I hope you had a relaxing and wonderful summer. As September approaches, I invite you to read about our upcoming programs and mark your calendar now to attend. 

Rosie the Riveter and Popular Culture During WWII – Part 2 – Wednesday September 10 @ 7:00 p.m.

Performer and Historian, Jo Ann Tufo is coming back to the library this fall. When Rosie the Riveter (AKA Jo Ann) appeared at our library last year she talked about her inspirational life story. In her Power Point presentation, she provided amazing military production output statistics, showed us fascinating pictures of women at work in the factories and of course stressed the importance of women in the war effort. Now when Jo Ann Tufo, returns this year she will continue her discussion of the many areas of American culture that were influenced by the war. She will discuss music, film, radio, nursing, photography and other aspects of American life that were forever changed by our entrance into WWII. You won’t want to miss this! Registration starts on Monday August 11.


Home Repair Made Easy with Beth Allen – Thursday September 18 @ 7:00 p.m.

Do you live alone or is your significant other all thumbs when it comes to home repair? Do you want to be an empowered woman home owner? Then this is the program for you. Come and meet Beth Allen, the founder of HIP Chicks. Beth is a DIY Expert, Contractor, Designer and Motivational Speaker. Ms. Allen will inspire you while demonstrating how to do some simple, quick, common cost saving home repairs. In this hands-on program, you will learn how to handle drain clogs, jammed disposers, bad outlets, loose towel bars, carpet stains, running toilets and more. So please join us for an empowering experience. “DIY” challenged men are also welcome but attendance is limited to 30 participants. Registration starts on Monday August 18.


AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course – Tuesday October 7 @ 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

This class is a one day 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 your 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. 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.


Based on the Book: Bestseller Cinema – Thursday October 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

We know in our hearts that books and movies are so different that we really shouldn’t compare them. And yet, we just can’t help it. In this presentation Bill Wine, KYW Movie Critic and Professor of Film @ La Salle University, discusses the psychological differences between the reading and viewing experience. He also analyzes the way classic and modern novels have been translated into films. A collection of indelible written works that have provided the source material for storied, memorable movies are discussed, including The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Schindler’s List, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Graduate, A Clockwork Orange, The Silence of the Lambs, Sophie’s Choice, The Maltese Falcon and more.  And please don’t worry; we also deal with the insufferable bombs! You are encouraged to bring your preferences, opinions, memories and questions. This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration Starts on Monday September 15. All are welcome!


How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em down on the Farm” – A Lecture-In-Song with Fred Miller – Sunday October 26 @ 2:00 p.m. – This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Please join us at the Township Library as Mr. Fred Miller takes us down Memory Lane as he gives a musical and anecdotal review of American Popular song from 1892 to World War I. This program is featured as one of our Ten Big Events as we continue our 2014 celebration of the library’s ten years at our Bridgetown Pike location. After Mr. Miller’s performance, we will have a special cake cutting ceremony honoring our library, Friends and all our Staff Members. Registration for Friends of the Library starts on Monday September 29 and General Registration starts on Tuesday September 30.

The Dead Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology 201” – Thursday October 30 @ 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for “Part Two” of Dr. Steve Phillips lecture on human skeletal excavation and analysis for crime scene and archaeological investigations. Using digital images of actual human skeletal material and examples of modern criminal cases, this program examines in deeper detail how forensic anthropologists determine sex and age at death, and what the deceased’s skeleton can tell us about the individual’s life. Dr. Steve received his PhD in Physical Anthropology & 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 fieldwork in Jordan, France and Egypt. Dr. Steve has appeared many times at our library and is our favorite Egyptologist. Skeletal remains, criminal cases and death – what a fun way to celebrate Halloween @ the library. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration for Friends of the Library starts on Monday September 29. General Registration starts on Tuesday September 30.

Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band – Thursday November 6 @ 7:00 p.m.

Something is afoot at the library this fall. We will receive a visit from the world’s most famous detective – Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth will be portrayed by actor Neill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre. Mr. Hartley will perform Doyle’s The Adventure of the Speckled Band which was one of 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories and was the author’s favorite tale because of its intriguing characters, especially the marvelous villain. About the same height and body type of Doyle’s detective, tall and elegant in his dark tux, yet physically imposing and strong, Neill Hartley brings what he terms, “full arrogance” to the role. You will see Holmes in his study working out the details of the mystery with his trusted companion, Dr. Watson. Then we will follow them to an old mansion where Holmes must stop a killer from committing another horrible crime! Faithful to the short story and bringing authenticity through his skillful use of British and Scottish dialects, Mr. Hartley’s Sherlock Holmes interpretation is not to be missed. Registration starts on Monday October 6.

Lincoln at Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address – Thursday November 20 @ 7:00 p.m.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…” These lines that start the Gettysburg Address are some of the most memorable words ever uttered by an American President and the speech itself was and still is a masterpiece. Historical re-enactor Mike Jesberger will be our guide as we travel to Gettysburg with President Lincoln in November 1863 to dedicate this most honored battlefield. Mike will present some amazing and little known facts about this great speech, what really happened at Gettysburg on that November day and our most beloved President. Registration starts on Monday October 20.

Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Wednesday December 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

Please join us at this most wonderful time of the year. Re-enactor Alisa Dupuy will take us back in time to Victorian England as she performs everyone’s favorite Christmas story – Charles Dickens  A Christmas Carol. Alisa retells this classic tale as the voice of Fan, Scrooge’s cherished sister. Listen as she brings some of Dickens most memorable characters to life – Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the three ghosts, Marley and literature’s most famous skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge. After experiencing Ms. Dupuy’s performance you will leave the library full of the Christmas spirit. Christmas refreshments will be served after the performance. Registration starts on Monday November 3.

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

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