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Join the Summer Reading Club!

Read all summer long and win great prizes!

Here's how it works.

Find the full schedule of summer events in print

or online.


Register for Robotics here.



Special Events:


Global Rhythms: Kinetics and Dance
Thursday, July 24, 7-8 pm
Join us for gentle yoga stretches, dance, and games. For ages 5-12 years with adults (all adults are encouraged to participate; adults of children ages 5-6 are required to participate; no younger siblings). This program is limited to 60 total participants. Tickets will be available in the large meeting room starting at 6:30 pm.

Penny’s Friends
Tuesday, July 29, 2pm
Children in grades K-1 will learn about saving and how to make money grow. Tickets available at the Children’s desk. Brought to you by Beneficial Bank as part of our PA Forward Financial Literacy Series.

Art Conservation by Winterthur
Monday, August 4, 7-8 pm
Ages 6-10 years only, participating independently. Explore the properties of color, learn how to detect UV light, discover museum secrets, and experience the profession of a painting conservator through presentations and hands-on activities. This program is limited to 30 children. Tickets available in the large meeting room starting at 6:30 pm.

Fur, Feathers, and Scales
Monday, August 11
10-10:35 am or Pre-Kindergarten, ages 3-5 & 10:45-11:20 am for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children ages 5-8
Why do animals have fur, feathers, or scales? The Academy of Natural Sciences answers these questions and more. Limit is 35 children. Tickets available in the large meeting room starting 30 minutes before each program.



Robotics Workshops

Tredyffrin Public Library invites elementary school age children and their parent or caregiver to sign up for a “Bright Start Robotics” workshop,, designed for families interested in exploring robotics and computer science in a user-friendly, age appropriate, and fun environment. Using Lego Mindstorms Robotics kits, children will learn to build robots, program robots to “speak” and navigate simple mazes, and learn to use digital and analog sensors to control their robots behavior.  At the conclusion of the workshop, instructors will review a variety of robot kits available for children as well as opportunities for continued work in computer science and robotics.

Please note: The summer Robotics Workshops are identical to the Robotics Workshops held during the school year. Therefore, only children who have never attended a workshop will be admitted. This applies to children who have attended a workshop for a different age group.

Register for a workshops below.

A waiting list will be kept. 

Register here for Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8pm

for rising 4th and 5th graders only

Register here for Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-8pm

for rising 4th and 5th graders only

Register here for Tuesday, July 29, 6:30-8pm

for rising 2nd and 3rd graders only

Register here for Thursday, July 31, 6:30-8pm

for rising 4th and 5th graders only


Science in the Summer

This summer, students will study oceanography during the free program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and administered by The Franklin Institute. Each session is taught by a certified teacher and is limited to 16 children.

Registration is first come, first served, and preference will be given to residents of Chester County. Parents or legal guardian (no nannies, grandparents, older siblings, etc.) must register their children in person and sign the application. Children must be able to attend all four days of the session.

The program will run Monday-Thursday, July 28-31

Rising grades 2 & 3 (Level 1) 9:45-10:45 a.m. or 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Rising grades 4,5, and 6 (Level 2) 11 a.m.-12 noon or 2-3 p.m.



1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Club at Tredyffrin Public Library! Read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school--a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves.

One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation—a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

To sign up, stop by the library or call 610-688-7092 x210. For more information, please email Angie at or Carla at or stop by the Children's Library at Tredyffrin.



Thank you Whole Foods Market in Devon for providing snacks for our Summer Reading Kickoff Party!



Essay Contest

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest encourages rising 5th & 6th graders to reflect on and write about a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. Submit essays and entry form to Tredyffrin Public Library by August 11. Find contest information and entry form here.


Weekly programs

Family Story Time
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

10:30 am
Ages birth to 5 years with caregivers
Stories, songs and rhymes for families to enjoy.
No registration required. Tickets available at the desk. Limit 20 children.

Make and Take Saturday
Join us every Saturday from 1-3 pm for a fun craft. No registration and no tickets required. While supplies last.

Stories & More
Tuesdays 2-2:45 pm
A traditional story time with books and activities. Children ages 4-6 must be able to participate independently. Tickets available at the desk. Limit 18 children.

The Science of Art
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
Children ages 6-9 can explore and make art using scientific principles. Limit 18 children. Tickets available at the desk.

Science Thursday
Every Thursday, 12:30 pm join us for a science-based program. No registration. Tickets available at the desk. Limit 18 children.

June 26 Ocean I: preschool (ages 3-5) with adult, 30 minutes.
July 3 Basic Experiments: grades 3-6, 45 minutes.
July 10 Compost: grades K-2, 45 minutes.

July 17 Optical Illusions: grades 3-6, 45 minutes

July 24 Growing Seeds: grades K-2, 45 minutes.

July 31 The Ocean II: preschool (ages 3-5) with adult, 30 minutes.
August 7 Fibonacci Fun: grades 3-6, 45 minutes.
August 14 Dolphins: grades K-2, 45 minutes.

Fridays 12:30-2 pm

Children ages 6-12, attending independently, drop in and join us for freestyle LEGO building. No registration. Tickets available at the desk.

Kids Club
This program has been cancelled.



Would you like to volunteer in the Children’s Department at Tredyffrin Public Library this summer?

Are you age 13 or older? Are you available at least four weeks between June 20 and August 15? Then please ask for an application and a list of job descriptions and requirements at the Children’s circulation desk! Volunteer jobs include interacting with patrons at the Reading Club Table, serving as backup for the circulation desk, shelving books and media, and assisting with various craft and activity programs.

For more information, contact Michele Bolay at or

610-688-7092 x210. Completed applications are due on or before 5 pm on Sunday, June 15.




Check out the full Calendar of Events.

Get news, reviews, and other things you can use on the Tredyffrin Kids blog.

For more information, call 610.688.7092 x210.





The library always needs donations of new and used LEGOS. Please bring them to the Children's Department on the lower level. Thank you!!


Tredyffrin Township Libraries

Tredyffrin Public Library • 582 Upper Gulph Road • Strafford, PA 19087-2052 • 610-688-7092

Paoli Library • 18 Darby Road • Paoli, PA 19301 • 610-296-7996