Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Entries submitted October 15–21
Voting period October 23–28
Anyone age 3-18 may enter our annual contest to show your pumpkin decorating skills and win cool prizes! Pumpkins may be painted, dressed up, or otherwise decorated, but please do not carve them. Any carved pumpkins will not be accepted. Visit the reference desk to pick up an entry form and complete list of rules starting October 1.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training
Thursday, October 22
Beginning at 4:00
Ages 4-94 (children under 8 must have caregiver present)
Join us for an interactive program that prepares participants to become wizards themselves! Jungle Jim of Boston, AKA Professor Jungle-Flick, teaches children how perform their own magic, play some Quidditch and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts! Over a dozen volunteers participate in this performance, and the whole show is a lot of fun and will leave you spellbound. Any and all costumes are encouraged! Bring your camera!
Robots on the Run! (Registration required)
Thursday, November 19
Ages 10 and up
Learn about basic circuits and how to build a simple robot! Students will learn programmable electronics, instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds, and a lot more! Students will also learn about interactive software called Arduino and will be able to create their own sample robot. If you are a gadget geek, science nerd, budding engineer, or just love electronics, come build a robot with us! Bring your broken electronics and we’ll take them apart with you to learn about circuits. Age and skill level is 10 and up. Registration is required and space is limited to 16 students. Presented by the Rhode Island Computer Museum.
Paws to Read (Registration required)
Second Thursday of every month (Oct. 8)
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 two weeks prior to the program date. You will be notified of your time slot by email. October registration opens on Sept. 24, November registration opens Oct. 29
Art Adventures (Registration required)
Fourth Monday of each month (Oct. 26)
Join us for Art Adventures, an interactive visual arts program that focuses on a particular artist or style of art. The 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.
Kids' Crafternoon (Registration required)
Third Thursday of every month (Sept. 17)
Get creative at the library! Each session we’ll make a different craft to take home. September’s project is pottery! Using air-dry clay, students will be able to create just about anything they like! This program will be messy so please dress accordingly. Please note this is now a registration program so we can obtain the right number of supplies. No meeting October 15. In lieu of meeting in November, come to Robots on the Run instead!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.