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Note: Day cares, schools and groups of 10 or more are asked to please contact the branch to register for events in advance.

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue ~ (757) 441-1750 3 Thu. Ice Cream’s On Us!


Get out of the heat and decorate your own sundae in celebration of National Ice Cream Month. 2 PM (Family)

13 Tue. Super Spectacular Science

Explore a new science concept by conducting a fun handson experiment! Space and materials are limited. Contact the Pretlow Children’s Department to register. 4:30 PM (School Age)

27 Tue. Heart of a Hero Art Program

Hear a compelling story about Dex the Superdog, a little dog with a large heart and the bravery to match. Afterwards, make your own animal superhero. 4:30 PM (School Age)


8 Tue. Bats of the World!

Discover the diversity of bats from around the world with Denise Tomlinson from Bat World of Hampton Roads and meet some of her flying friends in person! 2 PM (Family)

10 Thu. Spin, Pop, Boom with Mad Science

Watch in awe as our mad scientist defies gravity and presents spectacular experiments with didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions! 2 PM (Family)

15 Tue. Art with the Chrysler

3 Tue. What is Your Actual Size?

How big is the largest spider? The tiniest fish? See and learn about some of the world’s most amazing animals, and then make an actual size version of yourself! 4 PM (Toddlers & Preschool)

24 Tue. SRP Kickoff with Krendl the Magician

Be dazzled and amazed by the magic, illusions and the uncanny way Krendl engages the audience! 2 PM (Family)

26 Thu. Meet Virginia Animals with Nature’s Calling Learn about native Virginia animals with Penny Lazauskas of Nature’s Calling and meet some of her animal friends in person! 2 PM (Family)

28 Sat. Tintabulations Handbell Choir

This impressive group of ringers from sunny Reno, Nevada, will perform music ranging from classic church hymns and jazz, to showtunes and Disney! 11 AM (Family)

July Author Visit: Danielle Leibovici

Create a fun art project and listen to a story with staff from the Chrysler Museum of Art! 2 PM (Family)

17 Thu. Play: “Around the World in 80 Days!” Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Laugh until you drop with an afternoon of unusual storytelling presented by the Bucket of Monkeys improv comedy troupe! 2 PM (Family)

22 Tue. Shark Secrets

The Virginia Living Museum’s Discovery Box Shark week is just around the corner! Before you head to the beach, come poke around the VLM’s discovery box. You’ll find real shark jaws, shark vertebrae, shark skin and fossil shark teeth, shark embryos and eggs, and more! 2 PM (Family)

August 26 Tue. Storyteller Lynn Ruehlmann: “Hug a Bug” How do bugs get huggable? You’ll find out in stories and songs with Lynn and her puppet friends, Shoe Fly and his buddy, Sox! 2 PM (Family)


“Under the Tree”

Summer Family Movie *Contact branch for movie titles and ratings

Tuesday, July 1 @ 2 PM Listen to local author Danielle Leibovici read her award-winning book “Under the Tree” and do a fun activity! (School Age & Family)


Friday, June 13 @ 2 PM Thursdays @ 2 PM (July 24 & 31; August 7 & 14) Nibble on popcorn and watch family-friendly movies on our big screen! (Family)

Norfolk Public Library Summer Events Guide