Free Online Programs Offered By The Phoenixville Public Library |

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Upcoming Phoenixville Public Library Online Programs:

The Phoenixville Public Library will host the next virtual presentation of the “Community Gardening Around the Village” series on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. Liz Alakszay will present “The Bountiful Harvest: How to Store and Process Your Fruits and Vegetables”. Learn harvesting techniques and timing, short and long term produce storage methods, processing options and food safety, and seed saving, in this free lecture / demonstration. Liz Alakszay is an organic gardener, naturalist, engineer and educator who has been gardening for over 40 years. Senior Coordinator of the Penn State Extension Chester County Gardeners for over six years before retiring in 2017, she continues to lecture and host numerous workshops throughout the SE PA region on horticultural topics including growing vegetables, pollinator gardens and landscaping with native plants. In addition to teaching numerous gardening courses for Chester County Night School, she worked at Longwood Gardens as a continuing education trainer and course designer in home gardening. When not gardening or training and showing off her two dogs, she works for PharmaLex Corporation overseeing and ensuring the quality of process operations internationally in the pharmaceutical industry. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/abundant-harvest or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.

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Books on Tap, the Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Molly Maguire’s, 197 Bridge Street, Phoenixville. The group will discuss The Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by SC Gwynne. In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, this is a surprisingly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between the Comanche Indians and the white settlers for control of the American West, centered on Quanah, the greatest Comanche leader of all. Copies of the book and audiobook on CD can be reserved at www.ccls.org. Copies of eBooks and eBook Audiobooks can be reserved at https://chester.overdrive.com. This event is free and open to the public. Email Christine Shaffer at [email protected] for more information.

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The Phoenixville Public Library will host a free virtual presentation, “Dark History I: Murder, Madness & Misadventure in Penn’s Woods” on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 pm. Jennifer L. Green, Director of Education for the Chester County History Center, will be the presenter. This program presents true stories from the mysterious history of Delaware and Chester counties. Hear cases of witchcraft, necromancy, murder, and natural disasters, and learn about the bizarre ways the early Pennsylvanians treated their dead – and the living. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/dark-history-i or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.

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Adults can learn the basics of music and video streaming apps in a free virtual classroom hosted by the Phoenixville Public Library and taught by teens from Teens Teach Technology. On Saturday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., attendees will learn basic use of Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music music apps, and YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus video streaming apps. You will learn how to download the apps and use all the different features offered by the apps. Teens Teach Technology is a high school-led organization dedicated to teaching the basics of technology to seniors. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/entertainment or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Send an email to [email protected] for more information.

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The Phoenixville Public Library will be hosting a free virtual seminar, “START: Start Today and Retire Tomorrow,” on Monday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. George Dillman, Consumer Outreach Specialist in the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities , will be the speaker. This program deals with retirement planning. The goal is to help you determine what your retirement goals are and how to help you achieve them. No matter where you are on the retirement timeline – early, mid-career, or late career – know it’s never too late to START. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/retire-tomorrow or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information or for help using Zoom.

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The Phoenixville Public Library invites you to get involved in a citizen science project to share your experiences and collect data to study the environment and help the community change. On Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m., the library will host a virtual introduction to ISeeChange. iSeeChange is an unprecedented national climate report project that uniquely combines citizen science, the use of public media to reach people, and cutting-edge weather data collection methods. Find out how you can participate in this free project which will give participants the opportunity to share their own experiences and opportunities to connect with experts. SciStarter Program Leader Caroline Nickerson will give a brief introduction to citizen science and “I See Change,” then attendees will be placed in meeting rooms for a facilitator trained by a Verizon employee to guide you. throughout the project and contributes to citizen science, live, during this virtual event. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/scistarter or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information or for help using Zoom.

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Learn Microsoft’s Excel software in a series of free virtual classes with the Phoenixville Public Library on certain Saturdays in October. Paul Celentano will be the instructor for the Basic (October 9), Intermediate (October 16) and Advanced (October 23) courses from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily. Basic computer skills and computer file management are required. Classes are free and will take place online via Zoom. Course descriptions and required registration for each course are available on the library’s events calendar at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information or for help using Zoom.


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