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Nov 172020
 

Attention high school seniors, recent graduates and their families! Join us on December 14, 2020 starting at 7 PM to discuss financial decisions needed to make about higher education.

 

This free presentation provides an early understanding of the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. Frances McKeown of PHEAA will discuss higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid. This event is held in cooperation with Abington Free Library and Upper Dublin Public Library.

Email Asha Verma, Head of Readers’ Services at averma@mclinc.org for a Zoom link. Log in with a computer or cellphone and join the discussion! A Zoom account is not required to participate.

Nov 022020
 

There’s more than one way to help. Social distancing is still in effect, but you can still find ways to volunteer for your community and earn hours for groups like the National Honors Society, Girl Scouts and more!

Here is the list of volunteer opportunities offered online at the Main Library and its branches for ages 12 -17:

Spread the joy:

Send letters to those that need to read a cheerful message!

– Mail letters to elders around the world! Find out about Love for Our Elder’s Letters of Love project HERE. We can send the cards/letters for you; just put it in the drop box at the Front Desk here at the Main Library or contact your library branch. If you decide to send it yourself, please send us a picture of your card/letter to Ebony Harmon, MC-NPL’s Teen Program Coordinator at eharmon@mclinc.org. Please read the instructions HERE before you start writing. If the instructions aren’t followed correctly, then we can’t send the letters and/or your time won’t be counted. Only four letters per month, please. (Worth 1 hour volunteering)

– Mail cards to hospitalized children all over the USA! You can learn more about Cards for Hospitalized Kids HERE. We’ll send the cards for you with the same procedure as the letters for elders or you can or you can email a picture to eharmon@mclinc.org. Please read the instructions HERE before you start your card. If the instructions aren’t followed correctly, then we can’t send the card and/or your time won’t be counted. Only four cards per month, please. (Worth 1 hour)

You Review:

Let your thoughts be heard!

– Write a book review in 280 characters or more. These reviews count for one review per book; write as many as you would like. Click here to write a review! (Worth 1 hour)

– Write a film/show review in 280 characters or more. These reviews count for one review per film/show; write as many as you would like. Click here to write a review! (Worth 1 hour)

– Make a 10 song (or more) playlist for a book. These only count for three playlists per book; write for as many books as you would like. Email your list(s) or a playlist link(s) to your preferred music service and if you want your list on our social media (or not) to eharmon@mclinc.org. Need ideas for making a playlist? Check out this link: http://www.wordsalive.org/quaranteensprompts/createaplaylist (Worth 1 hour)

Activities:

Do fun projects and more!

– Participate in a library project or event. (Worth the event’s time length)

– Record yourself reading the first 3 pages of a book out loud. Click here to record yourself. Email the link of your recording, along with the title & author of the book and if you want your recording on our social media, to eharmon@mclinc.org to have your hour(s) counted. Make as many as you would like. (Worth 1 hour volunteering)

– Sign up and join Teens Teach Technology. To learn more about Teens Teach Technology, go to this post or check out their website HEREClick here for their volunteer form. (Worth the time of training and volunteering)

Schoolwork:

Get extra-extra credit!

– Send us your book reports. Email your report to eharmon@mclinc.org to have your time counted. (Worth 1 hour)

 


Once you complete any of the tasks above, you just have to fill out this form HERE or the button below in order to have your time counted.

Thank you for volunteering your time!

Oct 192020
 

Join now! If you read just one book a night starting before your child is 2, you will have read over 1,000 books by the time your child starts kindergarten! Our program makes it fun, with incentives for every milestone you reach–1 book, 25 books, 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1,000 Books. The program is intended for children under the age of 5 years.

The One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten initiative is designed to:

  • Promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers.
  • Encourage parent and child bonding through reading.
  • Help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.

Studies show that children who are read to from birth have an easier time learning to read.

You can sign up and log your progress here:

https://mcnpl.beanstack.org/

You can also track your progress with the Beanstack Tracker mobile app which is available for both iOS and Android. The mobile app includes the ability to scan the barcode from the back of the book for easy logging.

Oct 192020
 

Virtually learn the basics of modern technology with the experts: teens!

During these unprecedented times, it is important to stick together, while still social distancing from each other. Teen Tech Technology is a Youth Organization that teach the basics of technology to seniors and adults.

Attend all lessons or pick any that fit your needs:
From 4PM – 4:30 PM

November 30th: Social Media

  • Twitter: How to download the application, create an account, following an account, how to like a tweet, how to retweet with and without a comment, how to generally comment on a tweet
  • Instagram: How to download the application, create an account, following an account, private/public account, managing direct messages, posting a new photo
  • Facebook: How to download the application, create an account, adding friends, posting a picture

December 3rd: Useful Digital Apps

  • Food Applications: DoorDash (downloading and using the application to order food to your house), UberEats (using the application to order food)
  • Education Applications: Duolingo (creating an account, practicing and additional features)
  • Reading Applications: News App (learning about daily news), Amazon Kindle (Sign Up for Kindle, finding a book, purchasing or downloading a book, reading and features)

December 4th: Entertainment

  • Music Applications: Spotify (downloading signing up, creating a playlist of songs), Apple Music (finding song of your choice)
  • Television Streaming: YouTube (downloading the application, find videos of your interest), Netflix (Downloading the application, creating profiles, finding TV shows and movies), Amazon Prime Video (downloading and choosing shows), Hulu and Disney Plus (downloading and finding shows)
  • Fun Applications: Color Therapy, Candy Crush, Sudoku, Board Games

You will need a computer or tablet with an Internet connection.
Registration required. Please email averma@mclinc.org to receive the Zoom link for each lesson.

Sep 282020
 

Library Computer Classes – Over the Internet – Update

If you have wanted to participate in our computer classes over the Internet, but do not have a personal computer at home, there is good news! The Library’s one-on-one Computer Classes over the Internet are now being offered using library computers. To see the courses we offer, please visit the Computer Course Descriptions page. To learn how to sign up for computer classes, visit this page: Library Computer Classes – Over the Internet. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Computer Lab staff for more information. 610-278-5100 ext. 141

Aug 252020
 

MC-NPL offers two book clubs via Zoom: Mystery Tuesday Book Club and Saturday Book Club.

Email Asha Verma, Head of Readers’ Services at Averma@mclinc.org for a Zoom link. Log in with a computer or cellphone and join the discussion! A Zoom account is not required to participate.


Mystery Tuesday Book Club

Led by Dr Monica D’Antonio, Associate Professor at Montgomery County Community College. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2 pm to discuss thriller, suspense, true crimes, noir and detective fiction.

Next meeting is December 1st, 2020 at 2pm.

“When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.

But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support, she’s stunned to find they don’t believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life.

Until the day the phone rings . . .” — Goodreads

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Saturday Book Club

Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 2 pm. Dr Hal Halbert, Professor at Montgomery County Community College facilitates the discussion. The club engages in all kinds of genre.

Next meeting is on December 19, 2020 at 2PM.

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.” — Goodreads