ADULT ACTIVITIES AT THE LIBRARY

You may register by calling the library @ (215) 355-1183 X104 or at the Information Desk. Please call during library hours.

 

“Frankly My Dear… The History of Gone with the Wind” – Thurs. September 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

Don’t think about this program tomorrow but make plans right now to join us as Historian Jo Ann Tufo visits the Township Library once again. Jo Ann explores the history of the book and the film that has shaped the world’s perception of the American Civil War. Ms. Tufo also discusses how the personal histories and lives of the writer, directors, producers and stars intersected to make movie history. You won’t want to miss this one! Registration starts on Monday August 17 for Friends Members. General Registration starts on Tuesday August. 18.

 

AARP Safety Driving for Seniors

The Township Library is hosting two AARP Safety Driving Programs for seniors – one in September and one in October. The September class is the Refresher Course. In order to be eligible for this class you must have taken an AARP Safety Driving Course within the last three years. You must bring proof that you took the class, such as, a copy of your class certificate or insurance bill. You must be a licensed driver 55 years or older to participate. You are also required to bring a pen or pencil and your current driver’s license to the class. The fee for this program is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. The Refresher class will be held on Tuesday September 29 from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

 

 The October program is the two day class. This program is for anyone who never attended the AARP Safety Driving program before or has not attended the class within the last three years. You are required to bring your current driver’s license and a pen or pencil to the class. The fee for this program is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. The two-session course will take place on October 6 and October 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, or want to register, you can call Mr. Paul Strenge @ (215) 355-1037. The library will not be taking reservations for this class.

 

Chocolate: The Pennsylvania Connection - Wednesday September 30 @ 7:00 p.m.

The aroma of chocolate fills the air as this presentation connects the cultural use of chocolate from Meso-America to Europe and back to colonial America and Pennsylvania. Learn the basics of cacao cultivation, harvesting and fermentation. Examine Mayan, Aztec and European artifacts to compare and contrast chocolate in different societies and explore the place of chocolate in Pennsylvania. Participants have the opportunity to grate “chocolate cakes” and make and sample a historic chocolate beverage. This interactive program will be conducted by Susan McLellan Plaisted, a Board Certified Pediatric Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Health Education. Ms. Plaisted has researched and studied food history for more than twenty years. She has more than 34 years of public speaking experience. Ms. Plaisted has spoken to numerous groups including historical societies, Elderhostels, antique clubs, culinary historian groups, libraries and national and international associations. This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This program is open to all but registration is required. Registration starts on Monday August 31 for everyone.

The Day Lincoln was Assassinated – April 14, 1865 – Wednesday October 7 @ 7:00 p.m.

April 14, 1865 was a day of horror that changed America. That was the date when Abraham Lincoln, our beloved 16th President, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Using a Power Point demonstration, Mr. Hugh Boyle, a local historian and Lincoln scholar, will walk us through the events of that terrible day. Mr. Boyle is President of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table and a member of the faculty of the Civil War Institute at Manor College in Jenkintown. Mr. Boyle is also the Executive Director of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Library and Museum, where he curates the Lincoln exhibits. Registration for Friends Members starts on Tuesday September 8. General Registration starts on Wednesday September 9.

Egypt: A Modern Nation in transition Part II – Impact on Ancient Sites and Antiquities  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library – Thursday October 15 @ 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Steve Phillips returns this fall to continue his presentation on Egypt: A Modern Nation in Transition. In this Power Point program Dr. Steve will discuss the impact that two revolutions within two years has had on Egypt’s ancient sites, its antiquities and the archaeologists who work there. This lecture includes behind the scenes images and stories from Egyptologists currently excavating sites in Egypt, as well as reports from Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities (including reports on the rise of an elicit antiquities trade). Dr. Steve received his PhD in Physical Anthropology and Archaeology from the U of PA where he also received his B.A. and M.A. degrees. Dr. Phillips has participated in a wide-range of archaeological excavations over the past 15 years with field work in Jordan, France, and Egypt. Dr. Steve has appeared at our library many times and is our favorite Egyptologist. Registration for Friends Members starts on Monday September 14. General Registration starts on Tuesday September 15.

Cole Porter – You’re the Top – A Lecture-in-Song presented by Fred Miller

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library – Sunday October 25 @ 2:00 p.m.

You will have a “De-Lovely” time at the Township Library when the wonderful Mr. Fred Miller visits us once again to present his Lecture-in-Song on Cole Porter, the rich Indiana farm boy turned sophisticate. Porter was one of the great song craftsmen of his era producing such great standards as “Let’s Do It”, “You Do Something to Me”, “Night and Day”, “Anything Goes”, “Begin the Beguine” and “So in Love”, just to name a few. He created some of his best songs for Broadway and Hollywood shows: Can Can, Silk Stockings, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate and High Society. A Jazz Age figure of triumph and tragedy, the Porter legacy continues to occupy a place in every serious singer’s repertoire. You will Get a Kick out of this program. Hope to see you there! Registration for Friends Members starts on Monday September 28. General Registration starts on Tuesday September 29.

“Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

 Wednesday October 28 @ 7:00 p.m.

Actor Neill Hartley portrays Washington Irving, the Father of the American short story. He will bring us into Irving’s world; introducing you to his work, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, the most famous short story ever written. The literary lion narrates his tale and then enters his story, becoming his alter ego, Ichabod Crane: tall and slim like Ichabod, Neill was also born in upstate New York. Like Ichabod, he teaches voice and rides horses. It is perfect casting. And it makes for a perfectly eerie entertaining event. You have seen Mr. Hartley at the library as FDR and more recently as Sherlock Holmes. Registration for Friends Members starts on Monday October 5. General Registration starts on Tuesday October 6.  

The Sounds of Downton Abbey – Performed by Terri and Marion Evans

  Sunday November 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

Do you have Downton Abbey withdrawal syndrome and you just cannot wait until season six starts in January? Then some relief is in sight! Please come to the library for an afternoon of music and nostalgia. This musical performance is presented by Terri Evans, a former Miss Alabama who has performed on Broadway, and her husband Marion Evans, a world renowned music arranger and composer. This program presents a compelling look at the times and music of the Edwardian period, WWI and the Roaring Twenties. Terri dresses in authentic costumes and the program also includes video excerpts from Downton Abbey. Registration for Friends Members starts on Tuesday October 13. General Registration starts on Wednesday October 14.

Emotional Eating: Changing your Behavior – Thursday November 12 @ 7:00 p.m.

Does stress, anger, or sadness drive you to eat? Do you turn to food for comfort, or when you are bored? Many people do. If you often eat for emotional reasons instead of because you are physically hungry, that can be a problem. Obeying the urge to eat more than you need is a sure-fire way to gain weight. If you have this problem and want to change this behavior then please join us as Priscilla Estes conducts a workshop on Emotional Eating. Ms. Estes is a trained Yoga Instructor and she uses yoga to heal addictive behavior. In one hour Priscilla will teach us how to take the emotions out of eating and rebuild healthful habits with specific tips and some minor yoga moves. Registration for Friends Members starts on Monday October 19. General Registration starts on Tuesday October 20.

 

Christmas Thru the Ages – Wednesday December 2 @ 7:00 p.m.

Please join us at this most joyful time of the year as Actress Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre visits our library this December. Kim will give us a look how the Yuletide season has been celebrated thru the ages: from the earliest Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations and the Roman feast of Saturnalia, to the Christian utilization of ancient Pagan rituals during the Solstice Period, thru the 19th century when celebrating Christmas became High Art, concluding with our modern view of the holiday. Song sheets with lyrics will be provided so that attendees may sing-along if they choose. Christmas refreshments will be served after the program! Registration for Friends Members starts on Monday November 2. General Registration starts on Tuesday November 3.

 

Please note: Additional Perks when you become a Friend of the Library:

  • Early sign up for all the adult programs – a few exceptions apply.
  • Continued receipt of library’s letter advertising all our adult programs.

If you are not already a Friend and would like to become one, an application form has been enclosed for your convenience. Thanking you in advance for your support.

 

If you have any questions, please call the library @ (215) 355-1183. Hope to see you at the programs.

 

                                                            Sincerely,

 

 

                      Carol A. Saioni, Adult Program Coordinator