Preschool Story Hour:

Tuesday and Saturday mornings, from 11am to noon, the library provides an interactive Story Time with story, music, and crafts for preschool-aged children. This active hour allows pre-readers to develop social skills, motor skills, and introduces young minds to the foundations of reading letters and numbers. The emphasis is on fun at the Public Library, and as each child gets a tactile as well as auditory experience s/he is introduced to the importance of the library experience. Children are encouraged to get a library card and take books with them for the week to read at home.

Toddler Music & Movement: 

Guests age 2-5 and their parents. 30 minutes of music and movement activities, 8-10 minutes of creative stretching (yoga), and a song. 2-3 music videos with instructor-led movements, 5-10 minutes of parachute play, scarves or beanbag games. Finally, a cool-down song to end the class.

B.Y.O.B.: Bring Your Own Baby:

Infants & caretakers are welcome to join us for ½ hour of Baby Time. This program uses audio stimulation from rattles, egg shakers, and a variety of music from week to week: touring through classical music, jazz and world café like Putymayo. We read Board Books and let the babies roll or crawl. This is beneficial for babies who have no other siblings, as well as for caregivers. Caregivers find that this social opportunity can also function as a support group for the adults.  (Currently not on the schedule. If you have an infant or are expecting and have interest please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Community Book Talks:

The first of our Community Book Talks was centered on the book Why We Chose This Way, and was a conversation about being a Black Muslim woman in America. About 75 people attended. Many residents expressed interest in continuing the conversation around diversity in our neighborhoods. Our second Community Book Talk was focused on the book The Distance Between Us. This event provided the neighborhood with a forum to discuss the issues of immigration and the experiences for those immigrants within our communities. In the fall of 2017, we plan to host a Community Book Talk on differently-abled people and our awareness as a community, centered on the book If at Birth You Don’t Succeed. 

Documentary Club:

In May 2017, the library hosted a viewing of and discussion of “I am not your Negro.” A core group of about 15 patrons expressed interest in an ongoing, monthly documentary series and discussion. Look for more information on the beginning of this series in the Fall of 2017.

Tour of Poetry

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) partnered with the Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield to sponsor the ongoing senior poetry workshop series titled “A Tour of Poetry for Seniors.”   Workshops are held one Saturday each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a lecture on poetry and reading from a visiting poet. A light luncheon is offered, compliments of the Library and local food service businesses.  At the end of the year, an anthology of the group's poetry is published.

Moving Mindfulness and Meditation:  Introduction to Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan

Experience the scientifically proven physical and mental benefits of moving your body in slow, gentle mindful ways while focusing your attention on your physical posture, muscle relaxation, and relaxed breathing. This program is provided in conjunction with the JCC.

Creative Writing:

Weekly creative writing classes to begin in the Fall of 2017 in conjunction with the JCC.


Monday mornings at 10am.  All players welcome, instruction available for novice players in the summer months.

Girls Book Club:

Girls ages 10-13 are welcome to join this group of fun, snack loving girls who love reading (and cats).  We meet on a weekly basis throughout the year and read a wide range of books from classics to contemporary fiction and various styles of writing from graphic novels to literary fiction to memoir.




Library Schedule