Welcome to the Adult Services page of the Lower Providence Community Library website. Find upcoming Programs & Events, check out our Resources for Readers, and send us your recommendations for books, DVDs, and other materials you would like to have in the library. Also, please let us know if you have any ideas for programming. We would love to hear from you!
To register for programs, email Barbara Loewengart or call the library at 610-666-6640 for the Circulation Desk.
Gentle yoga for people with less mobility, led by certified yoga instructor Kamini Patel. Cost is $5/session. Funds provide books and supplies to children in India.
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Taught by certified yoga instructor Kamini Patel. Bring a mat or a towel and a $5 donation. Funds provide books and supplies to children in India.Register For Adult Yoga
Please join us for FREE meditation sessions. Open to all levels. Bring your active mind and wear comfortable clothing. Taught by Roger Shaughnessy, YT-200.
Register For Meditation Sessions
Monday, July 24 at 1:30pm. The Zookeeper’s Wife. Starring Jessica Chastain. Rated PG-13.
Monday, August 7 at 1:30pm. Going in Style. Starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Rated PG-13.
Monday, August 21 at 1:30pm. A United Kingdom. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Rated PG-13.
Come to the Movie Matinee and enjoy a free showing of a hit movie! This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.Register For Movie Matinee
Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel. Evening Book Discussion meets at 7:00pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June.
The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century—and through the human soul. (From the publisher.)
1. In The High Mountains of Portugal as in, say, Life of Pi, Yann Martel explores the discrepancy between reality and myth. How do you see this discrepancy play out in this novel? Talk about the ways in which what the eye sees differs from what the soul knows.
2. What is the title’s significance? Consider the fact that Tomas arrives in Portugal to find a “treeless steppe” and Peter Tovy finds a “barren savannah,” There’s not a peak in sight for either man.
3. Why does Tomas decide to walk backward? Talk about this passage:
Walking backwards, his back to the world, his back to God, he is not grieving. He is objecting. Because when everything cherished by you in life has been taken away, what else is there to do but object??
Does this statement ring true…or is it misguided?
4. Once Tomas finds his crucifix, how does it reveal or reflect his personal anger toward God?
5. Follow-up to Question 3: What are the consolations for profound loss and grief explored and hinted at by Yann Martel in The High Mountains of Portugal?
6. Martel combines pathos with humor, especially with Tomas and Peter. Where in the text does he do so…and, most of all, why? Why the juxtaposition of sadness with laughter.
7. Of the three quests, which did you enjoy reading most?
8. What is the symbolic significance of the chimp in each of the stories? How are each of the men changed by the chimp?
9 Discuss how religious faith is considered in this novel. Consider, for instance, these questions asked by Lozora’s wife:
Why would Jesus speak in parables? Why would he both tell stories and let himself be presented through stories? Why would Truth use the tools of fiction?
How would you answer her? What is the connection between faith and storytelling? How does this novel link them?
10. How does Peter Tovy’s life and story finally weave all three stories together? Or does it? Do you feel satisfied with the way the novel ends?
11. Do you enjoy Yann Martel’s whimsy and his heavy dependence on metaphor? Or do you find his work difficult to grasp, perhaps even arcane? Does his use of symbolism and magical realism deepen your understanding of his themes…or confound you?
(Questions by LitLovers)
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Friday, July 21 at 1:00pm
De-stress and get creative! Join in for a fun, relaxed afternoon with pencils and markers at our Adult Coloring Book Class. We have lots of beautiful coloring book pages to choose from. You’re never too old to color! All materials provided. For more information, contact Barbara Loewengart.Register For Coloring Book Class
Monday, September 18 at 1:00pm, we will be discussing My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon.
Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.
1. What do Sotomayor’s descriptions of her childhood convey about Spanish-speaking communities in New York? In what ways are the hardships in her household—the lack of financial resources, her father’s alcoholism, and the tension between her parents—exacerbated by the strains of living in a marginalized society? What family or cultural traditions help mitigate the difficulties she and her family face? Are there traditions in other cultures including your own that serve the same function?
2. When she learns she has diabetes, Sotomayor thinks, “I probably wasn’t going to live as long as most people…So I couldn’t afford to waste time” [p. 99]. What does her reaction reveal about the way Sotomayor views herself and the possibilities available to her? In what ways does it establish a pattern for her behavior throughout her life? What other life events, like Sotomayor’s chronic illness, can alter a person’s outlook?
3. Sotomayor writes, “My father’s neglect made me sad; but I intuitively understood that he could not help himself; my mother’s neglect made me angry” [p. 16]. This is a child’s perspective of her life at the time. Is it fair? If so, in which ways and if not, what nuances of addiction and family’s responses are missing?
4. How do her visits to Puerto Rico enrich Sotomayor’s appreciation of her background? What aspects of her time there give her a sense of pride? Why does the island’s physical beauty, the museum she visits, and the warm connections among her relatives affect her so deeply [pp. 40-48]? Compare her impressions as a child to her perspective as an adult [pp. 191-192]. Do visits, traditions, or other events evoke an appreciation of your own background?
5. In describing the visit to her maternal grandfather, Sotomayor writes, “I have carried the memory of that day as a grave caution” [p. 49]. Why do you think her mother never spoke to Sotomayor about being abandoned as a child? Are there good reasons for keeping an unhappy past from one’s own children? Do you agree that “without acknowledgment and communication, forgiveness is beyond reach” or do you think that it is possible to forgive someone who is unable or unwilling to acknowledge their impact on your life?
6. Sotomayor comes to understand her parents’ relationship as an adult when she learns the details of their backgrounds, courtship, and marriage [chapter seven]. Did aspects of her mother’s story surprise you? What insights did it give you into her character? Does her parents’ history give you a new perspective on Sotomayor’s strengths and ambitions? Does her parents’ history give you a new perspective on your own parents?
7. When Sotomayor arrives at Princeton she finds “that many of my classmates seemed to come from another planet and that that impression was reciprocated” [p. 160]. What role does gender and ethnicity play in her sense of isolation and insecurity? What helps her adjust to the unfamiliar, often unfriendly, atmosphere of Princeton? Are there other means that she might have tried?
8. In addition to the barriers women and minorities faced at traditionally male, white universities, students of Sotomayor’s generation faced the polarizing effects of affirmative action: “The Daily Princetonian routinely published letters to the editor lamenting the presence of ‘affirmative action students’” [p. 183 What arguments can be made on either side for supporting or opposing affirmative action programs? Did the book assist you in understanding the debate better?
9. In reviewing the repercussions of affirmative action, Sotomayor writes, “Much has changed in the thinking about affirmative action since those early days when it opened doors in my life and Junior’s. But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try” [p. 245]. Have the prejudices Sotomayor encountered changed over the ensuing decades? Are things better, worse, or the same?
10. At Yale Law School Sotomayor met José Cabranes, whom she calls “the first person I can describe as a true mentor” [p. 224]. What does Cabranes represent to her? How do the mentors she meets at various stages of her life shape her approach to her role as a model for others? Do you have mentors in your life who have provided or now provide support in different ways?
11. What does she learn at Yale and later as an Assistant DA in New York City and as a lawyer in private practice about the assumptions made about her based on her gender and ethnicity? In what ways do her experiences in both the public and private sectors defy her assumptions? What assumptions about yourself do you regularly encounter and how do you deal with them?
12. Sotomayor describes several of the cases she took on at the District Attorney’s office and at Pavia & Harcourt. What do these descriptions contribute to the memoir? What insights do they offer into the workings of the legal profession as well as Sotomayor’s personal approach to the practice of law?
13. Sotomayor writes candidly about her divorce [p. 280-285]. Are the difficulties she and Kevin faced common in relationships that begin during the teenage years or in situations where the wife is more successful than the husband? Discuss the regrets and self-criticism Sotomayor offers in describing the reasons for her failed marriage. Do you think she and Kevin could have had a successful marriage given their circumstances?
14. How have Sotomayor’s strong attachments to her community, family, and friends shaped her personality and unique perspective? How do they reflect the attitudes she acquired growing up in a Puerto Rican culture? Are these attitudes that can be acquired in different ways?
15. What different groups does Sotomayor identify with in the course of her narrative? How does her self-image change as she pursues her education and career? How does she define herself at the memoir’s end? How do you define yourself and your life?
16. How would you describe the tone of My Beloved World? Talk about the effects of her touches of humor (including self-mockery); frank appraisals of herself and others; and informal style on your appreciation of her story. Are there aspects of her life you think she should have explored more fully?
(Questions issued by publisher.)
Monday, September 11 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
The Circle will meet each month on a Monday evening. The group will not be meeting in July and August.
Join writers in finding their voice through memoir writing. The group will use writing prompts, poems, journal entries and images to discover the compelling themes and stories that comprise a memoir. The Circle will share their writing and read aloud to each other. Suitable for writers of all levels and experience.Register For Memoir Writing Circle
Thursday, September 21 at 6:15pm.
This informative workshop covers the basics of social security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits.
Learn the answers to your questions:
- Will social security be there for me?
- How much can I expect to receive?
- When should I apply for social security?
- How can I maximize my benefits?
- Will social security be enough to live on in retirement?
Other information offered includes how to minimize taxes on social security benefits, how to coordinate benefits with your spouse, why you should check your earnings record for accuracy, and how to decide whether or not to delay your benefits.
This program is most beneficial to those between the ages of 58 & 67.
Presented by John J. Crowley, MBARegister For Social Security
Thursday, July 27 at 6:30pm
Are you almost eligible for Medicare? Not sure which Medicare plan is right for you? Join Donna Uhler, an APPRISE counselor, to discuss annual enrollment or any other questions you may have.Register For Questions About Medicare
June 12-August 5
Fill out a review for each book you read or listen to and be entered in a weekly drawing. Place reviews in the box near the Reference Desk.
*Adults 18 & over
*Review the books you read
*June 12—August 5, 2017
*Weekly Gift Card Prize Drawings!
Wednesday, August 2 from 10:30 – 12:30pm
Learn how to navigate Microsoft Word. Questions welcome.Register For Microsoft Word Basics
Wednesdays, August 9 & 16 from 11:00 – 12:30pm. 2-part class.
Learn computer basics. Class size limited and registration required.Register For Learn Computer Basics
Schedule a 30 minute appointment at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am or 11:30am on Thursday, August 10.
Are you almost eligible for Medicare? Not sure which Medicare plan is right for you? Join Donna Uhler, an APPRISE counselor, to discuss annual enrollment or any other questions you may have.Register For One-on-One Medicare
Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30pm
A Different Kind of Book Club will focus on reading books with happy endings (romance, light fantasy, cozy mysteries and the occasional nonfiction). The group will meet the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm.
In August, the club will be discussing Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl.Register For A Different Kind of Book Club
Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30pm
There are various issues facing those at or near retirement. Some of the many questions that should be considered regarding your future:
· Are you prepared for any unexpected health care costs including prescription drugs?
· Can my adult child be responsible for my health care bills including nursing home?
· What happens to retirement income on the death of the first spouse?
· What’s the difference between a Living Will and an Advanced Medical Directive?
· Which is better a Will or a Trust?
· How can I protect assets from the nursing home?
Let’s get busy, get the answers, and get it done.
Presented by John J. Maioriello, Esq. John is an accomplished speaker and lecturer on estate planning and tax planning. He is the founder and executive director of the LIFE Long Learning Company of the Delaware Valley which is a Non Profit Organization providing Legal, Insurance, Financial Education. He speaks primarily to AARP groups and to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Associations. John is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey.Register For 5 Fatal Flaws of Retirement
Friday, September 15 & 22 (2-part class) from 10:30-am – 12 noon
Participants will learn to use Ancestry Library Edition and Family Search, both available at the library. You will learn how filters enable family history hobbyists to narrow down result down to a manageable size. The focus will be on using the United States Federal Census, which was taken every 10 years and is available 1790 through 1940. You will be shown how to save your results into your own tree at FamilySearch.com. The second class will be a chance to submit questions and look for results as a group. If possible, please come with the full names of your grand parents or great-grandparents, their date and place of birth and death. Participants will be able to use Ancestry Library Edition following class as space permits. Participants should have basic computer skills. Registration required and limited to 10 participants. You must be able to attend both sessions.
Lorraine Crist-Campman has been doing genealogy since a great aunt died in 1979 and she found a copy of a family tree that was done for a 1939 reunion. She has more recently focused on her husband’s family, who arrived in Skippack in 1710. Lorraine had taken numerous genealogy classes, and has a certificate in Foundations of Genealogy from the Historical Society of Philadelphia. She was also past Historian at the Trappe Historical Society.Register For Genealogy 101
Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm
Buying a home doesn’t have to be complicated, especially with our affordable, customized mortgage loans. Or with a Home Equity Loan, use the equity built in your home to secure the funding you need for any purpose or project. You may be surprised to know you have money tied up in your home equity. You can use this money to fund major or unexpected expenses, instead of putting it on a credit card or draining your savings.
Mortgage Financing/ Home Equity loans and lines of credit .
Why should I consider buying a house instead of renting?
What are my mortgage options?
What should I bring to the loan meeting?
How is a home equity loan different from a mortgage?
What are my of home equity financing options?
What different payment plans are available?
How long will the loan process take?
What are the costs and rates on the different mortgage and home equity loan options?
Presenters : Kim Licata , VP Consumer Lending Manager and Brian Murphy, AVP Branch Manager, both of Harleysville Bank.
Kim & Brian have 35 years combined experience in the banking and home financing arena.
Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm
Prepare your garden now for a bright, colorful spring show. Come learn the basics of selecting the appropriate bulbs for your site, successful planting tips and caring for your bulbs after they bloom.
Presented by Karrie Hontz, Master Gardener from the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Montgomery County. She has been a Master Gardener for more than 15 years, and lectures throughout the county on various horticultural topics.
Every Tuesday at 10:30am until 12 noon.
This is not a formal language instruction class, but is for individuals wishing to practice and improve their French language conversation skills. Native speakers are most welcome. We need you, too! Please register and we will notify you three days prior to each weekly meeting.Register For Cercle Francais
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
ESL WILL NOT BE MEETING DURING THE SUMMER. CLASSES WILL RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 5.
Do you wish to practice your English language skills with other ESL students? Please note: This class is for practicing and improving English and requires that the students know some English. This is not a class for beginners.
Register For ESL Class
Join us each Thursday to play and learn the social and exciting game of Canasta. Newcomers and experienced players welcomed! Please bring your Canasta cards.
For more information, email Barbara Loewengart.
Do you have a craft you enjoy, or are you trying to finish a project? Meet with other knitting, crochet, jewelry making and cross stitching enthusiasts. All crafts welcome. Bring your own supplies. Learn and share ideas. All are welcome! For more information, email Barbara Loewengart.