The Norfolk Public Library will be closed starting Monday March 16th until further notice

Electronic Resources 

Electronic Resources

From the Library

Hoopla – All patrons have 10 checkouts per month. Hoopla currently also has a collection called “Bonus Borrows”. These items do not count towards your 10 checkouts.
Libby (Downloadable through the Apple, Google Play, or Microsoft Stores)
Ancestry.com – New! You can now access from home. You must access the site through our database web page, https://norfolkpl.org/resources/databases/. Scroll down to Culture and click on ancestry.com. 
 
To see the full suite of online resources available through the library check out our Online Database page
 
 

Video Conferencing Options

Zoom

This is a great video introduction to help you sign up and use Zoom, a great resource for video and voice conferencing. Use it to keep in touch with family and friends and have some fun! You are able to change the backgrounds, share your screen, and have a virtual dance party! There is a free version, with the option to sign up for a paid upgrade depending on your needs. 

Google Meet

Here is a video introduction to Google Meet. A great resource for video conferencing if you have a larger group.  

Need a tutorial on another resource?

Check out our library of free videos provided by Niche Academy. Learn about Facebook, Hoopla, Overdrive, and more!

Niche Academy Online Tutorials 

 

Additional Resources and Ideas

Medical Card – This great resource was created by the Mass Commission for the Deaf to assist in communication when personal protective equipment (PPE) or other factors may be hindering communication in a medical setting. Find information, and the communication card attachment, here on their website

17 Virtual Museums and Concerts

10 Virtual Tours of the World’s Most Famous Landmarks

Can’t find a puzzle anywhere? There are apps for that! 

What better time to learn a new language? Check out the app Duolingo or something similar. 

100 Movies to Watch Based on Your Needs (Escape? Family bonding? A good laugh? This has you covered.)

Now is the perfect time to record a video with them that can be saved for years to come. Don’t quite remember the story about how your uncle fell through the roof? Want to have a keepsake of a loved one reading a bedtime story? Get everyone together and create some memories. 

The problem with digital images? Most likely they never get printed. Take the time to organize and order some albums. They make a nice surprise for anyone in isolation and you can also get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Cooking more at home now? Join our Read It and Eat It Facebook group. Show off what you are making, ask questions, and get ideas from other food enthusiasts. Go to our FB page (@NorfolkPL) and under groups, send a request to join. 

Spring Programs

NPL/COA Book Group

Open to all adults 18+.

*Digital meeting information: Friday, April 3rd at 2pm

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

April 21st: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (nonfiction)

May 19th: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 

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. 

*Digital meeting information to come* We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Wednesday, April 29th:With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Wednesday, May 27th:Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Wednesday, June 24th:The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

 

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.  

April 28, 6 – 8pm: Book Page Rosette Wreath (There is a $5 materials fee for this session)

May 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm: Herb Pots

June 23, 6 – 8pm: Flip Flop Welcome Sign (There is a $5 materials fee for this session)

 

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.

October 24: Asian Dishes

December 5: Brunch Dishes

January 16: Martha Stewart

February 27: Joanne Chang

*Digital meeting information to come*  Indian

June 4: Throwdown Event (To register you must have attended at least four of the previous regular meetings)

 

Self Care Workshop Series

Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm. Register for each specific program by clicking on the date.

Professional Life Coach Bethany Amatucci will lead a three-week Self Care Series to help you on the journey to living your best life!

April 16: Learning to relax: An Introduction to meditation and deep breathing techniques-

In our busy world, it can feel almost impossible to find time to be still and relax. On this night we will introduce some basic guided meditation as well as mindful breathing techniques to help you find your calm even in the midst of chaos. Everything taught tonight will be simple and effective! It’s not necessary to being any materials, everything can be done sitting in the comfort of a chair.

April 23: Mindfulness and being intentional-

In a world full of juggling responsibilities and being exhausted, it can be difficult to slow down and enjoy the present moment. This week’s focus will be on mindfulness and how being intentional can improve our eating habits, our relationships, our work ethic, and our overall happiness.

April 30: Vision board making-

This week we will talk about the power of positive thinking and how it relates to your goals and future. We will create vision boards to help you dream up your ideal year and give you an image to keep you motivated daily. Positive actions start with positive thoughts! All vision board materials will be provided.

 

 

Henna Art with Mandy

Tuesday, April 21st, 5:00 – 7:00pm. 

First come, first serve. Limit of 75 attendees per artist request. No registration is required. 

Stop by and get a beautiful work of art on your hand or arm with experienced artist Mandy. Enjoy snacks and a movie while you wait!

Henna is safe for all skin types and will last a couple of weeks.

 

Felted Wool Beads 101

Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:30 – 7:30pm. This program is for adults 18+. Register here.

Learn how to make felted wool beads! Felting wool is easy and relaxing. Pop up Art School will teach you how to make a bead that looks like the planet Earth and two solid color beads. Intersperse them with colorful wood and letter beads for a unique handmade necklace.

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

 

 

Technology Tutorials

Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm, Register by clicking on the specific dates you would like to attend. 

April 22: Intro to Facebook

Learn how to sign up for a Facebook account and discover all the different features available like finding friends, updating your status and sharing pictures. Participants will need a working email address prior to taking the class.

April 29: eBooks Made Easy

Learn how to access library eBooks, audio-books and video with your library card. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the Overdrive website using a library computer.

May 6: Hoopla

Learn how to access always available audio-books, comics, eBooks, movies, music and TV with your library card.

 

TED Talks

Tuesday, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, and August 4th, 4:00 – 5:00pm. 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 have a discussion.

 

 

 

Feasting with Your Air Fryer

Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Register here.

The air fryer is the newest “must have” appliance that you really should get! 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 two recipes that you can recreate at home. Following her demonstration Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy.

Registration is required.

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

 

 

Clear Your Head and Clear Your Clutter

Tuesday, May 19th, 6:30 – 7:30pm. No registration is required.

If decluttering was just about tossing things into trash bags, chances are that your home would be clutter-free. Instead, your thoughts and feelings get tangled up in your stuff, making it hard to let go of items that no longer serve you. Join us as local resident and professional organizer Susan McCarthy discusses some of the most common reasons we hold onto stuff and how to work around these thoughts to succeed in decluttering!

Ms. McCarthy has been a teacher, mostly in non-conventional settings, for over 25 years. She is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. Through NAPO University, she received Specialist Certificates in Life Transitions, Workplace Productivity, and Residential Organizing.

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

 

Mr. Maichack Art Workshop

Wednesday, May 27th, 6:00 – 8:00pm. Register here.Registration opens April 1st at 9am.

Pastel paint your Georgia O’Keeffe Miracle Flowers. A great class for any skill level! All materials will be provided.

Open to adults 18+. Registration is required.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the NPL Gift Fund.

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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