Events, News

April Events @ NPL

Please join us for a month of educational and entertaining programs for all ages.

On Display: ‘Through the Lens: Vermont Wildlife Portraits’ by Kimberly Hargis

NPL hosts an exhibit by photographer Kimberly Hargis in our community room! From the artist: “This collection showcases a diverse array of photographs capturing our state’s remarkable fauna. My artistic vision for this project is to reveal the splendor of our natural world through careful composition and unwavering focus on detail. Each photograph serves as a window into the lives of our wild neighbors, inviting contemplation and connection.” Click for bio and full artist statement

Join the artist for an opening reception on Friday, April 5th from 6-8 PM. Open to all! Featuring live acoustic music by Neil FitzGerald; drinks and light refreshments will be served.

April 1st-May 30th | Check the community room calendar here to make sure it is open when you visit!


April Break!

Family Movie

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… this movie came out 25 years ago but is still considered the FIRST episode of this 9-movie series! (Due to licensing restrictions we can’t advertise the title, but may the force be with you in figuring it out!) It’s rated PG, and all children in 4th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tuesday, April 9th, 2-5:15 PM | Meet in the community room

MarioKart Tournament 

Put your MarioKart skills to the test and go up against other fans. We’ll be playing double elimination to give us all a chance to play a little bit more regardless of our skill level. Snacks provided! 

Wednesday, April 10th, 2-4 PM

Mini Donut Challenge

All contestants will be given the same number of mini-donuts and additional supplies to create their edible masterpieces! Library staff will be the judges of who makes the most fantastical creative piece. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect!

Thursday, April 11th, 2-3 PM | Please RSVP


Afterschool

Kids’ Advisory Team

Join the Kids Advisory Team to help plan programs, suggest new books, movies, and games to purchase and help with everything from straightening shelves to cleaning toys! For 5th grade and up.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2:30-3:30 PM |  Meet in the community room

LEGO Tuesdays

Create what you want or participate in our weekly challenges. Creations will be displayed in the youth services room each week and you’ll de-construct your masterpiece the following week. Snacks provided. This is a drop-in event. Children under 5th grade must be accompanied by a caregiver. 

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM | Meet in the community room | LEGO Tuesday will not meet on April 9th due to April break

Taylor Swift (Poetry) Party!

Let’s get ready for the release of Taylor Swift’s new album! We’ll be making friendship bracelets and paper rings, testing our knowledge and crowning the first ever NPL Ultimate Swifty, and more! Come dressed as your favorite era or come as you are. 

Thursday, April 18th, 3:30-4:30 PM | Meet in the community room

Meatless Monday Snack Shack: An Earth Day Celebration!

Did you know reducing how much meat you eat can help save the planet? Bring in your favorite vegetarian or vegan snack to share along with a copy of the recipe. Please include a detailed ingredient list for possible allergies. RSVP here so we have an idea of who to expect and what you might make!

Monday, April 22nd, 3:30-4:30 PM | Please RSVP here

Readers Theater: Celebrating Nature!

Do you love acting? Join us for theater games followed by the fastest show turn-around ever. We’ll be picking roles randomly, rehearsing once, and performing (with scripts in hand!) all within one hour! Children should be able to read out loud fluently to be successful in this program. Please join us for our performance at 4:15pm!

Wednesday, April 24th, 3:30-4:30 PM | Meet in the community room


Early Literacy

Storytime

Join us for songs, stories, fingerplays, and activities designed to support your child’s early literacy development. We invite you to stay and play after storytime! 

Wednesdays, April 3rd-24th, 10:15-11:15 AM | Meet in the community room | For ages 4 and under, with a caregiver


Adult Programs

NPL Writing Group

NPL’s friendly monthly writing group! Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just interested in dabbling, come on by. NPL staff will facilitate playing with writing prompts, discussing great writing, and sharing as we go.

Register here to reserve your spot for our April gathering (you can indicate on the form if you are interested in having an excerpt of your own writing workshopped during the session). The group will meet every second Thursday of the month. Monthly participation is encouraged, but there’s no commitment. New members are always welcome!

Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-7:00 PM | Meet in the community room

AARP Smart Driver™ Course

The AARP Smart Driver™ course is a driver safety course designed especially for drivers aged 50 and older. The program will help you refresh your driving skills, and may even help you save on your auto insurance! Led by Baird Morgan. ***Please click here to review all the details for this event before registering.

**DATE CHANGE** Friday, April 19th, Friday, May 10th,10 AM-3 PM | In the community room | $25 for non-AARP members, $20 for AARP members (by check payable to AARP) | REGISTER HERE

Mending Cafe

Mending Cafe is back in 2024! This monthly event is a community skills exchange plus a fun social gathering – all are welcome to come with a mending/sewing project to work on, whether a quick fix or a multi-step challenge. Need help? Come with questions! Are you an expert with a sewing skill or tip you could share? Let us know! Email lisa.milchman@norwichlibrary.org

We’ll have sewing machines and other mending/sewing supplies on hand. Grab a mug of tea, have fun, make new connections, and walk away more comfortable with mending techniques that can help us all live more sustainably. 

New this season: first half-hour will be devoted to a particular skill – darning, sewing buttons, etc. and general help will be available for the balance of cafe time. 

Saturday, April 20th, 10 AM-12 PM | In the community room | Recurring on the 3rd Saturday of the month

Games for Grownups: Scrabble

Join friends and neighbors for a fun, energizing afternoon with a classic: Scrabble! Intended as an adults-only gathering. RSVP here if you can so we have a general headcount and can set up enough tables/games – you can let us know on the RSVP form if you have a spare Scrabble set you could potentially bring!

Thursday, April 25th, 4-6 PM | Meet in the community room | RSVP here

Author Event: Ann Aikens

Join us for a funny, uplifting reading and Q&A with Vermont author Ann Aikens. Her book, A Young Woman’s Guide to Life: A Cautionary Tale, is a darkly comical compilation of advice for young women – or anyone! Ann has written a serio-comic column entitled “Upper Valley Girl” for local newspapers since 1996, which has amused (and possibly appalled) readers with humor and candor.  Books available for inscribing via cash, check or PayPal.

Monday, April 29th, 5:30-6:30 PM | In the community room | All welcome!

Tech Help – NEW Expanded Hours as of 4/1!

Did you get a new device recently? Can’t seem to get ebooks to download? Need to set up email or run a confusing update? We are here for you! Easily make an appointment and stop by to let us troubleshoot all your tech-related challenges.

*New Hours!* Thursdays, 1-4 PM & Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM | Call 802-649-1184 or email circulation.desk@norwichlibrary.org to make an appointment