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.
Classes for September: Mondays: September 10, 17 & 24 from 5:45- 6:45pm. Fridays: September 7, 14, 21 & 28 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.Register For Adult Yoga
Classes in September: Wednesdays, September 5, 12, 19 & 26.
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
Classes for September: Mondays at 7:15pm., September 10, 17 & 24
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, September 24 at 1:30pm. Overboard. Starring Anna Faris. Rated PG-13.
Monday, October 8 at 1:30pm. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Documentary). Starring Fred Rogers. Rated PG-13.
Monday, October 22 at 1:30pm. Ocean’s 8. Featuring an all-star cast. 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.Register For Movie Matinee
On Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00pm the evening book group will be discussing Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Evening Book Discussion meets at 7:00pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June.
From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed—even comforted—by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood-and about their lives now.
A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance-and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work. (From the publisher.)
Monday, October 1 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, October 15 at 1:00pm, we will be discussing Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family.
Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.
The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.
Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more.
But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition? (From the publisher.)
Tuesday, October 16 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. On October 16, the club will be discussing The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. On November 20, the club will be discussing Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry.Register For A Different Kind of Book Club
Wednesday, October 17 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, November 7 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, December 19 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mindful Yoga is different than many traditional yoga practices in that there is less of a focus on postures and more focus on Mind/ Body/ Spirit awareness .
It is the practice of being in the present moment and is scientifically proven to reduce stress and improve well being. This class is for all levels including beginners. Taught by certified yoga instructor Kamini Patel.
Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm.
Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm.
Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30pm.
Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30pm.
Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30pm.
Join Colleen Ochotny, certified crochet instructor, for a casual crochet meet-up. Bring your projects and/or ideas and talk with other crochet enthusiasts. All are welcome.
Colleen Ochotny is a certified crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council. She has been teaching crochet for more than 5 years has been crocheting for morethan 30 years.
Wednesday, September 26 10:00 am—11:30 am
Wednesday, October 10 & 31 10:00 am- 11:30 am
Wednesday, November 14 & 28 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wednesday, December 12 10:00 am—11:30 am
Did you know those plastic bags taking up space in your closet can be woven into sleeping mats for people who are experiencing homelessness in our community?
Join Bev Weinberg for this innovative, hands-on project. People of all ages and abilities are welcome. You will learn how to make plarn (plastic yarn) and weave it into colorful mats to make a difference for homeless people in our area. This project is sponsored by Integrate for Good, a project designed to expand opportunities for individuals of all abilities to share their time and talent through volunteerism in Montgomery County.
Bev Weinberg received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. Bev returned to and received her clinical doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016, along with a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Fox School of Business.
Bev is the project director of Integrate for Good, an innovative initiative designed to expand opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to contribute their time and talent through civic engagement.Register For The Sleeping Mat Project
Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm
Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT) addresses neuromuscular pain at its root cause: muscle imbalance. This common sense approach to pain management is gentle, efficient and effective. Once the muscular imbalance is identified gentle stretches/releases are utilized to help correct the imbalance. Reduction in pain is often achieved in just one treatment session. An individualized wellness plan is provided so you can maintain the rebalancing with just a few easy stretches built into your busy day. You are an active participant in your care! Learn more about this innovative approach in this workshop led by Heather Gustafson RN, BSN, MBA. Heather will give an overview of IPT, a mini demonstration and sampling of take home stretches for common types of pain: back, neck/shoulder, hip and knee and more.
Heather has an MBA with specialization in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University, is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of PA since 1988 and holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Bloomsburg University. She is registered with Yoga Alliance YT500 and is certified with Insight Yoga, Kripalu Yoga and Wholistic Yoga and also Integrated Positional Therapy Training, Levels 1-3.Register For Pain Relief Without Drugs or Surgery
Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm
Got the urge to organize this fall? Learn how to declutter and organize your home and garage to make the most of your space. Learn the 5 steps to organizing any space, even if you hate to organize. Learn practical tips for dealing with not-so-practical clutter. If you’ve read all the organizing books, come learn the formula to finally make the changes you want in your home, so you can enjoy a guilt-free and clutter-free home. Have fun AND get organized. When winter rolls around, you might see your car in a very unusual spot…the garage!
For more information about Darla DeMorrow check out her website at http://heartworkorg.com/
Wednesday, October 3 at 6:15pm
This informative workshop covers the basics of social security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits. Learn the answers to your questions:
Will social security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive?
When should I apply for social security? How can I maximize my benefits?
Will social security be enough to live on in retirement? Other information offered includes how to minimize taxes on social security benefits, how to coordinate benefits with your spouse, why you should check your earnings record for accuracy, and how to decide whether or not to delay your benefits.
This program is most beneficial to those between the ages of 58 & 67.
Presented by John J. Crowley, MBA
Thursday, October 4 at 6:30pm
Join us for a fascinating introduction to the artist/naturalist, John James Audubon. We will take a journey through his life beginning with his childhood in France and continuing through his adventures in America. Through this experience, you will get a deeper understanding of how he became one of the best scientific artists of the time. There will be full size Audubon prints, taxidermy, as well as early drawings on display in this engaging program.
Presented by Amanda Beisch, Education Coordinator at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.
Friday, October 5 & 12 from 10:30am – 12 noon
Participants will learn to use Ancestry Library Edition, available at the library. The focus will be on the nuts and bolts of using this popular genealogy database, including an Introduction to Family History, How to Search Using Filters, and How to Save and Print. You will learn how filters enable family history hobbyists to narrow results down to a manageable size.
The second week we will cover How to Use Census Records and How to Use Ancestry’s Public Trees. The focus will be on using the United States Federal Census, which was taken every 10 years and is available 1790 through 1940.
Participants will be able to use Ancestry Library Edition following class as space permits, so plan to stay afterwards for help from the instructor with your own family tree. If possible, please come with the full names of your grand parents or great-grandparents, their date and place of birth and death. Participants should have basic computer skills and plan on attending both sessions.
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.Register For Ancestry 101
Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30pm OR
Wednesday, October 24 at 12 noon.
Do you have questions about Medicare or would like to discuss annual enrollment ? 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.Register For What’s New in Medicare
Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30pm
Project FeederWatch is a 30-year joint collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. It is a winter survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. All you need to participate is a bird feeder, birdbath, or plantings that attract birds. People of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs participate in the program.
From early November to early April, participants can count birds as often as every week (for as little as 15 minutes each day for 2 consecutive days), but you are not required to count every week. FeederWatchers then enter their bird count data on the Project FeederWatch website.
FeederWatch scientists analyze all submitted data to assess winter bird abundance anddistribution, to track broad scale movements of winter bird populations, and long-term trends. Two books and 26 scientific papers have been published with the reported data.
Long-time program participants Vince Smith and Pat Nastase will provide
an overview of the program.
2 Part Workshop
Wednesday, October 17 & 24 6:30 – 7:15pm
Join us for a Mindfulness Parenting workshop. Enjoy a relaxing night out and find a community among other parents. 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.Register For Mindfulness Parenting
Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm.
The Chakras are wheels of energy that correspond to our physical anatomy. When the Chakras are balanced, we feel good: physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Together, the seven Chakras form a profound formula for wholeness. In this workshop we will open and clear each Chakra.
No yoga experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Led by Kamini Patel. 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.
Slow Down and Look
National Endowment for the Humanities Portfolio, Picturing America
Three session Art Appreciation Program
Fridays, October 19, 26 and November 2 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Presented by Judith Gordon
Do you like art or wish you liked it more? Do you wonder what to look for in a work of art or how to express your thoughts about it? You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to develop your skills of observation, understanding and self-expression. Did you know most people spend less than a minute when looking at an art work? Join this participatory workshop to gain the conﬁdence to stop, look closer and discover ways to engage more fully in a work of art. The workshop is suitable for both the timid and for the experienced art lover who want to deepen knowledge about art. Each session will include guided observation, discussion and lecture as well as a short writing activity. We will discuss one art work per session from Lower Providence Community Library’s National Endowment for the Humanities portfolio, Picturing America. No prior knowledge of art history or writing experience is necessary. Bring paper, pen or pencil and a willingness to open your mind and eyes and heart to the world of art.
Judy Gordon is an artist and art educator who has been inspiring students for more than forty years in both public school and museum settings. She has a BFA in Art Education and a Masters in Education. She has volunteered as a docent at Woodmere Art Museum and as an Art Goes to School presenter.
Monday, October 22 at 7:00pm
Sheetal Wagh will show you how to create Halloween Cards for you to take home. All materials provided. Registration required and limited to 15 participants.Register For Halloween Card Making
Thursday, October 25 at 6:30pm
Karrie Hontz will show you how to jump on the backyard composting bandwagon! Learn how to take your autumn leaves and yard waste, combine that with grass clippings and kitchen waste, and turn it into ‘black gold’ for your gardens. It’s easy and it’s fun…come learn all about it.
Karrie 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 Composting Workshop
Monday, September 10 from 7:00 – 8:25pm.
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
Wednesday, October 24 & 31 10:30 am—11:30 am
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. 2-part class.
Class size is limited, registration required.
Wednesday, November 7
40 minute appointments: 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am and 12 noon.
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.Register For Medicare One-on-One
Friday, November 9 10:30 am—12:00 noon
Learn how to use the basic features of Microsoft Publisher to create flyers, brochures, calendars and more.
Class size is limited, registration required.
Friday, November 30 10:30 am—12:30 pm
Learn how to create, design, edit and share a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. Insert photos, charts, sound and video clips to enhance your slides. Class size is limited, registration required.Register For PowerPoint Basics
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
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.