Library

Kids & Teens Classes & Events

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, not all programs are being offered at this time. Please call the library at 402-844-2100 with any questions.
Our book clubs have all gone virtual for the time being and meetings are happening on Zoom. Please contact the book club leader for information on how to join in!

The library offers a wide variety of educational opportunities through engaging programs, classes, and events.  Full event information, including registration forms when applicable, can be found on our Event Calendar.  The month's current programming can be found in our latest newsletter, which is available in print in the library or on the Library's homepage

Children's Programs

For all programs, see the Event Calendar for the latest information, program dates, and details. 

Early Literacy programs, like Lapsit for ages 0-2, and Storytime for ages 3-8, are developed with careful attention to be engaging, educational, and boost early language and learning skills.  These programs are free and no registration is required. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an at-home program that encourages families to read 1,000 books together before their child enters Kindergarten.  Rewards are earned for every 100 books read, and an annual graduation ceremony is held to recognize those who finish. Visit the Children's Desk in the library to learn more and sign up your child!

Golden Sower Book Club meets once a month to discuss books nominated for the Golden Sower Award, Nebraska's Children's Choice Book Award. The library provides the books so there is no cost to participate.  This book club makes meaningful connections with literature and learning through fun discussion and book-related activities.  For ages 8-12. Contact Amber if you are interesting in learning more or signing up your child. 

Lego Club meets once a month to build, play, and complete challenges.  Kids engage in creative free play as well as build problem-solving and STEM skills. This program for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade is free and no registration is needed. 

The Summer Reading Program is a great way to engage all ages in reading! The Summer Reading Program begins in mid-May and runs through the end of July. (Detailed information is available in May each year.) Participants track the time they spending reading, being read to, or listening to audio books. With a goal of encouraging participants to read 20-30 minutes a day, participants who complete the entire program will have read 25 hours over the course of the summer. Those who reach this goal can turn their Reading Log in for prizes!  The Summer Reading Program is accompanied by lots of fun and educational programs for all ages. Check the Event Calendar for dates and event details, or stop in the library to pick up a booklet during the summer. 

The Annual Literature Festival is held the last Saturday in July each year and is a wonderful way to spend a summer day. The Festival features 4 nationally known authors who have been nominated for a Golden Sower Book Award, which is Nebraska's Children's Choice Book Award.  Attendees can participate in small-group writer's workshops, each led by one of the authors, or get a preview of upcoming Golden Sower Award nominees. Each author presents a program for the entire audience, and there are book sales, sales of Golden Sower merchandise, door prizes, and an autograph session.  Lunch is included in the ticket price, which varies by age. Discounted tickets are available for those that complete the Summer Reading Program. See the Literature Festival flyer for details (available in May each year). Continuing Education Points are available for teachers and staff employed by Norfolk Public Schools and for librarians in the Public Library Certification program.  For ages 10-adult.  The 2020 Literature Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See you in 2021!

Teen Programs

For all programs, see the Event Calendar for the latest information, program dates, and details.

Young Adult Book Group is for any teen who loves to read and talk about books. The group members select which books they want to read and also write a blog.  The library provides the books so there is no cost to participate. Contact Amber if you are interesting in learning more or signing up. 

The Summer Reading Program is a great way to engage all ages in reading! The Summer Reading Program begins in mid-May and runs through the end of July. (Detailed information is available in May each year.) Participants track the time they spending reading, being read to, or listening to audio books. With a goal of encouraging participants to read 20-30 minutes a day, participants who complete the entire program will have read 25 hours over the course of the summer. Those who reach this goal can turn their Reading Log in for prizes!  The Summer Reading Program is accompanied by lots of fun and educational programs for all ages. Check the Event Calendar for dates and event details, or stop in the library to pick up a booklet during the summer. 

The Annual Literature Festival is held the last Saturday in July each year and is a wonderful way to spend a summer day. The Festival features 4 nationally known authors who have been nominated for a Golden Sower Book Award, which is Nebraska's Children's Choice Book Award.  Attendees can participate in small-group writer's workshops, each led by one of the authors, or get a preview of upcoming Golden Sower Award nominees. Each author presents a program for the entire audience, and there are book sales, sales of Golden Sower merchandise, door prizes, and an autograph session.  Lunch is included in the ticket price, which varies by age. Discounted tickets are available for those that complete the Summer Reading Program. See the Literature Festival flyer for details (available in May each year). Continuing Education Points are available for teachers and staff employed by Norfolk Public Schools and for librarians in the Public Library Certification program.  For ages 10-adult.  The 2020 Literature Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See you in 2021!