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Read and Watch: The 100 year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 2:00pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

Take a closer look at great stories on the page and on film with Read & Watch, a new virtual book/movie club from the Ambler Theater. Check out this week’s selected reading, stream the film pairing, and join us Sunday afternoons as we come together for virtual discussions. Anne Hall will host this discussion. 


Watch. Sunday, May 17 at 2 pm. After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey. See  IMDB for more details.



Read.  'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson.



Discuss. Join us on Zoom after the film at 2 pm on Sunday, May 17 for a discussion about the readings and the film.



How to participate:   Visit the Read & Watch page for links to the movie and discussion.


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Read and Watch: Transit

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 2:00pm
Event location: 
Ambler Theater

Take a closer look at great stories on the page and on film with Read & Watch, a new virtual book/movie club from the Ambler Theater. Check out this week’s selected reading, stream the film pairing, and join us Sunday afternoons as we come together for virtual discussions. Anne Hall will host this discussion. 


Watch. Sunday, April 26 at 2 pm. This stunning mystery is from the director of the masterful film Phoenix. Although set in contemporary Europe, the story seems to take place in an alternate reality - where France is currently occupied by a fascist foreign power. A young man, stuck in Marseilles, assumes the identity of a dead author. He then meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband – who may be the very man he’s impersonating. The film has been described as 'Casablanca meets Vertigo.' See  IMDB for more details.



Read. 'Transit' by Anna Seghers.



Discuss. Join us on Zoom after the film at 2 pm on Sunday, April 26 for a discussion about the readings and the film.



How to participate:   Visit the Read & Watch page for links to the movie and discussion.

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ONLINE: The Spanish Flu by the Mutter Museum

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
Ambler

Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia
An ONLINE program presented by The Mutter Museum

The 1918-1919 influenza pandemic infected nearly one third of all humans on Earth and resulted in over 50 million deaths. The worst hit city in the United States was Philadelphia, where roughly 16,000 people died from the “Spanish flu.” However, despite its significant impact on human history, many people have never heard of what some have called the “forgotten pandemic.” This lesson will help students understand the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, the virus that caused it, the impact of World War I on spreading the disease, the scientific and public health response to the outbreak, and the ways the pandemic influenced present-day medical knowledge and responses to infectious disease.

Registration required on EventBrite: https://wissahickon-library-mutter-museum.eventbrite.com/

This event will be presented on Zoom. The library will contact all registrants with instructions on how to join using Zoom. Please contact Anne Hall at ahall@wvpl.org if you have any questions.

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Library Flower Bulb Sale

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 10:00am to Monday, March 23, 2020 - 8:00pm
Event location: 
Both Branches

Help Your WVPL Ambler Branch Library GROW with the Friends of the Ambler Library Flower Bulb Sale!
Sale Runs February 14 to March 23
Flower bulbs are $10 per pack

Browse the bulb collection at  https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=publiclibrary

Order in person at the Ambler or Blue Bell Libraries. We accept cash or checks.
Free shipping and pickup at Ambler Library
Bulbs will be shipped April 1. If you wish to help the Friends sell flower bulbs, please contact Anne Hall at ahall@wvpl.org to request a sales sheet.

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ONLINE: Jewels of the Pharaohs

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event location: 
ONLINE

Jewels of the Pharaohs

An ONLINE program presented by Dr. Stephen Phillips (Dr. Steve) from the University of Penn Museum

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Ancient Egyptians produced a staggering array of spectacular jewelry, perhaps the most widely known example of which is the gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun. One has to wonder: where did they get all that gold and precious stones?

This richly illustrated lecture examines the sources of ancient Egypt’s gold and minerals, including numerous examples of the exquisite pieces they produced. We also learn how ancient Egyptian jewelry was intended to be functional, not just admired.

This lecture literally drips in gold!

Registration required on EventBrite: https://jewels-pharaohs.eventbrite.com

This event will be presented on Zoom. The library will contact all registrants with instructions on how to join using Zoom. Please contact Anne Hall at ahall@wvpl.org if you have any questions.

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Town Hall with State Senator Daylin Leach

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event location: 
Blue Bell

Join State Senator Daylin Leach at his annual TOWN HALL in Whitpain Township at the library in Blue Bell.  Senator Leach's remarks will focus on the state budget amid ongoing negotiations in Harrisburg, and will also feature a brief presentation about what grant opportunities are available and how to apply.  For more information, call Senator Leach's office at 610-768-4200 or visit www.SenatorLeach.com.   This event is FREE.  Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis until full.  

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How to Write for Children and Young Adults

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event location: 
Blue Bell

Ever think about writing a children's book or a novel for young adults?

Join us for a creative literary workshop with a local author who has done just that...twice!

Eric Bell, author of two juvenile fiction novels, will offer a introductory workshop on how to write for young readers.

YOU WILL learn:

  • the differences in age categories, from picture books to young adult

  • writing tips like three-act structure and character development

  • common misconceptions about children’s publishing

  • the difference between traditional and self-publishing

  • AND how you (yes, you!) can see the world through a child’s eyes

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insight and inspiration and get your questions answered!

This workshop is for aspiring authors, ages 18 to 118! (It is not a workshop for kids or teens).  There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested at writerswvpl.eventbrite.com

Eric Bell is an author of middle grade fiction, roughly intended for ages 9-12. He lives and writes in Ambler, Pennsylvania. His debut novel, ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD (2017), is currently available from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins wherever books are sold. The sequel, ALAN COLE DOESN’T DANCE, was released in September 2018. You can find out more about Eric at iamericbell.com.

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