Events for Book Lovers, Veterans, and Boomerang Throwers

In Boyertown, find discussions of banned books and fascinating local people during July and August. In Emmaus, veterans living in Pennsburg, East Greenville, and nearby areas can get help July 27 with state-related issues. And in Schwenksville on July 30, learn how to throw a boomerang.

Banned Books, Life Stories Subjects of Studio Events

BOYERTOWN PA – Events scheduled for Sunday afternoons during July and August at Studio B Art Gallery, 39A Philadelphia Ave., are likely to provoke conversations and observations in support of two projects there: its current exhibit, titled “Words,” and a book release, “Transforming Moments.”

The program “Banned Books: Sharing for Understanding” is scheduled for July 10, 17, 24, and 31 (2022) from 2-4 p.m. on each date. “Lovers of books often targeted to be banned are invited to come and share the value of those books,” the studio announced.

The program “The Human Library” is scheduled for Aug. 7, also from 2-4 p.m. It’s modeled on libraries in Denmark and other countries where people can be “borrowed,” just like a book might be, to listen to and learn about their life stories. Its goal is to fight prejudice, the studio explained, adding that by listening to their stories “you realize how much you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.” Sharing stories during this session are subjects represented in Boyertown’s “No Place for Hate” mural, and others.

The events are free to attend and open to the public. Advance registration is requested but not required. To register, send an e-mail to janeEstahl@comcast.net.

Register Now for Mackenzie’s July Veteran Assistance

EMMAUS PA – Registrations are being accepted now for the veterans’ assistance hours offered monthly by state Rep. Milou Mackenzie, whose 131st District in part includes a portion of Montgomery County. They are next scheduled for July 27 (Wednesday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at her district office, 1245-D Chestnut St.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment can call 610-965-5830.

Services provided to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension and death benefits, education and health care, plus other benefits. Veterans do not need be members of the American Legion to receive these services, Mackenzie added.

What Goes Around, Comes Around in Schwenksville

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – The saying “what goes around, comes around” will literally prove true July 30 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to noon at Pennypacker Mills, the Montgomery County historic site, 5 Haldeman Rd. Guests of all ages can participate in a one-of-a-kind boomerang workshop, where they’ll learn the story behind this popular toy of the early 1900s and then make several of different cardboard designs.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. Advance registration is requested; call 610-287-9349, or send an e-mail to PennypackerMills@montcopa.org.

A boomerang, according to the site’s newsletter, differs from a “throwing stick” in that the boomerang returns to the thrower. They range in a variety of shapes and materials, can be made for right- and left-handed throwers, and historically were used for hunting, sport, and entertainment.

Unlike a Frisbee, a boomerang must be thrown almost vertically, with an incline of about 20 degrees and lots of rotation. “Don’t worry,” its staff promises, “we’ll show everyone how it’s done.” They’re easy to make and fun to throw, the newsletter added.

It requires plenty of space, though, which make open fields surrounding the Pennypacker mansion perfect for the exercise. This is an outdoor workshop, and boomerang construction will be held on the mansion porch. All supplies are provided.

Photo of an open field at Pennypacker Mills by The Post