Free online programs offered by the Phoenixville Public Library – The Mercury


The Phoenixville Public Library will be hosting a free virtual presentation, “The Spirit World on Film,” on Monday November 1 at 7:00 PM. Paul V. Walsh will be the presenter. Is there a “Spirit World” that coexists with that inhabited by the living and is this our ultimate destination? From the start, the filmmakers offered answers to these questions. While ghost stories have been a staple of the horror genre, the spirit world has also been the subject of almost every other movie category, as evidenced by comedies such as “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” ( 1941) and “Blithe Spirit” (1946), dramas such as “Between Two Worlds” (1944), romances such as “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (1947) and “Portrait of Jennie” (1948), even westerns such as “High Plains Drifter” (1973)). Come explore during the Halloween season the many ways that the cinema has approached this greatest of all mysteries. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information or for help using Zoom.

The Phoenixville Public Library is virtually hosting the next episode of “Talkin ‘Baseball with Julian and Lou” on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 pm. Join Phoenixville’s Julian McCracken and Lou Beccaria as they lead a lively discussion about the Philadelphia Phillies while giving you the opportunity to show off your favorite baseball memories. First off, Julian and Lou lead a discussion about the Phillies in 2022. Specifically, what do they need to look like to better compete for the playoffs? For the past decade, Phillies fans have been left behind during the heat of the playoff season. The ever-loyal fans promised every year that a competitive product would be produced by top management, but to no avail! It’s time for loyal fans to take matters into their own hands. If you were the owner or general manager of the team, what would you realistically do to turn things around and finally get the Phillies into the still elusive playoffs in 2022? Then you are invited to do a “show and tell” your favorite baseball memory, in front of the camera. Along the way, Julian and Lou will ask questions about baseball and give away a copy of “Essentials of Professional Baseball: Balls, Bats & More!” », With a chapter written by Lou, to the person who answers the most questions correctly. Julian McCracken of Phoenixville is a former General Manager of the Reading Phillies and a member of the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame who went on to work for ProCards in Pottstown and Fleer Trading Cards in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Phoenixville resident Lou Beccaria is the former CEO of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and has played high school, college and semi-professional baseball in Philadelphia, coached youth baseball, and wrote about baseball .

Free in-person technical assistance is available at the Phoenixville Public Library at certain times on Monday afternoons and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. One-hour appointments for help with your laptop, tablet or smartphone from the library’s volunteer tutors are available by calling 610-933-3013, ext. 132.

The Phoenix Book Club, the Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults of all ages, will meet virtually on Monday, November 8 at 7 p.m. ET. The group will discuss “American Dirt,” the New York Times bestselling novel by Jeanine Cummins. Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while cracks start to appear in Acapulco due to the drug cartels, his life is, on the whole, quite comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day, a man walks into the shop to leaf through and walks up to the cash register with four books he would like to buy, including two of his favorites. Javier is a scholar. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he’s the jefe of the new drug cartel that has horribly taken control of the city. When Javier’s revealing profile of Lydia’s husband is released, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, 8-year-old Lydia and Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. A physical copy or an audiobook version of this book can be reserved at An eBook or eAudiobook copy can be booked at The public is invited to attend. If you are not already on the Book Club mailing list, registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132 to receive an invitation to this Zoom event. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Phoenixville Public Library will be hosting a free virtual presentation, “Strategies for Turning Adversity into Advantage,” on Monday, November 8 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Mukesh Mahajan of RSJ Coaching and Leadership Academy LLC will be the presenter. This presentation will cover important aspects of personal and professional development. Dr Mahajan will talk about life’s challenges and share proven strategies for converting those challenges into potential opportunities. He will discuss “The Law of Pain” and “The Law of the Rubber Band” – two important laws that are not negotiable if someone is to be successful in life. Dr Mahajan will explain how to deal with difficult or painful circumstances in life by consciously applying certain strategies. It will also cover key points about stretching in life and how stepping out of the “comfort zone” can lead to significant growth. Dr Mahajan will share his personal experiences during the webinar in the hope that it will inspire participants in these difficult times so that they can take concrete steps for their growth, regardless of the current climate. This event is free and open to the public and will take place online through Zoom. Registration is required at or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. 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 on Zoom on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. The group will discuss “Moonstruck” (1987, PG). Cher, Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis star in the popular romantic comedy about Loretta Castorini, an accountant from Brooklyn, New York, who finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls in love with the brother of the man she has agreed to. marry. Please watch the film independently before the discussion. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Email Faith Donaher at [email protected] to receive a meeting invitation and for more information.


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