Phoenixville Library brings Dracula, Poe’s crow to discussions


PHOENIXVILLE, PA – The Phoenixville Public Library has book chats and other virtual chats scheduled for October, some scary, some informative, or just plain interesting.

All ages invited to talk about talented Miss Farwell

The Phoenix Book Club, the Phoenixville Public Library’s book discussion group for adults of all ages, will meet virtually on October 11 at 7 p.m. ET. The group will discuss “The Talented Miss Farwell” by Emily Gray Tedrowe.

The description of the book reads: “In the late 1990s, as the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell had a murder at Christie’s in New York, selling a part of her extraordinary art collection for 900 -percent of profit. Dressed in YSL haute couture, drinking the finest champagne in trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she is called, is the image of a wealthy collector of Art. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with a keen business acumen. To others, a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is what she can earn. Thousands of miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Ill., Miss Farwell is someone else, a quiet single woman known as Becky who lives on her family’s farm , wears suitable footwear and works tirelessly as treasurer and controller from the city.”

A physical copy of this book may be reserved here. An e-book or e-audiobook copy can be reserved here. The public is invited to attend this free Zoom event. If you have not already subscribed to the Reading Club mailing list, you must subscribe here or call 610-933-3013 ext 132.

Movie Club gets scary with Double Dracula

Movies on Tap, the Phoenixville Public Library’s film discussion group for adults in their twenties and thirties, will meet virtually on October 12 at 7:30 p.m. discussion: “Dracula” (1931, unrated) Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler and David Manners star in this classic horror film. After a naive real estate agent succumbs to Count Dracula’s will, the two travel to London where the vampire sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims at night.

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” (1992, Rated R) Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins are also on the agenda in Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Stoker’s novel in which the secular vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his lawyer Jonathan Harker’s fiancée, Mina Murray, and wreak havoc abroad. Please watch the films independently before the discussion. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online through Zoom. Please email [email protected] to receive an invitation and for more information.

Presentation of the Virtual Poe Period Costume

The Phoenixville Public Library is hosting a costumed, first-person virtual presentation, “The Raven and the Ghost Returns by Edgar Allan Poe,” on October 14 at 7 pm. Join us this Halloween season as night slowly falls and we channel the icy gothic and sublime ghost of Edgar Allan Poe – once again living in first person and in period costume.

Poe’s haunting poems, prose, and unforgettable short stories long ago established him as the undisputed master of the macabre, which he remains to this day. Yet beneath his popularity and eventual worldwide acclaim lies a graveyard of personal loss and tragedy. Meet the ‘real’ Poe, as Dr. Covington channels writer and artist through readings inspired by some of Poe’s most famous poems, prose, and selected excerpts from his most chilling stories.

Covington is the Creative Director of Performances Par Excellence, bringing history to life with vivid first-person biographies and educational and entertaining programming. A highly knowledgeable and experienced cultural historian and classically trained theater actor, he is a refreshing, innovative, enlightening and engaging performer, both likeable and memorable.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place online through Zoom. Registration is required and can be done here or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information or for help with Zoom.

Spotlight on Community Services: Pennsylvania Vocational Rehabilitation Office

The Phoenixville Public Library will highlight its community service on the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) in a free virtual / phone presentation on October 12 at 10 a.m.

Vocational Rehabilitation Office Advisor Jennifer Radick will be the speaker. The mission of the OVR is to help Pennsylvanians with disabilities obtain and maintain employment and independence. Learn about OVR from a local Chester County OVR advisor in this free overview. Vocational rehabilitation is a voluntary program for people with various physical, mental and / or emotional disabilities.

In this presentation, you will learn about OVR’s vision / mission, state and local geographic coverage area, how OVR defines disability, what the right means versus disability. eligibility and understand the OVR process from start to finish. This event is free and open to the public and will be held online / by phone through Zoom. Registration is required and can be done here or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. Email [email protected] for more information or for help with Zoom.

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