Programs for Adults
Monthly and Weekly Programs
Lego Club for Adults
3rd Thursday of the month, 7-8pm. No registration will be required for the first session, but will be required beginning in April.
April 16th – register here.
May 21st – register here.
June 18th – register here.
Who says LEGOs are just for kids? Join us for our Adult LEGO Club where you can build what you want or take part in some of the challenges we’ll offer each session!
Tuesday March 19th, March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th. 11-12pm, registration required, click on the date to register.
Tech Tuesday Workshops are a time where we will focus on a different skill or service. Everyone is welcome to drop in, no registration is required.
4/2: How to access ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive
4/9: How to use Hoopla
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: April 17th,May 15th, June 26th, July 24th
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.
April 10th: Bullying
Knit & Crochet Group
April 11th, April 25th
1:00 – 2:30pm, 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.
Mommy Mechanics: How to Protect Yourself While Caring for Your Baby
Thursday, April 4th, 10:30 – 11:30am, no registration required.
Personal Best Physical Therapy will present helpful tips for protecting your body while lifting, feeding and performing general mom tasks. We will also give a brief introduction to Women’s Health Physical Therapy and how it could help you.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
YA Book Club for Adults
Registration required. Click on the date above to register.
Are you an adult who still enjoys the drama and angst of teenage life? Then this book club is for you! Join fellow YA lovers at a local restaurant on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss young adult literature. While the library can provide the books, your drinks and food are on you!
April 3: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
May 1: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
June 5: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Mondays: April 8th, April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th. 3-5pm, no registration required.
Join us for a Monday Matinee!
4/22: Welcome to Marwen
4/29: Hearts Beat Loud
5/6: Crazy Rich Asians
5/13: Mission Impossible Fallout
Essential Oils Workshop with Chris Ventura
Tuesday, April 30th, 7-8:30pm, registration is required, open to adults 18+. Register here.
Ms. Ventura will lead an educational workshop on the health benefits of using essential oils in our every day lives. Participants will then put together a Rest and Sleep make and take roller bottle.
The information in this workshop is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. All content discussed will be for general information purposes only.
*Please note: There will be a materials cost of $5 per participant for the make and take roller bottle. Please pay by cash or check on or before April 23, 2019.*
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Painting with Frances
Wednesday, May 1st, 1-3:30pm. Registration required, open to adults 18+. Register here.
The Norfolk Public Library is participating in ArtWeek this year (http://www.artweekma.org/) by hosting local artist, Frances Feloni. Ms. Feloni will provide step-by-step instructions on how to do reverse painting on glass. For artists of all skill levels.
The Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis with Mike Tougias
Tuesday, May 7th, 7-8pm, no registration required.
In this multimedia presentation based on his newly published co-authored book, Above and Beyond: JFK and America’s Most
Dangerous Spy Mission, New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias first chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and then outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots who flew unarmed over Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on the island. These pilots helped President Kennedy achieve a difficult objective: have the nuclear missiles removed from Cuba without triggering Armageddon. JFK secretly audio recorded every meeting conducted during the Cuban Missile Crisis. These transcripts, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, form the basis of this fascinating analysis into JFK’s successful decision making.
“Tougias gives an edge-of-your-seat presentation on JFK and The Cuban Missile
Crisis that will surprise audiences.” – Director of Programming, Old Sturbridge Village
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Monday, May 13th, 7-8pm, no registration required.
Michael Lucarello will be discussing the North American Model of Conservation including its core principles, history, current status and future. The presentation will take a dive into topics around wildlife management, endangered species, conservation funding, challenges, victories, living with wildlife and what we as individuals can do to help conserve our natural resources for future generations. After the presentation there will be time for a respectful discourse for questions, clarifications and further considerations.
Blood Drive and Passport Event
Monday, May 20th, 2-7pm.
Join us in the community room for a blood drive and walk in passport event! During this event no appointments are necessary for passports. Have a question about what you need to bring? Please call the circulation desk and they will connect you with a passport agent, 508-528-3380.
Schedule your blood donation appointment here: redcrossblood.org
Planning for Medicare
Thursday, May 23rd, 6-7pm, no registration required.
This presentation and discussion will be led by a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts representative, and is geared towards individuals approaching Medicare Eligibility. Topics that will be covered include: health insurance information outside of employer sponsored coverage, such as an explanation of Medicare, the Medicare enrollment timeline, Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans and programs available to early retirees, and COBRA.
Presented in partnership with the Council on Aging.
Craft Supply Swap
Saturday, June 8th, 10-12pm., no registration required.
Calling all crafters! Do you have a surplus of supplies? Bring them in to our first annual Craft Swap and go home with some new materials to help spark some inspiration! There is no registration required for this program, but it will only be open to patrons who also bring supplies for the swap.
10-10:30: Come in to arrange your supplies
10:30 – 11:45: Time so swap!
11:45 – 12: Clean up and reclaim any supplies of yours that you would like back
– Any small supplies must be brought in a container or zip lock bag
– Items should be good, clean, and usable
– When choosing new supplies from the donated items, please take about as much as you brought to donate
– Bring your own bag or box
– Any items left at the end of the program will be considered a donation to the library
Titles are available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome to any group. Registration is not required, unless noted.
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 *)
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
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]
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
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]
April 11, 2019: 438 Days, by Jonathan Franklin
May 9, 2019: The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History, by Peter Maas
June 13, 2019: The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck
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]
April 25, 2019: Mediterranean – Register here
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 (*Unless otherwise noted)
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.
April 9, 2019: Pablo Neruda
May 14, 2019: Maya Angelou
June 11, 2019: Li-Young Lee
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].