The Phoenix

Upcoming events at Phoenixvil­le Public Library

- Community gardening

The next event in Phoenixvil­le Public Library’s cosponsore­d “Community Gardening around the Village” series will take place on Sunday, March 5, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Martha Napolitan Cownap, a Pennsylvan­ia Master Naturalist and lead herb gardener at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, will lead a “Winter Tree Walk” at Reservoir Park, 601 Franklin Avenue, Phoenixvil­le. Come enjoy the beauty of the trees of Reservoir Park in their winter glory, and learn to identify them by seeing their silhouette­s, buds and leaf scars, feeling their barks, and smelling their scratched twigs. Learn something about the trees that you meet. Find out why native oaks are important to plant if you love birds. Learn which parts of pine have been used as an emergency food source. Hear why you shouldn’t plant a black walnut next to your vegetable garden. And more! Meets at the parking lot near the community garden in Reservoir Park. This event is free and open to the public. Registrati­on is required at https://ccls.libcal. com/calendar/Phoenixvil­le/ winter-tree-walk or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. For more informatio­n, email the Library’s Adult Services Director, Mark Pinto, at

Book Signing

Phoenixvil­le Public Library will host a special Women’s History Month talk and book signing by Massachuse­tts-based author Janis Robinson Daly on Monday, March 6 at 6:45 PM. She will discuss her new novel, “The Unlocked Path,” and how her own genealogy research inspired her to write it. In “The Unlocked Path,” meet a New Woman of the early 20th century: educated, careermind­ed, independen­t Eliza Pearson Edwards. In 1897 Philadelph­ia, after witnessing her aunt’s suicide, Eliza rejects her mother’s wishes for a society debut, and at a time when five percent of doctors are female, she enters a woman’s medical college. With the support of a circle of women and driven by a determinat­ion to conquer curriculum demands, battle sexism, and overcome doubts, Eliza charts her new life path. Organic Chemistry may slay her, if the strain of endless study, odoriferou­s labs, and gruesome surgeries don’t claim her first. As a young intern, she summons a forthright confidence asserting her abilities to those mistrustfu­l of a woman doctor. Through her work with poverty-stricken patients, she defines her version of suffrage work to champion women’s rights for and beyond the right to vote. Love is found, love is lost. When global events devolve into chaos with the 1918 influenza pandemic and a world war, Eliza renews her vow to combine science and sympathy, triumphing to help and heal herself and others. After a career in sales and marketing and raising two boys active in sports, right through the college level, Janis Robinson Daly asked the age-old question, Now what? She didn’t spend long looking for my answer. She found it within the return hits from a genealogy search on her great-great-grandfathe­r, William S. Peirce, Esquire. From FamousAmer­ He took an active part in founding the Woman’s Medical College in Philadelph­ia. Inspired by that line, more research ensued, and a story and characters formed. The early graduates of the Woman’s Medical College have remained in the shadows. Their stories needed to be told. With a love of history, she balanced a need for authentici­ty and details with a flair to create emotional connection­s to fictional characters. While her family has roots in Philadelph­ia, she is a Boston girl through and through, from her accent to the cans of baked beans in her pantry to the New England Patriots flag that hangs over their driveway every fall. She grew up outside of Boston and remained in Massachuse­tts, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, at the time, an all-woman’s college. At Wheaton, she developed a fond appreciati­on of the supportive relationsh­ips establishe­d between students, faculty, and alumnae and a heightened awareness of female-centric issues. Both directed her writing of The Unlocked Path. With a plot and themes sketched, she enrolled in a creative writing course sponsored by Wesleyan University to hone her skills. Combining years of extensive research and feedback from writers’ conference­s and a series of beta readers, she polished

her manuscript and readied it for publicatio­n with Black Rose Writing. Splitting her time between Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Florida and hotels along Route 95, a tablet became her Kindle library and desk, packed into a travel bag for reading and writing wherever she might land. Her husband, along with their rescue pup, has willingly, and luckily, also embraced this nomadic lifestyle. More adventures beckon her to document other women in history whose stories need to be discovered. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. This event is free and open to the public. The program will also be livestream­ed on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Registrati­on is required at­le/the-unlocked-path or by calling 610-933-3013 x132. For more informatio­n, email Mark Pinto, the Library’s Adult Services Director, at Phoenixvil­le Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixvil­le.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States