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Shark fin on computer screenProtecting your Data from Viruses & Ransomware

Wednesday, 9/27, 7-8 pm

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The news is full of hackers and data breaches. Are you worried about your documents, photos, music and videos? Come and learn some easy steps to lessen your risk and recover faster if you do get hacked!

Instructor: Kay Klocko, Head of Reference & Digital Literacy

Sesqui:  Greed, Graft & the Forgotten World’s Fair of 1926

Thursday, 9/28, 7-8 pm
Main Meeting Room (upstairs in township building)

It was meant to be the greatest international exposition the world had ever seen.  It became known as the “Flop Heard ‘Round the World.” What went wrong with Philadelphia’s second world’s fair, staged fifty years after its tremendous success with the 1876 Centennial? Author Tom Keels will discuss his latest book about this often overlooked cultural landmark event. Book sale & signing.

Tom Keels is a lecturer, writer & commentator specializing in Philadelphia history and architecture.

a pile of fruit and vegetablesEthical Eating: What Is it and Why Does it Matter?

Monday, 10/2, 7-8:30 pm
UD Township Main Meeting Room

Consumers have more power today than at any time in American history. Food activists and everyday consumers are making their voices heard through boycotts (refusing to buy from certain companies) and BUYcotts (deliberately buying to support a specific company or policy). During this presentation and conversation, we will briefly outline the role food activists have played in American history, from the American Revolution and later the Abolitionist Movement to today’s activism targeting companies like Nestle, Monsanto, and Starbucks. Then we will focus much of our time on the limits and possibilities of cooperative food stores and the ability to create change while shopping on a budget.

Led by Keith Brown, an associate professor of sociology with an expertise in fair trade, consumer behavior and ethical consumption. He has been quoted in the New York Times, has spoken on National Public Radio, and has written a book, Buying into Fair Trade, about the limits and possibilities of fair trade and shopping for a cause.

In partnership with Weaver’s Way Co-op.

Special!: Canned Food Drive in conjunction with Weavers Way Cans Film Festival at Ambler Theater, Monday, 9/18, 7:30-9:30 pm

Collecting canned foods in the Library Lobby from 9/11-9/30. Food can also be brought to the 10/2 Ethical Eating program.

In partnership with Weaver’s Way and benefits Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc.

A vintage sewing machineSimple Sewing: Make a Pillowcase

Wednesday, 10/11, 6-8 pm
Ages 15+
Space limited to 6-12 participants. (See below.)

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Is your pillowcase comfortable? Pillowcases are extremely easy to make and you can make it perfect for just you! Participants will need to bring: 1.5 yards of fabric that is 45 inches wide or more. Thread & sewing notions will be supplied.

Extra: do you own your own sewing machine? Our Steam Lab only has six machines, but if you bring your own, we can accept more students. Slots 7-12 are for those who have their own machine or prefer to sew by hand.

Instructor: Kay Klocko, Head of Reference & Digital Literacy

Eco Del Sur: Andean and Latin American Folk Music

All Ages.
Friday, 10/13, 7 pm
Community Rooms (upstairs in township building)

Eco Del Sur consists of Latin American artists from various musical backgrounds who are united to explore and perform ancient Andean music as well as contemporary music from different Latin American regions. For more than 17 years, Eco Del Sur has been performing at public venues and multicultural events throughout the United States.  The music of Eco Del Sur includes a wide range of styles and rhythms influenced by the Pre-Columbian, Spanish, and African cultural heritages. Join us for an unforgettable musical and cultural experience.

Thread spoolsSimple Sewing: Make a simple tote bag

Wednesday, 10/25, 6-8 pm
Ages 15+
Space limited to 6-12 participants. (See below.)

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You can never have enough tote bags! Learn how to create your own personalized bag with an extremely easy pattern. Participants will need to bring: 1 yard fabric that is sturdy enough for a bag. 1 yard cording, trim or other strapping that is sturdy enough for the straps. Thread & sewing notions will be supplied.

Extra: Do you own your own sewing machine? Our Steam Lab only has six machines, but if you bring your own, we can accept more students. Slots 7-12 are for those who have their own machine or prefer to sew by hand.

Instructor: Kay Klocko, Head of Reference & Digital Literacy

Make Your Resume Stand Out

Thursday, 10/26, 7-8 pm
UD Township Main Meeting Room

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The professional career advisor from JEVS Career Services will teach you how to write a resume that gets noticed.

Author Visit: Kathleen Barber

Wednesday, 11/1, 7:30-8:30 pm
At Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Pike, Ambler

Meet Kathleen Barber, mystery and suspense author, as she debuts her new thriller, “Are You Sleeping.” Described as a “compulsively readable thriller” that is “Dark. Moving. Timely.” by Oprah.com. Book Sale and Signing to follow the event.

At the Ambler Theater (108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA).
Tickets are $20 for admission and a copy of “Are You Sleeping” or $10 for admission only. Purchase online here or in the Upper Dublin or Wissahickon Valley Public Libraries.

Presented by Upper Dublin Public Library & Wissahickon Valley Public Library, with Special Thanks to Towne Book Center & Cafe and the Ambler Theater.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Thursday, 11/2, 1-2 pm
UD Main Meeting Rooms

What Baby Boomers Need to Know
Learn about social security strategies from financial planning experts.

Presenters: UD resident Elizabeth Shamir CFA®, CFP® & Adam Peltzman, CFP®, RHU®  are Investment Adviser Representatives with Certior Financial Partners.

Portrait of James MonroeJames Monroe

Sunday, 11/5, 2-3 pm
UD Community Rooms
Ages 5+

Join UDPL for a visit from President James Monroe. Crafts and other activities to follow this program, which is held in cooperation with the Children of the American Revolution.

A hand with bracelets on itJust Jewelry: Make a simple necklace or bracelet

Wednesday, 11/8, 6-8 pm
Ages 15+
Space limited to 15.

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Have you ever looked at the beads in the store and wished you could make them into something to wear? Learn how to make a basic necklace or bracelet. It’s easy and fast! Participants need to bring their own beads;  Stringing material and clasps will be supplied.

Instructor: Kay Klocko, Head of Reference & Digital Literacy

Bethlehem Pike-Highway of History

Thursday, 11/9, 7-8 p.m.
UD Township Main Meeting Room

From a native American trail Bethlehem Pike developed into a road with many names which reflected its uses. Some were The King’s Road, North Wales Road, Chestnut Hill-Spring House Turnpike, Bethlehem Rd, PA Route 309. It was traveled on foot, by horse and wagon, stagecoach, trolley and then automobiles. It was used to bring products to mills for processing, to attend church and school and to obtain supplies. It also served to build community by making travel practical.

Presented by the Fort Washington Historical Society.

“Say No More”: A One-Act Play

Friday, 11/10, 7-8 pm
Community Rooms (upstairs in the township building)

“Say No More” is presented by Wild Plum Productions.  This tweaking of famed playwright August Strindberg’s classic play  “The Stronger” looks at two women (the speaker and the listener) locked in battle over one man. Who is stronger? Speech or silence?

Wild Plum Productions, a local theater group, has performed this work at a number of area venues, including the Philly Fringe Festival.

Identity Theft: Prevention and Response

Monday, 11/13, 7-8 pm
UD Township Main Meeting Room

Join UDPD Officer Andrew Bochanski to learn how to avoid identity theft, while also gaining guidance in the event that you do become a victim.

Presenter Officer Andrew Bochanski has been a police officer in Upper Dublin Township since January 2005. Throughout the past 12 years, Officer Bochanski has gained experience with numerous cases of identity theft and has received training in the areas of criminal investigation and identity theft prevention.

Botanical Arts in the 21st Century

Tuesday, 11/14, 7-8 pm
UD Township Community Rooms

Join us for this joint program with the Maple Glen Garden Club, with celebrated botanical artist Judy Simon.

 

 

 

Holiday Songs: Music from Around the World

All Ages.
Friday, 12/1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Community Rooms (upstairs in the township building)

Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Audiences will travel from Africa to Mexico and everywhere in between, while hearing a range of songs from “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Auld Lang Syne” to “Away in a Manger,” “Sankta Lucia” and so much more.

Bright Star Theater is one of the largest professional touring theaters in the U.S., performing for over 2,000 audiences in 2017-208, in every conceivable venue, bringing high-quality theater around the country.

 


Multi-Part Classes

Light, Shadow and Place in the American Landscape

Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., September 7th-October 19th
(No class on September 21st)

UDPL Program Room

Registration Closed

The class will explore aspects of 19th and 20th century American Art that are important to the landscape tradition in the United States from the Hudson River Valley through the Impressionists.   A current museum exhibit at the James W. Michener Museum in Doylestown, “George Sotter: Light & Shadow,” will inform the class content to further enrich the student experience.

Dr. Alice M. Rudy Price received a Ph.D. from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 2014, specializing in nineteenth-century European art and culture. Dr. Price teaches modern and contemporary art and architecture at Temple University, Tyler School of Art and at Philadelphia University.

Budgeting with Spreadsheets Class

Tuesdays, 7-8 pm
3 part class: September 19, October 3, October 10

Learn how to manage your own budget in Google spreadsheets (a free version of Excel) online, for free.

Registration Closed

Instructor: Mike Patterson, of MP Motivates and TruMark Credit Union, has over 25 years’ experience in the financial industry, including the last 10 working with credit unions. After 10 years working in the branch network, Mike transitioned to the training field in 2001, where he has been developing employees reach their highest potential.

Charles Dickens old book coversExploring Contemporary American Writers Class

Wednesdays, September 27-November 1, 2-3:30 pm
UDPL Program Room

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Read and discuss short stories (and one novel) from some of the most exciting and critically acclaimed Americans writing today.

Thea Howey has been teaching English full-time at M.C.C.C. for 15 years.   Her areas of interest include but are not limited to:  Shakespeare, the Harlem Renaissance, film, and 20th century American literature.  In her spare time, she is working on the Mediocre American Novel, which she calls “her M.A.N.”

language-clipart-langauges-clipart-1Language Classes

Our short language classes are back! See our Language class page for more information.

 

 

 


Technology Events

3D PrintingIntro to 3D Printing for Adults

  • Wednesday, 9/13, 7-8 pm – CANCELLED. New Date TBA
  • Wednesday, 11/29, 7-8 pm

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For ages 18+

Limit of 10 per class.
Location: Steam Lab/Teen Space

Learn 3D printing basics and design your own small masterpiece. One class, offered on different Wednesdays for your convenience.