Last month I asked if anyone had any "Bests" to
report from the strange winter of 2012. Sorry to say,
this did not elicit tons of responses. Did everyone have
an awful winter? Are readers shy? Is everyone looking to
summer instead of contemplating a season gone by?
At any rate, I received an enthusiastic response
from one reader who's active in the Living Hope Farm
in Harleysville. Jill had found The Dirty Life - a
Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love here at IVPL, a
hilarious and earthy book. It brings the farming
lifestyle into view, she writes - what it really takes
to love the land. This book was written by Kristin
Kimball (2010) and is found in Biography.
A "dirty life" of an entirely different sort is
found in this month's Monday Morning Book Club selection
- Devil in the
White City by Erik Larsen. This nonfiction
bestseller will be on the screen soon. Besides being the
fascinating history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair
(where the Ferris Wheel, Westinghouse light bulbs, and
shredded wheat were all brand new), it is the grisly
tale of a mass murderer who ran a hotel (with gas lines
in every room) just blocks from the Chicago
And, now we could talk about the
--Linda Beck, Director
How would this sign look
outside your library?
fact is that the library faces huge budget issues
because the school district will no longer fund library
operations after 2012.
is a proposal on the table for your township supervisors
and borough council members to increase the millage for
the library - from .165 to .33. The library tax would go
from $10 to $20, on average, depending on your
proposal was made by Douglas Gifford, chair of the Lower
Salford Supervisors, because, as it puts it, "it is the
right thing to do," and this is a wise investment in our
can YOU do?
to your township or borough. Let your voice be heard.
Tell them you support additional funding for library
services. Tell them you want the library open 65 hours a
week, not 15.
on a link below for contact information, or attend a
meeting. Meetings are held as follows:
3rd Monday, 7 pm
1st Wednesday, 7 pm
3rd Wednesday, 7:30 pm
1st Monday, 7:30 pm
1st Monday, 7:30 pm
2nd Tuesday, 7:30 pm
...Penn Valley Church in Telford for
organizing and running a used-book sale to benefit the
library. Over $300 was raised - and that was matched by
the congregation for a gift of $630 to the library.
We are very grateful for your efforts! Thanks for being
a good neighbor in Telford.
...and to the Souderton Area Education
Association - the SASD teachers - for
sponsoring a Dress Down day and contributing the money
to the library: $3,006! That was
great! Thanks for thinking about the
Brews for Books - Save the
DateJoin us on July 28 for a beer
tasting event in support of your library.
Meet area brewers and sample their
Q&A with the brewers.
about home brewing.
Sample food from local
restaurants and food producers.
Check out our
Facebook page for news and updates: www.brewsforbooks.com.
additional information contact Lisa at 215-279-2176 or
Brooke at 215-740-5206.
Indian Valley Jr. Women's Club
Herb & Flower Sale Saturday, May
5, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Join us on May 5, for the very
popular annual herb sale sponsored by the Indian Valley
Junior Women's Club. Choices are extensive, prices are
reasonable, and all proceeds go to the
New this year...
addition to our selection of herbs we will be taking
|Old Glory Hanging
Gardens" and "Old Glory" hanging baskets to help
decorate our community for Souderton's 125th
Glory" Hanging Baskets - $25.00
Gardens" will consist of 7 - #4 pots of red geraniums,
white wave petunias, and blue salvia along with a flag
showing your support for our community and the Indian
Valley Public Library. The gardens are available for
your pre-orders at the Reference Desk or email email@example.com. Orders may be
picked up at the library on May 5th or other
arrangements may be
Grow Your Own Butterfly
summer, many people inquired about the plants in the
library's Butterfly Garden, and we promised that we
would have seeds to sell this year from several of the
plants. Seeds are on sale at the front desk.
- Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica; aka
Mexican milkweed or blood flower) seeds will need to
be started indoors; $1.00 per packet.
- Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepia tuberosa; aka
butterfly weed or orange milkweed). Limited quantities
will be on sale.
- Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Limited
quantities will be on sale.
- Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum
Digging Deeper Gardening
Square Foot Gardening in
April 4, 7 pm
Square Foot Gardening is a simple
system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical
abilities, and geographical locations. Grow all you want
and need in only 20% of the space of a conventional row
garden. Save time, water, work and money! Montgomery
County Master Gardener Wayne Brunt will explain
Herb Gardens to Share
April 26, 10 AM
both host plants and nectar plants in your garden, you
can attract a wider selection of butterflies while
providing an environment that supports their entire life
cycle. Master Gardener Sandi Yanisko is the
contact the library to register for these
thank the Penn State Cooperative Extension for the
Master Gardener program. Most of the speakers in this
series are Montgomery County Master Gardeners who have
received horticultural training from Penn State
Having Your Ancestors for
Lunch Join us for lunchtime programs on
genealogy: bring a brown-bag lunch if you
Saturdays from 11am to 12:15pm
June 2, July 21, August 11, September 1, October
What will we do?
11-11:45: Topics of
interest -- what's new in the genealogy world, what the
library can do for you, how to get started,
11:45-12:15: Do-you-own-research (with
help!) and share your genealogy quests.
the PA Room or the computer lab (depending on the
Register at the Reference Desk or via
Free and open to
Celebrating Living Dialects and
Mourning Dying Languages
Only one more meeting to go in this very
popular series on language.
Taught by Darryl Smith (adjunct professor of
English, Muhlenberg College; formerly, teacher of
afternoon from 1-2:30 pm in the
Week I, Sunday, March
11: Idiolects, Dialects and
Week 2, Sunday, March
18: Death of
Week 3, Sunday, March
Week 4, Sunday, April
1: The Future of
Good news! If you missed any
of these workshops, they will be repeated this summer.
Check upcoming newsletters or the website for dates and
Buy 10 DVD Rentals, Get One
Free Get one free DVD rental when
you check out 10 feature films. Buy an IVPL DVD punch
card for $20, get your card stamped every time you rent
a DVD, and your eleventh DVD checkout is
Purchase your card at the Front
Coming Soon - Check Out an
Soon you will be
able to check out an eReader (Sony, Nook or Kindle)
loaded full of eBooks. Always wanted to try one out but
not sure if you like eBooks? Need something lightweight
to take on a trip? Stay tuned!
Appointments Once again, IVPL is
pleased to host tax preparers for free tax preparation
will be at IVPL on Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 9:00
am to 3:00 pm, and
Saturdays from 10:00
am to 2:00 pm. Call 215-723-9109, ext. 2 to make an
Representatives from North
Penn United Way and Greater North Penn
Collaborative for Health and Human
Services will be at
IVPL on Mondays and
Wednesdays from 3:00
pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays
from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Call 215-855-3002 to make an
Please note: You must
have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be
Find Answers to Your Medicare
you have questions about your Medicare plan? Are
you wondering whether you've made the right
choices? APPRISE volunteer Roy Jannenga will be at
the library on the second Wednesday
evening of each month, starting at 7:00 pm, to
answer your questions.
is a free health insurance counseling program designed
to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare.
PoetryFriday, April 13, 7:30
pm From Lisa
deVuono and Michael London
Open to all, free of charge.
Bring your friends.
Thanks to the Pharo
Family Fund for sponsoring Second Fridays
Morning Book Club IVPL's Monday Morning Book
Club meets the second Monday of every month at 10 am.
We'll read books from IVPL's Book-Club-in-a-Bag.
This month we'll discuss Devil
in the White City by Erik Larson. Please register
for the book club by calling the Reference Desk
215-723-9109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 5, 7:00
Search for Meaning, by Viktor
Anyone is welcome to
Book discussions occur from
7:00-8:30 pm on the first Thursday of every month from
October through May.
There is no fee, but please
register to reserve your space.
Mystery Book DiscussionWednesday, April 11, 2:30 -
of the Mantis,
by Michael Stanley
Interested in discussing
mystery, murder, and intrigue? This group meets on the
second Wednesday of the month, 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Limited
copies of each book are available at the library. Call
the Reference Desk to register. Check the website
for future book
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If you speak
level of ) German and would like to practice
conversation, please feel free to join this group on the
last Tuesday evening of each month at 7 pm
in one of the library's study rooms.
The topics vary, as does the fluency. We
tend to be informal, and the intent is to support each
other in improving our ability to communicate about all
kinds of things! There is no cost to attend. If you
would like more information, please contact Jean
GroupTuesday, April 17, 6:00 pm
movie on our big screen, and stay after to discuss it
with other movie fans. Movie titles will be posted in
April 1, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17, 10:00
- 11:30 am
are one-and-a-half hour, informal conversations that
anyone is welcome to join. Discussion
topics emerge from the interest of the
Forgotten Voices Poetry
Group Poets and poetry lovers
are invited to Forgotten Voices meetings, held on the
first Saturday of each month at 1 pm at
The group has been meeting at
the library for more than 20 years and is led by Joanne
Leva, creator of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate
program. You can share poetry that you've written,
read poetry that you love, or simply listen to poetry
read by others. Guest speakers are sometimes
Writer's Group Always wanted to write
something but weren't sure where to begin? Or are you
already working on a novel, short story, or memoir? Join
the IVPL Writer's Group!
Join us on Sunday,
April 15 at 2:00 pm.
We will meet once a month to
share work, give and receive feedback, and talk about
writing. For more information, go to the Writer's Group webpage, or contact the
group at email@example.com.
Science in the
summer's theme: Simple Machines
June 25 - Thursday, June 28
Ready for Science in the Summer at IVPL!
in the Summer is a free science
education program that helps elementary school children
"grow into science."
children entering grades 2 or 3:
Session: 10:00 - 10:45 am
Session: 1:00 - 1:45 pm
children entering grades 4, 5, or 6:
Session: 11:15 - 12:00 noon
Session : 2:15 - 3:00 pm
begins on April
1. Please come in to the
library starting April 1 to fill out a registration form
for the lottery. No phone or email registrations will be
taken. Those selected to participate will be notified by
mail the first week of
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT
THERE IS SPACE FOR ONLY 64
Session 2: March 5 to April 13
To Register: call 215-723-9109 ext. 112,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, or
come in to the library and sign up at the front
The following weekly classes require
Baby and Me
Mondays at 6:30 pm. Wednesdays at 10
am. 20 minutes of easy stories, songs, finger-plays and
Boogie (0-2 years old)
Mondays at 10am and 11 am. Thursdays at
11 am. 30 minutes of songs, music, dancing, stories,
movement, rhymes and motion.
Circle Time (2-3 years
Tuesdays at 10 am and Wednesdays at
11am. 30 minutes of stories, finger plays, and parachute
Music and Motion (3-5
Tuesdays at 1pm or Thursdays at 10am.
30 minutes of stories, music, rhymes, and
Fours and Fives
Tuesdays at 11 am or Thursdays at 1 pm.
35 minutes of stories and finger plays. Each session
will enjoy both fiction and non-fiction books.
Bedtime Story Hour
Every Wednesday evening at
7 pm, March 7 through April 11. Turn
off the TV and log off the computer! Use your
imagination and enjoy an evening of stories and finger
plays. Wear your PJs and bring your teddy bear if you
want. No registration
La Hora de Cuento en Espanol
Saturday, April 21, 10am -
Join us for stories and rhymes in two
languages! For preschool children.
The following classes for school age
children (grades k-5) require registration:
Mondays from 4-5 pm March 6
through April 9. Bring your own chess board (if you have
one, a few will be provided) and play chess with
friends. Learn a new thing or two about the game.
Children in grades 2-5 only. Registration
Thursdays from 4-5 pm March 8 through
April 12. Build a masterpiece. We will pick different
themes each week and spend the hour building. LEGO
bricks provided. Limit of 50 children.
Children in grades k-5 only. Registration
IVPL Kids Happenings on
Want to find out the latest
happenings in the Children's Room? Can't remember when
story time starts? Want to participate in fun
contests that can win your child free books? Then follow
Indian Valley Public Library Kid's Room on twitter
Fall Programs for
Teens Gaming Club
Monday, April 9. Meet at 6:30 pm in the
to play our newest Wii games!
some of your favorites and your controller!
provided! Email Ms Sara @ email@example.com for more info.
for programs? Email Ms. Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday afternoon at 3:00 pm in Study Room
Bring your projects, ideas, knitting needles,
and friends. Hot drinks, snacks, and good company
guaranteed. Knitting consultations and coaching
Hookers Crochet Group Meets every Tuesday evening at
7:00 pm in one of our study rooms.
who love to crochet!
Enclosed is my donation for
|Make donations payable to
Indian Valley Public Library. |
Send or drop off
donations to 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA
|That's all for now. See
you next month!|
Indian Valley Public
Friday, April 6 -
Sunday, April 8 - Closed
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17
am - 9:00 pm
Thursday, April 26
9:00 am - 9:00
**Dates may change due to availability of
News from the
world of handwriting and personality. This group will meet in
IVPL's Community Room on Sunday, April 29, 2:00 pm. You may
bring in handwriting samples, which will be analyzed at no
Led by Allan Grim, author of Strokes:
Inside the Fascinating, Mysterious World of Handwriting
IVPL Mobile Site
to try the IVPL mobile website, optimized for your mobile
device--tablet or smartphone. Our mobile site enables you to
search the library catalog, check your account and access the
most important library info easily on your device.
Search the Philadelphia Inquirer
Search the Philadelphia Inquirer
online through the IVPL website. Go to www.ivpl.org and find the
Inquirer logo on the right side of the home page. You will
need your library card number to access the Inquirer online.
Includes access to 1/1/1981 to the
download eBooks for free onto your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone
and many other devices through the library website.
Click the Download Audiobooks & eBooks link on the
IVPL website, log in with your library card, and download
eBooks to your computer, eReader, or mobile device (click here
for a list of compatible devices).
Support Your Library
If you would like to make a
tax-deductible donation to the library by credit card or Pay
Pal, click the Donate
button on the IVPL homepage.
To send us a
donation, print and fill out the coupon at the bottom of this
newsletter, and include it with your check payable to Indian Valley Public
Thank you for your
Exchange your magazines the second Saturday of
each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the IVPL
Bring some and take some.
All ages are welcome.
IVPL sends email
notifications for holds and overdues.
notifications, please send your email address to
email@example.com. If we do not have your email address on
file, you will receive notifications via snail mail.
Please note: Receipt of this newsletter does not mean
we have your email address for notices. Please check with the
Reference Desk if you are
We Love Recycling!
Please bring the following
items to our green and yellow bins (in the side parking lot):
Catalogs, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, TV guides,
ad circulars, folders, construction paper, poster paper (no
phone books or cardboard).
Where do you go to find out news and information about
your town? Try the Souderton-Telford Main Streets website (http://www.stmainst.org). There you will find
the latest about the farmers market, restaurants, arts and
community events, revitalization projects, and much
While you are there, sign up for their very
informative email newsletter!