Programs for Adults
Holiday Package Delivery
This holiday season keep your packages safe and have them delivered to the library! Through the end of December Norfolk residents with a library card have the option of having their packages delivered to the library. Packages can be picked up any time we are open. The name on the package must match the name on the driver’s license of the person picking up. We recommend putting both of your names on the package if a spouse might be the one picking up (for example: Joe and Jane Doe). Please read the full list of guidelines below:
1. Customers must be Norfolk Residents with a Norfolk Public Library card to utilize this service. The Library will accept/sign for packages on the customer’s behalf and hold packages at the library behind the circulation desk.2. The customer will ship to “Customer Name”, Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk MA 02056. **We recommend that if you have a spouse who may pick up that you address your packages to both of you, i.e. “Joe and Jane Doe”
3. The customer can use the tracking notification system for UPS and FEDEX for notification of delivery. The library will only accept packages with tracking numbers, no first class mail or envelopes without tracking numbers.
4. The Library will hold the package for pick up by the customer. The library cannot inform the customer of a package’s arrival.
5. Customers can pick up their packages during regular library hours by showing their Norfolk Public Library card and their driver’s license. The name on the ID must match the name on the package. Patrons must sign the log, acknowledging receipt of their package. This log will be maintained by library staff, for identification purposes.
6. Customers assume the entire risk related to this service. The Norfolk Public Library is providing this service “as is” and the Norfolk Public Library disclaims any and all liabilities or warranties, whether expressed or implied. The customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Norfolk Public Library, its officers, employees and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions and expenses arising out of the use of this service.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, December 13th, 1-6pm
Giving blood this season is the best gift you could give someone! One donation can save up to three lives. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Make your appointment here: www.redcrossblood.org
Let’s Letter: Holiday Edition
Tuesdays: December 3rd, December 10th, and December 17th. 2-3pm, no registration is required.
Instead of buying holiday cards this year, come to the Library to make them! We’ll supply everything (including the stamps!) to make that perfect card for a special someone.
NPL/COA Book Group
3rd Tuesday of each month, 2-3pm at the Senior Center (28 Medway Branch). Registration is required. Open to all adults 18+.
December 17th: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Christmas Traditions in Boston
Monday, December 23rd, 7-8:30pm. No registration is required.
Join us on the evening of December 23rd to celebrate the holiday season with a visit from author Mr. Anthony Sammarco. He will be discussing his book Christmas Traditions in Boston:
In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony banned by law the celebration of Christmas as it was deemed to be a time of seasonal excess with no Biblical authority. Though repealed in 1681, it would not be until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts.
In this book Christmas Traditions in Boston, Anthony Sammarco outlines the celebration (or lack thereof) of Christmas in the first two centuries after the city was settled in 1630. By the mid 19th century a German immigrant named Charles Follen introduced the Christmas tree to Boston, and shortly thereafter Louis Prang introduced his colorful Christmas cards, the first in Boston. During the next century, Boston would see caroling and hand bell ringing on Beacon Hill, a Nativity scene and other traditional New England displays on Boston Common and in the many department stores, as well as the once popular Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas at Jordan Marsh, New England’s largest store. What could have been better than after a day seeing Santa, the seasonal displays and lights on Boston Common than to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at Bailey’s? Christmas Traditions in Boston revisits the memories of the past and brings together the shared tradition of how Bostonians celebrated the holiday season.
The Garden Club of Norfolk will be providing light refreshments for this event.
YA Book Club for Adults
See dates below, 7-8:30pm at the Eagle Brook Saloon, registration is required.
Are you an adult who still enjoys YA titles? Then this book club is for you! Join fellow YA lovers at a local restaurant every month to discuss young adult literature. Copies of each month’s book will be available at the Circulation Desk.
The library provides the books, but your drinks and food are on you!
Location: Eagle Brook Saloon, 258 Dedham St.
Wednesday, March 25th: Title TBD
Video Game Free Play Night with One Up Games
Saturday, January 4th, 7-9pm. Register here.
More details to come about what games will be available.
2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 7:30pm. No registration is required.
TED Talks are recorded presentations that last 20 minutes or less on wide variety of topics including from science and technology to culture and arts. During each TED Talk session, we will watch at least two TED talks and discuss.
Next meeting: January 8th Topic: Refugees
2nd Saturday of each month, 1-3:30pm. Open to all, no registration is required.
All skill levels are welcome for an afternoon of chess with the Game of Kings. You can bring your own board, but it is not required.
No Fail Crafts for Adults
No experience with crafts? No worries! Crafts for this program are for any skill level and all supplies are provided. Registration is required. Open to adults 18+. Please see the list below for the craft for that month, time, registration link (click on the date) and if there is a materials fee. If there is a materials fee due, it is payable by cash or check by the night of the program.
Family Movie Afternoons
Sunday, 1-3pm. No registration is required. Open to all ages.
January 12th: Angry Birds 2
February 16th: Abominable
March 22nd: Frozen 2
Come out of the cold and join us for a family movie afternoon. Popcorn and water will be provided. Please bring a blanket to sit on, we will be watching the movies picnic style!
Read It & Eat It: A Cookbook Club
Thursdays (see dates below), 7-8pm, registration is required.
Join NPL staff and others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some today’s more celebrated cookbook titles. Copies of the selected title(s) will be available for checkout at the circulation desk weeks prior to the discussion. After we have all had a chance to peruse and perhaps sample some of the recipes at home, we will meet in the library to share our thoughts and samplings prepared from the selected title(s). Although, bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Registration is required.
Can’t attend in person? Check out the Read It and Eat It Facebook group available through the Library’s Facebook page under groups. Interact with other foodies and see what everyone is trying out during the month.
Silent Book Club
Fridays: January 10th, January 17th, January 24th, and January 31st, 10-11:30am. No registration is required.
Join us for our Silent Book Group on Fridays in January!
We’ll take the first 30 minutes to discuss what we’ve been reading – good or bad. Then for an hour, we’ll each read our own book (any book!) silently together.
Joy of Coloring
3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30pm. No registration is required. Open to adults 18+.
Next meetings: December 18th, January 15th, February 19th, March 18th
Take an hour for yourself and color your cares away. We will have book marks and markers/colored pencils available, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies and projects as well!
Living Room Conversations
Thursdays: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, February 27th. 11-12pm
Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. (https://www.livingroomconversations.org/)
Cabin Fever Relief: A Family Event
Friday, February 7th, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Registration is required and opens January 1st.
Starting to get cabin fever this winter? Families are invited to come out and join us for a fun evening at the library this February!
Parents, drop your kids off in the Story Hour/Craft Room and then enjoy an evening of snacks, board games and trivia in the Community Room!
Kids, ages 6 and up, will be entertained by a movie, craft and pizza!
Stay tuned: additional details to follow!
Happy Anniversary, Norfolk!
Sunday, February 23rd. Time TBD
February 23 marks the 150th anniversary of the Town of Norfolk! The Historical Commission will be planning a talk at the Library.
More details to come.
Film Screening: Leap Year
Saturday, February 29th, 2-4:30pm.
Join us as we celebrate Leap Day by watching the movie Leap Year.
Description: Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. (with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode)
Adult programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library, unless otherwise noted.
Questions? Please contact Libby O’Neill, Director, at (508) 528-3380 x4 or send an email to [email protected].