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Phoenixville Public Library

Library Info: The library is located at 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville. Reservations for events/programs can be made online or by calling the library: phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610-933-3013, ext. 132.

Take Your Child to the Library Day! on Saturday, Feb. 1. Children of all ages are invited to drop in all day. Self-serve crafts, kid’s activities; each visiting child with access to a library card can receive a free media rental. It’s a great time to get a library card for your child. More details at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org.

Want to learn how to set up a blog? Learn the basics of online blogging with social media expert Christine Tarlecki at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10:00 AM to noon. Learn topics, tricks, and photo and digital content tips. Please bring your own electronic device. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org.

Is the American presidency a killer job? In honor of Presidents’ Day, Robert Smith will present an overview of the health afflictions of our Chief Executives on Monday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. How did some presidents flourish despite their afflictions? Who were the sickest presidents? How were some presidents lucky enough to have any health at all (that is, which ones survived near-death experiences)? Find out at this fascinating presentation. Robert Smith (B.S. Chemistry, Loyola University; M.A. Medicinal Chemistry and M.B.A Corporate Finance, Temple University) is a retired Director of Corporate Strategy for GlaxoSmithKline, retired Editor-in-Chief for Dorland Healthcare Information, and retired Vice-president of Pharmaceutical Consulting Consortium International. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org.

The Phoenix Book Club will meet next at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss Philip Roth’s bestselling novel, The Plot Against America. In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or online at www.ccls.org. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, call 610-933-3013 x132 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

“The ABCs of LGBT” Phoenixville Public Library will host a free presentation, “The ABCs of LGBT”, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 PM. Library staff member and LGBT community supporter Rebekah Foster will be the speaker. Are you unfamiliar with LGBT terms? Has a family member recently come out to you, and you feel clueless? Or are you queer and looking for a safe place to share some queer memes? Then this program ­— which will touch on basic terminology, stereotypes, and more — is for you. Rebekah Foster is a part-time Circulation Desk Assistant at Phoenixville Public Library. She has been actively supporting the LGBT community for years, and served her high school GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) as Vice President her junior year and President her senior year. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org.

Love Chocolate? Phoenixville Public Library will host a chocolate tasting program on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:00 PM. Would you like to learn about the origins of chocolate while tasting a range of flavor profiles? If so, this event is for you. Experience the flavors of mild blends, bolder single origin, as well as the mysterious Gold and Ruby chocolates now available in the U.S. Join Phoenixville’s own chocolatier, Gail Warner of Bridge Street Chocolates (named The Best (and Most Magical) Chocolate Shop in Pennsylvania by Eat This for 2019), for this delightful evening of everything chocolate. Cost is $15.00 per person, payable at the door. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Miss Linda & Lucy will be visiting the children’s library on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3:00-3:45 PM. Open to all ages. Enjoy Valentine’s Day laughs with Miss Linda & Lucy-a puppet who sings but shouldn’t. Songs, Stories, & Finger Plays. Register at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org

Visit from local author. Phoenixville Public Library will host local author June McInerney on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 PM. Elmira Wells Pennypacker served as Phoenixville Public Library’s first Director from 1898 until her untimely death in 1916. She is reputed to be one of five of the Library’s resident ghosts. In “Miss Elmira’s Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville from 1859 to 1916 and Beyond,” Elmira tells her stories, providing fascinating, informative glimpses into her life. This delightfully light-hearted mystery is No. 6 in the historical Novels of Phoenixville series by June J. McInerney. Join June as she discusses her latest book and take an up close and personal glimpse into Elmira’s life and times growing up and living in Phoenixville during the post-Civil War era and the early 1900s; the historical significance of her “secret treasure”; and her role in the history of the Library where she is now and forevermore its self-appointed “spirited” caretaker. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Calling all cooks or culinary wannabes! Phoenixville Public Library announces its new Cookbook Club, which will gather at the Library on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. The Library will feature a different cookbook each month. Prior to each gathering, interested participants should come to the Adult Library Circulation Desk to browse the featured cookbook and make a free photocopy of the recipe you want to make. Then bring your prepared dish to share at the next gathering. Participants will eat, talk about the recipes and any modifications made, and more. Please bring your own place setting, utensils and beverage. The Library will provide water, napkins and cleanup supplies. Bring a container for leftovers – if there are any. And come hungry! This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for all participants on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library! On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:00 PM, the Library will screen “Harriet” (2019, PG-13, 125 min.). Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in the extraordinary tale of her escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Leslie Odom Jr. and Joe Alwyn also star in this award-winning biographical drama. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Julia Says, “Bon Appetit!” Phoenixville Public Library presents Linda Kenyon as legendary cook and TV personality Julia Child, in a performance of Clay Teunis’ one-woman play, Julia Says, “Bon Appetit!” on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:00 PM. Julia Child (1912 – 2004) was an American cook, author, and television personality who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to America. She was in the vanguard of “foodies,” who by changing America’s taste, helped create modern American culture. Her most famous works are the 1961 cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and her first television series, “The French Chef.” She starred in eleven other television series, and was the author of eighteen other books. While her public face and voice became familiar to all of us, this play focuses on her private side, especially her relationship with her husband, Paul Child. The play is a love story! Julia tells about growing up in southern California, her adventures in World War II, learning to cook French Cuisine, learning to teach and becoming a public figure. At the core was her love for Paul and his love for her. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Free Microsoft Excel Classes. Phoenixville Public Library will host free beginner, intermediate, and advanced Microsoft Excel classes on selected Saturday mornings in February and March. Paul Celentano is the instructor. The schedule is as follows: Excel Basic (Feb. 15), Excel Intermedate (Feb. 29), Excel Advanced (March 28). Class time is 10:00 AM to noon. The classes are free and open to the public. Class descriptions and required registration available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

Phoenixville Tech Group: Need assistance with a tech question, or just want to learn more about current computer technology? The Phoenixville Tech Group offers weekly meetings and clinics at Phoenixville Public Library Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Phoenixville Tech Group brings technology users together to share knowledge and experience. Group facilitator Glenn Musser is particularly interested in helping those who have limited or no experience with computers. Topics that can be addressed include: digital cameras, cellphones, tablets, cable TV and FiOS, GPS, computer and printer recommendations, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, software installation, computer security, speeding up a sluggish computer and more. A schedule of weekly meeting topics is available at phoenixvilletg.com. The group is free and open to the public. For more information, email Glenn at Glenn@SeniorTechGroup.com.

Phoenix Fiction Writers: Adult writers of fiction invited to attend meetings of the Phoenix Fiction Writers at the library. Group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for education, empowerment and constructive criticism of their work. Led by Eric Parmer, the sessions offer writers the opportunity to ask questions about the writing process, read their work out loud and receive and offer input on the material read. Writers wishing to have their work critiqued should submit their work to Parmer prior to each meeting. The group is free and open to the public. To submit writing samples or for more information, contact Parmer at edparmer@gmail.com.

Legal Outreach Clinic: A free legal clinic will be offered at Phoenixville Public Library on the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Ian J. Michener, Esq. of Rick Linn, LLC offers this Phoenixville Legal Outreach Clinic, providing information, counseling, and advocacy in various areas of law, including family law, trusts & estates, criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, and legal issues facing small businesses. Attendees receive a free 20-minute consultation with an attorney, who will provide counseling and access to legal resources as needed. Consultations are provided on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, call 610-933-3013 ext. 132 or email mpinto@ccls.org.

ESL Conversation Group: An ESL Conversation Group meets each Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Phoenixville Public Library. This free group is open to ESL students and anyone in the community looking to improve or practice their English. John Argeseanu is the group facilitator. For more information, call 610-457-5793 or email johnargeseanu@gmail.com.

Mobile Workforce Navigator: The PA CareerLink and the United Way Financial Stability Center of Chester County want you to meet Ann Marie Barr, the Mobile Workforce Navigator, your guide to resources available to unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Barr provides one-on-one employment assistance in Phoenixville Public Library’s Harrop Room Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in appointments available. This service is free and open to the public. For more information, email abarr@openhearthinc.org or call 610-331-4101.

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