The Upper Darby Township and Sellers Memorial Free Public Library will host “Afro-Cuban Jazz,” an online presentation by master flautist and speaker Galen Abdur-Razzaq, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26. Viewers will be able to enjoy a Galen’s flute prelude, followed by a PowerPoint presentation focusing primarily on the roots and instrumentations of Afro-Cuban jazz.

The program will highlight top Latin jazz artists such as Mario Bauza, Cachao and Machito, including demonstrations of the different styles and rhythms with actual samples of the music.
Participants will be able to learn more during a question-and-answer period and will have fun testing their knowledge on the subject during a quiz.

Registration for the one-hour free event is required and will end at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25. To register, call 610-789-4440 or visit The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on Tuesday, January 25.

Ridley Township Library Collects Ball Gowns

The Township of Ridley Public Library is currently collecting donations of nearly new/lightly used formal dresses, shoes and accessories for a prom dress contest to be held in February. The gift will provide dresses and accessories for ceremonies and balls.

Donors can put the dresses on a hanger when they drop them off at the library. Shoes in boxes would be appreciated. Donations can be brought to the library loan desk until Thursday, February 10. The ball gown giveaway will take place over two days: 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, February 13. All items will be free. Fitting areas will be available.

The Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center is located at 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom. For more information, call 610-583-0593.

Springfield Library features programs on Philadelphia oddities, cuisine

Kitchen Wizards will present a virtual cooking lesson based on the Hannah Swensen books by Joanne Fluke, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, via Zoom.

Do you like Hannah Swensen books by Joanne Fluke? Or love trying new recipes? Join Kathy from Kitchen Wizards right in your kitchen for the virtual cooking lesson. A week before the presentation, each person will receive the Zoom list, as well as a list of ingredients and kitchen utensils needed to cook if desired. The lesson will be how to make Hannah’s Hunter Stew from Sugar Cookie Murder and Pecan Chews from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

To register, visit Registration is compulsory and must be done before Thursday 3 March.

New Events in January at the J. Lewis Crozer Library

New events take place in the new year at the J. Lewis Crozer Library, 620 Engle St., Chester. Starting this month, the library will extend its opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library remains closed on Sunday and Monday.

In 2022, the library continues its popular take-out craft bags. Customers are invited to stop by the library between January 18 and 22 to purchase this month’s Take-and-Make crafts. All supplies needed to create an adorable “I Love You Snow Much” wall hanging are included. Bags are available while supplies last. More information about crafting can be found on the library’s website.

Patrons with technology-related questions or issues can make an appointment with a library staff member. On Tuesday afternoon, Thursday morning, or another day by appointment, library staff can help you with cell phone, tablet, laptop, or other device issues, as well as answer general computer questions. Patrons are encouraged to make an appointment through the J. Lewis Crozer Library Events Calendar or by contacting the library at 610-494-3454 or [email protected]/.

Swarthmore Public Library cancels all January indoor in-person programs

Due to current trends in COVID cases, the Swarthmore Public Library announced this week that it will be canceling all indoor in-person programs for the month of January. All outdoor and virtual programs will continue as planned. The situation will be reassessed before February.

The library will host a special virtual program, “True Crime Philadelphia” with Kathryn Canavan, from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 20.

Author Kathryn Canavan will talk about her new book, “True Crime Philadelphia”. From the first bank robbery in the United States to the real killers who inspired Boardwalk Empire, this is an event on the darker side of local history. The Zoom link will be sent to those who register at
The library will be holding “Spice It Up”, from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Everyone is invited to join the spice club which meets monthly for an exploration of the different spices. Customers who register are invited to create the dish of their choice. Then during the virtual meeting on Zoom, the participants will discuss what each one did and what they thought of the spice, and even exchange recipes. January’s spice is allspice.

For the kids, the library will host a “Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway” story hour outside on Fridays at 11 a.m. Mr. Scott will continue to offer one story hour per week outside in the amphitheater. Participants are encouraged to bring their blankets. In the event of inclement weather, story time will move to Zoom. The link will be sent by email. The amphitheater is located just outside the library building at 121 Park Ave., Swarthmore.

Outdoor STEAM with Mr. Scott takes place from 4-4:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the amphitheater in front of the library where participants will explore, learn and create. In case of bad weather or threat of bad weather, the program will be cancelled. Families are urged to check their emails on the day of the event if things seem uncertain.

Take-and-Make Crafts for Kids is offered on Monday afternoons. Kids can stop by the library at 4 p.m. every Monday and pick up a craft kit from the pickup table just outside the library. Patrons are reminded that Mr. Scott previews new children’s books on the library’s Facebook page. To watch, visit

For questions about any of these programs, call the library at 610-543-0436.

News and photos from the local library can be emailed to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]