better World is for birth through 6th grade. Please visit this link to register.

If you registered last year, you can use your same login information or reset your password. If you are a new registrant, click on the text that says “Join here!” and fill out the required fields. You may begin logging your minutes on Sunday, July 9th. The program runs from Sunday, July 9-Saturday, August 19 (six weeks). Each week you log 120 minutes of reading, you will get to pick out a prize at the library OR get a raffle ticket to put in for a drawing from our prize baskets.

Special Programming

Baby Massage

Wednesday, July 12th , 10:30—12:00, Storyhour/Craft Room, register here.

This introductory workshop will teach you how to massage, relax, and soothe your newborn to pre-crawling baby. All of the techniques will be demonstrated on a doll and you will practice the strokes on your own baby during the class. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Farm Visit

Thursday, July 13th , 10:30—11:30am, Town Common. All ages are welcome, no registration required.

Baby animals! What could be better? Come meet baby goats, a mini potbelly piglet, bunnies, silkie hens, chicks and ducklings. Sponsored by the Norfolk Community League.

Jungle Jim: Minecraft Madness

Tuesday, July 18th, 2pm, Ages 3 – 10, Community Room, no registration required.

Join Jungle Jim as he leads the audience through the magical world of Minecraft!  Are you ready for the creation of the incredible Giant Dragon, competing in the sensational Building Block Madness Tournament, or the riveting Zombie Chase?? Get ready to watch the magic Bone Wand appear, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, and for the big finale… Jungle Jim creates the biggest challenge of them all: A humongous 6-foot slime ball! 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.

Davis Bates Concert: Songs & Stories to Build a Better World with Roger Tincknell

Tuesday, July 25th, 6pm, Community Room. All ages are welcome, no registration required.

This concert will include seasonal songs, just so stories, family stories and more.  Hear how the bear missed the train, how coyote got his howl, and about the bravery of a rainbow-colored parrot, and be prepared to sing, move and dance.  Learn how to play music with spoons from a kitchen drawer and meet a dancing wooden dog named Bingo. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library and the Norfolk Recreation Department.

You and I Baby Yoga

July 15th and August 12th, 9:15—10:15, ages 0-12 months, Community Room.

Register here for July 15th.

Register here for August 12th.

Connect with your baby through soothing yoga. Mats are provided, but please bring a baby blanket. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Kids Yoga

July 15th and August 12th, 10:30-11:30, ages 3-5.

Register here for July 15th.

Register here for August 12th.

A playful introduction to yoga through games, dance, and breathing exercises. Mats are provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Movie Nights

July 27th and August 17th , 4:00-6:00pm, Community Room, all ages are welcome, no registration required.

7/27: Lego Batman Movie 8/17: Boss Baby

Come cool off and relax after a day out in the sun. Free popcorn and water will be provided. Please bring a blanket to sit on.

Build It!

Thursday, August 10th, 2:00-3:00pm, Community Room, grades K-6, register here

Learn about structures, motion and stability. Find out how design and construction go together. Get excited about the fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Experiment with a range of different materials. Solve fun and engineering problems! Presented by the Children’s Museum in Easton. 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.

How to Create Bristlebots

Thursday, August 10th, 2:00-3:30pm, Storyhour/craft Room, grades K-6, register here

Bristlebots are a great and fun entry into simple robotics. Participants will  build, decorate, tune, and race Bristlebots. They’re easy to build, and provides participants with a basic understanding of how energy is transferred, from electricity to motion! Presented by Fungineers.
Finally Fun Machines

Thursday, August 17th, 2:00-3:00pm, Storyhour Room, grades K-5, register here

Join us for a hands-on and FUN program on machines. Make your very own screw out of a carrot. Meet The Facilitator, our cool multi-personality compound machine, and engage in pulley power and incline plane antics. Become “energized” as we discover potential and kinetic energy. Discover the balance in your life as we make our very own levers.

Weekly Programming

Baby Time

Mondays, 10:15-10:45, ages 0-16 months with an adult, Storyhour/craft room.

Music and play for babies and their caregivers.

Tales for Goslings

Mondays, 11-11:30, ages 0-3 with an adult, Storyhour/craft room.

An interactive program for babies, toddlers, and caregivers with music and rhymes galore!

Music with Miss Jenn

Tuesdays, 10:00—10:45,ages 0-5 years, Storyhour/craft room

Registration is required for each individual date and will open two weeks beforehand. Registration is by family, not individual child. Click on the date to register: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15

Come have fun with this great music and movement class with Miss Jenn! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Beach Blanket Reads

Tuesdays 11:00—11:30, ages 0-5 with an adult, Town Hill.

Bring your beach blanket and join Miss Sarah on Town Hill for a fun summer storytime. If the weather is poor, storytime will be held in the storyhour/craft room.

Try It Tuesday

Tuesdays, July 11, 25, and August 8, 2:30-3:30, grades 4-6, Storyhour/craft room, register for each session

Every other Tuesday, join us to try new projects. Everything from art to science, we’ll experiment, explore, and create.

Jul. 11: Gumdrop Toothpick Tower Register here

Jul. 25: Book Birdhouse Register here

Aug. 8: Ice Cream in a Bag Register here

Bubble Party

Wednesdays, 10:30—11:00, all ages, Town Hill.

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere! Enjoy a half hour of nothing but bubbles and fun music. In the event of inclement weather the program will not be held.

Building Blocks Lego Club

Wednesdays, July 12-August 16, 2:00-2:45, Storyhour/craft room, grades K-6, no registration

Join us for some free building time with Legos! We’ll have bricks, baseplates, and minifigures. You can create whatever you like or build based on a theme. You may not take your creations home.


Thank you to all of our 2017 sponsors!

  • Friends of the Norfolk Public Library
  • Norfolk Community League
  • Norfolk Cultural Council
  • An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
  • Canobie Lake Park, Salem, NH
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Dairy Queen, Foxboro, MA
  • Dunkin Donuts, Norfolk, MA
  • Muse Paintbar, Foxboro, MA
  • Nicky’s, Wrentham, MA
  • Park Street Books, Medfield, MA
  • Roche Brothers, Millis, MA
  • Story Land, Glen, NH
  • Treetop Adventures, Canton, MA
  • Water Wizz, E. Wareham, MA










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