Free online programs from the Phoenixville Public Library – The Mercury

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Upcoming Phoenixville Public Library Online Programs:

The Phoenixville Public Library is hosting the next virtual presentation in the “Community Gardeners Around the Village” series on Monday, September 27th at 7:00 pm. Liz Alakszay will present “The Abundant Harvest: How to Preserve and Process Your Fruits and Vegetables”. Learn about the techniques and timing of harvest, methods of short and long term product storage, processing options and food safety, and seed storage in this free lecture / demonstration. Liz Alakszay is an avid organic gardener, naturalist, engineer and educator who has gardened for over 40 years. The Penn State Extension Chester County’s Master Gardener Coordinator served for over six years before retiring in 2017. In addition to numerous gardening courses for the Chester County Night School, she has worked at Longwood Gardens as a continuing education teacher and course designer for vegetable gardening. When she is not working or training in the garden and showing her two dogs, she works for PharmaLex Corporation and monitors and ensures quality processes in the pharmaceutical industry internationally. This event is free and public and takes place online via 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 between the ages of 8 and 30, meets on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Molly Maguire’s, 197 Bridge Street, Phoenixville. The group will discuss 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 breathtakingly vivid historical account of the forty year struggle between Comanches and white settlers for control of the American West, centered around Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of all . Copies of the book and audio book on CD can be reserved at www.ccls.org. eBook and eAudiobook copies can be reserved at https://chester.overdrive.com. This event is free and public. For more information, please email Christine Shaffer at [email protected]

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The Phoenixville Public Library is hosting a free virtual presentation entitled “Dark Story I: Murder, Madness, and Adversity in Penn’s Woods” on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. Jennifer L. Green, Director of Education for the Chester County History Center, will be the host. This program features true stories from the mysterious history of Delaware and Chester counties. Hear cases of witchcraft, necromancy, murder, and natural disasters, and learn about the strange way the early Pennsylvanians treated their dead – and their living. This event is free and public and takes place online via 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 streaming music and video apps in a free, virtual course hosted by the Phoenixville Public Library and taught by teenagers from Teens Teach Technology. On Saturday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., participants will learn the basic use of the music apps Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music as well as the video streaming apps Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus. You will learn how to download the apps and how to use the various functions that the apps offer. Teens Teach Technology is a high school graduate-led organization dedicated to teaching older adults the basics of technology. This event is free and public and takes place online via Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/entertainment or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.

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

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The Phoenixville Public Library invites you to join a Citizen Science project to share your experiences and collect data to study the environment and support community change. On Thursday, October 7th, at 7:00 p.m., the library will host a virtual introduction to ISeeChange. iSeeChange is an unprecedented national climate reporting project that uniquely combines citizen science, uses public media to reach people, and state-of-the-art methods of collecting weather data. Find out how you can take part in this free project that gives participants the opportunity to share their own experiences and exchange ideas with experts. SciStarter program manager Caroline Nickerson will give a brief introduction to Citizen Science and “I See Change”. Attendees will then be taken to breakout rooms for a trained Verizon employee moderator to walk you through the project and contribute live to Citizen Science, this virtual event. This event is free and public and takes place online via Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/scistarter or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Send an email to [email protected] for more information or help using Zoom.

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Learn Microsoft Excel software in a series of free virtual courses with the Phoenixville Public Library on select Saturdays in October. Paul Celentano will be the basic (October 9), intermediate (October 16) and advanced (October 23) teacher daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Basic computer and file management skills are required. The courses are free and take place online via Zoom. Class descriptions and required registrations for each class are available on the library’s events calendar at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Send an email to [email protected] for more information or help using Zoom.


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