Below are highlights of the 2018-2019 Speaker Series events.

The 2019-2020 Speaker Series is currently being confirmed and developed.  

If you waould like to be considered as a presenter, we invite you to contact our Programs  Director and submit your ideas.




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.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. 

Standing room only as  Dr. Claude Epstein, Professor Emeritus at Stockton University shared insight into the Lenape, their relationship to the 17th Century Finns, Swedes, Dutch and English, and what happened to the people who once called Chestnut Hill their home? 

Music & Memory: The Power to Combat Dementia 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 1:30 P.M.

 Marja Kaisla  discussed how 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. 


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

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.