Arbo-READ-um 2021

Arbo-READ-um: Molding our Community

We’re excited to announce our first Arbo-READ-um series, in partnership with Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. We will be exploring fungi & more with Doug Bierend’s book In Search of Mycotopia during three events.

Arbo-READ-um Kickoff

Wednesday, June 23, 6 pm at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Join other readers to discuss your anticipation of Doug Bierend’s In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics & the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms & hear fungi facts from Jenkins staff.
The first 15 participants registered for this event will receive a free copy of In Search of Mycotopia. This is an outdoor event with an indoor inclement weather space – registration is limited.
Place a hold on Dog Bierend’s In Search of Mycotopia

The Varieties of the Mycological Experience with Author Doug Bierend

Thursday, July 15, 7 pm via Zoom
Around the country, growing numbers of people are discovering the many wonders & possibilities posed by fungi. But beyond providing food, medicine, sustainable materials, innovative remediation techniques & enchanted forest outings, the under-examined kingdom of fungi also offer unexpected opportunities to reconsider how we connect with nature & with one another. Get introduced to a diverse community of citizen scientists, basement cultivators, independent entrepreneurs, communitarian naturalists, artists, tinkerers & others who are working to foster fungal fellowship & hopes for a more reciprocal, sustainable world.
Free of charge; registration is required through Jenkins Eventbrite. A link & viewing instructions sent after completed registration.

Arbo-READ-um Final Discussion & Tour

Thursday, July 29, 6 pm at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Join other readers for a talk and a walk! Engage with library staff in a final discussion of Doug Bierend’s In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics & the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms. Enjoy a fungi-focused tour of the grounds with Jenkins’ Hort staff.
Please note, this is an outdoor event with an indoor inclement weather space – registration is limited.

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Next Week’s Special Programs

Take Home Kit: Bird FeederTake Home Kit: Bird Feeder
Thursday, June 24 for pickups; Friday, June 25 at 3 pm for the LIVE tutorial

For ages 4 and up: Your area birds will thank you for making them this gift. Pick up your kit today at Paoli Library. Follow the written directions attached or join Miss Stephanie LIVE on zoom tomorrow Friday 6/25 at 3PM to make the bird feeder together.

Today is the first day for pick ups. While supplies last!

REGISTER FOR THE LIVE TUTORIAL

Reading Graphix: Graphic Novel Book ClubReading Graphix
Thursday, June 24, 4:30 pm

For Grades 6 to 12:

Let’s talk graphic novels! This month’s selection is Monster by Walter Dean Myers & Spill Zone 2 by Scott Westerfeld. However, I would love to hear what your favorite graphic novels are and why!

Contact Stephanie Bragg at sbragg@ccls.org with questions.

REGISTER HERE

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, June 24, 7:30 pm

Zoom Webinar

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom, an online video conferencing service. Members of the public must register in advance to attend the meeting.

For those joining the meeting with a PC, Mac, or using the Zoom app on a personal device, when the meeting is opened to public comment, use the “Raise Hand” option should you want to comment audibly. When you are selected to comment, we will state your name and un-mute you so you can speak. Briefly state your name and comment/item of concern. For those joining the meeting by phone, the meeting facilitator when un-mute you and ask if you wish to comment. Public Comment is limited to 3 minutes. If you wish to submit comments prior to the meeting, please e-mail tpl@ccls.org using the subject line “BoT Comment” by 8 pm on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

The Libraries are not liable for any computer security problems that participants may experience. No in-person attendance at the library will be permitted.

Public comment should be short and concise and limited to general matters of concern and items on the agenda. Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes.

REGISTER HERE

Panel It! A Graphic Novel Book ClubPanel It! A Graphic Novel Book Club
Friday, June 25, 4:30 pm
For ages 7 to 12: Let’s talk about graphic novels! This month we are talking about Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi books 1 & 2 and any other graphic novels you want to talk about! We will be making an amulet style necklace. Kits will be available for pick up starting June 17th. Zoom link will be emailed 2 hours prior to book club meeting.
Contact Stephanie Bragg at sbragg@ccls.org with questions.

Series Book Club

Series Book Club
Friday, June 25, 7 pm

Please be aware that this series includes explicit scenes & may not be suitable for all ages.

Meets on the last Friday of every month at 7 pm. Registration required.

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation #6)

by Lauren Willig

Contact Kate Shaw at kshaw@ccls.org with any questions.

Creative Movement with Ballet 180

Creative Movement with Ballet 180
Monday, June 28, 4 – 4:45 pm

For ages 3 to 8: Miss Kari, a teacher with our friends Ballet 180, will lead a class designed for 3 to 8 year olds in a reading of fun book and movement activities to go with it.

Please register with Zoom through the link provided.

Contact Stephanie Bragg at sbragg@ccls.org with questions.

REGISTER HERE

Read Woke with TTL Adult Monthly Round Up

Read WOKE Monthly Roundup
Monday, June 28, 7 pm

Join other adult participants of the 2021 Read Woke with TTL Challenge to discuss books you’ve read for the month. During the monthly round-up discussions get ideas of books to read for the challenge and discuss how you are approaching the challenge.

All adults are welcome to join, even if you’re not signed up to participate in the challenge. A brief introduction will be provided at the beginning of the discussion for anyone interested in learning more about this year long reading experience.

Haven’t signed up to participate in the 2021 Read Woke with TTL Challenge? Sign up today at tredyffrinlibraries.beanstack.com.

Contact Kate Shaw at kshaw@ccls.org with any questions.

REGISTER HERE

Sketch Book, Sketch, Marker

Sketchbook Challenge (wait list)
starts Tuesday, June 29, 4 – 5:30 pm

AGES 8-12. Receive a kit (sketchbook, drawing pencil, art eraser) and participate in this workshop at least 3 of the 4 weeks. Each 90-minute Zoom session will feature at least 2 lessons within a theme (to be decided by the registrants) and time to share what we are all working on independently. The goal is to establish a sketchbook habit, so no experience or expertise is necessary. Register only once; your registration prior to the first session on June 29 carries through to the last session on July 20. Zoom link and instructions for picking up your kit will be sent prior to the first session.

Contact Michele Bolay at mbolay@ccls.org with any questions.

WAIT LIST

Philadelphia Stories: People and Their Places in Early America

Philadelphia Stories
Tuesday, June 29, 7 pm

The new book, Philadelphia Stories by the late Dr. C. Dallett Hemphill, examines the rich lives of those who shaped Philadelphia’s and America’s past.

Beyond the well-known Founding Fathers, other Americans walked the streets of Philadelphia whose lives were, in their own ways, just as emblematic of the promises and perils of the new nation. The book explores the city’s people and places from the colonial era to the years before the Civil War through the lives of some of its less famous residents including men and women, Black and white Americans, immigrants and native born.

Presented by Dr. Rodney Hessinger, Professor of History at John Carroll University

Direct questions to Marianne Hooper at mhooper@ccls.org

REGISTER HERE

STEMsday Kit #2 Available

STEMsday Kit #2 Available
Pickups Wednesday, June 30; Registration begins Wednesday, June 23 @ 10 am

AGES 4-12. Each weekly kit is different, must be reserved separately, and includes directions and supplies for a at least 3 STEM-based activities to be done at home at your convenience. No screen time involved! Most activities can be done independently by ages 8+; younger participants may need supervision/help from an adult or older sibling.

Reservations for each kit open the Wednesday prior to that kit’s availability. You will receive an email confirming your kit, which can then be claimed in our curbside pickup area.

We anticipate waiting lists each week, so reserved kits not claimed by the end of the day may be offered to waiting list families. Failure to claim more than 2 kits you have reserved may result in future reservations being limited.

REGISTER HERE

Virtual Teen Game Night

Virtual Teen Game Night
Wednesday, June 30, 7 pm

For rising 6th to 12th graders Only: Join Miss Stephanie for a little Zoom hangout with a fun virtual game night. The game will change every week! No registration required. Just join in!

Contact Stephanie Bragg at sbragg@ccls.org with questions.

JOIN NOW

Recurring Programs

 

Instagram LIVE Storytime
Mondays, 10:30 am with Miss Angie

Visit Instagram @TPLChildren for fun storytimes with your favorite librarians! Hear stories & sing songs live with Miss Angie & Miss Stephanie or watch it for 24 hours via IGTV.

Storytime GIFs | TenorFamily Storytimes via Zoom
Tuesdays, 11 am with Miss Angie (Register for May sessions)
Wednesdays, 10:30 am with Miss Stephanie

Zoom on over to hang out with your favorite librarians for songs, stories, shakers & fun!
Participants are welcome to turn cameras on so that your little one can see the other attendees & themselves!

Still, Items, Things, Book, Notebook, Journal, ExcerptJournaling Together for Teens
Mondays – Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Our journaling group is now accepting new members. Each day we spend time journaling, reading out loud (your work, something literary or something for school) & enjoying casual conversation.

If you are looking for a friendly group that is low commitment (attend when you’re free), write to Laure at LDOAN@CCLS.ORG for an invite to the group.

Weekly Writer's GroupWeekly Writer’s Group
Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Zoom Virtual Meeting

The Paoli Writer’s Group is back . . . virtually. Join anytime between 12:30 & 2:30 each Thursday for discussion, writing prompts, critique & more.

Contact Beverly Michaels at bmichaels@ccls.org with questions.

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Most Fridays, 8 pm

 

Nick runs a fun Jackbox game night for teens! No experience necessary.

To join the group, email Laurie at LDOAN@CCLS.ORG

Roundtable Discussions: Current Events for Teens
Most Fridays, 9 pm

We invite teens to meet weekly for discussions on topics we choose as a group.

To join the group, email Laurie at LDOAN@CCLS.ORG

Zen Meditation
Saturdays, 9:45 am with Ying
Zoom Virtual Meeting

Join Ying for this practitioner-led class for those interested in exploring Zen practice.
Are you joining from a smart phone or tablet? The meeting ID is 849 9559 1827 & the pass code is 857104.
Join on Zoom

Virtual Trivia Nights
Most Saturdays, 7 pm
via Zoom Webinar
Quizmaster Kate wants to know if you have what it takes to be the champ?! Questions will be streamed through a free live webinar & players will answer using Kahoot on their smartphones. Questions are designed for adults, but families are more than welcome to play.
Please note: a smart phone is recommended to play trivia with Kahoot.
You can download the app (iOS store or Android) or visit kahoot.it on your smart phone browser.
Contact Kate Shaw at kshaw@ccls.org with questions.
Do you want to submit a question to be used in a future trivia? Submit your question!

Watch Previous Programs

Our YouTube channel is your gateway to many great programs for all ages! Make sure you’re checking out our YouTube page regularly to watch the programs you may have missed.

See the YouTube Channel

Extended Hours

News about Paoli Library Hours

Beginning Tuesday, May 25, Paoli Library will be open for both browsing & contactless pickup on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Our new hours are:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

No reservations are required for browsing. Due to our small space, we will limit the number of people in the building at any one time to allow for social distancing.

News about Tredyffrin Public Library Hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the library will be open for use during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm

Contactless pickup available Monday – Thursday, 5 pm – 7 pm.

The forty-five minute limit on visits will be lifted at this time. Computer use will return to pre-COVID allowances.

News about Masks

For the forseeable future, the libraries still require masks to be worn over the mouth & nose for the duration of your visit, even if you are fully vaccinated.

We are happy to provide you with a mask. Thank you for keeping our youngest patrons protected.

Novel Tea Event

Novel Tea Event with author Riley Sager

We are excited to announce the sale of tickets for this special virtual event.

 

Enjoy an evening with thriller novelist Riley Sager, author of Survive the Night and The Final Girls. This event will be moderated by Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author.

Important Dates:

• Ticket sales go live: Tuesday, May 11th – ends: Friday, June 18th
• Early Bird Special: begins Tuesday, May 11th – ends, May 25th
• Pick up of signed books and tea packages: the week of June 28th before the event

Speakers:

• Featured author: Riley Sager
• Moderator: International bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver, author of The Bone Collector, and the Lincoln Rhyme Series

Ticket Options:

• $35.00 Basic Ticket: program and signed copy of Survive the Night.
• $55.00 Tea Ticket: Program, signed copy of Survive the Night, tea, library mug, and cookies to enjoy during the program.

Registration:

Register Online: http://bit.ly/NovelTeaRileySager

FAQs:

  • How does this event support the library?
    •  Ticket proceeds go to your local library. When purchasing a ticket, buyers will have to select which library they want their ticket proceeds to support.
  • What is the early bird special?
    • Purchase a Tea Ticket at any point from Tuesday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 25th. In purchasing a ticket in that time period, guest will be entered into a cash raffle.
  • How and when do I get my signed copy of Survive the Night?
    • Further communication regarding pick up of Tea ticket/basic ticket items, which includes a signed novel, will be provided closer to the event. Attendees will be asked to pick up their materials between June 28- to July 1 at the Library they selected to have their ticket proceeds support.
  • How do I view the virtual event?
    • We have partnered with Reads & Company Bookshop who has donated their streaming platform for this event to take place. Login instructions will be listed in the event program. Event programs will be included in the Tea Ticket/Basic Ticket. An email will also be sent out prior to the event with login instructions.

Further question, please contact:
Chris Porcelli at cporcelli@ccls.org
Nicole Richards at nrichards@ccls.org

Vote on May 18th

Don’t Forget to Vote

Vote, Election, Politics, GovernmentOn this election day:
 
1) Republicans and Democrats will select nominees for vacancies on the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts;
 
2) Citizens will vote on 4 statewide ballot questions with proposed changes to Pennsylvania Constitution;
 
3) Several local elections (including County Common Pleas Judge, Magisterial District Judge 15-1-02, Treasurer, Controller, Clerk of Courts, and Coroner) will be held in Chester County. 
 
For more information visit Vote411
May 3 is the last day to register before the primary!
May 11 is the last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot!

Virtual Trivia Questions

TRIVIA TIME - John Rogers Memorial LibraryWe Want You . . .

to help choose questions for our virtual trivia nights! We’ve held virtual trivia nights nearly every Saturday for over a year now. Help us make some rounds by submitting your questions using the form below. Submit one or submit multiple, then attend virtual trivia to see if your question is included.


Paoli Reopening News

Paoli Library to Reopen with Limited Hours, Tuesday, April 13

We are thrilled to welcome patrons back inside Paoli Library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting Tuesday, April 13, for browsing, computer use, and copying.  You do not need to have a reservation, but we are allowing only three people (or families) inside the library at a time.

Open to the Public

for browsing, computer use, and holds pickup

Tuesday & Thursday 1:00–5:00 pm

Contactless Pickup

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 10:00 am–2:00 pm

 

Please help us remain open by complying with occupancy limits and the following guidelines:

Browsing

All areas of the collection except magazines and newspapers will be open for browsing. Please limit your visit to 30 minutes (less when there are other patrons waiting).

Computers

Two computers will be available for 30-minute sessions (one visit per day). Very limited computer help is available, as staff need to observe social distancing protocols.

Masks and Social Distancing

All patrons over the age of 2 must wear a face-mask over their mouth and nose while they are in the library and must practice social distancing.

Returns

Please return all books, AV materials, and museum passes in the book drop—It is open 24/7. Craft kits, stem kits, and other large items can be returned to the white table in the lobby. We will continue to quarantine returned items for 48 hours.

 

For further information, please call the library: 610.296.7996

We look forward to seeing you again!

The Enduring Library

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A photograph of Shackleton’s cabin aboard the Endurance taken by Australian photographer Frank Hurley in March 1915. THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY WITH THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS

The Enduring Libary

Laurie Doan reflects on the past year for National Library Week 2021.

Before I was a librarian, I was the class optimist of the Class of ’79 and an avid reader of survival stories. The story that intrigued me most was Earnest Shackleton, whose goal was to pass through the South Pole via Antarctica. His ship, Endurance, became ice-locked and Shackleton and his men were on the ice for almost two years; no one died.

The Endurance crew was rescued by Shackleton in 1916, just before the 1918 Pandemic.

Fast forward to 2020. The Covid-19 Pandemic hit, and fear and uncertainty gripped the nation; there was a feeling that we, too, had become locked-in with no end to it in sight. It was then I remembered and was inspired by Shackleton’s words, “Need to put footprint of courage into stirrup of patience.”

This year, under the direction of Library Director Chris Kibler and Township Manager Bill Martin, and working under adverse conditions, my co-workers and I faced numerous difficulties and overcame them together.

My journey as the librarian for teens involved establishing programs online that would help to keep the students occupied and inspired. We kept ourselves going with daily meetings of journaling and reading aloud, game-nights, and our Friday night Roundtable Discussions.

We also held special programs, including our month-long College Admission Workshop. We performed an online play. We worked with UK theater director Nadia Papachronopoulou and teaching artists Max Mooney and Sarah Boess on the “Shakespeare in Isolation” film project. Students reimagined a scene from Shakespeare’s original plays using quarantine as a backdrop.

Through our Monday Morning Meetings, I was also aware of the outstanding efforts of others. We brought new traditions of Zoom Storytime’s, Art Journaling, Sewing Kits, Kindness Kits, and a Plant Club and much more from the Children’s Department. From the adult department, we explored meditation, solving crime, the history of food trucks; the list is endless.

The Reference Department continued to answer questions both in-person and online. We helped patrons navigate social services during the Pandemic and with simple questions such as converting a bread recipe from the metric system to the measuring cup in our kitchen. My favorite question was from a teen who asked about where to adopt a dog. He’d wanted a dog for so long, and he wasn’t the only young person who got his wish during quarantine.

We also went viral (okay, maybe not viral, but we were impressed with the numbers) with our We Got that Database (All About that Bass Library Parody)

But there were quiet times too and times of toil that we could have never imagined. With a limited staff, everyone worked harder to keep the ship afloat than we ever have. I’m sure we all felt as if we were on a storm-tossed ship with “all hands on deck” and a “heave-ho!” and an occasional “throw me a lifeline” but never once an “abandon ship.”

As I worked the night shift, especially when we were closed to the public, my heart warmed by the sheer number of books going out and coming back. The library continued to provide books and movies, and games through contactless pick-up. We somehow managed to thrive in this uncertain time.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage: Alfred Lansing, Nathaniel  Philbrick: 2015465062881: Amazon.com: BooksImportantly, every book I pulled out of the night deposit box made me hopeful for the reader. I smiled when I saw the baking books going out in large numbers. Also on loan were backyard birding books, novels of daring and espionage, love stories, fable & fairy tales, and a host of diverse books exploring where we were as a country in 2020 and where we go from here.

For National Library Week, I want to salute the spirit of the crew of the Endurance. I want to salute my co-workers for their persistence in keeping Tredyffrin Libraries a relevant source of joy and consolation for our community in this time of distress. I especially want to salute Tredyffrin Township residents for having the forethought and optimism to know that a library will keep you sane in troubled times.   As Shackleton said, “The quality I look for most is optimism: especially optimism in the face of reverses and apparent defeat. Optimism is true moral courage.”

Check the catalog for:

Endurance 

by Alfred Lansing

 Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD (abridged)
 eBook

National Poetry Month 2021

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

We’d like to celebrate

National Poetry Month with You!

 

Every day in April, check out our YouTube Page to hear about a poet & a selection of their work. Some of the poets may be familiar to you & some may be new, but all are in the public domain.

Poetry Contest

SUBMIT YOUR VOTE

Please read through our 26 amazing entries & vote for your favorite! Voting ends on Wednesday, May 5 at 5 pm!

Read the Poems

National Library Week 2021

From the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors:

The Board of Supervisors thanks everyone who helps make our Tredyffrin Libraries tremendous community assets and community centers of which all Tredyffrin residents can be proud. The libraries thank the Board of Supervisors for the following proclamation:

A RESOLUTION OF THE TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RECOGNIZING THE ESSENTIAL ROLE TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP LIBRARIES, LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY WORKERS PLAY IN TRANSFORMING LIVES AND STRENGTHENING THE COMMUNITY.

WHEREAS, the American Library Association has designated April 4 – 10, 2021 as National Library Week, with a theme of “Welcome to Your Library”;

WHEREAS, the Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library are central to the Tredyffrin Community and offer opportunities to enrich their lives through print and electronic collections, technology, multimedia content, and educational program;

WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, and library workers play an invaluable role in supporting their communities through promoting literacy, social engagement, and active community participation;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Board of Supervisors of Tredyffrin Township joins the American Library Association and all library workers and supporters in designating April 4 – 10, 2021 as National Library Week and encourages all our residents to take advantage of, and support, this asset to our community.

 

See more of our National Library Week Content

Both here and on our various social media channels throughout the week.

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Donate!

Make a donation during National Libraries Week to honor the library service, program, material or staff member that has made a difference for you this year.

Supporting the Library is Supporting the Community

As always, those who donate $120 or more will receive free rentals for a year. Additionally, donations of $200 or more receive a Tredyffrin Township Libraries S’Well insulated water bottle.

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