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, May 1 at 1:30pm: La La Land. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Rated PG-13.
Friday, May 5 at 1:00pm: La La Land.
Monday, May 15 at 1:30pm. A Dog’s Purpose. Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton. Rated PG.
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, May 10 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn.
Set in Wales in the late Victorian era, How Green Was My Valley tells the story of the Morgans, a poor but respectable mining family of the South Wales valleys, through the eyes of the youngest son, Huw Morgan.
After everyone Huw has known either dies or moves away, he decides to leave as well, and tells us the story of his life just before he does
Book Discussion meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All are welcome!
1. Talk about the character of Huw Morgan—whose better angel often gives way to his lesser one.
2. Think about the ways in which the novel pits the strength of family unity against the dissolution of community and progress. How does the narrator view the idea of progress?
2. The book’s characters question their religious beliefs. As a child, Huw wonders how Jesus could be divine, and after his fathers death, Huw’s mother renounces her belief altogether. How would you answer Huw and his mother?
3. What is the significance of the slag pile, a phrase which Llewellyn took initially as the novel’s title?
4. Many have commented on the book’s poetic language. Talk specifically about the book’s use of Welsh dialect. What was Llewellyn’s purpose? Did it enhance or detract from your reading experience?
5. Do you feel the issues raised in the book have relevance to today—particularly environmentalism, the labor movement, and corporate governance.
6. Discuss Mr. Gryffyd’s decision to resign his post as pastor? Was he correct to do so? Were there other options?
(Questions by LitLovers.)
Register For The Evening Book Discussion
Monday, May 8 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, May 22 at 1:00pm, we will be discussing The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich.
Hannah Levi is famed throughout Venice for her skills as a midwife but, as a Jew, the law forbids her from attending a Christian woman. However, when the Conte appears at her door in the dead of night, Hannah’s compassion is sorely tested.
1. How does Rich bring the worlds of sixteenth-century Venice and Malta to life, using the senses of sound, smell, and taste? What passages were most viscerally powerful for you?
2. Do you think the Conte’s love of his wife is genuine? Why or why not?
3. Rabbi Ibraiham warns Hannah that by choosing to save the life of her husband, she is endangering the life of the entire ghetto. (p 15) What do you think of this statement? Is she making the right choice? What would you do?
4. Discuss the uneasy truce between the Venetian Jews and Christians. Do you get a sense that the ghetto gates are there to keep the Jews in, or the Christians out?
5. As he is being auctioned, Isaac stands up to taunts, with the rationale that “He who tolerates insults invites injury.” (p 28) What do you think of this sentiment?
6. Sister Assunta offers Isaac a slice of apple as she attempts to coerce him into conversion. (p 62) Hannah inhales the scent of oranges in the bedclothes as a means of conjuring Isaac’s memory. (p 3) Discuss these and other passages in which Rich employs the symbolism of fruit.
7. Discuss the character of Sister Assunta. Did you feel she was a sympathetic character, or a villain, or something in between? Do you think her business deal with Isaac will succeed? Why or why not?
8. Who do you think is the wealthy benefactor who has collaborated with Rabbi Ibraiham to ransom Isaac, as long as he divorces Hannah?
9. Discuss the means by which Hannah and Isaac cling to their faith, despite the many temptations to convert. How are their approaches to the Jewish faith similar, in your opinion? How are they different, and why?
10. The title of the book, as well as the location, period, and other details (such as the character of Jessica) appear to be a spin on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. If you have read this play, discuss some of the ways Rich mines this literary territory.
11. When terrified about his escape, Isaac considers the words of the philosopher Maimonides: “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” (p 273) What do you think of this idea?
12. Hannah hangs the shadai around Matteo’s neck at his birth, as an amulet of protection. Does it ultimately work? If so, how?
13. What do you think the future holds for Hannah and her family?
14. Can you imagine this book translated into film? What details would you keep, and what would you change? If you were casting the film, what actors would you choose?
(Questions from author’s website.)
Monday, June 5 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
The Circle will meet each month on a Monday evening. (May’s circle is cancelled due to the 4 week Memoir Writing Workshop being held).
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, May 24
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
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 Chief.
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
Mondays, April 24, May 1, 8 & 15 6:30 – 8:00pm
Memoir Writing―Getting to the Heart of Your Story
How do we find the stories in our lives? How do we discover meaning in those stories? And what are good strategies to write about them? Whether you have a work-in-progress memoir or are just starting your memoir journey, this four-week class, using writing prompts, discussion and instruction in memoir, will help you get to the heart of your story. Suitable for writers of all levels and experience.
Presented by author, journalist and experienced book editor Susan G. WeidenerRegister For Memoir Writing Workshop
Philadelphia Museum of Art Accessible Program presents:
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
Thursday, May 4 at 6:30pm
Join us for a special evening to hear and see a Special Exhibition Outreach Lecture from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This extraordinary gathering of rarely seen masterpieces traces the rise of a uniquely American medium. Shaped by the genius of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, the watercolor movement tells a story about innovation, experimentation, and the creation of bold new ways of seeing the world.
This program sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Group.Register For American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00pm
Sheetal Wagh will show you how to create Mother’s Day cards for you to take home. All materials provided. Registration required and limited to 15 participants.Register For Mother’s Day Card Making
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
Friday, April 28 & May 5 from 10:30 – 11:30am
Learn more about formatting, functions and formulas. Learn to create charts, graphs and tables. Completion of the Excel Basic Class or a basic knowledge of Excel is required.Register For More Microsoft Excel
Three Session Program: Tuesdays, May 2, 9 & 16 from 6:30 – 8:00pm
Are you interested in learning how to make a face poof, washcloth or a fancy edging for a towel? The class size will be limited to 10 students. You will need to bring two rolls of cotton or bamboo yarn and a needle, size H. Presented by Coleen Ochotny.
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 Crochet Spa Essentials
Thursday, May 18 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.
Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30pm
This class will cover who should eat gluten-free, what gluten-free means, creating an all-purpose flour mix, converting standard recipes to gluten-free, common problems, tips for success, and trouble- shooting. Removal of other allergens, such as dairy, egg, and soy, can be addressed depending upon interest level. Each participant will go home with a flour mix and recipe to bake at home.
Beth Reed started her Lower Providence home-based business, All Hands in the Cookie Jar, in 2011 in recognition of a growing need for allergen-friendly baked goods. A home baker for most of her life, she began testing recipes to accommodate a wide variety of allergens. All Hands in the Cookie Jar sold exclusively gluten-free products at the Collegeville Farmers Market from 2012-2014, and continues to bake customized gluten-free orders. Beth holds a BS from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, an MBA from Drexel University, and worked in the Hospitality Industry for over 20 years.Register For The Basics of Gluten Free Baking
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (no class on April 11th)
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, May 16 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.