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

The Phoenix Book Club, Phoenixville Public Library's book discussion group for adults of all ages, will meet online on Monday, June 1, at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss "Chances Are...," the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Russo. Three men convene on Martha's Vineyard, friends ever since meeting in college circa the Sixties. They couldn't have been more different then, or even today — Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin' age. eBook and eAudiobook copies of this title are available at https://chester.overdrive.com. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org to receive an invitation to attend this online event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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A healthy dose of skepticism is needed these days when encountering information. But phony news is actually nothing new. Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "Just the Facts: How to Spot Phony News," on Wednesday, June 3, at 11:00 AM. Mark Pinto, the Library's Adult Services Director, will be the presenter. Learn about false or misleading news, its history, and methods for uncovering it. And discover several online tools for fact checking and determining bias. This event is free and open to the public and will be conducted online via Zoom. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org in order to receive an invitation to attend this online event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "Major David McKelvy Peterson: World War One Ace," on Thursday, June 4, at 7:00 PM. Learn about this World War I fighter pilot and hero from Pennsylvania from the Library's own Walter Hook. David McKelvy Peterson was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1894. After a stint in the French Foreign Legion in 1916, David was repatriated to the United States Army Air Service, eventually commanding the 95th Aero Squadron. He shot down five planes, making him an “ace.” For his heroics during World War I, he received two Distinguished Service Crosses and the Croix de Guerre. Later he became Officer in Charge of Gunnery (an early "Top Gun") at Carlstrom Field, in Arcadia, Florida. On March 16, 1919 his plane crashed and he was killed at Daytona Beach. His death made front page news on national newspapers. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org to receive an invitation to attend this online event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "The Faces of Northwest Europe, 1944," on Monday, June 8, at 7:00 PM. Dr. Brooke Blades will be the speaker for this slide-illustrated presentation. The Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 represented the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. Three months of hard and costly fighting in the Norman hedgerows and amid destroyed towns lay ahead. By 1 September Paris was liberated and the Allied armies were rushing northward into Belgium and westward through France toward Germany. Their advance was slowed by several factors, including supply difficulties and stiffened enemy resistance. By December the German border had been reached at only a few locations. On 16 December a counter-offensive in the Ardennes would ensure a grim Christmas season for soldiers and civilians. Dr. Brooke Blades is an archaeologist and historian who resides with his family in Chester County. He has written a trilogy of books on the experience of the American Army in north-west Europe, based on photographs and original documents mostly from the National Archives, veteran interviews and selected historical works. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org to receive an invitation to this online event, which will be e-mailed out a few days prior to the event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "The Two Great Disconnects," on Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00 PM. In this event, nature and spiritual guide, mentor, and empath, Megan Riley, discusses what she views as the "Two Great Disconnects" within our society and our world today: the disconnect from self and the disconnect from Nature. She believes that the further we remove ourselves from Nature, the further we remove ourselves from the true essence of who we really are. Nature soothes and nurtures. Nature guides and teaches us about ourselves all the time, if we allow it to do so. A Nature-based activity, lecture/group discussion, and heart-centered, guided meditation practice will be incorporated into this session to assist participants in learning why and how to reconnect with self and with Nature. Megan Riley spent 15 years in the world of education, as both an educator and school counselor. Much of this time was spent living out West in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Not only did Megan gain experience and knowledge working with others, but she was also gifted ample exposure to a place of peace, of nurturing — a place where she could reconnect to self, a place that always allowed her to be exactly as she needed to be at any given moment. This place? Nature. She also graduated from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies (Glenside, PA) with a Certification in Applied Meditation Studies, and later became certified as a yoga instructor. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org to receive an invitation to this online event, which will be e-mailed out a few days prior to the event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a second lecture in their online series, "The Joy of Birding," on Wednesday, June 10, at 10:00 AM. Phoenixville Library's Christine Nicholson and Chester County Library's Elizabeth Alakszay will be the presenters. This program will dive deeper into bird identification, gardening practices with native plants, bringing more birds to your backyard, and where to go birding beyond your backyard. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org to receive an invitation to this online event, which will be e-mailed out a few days prior to the event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation by Phoenixville Area Transition on Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 PM. Transition Phoenixville is a movement to expand community resilience to climate impacts by reorienting the local economy and culture to nature and personal relationships. They seek to transition from dependence on fossil fuels and corporations to interdependence with each other and with nature. Members of Phoenixville Area Transition's CORE group offer a brief history of the international Transition Towns movement and its relevance to Phoenixville in the time of COVID19. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. Registration is required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org to receive an invitation to this online event, which will be e-mailed out a few days prior to the event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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