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.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Hannah Penn – Pennsylvania’s First Female Governor –
Thursday March 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
Hannah Callowhill Penn, the second wife of Pennsylvania founder, William Penn, has often been overlooked in history for various reasons, some of which have to do with what society considered acceptable women’s roles in the early 18th century. Because her significant contributions towards the growth and success of Pennsylvania have been downplayed, many of us know little to nothing about Hannah. Did you know that Hannah was the “unofficial” acting Proprietor of Pennsylvania for six years while her husband was incapacitated from illness? Did you also know she ran Pennsylvania for eight years after Penn’s death….accepting responsibility greater than any possible for a woman of her day? In observance of Women’s History Month, join actress Karla Shantz when she appears as Hannah Penn and discover the strength, perseverance, compassion and intelligence of this amazing Quaker woman. In addition, Hannah will relate what life was life for the Quakers and specifically, Quaker women during this period of time. Registration starts: Monday February 23.
Meet Robert E. Lee as we commemorate the end of the American Civil War - Thursday April 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
Make plans to attend a very special program on April 9 – the 150th anniversary when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant in the rural town of Appomattox Court House in Virginia. On this most historic anniversary, we will be visited by General Robert E. Lee, one of the most revered figures in the history of the American South. Actor Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theatre will portray the great general. He will talk about his prominent Virginia family, his life as a soldier, as a great strategist during the Civil War, and the day he surrendered to General Grant in Wilbur McLain’s parlor. Registration starts: Monday March 9.
Showboat: The American Musial Comes of Age – Lecture- in- Song with Fred Miller – Sunday April 12 @ 2:00 p.m. – Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
The Musical has to be America’s most dramatic contribution to the performing arts. Showboat, one of great American musicals adapted from Edna Ferber’s book, is a true masterpiece. Join us for Fred Miller’s Lecture-in-Song entitled Showboat: The American Musical Comes of Age. In his presentation, Mr. Miller will explain that before Showboat, Broadway musicals were a hodgepodge of singing, dancing, comedy and colorful characters minus any cohesive theme or story to hold it all together. By choosing to adapt a work of literature to the stage and turn it into a musical, Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern created a musical with a strong plot, realistic characters and important themes. They truly revolutionized the American theatre! And of course the music is just magical! So please come to the library and be swept away as we travel on “Ol Man River”. Registration for Friends Members will start on Monday March 16. General Registration starts on Tuesday March 17.
Closet Chaos – A DIY Course in Gaining Control of Your Space – Wednesday April 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Are you a closet slob? Is your house neat as a pin but your closets are a disaster? Do you own a pair of shoes that have been MIA for years? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have the workshop for you. Beth Allen of Hip Chicks returns this spring with another informative and entertaining DIY workshop. In her Closet Chaos program, you will learn how to measure and plan storage space, find studs, use wall anchors and hang shelving. By the end of this class you will go home with great tips on how to de-clutter your closet, maximize your space and keep it organized for years to come. Registration starts on Monday March 23. If you are interested in attending this workshop, then please sign up early as the program is limited to 40 participants.
Poetry Reading with Bill Wunder and Lynn Levin – Thursday April 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
April is National Poetry Month. In honor of Poetry Month, the library is honored to host two local poets – Mr. Bill Wunder and Ms. Lynn Levin. Bill Wunder is the author of two volumes of poetry, Pointing at the Moon and Hands Turning the Earth. In 2001 Bill was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County. His poems have been widely published, and he has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. Bill, a Vietnam veteran, serves as Poetry Editor of The Schuylkill Valley Journey and lives with his two labs in Bucks County. Lynn is a poet, writer and translator. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Miss Plastique, a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry. Lynn Levin teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Both Bill and Lynn will read from their poetry collections and discuss their craft with the audience. You will be able to purchase their books after the program. “Wine” and cheese will be served after the program. Registration starts on Monday March 30.
The Suffragists: Alice Paul and Friends – Thursday May 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
Blunt-speaking, no-nonsense Alice was born into a Quaker family in New Jersey. She was an American suffragist, feminist and the main leader and strategist of the 1910s campaign for the nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits gender discrimination in the right to vote. Alice was highly educated with degrees in sociology from the U. of PA, a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University, and in 1928 received a Doctorate in Civil Laws from American University. Inspired by Britain’s Christabel Pankhurst to speak out for women’s right to vote, Paul joined the fight for suffrage in Great Britain, returned home to work with the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the National Woman’s Party, campaigned against President Wilson’s refusal to support woman suffrage, went on hunger strikes and was jailed in order to secure the 19th Amendment. Visit the library to learn more about this amazing woman as Alisa Dupuy of the Ladies of History Historical Productions returns to portray Alice Paul and talk about her struggle to gain the vote for the American woman. Women have indeed come along way thanks to the Suffragist Movement and Alice Paul. Registration starts: Monday April 6.
“A Century of Sinatra” – Performed by Mr. Dave DeLuca - Sunday May 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
Come Fly Away with Dave DeLuca as he pays tribute to Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes would have turned 100 years old on December 12, 2015. During his lifetime, Sinatra defined the Great American Songbook for decades with verve and panache. Long acclaimed as the world’s greatest performer of popular music, Sinatra is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow. He was, of course, more than a singer – he was an actor, recording artist, cabaret and concert star, radio and television personality, and, on occasion, producer, director and conductor. “A Century of Sinatra” celebrates the music, the man, and the great composers, lyricists, and musical arrangers who put their indelible stamp on an incredible period in American history. “A Century of Sinatra” will be performed by Mr. Dave DeLuca who is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer. Dave has been performing for over 30 years. He is a member of the Songwriter’s Guild of America and has had songs published by BMI. In December 2011, Dave auditioned for and won a starring role in the Count Basie Theatre’s “5th Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash”, beating out hundreds of other hopeful performers. This special program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration starts on Monday April 20 for Friends Members. General Registration starts on Tuesday April 21.
Wedding Customs and Traditions with Jane Peters Estes – Wednesday May 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love – so the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson reminds us. It is then most appropriate that this spring we will learn all about Wedding Traditions and Customs as Jane Peters Estes once again visits the Township Library. Jane, a historian and re-enactor, will discuss the origin of many of our wedding customs, such as, the ring, the gown, bridesmaids, etc. with an emphasis on the Victorian Era. The library is proud to feature Jane’s collection of vintage photos documenting more than a century of wedding clothing and will also display Jane’s ivory silk wedding gown from 1940 and a pair of wedding slippers from the 1840s. So please come early to this program so you will have plenty of time to look at Jane’s wonderful collection. The meeting room will open at 5:30 p.m. You are encouraged to bring in your wedding photograph to share with your fellow patrons. We would love to see how you looked on your special day. After the program, we will cut our special wedding cake and toast all love birds. Registration starts on Monday April 27.
“Egypt: A Modern Nation in Transition, Part I (Political History)” – Thursday May 28 @ 7:00 p.m.
Please join us as Dr. Steve Phillips returns to the Township Library this spring to discuss Egypt: A Modern Nation in Transition. Since the 25 January 2011 people’s revolution, Egypt has been in the throes of political and cultural turmoil. We typically hear only abut current events that tend to make the most noise, without hearing about the context. This lecture examines the context of the political history of Egypt that led to the modern country, and how that history led to its modern turmoil. Dr. Phillips will discuss Egypt under the pharaoh’s, move from there into the 19th century’s European colonialism in Egypt, from there to the 20th century and on to the revolution of 25 January 2011. He will put the Muslim Brotherhood into context, who they are, as well as discuss modern day Egyptian leaders - Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak and Morsi. Dr. Steve Phillips 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. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration for Friends starts on Monday May 4. General Registration starts on Tuesday May 5.
If you have any questions, please call the library @ (215) 355-1183. Hope to see you at the programs.
Carol A. Saioni, Adult Program Coordinator