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Jun 122024

June 15 – August 10, 2024

Why should kids have all the fun? By reading, adults can keep their brains sharp, lower their stress levels, and be entered to win prizes too!

(available June 15th)

Start by downloading the free Beanstack app and using it to log reading time. On Beanstack you can also tackle challenges and create book reviews. You will be entered to win prizes such as our reader’s basket full of booklover gifts, $25 gift cards, and passes to Longwood Gardens. In addition, visit the reference desk at the Norristown Public Library to complete puzzles for mini-prizes and chances on a small raffle basket. Earn extra chances by attending special events at the library.

Note: Beanstack will be available starting June 15th.

Adult events this summer:

Blitzkrieg Seminars (The Invasion of France 1940): Tuesdays June 4, 11, 18 at 2:30pm in the community room (no registration needed)

Make Music Day: Noon-4pm (plus evening events around Norristown)

The Ins & Outs of Self-Publishing with author Andrea Adore: 6pm Wednesday, June 26

AAA Activities: Thursdays at 2pm we offer activities appropriate for adults of all abilities. Anyone is welcome to join. We have a lot of fun. (This program continues into fall.)

June 13 – Art     June 20 – Karaoke     June 27 – Bingo     July 11 – Art     July 18 – Karaoke     July 25 – Bingo     August 1 – Movement     August 8 – Art

Book Clubs:

Mystery Tuesday Afternoon Book Club – 2pm July 2 (The 6:20 Man) & August 6 (One of Us Is Lying)

Saturday(general) Book Club – 2pm June 15 (The Wager), July 20 (King of the Armadillos), & August 17 (Who Is Maud Dixon?)

Mostly Lesbian Monday Night Book Club – 6:30pm June 17 (Skye Falling), July 15 (She Who Became the Sun), & August 19 (to be determined at June meeting)

Craft Nights: 6pm Mondays 6/24 (tassel & beaded earrings), 7/22 (napkin decoupage), 8/26 (map coasters & crafts) Register under the events tab on this website.

Video gaming:

Novel Knockout Smash Bros Tournament – 12:30pm-4 July 20 & August 17

Comic Fest: 10am-3pm Saturday, August 3, 2024

Pick Up Chess: Every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm in the magazine area near the front entrances

Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest: 6pm Monday, August 5 Register under the events tab on this website.

Horticultural Show sponsored by the Norristown Garden Club: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 (public encouraged to enter)

Jun 062024

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 6pm in the community room.

Meet Andrea Adore, author of Lessons to Women and Men in Broken Marriages, as she talks about the ins and outs of self-publishing. Andrea will discuss her journey as an author into the world of self-publishing and offer tips and advice to new authors.  Refreshments will be provided. An extra badge toward our Summer Reading prizes will be awarded for those attendees participating in our Summer reading program.

Venga y conozca a Andrea Adore, autora de Lecciones para mujeres y hombres en matrimonios rotos, mientras habla sobre los entresijos de la autoedición. Andrea hablará de su viaje como autora en el mundo de la autoedición y ofrecerá sugerencias y consejos a nuevos autores. Se proporcionarán refrigerios. Se otorgará una insignia adicional para nuestros premios de lectura de verano a aquellos asistentes que participen en nuestro programa de lectura de verano.




May 212024

We continue exploring the history of World War II with “Blitzkrieg and the Conquest of France – 1940”.  Join us for a 3-part series presented by Ray Rossa the following Tuesday afternoons in June:

June 4, 2024 at 2:30pm

June 11, 2024 at 2:30pm

June 18, 2024 at 2:30pm

May 132024




MAKE MUSIC DAY!   JUNE 21, 2024!  Junio 21!

Join us for the 3rd Annual Norristown Area Make Music Day! We are working on building a community tradition of making music together and celebrating what is good in our community. All ages, abilities, and genres are invited to participate. Groups, singles, experienced, never performed before…if you can keep it family friendly, we encourage you to join in. People perform around town throughout the day for free. You need not live in Norristown to participate. Over 160 countries celebrate Make Music Day around the world. It is always June 21st, World Music Day.

Email Jeanne at the library at to sign up to perform or volunteer as a site host.

¡Acompáñanos en nuestro 3er anual Día de Hacer Música en el Área de Norristown! Estamos trabajando en instituir una tradición en la comunidad para hacer musiva juntos y celebrar lo que es bueno en nuestra comunidad. Todas las edades, habilidades y géneros están invitados a participar. Grupos, individuales, con experiencia o incluso personas que jamás se han presentado en un espacio público… siempre y cuando sea amigable a un ambiente familiar. Te invitamos a unirte a nuestro evento. Músicos estarán tocando música durante todo el día en diferentes sitios de la ciudad gratuitamente. No necesitas vivir en Norristown para participar. Más de 160 países celebran el Día de Hacer Música alrededor de el planeta. Junio 21 siempre es el Día Mundial de la Música.  

Make Music Day en junio 21.

 Manda un correo electrónico a Jeanne en la biblioteca a la dirección para inscribirte para presentarte como músico o para inscribirte como anfitrión voluntario.


2024 schedule is as follows:

11am: Children’s music performance geared to preschoolers – Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, upstairs

12noon: Drum Workshop with Tony Flagiello – Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, downstairs

1:45: Max on trumpet – Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, downstairs

2pm: Fricknadorable (acoustic duo) – Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, downstairs

5-8pm+: Various Acoustic Acts – Recycle, Read, Repeat Bookstore, 208 Cherry Street

6-8:30pm: Student, Teacher, and Community performances. Singer songwriter, duo/trio groups, and poets – Expressive Path Creative Arts Center – 857 Cherry Street

7pm: Jonathan Haggard on organ – All Saints Church, 535 Haws Avenue 

8:30pm: Campfire singalong with s’mores – Reformed Church of the Ascension, 1700 West Main Street



Apr 102024

The cookbook club is back by popular demand. Each month we choose a cookbook. It is put on display at the circulation desk at the Norristown Public Library. Choose a recipe, make free copies or order the book from another library (or find an ebook copy if available). Make the recipe at home and bring it to cookbook club to share. We will taste and discuss the chosen recipes.  Register by emailing Jeanne at or using the events tab on this website (click on the event listed in the July 8th block and look for the register button).


Meets Monday, July 8, 2024 at 5:30pm – French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis (bring a plate, bowl, and silverware for yourself along with your dish to share)

For our July meeting we are getting ready for the Paris Olympics! Recipes already chosen to be prepared for July include the following:

Rustic Country Pate’ with Green Peppercorns and Pistachios (pp. 107-09)




Previous Cookbooks Discussed/Tasted at Norristown Public Library’s Cookbook Club:

June 10, 2024 at 5:30pm – Vegetable Revelations by Steven Satterfield & Salad Seasons by Sheela Prakash

May 13, 2024 – The World Central Kitchen Cookbook by José Andrés


Mar 262024



Members of the Norristown Garden Club will show us how to grow fresh tomatoes and basil in containers. Each participant will leave with a pot of growing tomatoes like the lettuce displayed at our front desk. You can put them on your stoop or balcony, no yard is needed.  Space is limited so you must register. Tell library staff next time your are checking out or email Jeanne at

This is the second of two workshops led by the  Norristown Garden Club this spring.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 6:30pm – Lettuce

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 6:30pm – Tomatoes & Basil

Feb 272024

Join us for the Mostly Lesbian Books Club on the third Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Norristown Public Library. All are welcome to attend this book club focusing on books with lesbian themes, characters, or authors.  You can borrow copies of the book through the library or get it elsewhere.  The group will decide titles as we move forward.  Questions? Email Jeanne at or call 610-278-5100 x400.

March 2024: The Librarian of Burned Books by Brianna Labuskes

April 2024: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Monday, May 20, 2024 at 6:30-7:30pm:  Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Leah is changed. Months earlier, she left for a routine expedition, only this time her submarine sank to the sea floor. When she finally surfaces and returns home, her wife Miri knows that something is wrong. Barely eating and lost in her thoughts, Leah rotates between rooms in their apartment, running the taps morning and night. As Miri searches for answers, desperate to understand what happened below the water, she must face the possibility that the woman she loves is slipping from her grasp.

Monday, June 17th, 2024 at 6:30-7:30pm: Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie

Twenty-six and broke, Skye didn’t think twice before selling her eggs and happily pocketing the cash. Now approaching forty, Skye moves through life entirely–and unrepentantly–on her own terms, living out of a suitcase and avoiding all manner of serious relationships. Her personal life might be a mess, and no one would be surprised if she died alone in a hotel room, but at least she’s free to do as she pleases. But then a twelve-year-old girl shows up during one of Skye’s brief visits to her hometown of Philadelphia, and tells Skye that she’s “her egg.” Skye’s life is thrown into sharp relief and she decides that it might be time to actually try to have a meaningful relationship with another human being. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy. Things gets even more complicated when Skye realizes that the woman she tried and failed to pick up the other day is the girl’s aunt and now it’s awkward. All the while, her brother is trying to get in touch, her problematic mother is being bewilderingly kind, and the West Philly pool halls and hoagie shops of her youth have been replaced by hipster cafes.

Monday, July 15, 2024 at 6:30-7:30pm: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness. In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected. When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate. After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.