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Philosophy, French Conversation
Next Week at SPL

Swarthmore Public Library hosts a number of monthly groups for adults seeking to continue their education and understanding of the world around them. Coming up from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 18 (and every third Tuseday) is the philosophy forum, whose participants read and discuss introductory and classic philosophy texts. Contact the library for a copy of the current reading, and come on Tuesday to work through the concepts and interpretations with other curious minds.

On July 21 at 2 p.m. (and every third Friday), a group of proficient French speakers meets at the library to talk en Francais about arts and culture, current events, and history. The library is at 121 Park Avenue and info is at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org.

Star Search for Swarthmore Showcase

Young performers from 2nd grade up are invited to show their talents and enthusiasm in the second annual Swarthmore Showcase, which will be presented by the Swarthmore Public Library on Friday, August 11.

Children and teens can tell jokes, sing, dance, play music, read poems, showing their talents and passions for performance, in solo acts and/or in groups. No performing experience is necessary, though seasoned troupers are welcome.

There’s no casting call, just e-mail Scott Schumacher at swcsd@delcolibraries.org. Showtime on August 11 is 6 p.m., on stage at the Swarthmore’s Central Park amphitheater.

New YA Fiction On the Shelves at SPL

Looking for the latest releases in Young Adult literature? Look no further than your friendly neighborhood library, says Swarthmore Public Library director Amber Osborne. “We have the fiction and nonfiction titles you and your teen need to catch up on this summer, including titles on Strath Haven middle and high school summer reading lists.”

Note that summer reading books can be requested at the library if not immediately available.

Making Insects at Tyler’s Barn

Dr. Doug Tallamy

Global insect populations have declined by 45% since 1974, according to Dr. Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware. And though that may not seem so bad during mosquito season, the trend certainly is harmful to world ecology, and to humans, who depend on insects to pollinate the plants we eat and to balance the ecosystems in which we live.

Dr. Tallamy, chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at UD and author of Bringing Nature Home, says that simple changes in our landscapes and our attitudes can keep insect populations healthy. He will visit Tyler Arboretum in Media on Sunday, July 23, for a talk, a reception, and a walk through Tyler’s grounds to tour the Big Bugs installation by artist David Rogers. This remarkable afternoon begins at 3 p.m. in the loft at Tyler’s recently restored (and air conditioned) barn and continues til 5 p.m.

Information and tickets are available through tylerarboretum.org/making-insects-doug-tallamy. Costs are $45 for members of Tyler or WHYY; $60 for others. The arboretum is at 515 Painter Road in Media.

Puppets Pizazz at Wonderful Wednesdays

Swarthmore Public Library’s Wonderful Wednesdays series welcomes performers, storytellers and you this summer to the Central Park Amphitheater.

Next Wednesday, July 19, at 6 p.m., Puppets Pizazz brings a hilarious and highly entertaining puppet show, which is free of charge and open to Swarthmoreans and others of all ages.

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