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.

Apr 142015
jane eyre

Don’t miss the May 12 meeting of the great books discussion group. We will be discussing Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

This is a story about a woman’s life from the age of ten to twenty-two. Jane leaves an unhappy time at a boarding school to become a teacher and governess for a proud man with a secret.

From the Preface to the 2nd edition:

“To the Public, for the indulgent ear it has inclined to a plain tale with few pretensions.
To the Press, for the fair field its honest suffrage has opened to an obscure aspirant.
To my Publishers, for the aid their tact, their energy, their practical sense and frank liberality have afforded an unknown and unrecommended Author.”
CURRER BELL (pen name of Charlotte Brontë)

For more information call Shirley 610-272-4179 – new participants are always welcome.

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.

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.

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.