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Summer Library Program 2017
description of events


Story Hour 4 Fridays in a row, 10:30 - 11:30.

Stories, crafts, and snacks, in English with occasional Spanish lessons,
with Laurie Davidson.

  • Jul 21 Garden     Jul 28 Picnic    Aug 4 Boats     Aug 11 Camping

Kids’ events
5 Thursdays in a row, 1:00 - 2:30.
Care-givers may join us or drop off children 8 and older.

  • Jun 29 Trail Trash Pick-up.  Pick up trash on our local Library Trail. Weather permitting, we will walk from the library, down Dickinson Street, and into the woods. Bring sun block and insect repellant. We will supply bags. (Rain plan: collage.)
  • Jul 6 Envelope Making & Letter Writing.  Write letters and package them up in 2 types of make-your-own envelopes:
    1) beautiful calendar pages folded into envelopes; 2) store-bought envelopes decorated with food-color bubbles.
  • Jul 13 Group Painting: A Mural on Paper.  We will paint a mural on paper, a field of flowers emerging from children’s creativity and imaginations. Based on the work of Hervé Tullet, “Prince of Preschool Books.”
  • Jul 20 A Day in the Life of Your State Rep.  Meet the man who represents our district in the state government, Paul Mark, and learn what it’s like to try to build a better world through being part of the government.
  • Jul 27 Worms Make Dirt.  Worms turn food and yard scraps into healthy dirt. Find out how it happens from Franklin County Solid Waste Management Program Manager Amy Donovan. Children can touch the worms & learn how to compost at home.


Family events

  • Jul 1, Sat, 1:00 - 3:00  Video Game Day. Everybody will enjoy playing, watching, and cheering during this interactive game playing on multiple giant-screen projections. Competitions are quick and more than 10 participants can compete at once. Games are easy to learn, hard to master. Old and new game consoles. Appropriate for all ages 6 years old and above.
  • Jul 21, Fri, 4:30 - 5:30  Secrets of the Rubik’s Cube. Hear the stories and see the skills of Joshua Carnes, who can solve a Rubik’s Cube with his eyes closed. Especially recommended for age 10+ but younger children might also be able to learn the algorithms to solve the mysterious Rubik’s Cube. No need to pre-register, but first 5 to register get a free Rubik’s Cube!
  • Jul 29, Sat, 10:00 - 12:00  3-D Printing & Robots. Every participant designs his/her own 3-D image that will be printed for them, and we will play with robotics such as Little Bits Electronics, Ozobots, and Spheros. Please pre-register, ages 8-18, open to 20 participants.Supported by the Northfield Cultural Council.
  • Aug 4, Fri, 1:00 - 2:30  Science Day with GCC Science Club. Design, build, predict, and then race the vehicles you built: 1) roller coasters for marbles; 2) balloon bottle cars. How fast will yours go?
  • Aug 5, Sat, 10:00 - 11:00  Rock/Paper/Scissors Baseball. What kind of game can be played by 6-year olds & 60-year olds? It’s Rock/Paper/Scissors Baseball! Join us for all-ages play and refreshments at the Northfield Elementary School fields.
  • Aug 12, Sat, 100 - 3:00  Magic Show. Coming all the way from Europe, a Pioneer-Valley born magician returns to delight all ages with his magic show. Plus ice cream and announcement of the 2017 Summer Library Program raffle winners.


Adult events on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00

  • Jul 11  Islamic Art & Architecture. Local expert Ted Thornton reveals the history and influence of beautiful works of art, some of the contributions that Islamic culture has made to global civilization.
  • Jul 18  Trivia Night @ Cameron’s Winery. For age 21+, relax in a fun atmosphere and try to answer random trivia
    questions. Come with a team (up to 5) or come on your own and we'll match you up with new friends. 3 rounds, 3 different question askers, and glamorous prizes. With a nod to our summer theme of Build a Better World, Jan asks questions about “hearts,” Dan asks about “hammers,” and Matt asks about “hands.” “You don't know what you'll know.”
  • Jul 25  Body Intelligence. Dr. Joe Cardillo presents info from his most recent book about simple physical practices that can help us feel the way that we want to feel. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.
  • Aug 8  Trivia Night & Potluck @ Northfield Gold Club Pavilion. Fun & prizes & random trivia. Please bring a dish of food to share, and feel free to bring your kids to this one. “You don't know what you'll know.”