Programs and Other Info for Ages 0-12

Summer Reading 2022 Info

Summer Reading 2022
June 20 – August 13

summer 2022

Summer reading officially begins June 20!

We have lots of programs to offer all summer, both
virtually and in person!
Visit the events page to see all our programs!

Log in or sign up on Beanstack to register yourself and your children for summer reading, and
start logging your reading after June 20! If you’ve signed up in past years, just update your
account to change ages/grades/add participants.

Kids 0-12 (through rising 6th graders)

Participate in Read and Bead via this Google Form to order their
brag tags.

Each child you put a request form in gets a colored folder, a brag tag, a chain, and a
paper reading log!

Pick up your folder inside the library starting June 13.

BEAD ORDERING: Once you’re registered on Beanstack, got your brag tags, and have started
reading, fill out this Google Form to order beads. Bead exchanges can be made in person at the
library as long as the library is open for browsing (i.e. exchanging four 15-minute beads for one
1-hour bead).
Bead orders should be placed no later than Mondays by noon for pickup starting Wednesdays.
Enter a bead request each week, or save up your time for bigger beads, it’s up to you! Final bead
orders accepted until August 17 for reading ending August 13.

**Kids 10-12 (rising 4-6th graders)**

You may instead choose to participate in a summer raffle. Earn a raffle ticket towards one of 3
raffles for every book you log on Beanstack.

You may only participate in Read and Bead OR the
raffle. You cannot switch once the decision has been made.

If you choose Read and Bead,
proceed to fill out the Google forms for brag tags and beads above.

Teens 12-18 (grades 7-12)

You can earn a virtual raffle ticket towards raffle prizes for every book you log on Beanstack for
one of three raffles! Check out Beanstack for more details

Adults 19+

You can earn a virtual raffle ticket towards raffle prizes for every book you log on Beanstack.
Check out Beanstack for more details.

Need help signing up? Just ask! Email Senior Youth Services Librarian Courtney at
[email protected] or give the library a call at 508-528-3380

Weekly & Monthly Programs


Bubble Party

Tuesdays, 10:30—11:00 am

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere!

Enjoy a half hour of nothing but bubbles and fun music. Bubble trays will be spread around Town Hill and in the gazebo!

In the event of inclement weather the program will not be held.


Fun in the Sun Storytime

Thursdays, 10:30—11:00 am

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Join Miss Courtney for in-person storytime fun! Get moving with songs, books, and music on Town Hill. 

Bring a blanket to sit on!

In the event of inclement weather, this program will not be held.


Music with Miss Jenn

Wednesdays, 10:30—11:45 am

Community Room

Come have fun with this great music and movement class with Miss Jenn! 


Power Kids Run Club

Wednesdays, 2:00—3:00 pm

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Power Kids Run Club is an enrichment program that uses running drills and games as a tool to teach kids character building and growth mindset – think “I CAN”! Throughout the six weeks, children will learn our empowerment principles while simultaneously improving running techniques. Aggressive goals, resilience, integrity, running posture, pacing, and energy direction are just a handful of what they will learn. They’ll have so much fun with our innovative curriculum and games that they won’t realize how much they are running. All these tools will help these kids take on the modern world.

Sign up once to attend all 6 weekly sessions. Open to grades 3-6. 

Program will be outdoors. In case of inclement weather, registrants will be notified of changes or cancelation.


Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners

2nd Saturday of the month 1:00—3:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Always wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons but didn’t know how to get started? Liam can help! He has been playing D&D for a long time with his friends and now wants to teach you in our new D&D virtual club for grades 3-8, specifically for those who have never played before or barely played at all.

We’ll use Roll20 to play, which is a free, safe site for all sorts of games! You can create an account here to play.

Register below and we’ll send you all the info you’ll need to join our first meeting!

(You must register for each monthly session separately) 


Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

2nd Wednesday of the month 6:00—7:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

In grades 4-8? Love to play D&D and need a group? Come play virtually with the library!

You should be able to understand D&D well with minimal guidance. 

If you’re looking to learn how to play, check out the beginner’s group on the 2nd Saturday of the month!

Register once to commit to 4 months (4 sessions). 

Special Programs

Click the program title to register!


Fairytale Ballet Camp with Exhale Dance Studio

June 20-24, 9:45—10:30 am

Fairytale Ballet Camp with Exhale Dance Studio

Exhale Dance Studio

Ages 3-6

Join us at Exhale Dance Studio to dance, read a fairy tale, and finish with a craft every day all week long!

Register your child once for the full week of class. 


Mr. Vinny Giant Bubble Show

Tuesday, June 21, 5:00—5:45 pm

Mr. Vinny Giant Bubble Show

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Using giant homemade bubble wands, a sound system full of music, and a lot of funny family entertainment experience, Mr. Vinny get kids and adults involved in bubble chasing games. The program is all about big beautiful bubbles, running-around, and . . . having FUN!

Truly best for all ages.


Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends

Tuesday, July 12, 5:00—5:45 PM

Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Interactive, energetic, and hilarious fun for all ages!

Co-sponsored by the Norfolk Recreation Department


Playful Engineers

Friday, July 15, 10:00 am —12:00 pm

Community Room

Playful Engineers

Norfolk Public Library presents an in-person public, multi-generational, hands-on event with Jay Mankita. Kids and families design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “Machines,” complicated chain reactions accomplishing simple tasks. 

Participants learn through demonstration, and through selfdirected play, to make kinetic parts, exploring force and motion, scale, and cause and effect. Jay brings his ‘Traveling Maker Space, including Tinker Toys, K’Nex, Hot Wheels tracks, ping pong balls, wooden blocks, toy cars, and action figures, plus rubber bands, string, tape, paper clips, and literally thousands of dominoes. Lots of trial & error-focused activities with multiple opportunities for participants to learn from their mistakes, and to share their delight, as well as their frustration. We will hear groans and cheers, as the machines run their course! 

All ages Kindergarten through Adults welcome! 

Parents should be aware there are many small bits used at this program and might not be best for babies or toddlers.


Insect Safari

Saturday, July 16, 10:30 am —12:00 pm

Stony Brook Wildlife Preserve

Insect Safari

Ages 5 and up

Let’s catch some bugs! 

Mr. Bugman will teach us all the best ways bugs help the world around us. We’ll catch, examine and investigate the bugs and small critters that live in the world with us.

Inspiring young scientists from our own back yard!

Guardians must be in attendance with child through the whole program.


Mario Kart 8 Tournament with OneUp Games

Tuesday, July 19, 3:00—6:00 pm

Mario Kart 8 Tournament with OneUp Games

Community Room

Register for an in-person Mario Kart tournament!

Top 3 winners will receive a prize!

Ages 8 and up


Stories and Songs for Everyone with Davis Bates

Tuesday, July 26, 2:00—2:45 pm

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Stories and Songs for Everyone with Davis Bates

Davis’ traditional and participatory style of telling empowers and encourages audiences of all ages to join in the fun, and to take the stories home with them to share with others.

Davis Bates’ performances are a mixture of family, Native American, international and regional songs and stories. They speak of empowerment, history, spirit and the environment.

All ages welcome


Flying High Dogs

Saturday, July 30, 11:00—11:45 am

Flying High Dogs

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Mike Piazza and his 4 flying Frisbee dogs.  Fun for all ages!


Toe Jam Puppet Band

Tuesday, August 2, 5:00—5:45 pm

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Toe Jam Puppet Band

We’re teaming up with Norfolk Recreation to bring you the Toe Jam Puppet Band, a great family concert with puppets, jokes, and great music!


Garden Exploration

Saturday, August 6, 10:30—11:15 am

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Garden Exploration

Join Susan McCarthy of the Norfolk Garden Club in exploring the town’s beautiful gardens!

Play games that show you how flowers help animals, and how animals help flowers. Then go on a self-guided scavenger hunt with your family, visiting the Garden Club of Norfolk’s Civic Gardens that are located on and around Town Hill.

Geared towards families with children ages 3-6


Jungle Jim’s Tails and Tales Balloon Magic Show

Tuesday, August 9, 5:00—5:45 pm

Town Hill (weather permitting)

Jungle Jim's Tails and Tales Balloon Magic Show

Fun family show!

Jungle Jim’s balloon magic show combined with comedy and improv makes this one wild show you won’t want to miss!


Smash Bros Tournament with OneUp Games

Saturday, August 13,1:00—4:00 pm

Community Room

Close out summer reading with a bang! Register for an in-person Smash Bros tournament!

Top 3 winners will receive a prize!

Ages 8 and up

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

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

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