• Resumed Hours of Operation

    The Hepburn Library of Norfolk Board of Trustees and Staff are pleased to announce that

    the library will resume its normal hours of operation beginning May 3rd, 2021. Those hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 10am-12noon and 2pm-8pm. We are also pleased to announce that patrons will no longer be required to make appointments to come to the library. We will still be requiring masks and social distancing in the building. Patrons will be permitted to browse all areas of the Library. Patrons will be permitted to work and read at the tables, but must remain socially distant. Curbside pickup service is still available for those who wish to use it.

    Patrons are encouraged to continue placing holds using the online catalog (www.ncls.org) or by calling the Library at (315) 384-3052 for staff assistance. The Library Hall will be available at a later date.

  • Summer Reading 2021 registration live!

    SUMMER READING IS HAPPENING!

    As it stands now, our library is bringing summer reading to our community with in person programming! We hope you will join us on this endeavor and try out one of the many programs we are offering.

    We have:

    Make it Mondays,

    Story hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays ,

    and Wacky Wednesdays!

    More information can be found on our page: Summer Reading 2021

    Please have some patience as this is the first time we are navigating this program, and during a pandemic! Precautions will be in place, and limited attendance at some events will help us with social distancing (so as you are planning your summer, consider signing up early!) Signs ups go LIVE in May!

  • New Books June 2021

    Click on the title of the book to be taken to it’s record in the North Country Library System catalog- From there you can see if it is available and place holds!

    Adult Fiction

    The newcomer / Mary Kay Andrews.
    Return to the Big Valley / Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter.
    The bullet / Iris Johansen.
    The stepsisters / Susan Mallery.
    The summer of lost and found / Mary Alice Monroe.
    Reunion Beach / Elin Hilderbrand
    The Maidens / Alex Michaelides
    Ariadne / Jennifer Saint.
    Seven days in June / Tia Williams

    Adult Non-Fiction

    Get good with money : ten simple steps to becoming financially whole / Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista.
    New York Central’s St. Lawrence Division: 1940-1960 / Allen Harrison Hilborn.
    Facing the mountain: a true story of japanese american heroes in world war ii
    Reunion Beach By Elin Hilderbrand

    Picture Books

    All except Axle / by Sue Lowell Gallion ; illustrated by Lisa Manuzak Wiley.
    Pinkalicious and the robo-pup / by Victoria Kann.
    I’m on it! / by [Mo Willems and] Andrea Tsurumi.
    We want a dog / Lo Cole.
    The froggies do not want to sleep / Adam Gustavson.
    Chickens on the loose / by Jane Kurtz
    The bench / by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
    The circles all around us / Brad Montague

    Juvenile Fiction

    Juvenile Non-Fiction

    Guinness world records 2021.

    DVDs

    The father [DVD] / Sony Pictures Classics ; Les Films Du Cru and Film 4.
    Raya and the last dragon [DVD] / Walt Disney Animation Studios.

    Young Adult & Young Adult Non-Fiction

    Gamora & Nebula : sisters in arms / Mackenzi Lee, Emeli Juhlin, Jenny Frison, Kurt Hartman.
  • Beach reads of 2021

    As the weather warms up you may have a vacation pending. Check out some of these most anticipated “Beach Read” titles of 2021.

    If it’s available in our collection the title will be italicized and linked to in the catalog. We’ll mention if it’s specifically available at Norfolk. As always-give us a call if you have any questions! (315)384-3052.

    Title: Summer longing

    Author: Brenner, Jamie

    Available at Norfolk Library

    A heartwarming beach read set at the beach full of community, family, friendship and second chances.

    Title: The lion’s den

    Author: St. John, Katherine

    Available at other NCLS libraries

    A scandalous thriller set on a yacht in the Mediterranean.

    Title: It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake: A Novel

    Author: Claire Christian

    Not available in the NCLS collection (as of 6/1/2021)

    Empowering and wise as it explores self discovery, living the life you want instead of the one you are expected to and more. Content warning: infertility/miscarriage

    Title: A summer to remember

    Author: Montgomery, Erika

    Available at other NCLS libraries

    Perfect for readers who love a heart-warming women’s fiction with an air of mystery and romance.

    Title: Blush

    Author: Jamie Brenner

    Not available in the NCLS collection (as of 6/1/2021)

    Women making their voices and presences heard. Multi-generational family story. Out June 22nd.

    Title:People We Meet On Vacation

    Author: Emily Henry

    Available at Norfolk Library

    Friends to lovers romance.

    Title: You have a match

    Author: Lord, Emma

    Available at Norfolk Library

    A girl who finds out, through a DNA site, that she has a sister and meets up with her at a summer camp

    We have tons more on the shelf and can request titles from over 65 North Country Library System affiliated Libraries. Stop in today to look through our collection!

  • Sidewalk Chalk Days

    Draw with chalk on the library sidewalks and earn a Popsicle! Stop in June 21st- June 25th from 10am-12 or 2pm-8pm and use chalk to draw, then let staff know your done- and you’ll get a cold refreshing treat!

  • 100th Year Photo Contest

    Announcing: 100TH YEAR PHOTO CONTEST! (May 20th-June 20th, 2021)

    Come take photos at the library (Inside or outside!) and share them to our Facebook.

    -The picture with the most likes will win a movie @ home basket. The basket will include everything you need to enjoy a night at home watching a new release DVD.
    -Winner announced on June 21st. Winner must live locally to pick up prize.
    -Photos shared to our Facebook give the Library permission to use them in the future in press & social media. Make sure you have anyone who is featured in the photos permission
    – and please make sure the photo is family friendly!


    Link to library Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HepburnLibraryofNorfolk

  • New Books May 2021

    Click on the title of the book to be taken to it’s record in the North Country Library System catalog- From there you can see if it is available and place holds!

    Adult Fiction

    Aftermath / Terri Blackstock.
    Hour of the witch / Chris Bohjalian.
    A simple murder : a Kate Burkholder short story collection / Linda Castillo.
    Widows’ revenge / Lynda La Plante.
    When the stars go dark : a novel / Paula McLain.
    21st birthday / James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
    Family reunion : a novel / Nancy Thayer.
    That summer : a novel / Jennifer Weiner.

    Adult Non-Fiction

    The pride guide : a guide to sexual and social health for LGBTQ youth / Jo Langford.
    The kidnap years : the astonishing true history of the forgotten kidnapping epidemic that shook Depression-era America / David Stout.
    The Montessori baby : a parent’s guide to nurturing your baby with love, respect, and understanding / Simone Davis and Junnifa Uzodike
    Madam Speaker : Nancy Pelosi and the lessons of power / Susan Page.

    Picture Books

    Bubbles…up! / by Jacqueline Davies ; illustrated by Sonia Sánchez.
    The Bruce Swap
    The one and only Sparkella / Channing Tatum ; illustrated by Kim Barnes.
    The tossy-turny princess and the pesky pea : a fairy tale to help you fall asleep / words by Susan Verde ; pictures by Jay Fleck.
    Bear can’t wait / by Karma Wilson ; illustrated by Jane Chapman.

    Juvenile Fiction

    Keep it together, Keiko Carter / Debbi Michiko Florence.

    Juvenile Non-Fiction

    What if you had an animal tail!? / by Sandra Markle ; illustrated by Howard McWilliam.
    30,000 stitches : the inspiring story of the National 9/11 flag / written by Amanda Davis ; Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport.

    DVDs

    Young Adult & Young Adult Non-Fiction

    Realm Breaker
  • Whats up at the library? 5/19/2021 edition

    Whats up at the library? 5/19/2021 edition:

    -Open Monday-Friday 10am-12noon and 2pm-8pm, no appointment necessary!

    -We still have the Ozobot Evo and Sphero kits available for checkout!

    -The Norfolk library is now FINE FREE! We are no longer applying overdue fines to patron accounts. Fines still apply for lost and damaged items, and items from other libraries. for more information: http://hepburnlibraryofnorfolk.org/fine-free-as-of-4-21-21/

    -Announcements about Summer Reading are out, registration will began in May. You can start logging you reading in July…Please visit our website for more information! http://hepburnlibraryofnorfolk.org/summer-reading-2021/

    -If you registered for the in person May story hour, we will see you today at 9:30am! Our last session for May is next week on the 26th. All spaces are filled up.

    -We’ve moved/upgraded our puzzle exchange! Patrons are now welcome to borrow a puzzle. You can leave a puzzle, take a puzzle. Please “check them out” with staff and let us know if any pieces are missing!

  • New Books April 2021

    Adult Fiction

    A gambling man / David Baldacci.
    Northern spy : a novel / Flynn Berry.
    The music of bees : a novel / Eileen Garvin.
    Sooley / John Grisham
    The good sister / Sally Hepworth.
    A distant shore : a novel / Karen Kingsbury.
    Banished children of Eve / by Peter Quinn.
    Ocean prey / John Sandford.
    The lost village : a novel / Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming.
    Finding ashley : a novel / Danielle Steel.
    Dial A for Aunties / Jesse Q. Sutanto.

    Adult Non-Fiction

    The haunting of Alma Fielding : a true ghost story / Kate Summerscale.
    Everything will be okay : life lessons for young women (from a former young woman) / Dana Perino.
    Everybody Fights : so why not be good at it? / Kim Holderness, Penn Holderness.
    My first book of baby signs : 40 essential signs to learn and practice / Lane Rebelo ; illustrations by Cait Brennan.
    Deer-resistant native plants for the Northeast / Ruth Rogers Clausen, Gregory D. Tepper.
    The beginner’s guide to growing great vegetables / Lorene Edwards Forkner.
    The essential book of herbs : gardening, health, cooking.
    How to write a mystery : a handbook from Mystery Writers of America / edited by Lee Child with Laurie R. King ; [introduction by Lee Child].
    The hill we climb : an inaugural poem for the country / Amanda Gorman ; foreword by Oprah Winfrey.
    The ravine : a family, a photograph, a Holocaust massacre revealed / Wendy Lower.
    Beautiful things : a memoir / Hunter Biden.

    Picture Books

    Pugtato finds a thing / by Sophie Corrigan.
    Raya’s team / illustrated by the Disney Storybook Art Team.
    Bear goes sugaring / Maxwell Eaton III.
    Something’s wrong! : a tale of a bear, a hare, and some underwear / Jory John ; pictures by Erin Balzer.
    Go, team. go! / by Tennant Redbank ; illustrated by Alan Batson ; based on the Grand Sam script written by Nicole Belisle.
    Carpenter’s helper / by Sybil Rosen ; illustrated by Camille Garoche.
    Zee grows a tree / Elizabeth Rusch ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand.
    Green eggs and ham / by Dr. Seuss [pseudonym]
    The Lorax / by Dr. Seuss.

    Juvenile Fiction

    Captain Marvel. Frost giants among us! / Joe Caramagna, Leah Williams, Ty Templeton, Mario Del Pennino, Jim Campbell, Keiren Smith.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Halloween spooktacular / writer, Chabot, Jacob, Ty Templeton, Loveness, Jeff ; artist, Mario Del Pennino, Matt Yackey, and Kieren Smith ; letterer, VC’s Joe Caramagna.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Spider-Man : Web designers / Sholly Fisch, Mario Del Pennino and Jim Campbell [and 2 others] ;  VC’s Joe Caramagna, letterer.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Captain Marvel : first day of school! : starring Spider-Man and Captain Marvel / writer, Sholly Fisch , Ty Templeton ; artist, Mario Del Pennino ; color artist, Java Tartaglia ; letterer, VC’s Joe Caramagna ; cover artists, Agnes Garbowska and Chris Sotomayor.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Spider-Man: web of intrigue! / Sholly Fisch, Mario Del Pennino, Arianna Florean and Jim Campbell [and 3 others] ;  VC’s Joe Caramagna, letterer.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Spider-man : across the spider-verse / by Daniel Kibblesmith, Mario Del Pennino and Jim Campbell, by Ty Templeton and Keiren Smith, by Sholly Fisch, Arianna Florean and Andrew Crossley.
    Best family ever / Karen Kingsbury ; with Tyler Russell.
    Finding home / Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell.
    Never grow up / Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Spider-man and the stolen vibranium / writer, Jim McCann ; artist, Dario Brizuela.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Ms. Marvel and the teleporting dog / writer, Jim McCann, artist, Dario Brizuela.
    Webs and arrows and ants, oh my! : starring Spider-Man, Hawkeye Kate Bishop, Ant-Man, Stinger / writer, Jim McCann ; artist, Dario Brizuela ; color artist, Chris Sotomayor ; letterer, VC’s Joe Caramagna ; cover artist, Jacob Chabot.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Spider-Doctor / writer, Jim McCann, artist, Dario Brizuela.
    Marvel super hero adventures. Inferno! / writer, Jim McCann ; artist, Dario Brizuela.
    Mealtime mayhem / by Seanan McGuire,  Irene Strychalski and Jim Campbell [and 4 others].
    Marvel super hero adventures. Spider-man : spider-sense of adventure / letterer, VC’s Joe Caramagna ; cover artist, Jacob Chabot ; editor, Devin Lewis.
    Marvel the Mighty Thor. This is Thor / written by Alexandra West ; illustrated by Roberto DiSalvo, Simone Boufantino, and Tomasso Moscardini ; based on the Marvel comic book series Thor.
    Black Panther. This is Black Panther! / adapted by Alexandra West ; illustrated by Simone Boufantino, Davide Mastrolodardo, and Fabio Paciulli.

    Juvenile Non-Fiction

    Summertime sleepers : animals that estivate / Melissa Stewart ; illustrated by Sarah Brannen.

    DVDs

    Wonder Woman 1984 [DVD] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents an Atlas Entertainment / Stone Quarry production.
    Paw patrol, Dino rescue. Roar to the rescue [DVD] / Nickelodeon, Spin Master Ltd.
    Soul [DVD] / Disney presents a Pixar Animation Studios Film.

    Young Adult & Young Adult Non-Fiction

    Real talk about sex & consent : what every teen needs to know / Cheryl M. Bradshaw, MA.
    Loki : where mischief lies / Mackenzi Lee.
    Prepped / Bethany Mangle.
  • Whats up at the library? 4/28/2021 edition

    Whats up at the library? 4/28/2021 edition:

    -Currently open by appointment and for curbside pickup! Call (315)384-3052 for appointments/curbside pickup.

    -We still have the Ozobot Evo and Sphero kits available for checkout!

    -The library will resume normal hours, and no appointments will be necessary beginning May 3rd, 2021. We will continue to offer curbside and masks are still necessary in the building. At this time the Library Hall is still unavailable. for more information: http://hepburnlibraryofnorfolk.org/resumed-hours-of…/

    -Tax forms are in, schedule your curbside pickup or in person appointment to pick them up. The tax deadline is approaching!

    -The Norfolk library is now FINE FREE! We are no longer applying overdue fines to patron accounts. Fines still apply for lost and damaged items, and items from other libraries. for more information: http://hepburnlibraryofnorfolk.org/fine-free-as-of-4-21-21/

    -Announcements about Summer Reading are out, registration will begin in May. Please visit our website for more information! http://hepburnlibraryofnorfolk.org/summer-reading-2021/

    -If you registered for the in person May story hour, we will see you next week on 5/5/2021 at 9:30am! All spaces are filled up.

    -We’ve moved/upgraded our puzzle exchange! Patrons are now welcome to borrow a puzzle. You can leave a puzzle, take a puzzle. Please “check them out” with staff and let us know if any pieces are missing!

  • Fine Free as of 4/21/21

    HEPBURN LIBRARY OF NORFOLK GOING FINE FREE

    FINES AND FEES POLICY

    A public library exists to serve the community and is based on the concept of sharing resources. When one person violates that principle by retaining materials beyond the established limits, that person takes unfair advantage of the community as a whole. Patrons are encouraged to follow lending loan periods and return materials on time. The Hepburn Library of Norfolk agrees with the American Library Association policy statement that the “imposition of monetary library fines creates a barrier to the provision of library and information services.”

    WHY HAVE WE GONE FINE FREE?

    It’s good for our community! Our community is stronger and healthier when people have access to programs, services, and materials they need to pursue their educational, career, family, and life goals. Libraries are a place open to anyone and everyone. We hope this will encourage prior users to come back to the library and attract new users to experience our offerings.

    It’s good for our relationships. When you walk through our doors, we want to do our best to help you, not badger you about a late fee. Going fine free makes a trip to the library more pleasant for both you and our staff. Libraries that have adopted fine-free policies found that:

    • Library card registrations increased.
    • Borrowing of materials increased.
    • More library items were returned.
    • Students returned to the library to use homework resources.
    • Staff time was redirected from fines-handling to patron-focused services.

    HAVE OTHER LIBRARY ELIMINATED LATE FINES?

    Yes! In the U.S., almost 500 libraries have adopted fine free policies, and the number is growing every day. This number includes Potsdam, Madrid and Canton in recent years.

    WON’T LATE FINES KEEP PEOPLE FROM RETURNING ITEMS ON TIME?

    Late fines are not effective. Studies have shown that small fines have no impact on return rates. Once someone has a late fine, they are less likely to visit the library again. Libraries who have removed late fees report few adverse effects on material return rates. The public library model is based upon a trusting relationship between borrowers and a valued community resource. Library staff trusts that borrowers will return items on time, so others may use them. Other libraries have experienced an increase in return rates after the adoption of fine free policies.

    WILL THERE STILL BE DUE DATES?

    Yes. The library still has a set time limit for materials to be borrowed and we expect items to be returned on time. Be respectful of your fellow library users who may be waiting for items to be returned. Bring back materials when they are due so that everyone has equal access to our collections. 

    WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE OUTSTANDING FINES ON MY ACCOUNT? 

    If you have outstanding fines accrued on your NCLS Library Card account, stop in and we will help you clear them. If you have charges from lost or damaged material, please speak with us and we will work with you to find an equitable solution. 

    WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE DOESN’T RETURN THEIR ITEMS?

    If items are returned after that date, they will be considered late and must be renewed or returned before additional items are checked out. Borrowing privileges at the Hepburn Library of Norfolk will be suspended until the overdue items are returned. If items are overdue by 45-days, patrons will be charged for the replacement cost of the item. Patrons will be sent overdue reminders asking them to return the items once the item is late and periodically afterwards until the 45-day charge for the item occurs.   

    APPLICATION

    This policy applies to Hepburn Library of Norfolk-owned material only. Materials borrowed via NCLS are still subject to fines. Fines are set by the lending library. If an item is borrowed from a library that still imposes fines, you will be assessed that late fine. The Hepburn Library of Norfolk is not charging late fines on items we own or send to other NCLS Libraries

    HOW WILL THIS AFFECT THE LIBRARY’S BUDGET?

    While the Library is always carefully watching its bottom line, any loss of overdue fine revenue is tiny compared with the good this new policy will do for the community. Overdue fines account for less than 0.7% of the library’s overall income and going fine free will not significantly impact the budget moving forward. In addition, due to the rise in electronic materials (which do not accrue late fines) and other factors, fines are not a sustainable form of revenue for the library. With auto-renew, fines are impacted by items being automatically renewed. Above all, it’s worth it to us to forgo potential funds from fines to remove barriers to Library use.

    You can view the amended circulation policy by clicking here: Circulation policy