Below are 2019 Spring Semester Speaker Series events - scroll down for Discussion Groups

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What happened to the Lenape? Early Delaware Valley settlers & Native Americans.

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 AT 1:30 P.M.


The Lenape, the folk who lived hereabouts when the early settlers came, seem to have vanished into history. Where did they go?  What was   their relationship to the 17th Century Finns, Swedes, Dutch and English? What happened to the people who once called Chestnut Hill their home? 


Dr. Claude Epstein, Professor Emeritus at Stockton University, is an expert on the water resources of the Pine Barrens and the impact of European development on the landscape and rivers of the Delaware Valley.

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Music & Memory: The Power to Combat Dementia

TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 AT 1:30 P.M.

  

Studies prove that playing and listening to music counteracts the negative effects of aging, such as memory loss, hearing loss and other sensory difficulties, social functioning and sense of identity.  


Concert pianist and educational expert Marja Kaisla with extensive experience in teaching older adults will talk about the latest research in the importance of engaging in musical activity to improve memory and processing speed, and how music leads to increased activity on both sides of the brain.

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PREVIOUS SPEAKER SERIES EVENTS

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Discover Philadelphia's Great Trees was a virtual sell-out 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6 p.m. 

The first event in the 2019 Soeaker Series was a virtual sell-out, with more than 100 neighbors attending as Ned 


Cyber Age Politics:  News Industry Reform 

Tuesday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Local author Stan Cutler captivated the audience as he explored our polarized  condition, the commercialized news industry and Federal regulation. 


Civil War Medicine: What Went Right 

Tuesday, January 29 at 1:30

Another virtual sold-out presentation  about  extraordinary levels of battlefield carnage during the Civil War .


Chimpanzees, Jane & Me

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 

Scientist Bill Konstant captivated the audience with  stories about training chimpanzees in America, being inspired by the work of Dr. Jane Goodall, and helping to ensure the survival of chimpanzees in their native Africa.   


Baseball: The Numbers Game 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 1:30 P.M 

Data scientist Lindsey Murdah did a deep dive into the vast trove of baseball statistics that invite analysis to identify what has stayed the same and changed over the past 100 years. 


Yes, Learning is Fun! 

Wednesday, March 20, at 6:00 P.M 

Children joined the discussion as Chris Heimer explored materials and ideas for different ages and learning modes - sharing ways children learn and use creativity in learning new skills.


Truth vs. Fake News in the Trump Era

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

Peter Lewis examined the historic relationships between presidents and the press; the role of a free press in the democratic process; the consolidation of corporate media power and what we can do to make sense of the current tumultuous media landscape. 


CBD, THC & the ABCs of Medical Marijuana 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 

 Pharmacist Wanda Beilenson discussed the forms of medical marijuana, their effects, how Pennsylvania’s program works, the qualifying medical conditions, and how one registers to become a patient.


The Novels of  Elena Ferrante:  Secrets of Their Power 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 

Karen Bojar explored the secrets of Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet that focus on gender inequality and its devastating effects on women’s lives and discussed who might actually be the author of this mysterious work

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Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library Board of Directors Meeting

The next Chestnut Hill Library Fiends Board of Directors meeting is April 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

For Adults & Children (5+)

¡Spanish Club!

Fridays, December 7th, 14th and 21st, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Join Author/Educator Cynthia Kreilick of Morning Circle Media for stories and activities in English & Spanish. Ages 5 +

For Adults

Chestnut Hill Library Book Group

Meets the last Wednesday of every month @ 7:00 p.m.

  • April 24th: Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
  • May 22nd: Circe by Madeline Miller
  • June 26th: Mad, Bad Dangerous to Know by Colm Toibi 


Classics Book Group

Meets the 1st Thursday of Every Month at 10:30 am

  • February 7th: Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  • March 7th: The Optimist's Daughter by Eduora Welty
  • April 4th: The Eight Mountains by Paola Cognetti
  • May 2nd: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • June 6th: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 


ESL Classes for Adults

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Chestnut Hill Library is offering a free ESL conversation and grammar class for people who want to improve their English language skills. The class is every Monday at 7 PM and all are welcome.

For Children & Young Families

Speech and Language Developmental Playgroup!

Tuesday, January 8th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • All families with children ages 6 months to 5 years are welcome to attend this FREE Developmental Playgroup. Led by Speech-Language Pathologist Samantha Aitken, this group will focus on building vocabulary and improving speech sound production. 
  • For more information, contact Samantha Aitken, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist at  (215) 882-9793 or communicateathomepa@gmail.com

Girl Scouts of America: Troop Chestnut Hill Library

Every other Monday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • Did you know there is a Girl Scouts Troop that meets at the Library?!  Now registering Daisies (K & 1st grade) and Juniors (4th grade/first year only).
  • Call Ms. Prather, Children's Librarian, for more information. 215.685.9290

Infant & Toddler Playgroup. 

Every Friday, 10:30 - noon. 

  • For infants and toddlers and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Play, talk, read & listen to music as the kids explore and interact with one another.

Build It Club! 

Every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Legos, Magnatiles, K'Nex and other STEM building toys for Free Play with kids of all ages. We also have pre-Duplo, Duplo, and big-kid Legos for kids at all stages of Lego capabilities. There is a snack at the end of Lego Club, which you can opt out of.