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Mark Pinto, director of Adult Services for the Phoenixville Public Library, reads a future discussion book. Pinto organizes several book clubs at the library, including one which meets monthly at pubs and breweries in Phoenixville.

Here's a roundup of upcoming online programs offered by the Phoenixvlle Public Library:

Phoenixville Public Library will offer a series of free basic, intermediate, and advanced live, online classes for learning Microsoft Excel on selected Saturdays in September. The schedule is as follows: September 12 (basic); September 19 (intermediate); September 26 (advanced). Class time is 10:00 AM to noon each day. Paul Celentano is the instructor. Basic computing and computer file management skills are required. Paul Celentano has created from scratch Excel spreadsheets for documentation, data sorting, and contract document specifications, as well as calculators for time sheets, electrical loads, batting averages, and trigonometric functions. He finds them particularly useful for personal purposes when making side-by-side comparisons for shopping or the cost analysis of repair projects. The classes are free and open to the public, and will be held online via Zoom. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

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The Phoenix Book Club, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults of all ages, will meet virtually on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of Black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. A physical copy of this book may be reserved at www.ccls.org. An eBook copy may be reserved at https://chester.overdrive.com. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online/by phone via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132 to receive an invitation to attend. E-mail mpinto@ccls.org for more information.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, “Securing Your Digital Life”, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 PM. Glenn Musser, facilitator of the Library’s Phoenixville Tech Group, will be the presenter. Our online accounts are becoming more vulnerable every day to attacks by malicious actors. Securing your critical online services like banks, credit unions, email accounts, social networks, and shopping sites, each with a unique and robust password, is a must. Using two-factor authentication, along with a strong password, is your best protection from online hackers. Join us to learn how to use a password manager and the importance of two-factor authentication. Glenn will discuss the value of these tools to secure your online accounts and services during this session. Glenn will follow up this session with several online meetings to get you set up using a free password manager and two-factor authentication. You will only need to join in with as many online discussions as necessary to set up your password manager and two-factor authentication services. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place via Google Meet. Join the Phoenixville Tech Group e-mail list to receive an invitation to join this special online meeting. Go to www.phoenixvilletg.com and click on "Subscribe to Our Mailing List". We'll never spam your inbox or share your email with anyone. For further information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library invites adults in their 20s and 30s to attend the inaugural session of a virtual movie discussion group on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 8:00 PM. The new group is a spinoff of the Library’s Books on Tap book discussion group and plans to meet online monthly. The plan is to watch a movie (independently), then meet online to discuss it. For this meeting, the film to be discussed is The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006). This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online via Zoom. E-mail Faith Donaher at fdonaher@gmail.com to receive an invitation to the meeting and for more information.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free virtual “Landlord/Tenant and Eviction Law” workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10:00 AM. Christina Drzal, Supervising Attorney for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Regional Housing Unit, will be the speaker. Learn the basics of landlord/tenant law in Pennsylvania. The course will review important landlord/tenant statutes, explain the eviction process, explore viable eviction defenses, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on eviction proceedings, and more. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online/by phone via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. E-mail mpinto@ccls.org for more information.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free virtual presentation, “What’s On Your Plate? Supporting Yourself with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”, on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7:00 PM. A therapist from Child Guidance Resource Center will be the speaker. Explore evidence-based ways to manage stress and anxiety, stay positive, and care for your mental health. In the session, you’ll learn some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques including talk reframing negative thoughts, different thinking styles, activating positive behaviors, and more. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online/by phone via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. E-mail mpinto@ccls.org for more information.

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Phoenixville Public Library now offers free remote tech help by phone and internet via Zoom. One-on-one assistance with your laptop, tablet or smartphone is available from Library volunteers during selected hours on Thursday afternoons and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. To schedule a one-hour appointment, or for more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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