Do you like needlework or crafts? Interested in getting together with other like-minded people as you work on your project? "Stitch-In" is an opportunity to meet and learn from others. Share tips, hints, and patterns. Or just come and work on your craft and socialize with others. The Stitch-Ins are held at the library on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. If you have any questions, please call the library.

Civil War Discussion Group
The Civil War Discussion Group will be meeting on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 PM. The group is free and open to the public. If you would like more information, please contact Dick Stewart at 610-261-4331.

Computer Class
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM and NEW! Saturday Mornings 9am-Noon
Bill Richardson, a volunteer and member of the NAPL Friends, teaches a Computer Class for ages 16—Adult every Wednesday evening. Personalizing the instruction to the needs of those attending, he covers many aspects of basic computer use, common word processing and spreadsheet programs, and related topics. The class is free, and students may attend as many times as they wish. Please call or stop by the library to sign up. We need your name and phone number in the event of class cancellations.
Saturday Mornings 9am-Noon
Volunteer Marty Ford is available for one-on-one instruction. Sign up for an hour at a time.

*Please note: The computer class is conducted by volunteers for the library. The Northampton Area Public Library is not responsible for any problems that may arise as a result of participation in the class.

Book Discussion Group

Northampton Area Public Library's book discussion group will be meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 6:30 PM. The book being discussed is The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok. If you would like to participate in the discussion, please call or stop by the library to get the book.

From the back of the book:
"'People have abandoned their loved ones for much less than you've been through,' Mira Bartók is told at her mother's memorial service. it is a poignant yet truthful observation about the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother. Before she was struck with schizoprenia, piano protégé Norma Herr was the most vibrant personality in the room. But as her mental state deteriorated, the burden she placed on her family became unbearable. Although she loved her daughters and did her best to raise them well, Norma began to speak less about Chopin and more about her fear that her daughters would be kidnapped, murdered, or raped.

After a traumatic encounter, Mira and her sister had no choice but to change their names and sever all contact with Norma in order to stay safe. For the next seventeen years, Mira and her mother communicated only through a P.O. box. But after a debilitating car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury, Mira's life shifted forever. As part of her recovery, she reached out to the homeless shelter in Ohio where her mother had been staying, and soon found out that Norma was dying. Mira and her sister traveled to Cleveland, where they shared an extraordinary reconciliation with their mother that none of them had thought possible.

Through stunning prose and original art created by the author in tandem with the text, 'The Memory Palace' explores the connections between mother and daughter that cannot be broken no matter how much exists--or is lost-- between them.