Asha Verma

Jan 302015

Dates: Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day)
Times: Beginning at 12pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday
Place: Montgomery county-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Grab a sweet for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day from your local library teens. The teen gaming club of the Norristown Public Library is putting together a bake sale to raise money for new program supplies. With these supplies we can enable more young adults to participate in our weekly Game Nights.

Game Night is a community building event meant specifically for teenagers where they can have their own space to play games and meet others their age. To help further this cause, stop by the library on Friday or Saturday afternoon to pick up a sweet treat and support the club. If you would like to volunteer to help run the bake sale (whether you are a teen or a parent) please visit the front desk or call 610-278-5100.

Teens in grades 6-12 can join us twice a week at Game Nights. See you there!

Jan 152015

Do you want to learn marketable skills and gain career opportunities without accruing the dreaded student debt? No problem! Those between the ages of 17 and 21 with a GED or high school diploma can enroll in a local pre-apprenticeship program with Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County OIC and the Laborer’s International Union of North America bring a program that has:
No student loans
An excellent gateway to job opportunities
3-5 year programs (depending on type of program) in areas such as electricians
Funding from the Montgomery County Department of Commerce

You can learn more on the Montco OIC website.

You can also visit the website for the Laborer’s International Union here.

Jan 152015

this could be youLast summer during our Writing Club meetings, we talked about places that publish teen work. Many teens, such as Anna Caltabiano* (author of “All That Is Red”) are finding digital self-publishing to be a better route to success. Some of the digital platforms where you can self-publish your work include “Kindle Direct Publishing” and “Smashwords“. You can also make use of our library resources for help: Every Thursday at 5pm you can find me (Elena) at the TeenZone on the first floor of the library for Homework Help. I can help you with editing your work and writing query letters. Be sure to stop by the reference desk for help finding books on self-publishing as well.

Of course, don’t forget the places I talked about last summer:

Teen Lit Includes writer’s workshop and book reviews
Children Come First hosts the Children Come First Writing Contest
Rosen Publishing is looking for personal stories from teens for publication
The Young Writer’s Society has community forums for young writers
The IRIS Literary Magazine is a relatively new magazine looking for contributions from teens ages 14-17. This magazine focuses on stories by and about members of the LGBTQA+ community.
Teen Ink Literary Magazine publishes work by people between the ages of 13 and 19. This is a monthly magazine as well as a website.

The Norristown Area High School literary magazine, The Scribbler, will be accepting poems, short stories, original artwork, and original photography until April 4th (2015). You can send poems and short stories as a word attachment to but photos and artwork will need to be dropped off in room 326.

*You can read more about how teen writer Anna Caltabiano published her book by clicking here.

Dec 272014

Date: Mondays
Time: 2pm-4pm
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Do you need help with your smart phone, tablet, or laptop? Want help with email, Facebook, or Twitter? Are you interested in an introduction to the library’s online resources?

You pick the topic! Sign up for a 30 minute one-on-one help* session with a librarian on Monday afternoons by calling library at 610-278-5100, ext. 0.

*We can only assist with non-hardware related questions.

Dec 272014

Date: Saturday, February 21st
Time: 11am
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities presents “The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience”:

The most famous conductor of The Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, helped thousands of enslaved African-Americans escape to freedom in North America. Through the use of her extensive research, actor Millicent Sparks brings Harriet Tubman to life. At the conclusion of her performance, Sparks interacts with the audience, responding in character to questions about Tubman’s life in slavery, The Underground Railroad, and the Civil War.

Millicent Sparks is an accomplished actor, writer, and producer who has performed on local, regional, and international stages. She has also performed for film and on television. Sparks is a lifelong history buff who develops and produces well-researched living history performance programs with special emphasis on the African-American experience though her production company, Millicent Sparks Productions, Inc.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dec 272014
free tax help

Date: Tuesdays beginning February 3rd and continuing until April 14th
Time: 10am-2pm
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Come into the library for help with filing your taxes. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide service is available for free to taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and up. Registration is not required.