Programs for Adults

Monthly Programs

Chess Playing with Game of Kings

2nd Saturday of the month, 1:30 – 3:30. Open to all ages, no registration required. 

The Game of Kings is coming to the Norfolk Library, all ages and abilities are welcome to join in and play a game of chess! You may bring your own chess board, but it is not required.

 

Joy of Coloring

Wednesday: January 30th, February 27th, and March 27th

7-8pm, no registration required. 

Take an hour for yourself and color your cares away. We will have some coloring pages and markers/colored
pencils available, but you are encouraged to bring your own.

 

TED Talks at NPL

2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm, no registration required. 

TED Talks are recorded presentation that last 20 minutes or less on a wide variety of topics. During each TED Talk program we will watch at least two TED talks and have a discussion.

February 13 Topic: Opioid Crisis

 

Film Series: Book to Film Through Hoopla

Tuesdays, 11-1pm, beginning January 15th, no registration required. 

Join us for our “Book to Film” movie series. Reading the book beforehand is not required.All movies will be shown through our e-resource Hoopla which is sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library.

Feb. 5: Boy in Striped Pajamas

Feb. 12: Flowers for Algernon

 

Knit & Crochet Group

 February 14th, February 28th

10:00—11:30am, Schoolhouse. No registration required.

Bring your yarn & knitting needles for our informal knitting group where you can work on projects, socialize, & share advice. Please note that this is not a knitting class. No instruction will be provided.

 

Coffee with the Director

February 5th, February 19th 

10:00 – 11:00am in the Schoolhouse

Drop in to meet with library director Libby O’Neill. Ask questions, share feedback about the library, and learn more about library happenings. All are welcome!

 

Special Programs

Stress Reducing Meditation Workshop

Saturday, February 9th, 11-12:30pm, registration is required. Register here

Join educator and yoga instructor Shari Engelbourg, and author and clinical psychologist Beth Kurland, in this workshop that is sure to leave you feeling more peaceful within. Through meditation, gentle yoga and movement, guided imagery and reflection you will not only feel renewed but will learn ways to carry this feeling with you through the winter season and beyond.

 

Cactus and Succulent Potting Workshop

Saturday, February 23rd, 11-12:30, registration is required. Register here.

A presentation and workshop about the planting and care of cactus and succulent plants by members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts. At the end of class, each participant will get to bring home their completed tabletop garden, as well as printed instructions about home care for their plants.

 

Author Talk: Richard T. Rook

Monday, February 25th, 7-8pm, no registration required. 

Richard T. Rook, Wrentham author & genealogist, discusses his first novel, Tiernan’s Wake. Will the family history of Boston lawyer, Michael Tiernan lead to the missing treasure of an Irish pirate? Or is historian Aedan Burns have a different end game?

 

Feasting with Your Instant Pot: A Cooking Demo by Liz Barbour

Thursday, February 28th, 7-8:30pm, registration is required. Register here

Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking class that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time saving kitchen tool. Liz will demonstrate 2 recipes that you can re-create at home. Following her demonstration Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy.

 

Discussion Groups

Titles are available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome to any group. Registration is not required, unless noted.

Page Turners

1st Tuesday* of the Month at 1pm
This lively discussion group typically meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

Upcoming Books & Meetings (Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except when noted by *)

February 5, 2019

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Available on: Hoopla AudioOverdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

March 5, 2019

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – Available on: Overdrive E-book

April 2, 2019

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction) – Available on: Overdrive E-book

May 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea and Summer Reading Book Swap

June 4, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – Available on: Overdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

Novel Conversations

1st Tuesday* of the Month at 7pm
Our new, evening discussion group is geared toward those who work during the day and are unable to attend a daytime book club. Typically, the group meets for a casual hour-long discussion on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of nonfiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. All are welcome, anytime. No registration is required. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

Upcoming Books & Meetings (Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except when noted by *)

February 5, 2019

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles – Available on: Overdrive E-book

March 5, 2019

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Available on: Hoopla AudioOverdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

April 2, 2019

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – Available on: Overdrive E-book

May 7, 2019

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction) – Available on: Overdrive E-book

June 4, 2019

Coffee & Dessert and Summer Reading Book Swap

September 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – Available on: Overdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

Insatiable Readers

2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Spend an enjoyable evening at the Norfolk Public Library with people who share similar interests and are passionate about reading. Formerly the History Book Discussion Group, this participant-run adult discussion group focuses on non-fiction selections, with some historical fiction titles thrown in, that are of both historical and contemporary interest. New members are always welcome to attend. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.

This group typically meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. This group runs September through June.

For more information contact: Jane Hoffman, [email protected]

February 14, 2019

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade

Great Decisions

3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to bring millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about compelling issues of the day. Prepare for the discussion by viewing a short video, reading a few brief articles, then discussing and debating timely national and international issues.

For more information contact: Ralphael Maliakal        [email protected]

The new 2019 Great Decisions book is available at the circulation desk.

Read It and Eat It

Every 6 weeks at 7pm. Registration is required. Please check the calendar for specific dates. 
Join others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some of today’s more celebrated cookbook titles. Although bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Check the event calendar for specific dates. Titles will be available at the circulation desk weeks ahead of the meeting. For more information contact Sarah Ward, [email protected]

March 7, 2019: Thomas Keller

Word of Mouth

2nd Tuesday* of the month at 2pm
Have you read any good books lately? Stop by and share with this informal gathering. Listen to the picks and pans of this avid group of readers. At the end of the season, we’ll vote for our favorite books!

Taste of Poetry

2nd Tuesday* of the month at 11:30am 
Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at a few poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them.

*Unless otherwise noted

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].

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