Phoenixville Public Library offers free programs in April – Timesherald

The Phoenixville Public Library will host a free in-person presentation, “Phoenixville’s Early Inns and Taverns,” on Monday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. John Keenan of the Phoenixville Area Historical Society will be the presenter. Join us for this fascinating presentation as we step back in time to look at places in Phoenixville that offered food and drink and maybe even a room for a night. Several of these places, such as the Bull Tavern (1734) or the Columbia Hotel (1893) are perhaps well known. But others like Antietam House (1865) or Jefferson House (1851) might be less familiar. You will see what many of these places look like today as well as what they looked like many years ago. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information. The Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Ave.

Live music returns to the Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. with a musical mashup by Zen Torpedoz and Mr. Paul & Holly Bee. Two great musical acts back to back and mixed together for a fun night. Ditch all your drudgery and bring ’em, drag ’em, stroll to the library and witness this musical extravaganza! Zen Torpedoz is a group of talented and experienced musicians who are well versed in a variety of musical genres. They have a list of great blues and rock covers in addition to their original songs. Each member has played in several bands for many years. They are proud members of the Phoenixville Acoustic Jam Group and you can find them frequenting the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, often as big name artists. You’ll also meet them at a number of community jams where they’ll bring their unique style and personality to the scene. The Torpedoz have played Wayne, PA Porchfest and a number of other festivals and nightclubs including the Soundbank and the Phoenixville Public Library! As an extra special treat we have Mr. Paul and Holly Bee! What about this great duo who have been part of the Phoenixville music scene for five years? They have performed at many venues in the area, including Steel City and the Soundbank, and are known for their beautiful harmony, making originals and covers of all genres and decades. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.

Learn Microsoft Excel in a series of free, in-person classes on select Saturday mornings in April at the Phoenixville Public Library. Paul Celentano will be the instructor. The schedule is as follows: Microsoft Excel Basic (April 9), Intermediate (April 23), and Advanced (April 30), 10:00 a.m. to noon each day. Basic computer and computer file management skills are required. Participants must bring their own laptop with Excel installed. Course descriptions and required registration for one or more courses are available on the library’s online events calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132 . Email [email protected] for more information.

The Phoenixville Public Library will host a free keyboard recital by Joe Kenney Enterprises studio students on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. The Studio offers piano and theory/composition lessons in downtown Phoenixville, as well as virtually and at home. Founded by Joe Kenney (BM Piano Performance, West Chester University, PA/instructor/pianist/recording artist), The Studio at JKE provides high quality musical education to students of all ages and skill levels. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Phoenix Book Club, the Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for all adults, will meet virtually on Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. The group will discuss Fiona Davis’ bestselling novel, “The Lions of Fifth Avenue.” It’s 1913 and Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more from life – her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment in the big building, and they are lucky enough to have two children. But Laura, headstrong and passionate, takes a leap of faith and enrolls in Columbia Journalism School, which changes her life forever. During her self-discovery, valuable books are stolen from the library, threatening the home and institution she loves and she is forced to confront her shifting priorities head-on. Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, famed essayist Laura Lyons, especially after landing her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare materials for Sadie’s exhibit start disappearing from the library’s famed Berg collection. The investigation leads Sadie to unwelcome truths about her own family heritage – truths that shed new light on the greatest tragedy in the library’s history. A physical or audio copy of this book can be reserved at An eBook or eAudiobook copy can be reserved at The public is invited to attend. If you are not already on the book club mailing list, you should sign up at or by calling 610-933 -3013 x132 to receive an invitation to this Zoom event. Email [email protected] for more information.

Movies on Tap, the Phoenixville Public Library’s movie discussion group for adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The group will discuss “Troy” (2004, Rated R). Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom star in this historical drama. Adapted from Homer’s great epic, The Iliad, the film follows the assault on Troy by united Greek forces and chronicles the fate of the men involved. Please watch the film independently before the discussion. This event is free and open to the public and will take place online via Zoom. Email Faith Donaher at [email protected] for more information and to receive an invitation to the meeting.

The Phoenixville Public Library will host a Pennsylvania CareerLink representative for a free in-person event for job seekers, “Get Connected – Jumpstart Your Job Search,” on Wednesday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Attendees will learn about PA CareerLink’s job seeker resources such as: staff-assisted job search, personalized career counseling and career exploration, access to one-to-one grant-funded training and various workshop opportunities. No appointment necessary. PA CareerLink is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids available for people with disabilities upon request. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Phoenixville Public Library will host an adult movie afternoon on Thursday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Please call 610-933-3013 x132 or email [email protected] to inquire about the featured film. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. The Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

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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