Programs

The Dedham Public Library is pleased to offer a variety of programs and events. Below you will find information on a selection of our popular, ongoing programs. Please see our calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Adults

Watercolor Painting
If you’ve been wanting to pick up that paint brush, wait no longer! We’ll gather to inspire each other and delight in the variety of colors, styles and techniques. Gianna provides a focus for each class; from painting landscapes to shadows, color mixing to painting abstracts.  There will be exercises to benefit beginners and advanced painters.  You can work at your own pace, with guidance always available.
This is a FREE Watercolor Class/Studio Time for beginners and experienced painters. You will need to register through Eventbrite to receive a list of suggested materials, and to receive Zoom Studio info. See our calendar for time & date information. Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

Crafting Together
Are you ready to meet up with others on Zoom to create and socialize?  Everyone will focus on their particular craft or art project, meanwhile we can talk about techniques & tools we’re using, and we can even demonstrate for each other.  We’ll be able to share information and images of our fabulous creations! Bring your current project; spoon carving, painting, bookmaking, paper craft, sculpting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, needle-felting projects, whatever! You’ll be in good company to inspire, support and feed your creative soul.
This program will be offered on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8pm. Please contact Gianna at if you have any questions. This program is great for Adults & Teens.

Teens

Minecraft!
The Dedham Public Library now offers its own private Minecraft Server for patrons aged 10 – 14. Our server supports Minecraft Java Edition (for PC/Mac), so unfortunately we cannot support other editions (such as Mobile or X-Box). The server is available weekly on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30, and requires registration at http://bit.ly/dplminecraft or contact  for more information. And now for some minecraft jargon: We are running survival mode, with no PVP, and keepinventory on. We are using a whitelist to restrict access only to registered users. Currently, players must own their own copy of the game to play, but we’re working on that. See you soon and happy mining!

Ukulele for Beginners
Calling All Ukulele Players!…. & Wanna Be Uke Players!!!! Are you curious about playing with others in a no pressure situation, and advancing your skills? Would you like to explore some new songs?  We’ll practice chords, strums and a variety of music.
Join us on Zoom the first & third Tuesdays of each month, from 6-7pm!  All ages and levels welcome. Please register through Eventbrite to receive Zoom info. Note, The Library has 4 Ukuleles that can be borrowed.

Magic: The Gathering at the Library
Join Tobi and your fellow patrons of the Dedham Public Library as we play the worlds greatest collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Want to learn how to play? Tobi has beginner decks for new players to learn the rules and take home with them. An advanced player? Join the tournaments with fellow patrons and get free cards just for playing! We play all formats including Arch Enemy, Commander, Standard and kitchen table. Magic at the library will return in the future and is intended for kids ages 10 and up, in the meantime if you have any questions contact Tobi at .

Dungeons and Dragons
Enter the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons with dungeons masters Tobi and Jonah at the Dedham Public Library. Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop roleplaying game in which kids explore with their imagination as they take on the role of adventurers in the land of Faerun, roll some dice and save the world. Want to learn how to play? All you need is your imagination as Jonah or Tobi will show you how to make a character, roll the dice and what materials you need if you want to explore Dungeons and Dragons with your friends outside the library. An experienced adventurer?.We have many adventure books and source books to check out if you want to play at home. Dungeons and Dragons at the library is on hiatus but will return in the future. Dungeons and Dragons programs are for kids 10 and up.  If you have any questions contact Tobi at  or Jonah at .

Teen Anime Club
Are you a fan of Japanese Anime? Do you enjoy Japanese culture and want to learn more? Then come down to the Endicott Library for Teen Anime Club hosted by Tobi. Every week Tobi selects Anime to be streamed right at the library through popular demand. Enjoy Japanese snacks while we watch Anime from classics like My Hero Academia, Naruto, or Fruits Basket to lesser known hits like RWBY, Tonari no Skei-Kun, or Ascendance of a Bookworm. Crafts and Japanese themed games are also included. This program is intended for tweens and teens 12 and up. Teen Anime Club will return in the future, in the meantime if you have any questions contact Tobi at .

Children

Storytime with Ms. Laura
Please join Ms. Laura for Storytime on Zoom every Tuesday. Let’s stay connected while we’re apart and read, dance, and have fun together! Participants will “shake their sillies out” to fun songs right from the comfort of their own home. This program is intended for children ages 0-5, with their caregiver.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Read to your favorite Tail Waggin’ Tutor on Zoom. Bliss is a local and friendly dog that is certified with Therapy Dogs International, Inc. During this Zoom session your child will have the chance to read their favorite books to Bliss. Each participant will receive fifteen minutes to read to Bliss. This program is for children of all ages. Visit our calendar to request your session today.

Crafts To-Go!
While the library may be closed for fun events, we still want to make sure you have a fun summer. Sign-up on Eventbrite for a craft kit of the week! Crafts kits are for children of all ages, some kits might require the help of an adult, and all supplies are included. Once everyone has their kit we will meet on Zoom to show off our completed crafts or work on them together. Please check our calendar to request a craft kit of the week; supplies are limited.

Little Lab Coats
Go on a scientific discovery with Little Lab Coats! Perform exciting experiments to explore the basic properties of science in an easy and fun way. No experience or previous knowledge required. For Ages 6-9. Space is Limited. These programs take place quarterly during the school year with special events during the summer. Please visit our calendar for the next session. Little Lab Coats is brought to you by Noble and Greenough Student, Niki, who has a passion for teaching science.

Read Aloud for Grades 3 – 5
Read aloud isn’t just for preschoolers. Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 as we work our way through award winning books like Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, and The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett. Countless studies show that students get many benefits from read aloud time well past their early childhoods. And they’re fun books too!

Middle Grade Book Club
Middle Grade Book Club is a virtual book club for kids in grades 5-8 who want to read and discuss books with other kids. This virtual book club meets on Zoom. Please check out our calendar for more information.

Library SCIENCE!
On alternating Wednesdays we explore a variety of STEAM topics and ideas. Past projects include hacking together a macro phone lens from a broken DVD player and using dry ice to make our own ice cream in a matter of minutes. This program will cover a variety of topics from raising butterflies from eggs to making our own plasma cutter from 9 volt batteries and beyond.

For more information on our programs please visit our calendar. We hope to see you soon!

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