Asha Verma

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.

Dec 272014

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 4pm-5pm
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 Wednesday afternoons by calling library at 610-278-5100, ext. 0.

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

Dec 262014

You can win a speaker, book basket, or set of AV coupons by going on facebook! Like the TeenZone facebook page to get a raffle ticket. We’ll do a drawing to find three lucky winners.

Prize: Portable speaker for computer/phone/tablet. Can be charged with USB or battery.
Prize: 5 Audio Visual coupons; good for 5 free movie/game rentals.
Prize: Book basket. (A basket of books)

Click here to go to the page

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 club.

Some other ideas for things a TAB might decide to put together could be a Comic Convention, movie night, gaming tournament, 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 see some new faces!


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. Every Thursday beginning at 5pm staff member Elena will be available to help students with their homework. You do not need to register for this program; Elena can be found in the TeenZone area on the first floor or by asking for her at the circulation desk by the library’s main entrance.

Internet access will be provided