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

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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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "End-of-Life Care: The Conversation Project", on Monday, June 15 at 7:00 PM. Dana Gibson, Community Liaison for Willow Tree Hospice, will be the speaker. The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have every person’s wishes for end-of-life care expressed and respected. The Conversation Project offers tools, guidance, and resources to begin talking with loved ones about your and their wishes. Please join us for an informative presentation to learn why it is important to start the conversation with your loved ones. This event is free and open to the public and will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. 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 a few days prior to the event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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Phoenixville Public Library will present an exclusive online musical event, "You're the Cure for What Ails Me: Lovesickness and Its Many Antidotes in American Popular Song: A Lecture-in-Song", on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 PM. Singer/pianist/lecturer Fred Miller will be the presenter. American Popular Song attained full flower in a half century span flanked by two World Wars with one devastating Great Depression thrown in between. The American public was in dire need of color and joy missing from their daily lives, and the great songwriters and performers of the age were just what the doctor ordered. On film and in song, the diagnosed malady was invariably "lovesickness" and the prescribed treatment was (what else?) love. Poverty, illness, unemployment, grief, war, despair: all too real for millions in those days. Romance, hope, optimism, humor, the realization of one’s dreams provided the welcome alternative, right there in the songs. Saturated with the metaphor of sickness & cure, American Popular Song’s greatest era is rife with medicinal/anatomical/therapeutic references all in service to Life and Love. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held online via the CrowdCast platform. More information and a link for required registration can be found on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org. E-mail mpinto@ccls.org for further information.

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Phoenixville Public Library will host a free online presentation, "The Stories That Formed Us", on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 PM. Lowell Gustafson will be the speaker. Our memories of the past and stories of times before ourselves form us into who we are now. There are great story tellers from many times and cultures who make us who we are today. These are often recorded in writing as well as art and architecture. And then we have learned how to read much older stories told to us by light, stones, bones, and blood. These stories too tell us how we got here, what we are a part of, and challenge us to be as creative as nature has been. This presentation has been created especially for Phoenixville Public Library, one of those time machines that can transport us to the past to learn how the past shaped us. Dr. Lowell Gustafson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University. He has a B.A. in history and philosophy from North Park College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He has written several books on history and international relations, in addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. 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 this online event, which will be e-mailed a few days prior to the event. For more information, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

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