Asha Verma

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 202014
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Date: Thursday October 23rd
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Community Room of Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Join us for a pumpkin painting contest at the Norristown Public Library! Pumpkins will be on display in the library for people to vote on. Winners will be announced on October 30th, after which time you may bring the pumpkins home for your own Halloween decorations*. There will be Halloween candy available at both the program and the award ceremony. To guarantee a pumpkin, register ahead of time here or by calling 610-278-5100. You can also sign up at the front desk on the first floor.

We are awarding prizes for 3 places:
1st Prize: $10 Game Stop gift card and $5 Walmart gift card
2nd Prize: $5 Game Stop gift card and $5 Walmart gift card
3rd Prize: $5 Game Stop gift card

See the event on facebook by clicking here.

*Pumpkins that are not picked up will be tossed after Halloween.
*Photo by Radoslaw Wyjadlowski

Sep 192014

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 182014

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 152014

Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Time: 11am – 12pm
Place: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown PA 19401

John Shinpaugh returns once again! John has been researching his family history since 1981. This time he will be sharing his knowledge of genealogy with topics including definitions, evaluation factors, sample evaluations, and data analysis.

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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