Programs and Book Groups
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All Booked Up
Location: This group will meet in person at the library in the lounge (we will move back to the COA when they reopen)
3rd Tuesday of the month (year round), 2pm
All meetings are at 2pm and meeting in person at the library in the lounge. Open to all adults 18+. Registration is not required. For more information contact Sarah,
June 20th: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt
July 18th: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
August 15th: Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
September 19th: Title TBD
October 17th: Title TBD
November 21st: Title TBD
December 18th: Title TBD
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]
June 6: The Maid by Nita Prose
Read It and Eat It
Location: This group will meet in person in the Community Room
*This group will resume in the fall, thanks for a great year!
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]
Slightly Literary Book Subscription Box
Pick up the second week of each month beginning on Tuesday
A fun, themed book box for adults! Each box will have a themed book(s) and some goodies. You get to keep the goodies, but the books do need to be returned.
Boxes will be available for pick up the 2nd Tuesday of each month and you will have one week to pick up. You must have a valid SAILS library card to register.
August: Road Trips and Adventure
Fridays (see dates below), 10:00-11:00am, Magazine/Reading Room
Mystified by your smart phone, tablet, or laptop? Need help using Libby or another digital library service? Bring your device with you for in person assistance.
Registration is appreciated, but not required. Click on the session date if you’d like to register.
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.
Thursdays, 10:30-12pm,NPL Magazine Room, no registration required.
Do you love to knit, crochet, embroider, or do another fiber craft? If so, bring your current WIP to our informal group where you can work on projects, socialize, and share advice.
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.
6/22, 7:00-8:30pm: Sea glass votives
Author Talk: Andrew Noone
Thursday, June 8th, 1:00-2:00pm, Community Room
A reading by Andrew Noone, author of the book, Bathsheba Spooner, A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy. Bathsheba Spooner, favorite child of prominent loyalist Brigadier General Timothy Ruggles, conspired with two British POWs and her teen American militiaman/lover to murder her patriot husband, Joshua. All four were executed in Worcester, July 2, 1778; Spooner was five months pregnant. Followed by Q&A with the author.
Sponsored by the COA
Books and Blooms
Exhibit Available for Viewing: Monday, June 12th – Friday June 16th
Come in any time the library is open during this week (Monday – Friday) to see the wonderful Books and Blooms displays put together by some members of the Garden Club of Norfolk.
There will be a reception with light refreshments on Wednesday, 6/14 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, June 21st & Tuesday, 8/15, 10:00am-12:00pm, Community Room
Do you love doing puzzles but don’t want to keep buying new ones? Bring your gently used puzzle(s) to the library to exchange for a “new to you” puzzle. Puzzles are a great rainy or lazy day activity for all ages.
Pizza Talk & Tasting 101
Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-7:30pm, Community Room
Do you love pizza? Did you know there’s a Pizza Hall of Fame? Come learn about the different types of pizza and how they are made, including Massachusetts’ own “South Shore Bar Pizza”.
We will also review pizza recipes, healthier alternatives, and pizza history, including pictures of past and current hidden gems of the pizza world.
Sample pizza available for tasting. If you like pizza, don’t miss this presentation! This is a family friendly event!
Summer Movie Series
Tuesdays, 2:30pm, 6/22-8/3
Escape the heat this summer; bring some snacks, blankets, and pillows and cool off with a movie! Open to all, no registration required. All movies are rated PG.
6/22: Encanto 7/20: Rumble
6/29: Bad Guys 7/27: Sing 2
7/6: Puss in Boots 8/3: Tad the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet
7/13: Minions Rise of Gru
80’s & 90’s Trivia
Thursday, June 27th, 7:00-8:30pm, Community Room
Remember when MTV actually played music videos? When Beanie Babies were going to make you rich? Does the phrase “Be kind rewind” bring a tear to your eye?
Gen X and Millennials, let’s put that nostalgia to the test! Get out your scrunchies, dust off your Trapper Keepers, and get ready to battle against your neighbors in an epic trivia game of the 80s and 90s!
Compete by yourself or as a team up to 5 members to win a grand prize your junior high self would freak over.
AN AUTOMATIC 200 POINTS WILL BE AWARDED TO EACH TEAM THAT DRESSES TO MATCH THE OCCASSION!
Themed snacks and drinks will be served. Did someone say Dunkaroos?!
When registering your team leader will be the “caregiver” registration, add teammates in the “child” field. We’re all just big kids anyway, right? Playing solo? No problem! Just register yourself!
Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-7:30pm, Virtual
This virtual program is for anyone seeking to enrich their knowledge in Genealogy, as well as people who are searching for family members and investigating their family histories. Eric Migdal’s presentation will break down the very complex process into the basic steps in locating family, building family trees, and analyzing DNA results.
A zoom link will be sent the day before the presentation.
Saturday, August 5, 12:30-3:30, Community Room, Lobby, Lounge, Magazine/Reading Room, Schoolhouse, Story hour/Craft room
Gather a team of up to 5 together and register to try and solve one of the world’s hardest puzzles. Each registered team will receive a copy of the book and a space to try and solve the puzzle (you only need to register one person from each team and enter the number of teammates). You will not be able to solve the puzzle completely while you are here, but you can continue at home! Snacks and refreshments will be available while you work out the puzzle.
This novel must be solved to be read, and few have been able. Put your lateral thinking skills to the test – do you have what it takes?
Six murders. One hundred pages. Millions of possible combinations… but only one is correct. Can you solve Torquemada’s murder mystery?
In 1934, the Observer’s cryptic crossword compiler, Edward Powys Mathers (aka Torquemada), released a novel that was simultaneously a murder mystery and the most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle ever written.
The pages have been printed in an entirely haphazard order, but it is possible – through logic and intelligent reading – to sort the pages into the only correct order, revealing six murder victims and their respective murderers.
Only three puzzlers have ever solved the mystery of Cain’s Jawbone: do you have what it takes to join their ranks?
Please note: This puzzle is fun, but extremely difficult and not for the faint-hearted.
New England UFOs with Travel Channel’s Ronny LeBlanc
Thursday, August 17th, 7-8pm, Community Room
Register here or call the library to register over the phone, 508-528-3380
Travel Channel’s Ronny LeBlanc of the hit reality Warner Bros Discovery Television series “Expedition Bigfoot” and “Paranormal Caught on Camera” will be at the Norfolk Public Library to do a presentation on the history of New England UFOs. Some of these famous sightings could be right in your own backyard and also seem to bring along unwelcome guest like Bigfoot another cryptid creatures.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
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].