Programs and Other Info for Ages 0-12

Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading 2021

June 21 – August 14

Summer reading officially begins June 21! We have lots of programs to offer all summer, both virtually and in person! All in-person programs will be carefully socially distanced for everyone’s comfort and take place largely outdoors (weather pending).

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 21! 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 14.

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 23 for reading ending August 14.

**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


Click the program name to register!


Exhale Dance Princess Ballet

June 21-25, 9:45-10:30am, Ages 3-5

Anyone can be a princess! Join Miss Jen from Exhale dance studio for a week of dancing and stories.

Register ONCE for the entire week. You can join Miss Jen for in-person socially distanced class OR virtually, but this decision cannot be changed.

Miss Jen can have 14 dancers in person. Please indicate via the question in registration which method you would prefer, virtual or in-person. First come first serve. 


Virtual 2D Animation Workshop

June 28, Grades 3 and up

Participants will use free open source animation software and will learn to create several different animations in the traditional style of animation. This will be a pre-recorded program so that students may play and pause at their leisure in order to animate at their own pace.

Access to the video will be available until July 4th.



Jungle Jim’s Tails and Tales Balloon Magic Show

July 13, 2:00-3:00pm, Ages 3-10

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

This is a live virtual performance. A recorded performance will become available for those unable to attend this live event.


Henry the Juggler

July 15, 4:30-5:30pm, All ages

In-person juggling fun on Town Hill! More details TBD.


Kids Ukulele with Julie Stepanek

July 21, 4:00-5:00pm, Ages 8-12

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You’ll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you’ll be able to play songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own tuned ukulele or borrow one of hers. All instruments are sanitized and social distancing is followed.

Outdoors if weather permits.


Mr. Vinny Giant Bubble Show

August 3, 4:00-5:00pm, All ages

Join Mr. Vinny on Town Hill for some of the biggest, craziest bubbles you’ve ever seen!

Please register to help facilitate social distancing


Color War Summer Reading Blowout Party

August 10 (rain date August 13), 3:00-4:00pm, Grades 4 and up

Sign up for the most epic battle of the summer! Your weapon? Bean bags full of color powder!

First: capture the flag, but get tagged with a color bag. The winning team members will get first throw in our color war!

Wear a plain white T-shirt, get a pair of sunglasses for eye protection, and white masks will be provided if desired. See how colorful you end up at the end of the battle!

Color powder is made of cornstarch and food coloring and is non-toxic.


Recurring Events:


Bubble Party

Tuesdays starting June 29, 10:30-11:00am, All Ages. **No registration required**

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere!

Enjoy a half hour of nothing but bubbles and fun music. Bubble trays will be spread around Town Hill for socially-distanced fun!

First come, first serve, no more than 15 families will be admitted to ensure safety.

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


Fun in the Sun Storytime

Thursdays starting June 24, 10:30-11:00am, All Ages. Register individually by clicking the dates below:

June 24

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

August 5

August 12

Join Miss Courtney for in-person storytime fun! Shake off those quarantine cobwebs and get moving with songs, books, and music socially-distanced on Town Hill.

To ensure everyone’s comfort and safety, please register for this storytime. Walk-ups are welcome but cannot be guaranteed space to attend.

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


Oliver’s Animal Adventures!

Weekly starting June 21. All ages. Register individually by clicking the dates below: 

June 21 Or watch here:

June 28

July 6

July 12

July 19 — Final Week

This virtual puppet program mixes the silliness of puppetry with a series of live exotic animals for an educational and entertaining virtual program! 

It’s like two programs in one that is fun for the whole family!


Page Turner Adventures: See separate section below for details!

Page Turner Adventures Videos and Links

Welcome to Page Turner Adventures central! You can find all the links for Page Turner Adventures videos here. Once a video is posted, it is available all summer, so no worries if you missed a week.

Just a note: craft videos are seperate from Norfolk Public Library’s Take and Makes and STEM Kits. Page Turner Adventures crafts are made of things you can most likely find at home, materials will not be provided. If you wish to sign up to get a full craft kit with Norfolk Public Library, simply go to our calendar and register to pick one up the first Monday of each week. 

All videos can be accessed with the following login:

Username: NorfolkPL

Password: summer2021


Page Turner Adventures, the Emmy-Award Winning team of Jill Nadler and Kenny Mikey, known for bringing stories to life with their comedic approach at libraries, schools and theaters across the world, announced today plans to take the show on the… internet. They are part of the Norfolk Public Library’s Virtual Summer Reading Program geared towards children in grades K-3, that includes comedy shows, crafts, recipes, children’s book author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more.


Week One 

Use login:

Username: NorfolkPL

Password: summer2021


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Take and Make and STEM Summer Kits

Register for a kit on our event page or by clicking the kit below.

Bags will be labeled by last name and families registered with same email/phone number will be bagged together if possible.

Instructions included in kits

Kits will be available Monday-Saturdays. Please pick up your kit no later than Saturday of each week. If you are unable to make it, call the library at 508-528-3380 or email Youth Services Librarian Courtney at [email protected] and we will be happy to hold it for you. Kits left with no contact will not be available for pickup after Saturday of each week.

These programs are brought to you through an LSTA grant with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Craft Kit June 21 – 26

Preschool-2nd grade: Narwhal Paper Craft

We supply: blue, white, and beige paper with printed template

From home: scissors and glue

Grades 3-6: Pipe Cleaner Animals

We supply: pipe cleaners, eyes, nose, tacky glue enough for 2 dogs

From home:other pipe cleaner colors as desired (optional)


STEM Kit June 28 – July 3rd

Preschool-2nd grade: 4th of July Straw Rockets

We supply: small straw, large straw, rocket template, streamers

From home: markers/crayons, tape

Grades 3-6: LED Fireworks Card

We supply:LED lights, copper tape, coin batteries, cardstock

From home: markers, other decoration materials

Craft Kit July 6-10

Library closed Monday, July 5th. Kits available starting Tuesday, July 6

Preschool-2nd grade: Three Little Pig Puppets

We supply: pink paper with pig template, googly eyes, craft sticks

From home: markers/crayons and glue

Grades 3-6: Mini Owl Scratch Art Craft

We supply: sticky-back foam pieces, felt wings, wiggly eyes, scratch art circle, wood scratch tool and silver cord

From home: nothing!

STEM Kit July 12-17

Preschool-2nd Grade: Playdoh Soap

We supply: liquid soap, coconut oil, mica powder, cornstarch

From home:essential oils (optional)

Grades 3-6: Feed a Bee

We supply: small pot, yellow, white, and black paint, cosmos flower seeds

From home: potting soil, paint brush, water


Craft Kit July 19-24

Preschool-2nd grade: Sand Art Spirals

We supply: blue, white, and beige paper with printed template

From home: scissors and glue

Grades 3-6: Animal Stripes Silhouette

We supply: cardboard background, magazines, animal template, glue

From home:other magazine/paper (optional), additional glue if needed


STEM Kit July 26-30

Preschool-2nd Grade: Animal Shadows

We supply: cardboard roll, animal sticker, plastic wrap, rubber band

From home:flashlight, dark space, and a blank wall

Grades 3-6: Alka Seltzer Rockets

We supply:  film cannisters, index cards, paper, Alka Seltzer tablets 

From home:water, tape


Craft Kit August 2-7

Preschool-2nd grade: Animal Bookmark and Scratch Art Bookmark

We supply: Blank animal bookmark, scratch art bookmark, scratch art stylus

From home: markers

Grades 3-6: Paracord Keychain

We supply: 2 colors of paracord, 1 keychain loop

From home: nothing


STEM Kit August 9-14

Preschool-2nd Grade: Design a Zoo

We supply: butcher paper, chalk, animal figures, pipe cleaners

From home:assorted other decorations/animals/etc as desired

Grades 3-6: Tetris Magnets

We supply: 20 square beads, tacky glue, magnets

From home: nothing!


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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