Free programs offered by the Phoenixville Public Library – The Mercury

The Phoenixville Public Library will host an in-person discussion of the Longwood Gardens community reading book for adults, The Songs of Trees, on Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. With “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors,” you can travel with author David Haskell as he repeatedly visits a dozen trees in cities from Manhattan to Jerusalem, forests (Amazon, North -American and Boreal) and areas on the front environmental changes, including coastal erosion, scorched mountainsides and war zones. In each place, it shows how human history, ecology and well-being are intimately linked to the life of trees. Scientific, lyrical and contemplative, “The Songs of Trees” reveals the biological connections that underlie all life. In a world plagued by barriers, Haskell reminds us that the substance and beauty of life emerges from relationships and interdependence. Physical copies of the book can be reserved at https://catalog.ccls.org. Copies of eBooks and audiobooks are available at https://chester.overdrive.com. Chat participants will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive a family pass to Longwood Gardens. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/songs-of-trees or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. More information about Longwood Community Reading can be found at https://longwoodgardens.org/education/community-read/community-read-2022.


The Phoenix Book Club, the Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults of all ages, will meet virtually on Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. The group will discuss the award-winning biography, “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II” by Sonia Purnell. In 1942, the Gestapo sent an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find it and destroy it. That spy was Virginia Hall, a young American — rejected from the Foreign Service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg — who worked her way into the spy organization dubbed the “unkind War Department” of Churchill and, even before the United States entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, but her story remains unknown. A physical copy of this book can be reserved at https://www.ccls.org. An eBook or eAudiobook copy can be reserved at https://chester.overdrive.com. The public is invited to attend. If you are not already on the Book Club mailing list, you must sign up at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/woman-of-no-importance to receive an invitation to this event Zoom. Email [email protected] for more information.


The Phoenixville Public Library will host a free virtual presentation by Keisha Blair, author of “Holistic Wealth,” on Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Keisha Blair, an award-winning bestselling author, with a book that is now highly acclaimed and recognized worldwide by some of the world’s biggest influencers like Arianna Huffington, producers of Mel Robbins’ Red Table Talk Show, Jada Pinkett Smith, shares the story of the journey to holistic wealth. Her latest book is “Holistic Wealth Expanded and Updated: 36 Life Lessons To Help You Recover from Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose and Achieve Financial Freedom,” with a foreword written by iconic actress Kelly Rutherford, star of “Gossip Girl “, “Dynasty” and “Melrose Place”. Keisha Blair’s work has impacted millions of people around the world and she is now considered the “Mother of Holistic Wealth” and the founder of the Holistic Wealth Movement. She is an economist by training and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Keisha Blair is also the host of the Holistic Wealth podcast with Keisha Blair and the founder of the Institute on holistic wealth. Her writing has appeared in CBC, AARP, The New York Observer, MSN, Yahoo and many other publications. She has been featured in The New York Times, Real Simple Magazine, Forbes, The Winnipeg Free Press and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, among many other publications. Her upcoming book “Holistic Wealth (Expanded and Updated): 36 Life Lessons To Help You Recover From Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose and Achieve Financial Freedom” was released on International Women’s Day (March 8). This event is free and open to the public and will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/holistic-wealth or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.


The Phoenixville Public Library will host a free in-person “Medicare 102” presentation on Monday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. Counselors from PA-MEDI, Pennsylvania’s free Medicare counseling service, will provide information on wellness visits, preventive services covered, hospitalization or observation status, outpatient observation notification of Medicare (MOON), Medicare Part B Covered Equipment, Diabetic Supplies, Fraud, and Suite. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/medicare102 or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.


Buying your first home? The Phoenixville Public Library will be presenting a free, in-person “Workshop for First Time Homebuyers” on Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. Kimberly Kozelsky of Cross Country Mortgage and Donna Cable of Re/Max Professional Realty will be the presenters. This informative seminar will discuss mortgages, pre-approvals, common credit myths, types of loan programs, buyer’s agents, sales contracts, home inspections and the importance of communication during the home buying process. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/Phoenixville/first-time-homebuyer or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.


Free in-person technical support is available at the Phoenixville Public Library during select hours on Monday afternoons and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. One-hour appointments for help with your laptop, tablet or smartphone with the library’s volunteer tutors are available by calling 610-933-3013 x132.

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