ESL Groups for Wednesdays at Blue Bell & Thursdays at Ambler have been cancelled indefinitely due to low registration. 
There are no plans to restart these groups at this time. Thank you.   


1st Wed Film Discussion: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event location: 
Ambler Theater

Won't You Be My Neighbor?Won't You Be My Neighbor?

An intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Rogers. This emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and into the heart of the man who inspired generations of children with compassion and imagination. There was not a dry eye when the film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
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Join us on the first (usually!) Wednesday of the month at Ambler Theater for the afternoon showing of the chosen film. Each film will be announced 10 days before the showing, and the discussion afterward will be moderated by library staff and theater staff.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event location: 
Blue Bell

Join Dr. Stephen R. Phillips at 7:00pm on July 24 for Part 2 of his discussion about medicine in ancient Egypt!

For ages 10+

Did the ancient Egyptians understand human anatomy and did they practice medicine? The answer is yes.

Outlined in detail on several surviving ancient Egyptian papyri, surprisingly complex, and perhaps effective medical procedures, uncannily similar to medicine today, provide intriguing evidence as to the skill level of ancient Egypt’s


Part II of this richly illustrated presentation takes us behind the scenes on a modern archaeology dig in Egypt, where we examine several actual cases from Dr. Steve’s recent excavations in the vast cemeteries surrounding the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. 

Highlights include our discovery of ancient Egyptian human skeletal remains that display the successful treatment of serious wounds, as well as direct evidence of diseases still extant in humankind today.

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event location: 
Blue Bell

Join Dr. Stephen R. Phillips at 7:00pm on July 23 for Part 1 of his discussion about medicine in ancient Egypt!

For ages 10+

Did the ancient Egyptians understand human anatomy and did they practice medicine? The answer is yes.

Data derived from archaeological excavations, as well as from several surviving ancient Egyptian papyri, reveal extensive, perhaps effective, medical procedures that are relevant to procedures in use today.  This richly illustrated lecture introduces ancient Egypt’s medical world. 

We meet history's earliest documented physician, Imhotep, and the earliest documented dentist, Hesy-re. We examine the role of magic and herbs in ancient Egyptian medicine, look at cases outlining specific surgical intervention, and we examine an actual case of what was perhaps successful trauma surgery - as evidenced on human skeletal remains recovered during recent excavations in the cemeteries behind the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, Egypt.

Dr. Stephen R. Phillips is the Curatorial Research Coordinator in the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Phillips received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in physical anthropology and archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has traveled extensively and participated in a wide range of archaeological excavations over the past 25 years, including excavations at Petra, Jordan; near Bordeaux in southwestern France; and, he has particiapted in eight excavation seasons in Egypt - at Giza and Saqqara.

He is the Archaeological Site Supervisor and Physical Anthropologist for the ongoing Cairo University-Brown University Expedition in the Great Western Cemetery at Giza. He is also a professional guide for American tour groups to Egypt.

Dr. Phillips specializes in the analysis of ancient Egyptian and modern human skeletal remains, mummies and mummification techniques, as well as the tombs and artifacts of the Great Pyramid Complex on Egypt’s Giza plateau.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event location: 
Blue Bell



Author Alex London has written books for children, teens, even a few grown ups. He’s the author of The Wild Ones series,Dog Tags and Tides of War series, as well as the Accidental Adventures and two titles in The 39 Clues series for young readers.

His young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and included on their 2014 Best Fiction For Young Adults list. Proxy is a 2015 Texas Lone Star Reading List and TAYSHAS Reading List selection, a 2016 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist selection in Oklahoma, and has been on many state reading lists including Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri. The sequel, Guardian, is available now.

His books for adults include One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War and National Jewish Book Award finalist Far From Zion.

Alex was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to New York to attend Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and earned his Masters Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.  

At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he has recently moved from Brooklyn, NY, to Philadelphia, PA where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation. 


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