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NaNoWriMo 2019

NaNoWriMo 2019: TPL partnership

*This is an independent event managed by a community partner. The NaNoWriMo name and logo are used by special permission.

The library is excited to be partnering with NaNoWriMo this November. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where writers from all around the world come together and write their stories, aiming for 50,000 words during the month of November.

Those interested in participating are welcome to join us on Saturday, November 2 at 10 for our Kick-Off Party.

We are also offering weekly Come Write In Sessions, providing writers with a space to work and communicate with others.
Come Write In: Wednesdays, 11/6, 11/13 & 11/20 & Monday, 11/25, 6 – 8:30 pm

Celebrate your progress with our Midway Party on Thursday, November 14, from 1 – 3:30 pm

Finally, we want to celebrate your achievement with our Afternoon of Authoring Alarmingly, a final sprint to get those 50,000 words on Saturday, November 30 from 3 – 5 pm. Continue reading

Golf Classic Results 2019

Back Row: Library Foundation Board members Scott Moon and Patricia Exley; Event Chair Warren Kampf: Tredyffrin Supervisors Kevin O’Nell and Matt Holt; Library Director Chris Kibler; Chester County Commissioner Terrence Farrell; Library Foundation Board member and lead event volunteer Jennifer Whip; Library Foundation Board President James Kim; Library Trustee Anthony Ferris. Front Row: Library Trustees Kim McDonnell, Johanna Pauciulo and Helen Yao; Chair of Chester County’s Board of County Commissioners, Michelle Kichline


Golfers, sponsors and volunteers came together on September 26 for the Penn Medicine Golf Classic, a day of golf and celebration at St. Davids Golf Club, raising funds for the Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation’s endowment, which provides for future growth and sustainability of Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library.

The Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation hosted its first major fundraiser, the Penn Medicine Golf Classic, on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The event raised more than $40,000.  Warren Kampf was the event chair and Paul Olson was the honorary chair.

Penn Medicine pledged headline support for the event last fall and many other community businesses and leaders also contributed sponsorships. Additional sponsors included Aqua Pennsylvania, Wawa, Pennsylvania Trust, Eadeh Enterprises, Pat & Jim Siegel, Shelley & Mike Heaberg, and nearly 25 others (full sponsor list below).

The Penn Medicine Golf Classic participants enjoyed a barbeque lunch on the terrace at St. Davids Golf Club, eighteen holes of golf, snacks and beverages, several on-course contests, a raffle and a cocktail reception.  BMW of Devon provided a car for a Hole in One Contest.

“This was a milestone day for both libraries and especially the Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation.  Our goal was to raise $25,000, so we are extremely humbled and grateful for our extraordinary success, which was made possible by our sponsors, volunteers and golfers. We look forward to this day of support and celebration becoming a tradition,” said Chris Kibler, Library Director.

Golfers warm up before the Penn Medicine Golf Classic on September 26, 2019, at St. Davids Golf Club.

 Headline Sponsor:

Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor:

Lunch Sponsor:

Driving Range Sponsors: 

  • The Mike & Shelley Heaberg Family; The Jim & Pat Siegel Family

Drink & Snack Cart Sponsor:

Registration Sponsor:

Prize Sponsor:

Print Sponsor:

Floral Sponsor:

Hole Sponsors:

Tournament Results:

1st Place (Gross): Tim Dwyer, James Decker, Mike Hayden & Scott Moon (Score: one over par gross)

Low Net Individual: Jeremy Levy (Score: 68)

Low Gross Individual: Paul Rafailidis (Score: 70)

Closest to the Hole: John Black (Score: 6’9”)

Straightest Drive: Phil Burtoff

Putting Contest Winner: Joshua Snyder

All pictures courtesy of Chris Swisher. See more photos of the event.

Top Ten Teen Books of 2019

The Teens have spoken! The Top Ten YA books of 2019 have been decided.

You can read reviews by other teens on the DogoBooks website.

Interested in borrowing one of this year’s winning titles? Just click on an image below to find it in the CCLS catalog.

And the Winners Are . . .


Suggest a title for the Teens’ Top Ten!

See all the Teens’ Top Ten books, plus titles from YALSA’s other awards and booklists, in the Teen Book Finder App.

Raffle Tickets Available

Raffle Tickets Available: Penn Medicine Charity Golf Classic

Our first Charity Golf Outing is coming up on Thursday, September 26. Even if you are unable to attend, you can still get in on the action by purchasing raffle tickets to some amazing prizes!

$1 for 1 Raffle Ticket OR Buy More & Save – 15 Tickets for $10

Raffle tickets are available now. Purchase them below, in person at Tredyffrin Public Library, or at the Penn Medicine Golf Classic.

You need not be present at the event to win!

Storytime Golden TicketFitness Jump Start Gift BasketEagles Gift BasketTeresa’s Whiskey Tasting

Primo Hoagies Gift CardFree Rentals at TTLMain Line School Night Gift CardReading Phillies Tickets 

Gentle Touch Car Wash Package • Le Pain Qoutidien Gift Basket & Gift CardTTL LOVE GlassesSeasons 52 Gift Card

 Edible Arrangements Gift CardSnap Kitchen Gift Card • Entry to Longwood GardensMeal for Two at Honeygrow

Trader Joe’s Gift Bag

Purchase Raffle Tickets

Storytime Golden Ticket

Don’t rush your kids out the door & stress about getting space in storytime. With this golden ticket, you’re in every time, guaranteed!

Value: priceless

Donor: Tredyffrin Public Library Children’s Department

Notes: Admittance for children ages 5 & under with a caregiver. Expires: 10/1/2020

Fitness Jump Start Gift Basket

Jump start your fitness with this extraordinary package from Club La Maison.

  • 3 month membership
  • a FitStart
  • 2 Personal Training Sessions
  • 1 30-minute massage

Value: $519

Donor: Club La Maison

Notes: New Members Only

Eagles Gift Basket

Filled to the brim with Eagles fan gear:

  • Youth L hoodie pullover
  • Youth M Ajayi jersey
  • Believe It by Nick Foles
  • Eagles decorative flag
  • Sports Illustrated “Again?!” issue
  • Jason Kelce limited edition bobblehead
  • USPS Commemorative envelope dated 2/4/2018
  • NFL Oyosports Fletcher Cox minifigure
  • Eagles domino set
  • Superbowl Teddy Bear
  • Eagles patch

Value: $313

Donor: Sharon Humble & Doug Jones

Teresa’s Whiskey Tasting for Four

You and three friends will enjoy a private tasting, featuring 5 spirits with charcuterie and cheese to accompany them. Your experience will be guided by Teresa’s Beverage Director.

Value: $250

Donor: Teresa’s Cafe

Notes: Tasting may not be scheduled on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Primo Hoagies Gift Card

Enjoy South Philly style hoagies on freshly baked bread with premium meats & cheeses that are sourced locally & chopped fresh. Use this gift card to cover weeks of lunches or a party!

Value: $150

Donor: Primo Hoagies

A Year of Free Rentals

Never hesitate to rent a DVD, video game, or audiobook from the library! You’ll have unlimited free rentals at Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library for a whole year.

Value: $120

Donor: Tredyffrin Township Libraries

Note: Winner is still responsible for any overdue fines accrued.

Main Line School Night Gift Card

Use this gift card towards the cost of any of the 475 + classes offered by Main Line School Night.

Value: $100

Donor: Main Line School Night

Expiration: Gift Card is good through September 26, 2020

4 Diamond Club Level Seats for the Reading Phils 2020 Season

Enjoy an exciting baseball game at First Energy Field. Giveaways, contests & America’s favorite pastime. Will you see a future Philadelphia Phillies star?

Value: $100

Donor: Jim Salveson, JP Mascaro & sons

Note: Winner will need to contact donor to obtain tickets.

Five Full Service Car Washes

Give your car the care it deserves! This booklet includes five coupons for full service, ultimate plus car washes at Gentle Touch Car Wash. Locations in Malvern, Coatesville, Aston & Philadelphia.

Value: $99

Donor: Gentle Touch Car Wash

Note: May not be combined with other discounts.

Le Pain Quotidien Gift Basket & Gift Card

Sample a spread, a jam, a selection of fine teas & a bag of coffee. Then enjoy $25 toward the restaurant.

Value: $85

Donor: Le Pain Quotidien, Wayne

Tredyffrin Township Libraries LOVE Glasses

Show your love of the libraries with a set of six pint glasses with the libraries LOVE logo.

Value: $60

Donor: Tredyffrin Township Libraries

Seasons 52 Gift Card

Sample the seasonal approach to food & wine at Seasons 52. Choose grilled or oak-roasted specialties or spend an evening sampling wine by the glass.

Value: $52

Donor: Seasons 52

Edible Arrangements Gift Card

Cater a party or send a gift of Edible Arrangements’ delectable & beautiful arrangements of edible treats!

Value: $50

Donor: Edible Arrangements

Snap Kitchen Gift Card

Make healthy eating a breeze with Snap Kitchen’s prepared food. With none of the stuff you don’t want in your food & all the freshness & taste you do want! Snap Kitchen is the answer for busy, health-conscious people who want to enjoy their food.

Value: $50

Donor: Snap Kitchen

Admission for Two to Longwood Gardens

Explore acres of flowers, trees & meadows, as well as an indoor conservatory & mansion at the local gem, Longwood Gardens. Longwood is enchanting in all seasons.

Value: $46

Donor: James Kim & Helen Yao

Note:Not valid on blackout days (peak days), Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during A Longwood Christmas through January 1 & not valid anytime December 26 through January 1.
May not be used for admission to special ticketed events.

Honeygrow Meal for Two

Enjoy a meal for two at Honeygrow, with locations in Radnor and King of Prussia. Customize your perfect meal from a wholesome menu of stir-fries, salads, bowls and juices.

Value: $30, expires 12/31/2019

Donor: Honeygrow

Trader Joe’s Seasonal Gift Bag

Sample an array of Trader Joe’s classic pantry items and seasonal staples. All items are shelf-stable.

Value: $25

Donor: Trader Joe’s

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TTL Water Bottles for Sale

Buy your TTL Water Bottle Today!

Rachel displays one of our TTL water bottles

Have you seen the new TTL water bottles for sale at your libraries? Celebrate the libraries being the heart of our community, show off your style, and keep yourself hydrated!

These water bottles use technology to keep your choice of beverage hot or cold for hours. They’re super cute too.

Your $20 purchase supports the Tredyffin Township Libraries Foundation.

Stop by one of the libraries to pick one up or fill out the form below to purchase.


Crime & Cookies Interview

Andrea Duffy and Gina Gennari host Crime & Cookies.

We welcome the ladies from Crime & Cookies, Gina Gennari and Andrea Duffy, at the library on Friday, August 16th, for their live show.


Gina and Andrea took some time to let us get to know them before they come for their show:


Briefly describe yourself and what to expect for the Crime & Cookies @ TPL program.

 We are Andrea Duffy and Gina Gennari, two Philly comedians and true crime buffs who host Crime & Cookies. We are excited to bring our show to TPL and believe this is the perfect pairing because there are so many rabbit holes and subjects for further interest in every true crime case. Whether investigating the geography, geology, or genealogy in a cold case, deconstructing the human behavior of a serial killer, or even dissecting the decisions made during trial, what better place to deep dive into crime than the place where you can continue your investigation or dig into a new one.


How did you get into true crime? And how did you decide to incorporate some elements of a live show to true crime?

 GG: I don’t remember the exact case that got me into true crime, but I can remember being really compelled by America’s Most Wanted and being fascinated by Robert Chambers/The Preppy Murder in the 1980s. I have always loved storytelling and mysteries, and I binge watched Law and Order and Dateline before I knew binge watching was a thing.  The recent popularity of true crime podcasts has helped to normalize the fascination and make it okay—for the most part—to talk about in public.

I desperately wanted to do a live show about true crime because I wanted to gather a big group of people together to talk about and process the stories that captivated me. The humor comes naturally because that is how I filter most of the world/cope. We never laugh at the victims or the crime, but rather the absurd details in the periphery, and the oddness of being a person in a world where these things happen.

AD: ahhhh Dateline! We had Dateline and 20/20 on all the time in our house growing up. I think Gina and I grew up in an interesting time: the rise of the 24/7 news cycle, and being exposed to those huge crime stories that just churned on and on for days/weeks/months non-stop (for example I was 14 during the Jonbenet Ramsey case and 13 during OJ’s trial). So “True Crime” has always been, just, in the air. My case that got me into it as an explicit interest, though, is a pretty recent one: the disappearance of Elisa Lam from her hotel in LA. Probably because it’s so strange and unsolved, it was the first case that made me go “I have to know Every Single Thing about this” and google anything and everything related.

I love our show because it’s live. I love the people who come out because they’re just like us, they want to talk about this weird niche interest that we all have. And we’re all talking back to the podcasts we listen to so with a live show we can actually have a conversation in real time.


What true crime/survivor story has impacted you the most?

 GG: I have too many answers for this because there are so many survivors who are strong, kick ass human beings. But I will include two here. First is Mary Vincent, a fifteen year old who was savagely attacked and left for dead by monster Larry Singleton in 1978, but somehow found the unimaginable strength and courage to survive. I am abbreviating the details here because they are gruesome, but her story remains one of the most haunting and unforgettable I’ve ever heard, and I am humbled by her will and fierceness.

The second is Josefina Rivera who survived after being trapped in Gary Heidnik’s basement and enduring unspeakable pain, torture, and abuse. Her book, Cellar Girl, tells the harrowing story in her own words, and it is all at once moving and devastating. It is difficult not to be in awe of her fortitude.

AD: Ah screw it for positive effect, true-crime-wise I’m going to say Karen and Georgia of My Favorite Murder. BECAUSE they made “f*** politeness” a rallying cry (sorry, am I allowed to swear? I only need, like, two more). SO many predators rely on social mores of not making a scene or being difficult, especially because women are socialized to have a mortal dread of being labelled a Difficult Woman. “F** Politeness” reminds us to not go along with things we aren’t comfortable with just for going-along’s sake– good to remember in all areas of life! I think it’s a good effect all-around to have that reminder out there in the world.


What is your favorite book and why?

GG: My favorite author is Ray Carver, and I have read all of his short story collections, so I would include those as well as Nine Stories by JD Salinger. I also love Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill and enjoy reading their plays. Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five are both on the list.

AD: I read so much—usually like three books at a time—that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I will say a book that had a profound effect on me is The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker, which is true crime related! It’s about how our brains are always taking in information and that we can trust our instincts to avoid danger (which ties back to F*** Politeness, and now I am through with swears). I will also add that I only still have one book from my childhood, and it’s my taped-together copy of The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.


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National Book Lover’s Day 2019

Thanks to everyone who participated in sharing their favorite titles for National Book Lover’s Day! Check out the books our patrons & staff love:

Why we love these books:

Jane Austen got two nods, one for her book Pride & Prejudice. Another participant simply said, “Anything by Jane Austen.

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince is “fun to read.”

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is “Science fiction at its absolute best. The world building is immersive, the characters are real, relatable, so varied and beautiful. The writing envelopes you like a warm cup of tea and Chambers moves you to have all the feelings.”

Two participants chose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and said they love it “Because of the struggle between right and wrong.” & “For most of my childhood, I disliked reading. It wasn’t unitl my college friend recommended the series that my love of reading came alive! Since then, I have a huge appetite for books and have finally seen what I had been missing.”

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is loved because “The important message resonates in my everyday life . . . What will you do to make the world . . . And your community . . . A better place? Also she works in a library and plants lupines all over her community. Lovely!”

Two participants said their favorite book was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Georgia Hardstark & Karen Kilgariff’s Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is loved because it is “A heartfelt and empowering dual memoir of two of the funniest ladies in podcasting. They teach us how to stay safe in a world full of awful. They talk candidly of mental health issues and how your therapist can be your best life resource. Also they talk about murder.”

Dune by Frank Herbert is described as “imaginitive.”

One participant said all of Tony Hillerman because “I love his stories of the southwest.”

Patrick Jennings’s title We Can’t All be Rattlesnakes is enjoyed because “I liked the way the main character changes throughout the story.”

“Because it is amazing what people go through in life and succeed in the end.” The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – “It takes a complicated topic and deals with it thoughfully in a novel way. It blew me away the first time I read it.”

Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds “takes me to a completely different place and time.”

“Right now it has to be The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because I love to cry.”

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was “one of the first novels I grabbed out of the library without knowing anything about it.”

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is “A brilliant and poignant novel about race and the beauty ideal.”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is “A real page turner – and heartwarming too!”

Two participants loved the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, with one person choosing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as their favorite, while another simply said, “all of them, because they are awesome!”

Blindness by Jose Saramago because it “changed my perspective on what makes a community & family.”

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks because “It was written so cleverly, one of the first books I couldn’t put down until I finished it. It stayed on my mind for days. LOVE.”

Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety because “It captivated me. Loved the characters. I wanted to be invited over for dinner to join them.”

The Raven Cycle book series by Maggie Stiefvater because “The writing is lyrical & moving. I feel like I know the characters in person & it’s a great way to escape in a magical & mystical world.”

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles because of its “beautiful writing and it invites you to read it over and over again!”

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy because “it could have been my family.”

After the Fall (author unknown) because it “teaches children a great lesson on the importance of getting back up.”

Death Knell a collection by local authors, “I love it because it features authors who regularly meet at this library!”


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Are you a bibliophile?  Well, celebrate National Book Lover’s Day with us at Tredyffrin Public Library any time during open hours on Friday, August 9!  Expand your personal collection of books with a chance to win a $10 gift card to Main Point Books—all you need to do is stop by the Circulation Desk and tell us the title of your favorite book and why you like it so much!

Also stop by the Reference Desk where you can design a bookmark of your own with supplies provided.  If you don’t feel like designin

g a bookmark, grab one of the Adult Summer Reading bookmarks at the Reference Desk, which asks you to record every hour you read and enters you into a raffle to win a brand new Kindle Fire!

If you have any questions, contact Zoey at or call the library at 610.688.7092 x 220.



by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul


Saturday, August 3, 2019 & Sunday, August 4, 2019

7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm


EDGES is a song-cycle about coming of age, growth and self-discovery. Produced by Tredyffrin Public Library, Edges is entirely directed, musically directed, performed and conceived by college students.

The show is a one-act with no intermission. Tickets are $10 dollars to be paid at the door.

Reserve your seat:

Questions: Laurie Doan 610-688-7092 x 200


Rated PG 13


Zoe Pratt • Tara Moon • Donovan Shuler • Max Mooney



Emily Frederick


EDGES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


*Poster Artwork by Brandon Dernoga

Welcome Zoey

A Note from Director Chris Kibler

Please join me in welcoming Zoey Mills to Tredyffrin Public Library as our new Community Outreach and Adult Programs Librarian.

Zoey began working part time at Tredyffrin Public Library’s Reference Desk in 2016. She has worked in the Chester County Library System since 2015. She obtained a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree from Drexel University and will be leaving her position as Head of Programming and Library Services at J. Lewis Crozer Library in the Delaware County Library System to join the charismatic librarians, staff, and volunteers of Tredyffrin Township Libraries.

Zoey’s first day will be July 8th, 2019 – just in time for the Wednesday, July 10th Wednesday re-opening. Welcome Zoey!