Events, News

May 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.

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


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

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, May 8th, 2:30-3:30 PM |  Meet in the community room

Battle of the Books Represent!

Make buttons and stickers to support your favorite Battle of the Books team! For those participating in BOB, you’ll have a chance to practice your QR codes in advance of the big scavenger hunt. 

Wednesday, May 15th, 2:30-3:30 PM | Meet in the community room

VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program) Workshop: Wind FUNdamentals

Learn about how wind can do work and offer sustainable solutions! Explore wind and engineering principles as you build pinwheels, sail boats, and windmills. Recommended for 1st-5th graders. Thank you to our guests from VEEP for offering this great hands-on program!

Thursday, May 16th, 3:30-4:30 PM | Meet in the community room | Please RSVP here

Reader’s Theater

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, May 22nd, 3:30-4:30 PM | Meet in the community room

Mystery Day

Join us for our first mystery program day! Could it be gaming? Could it be a craft? Maybe it’s a sing-along! A science experiment? You’ll have to join us to find out. 

Wednesday, May 29th, 3 PM 

Early Literacy


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, May 1st-29th, 10:15-11:15 AM | Meet in the community room | For ages 4 and under, with a caregiver


Norwich Trivia!

Join friends at the Norwich Inn for a fun event that will test your Norwich knowledge, including Norwich landmarks, geography, famous Norwichians, and more. Whether you and your team have lived in Norwich for 50 days or 50 years, questions are designed for a spirited evening full of prizes, music and laughter. Proceeds from this event benefit Norwich Public Library.

Tickets are $120 per team (teams can be up to 4 people) and will include a complimentary first round of drinks and appetizers, thanks to our sponsor Mascoma Bank. Full food and drink menu from the Inn is available.

Wednesday, May 8th, 7 PM (doors open at 6:45 PM) | The Wine Cellar @ The Norwich Inn, 325 Main St, Norwich, VT | Registration is closed as of Mon. 5/6, please email if you are interested in last-minute signup!

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 May 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, May 9th, 5:30-7:00 PM | Meet in the community room

Friends of NPL:  Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale

Saturday & Sunday, May 11th-12th, 10 AM-4 PM | Honey Field Farm, 55 Butternut Road, Norwich, VT | A portion of proceeds will support The Friends of NPL

VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program) Community Workshop: Transportation

How can we get from place to place but use less energy?  Explore eco-driving, carpooling, EVs, public transit and walk/bike options with our guest presenter from VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program). Co-hosted with the Norwich Energy Committee.

Saturday, May 18th, 10:30 AM-12 PM | Meet in the community room; this workshop will partially take place outdoors in the parking lot

Games for Grownups: Scrabble (& More)!

Join friends and neighbors for a relaxing evening of fun and games in our community room! We’ll have Scrabble games going as the main event, but feel free to grab a deck of cards or another board game from our Library of Things if the mood strikes. RSVPs appreciated for headcount; drop-ins welcome too.

Thursday, May 23rd, 5:30-7 PM | Meet in the community room | RSVP here

Yale Science Communication (Virtual) Learning Event: EnLIGHTenment!

Discover the mesmerizing dance of light and matter! Ever wondered how light interacts with matter and how we use that in modern science and technology? Or uncover hidden truths of the universe? From sunglasses to mirrors, we leverage the properties of light to our needs everyday. Join us this month as three Yale scientists delve into how the properties of light enable the creation of objects such as focusing lenses and mirrors, enhance the realism of Pixar animations, and aid scientists in uncovering the mass of black holes. Yale graduate researchers Jordan Schmerge, Sumit Chaturvedi, and Kaustav Mitra hope to enLIGHTen you with the science of light and matter – its intriguing interplay, studied by great minds like Newton and Einstein in the past, now guides us toward promising advancements in science and technology for the future.

This event will take place on Zoom, and is open to all curious to learn more about science today from top researchers in Yale’s graduate programs. We are welcoming Yale SciComm back for the second year in a row, don’t miss out on this great learning opportunity!

Thursday, May 30th, 6-7 PM | On Zoom – register here for the link

Tech Help

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.

Thursdays, 1-4 PM & Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM | Call 802-649-1184 or email to make an appointment