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.


Adult Yoga

Classes for January: Mondays: January 8, 15, 22 & 29 ( no class on 1/1) from 5:45 – 6:45pm. Fridays: January 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 3:15 – 4:15pm.

Classes for February: Mondays: February 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 5:45 – 6:45pm. Fridays: February 9, 16 & 23 (no class on 2/2) from 3:15 – 4:15pm.

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.

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Chair Yoga for Adults

Classes in January: Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 1:30 – 2:30pm

Classes in February: Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 1:30 – 2:30pm

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.

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Meditation Sessions

Classes for January: Mondays at 7:15pm., January 8, 15, 22 & 29 (no class on 1/1)

Classes for February: Mondays at 7:15pm., February 5, 12, 19 & 26

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.

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Movie Matinee

Monday, January 29 at 1:30pm.  Home Again.  Starring Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell and Michael Sheen.  Rated PG-13.

Monday, February 12 at 1:30pm.  Battle of the Sexes.  Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell.  Rated PG-13.

Monday, February 26 at 1:30pm.  Dunkirk. 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 required.

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Evening Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00pm, we will be discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Evening Book Discussion meets at 7:00pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Discussion questions: 1. How does the depiction of slavery in THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD compare to other depictions in literature and film? 2. The scenes on Randall’s plantation are horrific — how did the writing affect you as a reader? 3. In North Carolina, institutions like doctor’s offices and museums that were supposed to help ‘black uplift’ were corrupt and unethical. How do Cora’s challenges in North Carolina mirror what America is still struggling with today? 4. Cora constructs elaborate daydreams about her life as a free woman and dedicates herself to reading and expanding her education. What role do you think stories play for Cora and other travelers using the Underground Railroad? 5. “The treasure, of course, was the underground railroad… Some might call freedom the dearest currency of all.” How does this quote shape the story for you? 6. How does Ethel’s backstory, her relationship with slavery and Cora’s use of her home affect you? 7. What are your impressions of John Valentine’s vision for the farm? 8. When speaking of Valentine’s Farm, Cora explains “Even if the adults were free of the shackles that held them fast, bondage had stolen too much time. Only the children could take full advantage of their dreaming. If the white men let them.” What makes this so impactful both in the novel and today? 9. What do you think about Terrance Randall’s fate? 10. How do you feel about Cora’s mother’s decision to run away? How does your opinion of Cora’s mother change once you’ve learned about her fate? 11. Whitehead creates emotional instability for the reader: If things are going well, you get comfortable before a sudden tragedy. What does this sense of fear do to you as you’re reading? 12. Who do you connect with most in the novel and why? 13. How does the state-by-state structure impact your reading process? Does it remind you of any other works of literature? 14. The book emphasizes how slaves were treated as property and reduced to objects. Do you feel that you now have a better understanding of what slavery was like? 15. Why do you think the author chose to portray a literal railroad? How did this aspect of magical realism impact your concept of how the real Underground Railroad worked? 16. Does THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD change the way you look at the history of America, especially in the time of slavery and abolitionism? (Questions by Reading Group Guides.com)
Evening Book Discussion List 2017-2018 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 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles April – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett May – Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams June – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
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Adult Coloring Book Class

Monday, January 22 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.

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Afternoon Book Discussion Group

Monday, February 19  at 1:00pm, we will be discussing Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together. (From the publisher.)

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A Different Kind of Book Club

Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30pm DATE CHANGED TO JANUARY 23 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 January, the club will be discussing A Circle of Wives by Alice La Plante. In addition, the group will be discussing an optional read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. 

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Mindfulness Moms

2-Part Workshop –  Thursday, January 18 and Thursday, January 25 from 6:30 – 7:15pm

Join us for a Mindfulness Moms workshop.  Enjoy a relaxing night out and find a community among other moms.  Learn how to instill kindness, gratitude, self-awareness and self-acceptance into your daily routine. Presented by Jessica Venezia, Master in Public Health, Integrative Medicine from West Chester University.

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Social Security

Wednesday, January 24 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 & 67. Presented by John J. Crowley, MBA

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Philadelphia Museum of Art: Accessible Programs presents Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30pm.

Join us for a special evening to hear and see a Special Exhibition Outreach Lecture from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1917 John G. Johnson, the most famous lawyer of his day, left his astonishing trove of European art to the city of Philadelphia. One hundred years later, we’re taking a new look at one of this country’s most remarkable collections. Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet—and see how we keep making new discoveries about the collection.

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Supporting Women’s Health with Essential Oils – a DIY Workshop

Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30pm.

Learn the foundational essential oils and practices for naturally supporting women’s health, including stress, sleep, hormone production, and hormonal balance throughout the month and during all stages of life.  Megan Koppel, a natural health educator, will help you make and take home a custom essential oil blend made with powerhouse oils for women’s health and hormones! All materials provided. Limited to 15 participants. Registration required.

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Valentine Card Making

Monday, February 5 at 7:00pm.

Sheetal Wagh will show you how to create Valentine Cards for you to take home. All materials provided. Registration required.

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Model Train Exhibit

Friday, February 2 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, February 3 10:00am – 3:30pm.

Come see S Gauge model trains in action! Lower Providence Community Library welcomes the annual North Penn S Gaugers Model Train Exhibit. They will set up and operate a portable S gauge model train layout for the enjoyment and education of the library community. Members of the North Penn S Gaugers will be available both days to answer questions and discuss the history of the S scale trains. For all ages!  All are welcome, free admission and no registration necessary.  


Turkish Coffee Reading

Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30 – 8:15pm.

Back by popular demand! Join us for a night of Turkish Coffee Reading with Neslihan. The practice of Turkish coffee reading, sometimes referred to as tasseography, is descendant from the tradition of tea leaf reading. The Turkish coffee reading begins with the traditional preparation of a Turkish coffee, which is then served in a traditional demitasse cup. Once the seeker has finished the cup of coffee, the reading can begin. REGISTRATION REQUIRED – please sign up for a 15 minute time slot.    

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Medicare One-on-One

Thursday, February 8.  Schedule a 40 minute appointment at 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am or 12:00pm.

Do you have questions about Medicare? Need assistance with what Medicare options are available? Need to know what plan is right for you? Donna Uhler, a state-trained volunteer APPRISE counselor will discuss your Medicare questions with you. APPRISE is a program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and other agencies designed to help Medicare beneficiaries understand their Medicare and health choice options. APPRISE counselors are sponsored and supervised by RSVP of Montgomery County.

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Memoir Writing Circle

Monday, February 12 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.

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.

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Learn Comupter Basics

Wednesday, February 14 from 10:30 – 12:00 noon.

Class size is limited, registration required.

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Genealogy 101

Wednesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 28 from 10:30 – 12:00 noon.

Participants will learn to use Ancestry Library Edition and Family Search, both available at the library. You will learn how filters enable family history hobbyists to narrow down result down to a manageable size. The focus will be on using the United States Federal Census, which was taken every 10 years and is available 1790 through 1940. You will be shown how to save your results into your own tree at FamilySearch.com. The second class will be a chance to submit questions and look for results as a group. If possible, please come with the full names of your grand parents or great-grandparents, their date and place of birth and death. Participants will be able to use Ancestry Library Edition following class as space permits. Participants should have basic computer skills. Lorraine Crist-Campman has been doing genealogy since a great aunt died in 1979 and she found a copy of a family tree that was done for a 1939 reunion. She has more recently focused on her husband’s family, who arrived in Skippack in 1710. Lorraine had taken numerous genealogy classes, and has a certificate in Foundations of Genealogy from the Historical Society of Philadelphia. She was also past Historian at the Trappe Historical Society. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Documentary Film Night: Man on Wire

Thursday, February 22 at 6:30pm.

Join us for a viewing of the critically acclaimed documentary Man on Wire. On August 7th, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit’s personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century.

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Navigating the College Admission Process

Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30pm.

The college admissions process for today’s students is difficult and extremely competitive. This one hour presentation will provide families with the best ways to help students get into their top choice schools, including writing winning resumes, personal statements and essays, finding the best scholarship opportunities, why extracurricular activities and community service matter, how to choose a major and the best jobs over the next ten years for college graduates. Presented by Dr. Kevin Bukatman, Founder and President of College Planning Service America, 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 can be found on www.cpsamerica.net College Planning Service America.

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Author and Freelance Writing Expert Ginny Simon

Thursday, March 1 at 6:30pm.

Is freelancing for you? Are you ready to be your own boss? Set your own schedule? Getting Started in Freelance Writing offers insights into the life of the freelancer, with advice on getting started, where to find writing jobs, how to approach editors, and what to do once you get the assignment. Ginny Simon, who has been a successful freelance writer for more than 25 years, takes you through the steps necessary to achieve success in a competitive but rewarding career.

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Cercle Francais

Every Tuesday at 10:30am until 12 noon. (no class on 12/26 and 1/2)

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.

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Canasta

Meets every Thursday at 11:45 until 2:00 in the Main Library.

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.


Mahjong Club

Meets every Tuesday at 12:30pm in the Community Room.

Are you interested in playing Mahjong? You are welcome to join our Mahjong club! You will need a playing card, available for purchase ($7.00) at http://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org For more information, email Barbara Loewengart.


Crafters Club

Meets every Wednesday at 10:00 am in the upstairs Board Room.

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.