May 082015

What: Essay Contest
When: May 6, 2015 – July 10, 2015
Where: Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street
Norristown, PA 19401

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library is participating in a national essay contest called “A Book That Shaped Me”. This contest is for children entering grades 5 and 6. They will be required to write a short (one-page) essay about a book that has resonated with them.

From the website:

“Books have the power to shape us by changing the ways we think and feel. Think about a book that made a difference in your life. It could be your favorite book, one that you read at school or as part of this year’s summer reading program. How did it make you feel? Did it change the way you see yourself, your family or the world? Choose one book – it can be fiction or nonfiction – and write a short essay about how it had a personal impact on your life.”

State finalists will receive prizes and be honored at the Book Festival in September in Washington, DC.

Read more about this contest by clicking here.

May 012015
big hero

Beginning June 29th, the Video Services Department of the MC-NPL will be hosting Free Monday Afternoon movies.
Movies shown will allow patrons to sit back and relax here at the library. Come join us for 6 fun filled Monday afternoons, to watch some family favorites. Movies will be shown on a large screen in the community room on the 1st floor.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Department: (610)278-5100 Ext 4
Please join us!

June 29th
Big Hero 6(PG)
Running Time: 102min
July 6th
Ant Boy(PG)
Running Time: 77min
July 13th
Running Time: 77min
July 27th
Earth to Echo(PG)
Running Time: 91min
August 3rd
Mr. Peabody & Sherman(G)
Running Time: 92min
August 10th
Running Time: 110min
Apr 152015

Please join us for the following regular programs at the Main Library:

Senior Film festival – Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month – 1pm Board Room
Upcoming movies:

on May 13, 2015 is “Chicago”
on June 10, 2015 is “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

Book Discussion Group – every 3rd Saturday – 2pm Board Room – This group of avid readers led by Dr. Harold W. Halbert, meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. New members are welcome. The following are the upcoming titles, not necessarily in this order. Copies of the book(s) to be discussed will be available at the front desk at the Main Library.

April- “Lisette’s List By Susan Vreeland
May- “The Children Act” By Ian McEwan

Great Books Discussion Group – 2nd Tuesday of every month – 2pm Board Room -New members are welcome. Please call Shirley Miller before attending your first meeting at 610-272-4179

Teen Game Night – Every Tuesday and Friday from 4-5:45pm teens 11+ may play video and board games in the community room. Art supplies are also available during this program.

Device Advice Get help from a librarian with using devices such as e-readers and tablets, as well as learning how to set up an email or Facebook account. You pick the topic. 30 minute one-on-one sessions are available on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm-5pm.

Apr 142015

June Jazz @ The Zoo is MC-NPL’s annual fundraiser being held this year at Elmwood Park Zoo on June 4. The event offers a relaxed, entertaining and inviting environment for patrons to enjoy while learning about the library’s programs and needs.

Guests will adore the delicious array of hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Zoo’s terrific in-house caterer and have the chance to hear (and dance to!) the energizing sounds of local jazz group The N Town Band. Not to mention having the rare opportunity to explore the zoo after hours! To add to the excitement of the evening there will also be a fabulous selection of silent auction items, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

All monies raised by this event go to off-set the persistent funding challenges the library experiences each year. Despite the fact that the economy is slowly recovering, the library still struggles to purchase the newest and most up-to-date materials for its patrons. We must continually “do more with less” as the costs to keep the library running grow each year even though the budget, primarily government and municipal support, remains the same.

The funds from June Jazz @ The Zoo go a long way to helping the library to continue growing its collection based on the community’s ever-evolving needs and interests. Our 2014 event netted $18,000 to apply to our materials budget which was truly helpful. We are looking to surpass that total this year!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this fun and worthwhile event? Would you like to purchase tickets and spend a music filled evening at the zoo for a good cause? Contact the library about sponsorships and tickets by calling 610-278-5100 x140.


MC-NPL thanks the following funders for their generous support of this event and all the Library does throughout the year.

Giraffe ~ $1,500
American Bald Eagle ~ $1,000
Luanne & Jeffrey Stauffer
Jaguar ~ $500
Cabrini College
CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services
Citizens Bank
Clean As A Whistle
G.L. Sayre, Inc.
Keyser Miller Ford
Maillie LLP
Miller, Turetsky, Rule & McClennan, P.C.
Montgomery Bar Association
Montgomery County Literacy Network
Philadelphia Suburban Development Corp.
T.D. Bank
Waste Management
Apr 022015

Escape the Ordinary…
And be a Super hero this summer!

Join the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club
June 13- August 16
@ The Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library, one of our four branch Libraries or at the Bookmobiles
All you have to do is…

  • Read a book or listen to an audiobook of your choice…
  • Then fill out a paper review form in the library

Every review form you fill out gives you a “chance” to win a prize in our weekly prize drawings beginning June 19th



Apr 012015

Classes are held in the Main Library Computer Lab. Advanced registration is required.

Spring 2015 Course Descriptions and Schedule of Classes

We offer seven computer classes for the general public:

Computer Basics – teaches fundamental skills such as using a mouse, opening programs and copying and pasting. The skills learned in Computer Basics are the minimum required for any of the other courses. (2 sessions $10)

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 – introduces word processing skills. (3 sessions $15)

File Management – teaches how to organize and manage files and folders. (1 session $5)

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 – introduces spreadsheets for managing numbers and equations, such as in a budget. (3 sessions $15)

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – introduces presentation software. (3 sessions $15)

Internet – introduces students to web browsing using Internet Explorer. (2 sessions $10)

Email Basics – learn the ins and outs of using Yahoo email service. (By appointment only. FREE)

Call 610-278-5100 ext. 141 for further information or see our FAQ for more info.

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.