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Special Events and Weekly Programs

Special Events

Ben Rudnick & Friends Family Concert
Tuesday, July 14   6:30pm
For families and kids of all ages
Community Room

Ben Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family music around. With countless awards to their credit, including SEVEN Parent’s Choice awards, their adventurous, high-energy blend of happy, upbeat acoustic music is guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Bending musical styles from country to bluegrass, rock to second-line New Orleans, their original songs and fun takes on familiar tunes make you sing, make you dance and make you happy. Join the fun! No registration required.
Co-sponsored by the Norfolk Public Library and the Norfolk Recreation Department.

"Hercules and Heroes" presented by Hampstead Stage Company
Wednesday, July 22   3:30pm
Grades 3-8
Community Room

Calling all Greek mythology fans! You may have met him in Rick Riordan’s books…now follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, you will discover the early stories of Greece.
        This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Meet Your Community Heroes!
Come to the library and meet some of the people who are doing heroic work in our community! They will speak about their job, answer questions, and show how their special vehicles work! Grades K and up, children under 8 must have caregiver present
Community Room

Thursday, July 23   1:00pm   Hilary Cohen, Animal Control Officer
Wednesday, August 5   2:15pm   Mike Findlen, Firefighter
Thursday, August 13   3:00pm   Stephen Plympton, Police Officer

Super YOU! Hero Training Academy Magic Show
Thursday, July 30   11:30am-12:15pm
Ages 3 and up, children under 8 must have caregiver present
Community Room

This silly, super hero-themed, character-building show teaches kids what it takes to be a REAL superhero: respect for others, responsibility, honesty, and perseverance. Using hilarious comedy, amazing magic, crazy puppets, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling, the show will help kids discover their inner “super powers” and become certified Agents of R.E.A.D. You’ll be amazed to watch one of your young readers become “Magnet Boy”: The boy with an “attractive” personality while another summons her inner hero to become “The Strongest Girl in the World!”
Sponsored by the Norfolk Community League.

Historical Swords: Combat Through the Ages
Thursday, August 6   2:30pm-3:30pm
Grades 4-12
Community Room

What is a hero without a trusty sword? Learn about different eras of European sword use, with demonstrations of combat from historical combat manuals. Discover the use of several different types of swords, their design and use. Audience members will have a chance to participate--  do you have what it takes for combat?  We’ll also have a question and answer/"mythbusters" session where we’ll discuss the common misconceptions about swords.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Animal Heroes and Villains
Wednesday, August 12   2:30pm-3:15pm
Ages 5 and up, children under 8 must have caregiver present
Community Room

Critters n' Creatures of New Hampshire presents "Animal Heroes and Villains." This is an educational and fun live animal show featuring 8 live animals. Can YOU guess who is the hero and who is the villain? The answers could surprise you!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norfolk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Superhero Drawing Workshop
Thursday, August 13   1:30pm-2:00pm
Ages 9-12
Storyhour Room
Registration required, please register children individually

What makes a superhero super? What elements make him or her unique? How about a sidekick? Cool gadgets? Amazing powers? Great costume? Using slightly more advanced shapes to construct a heroic body and pose, kids will add extra details to make their heroes unique! We'll discuss what superpowers they want their creations to have and we'll help them design a great look for their own superhero! No drawing experience is necessary. This workshop will be led by Andy or Veronica Fish, working artists with 20+ years of freelance art and teaching experience between them.

Weekly Programs

Multi-Age Storytime
Mondays, July 6-August 10
Age 2 and up with caregiver

An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a hands-on activity. No registration required.

Back for the summer:
Book Buddies with Miss Caroline
Registration required, please register children individually
Mondays: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17 (click on each date to register)
Come read or be read to by Miss Caroline, an Ursuline Academy student. Great for emerging or reluctant readers! Sessions are 30 minutes long. You will be notified of your time slot before the day of the program. Please bring a book or choose from the library's collection prior to your time slot.

Baby Time
Tuesdays, July 7-August 11
Age 0-12 months with caregiver

Stories, rhymes, songs, and play for babies and their caregivers. No registration required.

On My Own Storytime
Tuesdays, July 7-August 11
Age 3 and up

An independent storytime experience with books, songs, and a hands-on activity. Caregivers MUST remain in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. No registration required.

NEW! Circle Time
Wednesdays, July 8-August 12
Grades K-1

Designed for those entering kindergarten and first grade in the fall, this program features longer stories, music, and creative play. It also reinforces skills for school age children such as listening, following instructions, and interacting with others. No registration required.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Thursdays, July 9-August 13
Age 0-3 with caregiver

A highly interactive program for babies, toddlers, and caregivers. Join us for music, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! No registration required.

Picnic Playgroup
Fridays, July 10-August 14
Age 0-5 with caregiver

Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. No registration required. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Every Hero Has a Story! and Unmask! are sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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

Last Updated: Monday, Jul 20, 2015
Questions and Comments are welcome. 
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