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Phoenixville Public Library
Library Info: The library is located at 183 Second Ave., phoenixvillelibrary.org, 610-933-3013 ext. 132. Reservations for events/programs can be made online or by calling the library.
Geneology Workshop. Phoenixville Public Library will host a four-part workshop in January on the FamilySearch.org genealogy database. Mark and Shelli Nye of the Valley Forge Family History Center will be the presenters. The workshops will be conducted Thursdays through the Jan. 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The programs are free and open to the public. Workshop descriptions and required reservations are available on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.
Facebook 101. Learn to navigate the social media world of Facebook in a free workshop, “Facebook 101” to be held at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10:00 AM to noon. Social media expert Christine Tarlecki is the instructor. Want to better connect with others on Facebook? Learn how to friend, post text and pictures from your phone or computer, connect and have fun in the world of Facebook. This class will help you learn to navigate the world of this super-popular social media platform. Please bring your own electronic device. This class is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.
Social Security Strategies. Learn the basics of Social Security and innovative strategies for maximizing your benefits at a free workshop to be held at Phoenixville Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 PM, repeated Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 PM. “Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” will be presented by Mike Polin, Premier Planning Group. The workshop will cover: five factors to consider in deciding when to apply for your benefits; when it makes sense to delay benefits – and when it does not; why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy; how to estimate your benefits; how to coordinate benefits with your spouse; how to minimize taxes on your Social Security Benefits; and how to coordinate Social Security with other sources of retirement income. 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.
Real ID Presentation. Did you know that after Oct. 1, 2020, you will need a Real ID compliant license or identification card to board domestic flights and enter federal facilities? Learn all about Real ID at a free presentation at Phoenixville Public Library on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:00 AM, repeated on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 PM. The presentation, “Real ID in PA: Who Needs It and Why” will be given by staff members of State Rep. Melissa Shusterman and Scott Johnson of PennDOT. Informational brochures will be available. Please note that Real IDs will not be processed at this event, but you may bring documents to see if they meet the requirements needed to apply. 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.
Make a Valentine’s Day Glass. Join craft instructor Laura Grablutz at Phoenixville Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10:00 AM for a fun, step-by-step workshop to create a personalized Valentine’s Day glass. No painting or artistic skills are needed! In fact, participants will use the back end of a brush or a Q-Tip to make dots of acrylic paint on the glass, following a pattern. A simple baking process at home will make the paint permanent. Materials cost is $7.00 per glass, which includes all supplies and tools. You can make one or two glasses during the workshop. Please specify the number of glasses and the type(s) - wine glass, beer glass or mug - when you register. 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.
Healthy Eating Seminar. Local dietician and author Adrianne Delgado will speak at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 PM. Her new book is Nourish, Eat, Repeat: A Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Mind, Body, and Life. When most people hear the terms “dietitian,” “business owner,” and “mother of 5” in the same sentence, they likely think, “I don’t know how she does it.” Yet, for Adrianne Delgado, RD, LDN, you can add the title of “author” to the mix. Delgado has enjoyed mentoring, advising, and coaching in the nutrition industry for nearly 20 years, and now shares her expertise combined with her unique life experiences in this new release, which is not your typical health or diet book. Nourish, Eat, Repeat: A Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Mind, Body, and Life is a practical, how-to guide to implementing nutrition and health principles into the busy woman’s lifestyle. Using honest, humorous (and sometimes embarrassing) stories from her own life, Delgado’s book aims to connect with the obstacles we face every day and give the reader a step-by-step plan to building momentum, self-confidence, and ultimately success around food. Delgado resides with her family on a farm in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When she’s not working or watching sporting events, you can find her in the kitchen cooking, tending to her vegetable garden, or volunteering in her community. 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.
Books on Tap, Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet next on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:00 PM, at Great American Pub, 148 Bridge Street, Phoenixville. The group will discuss Carl Sagan’s bestselling science fiction novel, Contact. At first it seemed impossible-a radio signal that came not from Earth but from far beyond the nearest stars. But then the signal was translated, and what had been impossible became terrifying. The signal contained information to build a Machine that can travel to the stars. A Machine that can take a human to meet the messengers. They are eager to meet us. They have been watching and waiting a long time. And now they will judge. A copy of the book may be reserved online at www.ccls.org or at the Library. This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No reservations required. For more information, e-mail Christine Shaffer at email@example.com.
Buying your first home? Phoenixville Public Library will host a free, informational seminar for first-time home buyers on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. Donna Cable of Re/Max Professional Realty and Kimberly Kozelsky of First Choice Loan Services will be the presenters. They will discuss mortgages, pre-approvals, common myths of credit, types of loan programs, buyer’s agents, agreements of sale, home inspections, and the importance of communication during the home buying process. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org.
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, February 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, February 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 ABCs of LGBT” Phoenixville Public Library will host a free presentation, “The ABCs of LGBT”, on Tuesday, February 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 610-331-4101.
Perkiomen Valley Library
Library Info: 290 Second St., Schwenksville. Call 610-287-8360 for registration and information.
Community Yoga at Perkiomen Valley Library in Schwenksville on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Teens and adults. Drop-in for $5 per session. Join Adjoa Amoah, RYT 200, AYS / Carmen Molina, RYT, for all levels of yoga. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome! Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.