Asha Verma

Nov 212014

Hey there, my name is Elena and I’m here to invite you all to join a Teen Advisory Board for the Norristown Public Library.

A Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens aged 12-18 who work together with library staff to create, enhance, and improve upon Young Adult programs and activities. As a member of the board, you have the opportunity to display creativity, form leadership skills, and help serve your community. You also have the chance to put together programs that you have a personal interest in, such as chess or anime/manga.

Some other ideas for things a TAB might decide to put together could be a Comic Convention, movie night, writing club, or even an open mic night. It’s up to you to decide what types of programs are the best fit for you and your peers. I’m counting on you to bring your ideas to the table and put your heart into your programs. I’ll be there to help out, too!

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Look for me at our weekly programs: Game Night on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4pm, as well as Homework Help on Thursdays at 5pm. Or, if you can’t make it, leave a comment on this blog so I know you’re interested.

I hope to hear from you, and maybe even see some new faces!


Nov 072014

Book Page released this month’s Teen Picks in fiction, non-fiction, and fantasy. Not every pick is listed here; The following books are those that are available through our Main Library and branch libraries:

How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon is a book published in response to the events regarding Trayvon Martin and Micheal Brown, as well as countless others. Robin Smith writes in his review, “[This book] is an important, compelling story that everyone should read, especially high school students trying to make sense of our supposed post-racial world.” This book was the top pick for this month.

Stories of My Life is a memoir by Katherine Paterson of her life before and after winning Newberry Awards in children and young-adult literature. The memoir features her early years in China up to her later years on the East Cost of the USA. This book contains some mature content. This book is currently available at the Norristown Library.

Talon by Julie Kagawa is a story about dragons who must take human form in order to blend in and survive in the human world. Unfortunately, other dragons have done this as well, and dragon-slayers are ever present. Ember and her brother Dante must keep their identities secret while simultaneously protecting their new found human friends.

Oct 282014

Date: Tuesdays, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library 1001 Powell St

Are you a writer at heart?  Sometimes it can be difficult to start a novel, or get back into the writing mood.  If you need that little push, then celebrate National Novel Writing Month with us this November.  Come join us and write your dream novel!


Oct 212014

YALSA has announced the top ten books of 2014, as chosen by nationwide teens. Learn more about then top ten list as well as the top ten lists from previous years at the YALSA website.

TL;DR The following books are YALSA’s teen top ten for 2014:

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Sep 182014

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 5-6pm
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.

If you need help constructing an essay or interpreting Shakespeare, don’t miss this opportunity!

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.

Mar 272014

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Do you want a bigger voice in your library programming? Now’s your chance! Leave suggestions in the comment sections for what kind of programs you would like to see at your local library, and let us know what you think of our programs so far. For example, would you be interested in the library hosting LAN parties? What kind of games would you like to see added to our collection at game night? Would you be interested in book discussion groups, or scene reenactments? Let us know what you’re interested in seeing at your library, and we’ll do our best to bring it to you!