Adult Programs at MFL

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Please register by either calling 610-566-7828 or email mireference@delcolibraries.org

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*Tea at Versailles*

Royal Tea Party Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 27 @ 1-3 PM

@ the Sage Farmhouse, 5561 Pennell Rd, Media, PA 19063

 

Let's journey back to 18th century France where King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette ruled during the most decadent reigns in history at the Palace of Versailles. Join us at The Sage Farmhouse for an unforgettable afternoon of getting a taste of what having tea at Versailles would have been like. Pamper yourself while having royal high tea with your friends and helping raise money for the Middletown Free Library.

Feel free to dress up in very best "royal' garb, tiara and/or wear your best hat/fascinator.Tea by Karen Donnelly and delicious pastries by Edie O’Neill.

 

Tickets are $30/person and all proceeds benefit YOUR library.

 

Purchase your tickets today either online or stop by the library. Space is limited.

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DIY Paper Beads

a Makery @ Middletown Project


Wednesday, September 14 @ 10:30 AM

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DIY Dream Catchers

a Makery @ Middletown Project


Wednesday, September 28 @ 10:30 AM

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Reading Cafe Book Club

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Thursday, September 22 @ 2 PM

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Thursday, October 27 @ 2 PM

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Thursday, November 17 @ 2 PM

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Thursday, December 29 @ 2 PM

 

Email mireference@delcolibraries.org or call Laura at 610-566-7828 to sign up or if you have any questions.

Paint Space @ MFL

a Makery @ Middletown 5 week series

Learn to paint a beautiful painting at your own pace with the help of your IPad or Tablet! During this five week long program that meets one day a week for two hours we will use Ipads to watch "how-to-paint" YouTube videos while listening to relaxing classical music.

You pick your own subject to paint from YouTube or you can bring in your photograph to paint.

At the end of the five weeks you will leave with your masterpiece! Discover your inner artist!

Ages 18 and older!

For Beginners and higher!

All materials are provided, but please bring an apron or old shirt to prevent stains!

 

**** You must be able to attend all five sessions!***

Friday, September 16 @ 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Friday, September 23 @ 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Friday, September 30 @ 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Friday, October 7 @ 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Friday, October 14 @ 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

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History @ Middletown

History Presentations by Local Scholars

 

"The Pennsylvania 97th, Chester County's Own"

 

This lecture follows the service of the 97th PA culminating in their capture of Fort Fisher North Carolina in January 1865. This capture closed the port of Wilmington, NC, the last Confederate port, and earned Galusia Pennypacker his Medal of Honor. (Pennypacker was the youngest general in the Civil War)

Sunday, September 18 @ 2 PM

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“Laughing Lincoln: the Wit and Wisdom of our Sixteenth President”

 

Sunday, October 2 @ 2 PM

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“The Copperhead Vallandigham”

 

This lecture explains how an Ohio Congressman spoke out against the Union’s war effort, was arrested by the army, tried by military commission and banished to the Confederates. All true and very interesting!

Sunday, November 6 @ 2 PM

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Basic Book Binding w/ the Rockdale Art Center 

a Makery @ Middletown Project

Class led by artist and director of Rockdale Art Center Veronica Batter

Have you ever wanted to create your own blank book, scetchbook, or journal? Well join us as Veronica Batter from the Rockdale Art Center shows us how to do just that! Learn to bind and cover a small book in this hands-on workshop. Participants will walk away with a small book with approximately 25 pages with their choice in a decorative paper or fabric cover. 

 

BYOB!


Tuesday, September 13 @ 6:30 PM

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Charcoal Drawing w/ the Rockdale Art Center

a Makery @ Middletown Project

Class led by artist and director of Rockdale Art Center Veronica Batter

 

Learn to shade and blend with charcoal creating depth and contrast in your drawing. We'll draw from classical busts, skulls, and more in the traditional academic spirit of drawing- and we'll make it fun & entertaining! 

BYOB!


Thursday, October 27 @ 6:30 PM

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First Ladies Club

From Martha to Michelle

 Presentations by Katherine Blanchard

Join us once a month at the Middletown Free Library as we learn about the life and times of the First Ladies of the United States of America. We will take a closer look at these strong women who helped shaped the presidential administrations of their husbands and the impact they had on their country. 

Martha Washington 1731-1802

Monday, September 12 @ 2 PM

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Abigail Adams 1744-1818

Monday, October 10 @ 2 PM

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Martha “Patsy” Jefferson 1772-1836 and Dolly Madison 1768-1849

Monday, November 14 @ 2 PM

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Christmas with the First Ladies
~ Special Holiday Potluck Tea Party ~
Monday, December 12th @ 2 PM

Everyone will pick a recipe from the first ladies cookbook to share with the group, which we will enjoy while we learn about how the First Ladies celebrated Christmas in the White House.

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Adult Coloring Club

 

Join us as we set aside an hour for adults to color! Many adults (including some librarians!) use coloring as a way to relax and relieve stress. Drop in to do some coloring with provided sheets and coloring materials or bring your own materials to work with. 

 

Enjoy some chocolate while you color as well!

 

Tuesday, September 6 @ 1:30 PM

Tuesday, September 20 @ 1:30 PM

Tuesday, October 4 @ 1:30 PM

Tuesday, October 18 @ 1:30 PM

 

Watch TED Talks @ MFL

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). They are driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas? 
Come watch on the big screen some of the brillant TED Talks and be enriched by some great ideas from great minds around the world.
Some of the talks include such topics as Music, Art, Technology, Human Interest, Psychology, and more!

A short discussion of what we watch will follow.

Tuesday, August 30 @ 3 PM

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Tuesday, September 13 @ 3 PM

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Tuesday, October 11 @ 3 PM

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Tuesday, November 8 @ 3 PM

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Tuesday, December 13 @ 3 PM

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Zentangle Club

 

Come practice your tangles with other tanglers. Bring your own zentangle kits or borrow some of our supplies. We will put out a variety of Zentangle books to pick out some tangles to practice. Zentangle Workshop instructor Sheryl Bruck might stop by to Zentangle with the group. 

 

Keep up your Zentangle skills!

 

Zentangled Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 13 @ 10:30 AM

 

If you have questions call 610-566-7828 or email Laura at mireference@delcolibraries.org. 


Movies @ Middletown

***Southern Potluck Luncheon and Movie***

Fried Green Tomatoes

Monday, August 29 @ 12 PM

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You must bring something to share with the group in order to participate with the potluck.

Me Before You

Monday, September 19 @ 2 PM

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Money Monster

Monday, September 26 @ 2 PM

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TBA

Monday, October 3 @ 2 PM

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Genius

Monday, October 24 @ 2 PM

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Battle of Brandywine

From the Battlefield to the People who Lived Through It

 Presentations by Nancy Webster

Join us as we get an in depth look at the Revolutionary War Battle of Brandywine and the local inhabitants who witnessed the battle.

Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777

           The largest land battle of the American Revolution was fought for over 16 hours nearby, along the Brandywine River. One of the few times the top generals on either side faced each other, the battle was a stand-still, a victory or a crushing defeat depending upon who was doing the reporting. Nancy Webster has spent over 40 years of her life studying this action and helping to preserve the landscape so others can visit and visualize it. For a blow-by-blow account full of direct reporting by eyewitnesses, come hear about this action and its immediate aftermath, including the new British secret weapon which was first used on this site. 

Friday, September 23 @ 2 PM

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The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778

After two years of war, the British planned a multi-pronged campaign designed to split the rebelling colonies in pieces and bring them to their knees. They almost succeeded. From Elkton, MD to Cooch/s Bridge DE, Brandywine, Paoli, Germantown, Forts Mercer and Mifflin, Whitemarsh, to Valley Forge. Then, in spring 1778, the "battle of the kegs" from Philadelphia's end of Crown occupation to Monmouth to the outskirts of New York City again, come hear how the "Philadelphia" campaign ebbed and flowed around our area. The last major offense in the Northern colonies changed the face of battle technically and taught the disjointed colonial army to become a nation force. Never again did the USA come so close to oblivion. This campaign also ended the career of a major British general and laid the groundwork for future strategies. 

Friday, October 7 @ 2 PM

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Local Civilian Life During the Revolutionary War

Our region was a major supply sources for the Continental side throughout the American Revolution. Hear how local iron deposits, agricultural yields, manufacturing and milling all supported the fight for freedom, and how it fared during the British invasion and occupation of 1777-1778. The history of many local families, the founding of the US Navy and  Marines, and the history of US inventions (including our national currency)  all came from our region and affected pour national history.  How these events changed the prosperity of our area into a wasteland and depressed production for a decade to come will be part of the story of the Delaware and Brandywine River valleys' development. If you think we have hard times now, just come and put yourself back into the Revolutionary years!

Friday, October 14 @ 2 PM

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Local Quakers in the American Revolution

 Quakers made up the majority of our region's population at the time of the American Revolution, yet their religion required them to be pacifists. Were they? If so, who joined in the fighting despite this? How did their religion affect their daily lives and occupations and what were the possible outcomes of the choices they made? The repercussions of these actions are still influencing of nation and that Friends to this day. There will be a chance to role-play several real situations and discuss the options available to 18th century residents. Ther answers to these and other questions will surprise you!

Friday, November 18 @ 2 PM

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Fall Opera Series

Led by Joseph Erdeljac

The Middletown Free Library is proud to announce our Fall Opera Series! The wonderful Joseph Erdeljac has picked out some opera fan favorites, as well as some never before presented at Middletown Free Library operas. 

We hope you will join us in listening to and learning about three beautiful operas!

  

Thursday, September 29 – MACBETH by Giuseppe Verdi

Thursday, October 6 – MACBETH by Giuseppe Verdi

 

Thursday, October 20 – TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini

Thursday, October 27 – TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini

 

Thursday, November 10 – LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti

Thursday, November 17 – LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti

 

@ 12– 2 PM

***PLEASE feel free to bring a lunch. Drinks and light pastries served at every session.

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Genealogy Research Workshops

Beginner and Intermediate Levels


(Come in the library to make use of the Ancestry.com Library Edition and get help with your research.)

 

Bring your family tree questions! Get help to break down those brick walls in your research!

 
Wednesday, September 7 @ 10:15 AM
Wednesday, October 5 @ 10:15 AM
Wednesday, November 2 @ 10:15 AM
Wednesday, December 7 @ 10:15 AM

 

 

Please bring your own laptop if you have one!!

 

 

Gentle Yoga

 

Have you been wanting to try Yoga and see what all the fuss is about?

Would your body appreciate some feel good stretching and strengthening?

Do your joints need some movement and TLC?

Could you use some peace, calm, and relaxation in your life?

Then come experience Gentle Yoga at MFL when registered yoga instructor Lisa Dombroski leads this free one hour mat practice appropriate for all levels including Beginners. Bring your own mat or use one of the library's.

Thursday, August 18 @ 1 PM
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Thursday, August 25 @ 1 PM
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Thursday, September 22 @ 1 PM

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Hoopla Workshop

 

Do YOU want to be able to stream movies, tv shows, cds, audio books, comic books, and e-books for FREE while you travel or to simply relax???
The Middletown Free Library now offers you the ability to stream music, movies, TV shows and audiobooks wherever you are with your library card!  Hoopla features a multi-user model so you never have to wait for a title you want to become available!
 
Sign up today for this workshop to learn how to use this program and start enjoying movies, music & books at home & on the go!  
 
Please bring your laptop, tablet, IPad, smartphone, or whatever device you will be using Hoopla on.

 

Wednesday, September 21 @ 10:30 AM

 

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A Cup of Tea and the BBC

 

Once a month we will watch a BBC movie or mini-series while enjoying a cup of tea. We will pick a either a Drama or Mystery. It will be a surprise!

 

Tea will be served, but feel free to bring some sweet treats in to share with the group.

Thursday, September 8 @ 1 PM

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We'll be watching a drama

Thursday, October 13 @ 1 PM

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We'll be watching a Mystery

Thursday, November 3 @ 1 PM

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We'll be watching a drama

Thursday, December 8 @ 1 PM

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We'll be watching a Mystery

 

If you have questions call 610-566-7828 or email Laura at mireference@delcolibraries.org. 

The Chronicles of YARNia

 

Join us for a fun afternoon of crafts with Michelle Sampson of The Meshed Up Owl Crocheted Creations. In addition to the bi-weekly projects, the group wil continue to make items for local organizations.

 

Two Sundays a month @ 1:30-3 PM

 

Experienced crocheters only!

 (With chaining, single crochet and double crochet)

 

 If you have one, bring a hook.( "G, H or I" hook)

 

BYO Yarn and Hooks!

Registration is required for all programs!

 

If your plans change and you can not come to a program you have signed up for, please let us know ASAP so we can notify the next person on the waitlist.

 

Thanks!

3D Printing Update

Our Makerbot Replicator 2 printer needs to be repaired and is currently unavailable. The Dremel Idea Builder may be used for demo and printing appointment. Until the Makerbot is repaired, we are not accepting jobs to be printed through our website

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