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, November 27 at 1:30pm. Paris Can Wait. Starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard. Rated PG.
Monday, December 11 at 1:30pm. Love Actually. Starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard. Rated R.
FAMILY MATINEE MOVIE: Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm. ELF. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel and Ed Asner. 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, December 12 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing 84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff. Evening Book Discussion meets at 7:00pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June.
This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that has touched the hearts of thousands of readers around the world.
1. What was it like to read a book composed entirely of letters? What do letters offer that no other form of writing can convey?
2. Describe Helene’s Hanff’s and Frank Doel’s personality.
3. If Helene Hanff and Frank Doel were to meet on the street do you think they would be friends? Why or why not?
4. When Helene realized that the staff at Marks & Co. Booksellers were on rations, how did Helene respond? Would you have done the same? Why or why not?
5. What role did books play in the relationship of Helene and the staff at Marks & Co Booksellers?
6. What authors or titles of books mentioned in 84, Charing Cross Road intrigued you?
7. Helene kept delaying her trip to London. Do you think it was on purpose, why or why not?
8. What do think about the quote: “I remember years ago a guy I knew told me that people going to England find exactly what they go looking for. I said I’d go looking for the England of English literature, and he nodded and said: ‘It’s there.’” (page 94)
9. Did the book end the way you wanted it to? Why or why not? Even though it is a true story, how would you have changed it?
10. Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?
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, December 4 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, November 20 at 1:00pm, we will be discussing The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.
Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.
New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer’s marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.
Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.
1. What does At the Edge of a Wood mean to Sara, Marty and Ellie? How did your reactions to the painting shift throughout the novel?
2. How does the memory of Kathrijn influence Sara’s art? What are Sara’s perceptions of mortality and the natural world?
3. What does the novel reveal about the distinctions between artists and art historians, and between collectors and dealers? Is art forgery a form of art?
4. What empowers Ellie and Sara despite the chauvinism they face when they launch their respective careers?
5. Would you want the Rent-a-Beats at your party? In their disdain for capitalism, do they do a good job of exposing the plight of someone like Sara?
6. As you read about the great lengths taken to transport the painting from the museum in Leiden, what came to mind about the value of a fake? What value should Ellie’s painstakingly created painting possess? How does the muddy nature of falsehood and illusion shape her relationship with Marty?
7. As you observed the stark difference between the Guild of St. Luke in the Netherlands and the modern auction scene in Manhattan, what did you discover about the economics of the art world? Has the patronage system that provided Sara with a benefactor (through Barent’s creditor, Cor-nelis Groen) disappeared?
8. If you had been in Ellie’s situation, would you have accepted Gabriel’s invitation to “restore” At the Edge of a Wood?
9. Discuss the three marriages portrayed in the book: Sara and Barent, Sara and Tomas, Marty and Rachel. When does love flourish in the novel? What causes it to fade?
10. What is Marty seeking on his sojourn to Sydney? What realizations emerge when he and Ellie are reunited? What misconceptions are laid to rest?
11. Beyond additional paintings, what is Ellie seeking when she makes the pilgrimage to Edith Zeller’s bed-and-breakfast?
12. Consider the author’s decision to make the Dutch Golden Age his backdrop. What particular qualities permeate the novel as a result of that choice?
13. Does At the Edge of a Wood convey any messages that endure across the centuries? What would Sara think if she could have known the fate of her work?
14. How does THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS enhance the portraits of humanity presented in other novels by Dominic Smith that you have enjoyed?
(Questions issued by the publisher.)
Monday, December 4 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, November 21 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 November, the club will be discussing Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews.Register For A Different Kind of Book Club
Thursdays, November 2, 9 & 30 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
Want to write a novel in November?
NaNoWriMo is a wild ride through your own creative landscape. It’s a personal challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during November – we provide the structure and the deadline, you provide the words. We believe everyone can forge their own creative destiny. Hundreds of local chapters around the world form a vibrant community of support and meet throughout the month to wordsmith together. Come join the many thousands of others writing across the globe.
Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30pm.
Join us for an evening of folk music from the husband and wife duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, otherwise known as Hungrytown, as they share their music at the Lower Providence Library. Hungrytown’s introduction to folk music began when they inherited a collection of 1960’s folk albums and a guitar. Since then, they have released three CD’s and spend more than half of each year touring in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several televisions shows, including Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, IFC’s Portlandia and Netflix’s Lady Dynamite. When they aren’t touring they can be found in the green hills of Vermont.Register For Hungrytown Folk Concert
Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30pm.
Retiring? Do you know what to do?
There are many important decisions to make as you approach retirement.
Making the wrong choice can have devastating results especially since some decisions are irreversible.
Our “Retirement Essentials” seminar will educate those people at or near retirement and provide the information necessary to make the best decisions about what is best for themselves and their families.
The worst thing that we can hear is: “If I had known this… I never would have done that!”
Presenter: 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 and is the author of , The 5 Fatal Errors in Retirement – Know them to Avoid Them.Register For Retirement Essentials
Thursday, November 30 at 6:30pm. (Please note change of date)
In this program, presented by Kitchen Wizards,
participants will make a variety of Chocolate Pretzels and Oreos, Bark and Peanut Brittle. You’ll go home with recipes and enough candy to share with your family/friends!
Presented by Kitchen Wizards. Kitchen Wizards is a spinoff division of Kathy’s Just Desserts. Kitchen Wizards helps kids of ALL ages
(4-94) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time ®. Limited to 15 participants.
Sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Club.Register For Holiday Gifts of Candy Workshop
Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm.
Join us in hearing the beauty of the season through music and song as accomplished singer Sarah Agnew performs.
Sponsored by the Audubon Women’s Club.Register For Holiday Concert
Monday, December 11 at 7:00pm.
Sheetal Wagh will show you how to create Holiday Cards for you to take home.
All materials provided. Registration required.
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.
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.