NORTON — The Norton Public Library will reopen today after being closed for a month so the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system could be replaced.
Town meeting appropriated $425,000 for the job back in April and days later there was limited access to the library. In June, it closed. Spring programs were also canceled.
To welcome residents back to the library, Fine Free Week is being held this week. Patrons who bring in Norton items that are overdue or had been marked as lost or missing will have those fines waived, but they must present lost or missing items to a library supervisor.
Patrons who put items in the drops over next weekend when the library is closed will also not be charged fines. And there will be free library card replacement this week.
The library has a series of activities and events scheduled.
As part of Monday Musicals this summer, there will be a showing of a 1961 musical starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer at 10 a.m. today.
Storytime for toddlers is Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. There will also be sing-alongs and a craft. For more info: Jillian Goss, 508-286-2696, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Wednesday at 1 p.m., there is a Zumba class for teens through seniors. The class resumes Monday, July 16 at 1 p.m. No registration required.
And Thursday at 10:30 a.m., one can learn from a former URI professor all about the world of male and female fashion during the Victorian Era. Program and refreshments are sponsored by the Friends of the Norton Public Library.
Also Thursday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is Knot Just Knitting, where patrons can bring a handiwork project and share patterns and tips with other crafters. The group makes garments and blankets for charities.
And there is a Tai Chi class is Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Topping off the reopening celebration is Art in the Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday where participants can make a craft. Bad weather could force the event indoors. It’s for all ages. Contact Goss at 508-286-2696, email@example.com.
The monthly youth volunteer meeting for those in grades 4 to 12 will be held Monday, July 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to discuss ideas for projects and upcoming events.
Music and Movement for ages up to 5 is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with singing and dancing. The program will kick off with a story walk outside, weather permitting.
Also Tuesday, July 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., children ages 4 and up will learn about whales through play, stories, songs and crafts.
At 4 and 6 p.m., painting classes are scheduled for adults. Materials provided. Contact Amanda Viana 508-286-2695, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindness Rocks will be held Wednesday, July 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants of all ages can decorate rocks with inspirational messages and images for gardens at the library and senior center.
A travelogue presentation about a cruise from Brussels to Amsterdam is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m.
Also, a Pokemon card club for all ages meets Thursday, July 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Giant Game Day is in the park Friday, July 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m., but indoors if it rains.
Register in person, at 508-286-2695, or email, email@example.com.
Online summer reading registration has begun. Visit nortonlibrary.org for more information.