A Note from the Friends of TPL

Greetings from the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library & the Red Fox Book Shop

Thank you for asking about us. The pandemic has slowed us down but has not stopped us. We remain temporarily closed, but anxious to re-open & see you all again!
Our volunteers send their greetings: Kate, Denise, Pat, Barb, Edwina, Christi, Mike, Mel, Chris, Vincent, Nancy, Terry, Alicia, Sue + 25 more.
We currently have a small selection of books which we send to Amazon & they fulfill your orders.
Congratulations to our dedicated librarians who have produced an outstanding array of children’s, teen & adult programs during this unprecedented pandemic. They have Zoomed & streamed onto our laptops, tablets & phones with creative stories, crafts & lectures for all ages. Thank you!
Back at the library over 10,000 books are ready & waiting. We shall return! We miss you. Take care of yourselves!

Presenting Champion Chef Jr!

Do you have what it takes to be the first ever TTL Champion Chef Jr?

Have you seen the shows Chopped or Chopped Jr? We are excited to announce our first ever Champion Chef challenge, designed especially for children 12 & under with the help of their grown-ups!

Your challenge is to take the four ingredients (and anything else you want to use) and then combine them to make a delicious main course meal. You can use anything in your kitchens for your dish, but you have to use a protein (chicken or substitute), apple, potato . . . and . . . CANDY CORN!

Make sure to take a picture of your creation and submit it along with a description of how you used the necessary ingredients (or the whole recipe if you’d like) in the form below to see if you will be crowned Champion Chef Jr. We’ll share your creations on social media and who knows? Maybe this is how your little chef will be discovered.

All submissions must be received before Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm. The form below will be unavailable after that time.



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Congrats to Hyunjin Lee, 2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador

NAE Announces Hyunjin Lee as a 2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador

Wayne, Pennsylvania United States, September 23, 2020 —

The National Academy of Engineering recently announced Hyunjin (Christina) Lee as a 2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador. The 23 newly selected ambassadors will participate in a yearlong program designed to build leadership skills in female high school students by helping them promote engineering to younger students in their community.

Hyunjin is currently a high school senior at Conestoga High School. Her proposed engineering outreach project involves interviewing women engineers and scientists to inspire young girls in her community. She will also design and hold virtual engineering workshops later this year. Hyunjin’s local sponsor is Laura Doan from the Tredyffrin Library. [View Hyunjin’s EngineerGirl Ambassador profile here.]

Each ambassador will design, develop, and implement a project that will encourage younger girls — particularly those with little access to engineering role models — to think about engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design. They will work with local sponsors and receive guidance and support from EngineerGirl staff. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, all ambassadors are adapting their outreach plans and events to ensure participants can engage safely. That means that many of the proposed plans are subject to change and most in-person events may be held asynchronously or online.

For a full list of ambassadors including in-depth profiles featuring videos and pictures, please visit the EngineerGirl website.

The EngineerGirl ambassadors receive support and project funding of up to $250, leadership development, networking and engagement opportunities, and a certificate and letter of recognition from the National Academy of Engineering that may be sent with college applications.

The EngineerGirl Ambassadors program is made possible by a generous grant from Mr. John F. McDonnell.


EngineerGirl is designed for girls in elementary through high school and offers information about various engineering fields and careers, questions and answers, interviews, an annual writing competition, and other resources on engineering. EngineerGirl is part of the NAE’s ongoing effort to increase the diversity of the engineering workforce.

The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.




Brandon Green

Communications/Media Specialist

National Academy of Engineering

PHONE 202.334.2226



Simil Raghavan

Senior Program Officer, EngineerGirl Program

National Academy of Engineering


Fall Into Autumn: Adult Reading Challenge

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Board of Trustees Meeting September 2020

Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm

Via Zoom

To minimize public exposure to COVID-19 and maintain social distancing, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom, an online video conferencing service. The Zoom platform allows participation both by video and telephone.  Members of the public may register to attend in advance.

For those logging in with devices, when the meeting is opened to public comment, use the “Raise Hand” option should you want to comment audibly. If 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. Public Comment is limited to 3 minutes.

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. Remember: public comment will be limited to 3 minutes. To submit comments or questions prior to the meeting, email tpl@ccls.org using the subject line BoT question/comment by 8 pm on Wednesday, September 23.

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H3mdhAj-Q3mMamhVpxXNsg

Matthew Venza Author Event

26 Cents Author Visit

We’re excited to announce a virtual author visit with Matthew Venza about his new book 26 Cents. 
In addition, the author will answer your young one’s questions about writing a book. You may even win a copy of the novel!


Reference Chat Hours

New Reference Chat Hours

Due to issues with the reference chat platform we originally were using, we’ve switched to a new program called Tawk.to. This chat program is far more robust than the previous one. Additionally, we’re pleased to say it’s also easier to find!

Just look in the bottom right hand corner of your screen and you will see the “Let’s Chat!” icon when a staff member is available to chat. Want to ask us a question when a reference librarian is not available? Click on the icon to send us an email inquiry. It couldn’t be easier to connect with your reference staff at Tredyffrin Township Libraries!

Please be aware that at this time, with the exception of Fridays, we do not have chat availability during hours where the libraries are open. At those times you may call the staff by dialing 610.688.7092 for Tredyffrin Public Library and 610.296.7996 for Paoli Library.

Reference Chat Hours

Monday: 9 am – 1 pm; 5 pm – 7 pm

Tuesday: 9 am – 1 pm; 5 pm – 7 pm

Wednesday: 9 am – 1 pm; 5 pm – 7 pm

Thursday: 9 am – 1 pm; 5 pm – 7 pm

Friday: 9 am – 1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm

Saturday: 2 pm – 5 pm

No availability on Sunday

Support Community Puzzle

Spring Appeal is Live

If you’ve been reading AdLib over the last several months, you know our programming librarians are hard at work organizing and facilitating virtual programs for all ages.
We are so delighted to bring what you love about the library home through the virtual programs and digital materials, but these do come at a cost.
TTL recently launched the Spring Fundraising Appeal to ask our community for donations to cover these and other costs at the library. Any donation amount– even what you might spend on drink or food at a live trivia event– makes a difference and ensures that the library can continue to provide virtual programs and, hopefully, in-person programs soon!


The Libraries Reopen on Monday, July 13

Update, Upgrade, Renew, Improve, Improvement, NewReopening the libraries on July 13th

Schedule time to use a PC at Tredyffrin Public Library

Schedule time to use a PC at Paoli Library  •  Schedule time to browse at Paoli Library

We continue to prioritize people’s health and safety. In that spirit, we are pleased to reopen to the public with limited hours.


Tredyffrin Public Library will be open to the public Monday – Thursday, 1pm – 5pm and Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm. Curbside Pickup will be available Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 7pm.

Paoli Library will be open to the public Monday & Wednesday, 1 pm – 6 pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 1pm – 5pm; Friday, 10am – 2pm, but by appointment only. Curbside Pickup will be available Monday & Wednesday, 1pm – 7pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 1pm – 5pm; and Friday & Saturday, 10am – 2pm. The Paoli Library space is much smaller and there are limited options for necessary physical distancing.

Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library will also allow access to library PCs when we are open to the public using SignUp.

There are a number of social distancing and safety protocols as well as operational changes that we will be asking you to follow while in the libraries.

  • Please wear a mask when entering and using the libraries. We have additional masks to offer to community members who may forget to bring their own.
  • Please limit inside visits to 45 minutes (or less). Spaces will not have chairs or tables for use at this time and we encourage you to use the libraries for browsing collections and checking out materials, picking up holds, and using library PCs only.
  • Computer use will be by appointment only, and limited to one daily 45-minute session (schedule computer usage with SignUp).
  • All meeting and study spaces will remain closed. No public gatherings of any kind will be permitted in those spaces.

We will also be making every effort to regularly and frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently used areas. Frequent high-touch surface areas will be cleaned throughout the day by library staff and cleaning and disinfecting will be performed in the evenings by our cleaning company.

We’ve received a few questions about library services, donations, and returning materials. Some common questions and responses are below.

Can I return library materials?

Yes, please return all borrowed items to the external book drops at Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library.

Why are library materials still showing as checked out on my account even though I returned them?

We are following protocols set by the CDC and the American Library Association for quarantining library materials. Any returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. This quarantine procedure is being used throughout the Chester County Library System. Because Coronavirus can live on surfaces for longer than 72 hours, the library recommends taking additional precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19 which may include quarantining items brought in to your home for longer than 72 hours, hand washing after handling any material, and using disinfectant to clean surfaces.

Will I be charged overdue fines?

No overdue fines will be assessed for materials checked in after being held in quarantine. Staff have been instructed to waive any fines that may accrue on an item returned within the proper timeframe. If you experience and problems with your returns please contact the Tredyffrin Public Library Circulation Desk at 610-688-7092 or Paoli Library at 610-296-7996.

Can I make in-person meeting room or study room reservation?

We are not accepting in-person meeting or study room reservations and rooms are not yet available for use when visiting the libraries.

Can I drop off donations?

No, please do not bring materials donations (books, DVDs, CDs) to Tredyffrin Public Library or Paoli Library. The libraries are not accepting donations. We do not yet know when we will begin accepting donations again.

We will be updating our status and service offerings as circumstances change and will be sending out updates in our newsletter, on our website, and on social media. Thank you for being patient with us as we navigate some rather complex issues relating to public safety and providing library services to the community.

Sign Up!

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our computer use and browsing at Paoli.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click a button to see our SignUp.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot you like. For safety, you may not reserve more than one session a day.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please call 610.688.7092 x 212 (Tredyffrin) or 610.296.7996 (Paoli)  and a staff member can sign you up manually.

Use a PC at Tredyffrin Public Library

PC usage at TPL is on a first come, first serve basis. Patrons are restricted to one 45 minutes session per day.

Schedule to use a PC at Paoli Library

Please be aware that all PC usage will be limited to 45 minutes. We appreciate your cooperation.

Schedule to browse at Paoli Library

Please be aware that we ask that all browsing be limited to 30 minutes. We appreciate your cooperation.

An Evening with Madeline Miller Community Puzzle

Welcome Madeline Miller!

Friday, July 31 from 7 – 8:30 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Circe author Madeline Miller for a special zoom event. Registration limited and required.

Purchase a book to be signed by Ms. Miller & picked up by you at Main Point Books.

Are you missing our Community Puzzle while the libraries are closed? Please share your puzzle time in the comments below to connect with your community.