Programs and Book Groups

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Book Groups

All Booked Up

Location: This group will meet in person at the Council on Aging (28 Medway Branch)

3rd Tuesday of the month (year round)

All meetings are at 2pm and meeting in person at the Council on Aging. Open to all adults 18+. Registration is not required. For more information contact Sarah, [email protected]

January 17th: Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams

February 21st: Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

March 21st: Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

April 18th: Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

May 16th: Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

June 20th: Remarkable Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt


Page Turners Book Club

Location: This group will meet in person in the Schoolhouse

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1pm 
The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction 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 Kate, [email protected]

January 10: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (Due to the library being closed for repairs the January 10th meeting will be held at the Council on Aging at 28 Medway Branch)

February 7: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Due to the library being closed for repairs the February 7th meeting will be held at the Council on Aging at 28 Medway Branch)

March 7: The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

April 4: The Last Mrs. Parish by Liv Constantine

May 2: From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

June 6: The Maid by Nita Prose


Read It and Eat It

Location: This group will meet in person in the Community Room

Each meeting we will be discussing a different chef or cuisine. Copies of the books we will be discussing will be available at the circulation desk. Join other local foodies to talk about what you made, what you liked or did not like, get recipes, and more! Registration for each individual meeting is required, click on the date to be brought to the registration form. All meetings are planned to be in person, but that will be re-evaluated each month and could change. For more information contact Sarah, [email protected]

January 26: Make a Recipe with Your Favorite Appliance

March 9th: Indian

April 20th: Mexican

June 1st: Annual Throwdown (participants must register directly through Sarah and have attended 4 of the 6 regular meetings held this year)


*New* No Pressure Book Group

Have you been meaning to read more? Now is your chance! This is a no pressure book group as there is not an assigned book.  Come and discuss what you are currently reading or something that you’ve read that you can’t get out of your head.  We will listen to one another and leave with recommendations for future must read books.


March 15 – 7:00-8:00 – Community Room 

April 11 – 7:00-8:00 – Community Room 

May 17 – 7:00-8:00 – Community Room 

Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Fall/Winter Programs

All in person programming is on hold while the library is closed for repairs. Virtual programs will continue as scheduled.

Watercolor Meet Ups

Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Community Room, no registration required.

Do you enjoy painting with watercolors?

This group is for adult watercolor painters, all levels welcome, to gather together while painting your own projects.

Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a relaxed painting session where we can share techniques, ideas, tips and projects. Bring with you your supplies and what you’re currently working on. Please note that there will be no instruction given. 


Fridays, 11:00am, NPL Magazine Room, no registration required.

Do you love to knit or crochet? If so, bring your yarn and knitting needles for our informal knitting group where you can work on projects, socialize and share advice.  Please note that this is not a knitting class.  No instruction will be provided, although participants are usually willing to help each other if issues occur. 


No Fail Crafts for Adults

Click on the session date to register. No Fail Crafts will be held in person in the Community Room.

Enjoy an evening or afternoon of crafting with all materials provided. Great for all skill levels. Open to adults 18+. Registration is required.

2/16, 7:00-8:00pm: Magazine bead necklace

3/16, 7:00-8:30pm: Suncatcher

4/13, 7:00-8:00pm: Spring Sign

5/18, 7:00-8:00pm: Bottle cap flowers

6/27, 7:00-8:00pm: Sea glass votives

I’ve Been Meaning to….

We all have things we have been meaning to do, the list is long and not every task is guaranteed to be fun. This series will help you to check a task off your list or give you more information on how to move forward.

These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library.

Declutter and Organize Your Closet, 1/19, 6:00-7:00pm – Virtual – register here

Have you been meaning to declutter and organize your closet? 

Join Susan McCarthy from A Less Cluttered Life for a virtual presentation on how to declutter and organize your closet. Learn four different techniques for decluttering your closet that accommodate different schedules as well as levels of energy. Discover what you can let go of to make an immediate difference to your closet. She’ll also discuss shopping techniques that will save you from buying clothing destined to clutter your closet. You are invited to start decluttering your closet during the presentation using Susan’s Minimal Mess Method.

Estate Planning, 2/28, 6:00-7:00pm – Community Room – register here

Have you been meaning to Learn About Estate Planning? 

Join Amanda Mulhall from The Law office of Mulhall Withrow for an informational seminar on Estate Planning.

Starting an Herb Garden, 3/21, 7:00-8:00pm – Community Room – register here

Have you been meaning to start an herb garden?  Liz Davey will hold a presentation on how to start your own herb garden.  Liz Davey has been growing her own herbs here in Norfolk for about 50 years! She’s been the chair of the Garden Club of Norfolk Town Hill Herb Garden for a number of years and has done programs about herbs and cooking with herbs for GCN.  


What’s Wrong With My Houseplant?

2/8, 7:00-8:00pm – Virtual – register here

Join The Garden Club of Norfolk as Bonnie Power leads a virtual discussion on houseplants. As with our outdoor gardens, many things can go wrong when you grow plants indoors. Learn the factors that make for happy houseplants, including light, water, and soil…and how to provide them. Common houseplant pests and diseases are also on the agenda, as well as how to treat them.

This is a co-sponsored event with the Garden Club of Norfolk and the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library.


Chocolate Talk 101 and Tasting

2/9, 7:00-8:00pm – Select Board Room at Town Hall- register here

Eating chocolate releases endorphins that make you happy, and some chocolate can actually be good for you! Come try an array of gourmet chocolate to stimulate your pallet. Squares of milk, dark, and LOW sugar chocolate will be offered for sampling. Also learn about the ingredients, processing and where cocoa pods are grown, all from Therapy Gardens resident chocolate expert.

Great for all you chocoholics out there!


The Eight Flavors of Cocktail History

3/13, 7:00-8:00pm – Virtual – register here

Inspired by her popular book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, culinary historian Sarah Lohman uses eight different ingredients as a path to explore the history of American cocktail history, from the 18th century to the present day. This talk will explore the histories of juniper, citrus, bitters, nutmeg, ice, grenadine, cola, and flavored vodka; with brief digressions into tea and straws. She’ll focus on some of the most popular drinks of each era, who would be drinking them, and where — from the hotel bars of the 1890s to the foam parties of the 1990s. Join us for an overview of one of America’s greatest inventions, the cocktail!

This program will be offered virtually to watch from home, or if you would rather watch with a group we will also have the option of watching in the Community Room together. Please indicate which option you would prefer when you register. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library.


Soup-Love in a Bowl

4/5, 7:00-8:00pm – Virtual – register here

Liz Barbour shares cooking wisdom and easy recipes that will add to your healthy eating plan. A warm bowl of soup is like a comforting hug. Its even better when you know how to make it yourself. During this class Liz will demonstrate two seasonal soup recipes you can have on the dinner table in minutes. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Adult programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library, unless otherwise noted. 

Questions? Please contact Sarah, Director, at (508) 528-3380 x3 or send an email to [email protected].

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