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Jan 302024
 

 

 

 

 

Conshohocken Free Library Amazon Wishlist

February is Library Lovers Month.  We’ve curated a list of supplies that will help our library spring in to summer with program planning, events, crafts and more!  Scan the QR code or use link to shop for your donation.  Thank you for your support!

Jan 242024
 

 

 

 

 

February Program Registration Links

PLEASE READ: We require registration for certain programs to ensure a safe and quality experience in our library.  Please follow registration guidelines on the form.  Contact the library with any questions by phone at 610-825-1656 or email askcon@mclinc.org.  Registration is for one event/program date.  Recuring programs require registration weekly.  Registration typically opens a week before the event/program date and closes a day before the program or once maximum attendees is reached.  Registration opening can vary.  Programs with * indicate new time slot from previous month.

All programs that require registration in February have form links listed below:

Babies in the Library: Newborn to Age 2 Tuesdays at 10:30*

Lego+ Club- Ages 5-10, Tuesdays at 3:45pm

Toddler Time- Thursdays (2/2 & 2/15 Only) at 12:15pm*

Children’s Half Day Matinee- Turning Red– Feb. 2 2pm

Lunar New Year Storytime Feb. 8 12:15pm

I Am Me Storytime Feb. 10 11am

Build Your Bear Stuffy Sleepover, Feb 14, 5pm

Children’s Movie Matinee- Soul– Feb. 16 2pm

Love Your Library Storytime with Miss Kate Feb. 22 at 12:15pm

RAAW Storypaloozas Feb 26, 28 & March 1 After School

Teen Book Review Blog, Starts November 1

 

Dec 162023
 

 

 

 

 

Join CFL Mystery Book Club for a global discussion of “The Perfect Crime” edited by by Vaseem Khan & Maxim Jakubowski. This book club meets virtually on Zoom at 7pm on Thursday, January 25. Email CFLmystery@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

Around the world in 22 murders…
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER AWARD
‘22 hugely engaging and eloquent crime stories from around the world … the plots sizzle and evoke a variety of emotions. The Perfect Crime comes with a massive thumbs up from me and marches straight in to sit as a LoveReading Star Book.’ LoveReading

MURDER
BLACKMAIL
REVENGE

From Lagos to Mexico City, Australia to the Caribbean, Toronto to Los Angeles, Darjeeling to rural New Zealand, London to New York – twenty-two bestselling crime writers from diverse cultures come together from across the world in a razor sharp and deliciously sinister collection of crime stories.

Featuring Oyinkan Braithwaite, Abir Mukherjee, S.A. Cosby, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, J.P. Pomare, Sheena Kamal, Vaseem Khan, Sulari Gentill, Nelson George, Rachel Howzell Hall, John Vercher, Sanjida Kay, Amer Anwar, Henry Chang, Nadine Matheson, Mike Phillips, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Felicia Yap, Thomas King, Imran Mahmood, David Heska Wanbli Weiden and Walter Mosley.
‘An absolute delight! The Perfect Crime is the most original, and captivating, short fiction anthology to come along in ages… this book is a one-sitting read.’ JEFFERY DEAVER, author of The Bone Collector and The Midnight Lock
‘A collection of crime writers from diverse cultural backgrounds, united by the quality of their compelling stories. A hugely welcome and long-overdue anthology’ MARK BILLINGHAM, no. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller
Nov 222023
 

 

 

 

 

Donate Online Here

The building that today houses our library was built in 1857 by Lewis Lukens, who “contributed greatly to the commercial, cultural and civic life of Conshohocken.”  After his death, his grandchildren gave the house at 301 Fayette Street to the borough of Conshohocken to be used as a library.  As their grandfather before them, Lukens’ decedents paid it forward to the community, giving them a permanent location to provide opportunities for “lifelong learning for all ages.”

In 1973, Conshohocken Free Library became a part of the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library.  Today were receive wonderful support as one of five branches, supporting our collections and staff.  Last year we even received funding to offset programming cost thanks to Director Karen DeAngelo and MC-NPL board members.

The Friends of the Conshohocken Free Library help support programing and other learning resources as requested.  They raise funds through a monthly used book sale and donations.  In the spring, they canvas local businesses to support our Summer Reading program and in return, give back to the local business as well.

The building itself is the responsibility of the community.  We own it and we are responsible for its upkeep.  We owe it to the Lukens family to pay it forward by providing funding and support for maintenance, upkeep and improvements.  Many of those decisions are made by the library’s advisory board, a group of volunteers, listed below, who donate their time and energy monthly to guide decisions on maintaining the building and raising funds to support those efforts.

These are just a few examples of how members of the community pay it forward in the spirit of the Lukens family.  There is always room for more support in our efforts.  There are currently financial needs to support upgrading our fire alarm system, replacing the roof, security cameras to monitor the exterior of the building and everything else that happens in between.  It’s important everyone enjoying our library in Conshohocken and beyond know the story of the Lukens’ generous donation, and especially the condition that if the building ever stops being a library, it goes back to the decedents of the Lukens family.

The Conshohocken Free Library is a 501c3 organization and donations keep our building a library.  Donations can be made in person at the library or online by credit card.  Let’s keep the library standing for future generations to enjoy lifelong learning opportunities. 

Holly Holst-Branch Manager

Library Board Members:

Brian Butch Coll- President

Ned Stern- Vice President

Mario D’Achille- Treasuer

Jennifer McCracken- Secretary

Binne Bianco

Bryan Collins

Eric Heal

Kathy McCarthy

Bob Moore

Kevin Olkowski

Johnny Pasquarello

Alice Marie Schwartz

Dr. Dennis Yankosky

Oct 242023
 

 

 

 

Conshohocken Free Library will accept book and material donation with the understanding it will become property of the library and used to widen the access to education and knowledge in the community.  Books and material donations must be accepted by staff at the Circulation Desk.  Library staff may reject any donations based on condition.

Most book donations accepted by the library are given to the Friends of the Conshohocken Free Library, a volunteer fundraising group.

  • These donations are used to stock a used book sale, which is entirely volunteer run.
  • Books must be in good condition, with resale value.
  • 3 Box Limit as long as the donation cart is empty, unless you call ahead to schedule drop off.
  • Donors must be able to get books and material in the library themselves.  Staff can not leave the building to help you unload your car.
  • Tax receipt from the circulation desk upon request.
  • Donors are responsible for counting and filling in donation amounts.

Donations must be brought in to the library during open hours.

  • Boxes left outside easily trap moisture and can become home to insects and rodents, which is harmful to material inside and the library building itself.
  • Any material left on our porch or elsewhere in the library without informing staff will be thrown away.

Library Hours:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 12-8pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-5pm
  • Fridays 12-5pm
  • Saturdays 10am-2pm

Please contact the library to make sure we can accept your donation. You may email us at askcon@mclinc.org or call 610-825-1656 during opening hours.  If we are unable to take your donation, find information about the nearest Green Drop donation center below:

PLYMOUTH
200 Ridge Pike
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Hours of Operations:
Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct 202023
 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Hotspots Are Back!

Thanks to generous funding from the Friends of the Conshohocken Free Library, mobile hotspots are back for circulation to adult library card holders with accounts in good standing (fines under $10).  Please read our complete borrowing policy.

  • Hotspots may be checked out for 2 weeks, no renewals
  • Late fines are $10 per day up to $60.
  • Must be returned to Conshohocken Free Library with device, case and charger.
  • There is a 24 hour waiting period between returning a hotspot device and checking it out again.
Oct 052023
 

 

 

 

 

Is your teen looking to earn volunteer hours this school year?  Write reviews for your favorite books. Receive volunteer/community service hours to count towards graduation requirements, National Honor Society requirements and more!

To start, simply choose a book to read. We would prefer that you select a book from our collection, but feel free to choose any book that you feel strongly about. Next, write a compelling, well-written review of the book that you chose. Incomplete or un-edited work will be sent back to the submitter to be re-done. Please note that your review doesn’t have to be positive, so just be honest.

Make sure you have submitted your Community Service Volunteer Application and background checks in order to qualify for community service hours. Email these to hholst@mclinc.org.  Finally submit your work via this Google Form.

Each review is worth 1 volunteer hour with a 300 word minimum and 400 word maximum. Once your review has been posted, you will receive the volunteering credit.

Attention: Please complete a Community Service Volunteer Application before submitting a review. Links for this can be found at the end of this Google Form. Anyone aged 14-17  must complete the following:

These are free for volunteers. Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate everyone.
Those seeking volunteer hours for the National Honors Society should consider having one or more backup locations in order to obtain all required hours. Hours are first come, first served, so submit your applications as soon as possible!