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, February 27 at 1:30pm: Inferno. Starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones. Rated PG-13.
TWO SHOWINGS – Monday, March 13 at 1:30pm AND Friday, March 24 at 1:30pm: Jackie. Starring Natalie Portman. Rated R.
Come to Matinee Monday and enjoy a free showing of a hit movie! This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Club.Register For Matinee Monday
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam, a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, engages the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home. Soon she discovers that the artist ‘s tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.
As she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?
Book Discussion meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All are welcome!
1. In retrospect, we realise the identity of the very first character we meet in the church. She plays the part of a fleeting observer. Does this allure to her importance in the story?
2. It wasn’t a conventional marriage and initially, Johannes is very cold towards Nell. How did you perceive their marriage?
3. “Words are water in this city. One drop of rumour could drown us.” says Marin. Discuss the irony of this statement.
4. Peebo’s escape could almost be marked as symbolic of events to come. Discuss?
5. In what way did Nella’s discovery of her husband’s homosexuality change her personality?
6. What part does Cornelia play in the narrative? How does her cooking add to this?
7. Throughout the novel, Nella is often referred to as “childlike”. In what way would you say this is so? How do we see her mature?
8. When Nella discovers that the Miniaturist is a woman, her whole perception of the person changes. Discuss this and the effect that the Miniaturist has on the storyline.
9. Given Miren’s puritanical exterior, how do you feel about her more worldly, private acceptance of her brother’s homosexuality and her own secret life? Does she gain your respect?
10. How do Nella’s feelings towards Johannes change as the story progresses?
11. Do you see Johannes as a victim or a hero?
12. In this novel we are confronted with the still-life subject matter of the Dutch painters during the 17th century. These painters were often depicting political innuendoes. How does this subject matter (‘natures mortes’—death in life: rotting fruit with insects crawling through it; slaughtered animals; dying plants etc) relate to the state of Holland at that time? Think also of the starling trapped in the church; the moulding sugar and the phrase “things can change.”
(Questions kindly submitted by Joanna Brown and Wendy Mazenauer, two LitLovers readers.)
Register For The Evening Book Discussion
Monday, March 6 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, March 27 at 1:00pm, we will be discussing March by Geraldine Brooks.
March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War.
1. Throughout the novel, March and Marmee, although devoted to one another, seem to misunderstand each other quite a bit and often do not tell each other the complete truth. Discuss examples of where this happens and how things may have turned out differently, for better or worse, had they been completely honest. Are there times when it is best not to tell our loved ones the truth?
2. The causes of the American Civil War were multiple and overlapping. What was your opinion of the war when you first came to the novel, and has it changed at all since reading March?
3. March’s relationships with both Marmee and Grace are pivotal in his life. Discuss the differences between these two relationships and how they help to shape March, his worldview, and his future. What other people and events were pivotal in shaping March’s beliefs?
4. Do you think it was the right decision for March to have supported, financially or morally, the northern abolitionist John Brown? Brown’s tactics were controversial, but did the ends justify the means?
5. “If war can ever be said to be just, then this war is so; it is action for a moral cause, with the most rigorous of intellectual underpinnings. And yet everywhere I turn, I see injustice done in the waging of it,” says March (p. 65). Do you think that March still believes the war is just by the end of the novel? Why or why not?
6. What is your opinion of March’s enlisting? Should he have stayed home with his family? How do we decide when to put our principles ahead of our personal obligations?
7. When Marmee is speaking of her husband’s enlisting in the army, she makes a very eloquent statement: “A sacrifice such as his is called noble by the world. But the world will not help me put back together what war has broken apart” (p. 210). Do her words have resonance in today’s world? How are the people who fight our wars today perceived? Do you think we pay enough attention to the families of those in the military? Have our opinions been influenced at all by the inclusion of women in the military?
8. The war raged on for several years after March’s return home. How do you imagine he spent those remaining years of the war? How do you think his relationship with Marmee changed? How might it have stayed the same?
(Questions issued by publisher.)
Monday, March 6 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
Schedule a 30 minute appointment at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am or 11:30am.
Wednesday, March 8
Thursday, April 20
Thursday, April 20
Do you have questions about Medicare? Need assistance with what Medicare options are available? Need to know what plan is right for you? Discuss your Medicare questions with Donna Uhler, an APPRISE counselor. Registration required.Register For Medicare One-on-One
Wednesdays: February 15, 22 & March 1 from 6:30 -8:00pm
2/15 – “Investment Concepts and Terminology”
2/22 – “Asset Allocation and Your Portfolio”
3/1 – “Volatility What does it Mean and How to Manage it”
Please join LPCL and Financial Advisor Tom Schubert for this informative and empowering 3 part Investment Series. The course is designed to be a collective series, but participation for each module is not required.
Tom Schubert is a Financial Advisor with the Pottstown office of Janney Montgomery Scott. He works with Individuals and Small Business on ways to Grow, Protect and Simplify their financial decisions. Tom is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University.Register For Investment Series Workshop
Tuesday, February 28 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 PA state-trained volunteer APPRISE counselor, will be offering a FREE presentation describing Medicare and providing information on the health insurance options that are available to you.
Thursday, March 2 at 6:30pm
Marianne Gular and Terri West know that buying a home can be stressful, but if you enter the process armed with the correct knowledge and resources, it can be a fun and rewarding experience. This workshop will provide an overview of key things to know and consider as you begin the home buying process. We will discuss:
¨ What to consider before you start shopping
¨ Creating your “home wish list”
¨ Financing basics
¨ What to expect in the home buying process
¨ Getting from “I want it” to “It’s mine!”
Marianne Gular is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Group’s Audubon office, where she specializes in the West Norriton, Lower Providence, and Collegeville areas.
Teri West has more than 20 years of residential mortgage experience.Register For 1st Time Homebuyers Workshop
Fridays, March 10 & 17
2-part class from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Learn to use basic features in Excel to create a simple spreadsheet. Class size is limited, registration required.Register For Learn Excel Basics
Three Session Program: Thursdays March 9, 16 & 23 from 6:30 – 8:00pm
Are you interested in learning to crochet?
Colleen Ochotny will be teaching a basic crochet class. The class size will be limited to 6 students. You will learn how to do a slip knot – foundation chain – single crochet – half double crochet and double crochet. These stitches are the foundations stitches in crochet. With different combinations you can then create different items. If you are going to bring items to the first class it is recommended to start with a solid light color, medium weight yarn and a size H needle. You do not need to bring anything to the first class. Colleen will have supplies for you to practice with.
Colleen is a certified crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council. She has been teaching crochet for more than 5 years has been crocheting for more than 30 years.Register For Learn to Crochet
Monday, March 13 at 7:00pm
Presented by certified yoga teacher, Kamini Patel
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
This mini retreat will follow a gentle analytical approach to yoga. You will be guided in various asana (poses) and pranayama (breath-work) focused on achieving relaxation. We will end with Yoga Nidra (“yogic sleep”) and a heart opening meditation, fostering a clear, calm and tranquil mind.
No yoga experience necessary
Kamini is AAAI/ISMA certified for Hatha Yoga and Pilates. She has experience with Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga and has been teaching yoga and senior yoga since 2003. She also is a certified wellness yoga coach and certified kids yoga instructor.Register For Yoga Nidra
Wednesday, March 15 & 22
2-part class from 11:00am – 12:30pm
Class size is limited, registration required.Register For Learn Computer Basics
Wednesdays, March 15, 22 & 29 from 6:30 – 8:00pm
Presented by Donna Cavanagh. Pull out your pen and fire up your keyboard for a creativity-kicking workshop that will take your writing in the right direction. From exercises to spark great ideas and techniques to maximize great content and productivity to promotional strategies to get your work noticed, this workshop has what the humor and non-humor writer needs to push, polish, and promote.
Donna Cavanagh is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press. HO features the creative talents of aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors from all over the world. Cavanagh is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine, USA Today and other national media. She has taught the how-to lessons of humor, blogging and publishing at The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop. Cavanagh has penned four humor books including her latest, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans
Class size is limited, registration required.Register For Humor Writing Workshop
Thursday, March 16 at 6:30pm
Presented by Sandi Robinson Karlson/Sandi 2 Travel
Travel can be a wonderful adventure, a peaceful respite or a chance to broaden your view of the world and its inhabitants. Too many times, the chore of planning your ideal trip is so daunting that you just stay put.
Join us at the library as we explore various forms of travel, plus handy suggestions to make your trip more worry-free. You’ll then get a chance to view some of the many interesting places out there for you to explore such as Iceland, Cuba, Costa Rica, Japan and the USA.
Sandi is a former art teacher who has been a travel advisor for the last 14 years. Sandi says, “I’m still a teacher; my students are my clients and my subject is the whole world”.Register For Travel Tips and Temptations
Thursday, March 23 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?
John J. Maioriello, Esq. 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 The 5 Fatal Flaws of Retirement
Thursday, March 30 at 6:30pm
Presented by Master Gardener, Karri Hontz
This course is for the beginner gardener. We will review the basics of soil preparation, site evaluation and provide recommendations for plant selections that grow well in our local soils, in both sun and shade.
Karrie Hontz is a 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.Register For Introduction to Flower Gardening
Sunday, March 26 at 7:30pm
Montgomery County Libraries Present One Author, One County:
RICK STEVES at the Keswick Theatre
– Book Signing to Follow
Tickets $20 – $35 On Sale Now! Click on link below to order tickets or call 215-572-7650
Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30pm
Learn the foundational oils for supporting strong respiratory systems, managing seasonal threats, GREEN cleaning at home, recovering from dull winter skin, mood management, and more. Presented by Megan Koppel, a natural health educator.
Create your own essential oil blend to start using at home right away!
All materials provided. Limited to 15 participants. Registration required.Register For Spring into Natural Health with Essential Oils
Thursday, April 6 at 6:30pm
Presented by Karrie Hontz, Master Gardener.
As you visit the tempting garden centers this spring, you’ll need to know what to consider when selecting plants for your garden. Learn when to use annuals, perennials, and other ornamentals and how to choose from the vast selections we find in our region.
Karrie Hontz is a 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.Register For Successful Plant Selections
Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm
Sheetal Wagh will show you how to create spring and Easter cards for you to take home. All materials provided. Registration required and limited to 15 participants.Register For Spring/Easter Card Making
Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30pm
Beacon Theatre Productions presents: O. Henry Live! Ransoms & Gifts. Directed by Jen Jaynes. Adapted for the stage by Georgina Bard and Jen Jaynes.
Actors Jen Jaynes, Josh Millhouse and Steve Underwood breathe life into the sincere, ridiculous, witty and mischievous characters from two of O. Henry’s American short stories:
The Gift of the Magi and The Ransom of Red Chef.
This high-energy show features each actor portraying several different characters with the mere switch of a jacket, turn of the hat, or raise of the eyebrow!
Registration required.Register For O. Henry Live! Ransoms & Gifts
Thursday, April 27 at 6:15pm
This informative workshop covers the basics of social security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits. This program is most beneficial to those between the ages of 58 through 67.
Presented by John J. Crowley, MBA.Register For Savvy Social Security
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
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
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
Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30pm
What are you reading? Want to talk about it? Want to hear what others are reading? Want to swap books? Book Swap group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm.
Register For The Book Swap Group
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.