ADULT ACTIVITIES AT THE LIBRARY
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The Township Library of Lower Southampton
1983 Bridgetown Pike
Feasterville, PA 19053
The Township Library is pleased to announce our 2014 spring adult program schedule. We are featuring three special programs that will honor the Greatest Generation. They are annotated with an asterisk. We hope this line-up excites you and that you attend many of our programs this year. Please read on!
Income Tax Preparation Assistance – Provided by AARP
The Township Library will once again be a tax preparation site this year. This free tax service will be provided by AARP for senior citizens and low to moderate income individuals. This service will take place every Monday starting February 3 between 12 Noon to 4 p.m. The last date this service will be provided is Monday April 14. You must make an appointment in order to receive this tax guidance. We will not take appointments for Presidents’ Day – Monday February 17 since the library is closed. However, we will make appointments for Tuesday February 18. You can make your appointment at the Library Information Desk or by calling the library @ (215) 355-1183 X104. Walk-Ins will not be accommodated.
AARP Safety Driving for Seniors – Refresher Course
The Township Library is hosting two AARP Safety Driving Programs for seniors one in March and one in May. This class is the 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. The March class will be held on Tuesday March 18 from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., and the May class will be held on Tuesday May 20 from 12:30 to 5:00 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.
Military Uniforms of Early American Forces and Foes with Re-enactor Michael Jesberger – Thursday March 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
Please join us for an unusual Fashion Show – a Military Fashion Show featuring military uniforms of early American forces and foes. Re-enactor Michael Jesberger will present an educational program on the various military attire and equipment worn by our early American fighting men and their foes. Complete with reproduction clothing, headgear and equipment, this program will inform and show you how the military uniform evolved from the Pre-Revolutionary War militias to the soldiers of the American Civil War. Registration starts on Monday February 24.
FDR: An Arsenal for Democracy – Thursday March 27 @ 7:00 p.m. *
The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been reelected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Visit the library and watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech. Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies. Experience firsthand the history that shaped our nation. Actor Neill Hartley of the American Historical Theatre will portray our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Registration starts on Monday March 3.
Catherine the Great – Russia’s Longest Ruling Woman Monarch – Thursday April 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Meet Catherine the Great of Russia, one of history’s most unlikely rulers. After marrying into Russia’s Romanov family, she found herself part of a coup to unseat her husband and place her on the throne. The achievements of her reign, which lasted for 34 years, have often been overshadowed by her personal life, one of the most scandalous of hers-or any-era. However, behind the rumor and gossip lay one of the most astute and skillful rulers in Russia’s long, turbulent history. Actress and re-enactor Alisa Dupuy of The Ladies of History Historical Productions will portray Catherine. She will take us behind the scenes in the Russian Court and tell us the true story of Catherine’s life and loves and her impact on Russian history. Registration starts on Monday March 10.
Take a “Sentimental Journey” with Fred Miller – WWII & the Big Bands – Sunday April 6 @ 2:00 p.m. *
Take a “Sentimental Journey” with Fred Miller as he serenades us with some of the most memorable music of the 20th Century – the music of the Big Bands from 1938 to 1945. Fred will have you stamping your feet to Benny Goodman’s Sing Sing Sing (with a Swing) and shedding a tear or two when he performs I’ll Be Seeing You. Mr. Miller will also give a narrative of this wonderful bygone era. So please sign up for this entertaining and informative Lecture-In-Song. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration will start on Monday March 17 for Friends Members only. General Registration starts on Tuesday March 18
X-Raying the Pharaohs: A Look Inside the Mummies of Ancient Egypt – Thursday April 24, 2014
Dr. Stephen Phillips from the Penn Museum returns this spring with a fascinating presentation about X-Raying the Pharaohs. X-Ray technology was invented in 1895 – did you know that Egyptian mummies were among the very first things ever x-rayed, and that the first publication of a radiograph was by an Egyptologist? This lecture presented by Dr. Steve traces the amazing successes in reconstructing ancient Egyptian lives via the development of radiological technology from the advent of X-rays to the use of Ct-scanning. You will literally travel inside the mummies of some of ancient Egypt’s most famous kings, Egypt’s non-royal elite, and even inside mummies that are not human. Explore what it was like to actually be an ancient Egyptian. Dr. Phillips is the Research Assistant to the Curator-In-Charge of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum. He received his PH. D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has participated in a wide range of archaeological excavations over the last 15 years, including fieldwork in Jordan, France and seven field sessions in Egypt. He specializes in the analysis of ancient Egyptian human skeletal remains, mummies and mummification. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration starts on Monday March 24 for Friends Members only. General registration starts on Tuesday March 25.
Dolley Madison: Parties and Politics Ice Cream Social – Sunday May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Dolley Madison was born into a wealthy Quaker family who moved to Philadelphia to allow their daughter to be educated. Dolley made great use of this education when President Thomas Jefferson, a widower, tapped her to fill the important, if unofficial role of White House First Lady. A natural hostess, Dolley was able to converse and entertain guests from the United States and Europe at White House events. Dolley reprised this key role when her second husband, James Madison, became President. Her famous turban and feather acted as a lightning rod, enabling her 5’ 4” husband to find her in a crowd so they could compare notes and perspectives gleaned from important guests. Dolley’s ability to create rapport with her guests made her one of the most sought-after women of her time. Her wit, charm, education and popularity made her a trend-setter. She experimented with fashion, introduced ice cream to the United States, and hosted children’s events introducing the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Ice cream will be served after the performance. Registration starts on Monday April 21.
Virginia Hall: World War II Spy – Thursday May 22 @ 7:00 p.m. *
Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native, went to work for the French Underground during WWII. Because of her success, the Nazis began an all-out hunt for her. The Nazis were about to arrest her when she escaped on foot across the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain. This was not an easy task for Virginia since she had lost a leg in a hunting accident and wore a wooden leg at the time. Returning to France in 1943, she continued her espionage duties. She was hunted by the Gestapo. They created a wanted poster with the warning, “the woman with the limp is one of the most valuable Allied agents in France and we must find and destroy her.” Alisa Dupuy of The Ladies of History Historical Productions will portray Virginia Hall and regale us with Virginia’s daring adventures in Vichy France during the war. Registration starts on Monday April 28.
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