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February, 2024

Monday, Feb. 5: Chinese New Year 2024 – 2 PM

Monday, Feb 12: Read with a Dog – 4 PM

Tuesday, Feb. 13: The History of Public Restrooms, A Story of Inequality – 3 PM

Monday, Feb. 26: Hip Hop Jazz Musicology -5:30 PM

Monday, Feb. 26: Falls Book Club – 5:30 PM

March 2024

Wednesday, March 13: “The Ladies of the Street” with Thomas Keels – 2 PM

Fiber Arts Group

Fiber Arts Group 1 MEETS WEEKLY – Every Tuesday, 2 to 4 PM, Main room  

Craving for a crafts group to meet up with? Want to connect, socially, with other creatives working on portable crafts projects? Looking to share your crafts project or project ideas with other creatives?  Stop by the Library – bring a portable craft project (knitting, crocheting, hand-sewing, embroidery, jewelry, etc) that you are working on.  Don’t know how,  but want to learn to hand-craft from others who are passionate about their projects?  Stop in and watch and learn some basics.

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Falls Book Group

Monday, February 26, 2024 5:30 P.M.: The book selection for this month will be  The Violin Conspiracy  by Brendan Slocumb (2022).

The Falls Book Group is one of the Free Library’s longest running programs and is open to all.  Interested in joining?  For reading selections or to attend a meeting, please reach out to the adult librarian, with your name and contact info; a member of the book group will get back to you.  If you are interested in joining or have questions, feel free to call Falls and ask for the branch manager. Our Book Group meets generally on fourth Monday of the month, in the downstairs meeting room.

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Read with a Dog

Mondays, Feb. 12, March 11, 4 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her. Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space. Daisy loves to hear stories! Space may be limited.

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Canticuentos: Spanish Stories & Songs with Ana

Every Friday through March 22, 10:15 AM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Meeting Room – Midvale Ave. entrance

Join local storyteller Ana Atach for Canticuentos!

We’ll explore songs and stories in Spanish, with a new animal theme each week. Feel free to bring your own animal toy to play along.  We will follow this with time for free play and socializing with Ms. Grace. No Spanish language skills are needed – it will be a fun and interactive time for all! 

This program is intended for ages 0 to 5 years old, along with a caregiver.  Siblings are welcome.  Canticuentos will be held in the downstairs Meeting Room.  Please enter through the side Midvale door.

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Chinese New Year 2024

Monday, February 5, 2 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library – Meeting Room

Come and join us as Falls resident Paul Lee tells us the meaning of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is celebrated by a fifth of the world’s population and is a fifteen-day holiday that has been celebrated all over the world for thousands of years.  We’ll learn about its symbols, the story behind the dragon dance, firecrackers, and, Chinese Zodiac signs.  We promise a fun filled afternoon with some tasty treats related to this important holiday.  

This program is sponsored by East Falls Village and will take place in the Meeting Room.

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The History of Public Restrooms, A Story of Inequality

Tuesday, February 13, 3 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Meeting Room (Midvale Ave. entrance)

Temple historian Bryant Simon tells of the rise and fall of public restrooms, a story of race, politics, sex, and Starbucks.

From the 1880s to World War I, cities took pride in the construction of public toilets.  Professor Simon tells us, “Mayors of each city would show up and host events where they would be bragging about their public restrooms.”  But the facilities became havens for illicit activities, the homeless seeking shelter, and vandals, leading to their closure. In Jim Crow areas, they were closed rather than be integrated.

With the closure of public restrooms, the public had little choice to rely on private facilities, often unavailable to those who could not patronize the businesses, or preferred not to make a purchase only to gain access.

What does this have to do with Starbucks?  Simon is a student of Starbucks, having published a book about the company that “taught us … to pay more than a dollar for a cup of coffee.”  His interest turned to restrooms after a black man who had not made a purchase was refused access to the restroom and police became involved.

Sponsored by East Falls Village.

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Hip Hop Jazz Musicology

Monday, February 26, 5:30 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Join us for an Interactive experience of the evolution of Black American music for a hip hop influenced audience. This program is suitable for all audiences.

li Richardson, a.k.a. Text Rich Ali, is a music educator based in Philadelphia. Great for all ages and audiences of all backgrounds, Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology creates an effective space where youth and adults can relate and appreciate musical experiences through staged reenactments, role play, and live performances.

This workshop explores how the music genre of Hip-Hop, so beloved by today’s students, relates to it’s predecessors like Gospel, Jazz and Blues and how each of these musical genres can be a remarkable window into the history of the United States and the African-American experience.

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“The Ladies of the Street” with Thomas Keels

Wednesday, March 13, 2 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Meeting Room (Midvale Ave. entrance)

Philadelphia’s “forgotten fair, The Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition of 1926 is remembered (if at all) as a crumbling, sodden, bankrupt mess.  One of its few bright spots was the “High Street of 1776,” a recreation of a Federal-era Market Street lined with 22 reconstructions of vanished historic structures.  Created by the Women’s Committee, the Street of 1776 was the Sesqui’s most popular single attraction, and one of the few to turn a profit.  “The Ladies of the Street” describes how Philadelphia women defied the corrupt Republican Organization to create some of the fair’s most memorable monuments.

About the speaker
Tom Keels is a lecturer, writer, and commentator specializing in Philadelphia history and architecture.  He has published seven books.  He has given lectures for many organizations in Philadelphia and beyond, including “Philadelphia’s Golden Age of Retail” and “Forgotten Philadelphia” in East Falls.  For many years, he’s been a tour guide at Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Click here to learn more about him.

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