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Teens

Body Modification with the Mütter Museum

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

Body Modification with the Mütter Museum

This program is intended for adults and teens.
For thousands of years, humans have been changing their bodies. This lesson lets students explore body modifications from around the world, from foot binding to body piercing, from corsets to neck coils. Students observe museum objects not normally on display and learn about the health implications of common body modifications.

Presented Online via Zoom
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Read an eBook Day

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 12:05am
Event location: 
ONLINE

Read an Ebook DayEbooks enable you to take the stories and authors you love with you anytime, anywhere.

For the last half decade, libraries and schools have virtually come together each September 18th to celebrate the joys of digital reading on Read an Ebook Day. This year has been extremely unique for a myriad of reasons, but one thing that remains consistent is the fact that library users love ebooks and audiobooks.

Take this day to celebrate the fact that, although many of us are staying in our homes, we always have access to thousands of books from the library. #EbookLove is just a tap away. Borrow one of your favorite books or something completely new and discover the joys of digital reading.

Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favorite ebook from your library and join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love ebooks and by using the hashtag #ebookLove on social media.

 

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Library System Offline for Upgrades

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 12:00am to Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 12:00am
Event location: 
Both Branches

From September 1 – September 7, 2021, across MCLINC, our system will be down for upgrades. No materials will be due and no fines will accrue while the system is down.  

You will be able to check out items with your library card.

You will be able to view the catalog, though it will not be updated during this week. The url for the catalog will remain the same after the update. https://mclinc.polarislibrary.com

You will not be able to do the following:

  • Access your account online or at the Library
  • Renew items
  • Place holds
  • Pay fines
  • Check out items using anything except your library card.

We can’t wait to show you our new and improved system! Thank you for your patience.

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Nature Photography with Rick Lieder

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE


To register, click here!

Rick Lieder is a professional and well-established nature and wildlife photographer who finds beauty all around him.  His photos can be found in books right here in our library!  Learn from an expert on how to capture stunning photos of nature and wildlife while having fun doing it!  Please click here to visit his Website where you can see his outstanding photos and learn more about him.

 

His photos are featured in these children's books:

Step Out Gently

Sweep Up the Sun

Among a Thousand Fireflies

Wake Up!

Hello, I'm Here!

 

 

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Building Racial Understanding: Part 4

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

human faces from a variety of cultures

WVPL invites you to join us in

Building Racial Understanding: A Four-Part Series Toward Systemic Change

Our presenters are a team of educators dedicated to the work of social justice, diversity and inclusion. 

They will guide our conversations to talk openly about several topics related to race and racism. 

Our hope is that by engaging in these subjects,

we can all expand our capacity for racial understanding and learn to become agents of change. 


Part 4: White Privilege: Conversations with Kids on Race and Racism

This seminar explores the harmful impact of racism on children.  It provides a list of steps and suggestions for adults to take when discussing these topics with children.  These suggestions are broken down into different age groups: Preschool (18 months-4 years), Elementary (K-5th Grade), and Middle and High School (6th-12th Grade).  This presentation focuses on the initial conversations on race and racism, and resource lists will be provided for further guidance. 

October 27 at 6:30 pm online via Zoom
Register through Eventbrite at https://racial-understanding-4.eventbrite.com

About our Presenters:

Our Presenters for Building Racial Understanding Series

Serita Lachesis   Serita is a fifth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia, where she serves on the diversity committee.  For Serita combatting racism is deeply personal.  Her parents were one of the first families in the United States to do transracial adoption, raising their five adopted children and biological children together.  While it was joyful to grow up in a mixed race family, it was painfully apparent to Serita that she benefited from privileges that her siblings were not afforded.  As Serita became older and had more opportunities to be an agent for change, she has been able to give these lifelong concerns a voice.  Serita has a BA in History from Columbia University and MA in Education from Chestnut Hill College. 

Megnot Toggia   Megnot is a sixth grade assistant teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia.  Growing up in Lehigh County, she was aware of a lack of diversity within the student body and among the faculty at school.  While living and attending college in Philadelphia, Megnot was exposed to a diverse population of individuals, emphasizing for her the importance of recognizing every individual’s life experience.  Megnot is committed to learning new ways to use her voice for social justice.  She is a recent graduate from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance with a B.M. and an M.M. in Voice Performance.

Jalil Pines   Jalil is a sixth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia and is faculty advisor for a middle school affinity group.  He also serves on the middle school diversity committee.  Fighting for social justice and being an activist is a priority for Jalil.  From an early age, Jalil’s parents instilled in him the values of standing up for what is right and fighting for equality.  Whether leading an affinity group in high school or planning marches, being an advocate has always represented much more for Jalil.  He earned his BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College with a dual concentration in Management and Entrepreneurship.  


 

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Building Racial Understanding Part 3

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

human faces from a variety of cultures

WVPL invites you to join us in

Building Racial Understanding: A Four-Part Series Toward Systemic Change

Our presenters are a team of educators dedicated to the work of social justice, diversity and inclusion. 

They will guide our conversations to talk openly about several topics related to race and racism. 

Our hope is that by engaging in these subjects,

we can all expand our capacity for racial understanding and learn to become agents of change. 


OCTOBER 20.  Part 3 : Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: When Our Brains Betray Us

This seminar takes a deeper dive into implicit bias and how it leads to microaggressions.  Action steps are provided with strategies participants can use to move forward with identifying, combatting, and managing their own implicit biases.

Please register on Eventbrite (https://racial-understanding-3.eventbrite.com) to receive a link via email.

OCTOBER 27. Part 4:  Empowering Kids: How to Talk to Children about Race and Racism

Please register on Eventbrite (https://racial-understanding-4.eventbrite.com) to receive a link via email.


October 27, 2021

About our Presenters:

Our Presenters for Building Racial Understanding Series

Serita Lachesis   Serita is a fifth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia, where she serves on the diversity committee.  For Serita combatting racism is deeply personal.  Her parents were one of the first families in the United States to do transracial adoption, raising their five adopted children and biological children together.  While it was joyful to grow up in a mixed race family, it was painfully apparent to Serita that she benefited from privileges that her siblings were not afforded.  As Serita became older and had more opportunities to be an agent for change, she has been able to give these lifelong concerns a voice.  Serita has a BA in History from Columbia University and MA in Education from Chestnut Hill College. 

Megnot Toggia   Megnot is a sixth grade assistant teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia.  Growing up in Lehigh County, she was aware of a lack of diversity within the student body and among the faculty at school.  While living and attending college in Philadelphia, Megnot was exposed to a diverse population of individuals, emphasizing for her the importance of recognizing every individual’s life experience.  Megnot is committed to learning new ways to use her voice for social justice.  She is a recent graduate from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance with a B.M. and an M.M. in Voice Performance.

Jalil Pines   Jalil is a sixth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia and is faculty advisor for a middle school affinity group.  He also serves on the middle school diversity committee.  Fighting for social justice and being an activist is a priority for Jalil.  From an early age, Jalil’s parents instilled in him the values of standing up for what is right and fighting for equality.  Whether leading an affinity group in high school or planning marches, being an advocate has always represented much more for Jalil.  He earned his BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College with a dual concentration in Management and Entrepreneurship.  

AUGUST 25 PRESENTERS:

Serita Lachesis   Serita is a fifth grade teacher at a Quaker school in Philadelphia, where she serves on the diversity committee.  For Serita combatting racism is deeply personal.  Her parents were one of the first families in the United States to do transracial adoption, raising their five adopted children and biological children together.  While it was joyful to grow up in a mixed race family, it was painfully apparent to Serita that she benefited from privileges that her siblings were not afforded.  As Serita became older and had more opportunities to be an agent for change, she has been able to give these lifelong concerns a voice.  Serita has a BA in History from Columbia University and MA in Education from Chestnut Hill College. 

John Mould   John and his wife Margaret had the joy of raising Serita and six other children. Adopting black kids 30 years ago when it was unfamiliar and controversial added a depth and significance to our family life and our participation in our community. Having always been sensitive to racial justice it had become intimately personal. The uniqueness of our family brought media attention and with it an expansive platform but the uniqueness also brought the platform of many awkward experiences. Awkward is often a necessary impetus for change.

Previous presentations in this series

Part 1: White Privilege: The Benefit of Positive Assumptions

This presentation explores the definition of white privilege and how four types of racism - individual, institutional, cultural, and environmental - continue to hinder people of color in America.

Part 2: The Whens, Wheres, Hows, and Whys of Being a White Ally

This presentation describes different ways to be an ally to people of color.  Participants will be called to action to use their privilege to create a world where everyone enjoys equal opportunities.

 

 

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Bug Show!

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 10:00am
Event location: 
ONLINE

All ages are welcome!

You’ll never see bugs the same way after this virtual presentation by the Bug Man, Ryan Bridge who will give you a whole new appreciation for these creepy crawlers!  This presentation is pre-recorded.  You will receive the link to the video after you register.

 

To register, click here!


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One Summer, One Author: Jarrett Krosoczka!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

This event is for teens!

Meet Jarrett Krosoczka LIVE!  For teens, he has written a graphic memoir titled Hey Kiddo! His second graphic memoir will be released next year and is titled Sunshine.  After you register, you will be contacted by the Blue Bell library to pick up a free copy of one of his books to keep!!!! To learn more about Jarrett Krosoczka, visit his Website by clicking here!

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Tails and Tales with Center for Aquatic Sciences

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 10:00am
Event location: 
ONLINE


For all ages!


Students will focus on interesting animal adaptations and how animals appear in literature.

Join us and our animal guests as we “dive in” to some of the ways different animals use their tails — like tadpoles who use their tails for propulsion and thresher sharks who use their tails to stun prey.

Live animals are in this program!


To register, click here!

 

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