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

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "Prohibition: Lessons Learned and Not Learned," on Monday, June 22, at 7:00 PM. Historian Roger Arthur will be the speaker. Why would America enact laws against the use of alcohol? From earliest days Americans drank. They drank to celebrate weddings, Christenings, funerals, horse races, winning something, losing something, and so on. Americans in the 19th century drank more than 80 gallons of whiskey per year per person. Early in the 1830s, “The Second Great Awakening” advocated temperance along with the abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage, an end to child labor and many other social reforms. By the latter part of the century the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and the Anti Saloon League were quite popular and prominent in small town America. Many states had “local option” laws limiting the sale of alcohol. Many counties in America voted themselves “dry.” Pressure from the Anti Saloon League and the WCTU early in the 20th Century became more than politics could stand. The enactment of several laws and amendments and American entry into WW I pushed the country closer to prohibition. The results were not what they expected. This is the story of lessons learned and not learned. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. More information and required registration are available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "Keeping Your Brain Young," on Tuesday, June 23, at 7:00 PM. Colleen Reynolds of Reynolds Develin Speech Services will be the speaker. Research shows that in addition to keeping our bodies active and flexible, keeping our minds active and flexible allows us to continue to have outstanding quality of life even as we age. This program begins by reviewing the meaning of cognition, or what we call "thinking." The components of healthy thinking include memory, orientation, attention, problem solving, reasoning and executive functions. The foundations for the brain being able to engage in all of those thinking activities are cognitive endurance and cognitive flexibility. In this presentation, those foundations will be explored and you will learn strategies to enhance those skills, as well as techniques for improving all components of cognitive functioning. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. More information and required registration are available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online "Job Seeker Rights Workshop" on Wednesday, June 24, at 10:00 AM. Deborah Steeves, Staff Attorney with Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, will be the presenter. Are you looking for a job? Know your rights! Deborah Steeves will discuss laws around job seeker rights and answer your questions. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. More information and required registration are available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

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Are you missing baseball? With a professional baseball season still uncertain, Phoenixville Public Library gives you the opportunity to talk baseball online with two local baseball figures on Monday, June 29, at 7:00 PM. Julian McCracken and Lou Beccaria’s presentation is entitled, “To Be or Not to Be: Who Should/Shouldn’t Be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.” They'll lead a discussion of who should or should not be members of the exclusive Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and throw out some baseball trivia questions. Attendees are also encouraged to "show off" treasured pieces of their baseball memorabilia. Phoenixville's Julian McCracken is a former General Manager of the Reading Phillies and member of the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame who later worked for ProCards in Pottstown and Fleer Trading Cards in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Phoenixville resident Lou Beccaria is the former President and CEO of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and has played semi-pro baseball in Philadelphia, coached youth baseball, and written about baseball. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online/by phone 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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Due to the local power outages in early June, Phoenixville Public Library is offering another online presentation of "Major David McKelvy Peterson: World War One Ace" on Tuesday, June 30, 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/by phone 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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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free, online Local Author Book Talk with Kathleen McKee on Thursday, July 2, at 11:00 AM. McKee’s latest novel is "The Garden Shop Mystery." Sue’s plan to use the historic log cabin on her property as a garden shop has locals excited. Unfortunately, mischief and vandalism escalate in her first week of business. Sue’s husband, police chief Alan Jaworski, is convinced that the incidents are childish pranks until he finds her unconscious in the shop. Sue believes that someone is trying to force her to close Butterflies and Blooms. But why? If you enjoy a cozy mystery, small town charm, a touch of history, and a woman sleuth who has an uncanny ability to make connections, you’ll love Kathleen McKee’s second book in her Aspen Notch Mystery Series. Phoenixville author Kathleen McKee is also an educator and a registered dietitian. During her professional career, she taught and mentored students of all ages, through grade school, high school, and college. She also served as a university administrator at three colleges. Kathleen’s writing genre of women’s fiction is meant to be uplifting, with a focus on women of all ages who are strong, generous, compassionate, and capable. Her characters and settings are drawn from memories of people she has met and places she has experienced. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online/by phone 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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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 2: double feature: “The Dentist” (1932) and “The Flying Deuces” (1939); July 9: “The Private Life of Henry VIII” (1933); July 16: “The Inspector General” (1949); July 23: “My Favorite Brunette” (1947); and 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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