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Recycling Realities

Mon, April 1, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

This 8-week course will survey current recycling technologies and policies, with an emphasis on the recovery of value from municipal solid wastes.  In addition to addressing the recycling of glass, paper products, food wastes, and traditional common metals, special attention will be paid to…

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Amy Hempel | POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 6, 2019

Mon, April 1, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“Among the strongest voices in American fiction” ( Los Angeles Times ), writer’s writer Amy Hempel is the author of the acclaimed short story collections Reasons to Live , At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom , Tumble Home , and The Dog of the Marriage . Her articles, essays, and…

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Barry Lopez | Horizon

Tue, April 2, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and Weasel , and Resistance . Texas Tech…

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Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and Populist Politics by Timothy J. Lombardo

Wed, April 3, 2019 5:00 P.M.
Northeast Regional Library

In 1971, Frank Rizzo became the first former police commissioner elected mayor of a major American city. Despite serving as a Democrat, Rizzo cultivated his base of support by calling for "law and order" and opposing programs like public housing, school busing, affirmative action, and…

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Author Talk: Scott Edward Anderson

Wed, April 3, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

  A sequence of poems and prose questions, Dwelling: an ecopoem began as a conversation with Martin Heidegger’s essay “Building Dwelling Thinking” and became an expansive journey into the notion of home. With sharp focus, at once moving and lyric, Scott Edward Anderson…

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“Diary Of A Beatlemaniac” Author Event

Wed, April 3, 2019 7:00 P.M.
Music Department at Parkway Central Library

Please join us on April 3 in Room 407 at Parkway Central to hear author Patricia Gallo-Stenman speak about her book “ Diary Of A Beatlemaniac : A Fab Insider’s Look at the Beatles Era. with a foreword by Larry Kane The book is a cultural exploration not only of who Beatlemaniacs were…

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Valerie Jarrett | Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

Wed, April 3, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $50/$35 couple + book/single + book
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE. Couples Ticket “The ultimate Obama insider” ( New York Times ), Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving advisor in the 44th President’s administration. Born in Iran and raised in 1960s Chicago, Jarrett originally…

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Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

Thu, April 4, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post , Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire , Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America , and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev,…

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"Where's the Creek?" Bus Tour: Uncovering the History of Mill Creek in West Philadelphia

Sat, April 6, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Wynnefield Library

Mill Creek can be found on 19th century maps of Philadelphia, draining more than 4,000 acres of West Philadelphia with its main stem and several tributaries. While some of the place names associated with this stream still exist -- including the Overbrook and Mill Creek neighborhoods -- the…

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Robert A. Caro | Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

Mon, April 8, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at “the summit of American historical writing” ( Washington Post ), Robert Caro is the author of…

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Recycling Realities

Mon, April 8, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

This 8-week course will survey current recycling technologies and policies, with an emphasis on the recovery of value from municipal solid wastes.  In addition to addressing the recycling of glass, paper products, food wastes, and traditional common metals, special attention will be paid to…

Adult Senior Speakers and Lectures Discussion and Participation Environment & Nature Science

Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Mon, April 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I’ll Mature When I’m Dead , Insane City , You Can Date When…

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Friends Speaker Series | CBD, THC and the ABCs of Medical Marijuana

Tue, April 9, 2019 1:30 P.M.
Chestnut Hill Library

Wanda Beilinson is a pharmacist and educator working in a state-licensed dispensary; she will be on hand to discuss: What are the forms of medical marijuana, and what are their effects? How does Pennsylvania's program work? What are the qualifying medical conditions? How does one register to…

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Richard Blanco | How to Love a Country: Poems

Tue, April 9, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Richard Blanco made history four times at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration: He was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the youngest person, and the first openly gay person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. Exploring heritage and identity, his poetry collections include City…

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Kwame Onwuachi | Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Wed, April 10, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A former Top Chef star, the executive chef at Washington D.C.’s popular Kith and Kin, and a Forbes and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 honoree, Kwame Onwuachi  is one of America’s most acclaimed young culinary personalities. Raised in the Bronx and Nigeria, he started a catering…

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Ancient Wisdom & Modern Heartbreak: How Rome Helped Shape the U.S.

Thu, April 11, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Senior Services at Parkway Central Library

Explore the Roman world with distinguished professors from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, who will weave together the connections between this ancient empire and our democratic republic today. Part 1: An Introduction to the Roman World University of Pennsylvania…

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Friends Discussion Group | The Novels of Elena Ferrante: Secrets of Their Power

Thu, April 11, 2019 1:30 P.M.
Chestnut Hill Library

Readers worldwide are passionately devoted to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet , books that focus on gender inequality and its devastating effects on women's lives.  There are vital themes woven into the stories that ar not obvious on first reading. Karen Bojar explores the…

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Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions

Thu, April 11, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $43/$28 couple + book/single + book
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Couples Ticket A 30-year contributor to The New Yorker , Patricia Marx is the author of several books including Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him , both of which were Thurber Prize finalists. A former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats , she has taught…

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Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Sat, April 13, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts with the Hands-on History series from the Free Library's Special Collections. Curiosity seekers age 13 and up are welcome! Registration is free, but required.  In this month's Hands-on History…

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Author Talk: Pat Jeanne Davis

Sat, April 13, 2019 4:00 P.M.
Andorra Library

Local author, Pat Jeanne Davis will be with us to talk about her book, When Valleys Bloom Again .This story unfolds through the eyes of Abby Stapleton with the flavor and sensibilities of the 1940s home front - from an estate in Pennsylvania with its landscaped gardens, to the bombed-out…

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