Literature, Lectures, and Lyrics

Literature, Lectures, & Lyrics
This library program series presents people and places you thought you knew in fresh perspectives.
Immerse yourself in the Philadelphia identity, consider the people behind classic literature, and take in perspectives of distant lands. Find yourself looking at the world anew.

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Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia
Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 PM
Conference Center, Lower Level

Author Irene Levy Baker will present her book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia which details the sweet and spicy stories behind ninety not-to-be-missed restaurants in the Philadelphia region. From bungled mob hits to chefs finding romances, join us for an evening of tasty tales and savory stories. For a taste of what's to come, please click here for an interview with the author.

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More programs to be announced so please check back!


Past Programs in this Sponsored Series

The Bride Speaks! Married to the Monster
Tuesday, October 23nd at 7 PM

Conference Center, Lower Level

The preformer who brought you The Bizarre Case of Lizzie Borden and Thyphoid Mary: Dinner is Served, brings a fictionalized history of The Bride of FrankensteinThe Bride - She is Silent No More! This acclaimed and inspired preformance affords the audience an opprotunity to hear the Bride's persepective. Discover her dark secrets and confessions about life married to the Monster. 

Journey From Johannesburg

Thursday, November 29th at 7 PM 

Conference Center, Lower Level

South African-born singer-songwriter Toby Tobias presents his new show, Journey tot Johannesburg, which recounts his travels from South Africa to Isreal, and then to New York, where he would become and American citizen. He shares his life story with original songs and a unqiue visual presentation. Registration opens to CHPL cardholders on August 1. Registration opens to the public on November 1.

Toddler New Year's Eve Dance Party
Monday, December 31st at 11:45 AM
Conference Center, Lower Level

You don't need to stay up to midnight to ring in the New Year. Countdown to noon at the library! Best for ages four and under.

No registration is required for this program.

Organized for Life
Thursday, January 17th at 7 PM
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level

Nancy Underwood is a Certified Professional Organizer and home staging/redesign specialist serving Southern New Jersey since 2008. Nancy simplifies the organizing process and creates an atmosphere where everyone can easily transition her techniques to practical use.

Genealogy: Quick Start
Tuesday, January 
29th at 7 PM 

Conference Center, Lower Level

Based on a new television program, "Genealogy Quick Start," airing on PhillyCAM public access, this workshop will provide detailed coverage of the Quick Start methods genealogist Shamele Jordan employs to find your ancestors.

Finding African Americans
Tuesday, February 5th at 7 PM
Conference Center, Lower Level

Uncover your family history with traditional genealogy sources using modern techniques. Learn to get the most out of oral histories, census, vital, and other records. We cover using search technology, accessing hidden records, what's free online, and much more to get you started.