IMG_3589Miss Eileen runs our Children’s Summer Reading Program and makes sure that it is filled with fun and creative programming to enrich the individual reading program that area children enroll in.

The summer reading program starts with a kick-off party that often features a magician, clown or other fun performer! We usually conclude with another party to celebrate the young people’s reading efforts and to hand out prizes.  Everybody eats cake!

Norfolk Library Summer Reading Program 2018

Kickoff Party: “Bach 2 Rock”   Friday, June 15, 6:30 pm

A multi-media show by electric violinist Caryn Lin. Come early and picnic on the library lawn. Dessert will be served after the show!

Matica Circus Arts   Monday, June 25, 6:30 pm

An acrobatic/comedy act that will delight audiences of all ages with extreme unicycling, juggling, Chinese yo-yos, and some awesome balancing on a really big rolling globe. Audience participation is a must!

Puppet Show with Sarah Nolen: “The Fairy Tailor”   Monday, July 2, 6:30 pm

Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop. Watch as everyday garments become extraordinary characters, and share stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

DJ Red’s Supreme Dance Workshop   Monday, July 9, 6:30 pm

A high-energy dance party! Learn easy-to-follow moves and show off your skills in this fun and interactive program.

Ashleytrix & The Wizards   Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm

A wizard rock band creates a magical performance. Wizard Rock is inspired by Harry Potter, of course! Ashley Trix and the WZRDS is the divalicious nerdy alter-ego of singer-songwriter Ashley Hamel. Her vocals, powerful stage presence, and story-based songwriting lend to Hamel’s electric live show. A wizard rock staple and rising star in her local New England scene, Hamel and her talented band deliver magical performances for Wizards and No-Majs alike. Weather permitting, the show will be outside.

Grunts, Calls & Bleats: The Music of Animals   Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm

Why do animals make the sounds they do?  From the musical calls of songbirds, to the loud bleat of a goat to the hiss of a snake, animals use sound for a variety of purposes. Discover how and why some of our favorite live animals make sounds as we meet them up close and personally when the Stamford Nature Center comes to visit. Learn how to identify some common bird calls and meet some animals from throughout the globe.

Out of Mount Rushmore’s Shadow   Monday, July 30, 6:30 pm

Storyteller Lou Del Bianco will portray his grandfather, the chief carver of Mount Rushmore, in this touching immigrant story of struggle and legacy.

Grand Finale: Monkey & Dino’s Funky Puppet Show   Friday, August 3, 6:30 pm

Best friends Monkey (a monkey) and Dino (a dinosaur) are attempting to bring YOU the greatest puppet show EVER! Join this simian and reptilian team (along with a host of their wacky friends) as they perform sketches, music, and more. Maybe they’ll even learn something along the way. Or maybe not; who’s to say? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to come to the show by UConn Puppet Arts alumnus John Cody. Prizes will be given for the Summer Reading “Color Your Crystal Challenge” and cake will be served!

All programs run 45 – 60 minutes.