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

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Have you been missing Movie Nights at Phoenixville Public Library? During the month of July, they’re back and online each Thursday night at 7:00 PM. The Library’s Classic Comedy Film Series Watch Parties will take place on the Library’s Facebook page. The schedule of these public-domain film screenings is as follows: July 30: “My Man Godfrey” (1936). Mark Pinto, the Library’s Adult Services Director, will introduce the films, and attendees will be able to chat in real time during the screenings. BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn). These events are free and open to the public, and will be held online via the Phoenixville Public Library Facebook page. No registration required. More information is available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org, by e-mail at mpinto@ccls.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

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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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Imagine Your Story! is the Phoenixville Public Library Summer Reading theme for 2020 with a focus on fairy tales, folk tales, fables, & mythology. There are three levels: Early Literacy, School-Aged, & Young Adult covering ages Birth through High School. The program is now open and will continue through Aug. 15. Join us for your summer reading and to complete school summer reading assignments. Visit http://phoenixvillepubliclibrary.readsquared.com where you can find more details and register for the clubs.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, “To Catch and to Keep: Telling Stories of Women Who Kept the Lights”, on Monday, July 27, at 7:00 PM. Shauna M. MacDonald — artist, scholar, performer and educator — will be the presenter. In this virtual presentation, Dr. MacDonald will share her research about lighthouses, memory, and women who kept lighthouses in the United States. Based on her 2015 solo performance, "To Catch and To Keep", as well as research and experiences since its inception, this presentation is all about lighthouses… or is it? In its original form, "To Catch and To Keep" was a performed collection about keeping: lighthouse keeping, keeping lighthouses protected in the modern world, and the process of keeping memories and histories for future generations to encounter. In this less theatrical and updated version, Dr. MacDonald will share parts of the performance while also digging into the research surrounding it. Through a combination of storytelling, traditional presentation, and imagery, she will illuminate the connections between lighthouses, cultural preservation, and the political underpinnings of who gets remembered and who gets to do the remembering. And she’ll share some family stories along the way, too. Dr. Shauna M. MacDonald is Associate Professor at Villanova University where she teaches courses in performance studies, gender, and communication. She is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, which is how she first became interested in lighthouses. A student of culture, she is fascinated by communication and ritual in extraordinary places and by extraordinary beings, including coal mines and cyborgs. For the last few years, she has been studying lighthouses as sites of cultural memory, with a focus on the gendered elements of those memories and how we share them. She is an artist, scholar, performer, and educator whose mission is to unearth, keep, and share stories. 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, in order to receive an invitation to the event.

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Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet next online/by phone on Tuesday, July 28, at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss "City of Girls" by Elizabeth Gilbert. This New York Times Bestseller is a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), "City of Girls" explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. It's a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. A copy of the book may be reserved at the Library or at www.ccls.org. An eBook or eAudiobook copy may be reserved at chester.overdrive.com. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online/by phone via Zoom. E-mail Christine Shaffer at shaffer.m.christine@gmail.com to receive an invitation to this event.

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Phoenixville Public Library, in cooperation with Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, will host a free online “Unemployment Compensation Workshop” on Wednesday, July 29, at 10:00 AM. Legal Aid Staff Attorney Deborah Steeves will be the presenter. She will present an update on Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, discuss how and when to apply, and answer your questions. 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, in order to receive an invitation to the event.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online yoga session, “Yoga for Respiratory Health”, on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10:00 AM. The session will be presented by a member of the Isha Foundation. In this one-hour session, attendees will learn Simha Kriya, which is a simple Yogic process specifically designed to support the respiratory system, enhance lung capacity, and boost immunity. 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, in order to receive an invitation to this online event.

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The Phoenix Book Club, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults of all ages, will meet online/by phone on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7:00 PM. The group will discuss "The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wild” by Caroline Van Hemert. For fans of Cheryl Strayed, this is the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure. During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals. In March of 2012, she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace — migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, The Sun is a Compass explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of the creatures who make their homes in the wildest places left in North America. Inspiring and beautifully written, this love letter to nature is a lyrical testament to the resilience of the human spirit. An eBook copy of this title is available at https://chester.overdrive.com. A physical copy may be reserved at www.ccls.org. This event is free and open to the public and will take place online/by phone via Zoom. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132, in order to receive an invitation to join this event.

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