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The cover of I Know How She Does it by Laura Vanderkam
Let’s Discuss It! Upper Dublin & Wissahickon Valley Public Libraries present…
An Evening with Laura Vanderkam

Thursday, February 23, 7-8 pm
Upper Dublin Township Municipal Building

Time management expert Laura Vanderkam will share her seven favorite time management strategies applicable to everyone – women, men, families & singles. Learn the best way to make more of your time at work and at home.

Laura Vanderkam is the author of time management and productivity book, including I Know How She Does It, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Her work has appeared in Fast Company, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale at both libraries or online. Click here for tickets.

Book sale & signing to follow.

A family tree layout
How to Find Your Family Roots

Monday, March 6, 7-8 pm
Main Meeting Room

Register here.

Whether you are a rookie or a veteran this course will help you to find out who your ancestors were.  Discover how to find birth, death, marriage, census, citizenship, naturalization, military and probate records.  Learn about local and out of state sources.  Hear what sources are available at the Library for free.  Find out how to keep track of everything. Ready to further your knowledge of online genealogy resources and deepen your understanding and knowledge of what’s available?

Join Dr. Susanne Johnston will lead this program.Dr. Susanne Johnston, Historian, Towamencin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has worked on her own genealogy for 40 years, has 6 Patriots from which she is descended, is a Volunteer Genealogy Consultant for the DAR and assists members in finding their Patriots to qualify for membership.  She has also assisted those who just need help with their genealogy.

A chinese dancer holding a fanPenn Chinese Dance

Friday, March 10, 7-8 pm
All Ages.
Upper Dublin Main Meeting Room

The Penn Chinese Dance Club (PCDC) is a student-run non-profit dance group, performing Classical and Folk Chinese dances.  A major performing arts troupe in Philadelphia. PCDC’s mission is the enrichment and promotion of traditional Chinese arts and culture through dance exercises, instructions, and collaborations.


five universal women's silohuettesDo Women Know Everything?

Monday, March 13, 7-8 pm
Main Meeting Room

This talk looks at women’s representation in the media, in fields including politics and sports.  Dr. Weekes will discuss the genesis of her book Women Know Everything!: 3241 Quips, Quotes, and Brilliant Remarks and will also provide additional background information on some of the inspiring, groundbreaking women featured.

Presenter Karen Weekes, Ph.D, is the author of Women Know Everything!: 3241 Quips, Quotes, and Brilliant Remarks, a collection of quotations by women from around the world—from India’s Mother Theresa to Britain’s Victoria Beckham, Kenya’s Wangari Maathai to the U.S.’s Ellen DeGeneres.

A map of the US overlaid with the US constitution Is a Rising Sun:  The Story of the Constitution’s Birth

Wednesday, Mar 22, 7-8 pm
Main Meeting Room

Register here.

The end of the Revolutionary War was just the beginning of the process of creating a new nation. In this program, you’ll discover why the Constitutional Convention was called, meet key delegates from the Convention’s debates, and see how the document they created addressed—and failed to address—the young country’s needs.

a ballet dancer playing CinderellaPages to Pirouettes Presents Cinderella

Friday, March 24th, 7-8 pm
All Ages.
Township Community Rooms

Pages to Pirouettes,  a  Philadelphia area ballet troupe dedicated to bringing the classical story ballets to children, will present the class story of Cinderella. Enjoy the magic of Cinderella in this delightfully humorous take on the timeless tale.

Rick Steves in front of a scenic riverMontgomery County Libraries present…
One Author One County-  Rick Steve’s: Broadening Your Global Perspective Through Travel

Sunday, March 26, 7:30 pm
At the Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA

Bestselling travel author and popular television host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. The author of over 50 guidebooks, Rick also hosts the popular travel series, Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS, the weekly NPR travel show, Travel with Rick Steves, and has a weekly syndicated newspaper column. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world.

Join us as every community in Montgomery County comes together to celebrate one of America’s best-loved travel icons.

Tickets are $20-$35. To purchase go here.

Book Sale & Signing to follow. To learn more about this program please go here.

A thief stealing a credit cardIdentity Theft: Prevention and Response

Thursday, March 30, 1-2 pm
Main Meeting Room

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. Utilizing his knowledge, training and experience, Officer Bochanski hopes to assist you in avoiding identity theft and provide you with guidance in the event that you become a victim.

A family tree layoutBeyond the Basics: Advanced Online Genealogy Techniques

Monday, April 3, 7-8 pm
Main Meeting Room

Register here.

Ready to further your knowledge of online genealogy resources and deepen your understanding and knowledge of what’s available?

Join Dr. Susanne Johnston, Historian, Towamencin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, who has worked on her own genealogy for 40 years, has 6 Patriots from which she is descended, is a Volunteer Genealogy Consultant for the DAR and assists members in finding their Patriots to qualify for membership. She has also assisted those who just need help with their genealogy.

Essential oil bottles with lavender plantSpring into Natural Health with Essential Oils!: a DIY workshop

Thursday, April 20, 7:15-8:15 pm
Library Program Room

Registration begins 3/6. Space is limited.

Learn the foundational oils for supporting strong respiratory systems, managing seasonal threats, green cleaning at home, recovering from dull winter skin, mood management, and more. Create your own essential oil blend to start using at home right away!

Presenter Megan Koppel is a local natural health/essential oils educator, mom, CPA, and business mentor.

A portrait of Bill WineRESCHEDULED! Based on the Book: Bestselling Cinema

Friday, April 21 7:30-9 pm
For Adults

We know in our hearts that books and movies are so different that we really shouldn’t compare them. And yet, we just can’t help it. In this presentation Bill Wine discusses the psychological differences between the reading and viewing experience. He also analyzes the way classic and modern novels have been translated into films. A collection of indelible written works that have provided the source material for storied, memorable movies are discussed.

Presenter Bill Wine has been KYW Newsradio’s movie critic since 2001. Wine is a tenured professor in the department of communication at La Salle University, where he teaches film and writing courses. In addition to his work in the media and academia, he is also a produced and published playwright.

Harry potter staring into a bowl of waterMedieval Image of the Hero in the Harry Potter Novels

Thursday, June 1st 7 pm
Upper Dublin Township Main Meeting Room
For Adults & Teens

This discussion of the medieval influences on J.K. Rowling’s works illustrates the ways in which that colorful time period flavors her novels. Medieval manifestations are keys to understanding the messages that Rowling’s texts have for mature readers. Among her themes are methods for coping with our modern, technologically-obsessed world.

Professor Bryan Polk is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and English at Penn State Abington.


A woman altering a piece of clothingClothing Repair Class

For ages 16+. Tired of paying a tailor to fix your clothes? Repair them yourself & save money.

Register per class here. Limit of 10 per class.

  • Threading a Sewing Machine, We, 2/15,  7-8 pm
  • Sewing theory & Basic Sewing Machine Operation, We, 3/1, 7-8 pm
  • Hemming Pants & Skirts, We, 3/15, 7-8 pm
  • Sewing on a button, We, 3/29, 7-8 pm
  • Repairing a Seam & Fixing Holes, We, 4/5, 7-8 pm


Charles Dickens old book covers20th Century American Short Stories Class

Wednesdays, March 22-May 3, 2:30-4 pm
No class on April 12
Program Room

Register here.

In six sessions, we will read short stories by six seminal American writers of the 20th century:  Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and William Faulkner.  In this context, Wharton may be viewed as the door between the 19th-century European high art style and the rough, everyday  realism of the twenties and thirties.  Ernest Hemingway is the great style innovator. Hughes and Hurston recorded the lives and feelings of ordinary African Americans.  And Faulkner put regionalism on the map, focusing on the south. At each meeting, we will talk about 1-3 stories by the assigned writers, discussing plot, characterization, and technique while looking for each story’s secret meaning.

Instructor 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.




scissors cutting a cable cordTime to Dump Cable? A practical guide to cutting the cord

Wednesday, May 24, 7-8 pm
Teen Room

Are you tired of paying a lot of money for cable tv? Come and learn how to cut the cable and still get many of your favorite programs & movies for less money.

Presenter Kay Klocko is Head of Reference at UDPL and cut her own cable February 2017.


Technology Events

3D PrintingIntro to 3D Printing for Adults

For ages 18+
Registration required at this link.

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.

  • Wednesday, 3/8
  • Wednesday, 5/17
  • Wednesday, 6/7