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, April 3 at 1:30pm: Brooklyn. Starring Saoirse Ronan. Rated PG-13.
Monday, April 17 at 1:30pm: Hidden Figures. (This showing is FULL)
Friday, April 21 at 1:00pm: Hidden Figures. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. 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, April 12 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.
Book Discussion meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All are welcome!
1. Of all the stories that Bryson tells in One Summer, which one do you find most interesting—which engaged you more than others? Which story most surprised you (e.g., President Coldidge’s four-hour work day)?
2. Of all the heroes covered in the book, whom do you have the most sympathy for? Maybe Philo Farnsworth? Which hero do you most admire? Most despise?
3. How did Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray bungle the coverup of their murder?
4. What about Robert Elliott, America’s top executioner—how would you describe him? What in his background shaped him to do his job? Would you want him as a father…or husband?
5. Bryson’s trademark humor is on display in One Summer. What parts, in particular, did you find funny?
6. How much, if anything, have your learned from One Summer? If you’ve read Bryson’s previous A Brief History of Nearly Everything, how does this book compare?
7. Is there anything about the episodes in this book that mark them as distinctly American? Is there something that links them together in a way that defines the culture of this country?
8. The book has been criticized as “light”—lacking any deeper analysis—that it’s merely a collection of disparate historical anecdotes whose purpose is to amuse. Hmmm… Do you agree…or disagree?
(Questions by LitLovers.)
Register For The Evening Book Discussion
Monday, April 10 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, April 3 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.
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, 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 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
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 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
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
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.
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, March 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.