Adult Programs at MFL

Middletown Free Library Author Luncheon & Fundraiser

Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author 

Beverly Lewis


Join the Middletown Free Library in welcoming New York Times Bestselling Author and Lancaster County native, Beverly Lewis to our Author Luncheon & Fundraiser.


Friday, September 12th @ 12-2:30 PM


Tickets are $25 per person 


Tickets are available for purchase either online (see below) or at the front desk of the Middletown Free Library. 


  • The luncheon will be located at the Tomezsko Classroom Building on the Penn State Brandywine Campus. Plenty of parking available!

  • The doors open at 12 noon, lunch will be served at 12:30 PM, and Beverly Lewis will speak around 1:30 PM and will be signing books afterwards.

  • Copies of her latest book, The River, will be available to purchase at the event to get signed by the author. (Cash, Check and Credit Cards will be accepted. Book price will range from $15-$25)

  • Raffles: There will be baskets raffled off to raise money for the Library. One of the baskets includes a gift certificate to Shady Maple Smorgasbord and Farm Market.


Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.  For more information please visit her website:














If you have any questions about the event or if you have any dietary restrictions please contact Laura Kuchmay at the Middletown Free Library by calling 610-566-7828 or email





Friday History Forum


Each month a different historical topic from a different volunteer speaker.


Friday, August 22 @ 1 PM

“General Pickett"  by Dr. Gary Grove


Friday, September 19th @ 1 PM

“General Custer” by Dr. Sid Copel


Friday, October 10th @ 1 PM

"Infantry Jungle Operations of Vietnam" by Andrew Chernak


Friday, December 19 @ 1 PM

"Challenge the Deadlock: the Tactical and Technical Innovations of the Great War by Phil Caldwell


If you are interested in being a volunteer speaker on any historical topic, please contact Laura at or call the library at 610-566-7828.

Genealogy Research Workshops

Beginner and Intermediate Levels

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

Wed, September 3, 17 @ 10:15 AM
Wed, October 1, 15, 29 @ 10:15 AM
Wed, November 5, 19 @ 10:15 AM
Wed, December 3, 17 @ 10:15 AM


Please bring your own laptop if you have one!!


Intro to Genealogy


Learn how to get started in researching your family history.


Tuesday, September 9th @ 6 PM

Tuesday, October 14th @ 6 PM

Tuesday, November 11th @ 6 PM

Tuesday, December 9th @ 6 PM


Please bring your own laptop if you have one!!

Movies @ Middletown



Monday, September 8 @ 2 PM


Draft Day

Monday, September 15  @ 2 PM



Monday, October 6 @ 2 PM


Million Dollar Arm

Monday, October 20 @ 2 PM


Jersey Boys

Monday, November 17 @ 2 PM

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Book Clubs @ MFL

Reading Cafe Book Club


The Absolutist by John Boyne

Thursday, Sept. 25th @ 3:30 PM


Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Thursday, October 30 @ 2 PM


Hooked on Books Book Club  

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Tuesday, September 9 @ 3 PM


Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Tuesday, October 14 @ 3 PM


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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Lecture Series


Colonial Foods

Thursday, October 23 @ 2-3 PM


What We Wear

Thursday, November 6 @ 2-3 PM


Breadbasket of the World

Friday, November 14 @ 2-3 PM



"Richie Ashburn . . . Why the Hall Not?"

Book Signing and Presentation by Author Jim Donahue


Learn about Richie Ashburn, one of his biggest fans, and Ashburn's journey to a place in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.


Friday, October 3 @ 2 PM

Fall Opera Series: an Italian, French and Russian Sampler

“Attila” – Verdi

Thursday, Sept. 11 & 18  @ 12-2 PM


“Esclarmonde”- Massenet

Thursday, Sept. 25 & Oct 2  @ 12-2 PM


“Prince Igor”-Borodin

Thursday, Oct. 16 & 30  @ 12-2 PM


Please feel free to bring a lunch. Hot drinks and light pastries will be served.




Tales From Poe

Presentation by Steve Anderson Actor/Storyteller, Great Tales Live


Saturday, October 18 @ 1 PM


Get in spirit of Halloween and hear some spine tingling tales from Edgar Allen Poe.


Derry Minstrels Irish Acoustic Music

Enjoy some live Irish music in the Library while having coffee and treats with your friends and fellow Library patrons.


Tuesday, October 28 @ 6:30 PM

Registration required!

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

"Pathways of Faith"

Scholar-led Reading and Discussion Series

This reading and discussion series is open to all adults in the community and will occur this Fall on the following dates:

Saturday, September 6th @ 1 PM 

The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters

Saturday, September 27th @ 1 PM 

Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown

Saturday, October 25th @ 1 PM 

The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson

Saturday, November 8th @ 1 PM 

The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter

Saturday, November 22nd @ 1 PM 

~ Rumi: Poet and Mystic edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson


The books will be available to borrow from the Middletown Free Library.


*** Registration is Required!! ***

To register or for more info contact Laura at 610-566-7828 or email


WWI 100th Anniversary Series

“1914-1915” Lecture by Andrew Miller

Saturday, September 13th @ 2-4 PM


Tea & History: WWI Book Discussion

Thursday, September 25th @ 3:30 PM

Join us as we read and discuss New York Times Bestselling Author John Boyne’s The Absolutist.


WWI Movie ~ Flyboys

Monday, October 6th @ 2 PM


 "Philadelphia: The World War I Years"

Presentation by Peter Williams

Tuesday, October 21st @ 6:30 PM


There will be lecture on each year of the war at each of the participating libraries: Middletown in September, Media on October 11th, Helen Kate Furness on November 8th, and Swarthmore on Decmeber 6th. For more information on these lectures and additonal supplementation programs either visit: website or come into the Library and pick up the series pamphlet. 


Master Gardeners Series

Winterizing the Garden

Wednesday, October 8 @ 10:30 AM



Wednesday, October 22 @ 10:15 AM


Butterfly Gardening

Friday , October 24  @  2 PM


Growing Herbs

Monday, November 10 @ 2 PM


More topics and dates TBA!




The Chronicles of YARNia

Join us for a fun afternoon as Michelle Sampson of The Meshed Up Owl Crocheted Creations shows you how to crochet different crafts.


Two Sundays a month @ 2-4 PM

Sunday, September 14

Sunday, September 28

Sunday, October 12

Sunday, October 26


All skill levels welcomed! If you have one, bring a hook.( "G, H or I" hook)


BYO Yarn and Hooks!



The Artist's Garden: American Impression and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920

Presentation by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


Monday, October 27 @ 2 PM





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Quilting Bee Sessions


 Join us weekly starting in June for quilting bee sessions.


Bring your friends and join your fellow Library patrons in creating a community quilt to help raise money for the Library.


We will host quilting bee sessions every week.


No experience needed!


Our goal is to have the quilt done by October, so please join our community quilting bee!


Mondays @ 2 PM


Fridays @ 10:30 AM


Ages 10 and older.