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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 using the subject line BoT question/comment by 8 pm on Wednesday, September 23.

Registration Link:

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 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 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

Note: 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.


GSK Science in the Summer!

Be a Chemist!

Be a chemist at home this summer! Beginning June 29 through July 8, click here to register for a chance to receive a bag of science materials and learn about chemistry.

Coming in July, the GSK Science in the Summer: Be a Chemist! program will be offered virtually in the greater Philadelphia area. This program consists of at-home experiments where children take on the roles of four different chemists to solve real-world problems: color chemist, materials chemist, medicinal chemist, and water chemist. The program will also include introductory videos and live virtual research team meetings with Franklin Institute educators to share results from the at-home experiments.  Be a Chemist! is designed for children ages 7-13, and we invite your whole family to explore together at home!

Families in the greater Philadelphia area will have a chance to enter an online lottery from June 29 – July 8, to receive a free kit of science materials for one of the Be a Chemist! activities. Please note that if you are not selected in this random lottery, all activity guides, materials lists, and videos will be shared online, so you can still assemble your own materials and have fun being chemists at home!

Community Puzzle Celebrating Taylor

Thank you, Taylor! Congratulations & Best Wishes!

Today we celebrate Taylor Baugher!

Taylor has been both a volunteer and treasured staff member at both Tredyffrin Public Library & Paoli Library over the last few years.

While we are sad that she is leaving us, we are excited to announce that she will be putting her Masters of Library Science degree to good use as she starts her first professional academic librarian position in Virginia.

We know you will miss seeing her smiling face at the circulation and reference desks as well as her excellent instruction during one-on-one tech time and the other programs she has run for the libraries.

Join us in saying thank you and good luck to Taylor in the comments below and by completing this week’s community puzzle & sharing your time.

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.


Crime & Cookies Community Puzzle

Are you missing our Community Puzzle while the libraries are closed?

This Friday, we’re excited to welcome Gina & Andrea back to tell us another true crime tale with Crime & Cookies!

Register to attend our Zoom Webinar on Friday, June 19 at 7 pm.

Please share your puzzle time in the comments below to connect with your community.


Curbside Pickup Now Available

As of Monday, June 15, 2020, Curbside Pickup Now Available!


We’re excited to offer this new service!

Please note that during this part of the yellow phase, the buildings remain closed to the public.
At this time, we are happy to be able to provide curbside pickup, the first step in providing more access to the library for you!
We are unsure when the buildings will be available for computer use & browsing. We appreciate your patience while we work towards solutions to keep us all as safe as possible.

Please note our modified hours:

Contact staff via:
reference chat through (M-F 10 am – 5 pm by selecting the text box in the lower right hand corner of this page)
speak with a staff member during modified hours or leave a message by calling our phone lines.

Hours for both locations are:

Monday: 11 am – 7 pm, Tuesday: 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday: 11 am – 7 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm, Friday: 9 am – 3 pm & Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. Closed Sundays.

Reserve Library Materials

You can place items on hold through our online catalog or via the CCLS App, available on Apple & Android devices.
You can also call the library during modified hours to place your holds.
Make sure all your items are going to the library of your choice. You will be unable to schedule your pickup until your holds lists “READY FOR PICKUP”

Schedule your pickup

When your items are ready, you will receive an email that includes a link to select an available pickup time.
You can also check your hold status or modify your scheduled pickups at
The site will ask you for a password. Use the pin connected with your library card. If you’re unsure of your pin, please email or call one of the libraries during modified hours & staff can reset & guide you through creating your new pin.

Pick Up Your Holds

At the designated time, you will be able to find your items waiting for you by the front entrance of the library you selected for your pickup.
Materials will be packaged in brown paper bags and labeled with your first name & last initial.

Practice Social Distancing

If there is another patron collecting their pickup, or a staff member restocking the pickup area, please wait until they have moved away before you approach the building.
Please read and observe directions on posted signs.

Take your books home!

The items you pick up will already be checked out to your account, so all you need to do is take them home & enjoy your books! Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading too!
You may use the book drops to return items too. There will also be a place by the pickup area for you to leave returns. Please note, all returned items are being quarantined & will not be checked in for 3 days, remaining on your account. Don’t worry, you won’t get fined for any returned items that are quarantined.

Thank you for your Patience!

We are all in this together & we can’t tell you how much we appreciate your patience as we learn this new system.
We will continue to update any changes via our weekly AdLib newsletters, on our website & via our social media channels.
Please call with any questions you may have.