Asha Verma

Sep 192014
 
breastcancer

Date: Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown PA 19401

MariAlyce Keane shares her journey to joy after receiving the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. Included are helpful tips on collaboration with physicians and information to encourage breast cancer awareness.

Sep 182014
 
genealogy

Date: Thursday Oct 9
Time: 11am-12pm
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown PA 19401

John Shinpaugh has been researching his family history since about 1981. His analytical skills acquired during his Air Force career in the field of Intelligence aided him immensely in his successful compilation of several of his ancestor families. Topics will include getting started, surname clarification, problems to resolve, sources of information, migration concerns, and family compilations.

Sep 182014
 
homeworkhelp

Date: Every Thursday beginning September 25th
Time: 4-5pm
Place: TeenZone of Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, Pa 19401

(For grades 6-12)

Whether you need some help, a quiet place to study, or a meeting place for your group project, the library has your back.

Elena will be around to help with English homework and writing papers. If you need help constructing an essay or interpreting Shakespeare, don’t miss this opportunity!

We are also in the process of looking for someone who can help with Mathematics homework.

Sep 182014
 
gentleyoga

Date: Mondays Oct 6 to Nov 24
Time: 10am-11am
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown PA 19401

Instructed by Maria Cipollini, this class incorporates breath work and postures designed to open, stretch, and strengthen the body. This is a great class for those who are new to yoga. Students may feel stronger, more grounded, and more relaxed after this class.

Price: $25 for 8 classes or $5 per class.

Registration is required. Please bring a towel or yoga mat to class.

Sep 062014
 
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Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to read as outlined in the First Amendment as well as the Library Bill of Rights. Many books and graphic novels, including such classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, and even Winnie the Pooh, have been banned, challenged, censored, and even burned. Most often the reason these books are banned or challenged is to keep younger readers from being exposed to them. The American Librarian Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation work to ensure that teens are afforded their First Amendment Right, the Freedom to Read. A parent may choose to prevent their child from reading a certain book, but to ensure that no-one has access to the book is beyond their rights and beyond reason. That’s why this year, for the first time ever, the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library has a Banned Books display in the TeenZone containing a few of the books that have been banned or challenged throughout the nation. Included in the display are books of all different genres, from fantasy (Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere) to non-fiction (The Diary of Anne Frank). Even the ever popular Harry Potter books and Hungergames Triology can be found among the books that have been banned or challenged, be it for violent content or for something as simple as mentioning magic.

This week, be sure to join the conversation by getting caught with a banned book! Use the hashtag #bannedbooks on twitter or instagram with your banned book. You can also follow the TeenZone instagram at “teenzonemcnpl”.

Comics are frequently banned as well

Comics are frequently banned as well

If you’re a fan of comics, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a website showcasing banned comics and graphic novels with information on who banned them and why. Check it out by clicking here. Some of these comics are also included in the TeenZone display.

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Banned Books week this year is the week of Sept 21-27, but the display will remain throughout the month of September. Please keep in mind that while this is all about the freedom to read, many of these books/comics are intended for teens age 13 and up.

Sep 062014
 
complex female characters

It can be difficult to find books with female characters that we can actually relate to. Very often, the center of attention in books and popular media is on male characters. Likewise, just because there are female characters in a book doesn’t mean they are well-written. Here are three books available at the main library in Norristown that Kelly Jenson and VOYA magazine recommend for their accurate portrayals of multi-dimensional female characters:

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi
Chasing Shadows is a book about challenges to friendship, extremely difficult decisions, and different ways of dealing with grief in after losing a loved one. This book is a mix between graphic novel and regular novel.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert
This is a book that gets the reader involved with issues the main character faces within the ballet world. Among other things, Theo has to deal with an eating disorder and racial discrimination among her peers. As if that wasn’t enough, a kidnapping she feels partly responsible for only adds to her struggles in this novel.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
This book is a lesbian love story. For main character Emi, this novel is a learning experience about relationships and patience. Follow Emi through her journey to find her princess charming and the happily ever after she always dreamed of.

Aug 132014
 
Maare Liiv

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown PA 19401

Join Master Gardener Kathy Klein for a fun, fast-paced, and interactive hour sharing gardening tips and tricks. All gardeners have shortcuts to share! Join us and gather tips for recycling in your garden.

Photograph by Maare Liiv