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We’re the community hub of learning and activities that you’ve been looking for in Norfolk! Our programs are always free and open to the public, so bring a friend or make some new ones. From learning to crafting, career prep to gaming, author visits to community meeting and study rooms, books are just the cornerstone of our resources.

 

Make

Whether serious or casual, all skill levels are welcome! You can regularly find crafting, writing, and special creative classes at the library. Plus, the Creative Studios at Slover Library house tools for the serious creator. Be sure to try our friendly crocheting and knitting clubs.

Learn

We offer tech training ranging from basic computer skills to new online apps. If you've always wanted to explore your family tree or conduct research into our local history, our Sargeant Memorial Collection staff offer classes to help you get started.

For our urban gardeners, look for our programs partnering with local experts like Norfolk Master Gardeners. We've even featured urban hen raising!

We have online learning resources like the Pronunciator language service and Chilton online car repair database, plus Universal Class - over 500 free courses with feedback from real teachers.

Prepare for almost any standardized test with free test prep and practice exams at our online Testing & Education Reference Center. Our test prep services cover anything from the SAT to the GED, from the LSAT to Air Force officer qualifying.

Health

Access health information from home with our Medline Plus database for reliable information on illnesses, conditions and medications. Coming this fall, our staff at Lafayette Branch, Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch, Pretlow Anchor Branch, and Slover Library will be EVMS trained to help locate the right medical resources for you.

You can also get fit at the library! Find free meditation sessions, yoga, walking groups, line dancing, and even train for a marathon. Check our calendar for how to be heart healthy at NPL.

Career

We're a great place for free help with résumés, job searching, and computer classes that enhance your work skills. We've partnered with Norfolk Works to bring you the Office Ready training series: workplace-focused training for developing or improving Microsoft Office skills. Also, watch our calendar for special workshops with organizations like the Career Access Network and Opportunity, Inc.

Want to earn your high school diploma? Career Online High School can help qualified adults earn a high school diploma and career certification through an accredited high school.

Community

Your neighborhood library has always been a great place to connect with your community. You're always welcome at our book clubs, multicultural events, adult gaming time, movie showings, readings, concerts, and our ever-expanding program offerings. Don't forget we offer meeting rooms for public reservation, and Slover Library's spaces are available for reservation and rental.

Parents & Caregivers

We're here for you. From our amazing Youth Services staff that put their hearts into every youth program and our variety of early-literacy programs, to our KidZones at every location, we welcome your children at any age. Our Youth Services staff are always willing to help connect you with the resources you need -- even if it's simply finding the perfect book for your child.

Don't forget to connect your teen with our YOUmedia programs! We're a great place to HOMAGO: hang out, mess around, and geek out. Traveling kits offer teens unique opportunities to play with video equipment, microcomputers, virtual reality, and more, while Slover Library offers a dedicated teen area with a gaming lounge, musical instruments, and a teen computer lab. Our Teen Advisory Panels (TAP) are always looking for input from teens on what they'd like in library programming.

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