The Liberty Lane entrance to the library parking lot will be closed for crosswalk repair on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th. The library will remain open during this time. Patrons may enter the library parking lot via the exit on Independence Way. We ask that caution be exercised when using this exit for entering the library parking lot for it requires a very sharp turn. Patrons may also park along Liberty Lane. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Programs for Grades K-6

Regular Programs

 

*Programs begin the week of September 9th*

 

Building Blocks Lego Club

Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:15. No registration required. 

Children age 5 and up. 

Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. We have all the pieces you could need! All children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Paws to Read (Registration required)

Second Thursday of every month, 4:30-5:30. 

Grades 2-6

Children in grades 2-6 are invited to come and meet special therapy dogs once a month to practice their reading with a furry friend. Each child is given a specific 15-minute time slot for a “one on one” with their reading dog. Children must be able to read by themselves. This program is not for tutoring or becoming comfortable with dogs, rather, it is a chance for children to become more confident readers. Caregivers may remain in the building but are asked to remain outside the reading area. Sponsored by Therapy Dogs International. *Registration will open online one month prior to the event. You will be notified of your time slot via email.

 

Tween Book Club

First Wednesday of the month, beginning October 3rd, 4:00-5:00.

Grades 4 and 5

Join us with a new book each month. We will discuss the book, eat snacks, and do an activity. 

 

Junior Advisory Board

First Wednesday of the Month, beginning October 3rd, 5:15 – 6:15.

Grades 4-6.

Join the newly revamped group just for grades 4-6! Brainstorm program ideas, give book recommendations, and much more! This is your library, help us make it what you want. Snacks will be provided. 

 

Art Adventures (Registration required)

Fourth Monday of every month beginning in October

3:45-4:45, Grades K-4. Registration link to come. 

Join us for Art Adventures, an interactive visual arts program that focuses on a particular artist or style of art.  Children will learn about the artist or style and then have the opportunity to create a piece based on what they learned. Children do not need to have any special artistic ability, just a desire to learn and create! Sponsored by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Programs

 

 

 

Half Day Hangouts

Grades 3-6, 1:00 – 2:00.

Every half day, except for November 21st.

Need something to do on days school has a half day? Come by the library! Maybe it’s a craft, maybe it’s an experiment, maybe it’s something totally whacky!

Please note: October 24th will be a special Half Day Hangout with our Touch a Truck program.

Haunted House Contest

Submit your entries October 1st – 15th.

Voting will take place October 17th – 24th.

Winners will be announced Friday, October 26th by 5pm.

Anyone age 3-18 may enter our Second Annual Haunted House Contest. You may make your house out of anything that is NOT edible.  Houses must fit on an 8 1/2 x 11  inch piece of cardstock and may not be more than 12 inches high. Visit the reference desk to pick up an entry form and complete list of rules starting September 14th.

Franken-toys

Thursday, October 18, 4:00 – 5:00.

Grades 4-6

Make a creature like no one’s ever seen before! Take apart old toys and put them back together to make a whole new creature. 

 

Creative Dance with Millis Dance Theatre

6 Week session, dates TBA. 

Children will learn the fundamentals of dance including beginner dance steps set to spirited music. The class offered by Millis Dance Theatre will focus on creative expression through open-ended movement, such as dancing with ribbons, scarves, hula-hoops etc. This lively class is offered to children who have danced before as well as those with no prior experience and will increase flexibility, coordination and musicality. Children leave this class feeling happy and accomplished!

Boys and girls ages 2 – 4. Registration required, registration link to come.

Caregivers do not need to stay in the room, but MUST stay in the building.

Attire: comfortable clothes (leotard and ballet slippers optional)

*Preference will be given to new students. If the class is full please still add yourself to the wait list as this will help with planning future classes.

Touch a Truck, Fill a Truck

Wednesday, October 24th, 1-3pm. All ages. 

Touch a Truck: Get a close up look at cards and trucks from around the community and the people who operate them!

Fill a Truck: Please bring with you a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Norfolk Food Pantry. 

 

NaNoWriMo @ NPL

Mondays All through November, 4:00-5:00.

Grades 4 and up, no registration required. 

Have you ever wanted to write your own book (fan-fiction or graphic novel)? Now’s your chance! November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a world-wide challenge to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Come to the program to help you get started, keep up with your goals, and finish that book!

Toto the Tornado Kitten

Monday, November 5th, 2:00 – 2:45pm. All ages are welcome. 

We are excited to welcome Toto back to the library! Toto was just a small kitten when he survived and was rescued by Jonathan from a tornado that hit Western MA in 2011. Jonathan and Toto will be here for a reading of Toto’s book and a meet and greet. Copies of Toto’s books will be available for sale (and signing by Toto!) after the presentation. 

 

Youth programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library

Questions? Please call Marissa Antosh, Senior Youth Services Librarian, at (508) 528-3380 x5 or send an email to [email protected].

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