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2024 Arbo-READ-um

2024 Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event

Join Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens for the fourth annual Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event beginning on July 1st! 

Book cover for Slow Birding by Joan E. StrassmannArbo-READ-um is a program series born from a partnership between the library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. This summer, we will work together to provide opportunities to promote literacy, library and arboretum usage, and community conversations by discussing a book with the Tredyffrin Township community.

The book selection for 2024 is Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard by Joan E. Strassmann.

From July 1st through August 16th, join us in reading Slow Birding and learning more about our backyard bird friends. This one-of-a-kind guide to birding locally encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them. Strassmann tells colorful stories of the most common birds to be found in the United States—birds we often see but might not have considered deeply before. Slow Birding is a perfect book for those looking to embrace the joys of birding right where they are.

View the schedule of events below and find instructions about
how to log your participation for the community read in Beanstack.

 

MONDAY, JULY 1

Arbo-READ-um Kick-Off

Begin logging Arbo-READ-um activities and your reading journey of Slow Birding. Register on Beanstack to enter to win a prize pack featuring bird-related goodies as well as a signed copy of the book. A winner will be selected on Friday, August 16.

Register for Beanstack here: ccls.beanstack.org

After registering or signing in, you will see a list of challenges. Find and select “2024 Arbo-READ-um.” The unique challenge code is ARBOREADUM24. If you have questions about signing up for Beanstack or locating the challenge, please stop by the library or contact the Tredyffrin Public Library Reference Desk at 610-688-7092 x212.

 


 

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Makerspace: Needle Felted Birds (Adults & Teens 16+)

10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Learn the art of needle felting and create an adorable little bird to take home. All materials are provided.

Free of charge | Location: Tredyffrin Public Library

Registration is required. Register here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/12541082.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 18

Slow Birding

7:00–8:30 PM 

Joan E. Strassmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis and Author of Slow Birding 

In the heart of migration, it is easy to jump from one bird to the next, tallying counts of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and thrushes with increasing speed. But there is another way to approach birding—through slow, quiet observation. Join Dr. Strassmann in getting to know the most common birds, not just by sight, but by behavior. Discover their unique stories and enrich your experiences of our most commonly seen birds.

Free of charge | Virtual event
Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912793077667

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Guided Bird Walk

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Troy Bynum, Avid Birder and Owner of TB Wildlife Photography, LLC 

Get outside and discover which birds are at Jenkins during summer breeding. Explore diverse habitats including woodland, pond edge, and stream-side paths. All levels of birders are welcome, especially new birders. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes with good traction for various terrains.

Free of charge | Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912809827767

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Drop In: Flapping Bird Clips (Ages 5+)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop in between 10AM and 12PM to create a bird clip that can flap its wings! Ages 5+

Free of charge | Location: Tredyffrin Public Library

No registration is required, but you may sign up to receive an email reminder. Sign up here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/12541853

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

Summer Storytime: Bird Bonanza

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Enjoy a bird-themed read aloud with Stephanie Bragg from the Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins! Join us for a morning in nature and learn something new while listening to engaging stories. Sidewalk chalk will be available after for creating art with our feathered friends for inspiration!

All ages welcome, most suitable for ages 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free of charge | Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 

Registration is strongly recommended. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912777872187

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

Cavity-Nesting Birds with Jennifer Uehling, Ph.D.

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Jennifer Uehling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, West Chester University 

Cavity-nesters are birds that nest in holes in trees, and they will also readily nest in human-provided nest boxes. This creates an excellent system for studying bird breeding behavior and ecology. Dr. Uehling will explore species of cavity-nesters in this region, including Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, House Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees, and will share findings from her own research on Tree Swallow foraging ecology.

Free of charge | Virtual event

Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912801743587

 


 

Beanstack Prize Pack

Once you complete activities in Beanstack, you can enter to win a prize pack featuring goodies from Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens! Some of the prizes include a signed copy of Slow Birding, a library tote bag and water bottle, a set of notecards, a reusable dishcloth, The Backyard Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Field Guide, and more!

A winner will be selected and contacted on Friday, August 16th to celebrate the conclusion of Arbo-READ-um.

Indian Independence Day!

Celebrate India’s 75th Year of Independence!

August 15, 2022   7 – 9 pm

At Tredyffrin Public Library or online via Zoom

Registration required, register here!

Click here to learn more and for a brief musical sample!

Pandit Milind Raikar

Lata Mangeshkar

Violin recital by Pandit Milind Raikar.

Swarpradnya Pandit Milind Raikaris a renowned musician from Goa. He is an acknowledged Hindustani classical violinist of the present generation. He is known for his melodious & soulful style of playing the violin.  He is a disciple of Padmashri Pandit D.K. Datar and Gaanasaraswati Kishoritai Amonkar.

And a tribute to the Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar.

 

 

 

FREE ADMISSION
Light refreshments will be available as well as a henna artist. Donations are requested.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month here.

 

Join the library in honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by checking out a book written by or about Asian Pacific Americans or by joining the library in reading and discussing Pachinko by Min Jin Lee on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Register for the Pachinko discussion here.

 

Check out a list of 20 adult fiction and nonfiction books recommended by librarians that are by or about Asian Pacific Americans. Click the title to place a hold on the item.

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pachinko by Ming Jin Lee

Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Severance by Ling Ma

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Red Fox Book Donation Days

Donate Your Books on Donation Days!

The Red Fox Book Shop volunteers invite you bring book donations on specific days and times.

  • Curbside Drop-off is available during Donation Days courtesy of Conestoga’s Key Club Members.   A team of Key Club volunteers will move books from vehicles into the library.
  • More Donation Days may be added when storage space becomes available.

2024 Donation Days 10am – 2pm

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 23
  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 22
  • July 27
  • August 24
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • December TBD

LIMIT: No more than 4 boxes or bags (Please, no huge boxes or bags: banker’s boxes are perfect!)

WE CANNOT ACCEPT: Books that are moldy, mildewed, food-stained, heavily highlighted or underlined, or falling apart.

ADDITIONALLY: No textbooks, magazines, computer books or travel guides that are more than two years old.

Our 2023 Book Sale Dates are:

  • Spring Book Sale – March 17-19
  • Summer Reading Book Sale – June 9-11
  • Holiday Book Sale – November 3-5

Book Sales are on Friday-Saturday-Sunday weekends in 2023.

 

 

 

Money Smart Week 2022

Money Smart Week @ Tredyffrin Public Library

Celebrate Money Smart Week, April 9th through April 16th at Tredyffrin Public Library. Money Smart Week is a national public education program coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that empowers people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions.

 

What is Financial Literacy? Having the knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed fiscal and economic decisions for personal life planning and business interests including responsible budgeting, spending, and saving skills.

 

Why Financial Literacy? More than one in six U.S. students do not reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy. 45% of U.S. adults give themselves a grade of C, D, or F on their personal finance knowledge. Financial literacy is crucial because it provides a foundation for informed financial decision-making. Through financial literacy we can improve the proficiencies and scores previously mentioned.

 

Join us during the following programs throughout Money Smart Week!

 

Budget Basics

Sunday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Zoom Webinar [Virtual]

Do you have more month at the end of your money? In this workshop we’ll cover strategies and tips anyone can do to improve your personal finances with simple goal setting, budgeting, and money saving strategies. Whether you are high tech, low tech, or old school pen and paper, we’ll show you a way to budget that works for you. Plus, you’ll learn creative and easy tactics to cut unnecessary expenses, and how save more of your hard-earned money.

 

Credit Basics

Monday, April 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Zoom Webinar [Virtual]

In this overview of all things Credit, you’ll learn what impacts your credit score, how to increase your credit score, the difference between Credit Karma and the credit scores a lender pulls, and how to protect yourself from identity theft. In addition, we’ll cover how to spot and address fraudulent items on your credit report, collections, as well as building and re-establishing credit.

 

Retirement & Post-Retirement Financial Planning
Monday, April 11th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

Are you planning for retirement? Perhaps you’ve already retired and are exploring options to navigate within an ever-changing financial landscape. Join us for an informative discussion on retirement planning strategies with Norman MacQueen, former Chester County Controller and investment advisor with 30+ years of financial experience. We will discuss tools and tactics for achieving your retirement goals in what can fairly be described as an ‘interesting’ economic environment.

 

Medicare 101

Thursday, April 14th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

If you’re planning to retire or are retired, it’s important to know your Medicare plan options. This workshop will go over the elements of traditional Medicare Part A and Part B and what is covered; the difference between Medicap and Advantage Plans; how to find out if your doctor accepts the plan; and what are the options for Part D Prescription Plans. These important decision can affect both your out of pocket costs and if your choice of doctors and health care facilities.

Presented by Eastern PA Medicare

 

Foundations of Investing

Thursday, April 14th, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

Building your investor IQ starts with understanding the basics. Whether you are new to investing or need a refresher, this presentation discusses the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals.

 

3 Critical Habits for the Wealth Generation

Friday, April 15th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

Following the teachings of finance habit building greats, Dave Ramsey, Ray Dalio, and Suzy Orman, we’ll review the top 3 critical habits. Transparency, Saving vs Debit, and Cash Flow management. This program is ideal for high earners making over $175k.

 

Questions about the programs? Email Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org.

2022 Health & Wellness Fair

Join Tredyffrin Public Library on Saturday, March 19th for a full day focused on physical, emotional & social well-being at Tredyffrin Public Library’s first Virtual Health & Wellness Fair! Throughout the day-long program, the library will offer free health & wellness programs. In addition to the short, free programs, local health & wellness-based organizations & businesses, such as local gyms & various health services, we will be providing information about ways in which the community can better their health & wellness.

The Virtual Health and Wellness Fair will offer a wealth of topics including basic exercise, healthy eating & mental health awareness. Whether you are maintaining your fitness goals or looking to set new & improved goals, the Virtual Health & Wellness Fair is sure to have something for everyone!

You could win a Fit Bit Inspire 2! Attend at least one program during the Virtual Health & Wellness Fair to receive the secret code word. Submit this brochure with the code word, your name & contact information to enter in for a chance to win a Fit Bit Inspire 2.

 

Organizations that you can connect with include: 

BoneWise

Children’s Dental Clinic

NAMI Main Line

Philadelphia Integrative Medicine

ProActive Wellness Coaching

Relaxation & Healing Through Getting to Know Ourselves

Village Wellness

Zen Meditation

See the Event Brochure

Check out & register for the following programs throughout the day:

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Meet your local community wellness organizations

 

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Zen Meditation

 

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Philadelphia Integrative Medicine Live

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Holistic DIY Tips for Neck Pain Relief

 

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Relaxation and Healing Through Getting to Know Ourselves

 

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Breathing for Immune Strength, Stress Relief and Sustained Calm

 

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Local Mental Health Resources with NAMI Main Line

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Increase Your Energy and Vitality! Supporting the Gut Brain Connection for Mental Wellness, From Within

 

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Maximizing Bone Health: How to Prevent and Overcome Osteoporosis

 

Questions or comments can be directed to the Adult Programming & Community Outreach Librarian, Zoey Mills by emailing zmills@ccls.org or calling (610) 688-7092 x220.

 

Read It & Steep Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Read It & Steep!

Your vote counts! See the highest rated titles from the last decade of Read It & Steep selections and let us know how you would rate them.

Whether or not you’ve ever attended a meeting of RI&S, your rating is welcome. If you’ve read one of the books below, just use the linear scale to mark how highly you think of the title.

Thank you for your participation!

Erik Larson Author Event

Save the Date: Best Selling Author Erik Larson

Join us for this virtual fundraising event: Wednesday, March 9, 7 – 8pm

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Ticket Options:
• $35.00 Basic Ticket: Entry to the program & a signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile.
• $55.00 Tea Ticket: Entry to the program, signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile, library branded tea tin, tea
& chocolates to enjoy during the program.

Premium Packages sales end February 28. Basic tickets available through March 8, however tickets purchased after Friday, March 4 are not guaranteed to receive their book in time for the event.

Signed books & premium packages will arrive at the library by March 5.

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.
  • How & when do I get my signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile?
    • A library staff person will contact you to pick up your book and/or premium package the
      week between March 4-9. Your pick up location is the library you designate during
      registration.
  • How do I view the virtual event?
    • Login instructions will be listed in the event program & emailed to registrants prior to
      the event. Event programs will be included in the Premium Ticket/Basic Ticket.