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Welcome 2022!

Next Week’s Special Programs

Grab & Go: Wooden Birdhouse Kit
Pickups begin Thursday, January 6
Pickups at Tredyffrin Public Library
AGES 9-12. This a Grab& Go Kit, to be completed independently at home in your own time — there is no live program associated with this project.

Register to pick up a Wodden Birdhouse Kit to assemble and decorate. Supplies will include precut wood pieces, a hook, a paint sponge, and instructions. Registration begins Thursday, December 30. One kit per registration; if you need more than one, please register each child separately. Kits are limited, so please register only if you will be able to pick up your kit between January 6 and 13.

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

REGISTER HERE

Zooming into StorytimeZooming into Storytime
Thursday, January 6, 10:30 am
For ages birth to 5: Stories, songs & fun on zoom with Miss Stephanie!
Contact Stephanie Bragg at sbragg@ccls.org with questions.
Bone Detectives with the Mütter MuseumBone Detectives with the Mütter Museum
Thursday, January 6, 7 pm
What happens when a skeleton is discovered? How do scientists use bones to solve crimes? With the library and the Mütter Museum, you will learn about the role of forensic anthropology in criminal investigation, and what can be learned from examining skeletal remains.
Contact Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org with questions.

Virtual Trivia NightVirtual Trivia Night
Friday, January 7, 7 pm

The family is invited to join Quizmaster Kate for a fun evening of trivia using Zoom Webinar & Kahoot! Download the Kahoot app to your device or visit kahoot.it in your browser. Register in advance by clicking the link provided. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note: We recommend 2 devices to participate– 1 device to watch the question stream & 1 device to answer the trivia questions. You can download the app (iOS store or Android) or visit kahoot.it in your smart phone browser.

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

Mystery Book Club

Mystery Book Club
Monday, January 10, 11 am

The Mystery Book Club will meet at 11 am on the second Monday of each month, currently meeting via zoom.

Read any title that meets the topic. Share your reading & learn about other titles.

This month’s topic is Forensic Anthropologists.

  • Suggested authors include:
    • Aaron Elkin
    • Ellie Griffiths
    • Kathy Reich

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

Make It Mini: Origami

Make It Mini: Origami
Tuesday, January 11, 4:30 pm

AGES 8-12. Make It Mini is a monthly program where we will construct mini versions of art and craft projects. Participants may then also submit their work for the Mini Art Show library display throughout the month of April (all work will be returned after the show).

THIS MONTH: Mini origami paper sculptures. This is a virtual class via Zoom geared toward beginner and intermediate students, but experienced folders are also welcome to register and share their tips. You will be able to pick up a supply kit prior to the program. Registration begins Tuesday, December 28.

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

REGISTER HERE

Virtual Write AlongVirtual Write Along
Tuesday, January 11, 6 pm

Do you need an hour to focus on writing your poetry, novel, or screenplay? This program allows you to write “with” others while listening to classical music or ambient sounds. No experience or sharing required; just use this time to feel accountable to yourself for exploring your creative side.

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

Word BasicsWood Basics
3 Part Series starting Tuesday, January 11, 7 pm
Learn the basics of Microsoft Word during this 3-part program series. The skills covered in this webinar will include understanding the title & ribbon bar, text formatting & editing, inserting lists, charts, & photos & utilizing templates.
Contact Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org with questions.

Pokémon Escape Room [Group #1]Pokémon Escape Room
Wednesday, January 12,
Session One: 5 – 6 pm, Session Two: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Session Three: 8 – 9 pm

Escape from a virtual Pokémon themed escape room! Open to all ages, but puzzles were designed for adults. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

The virtual escape room will occur over Zoom meetings– cameras and microphones must be enabled in order for conducive communication between group members!

Only 5 individuals, or computers, are allowed within each group! Registration is required– the information to the Zoom meeting will be emailed the day of, so be sure to enter your current email address while registering. Families or friend groups interested in playing MUST register EACH, INDIVIDUAL computer in use. More than one player can be on one screen at a time, or if players are using the same screen for Zoom, you only need to register as one player. Open to all ages, but puzzles were designed for adults. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org with questions.

Recurring Programs

One-on-One Tech SessionOne-on-One Tech Help
Wednesdays, 10 am & every other Friday, 4 pm

Tech Help Guidelines

The objective of tech sessions is to teach patrons the skills they need to successfully and independently navigate their technology needs.

To protect the library and the patron, tech sessions cannot include private information, such as confidential emails, financial or medical information, employment records, social security numbers or topics deemed sensitive by library staff. As per our Reference Service Policy, library staff will not provide or offer advice, interpretation, recommendation, opinion or personal experience. Resources on specialized topics (e.g., legal, medical, financial, political, or religious) may be provided, however specifics will not be discussed.

Tech sessions are provided based on the availability of library staff and may be limited in terms of length. Appointments should be scheduled via the appointment sign-up option at ccls.libcal.com and limited to 2 times per month to provide opportunities for other patrons to take advantage of the service.

Schedule a one-on-one session tailored to your needs with Zoey, the Adult Programming & Community Outreach Librarian. Please note: the tech help sessions will be scheduled via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype. Phone call sessions are limited, email Zoey to schedule a phone one-on-one tech session.

Schedule for virtual tech help sessions:

  • Wednesday’s @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Every other Friday @ 4:00 p.m.

Schedule by clicking this link.

These times don’t work for you? Email Zoey to find a more convenient time.

Storytime GIFs | TenorFamily Storytimes via Zoom
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.

Startup, Meeting, BrainstormingWeekly 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.

Jackbox Party Pack Did Someone Say Jackbox GIF - JackboxPartyPack DidSomeoneSayJackbox Text GIFsTeen Game Night with Nick
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.

Questions should be directed to Ying at yingcns@gmail.com.
Join on Zoom

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

Flood Update

On Wednesday morning, the library experienced flooding from a leaking hot water pipe fitting. This flooding caused extensive damage in the old library entrance (now an emergency exit/staff door) and the elevator hallway where the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library store donated books, where the ceiling opened and water penetrated through much of those materials. There is also extensive damage to the sheetrock, lighting, and drop ceilings throughout that whole area.

We are grateful to the Township Head of Public Works for his immediate response and assistance shutting the library’s water off and working to mitigate the damage as fast as possible. The Township is also assisting us with the claim process.
Also on Wednesday, Servpro removed wet materials, vacuumed out the water, removed damaged sheetrock, ceiling tiles and light fixtures, and set up fans throughout the affected area. A dumpster remains in the parking lot to hold damaged materials. As of today, some fans were able to be removed but some will remain through the weekend.
Electricians shut off power Wednesday morning to allow for assessment of damage to light fixtures and shorting. Electricians will return to the building on Tuesday to assess and hopefully restore power. Many lights were damaged and shorted and will require replacement.
We had to temporarily and partially disable the sprinkler and fire detection systems to prevent false alarms that could trigger if there was water in the ceiling.
It is currently unsafe for the public to access the Tredyffrin Public Library building because of the lack of electricity, fire and sprinkler detection systems, the multiple fans, and the debris. We hope to reopen the building sometime next week. Until we can do so, our librarians are providing contactless pick up, and virtual programs continue for all ages. We have requested that patrons not use our book drops, and directed all to Paoli Library, which is undamaged and open.
Again, we thank you for your support of the library and hope you are safe and dry after these challenging storms. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me here.
Sincerely,
Library Director

Tredyffrin Public Library Closed

Due to flooding in our building, Tredyffrin Public Library is closed to the public for at least Wednesday, September 1 & Thursday, September 2, 2021.

In an effort to minimize damage to library materials, please return your items to another Chester County library instead of using the TPL book drops.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Update 08.18.2021

From the Township Manager:

“Following the recommendations from the CDC during the time of the spread of COVID-19 Delta variant, and to protect the health of our employees as well as the general public, beginning Wednesday August 18, 2021, Tredyffrin Township requires that masks be worn by everyone entering and while inside any Township facilities including the Township Libraries.

Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the building. Thank you for your understanding & your willingness to keep our unvaccinated children visitors safe!

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.

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!