Summer Reading Program 2019: A Universe of Stories

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, this year’s summer reading program is all about exploring our world and beyond.

Studies have shown that children who participate in summer reading programs at libraries develop better literacy skills. We want your children to retain all the success they have achieved during the year and have FUN in the summer. Our science and art-based summer reading program is geared towards children from ages 5 to 13 years old. If you are a little younger or older than this range, please join in if you wish.

Every reader who registers will be given an “out of this world” journal with stickers to record what they have read. Lots of books will be on display to entice learning about our universe. Once the reader goes around the cosmos a few times and the sticker sheet is complete, they can choose a prize to be awarded at the Grand Finale.

In addition to this reading challenge, we also offer a Monday evening science-based series for families to enjoy. These programs are led by museum and science centers and some are limited, so registration is important. Only children who sign up will be allowed to participate in certain programs (see schedule below).

Hope to see you at the BLAST OFF!

Schedule of Monday evening programs (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

June 17 – Full Moon Blast Off!                                                                                                    

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky. Two kids venture out to investigate and soon find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet. Trapped by a crazy space scientist, the two kids must risk everything to rescue the aliens and help them… Escape from Earth! An intergalactic program by Science Tellers.

June 24 – Living in Space                                                                                     

Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight! Learn cool facts about life in space from the Mad Scientist and find out what it is like to participate in a space mission. Limited to 25 children. Registration required.

July 1 – Robots Station                                                                                        

How do robots know what to do? Direct the Edison robots from the Connecticut Science Center to complete tasks using different methods of communicating. Investigate the language of robots with coding activities! Limited to 35 children. Registration required.

July 8 – Rocket Building                                                                                       

The Mad Scientist returns to the Library for a rocket building workshop. Kids get to build and take home their own model rocket (which they can launch at home!) while learning all about how rockets fly. They can even participate in a real rocket launch with our Mad Scientist. Limited to 20 children. Registration required.

July 15 – See you under the stars!                                                                       

The Children’s Museum will set up a STARLAB planetarium dome in the Great Hall. Take off your shoes and crawl through a small tunnel to enter. Be prepared to be star struck! Limited to 30 children. Registration required.

July 22 – Rigamagig  Engineers                                                                               

Think like an engineer to design and build with this collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts, & rope. Budding engineers can create and explore at this Kids Play program. Limited to 35 children. Registration required.

July 29 – Universal Juggling and Magic Show                                                        

Don’t miss an out-of-this world show by magician and juggler Scott Jameson! Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Heavenly desserts will be served.

Stayed tuned for more summer fun as Miss Eileen plans Popsicle with Picture Books Story Times, Pajama Story Times, Tobey Pond visits, and a Teddy Bear Sleepover.


Corner Club

During the school year, special programs are scheduled on the last Wednesday of the month at 3:30 pm. Children will need a note to be dropped off by the school bus. We really appreciate knowing in advance how many children will be attending, so please register by calling 860-542-5075 at least four days before the program. Refreshments are provided. Thank you!


A reading club open to students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, Page-turners meet once a month on Sunday or Friday afternoons. Please contact Eileen Fitzgibbons if your child would like to join the book discussion group.

Greenwoods Puppet Festival

Friday – Sunday, Sept. 13-15, 2019

Imagine you are on the wing of a great owl swooping over the southern Berkshires. You swing down near a tiny hamlet nestled in the rolling hills. You fly past the Great Mountain Forest, gliding above Toby Pond. You spot the steeples of the churches and the vivid green of Infinity Hall. You see the Norfolk Library with its regal turret. Sweeping down, you sense energy and movement. Coming closer, you peep into the window and see puppets and people of all ages smiling and laughing. You land on the lamppost and notice a poster below. Peering a bit closer, you can read it… “The very first Greenwoods Puppet Festival, Norfolk Library, September 13 – 15, 2019. All are welcome.”

Please circle the date and tell your family and friends to visit for an autumnal weekend full of theatrics, creativity, and magic! A variety of puppet shows for children and adults has been scheduled, presented by puppeteers who have won recognition by the Jim Henson Foundation. Puppeteer Sarah Nolen, performing “The Fairy Tailor,” is pictured below. More on the Greenwoods Puppet Festival in the months ahead.