Asha Verma

Apr 012015

“The Music Man” On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 At 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room. For the Senior Film Festival

When Harold Hill (Robert Preston), a traveling con man, arrives in River City, he convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money. Librarian Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones) suspects Harold is a fraud, but holds her tongue since her moody brother, Winthrop (Ronny Howard), is excited about the band. As Harold begins to develop feelings for Marian, he faces a difficult decision about skipping town.

Film was Directed and Produced by Morton DaCosta

Mar 202015

Build Your Small Business Smarts, A special series presented by TD Bank in honor of National Library Week and Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month is the Best Time to Learn How to Get Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise at the Montgomery County – Norristown Public Library.

Join us for the following sessions:

Monday, April 13, 9-10:30 am – Business Plan Basics
Wednesday, April 15, 1-2:30 pm – Are You Making Money?
Wednesday, April 15, 3-4:30 pm – Applying for Financing
Thursday, April 16, 9-11:30 am – Analyzing the Competition

Pre-registration is not required but would be helpful to program planners. Please call 610-278-5100, x2 to register or find out more about the Business Smarts Series.

Mar 202015

Date: Monday, April 20th
Time: 1-2:30 pm Credit Sense
Time: 3-4:30 pm Financial Preparation
Place: 1st Floor Community Room
Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell St, Norristown, PA 19401.

Credit Sense: Understand and Use Credit Wisely
TD Bank Community Development Loan Officer Dennis burns will discuss the following topics:
The Value of Credit
Kinds of Credit
How to Obtain Credit
Credit management (this includes ways to keep good credit as well as ways to repair your credit.)

Financial Preparation: Steps to Home Ownership
Dennis Burns will review these 5 elements lenders take into consideration when reviewing applications for financing:
1. Employment
2. Income Sources
3. Credit
4. Down-payment
5. Funds to close
In addition, Mr. Burns will review the types of loans that prospective homeowners can apply for.

Pre-registration is not required but would be helpful to program planners. Please call 610-278-5100 ext. 2 to register or learn more about Money Smart Monday.

Mar 062015

Date: Saturday, April 4th
Time: 2pm

Dave Terruso, author of Cube Sleuth and stand up comedian, will be on hand to sign copies of his book as well as present a short comedy sketch.
Cube Sleuth is a dark comedy and amateur-detective murder mystery.

Books will be available for sale. Please sign up for your copy at the circulation desk.

Feb 262015
spring garden

This Spring, we will be holding a hands-on food landscaping series here at the library. This series consists of four unique meetings independent from one another. You have the choice of attending all four workshops for $15 or only the one(s) you are interested in for $5 per workshop. You must register for these programs ahead of time. All of the following workshops will be held at the main library in Norristown at 1001 Powell Street in Norristown, PA. The individual workshops are as follows:

Introduction to Permaculture & Seed Starting
Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Place: Boardroom on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library
In this workshop, we will cover the basics of permaculture design and then hand out seeds to get you started with great tasting veggies. You will learn how to let the plants grow naturally on whatever land you’ve got and soon reap the rewards of growing your own food.

Grow Food in The Shade
Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Place: Outside the main entrance of the library
The shade from trees and houses make it difficult for many types of flowers to blossom, but after this workshop you’ll know all about how to grow edible plants in the shade.

Soil Building & Bio-Intensive Veggie Production
Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Place: In the library parking lot
Ditch the fertilizers, chemicals, and tillers; Learn how to create healthy soil (and healthy plants) with less work and more benefit to the environment.

Rain Gardens and Plant Guilds
Date: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Place: Outside the main entrance of the library
Learn how to grow the happiest plants by putting them in their favorite conditions and find out what makes a good plant team or “guild”.

This Workshop is Sponsored by the “Feed the Burbs” organization. Learn more about them by clicking here.

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.