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Friday, Jauary 7, 2022

Library Director's Message

Happy New Year! We at the Lansdale Public Library wish everyone in our community a happy and healthy 2022. While 2021 was not without its trials, a great deal was accomplished, and I am hopeful that more and greater things are in store for us over this coming year.

2022 is an important year for Lansdale. Did you know that this year marks the 150th anniversary of Lansdale Borough's incorporation, in 1872? Discover Lansdale is planning several special events in the works to celebrate.  Visit lansdale150.org to learn more.
 
A new year brings new changes, and among the first of these changes for us is a new format to our email newsletters. We will include all of the content and announcements as before (and maybe more), but now reorganized into the categories of Early Literacy, Life-Long Learning, and Cultural Diversity, the three core elements of our mission.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new email format or anything else about the library. 

Your Library Director,
Tom Meyer

Early Literacy

On February 5th, The Peter Wentz Farmstead will be hosting its Kinder Klass: Scherenschnitte Valentines event. This event for ages 5 and up will instruct children and adults alike in the traditional art of German papercutting, perfect for making Valentines cards! Registration is free, but space is limited, so sign up today! Read more about the event on Facebook.
 
The Lansdale Public Library continues to offer quality education resources for the community, and one such resource in our mission of encouraging early literacy is ABC Mouse! Featuring hundreds of interactive games designed to teach specific educational concepts, ABC Mouse is the perfect resource to spark your child's love of learning. You can access ABC Mouse for free both in the library or remotely at home through our E-Library.

Lifelong Learning

One of our most successful programs in 2021 was our Art After Dinner workshops, and the program continues into 2022! Free tickets for our first workshop of the year, Watercolor and Salt Snowflake, have sold out in record time. But don't worry about missing out; we are beginning to offer spots for the next workshop on Thursday, February 10, and this email provides you with the first chance at claiming a spot! Register for the next Art After Dinner workshop for free on Eventbrite
 
Are you looking to join an online community of life-long learners this Spring? Explore the possibilities with Delaware Valley University’s Center for Learning in Retirement (CLR)! Over 80 peer-led online courses, and 27 exclusive virtual, live, guided museum tours, trips, and adventures are available for retirees and semi-retirees! Classes will run February 1 to April 25, and online registration is now open, and rolling. The first 125 members to register will be entered into a drawing to win a special DelVal 125th commemorative mug! Visit www.delval.edu/clr to browse their online brochure, and contact clr@delval.edu or 215-489-4990 for questions.
 
As part of our commitment to serving the Lansdale community, the Lansdale Public Library provides access to powerful financial literacy resources, such as those offered by Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing. Including tools to help you navigate banks and credit unions, make smart stock decisions, and obtain Medicare supplement insurance, Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing is a great way to bolster your financial literacy. You can find links to it and other resources through our E-Library.
 

Cultural Diversity

The Coalition4Justice will hold its next meeting on Monday, January 10th at 7:30pm. Brendan J. O'Malley, Esq., a former criminal prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office turned Chief Deputy Attorney General will be the guest speaker. He will share his personal experiences in prosecuting major crimes and addressing gun violence in Philadelphia. Space is still available, for this online presentation via Zoom.You can register on EventBrite:

During the month of January, the Lansdale Public Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. "Read for a Better World" encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our community has unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the entire month through the challenge activities! We challenge our patrons to read at least 20 minutes each day during the month and keep track of your reading on Beanstack.

About Lansdale Library

The mission of the Lansdale Public Library is to enrich our community through the encouragement of early literacy, the fostering of life-long learning, and the inclusion and celebration of the cultural diversity in our area.

Lansdale Public Library serves the residents of the Borough of Lansdale. Non-residents are welcome to join for an annual family membership fee of $35. The library receives no state or school district funding. It is supported by dedicated funding from Lansdale Borough and through membership fees, donations, and fundraising activities. Membership scholarships are available for those in need.

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