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Wednesday January 19, 2022

Library Director's Message

     Welcome to another newsletter from the Lansdale Public Library! Even in these frigid weeks, our community is full of warm feelings, and nowhere is this felt more than here at your local library.
 
     I am pleased to announce two more changes, among those we are continuing to make here at the library. First, we are eliminating rental fees on all books, audio books, and DVDs. In addition, we are extending the loan period for these items to three weeks, up from the old one or two-week loan. We hope these changes will better encourage our community to engage with these parts of our collection.
  
   Besides these changes, we continue to offer museum passes for you to borrow! These passes have no fee to check out and may be borrowed for up to one week. Museum passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so come get yours today!

Early Literacy

      As the holiday approaches, we will once again offer our Valentine Take and Make! Bags of art supplies will be made freely available, for you and your children to take home to make your very own Valentine's Day cards!

     Looking for more opportunities for your child to read? Check out TumbleBooks, an online collection of e-books for children! Hundreds of books, videos, and games are available for you to choose from and enjoy with your child. You can access it now through our E-Library!

      One of the most popular attractions in the Philadelphia area, the Elmwood Park Zoo helps conserve over a hundred species from around the globe. Our museum pass grants admission for up to two adults and six children to come and see giraffes, zebras, eagles, jaguars, red pandas, and more!

Lifelong Learning

     Life is difficult; even more so nowadays, and especially for children. If you’re a parent or guardian, a teacher or guidance counselor, or anyone else who has a custodial relationship with children, it can be hard to watch them struggle and not be able to help. If this is you, or you’re just interested in learning more effective tools for helping the children in your life, join us for our informational Helping Children with Loss event on Tuesday, January 25th at 6:00 pm. Gregory V. Jones, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, will share valuable insights and effective actions you can take to help your children in a meaningful way. You can learn more and register on Eventbrite.
 
     Our popular Art After Dinner Workshop series continues, with the next course to be held on Thursday, February 10 at 7 PM. Artist Anita Martino will walk you through drawing a Cozy Cabin scene, using a very fine black point pen. Registration is free, but space is limited! Sign up and learn more on Eventbrite.
 
     Philadelphia was a crucial location during the American Revolution, serving as the capital of the fledgling United States, the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed, and the center of a vital region full of battlegrounds and other important sites, such as Valley Forge. The Museum of the American Revolution has an impressive collection of several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works from the Revolutionary War, including the intact war tent of General George Washington! Our museum pass grants admission for up to two adults and four children (ages 6 to 17); children under 5 may enter for free. It also includes a 10% discount on everything in the Cross Keys Café and the Museum Gift Shop!

Cultural Diversity

     The Montgomery County Health and Human Services Black History Month Committee is excited to announce this year’s virtual celebration! This county-wide celebration has taken place over the past 16 years. This year’s National Theme is Black Health and Wellness; good health and awareness in action affect multiple facets of family and community health. This virtual celebration will include weekly panel discussions from professionals in various sectors, and each panel discussion will end with a Q&A where attendees can ask questions. The topics of discussion will include Holistic Black Wellness, Maternal Child Health, Mental and Spiritual Health and Covid-19 in the Black Community. For more information, visit HHS’s Black History Month website.
 
    The Coalition4Justice will be hosting Walter D. Palmer, JD, from the University of Pennsylvania to speak about the Intersection Between Racism and the National Health Crisis in the US. From desegregating two major Philadelphia hospitals to being a key witness in one of Philadelphia’s most controversial shootings, Dr. Walter D. Palmer is a legend in the Philadelphia region, and a foremost expert upon this subject. You can join the discussion on Monday, February 14 at 7:30 PM. Get more details and register on Eventbrite.

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Four magnificent exhibition galleries are filled with the exciting and vibrant art and heritage of African American culture; a perfect place visit for Black History Month! Our museum pass grants admission for up to two adults and four children under the age of 18. It also grants access to other museums of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM); check out details about these other locations at www.narmassociation.org.

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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