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.
Register For Chair Yoga
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, September 25 at 1:30pm. Beatriz at Dinner. Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton and Chloe Sevigny. Rated R.
Monday, October 9 at 1:30pm. Wonder Woman. Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Rated PG-13.
Monday, October 23 at 1:30pm. The Big Sick. Starring Kumail Nanjiani,
Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Rated R.
Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Rated R.
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, October 11 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. Evening Book Discussion meets at 7:00pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June.
In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory.
Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn’t return–once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there’s no telling what awaits him.
1. Talk about the novel’s two primary characters: Col. Allen Forrester and Sophie Forrester. What do you think of them? What kind of leader is Forrester? And Sophie? In what ways does she not conform to the era’s expectations for women?
2. How do the letters Allen sends to Sophie differ from his journal entries?
3. Talk about the dangers and hardships Allen and his men face during their journey. As they move deeper into the Alaskan wilderness, how do the men begin to revert to their more primal natures?
4. What role does the raven play in this story? Does it represent evil…or helpfulness…or what?
5. Sophie develops a passion for the burgeoning art of photography. How does photography open up her own journey of self-discovery?
6. Ivey has structured her novel as a story framed at both ends with another story, this one contemporary with our own time, in which Allen’s great-nephew wishes to gift the letters and diaries to the Alpine Historical Museum. Why might Ivey used this framing device? What perspective does it lend to Allen and Sophie’s story?
7. Discuss the spiritual, and shamanistic practices of the Native Americans who inhabit this land. How does Ivey weave those beliefs into her story? What kind of atmosphere does she create.
(Questions by LitLovers)
September – The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
October – To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
November – News of the World by Paulette Jiles
December – 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
January – Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
February – Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
March – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
April – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
May – Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
June – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Register For The Evening Book Discussion
Monday, October 2 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, October 16 at 1:00pm, we will be discussing Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman.
Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins.
She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention.
But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center.
The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?
Funny and moving, sweet and inspiring, Britt-Marie Was Here celebrates the importance of community and connection in a world that can feel isolating. (From the publisher.)
1. How is Britt-Marie’s character revealed by her interactions with the people in Borg? In what ways do Borg’s citizens change Britt-Marie? Use specific examples to demonstrate your point.
2. Think about the children on Borg’s soccer team: to what extent are they responsible for Britt-Marie’s growth, and how? Does one particular child have greater influence on Britt-Marie than the others? If so, who, and why?
3. Describe the book’s narrative style. How would you characterize it? How does it play into your perception of Britt-Marie, or influence your understanding of events?
4. “She has difficulties remembering the last time she said anything at all, until one day she left him without a word. Because of this it always feels like the whole thing was her fault” (page 151). Communication plays an important role in any relationship, and Britt-Marie’s reflection on her own silence raises a curious point; to what extent do you think Britt-Marie contributed to the unraveling of her and Kent’s relationship with her silence? How much blame, if any, can fall on the shoulders of only one person in these cases?
5. Britt-Marie is a curious combination of strength and assertiveness mixed with anxiety and shyness. How are these seemingly opposing qualities related to each other in Britt-Marie, like two sides of the same coin?
6. How have Britt-Marie’s experiences as a girl and a young woman made her into the woman she is at the start of the novel? Did learning about her childhood change the way you felt about her as a character? Is there a larger message here about forming judgments of people we encounter without knowing their full story?
7. When we first meet her, Britt-Marie seems to be a fairly traditional, conservative person, yet in the course of the novel she is exposed to many issues and situations that previously didn’t enter her life as Kent’s wife. Consider her reaction to Ben’s date with another boy, or her visit to a prison, or her encounter with a masked gunman. How do these moments affect Britt-Marie? What can they tell us about who she is and about the community she’s joined in Borg?
8. Despite its often humorous tone, this book touches on complicated real-world situations and issues like the economic downturn, social class, the state of the modern family, and children’s rights. What impact has the economic downturn had on Borg? Did the novel cause you to think differently about the power of individuals to have a positive impact on their communities?
9. Consider the role of soccer in this story. What does soccer represent to the citizens of Borg, particularly to the children? In a world marked by instability and uncertainty, why is this sport so important to them?
10. Throughout the book, the team that an individual supports plays a role in the way that person is perceived by others and often tells a lot about him or her. Can you think of analogous scenarios in your own life where you have made certain assumptions about a person because of something he or she is passionate about?
11. Why do you think Britt-Marie decides to call the girl from the unemployment office to tell her that one of the children on the soccer team hit what he was aiming for? What does this moment signify for Britt-Marie?
12. “What is love if it’s not loving our lovers even when they don’t deserve it” (page 283). Do you agree with this statement, or does love without limits tend to lead to a relationship like Britt-Marie and Kent’s at the start of the novel?
13. Why do you think that Kent decides to fight for Britt-Marie’s soccer pitch? Do you believe he’s really a changed man?
14. Why do you think Britt-Marie ultimately makes the choice she does at the end of the story? What was the deciding moment, the impetus for her choice?
15. Do you think Britt-Marie will ever come back to Borg?
(Questions issued by the publisher.)
Monday, October 2 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
The Circle will meet each month on a Monday evening.
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
Tuesday, October 17 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 October, the club will be discussing The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie FlaggRegister For A Different Kind of Book Club
Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm
Buying a home doesn’t have to be complicated, especially with 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 how to care 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.
Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30pm
In Who Moved My Teeth? Cathy Sikorski, Esq. has combined her 25-plus years of legal and practical experience to bring you important information, tips and questions to ask when preparing yourself or your loved ones for the complicated future of healthcare and caregiving. This book is more than a quick guide book. Who Moved My Teeth? talks about everything from obtaining a power of attorney to preparing a living will. A must read for anyone who expects to age–which is all of us!
Cathy has been a significant caregiver for more than two decades for seven different family members and friends. Her legal expertise has made her a sought-after speaker and a frequent guest on radio programs and podcasts. Along with her blog entitled “You just Have to Laugh…where Caregiving is Comedy” at www.cathysikorski.com, Sikorski writes for The Huffington Post and is a contributing author for HumorOutcasts.com. She can be seen on the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel. Known as a “Thought Leader,” her work can be found in the Happiness Recipe Anthology: The Best of Year One, published in 2015. Contact Cathy Sikorski at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @cathy_sikorski.Register For Author Talk
Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30pm.
Learn the basics of using therapeutic grade essentials oils for health and wellness applications with Megan Koppel, a natural health educator. You will learn the foundation oils for supporting strong immune systems, respiratory support, easy breathing, sore throats, mood management and more. Megan will help you create your own essential oil rollerball blend that you can take home.
All materials provided. Limited to 15 participants. Registration required.
Sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Club.Register For Brighten your fall with Essential Oils
Wednesday, October 11 from 10:30 – 12:30pm
Learn how to navigate Microsoft Word. Questions welcome.Register For Microsoft Word Basics
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00pm
Join us for a meeting presented by the nonpartisan organization Fair Districts PA to learn about gerrymandering, how it has shaped Pennsylvania’s Federal Legislative districts and your representation by Congress, and what you can do to end gerrymandering for good.
Fair Districts PA, a division of the non-partisan League of Women Voters, endorses 2 bi-partisan legislative solutions currently in committee in Harrisburg. Come find out more about what you can do to get educated about and help end gerrymandering once and for all.Register For Make Your Vote Count Through Redistricting Reform
Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30pm.
The American Songbook is a musical celebration of the great American composers and lyricists. There will be selections from Porter, Gershwin and Berlin and the program will also include songs from Broadway.
Theresa D’Andrea has made many concert appearances performing with orchestras both in and out of the country including guest artist in Paris in “The Mozart Requiem”. Operatic roles include those in Madame Butterfly, Lucia, The witch in Humperdink’s Hansel & Gretel, The Merry Widow and the title role in Carmen. Terry has also sung leading musical theatre roles in touring and regional companies throughout the United States and has worked in films, infomercials and voice-overs. Terry is a professional cantorial soloist and is a dialect specialist in 6 languages.
Thad Shirey’s numerous credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, the New York Grand Opera, The Hilton Head Symphony, guest artist in The Brahms Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In Paris, he was guest soloist in “The Mozart Requiem”. Some of Thad’s Broadway repertoire includes principal roles in Man of La Mancha, Showboat and A Little Night Music.
Sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Club.Register For The American Songbook
Thursday, October 19 at 6:30pm.
Are you almost eligible for Medicare? Not sure which Medicare plan is right for you? If you turn 65 this year, you are eligible for Medicare. If your 65th birthday is within the next 3-6 months, you should learn about this important benefit. Medicare can be quite confusing. Donna Uhler, a state-trained volunteer APPRISE counselor will offer a FREE presentation describing Medicare
and will provide information on the health insurance options that are available to you. They do not sell insurance products. They are here to help you understand your health insurance choices.
Monday, October 23 at 7:00pm.
Sheetal Wagh will show you how to create Halloween Cards for you to take home.
All materials provided. Registration required.
Schedule a 40 minute appointment at 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am or 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 24.
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
Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30pm, presented by Dr. Kevin L. Bukatman.
Parents and Students will learn:
How to determine your family’s Expected Family Contribution
The difference between need-based and merit-based financial aid
Strategies to maximize and enhance your financial aid package
What colleges and universities value on their applications
Where to find outside scholarship programs
The true cost of attendance at local and national colleges and universities
Dr. Kevin L. Bukatman, Founder and President of College Planning Service America has been a consultant for families of college bound students since 2006. He obtained his master’s degree and doctorate from Boston College. For 18 years, he was an educator and administrator for several private schools and public school districts in Boston and New York. Further detailed information about College Planning Service America can be found on www.cpsamerica.netRegister For College Financial Aid Seminar
Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm. Delicacy. Starring Audrey Tautou. Rated PG-13. French film with English subtitles.
Audrey Tautou is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy, and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche, and average looking office subordinate, Markus (French comic star Francois Damiens, Heartbreaker). At first stunned by Nathalie’s unexpected attention, Markus comes to gradually believe in her feelings and shifts into romantic high gear. As their relationship goes from awkward to genuinely loving, Nathalie and Markus will have to overcome a host of obstacles including everyone else’s judgmental perceptions as well as their own self-doubts. (Amazon)Register For Foreign Film Night
Wednesday, November 1 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
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.
Class will meet on Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 3, 10, 31 and weekly on Tuesdays thereafter.
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!
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.