February / March 2015 - Free Library of Northampton Township

Volume 4, Issue 2
February /March 2015
The Library will be
February 16th in
recognition of
President’s Day. We
will also be closed on
Friday, April 3rd
for Good Friday.
Juvenile Braille
Collection Grand
Opening Event!
February 7th
Join us as we unveil
our new braille
collection. We will
have acivities and
refreshments for all!
Inside this issue:
Changes in Library Policies
Beginning March 1st The Free Library of Northampton
Township will be implementing two new policies that all
patrons should be aware of.
~ We will no longer be issuing “Guest
Passes” for computer access to any Bucks County
resident. To use library computers, residents MUST have a Bucks County
Library Card, except for use of designated “express” stations, which are
available on a walk-up basis for sessions lasting 20 minutes or less. If you
don’t have the card with you, you must know the card number and PIN to
sign on. Staff will not be authorized to give out library card numbers. If you
don’t have a card, you will be required to obtain one to access the computers.
ID with your name and current address is required to do so.
~ Any fine on a patron’s account for 6
months or longer, regardless of the
amount of the fine due, will need to be
paid in full to continue using the card.
If you have a fine for items returned 6 months ago or longer, your account
will be blocked until the fines are paid. As you may know, the county policy
is that items may continue to be checked out as long as the total fine is
under $5.00. This policy is extended as a courtesy assuming that most
patrons will, in good faith, pay their fines as soon as possible. However,
there are some that take advantage of this policy, leaving the fines ongoing
for months and years at a time.
We thank you for your support as these changes take effect.
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Library Friends’ News
Fred Miller Returns!
Fred Miller has been entertaining us here at the library since April of 2003! This April will mark the
20th time he has presented his very popular Lecture-in-Song series for our library community! Each
of Mr. Miller's shows run 60-75 minutes long and focuses on a great personality or significant aspect
of American Popular Song’s Golden Age. Seated at the piano, Fred not only performs the songs of each
artist, but also provides biographical and historical insight into the life and times of these musical
titans. This time around he will be presenting “The Last Lions of Broadway, Cy Coleman and Jerry
Herman: two who prolonged the Broadway musical’s golden age.” Cy Coleman gave us such classics as,
“Hey Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from the play Sweet Charity, along with pop
standards including “The Best is Yet to Come”, best known as recorded by Frank Sinatra. Jerry Herman
wrote music for such Broadway classics as, Hello Dolly, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles.
We hope you’ll join us on
Saturday, April 11th at 2:00 pm
as we are entertained with musical history
and songs of these two talented composers.
Thursday, March 19th
7:30 pm
A representative from William Penn
Bank will be presenting:
“Financial Exploitation of Older
Adults” here at the library. This
awareness seminar will cover topics
including identity and medical
identity theft, Power of Attorney
abuse, abuse by caregivers, lottery,
sweepstakes and telephone scams.
We will encourage those who attend
to share what they learn with a
friend, neighbor or family member
to help them spot and prevent any
possible scams or elder abuse!
Free Museum Passes!
Friends of the Library Museum Pass Program
Friends of the Library at
The Northampton Township Library
now have access to museum passes!
Here’s how the program works:
*Become a Friend of the Library.
*Borrow a pass for three days.
*Enjoy your museum visit!
* Elmwood Park Zoo admits 2 adults and up to 6 children
*The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University admits 2 adults and up to 5 children age 18 or under
*The Morris Arboretum admits 2 adults and up to 4 children age 18 or under
*Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts –
admits 2 adults and up to 4 children age 18 or under
*The Bucks County Children’s Museum admits up to 6 people.
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Library Friends’ News
Second Saturdays/third Thursdays
Beginning in March we will be presenting 2 adult
programs a month. “Second Saturdays” and “Third
Thursdays” begin on Saturday, March 14th and will
continue through November. We have a nice variety
of programs scheduled and hope to see you there!
We kick off this year’s
schedule on March 14th,
at 2:00 pm, with a
“Victorian Vanities”
program titled “All That Glitters”, which explores the
illustrated history of costume jewelry including
representative samples. Presenters may include
Rochelle Christopher, Executive Director of Victoria
Vanities, and John H. Thompson. Mr. Thompson has
been an antiques dealer for the last forty years
and for many years had a shop in Philadelphia on
Pine Street’s “Antiques Row”. In addition to the
presentation, appraisals will be available for a $10.00
donation to the library. There is space for up to 40
appraisal appointments. Space is limited, therefore
we recommend you reserve your space early!
Registration begins on Saturday, February 14th.
Hip Chick is Back
by Popular
April 16th
7:00 pm
HIP (Home Improvement Project) Chick,
Beth Allen, is a funny,
sassy, tenacious chick
on a mission to empower women to be
smart, capable and confident as home
owners and beyond. She is back by
popular demand with another of her
fun and informative DIY presentations!
This time around she’ll be discussing
“Cents-Able Decorating: DIY Tips for a
Gorgeous Home on a Budget”. Beth will
discuss ideas for lighting, furniture,
flooring, accessories, fabric and more.
You will learn where to shop for the
If you have a hobby or a talent that you would like
best deals and get clever ideas for
to share with the community, the library is looking
designer looks. You won’t believe how
for people interested in teaching a class, conducting affordable a great room can be! Ms.
a demonstration, providing a form of entertainment Allen is a DIY expert, speaker, interior
or any other type of programming that would be of
designer and licensed contractor in
interest to the adult members of our community. If
the Philadelphia area and has been
you are more interested in attending a program than featured on Philly TV over 60 times,
you are in leading one, we would like to hear any
including NBC , FOX, ABC and PHL!
suggestions you may have. If you have a program
Her YouTube Channel draws 700+ daily
you’d like to offer, or a suggestion for one you would viewers. We hope you’ll join her for a
enjoy attending, please contact our library director, fun evening of easy, cheap
Diana Remington, in person or at 215-357-3050.
and smart design!
Have a Talent or Idea?
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Children’s Reading
Registration for the Spring
sessions of Toddler Story Time
and On My Own Story Time ,
which begin in April, are as
ON MY OWN: March 24th
TODDLER: March 25th
Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays, February 11th - March 4th 10:30
Ages 2 - 3 1/2
Join us for stories, songs, and a simple craft!
Registration begins January 14th
On My Own Story Time
Mondays, March 2nd - March 23rd at 2:30 pm
Fridays, March 6th - March 27th at 10:30 am
Join us for stories, music and crafts! This story time is designed to
allow the preschooler to be on their own while a parent is close by.
For ages 3 1/2 - 5 Registration begins February 10th
Baby Story Time
Wednesdays March 18th - April 8th at 10:30 am
A lap-sit program with simple stories, finger plays, rhymes and songs.
A great way to introduce children to books and to meet other parents!
For ages 6-23 months
Registration Begins February 18th
Dog Days at the Library
The Nor’wester Readers will continue bringing their tail wagging therapy dogs
to the library on the first Saturday of each month through May 2nd.
The program begins at 11:00.
Ages Preschool - 6th grade.
Pick out a book, take a seat and read to these wonderful dogs!
No registration is necessary, just drop in!!!
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...And Programs
Toddler Playgroup
We meet the 2nd Friday of the month at 11:00, through May 8th.
Come and play with the toys we purchased just for our toddlers! Meet new
friends and enjoy social time. This is designed for you and your toddler
ages 2 - 3 1/2 to play together, and with others, in an informal setting.
No Registration necessary, just drop in!
Groovy Pete the Cat Party!
Groovy Pete the Cat Party!
Wednesday, February 25th
7:00 pm
Let’s get groovin’ with Pete the Cat! We’ll share Pete stories,
make crafts, play games and have some treats!
For Children in Pre-school - 2nd Grade
Registration begins January 28th
Shrek! Live Performance!
Saturday, March 7th at 11:00 am
The “Once Upon a Time Players” are a touring theatre company that
specializes in bringing literature themed programming to school,
libraries, and other community events. This winter they are presenting a children’s theatre production of “Shrek Junior”. Come and
enjoy a live theatre performance by these very talented young actors!
No Registration is Necessary.
Lego Club
Come and build with us!
We provide the Legos and you build whatever you wish! We will meet on the
4th Saturday of the month through May 23rd, 12-2:00 pm. Fun for all ages!
No Registration is Necessary
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Leprechauns in the Library!
Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 pm
For children in Kindergarten—5th Grade
Oh those silly leprechauns! They are running loose
in the library! Find them all to receive a prize.
Is there REALLY a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Registration begins February 17th
Let’s Play School!
Let’s Play School is a web-based program for
young children that will help you prepare your
child to enter school ready to read, write, and
listen. The program is divided into 20 sections
called badges. Each badge has a different learning
theme and five fun activities. The badges are color
coded and divided into five general categories:
Cognitive and Math, Becoming Independent,
Creativity and the Arts, Social and Emotional
Development, & Language Development. You
may choose the skills that you feel will be most
beneficial to your child. To earn a badge, your child
needs to complete three of the five badge activities.
Earn a total of 12 badges to complete the program.
Each activity takes 15-30 minutes to complete.
You don’t need to have a library card. Participation in the program does not require visiting
the library. However, visiting the library may
make the program more fun for you and your
child. When visiting the library you can pick
up a Let’s Play School badge journal, receive
stickers each time your child earns a badge, and
complete other optional activities.
When your child has earned 12 badges, a pop-up
screen will announce that they have finished
the program. Visit the library for a fun prize to
celebrate this milestone! You can track your
child’s progress on the Badges page. Earned
badges will appear in full color.
Let’s Play School! Begins In April to
celebrate the Month of the Young Child!
Want to get started? It’s easy! Go to:
www.buckslib.org/letsplay to register.
Juvenile Braille Collection
On February 7th we will be unveiling our new Juvenile Braille Collection! There
will be activities, refreshments, speakers & press at the event! Thank you to the
Smedley family for spearheading this project, and thanks to the Council Rock
School District, the Bucks IU and the many kids in the community who
helped get these wonderful books onto our shelves! Currently there are over
100 books ready for check-out, but by the end of the year there should be
approximately 500! We are very excited about this new addition to our library!
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Adult Reader’s Page
Recommended Reads 2015
With so many books being released every day, how
do we not miss out on some wonderful reads? Following is a list of books recently published, or to be
released in 2015. The recommendations come from
www.libraryreads.org and www.bookpage.com
And Coming Soon:
“The Buried Giant” ~ Kazuo Ishiguro (March 3rd)
“Dead Wake” ~ Erik Larson (March 10th)
“A Little Life” ~ Hanya Yanagihara
“At the Water’s Edge” ~ Sara Gruen (March 31st)
“Natural Born Heroes” ~ Christopher McDougall
“A Spool of Blue Thread” ~ Anne Tyler
(April 14th)
“A Touch of Stardust” ~ Kate Alcott
“Spinster” ~ Kate Bolick (April 21st)
“My Sunshine Away” ~ M.O. Walsh
“God Help the Child” ~ Toni Morrison (April 24th)
“The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy” ~ Julia Quinn “The Wright Brothers” ~ David McCullough
“Half the World” ~ Joe Abercrombie
(May 5th)
“Finding Jake” ~ Bryan Reardon
“A God in Ruins” ~ Kate Atkinson (May 26th)
“A Darker Shade of Magic” ~ V.E. Schwab
“Our Souls at Night” ~ Kent Haruf (May 26th)
“A Murder of Magpies” ~ Judith Flanders
“In the Unlikely Event” ~ Judy Blume (June 2nd)
“The Siege Winter”
“Circling the Sun” ~ Paula McLain (July 7th)
~ Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman
“Big Magic” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert (September 22nd)
“Dreaming Spies” ~ Laurie R. King
“Get in Trouble” ~ Kelly Link
February Releases:
And, finally, in the romantic spirit of Valentine’s Day,
following are a variety of love stories that you may enjoy.
“Outlander” ~ Diana Gabaldon
“Gone With the Wind” ~ Margaret Mitchell
“One Day” ~ David Nicholls
“The Thorn Birds” ~ Colleen McCullough
“I Capture the Castle” ~ Dodie Smith
“Possession: A Romance” ~ A.S. Byatt
“P.S. I Love You”~ Cecelia Ahern
“Nightingale Wood” ~ Stella Gibbons
“The Princess Bride” ~ William Goldman
“The Pursuit of Happiness” ~ Douglas Kennedy
“Pride and Prejudice” ~ Jane Austen
“Love Story” ~ Erich Segal
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Did you Know?
Library Shoppe !
Local Author Expo!
The library has a small Shoppe offering an
assortment of office and school supplies
including pencils, notebooks, highlighters,
calculators, rulers, tape and more! There is
also a small assortment of gift
items including coffee mugs
and tote bags. Each purchase
helps to support your library so
check it out next time you visit!
Are you a local author looking to meet
new readers and get the word out
about your work? Let us know! We are
looking for authors to participate in a
local author expo this summer. The
event will offer authors an opportunity to meet the reading
public, present their work, autograph books, and set up for
sales. If you are interested in joining us, contact the library
director, Diana Remington at 215-357-3050.
Go Shopping & Earn Money for the Library
Our eScrip program is growing, but we know we can do better! For every purchase made with a registered
Superfresh card, the Friends of the Library receive 1% of the purchase total! To register, please bring your
Superfresh card to the circulation desk, and we will be happy to sign you up. You can also register online by
clicking on the eScrip logo from our homepage at: www.northamptontownshiplibrary.org
In addition to shopping at Superfresh, you can also access the eScrip Online Mall, which allows you to purchase
everyday goods online. The Library will receive a contribution for every purchase made through the online mall
through retailers such as Amazon, Apple, Coach, Target, Petco, and much, much more! For us to earn credit for
your purchase, please set up an account on escrip.com and make sure to choose:
“Friends-Free Library Northampton Township” on step 2 of the sign-up.
If you have already registered your card, we want to extend our thanks and encourage you to continue to use the
card at every opportunity! Choosing to shop at eScrip merchants is the easiest way you can help us continue to
fund the programs we all cherish. If you have any questions about eScrip, please ask at the circulation desk.
Thank you for your commitment to help our library.
FREE Digital Magazines With Zinio
Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from the library's
collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the
number of magazines you can download!
*Mobile apps — Read magazines on 95% of today's mobile devices
*Current Issues — New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition.
*Easy browsing and checkout — Browse the library's collection of titles one at a time,
search for your favorite magazines by title or use the convenient category feature to find new magazines which
meet your interests.
*Manage your collection — Using the personal account you create, you will have the opportunity to checkout
magazines and read them instantly on your computer (both PC and Mac) or access the content on a portable
media device.
*No limit permanent check out — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as
you wish!
To create an account go to www.buckslib.org and click the “Zinio” link on the homepage. Sign in
with your library card number, submit your email address and choose a password. Happy Reading!
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This & That
NEW Magazines!
We continue adding
titles to our
magazine collection! Watch for the following
tiles to be arriving soon!
“The Artists”
“Cook’s Illustrated”
“Dr. Oz: The Good Life”
“Edible Philly”
“Family Tree Magazine”
“Food Network Magazine”
“Modern Farmer”
“Mother Earth News”
“The Week”
“The Weekly Standard”
“The Writer”
Workout Equipment
The staff of the library is on
the lookout for a gym
quality Elliptical machine or
ARC Trainer, a Treadmill
and a Recumbent Bicycle.
We would like to add these machines in
an effort to keep healthy and fit! If you
are interested in donating a piece of
equipment for a library staff
gym area, please contact the
library director, Diana
Remington, at 215-357-3050.
Tech Buddies at the Library!
Senior Citizen? Technology Challenged?
Get help learning how to use your new mobile device!
Buddy up with a tech savvy teen who can teach you how
to use your device and access library resources for free!
Monday through Thursday 3:30 - 4:30
Beginning November 3rd, 2014
Please note: You MUST sign up for a session at least 36 hours in advance!
Call, 215-357-3050, or visit the Reference desk to register for your spot today!
Libr ary Wishlis t
WishList offers a variety of ways you can help your library. It’s a great way
to help us purchase needed items. Your gift is tax deductible and will assist the library in keeping up with the demand for materials and services.
No amount is too small. Every contribution is appreciated. You can also
sponsor an item in memory of a loved one.
There is a direct link to the WishList on the Northampton Library website:
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Diana Remington, Library Director.
Hardcover books
Paperback books
Music CDs
Audio books on CD
ALL donations MUST be reasonably current, and in VERY
GOOD to EXCELLENT condition
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA
Library Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 - 9:00
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Closed on Sundays
Reader’s Digest books
VHS Tapes
For the Health & Safety of our staff, we will not accept
anything that has been stored in basements, garages or
attics, where they may have come in contact with mold,
mildew, insects or rodents.
We Appreciate your Support.
What Should I Read Next???
When you’re in search of a new book, where do you turn? Friends, librarians, and book reviews can
offer many suggestions, but there is another source of great ideas for your next read. The internet has
many book recommendation websites. Some of those worth looking into are listed below:
Is there a book, a magazine, a music cd or other item that you would like to
see be added to our library collection? If so, please note your suggestions
below and place this form in our suggestion box. Thank you!