A note from Mr. Eugene Williams, Grundy Foundation Executive Director regarding changes at the Grundy Library and Museum. Mr. Williams thanks the public for their loyalty, understanding and patience during our 2020 shutdown, and reduced services due to Covid-19 and construction.
Recent updates to the Grundy Library include both interior and exterior renovations. When you return to the building, you’ll notice three new study rooms, a snack area for to enjoy your coffee, tea, or a quick bite while in the building, and updated carpeting and paint throughout. Other infrastructure changes include a new and improved elevator, new public restrooms, and a HEPA-filtered HVAC system. Anticipated for completion in 2022 are terraces on each side of the building and spacious rooftop greens on which to relax, read or picnic. Also slated for the street level are perimeter pergolas offering respite from the sun along with tables, benches, potted landscaping, and lighting. Artist renderings of the projected exterior project can be viewed at https://www.grundyfoundation.com/masterplan.
Changes at the Museum are equally impressive. Currently open for general and thematic tours, the Grundy Museum has expanded the interior views of Senator Joseph Grundy’s home. Callers visiting the Victorian-era home can do so in comfort with a new HEPA-filtered HVAC system that added air conditioning. Grundy family collections are refurbished and new items were added to the house collections within the home.
With the interior finishes in the Library underway, we are optimistic about a June 2021 reopening. Please continue to take advantage of curbside and virtual services for now. Museum tours have officially started! General tour times, dates and further thematic tour information can be found at https://grundymuseum.ticketleap.com/.
Dana Barber Library Director
Grundy Library Card Gift Card Drawing May 1 - October 31, 2021
What can you access using your Grundy Library card? Librarians can create personalized a Grab Bag filled with themed collections of materials such as comics & manga, Reading Olympics books, beach reads, or one of your own. Like movies? Binge Boxes, assorted DVDs with a theme can be borrowed too - binge on Chick Flicks, Studio Ghibli, and more. In addition to DVDs, the Grundy Library also offers streaming services for movies, audiobooks, and music. Enjoy films and audiobooks through Hoopla and, exclusive to Grundy Library cardholders, movie streaming through Kanopy. Kanopy is a great place to find art films, international film festival award winners, and more! Want to enjoy the great outdoors with your family? Borrow a NASA Space Explorers Backpack complete with a telescope to look at the Moon and stars. Explore the local parks and woods with a Nature Backpack containing field guides, binoculars, and a bug box.
What are the gift card drawing details? Individuals 16-plus years of age who apply for a Grundy Library card between May 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021 are eligible for a $200 VISA gift card drawing. Once the Library card is created and picked up, the card holder is entered into the drawing. The drawing is scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM and will be contacted via phone or email. Individuals need not be present to win the prize.
Grundy Walking Club Tuesday, May 11 & 25 at 1:00 PM
Join us for a one mile walk through historic Bristol Borough on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Participants can enter for a chance to win a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card. Open to ages 18-plus.
Due to ongoing construction on the immediate Grundy Library property, the walk will begin and end from the Library's parking lot located at the corner of Dorrance and Radcliffe Streets; access to the lot is made via Dorrance Street. Remember to wear your sunscreen, face mask and comfortable shoes. For more information and to register for individual walks, visit the Grundy Library events page.
Virtual Knitting & Crocheting
Wednesday, May 5 at 6:30 PM
Join us for a virtual meetup via ZOOM.
These informal events are a great way to show off what you have been working on, see familiar faces, and meet new crafting buddies! Click here for more information and to register.
Trivia Night - Name That Mom: Moms from TV, Film, History and Literature Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
Join your hosts Marie and Barbara for a Trivia Night on the Kahoot! gaming platform. Do you know who was the mother of a U.S. president as well as the the wife of one? Who has been named the "mother of modern physics" by historians? Catelyn Stark is a mother in what series? This event is appropriate for families. Register online and a ZOOM meeting link will be sent to you one hour before the event. Once you're logged in to ZOOM, a Kahoot! game code will be shared with you. Play the game on your smart phone, Chromebook, or tablet. Are you new to Kahoot!? Check out this Kahoot! tutorial. Questions? Call 215.788.7891 for further assistance.
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and More Wednesday, May 12, 19 & 26 at 6:00 PM
Presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:00 pm. Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The program covers typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Click here to for more information about the event. Register online, or by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 PM. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Click here for more information about the event. Register online, or by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.
Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the latest Research on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 PM. Science provides insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Click here for more information about the event. Register online, or by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.
Summer Field Trip Challenge May 1- 31, 2021
Join us May 1 - 31, 2021 for the "Summer Field Trip Challenge" suitable for grades K-6. Create an account at https://grundylibrary.beanstack.org/reader365, and sign up for the challenge today! You'll be able to visit the animals, landmarks and hidden gems of the world from the comfort of your home.
Monday, May 3 & 17
Code Club is now online! Join us on the 1st and 3rd Mondays for a new activity or challenge. Ms. Amber and Ms. Laura will be introducing new coding challenges and we would love for you to watch and participate with us. These challenges will be posted online via our social media channels. If you aren't on social media you can still watch them each Monday on our Grundy Library YouTube channel.Open to grades 3-12.
Click here for the current and past coding challenge videos which are available 24/7.
Grundy Story Time
Missing story time at the library? Watch our growing library of virtual story times online whenever you want! Each week we read stories, sing songs, and learn new rhymes.
Virtual 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Through December 2021
Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is now on Beanstack! Reading with your child helps them develop early literacy skills and encourages a love of reading! Once you reach 1,000 books, you will earn a prize! To register a child for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, or to log-in to your Beanstack account, visit the Beanstack page.
Tiny Tots Virtual Live Story Time Tuesday, May 4, 11, 18 & 25 and June 1 & 8
at 10:30 AM
Join us for a live VIRTUAL story time filled with books, songs, and rhymes! Each week will focus on one of the six early literacy skills. This story time is best for ages 0-2, our youngest of learners & movers! Story times take place over Zoom. For more information and to register for individual classes, visit the Grundy Library events page.
Family Virtual Live Story Time Thursday, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 and
June 3 & 10 at 10:30 AM
Join us for a live VIRTUAL story time filled with books, songs, and rhymes! Each week will focus on one of the six early literacy skills. This story time is best for ages 0-5, but all ages are welcome! Story times take place over Zoom and registration is required. For more information and to register for individual classes, visit the Grundy Library events page.
Science in the Summer: Be an Engineer Lottery May 3 - 21, 2021
From the Franklin Institute website, "The GSK Science in the Summer Be an Engineer program is offered virtually in the greater Philadelphia area. Through online videos and at-home experiments, children take on the roles of different engineers to solve real-world problems. Children then join virtual research team meetings with Franklin Institute scientists and educators to share their results. Be an Engineer is designed for children ages 7-13, and we invite your whole family to explore together at home!
Families in the greater Philadelphia area may enter an online lottery from May 3 – May 21, 2021, to receive a free kit of science materials from their local library. Kits will include materials for the Environmental and Electrical Engineer activities. Additional online content is available for continued exploration with the Structural and Biomedical Engineer activities. Please note that if you are not selected in the lottery, all activity guides, materials lists, and videos will be shared online, so you can still assemble your own materials and have fun being engineers at home!"
Tween & Teen Trivia Night
Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 PM
Join us virtually for a Tween & Teen Trivia Night with Ms. Laura. Questions will cover events in pop culture between 2010-2020. Do you know music, fashion, or about the Royal family? Then you may win our trivia night!
Questions? Call the Grundy Library at 215.788.7891.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 PM
Need Volunteer Hours? Looking for a way to improve your community? Join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). We need volunteers in grades 6-12 to help us with programming, book selection, and so much more. Can't come every month? - that's okay! Volunteers help select collection materials, plan teen programs for the library, and sometime become a cast of characters for those programs. TAB currently meets virtually on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm. For more information, click here.
Mobile Printing @ Grundy Library
With our mobile printing service, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere. Details about this service can be found on the Grundy Library web page. For questions, please call 215.788.7891. Curbside pickup is available.
Federal Tax Forms
The library offers the federal 1040 and 1040-SR federal tax forms and instructions. Call 215.788.7891 to arrange curbside pickup of these documents during library hours. More tax resources can be found online at the Grundy Library web page. For Pennsylvania tax forms and rent rebate forms, please contact your local state representative.
Grundy Museum "Take & Make" Victorian Card
Just in time for Mother’s Day! The Grundy Museum has created a “Take & Make” Victorian Card Kit with materials for you to make two beautiful cards. The kit includes blank cards with envelopes, scrap papers, ribbon, pieces of lace, decorative appliques, dimensional glue dots and printed sentiments for different types of cards. The sentiments include a mixture of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Get Well and Thinking of You. Instructions with images are included.
Kits are available when you take a pre-registered tour of the Museum or by request at the Grundy Library (215.788.7891). Supplies are limited. Register for your tour at: https://grundymuseum.ticketleap.com/.
Have fun and be creative!
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library 680 Radcliffe Street Bristol, Pennsylvania 19007 215.788.7891www.grundylibrary.org