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COVID-19 & Your Libraries: FaQ

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 & Your Libraries


How is COVID-19 affecting the libraries?

The library was ordered to close and cease all onsite operations, including materials check-out, on March 16. We moved as much programming and resources as possible online (see below for more).

 This crisis will affect the library financially. Key sources of income including room rental fees, DVD and video game rental fees, sales of snacks, printing pages and faxes, and donations made onsite during programs and at the circulation desk have fallen to zero while the buildings are closed. New software for webinars and virtual meetings and increased spending on electronic materials is necessary.

In total, we face a combined loss and increase in expenses of about $5,000 each month.  And, since the libraries will reopen gradually, we know that these financial challenges will continue. To help the library with loss of income and increased expenses during this time, please make a donation.

What are the libraries doing to help the community?

Immediately upon closing, librarians worked hard to make as much about the library as possible available virtually. Programs for children, adults, teens and seniors take place every day on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook Live (Social Media accounts here), and via webinar software. Reference librarians are available via email and through online chat.  Community members are able to connect with one another and librarians in program chats, in the Discord chat room, and on our social media pages. Our hope is that our virtual “library at your place” provides escape, pleasure, learning, and connection – things our community desperately needs during this time.


What is the library doing to help its staff?

Our staff are employed by Tredyffrin Township. Many are working from home to provide online programming. Those whose jobs can only be completed inside the building were paid through April 15, and are now on furlough, per decision by the Township. This allows our staff to collect unemployment, and the township is supporting them in this effort. These staff members are pre-qualified for reinstatement to meet staffing needs when our buildings reopen.


Why can’t I return books or get books via curbside pick up?

Pennsylvania’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries has mandated that libraries may not operate at all, and this prohibits us from accepting returned items and offering curbside pick-up. Furthermore, curbside pick-up and handling returned items would endanger our staff.


When will the libraries reopen?

We have not received information on reopening from the Governor or the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, so our buildings are closed indefinitely. When the libraries do reopen, it will likely be in a limited way for the safety of our staff and patrons. We will sanitize materials, host programs and allow access according to guidelines provided by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.


How can I help?

Your financial support will help us both to weather the decreases in revenue and to continue to invest in the tools and resources necessary to offer the most engaging and inspiring virtual library possible. Please visit our Support page to make a donation to Tredyffrin Public Library or Paoli Library, or to the Foundation, which holds funds in an endowment. The full amount of your gift will be deposited for use as you direct. Your investment now will also ensure that building maintenance and program supplies and collections materials purchases can continue as normal.

Also, please continue to participate in our virtual programs and share with friends, neighbors and family members the value you find in the library, both before the pandemic and during this time. You can see all of our offerings on our Virtual Calendar. While the “new normal” is in place, Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library will be at the center, with new opportunities to interact with our patrons and the same welcoming space to explore interests, connect with friends and neighbors and share the joy of learning.

I have books to donate for your book sale. Where can I drop them?

For the safety of our staff, we cannot accept any donations at this time, so please keep your donations at home until our buildings reopen and we announce that we can begin accepting donations.  

Will planned fall events like the book sale and the golf outing happen?

We will continue to adhere to guidance and requirements from Governor Wolf and from the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  These events have not been cancelled at this time.  Please find up-to-date information in our weekly newsletter, AdLib, and on our website.


National Library Week 2020

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

This week is National Library Week! Originally the slogan was “Find Your Place at the Library” but given current events we’re encouraging you to “Find the Library at your Place!” From these puzzles to our virtual programming, we want to engage with you and help you feel a little less lost at sea during quarantine.

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

PEEP Diorama Contest

Who did it Best?

The winner is WHERE THE WILD PEEPS ARE! 86 votes out of our total of 156!

We are celebrating our winner by making it this week’s Community Puzzle.

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

See other entrants:

Thanks to all of our entrants. Each of the entries show a great deal of creativity. We hope you had fun making them!


We’ve Got That Database Jigsaw Puzzle

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

Enjoy this puzzle of highlighting our HIT song ‘We’ve Got That Database’ which has over 15,000 views! Have you watched it yet? Check it out here & visit our YouTube channel to see more awesome videos!

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

Read a Cook Book Jigsaw Puzzle

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

Enjoy this puzzle of our fundraising associate showing off her love of cook books! Head over to for more jigsaw puzzle fun & visit our YouTube channel to see Rachel’s book talk on the joy of reading cook books!

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

Teen Writing Opportunities

Two wonderful writing opportunities for teens:

Marylyn E. Calabrese, Ph.D., writing coach & teacher, has generously volunteered her time to help students work on their essay writing skills while the library is closed. Dr. Calabrese is the former chairperson of the Conestoga High School English Department. Her educational background includes an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, an MAT from Wesleyan University, & a Ph.D. in Teaching Writing from the University of Pennsylvania.For any grade level teens, please prepare a 2-3 page essay on a topic of your choice for review.

For high school juniors only, Dr. Calabrese is available at no charge for those juniors who want to get started on their college application essays. She has helped thousands of students in preparing successful college application essays!

For information contact Laurie Doan or e-mail Dr. Calabrese directly at

Sketch Writing

Participate in our Sketch Comedy Class & Revue by writing a “one liner” joke, a “simile” & a “song parody” of at least one verse plus a chorus to the tone of a recognizable song.

Not sure what we mean? Check out this glossary of comedy terms.

Send your submissions to Laurie Doan for review & compilation. You can also send links to a comedy video that you’d like to share with your peers.



TPL’s Journaling group is still active! Parents & teens are invited to contact Laurie Doan to get involved.

Online Resources

Online Resources to Access from Home

Power Library ♦ TumbleBooksInfobaseWorld Book OnlineCode at HomeDigital CollectionBook Page

Power Library

With public libraries & schools closed to the public, please remember the POWER Library is open 24 hours a day. POWER Library includes over 20 online databases plus over 16,000 eBooks you can read online &/or download. All you need is your library card!

Tell your friends who don’t have library cards that they can get temporary access to all that CCLS offers or sign up for a Power eCard for access to POWER Library resources only.

Access POWER Library Kids

Access POWER Library Teens

See all that POWER Library has to offer


Thank you to TumbleBooks for making their collection free to use through the end of August 2020.

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use & feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you’d like, when you want & on any device.

There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly!


Infobase Online

Through April 30, 2020, Infobase has made the following available to patrons of our libraries:

  • Access Video On Demand: Master Public Library Collection
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center
  • Today’s Science
  • The World Almanac for Kids
  • World News Digest

Visit Infobase to access these resources.

Username: patrontrial
Password: trial

World Book Online

Do you have homework or a report to do? Or are you just curious about anything & everything?

World Book Encyclopedia is providing free access to World Book Online through April 30th. Visit World Book Online & enter your library card number. There’s a different version of World Book Online for every level. So, whether you’ve got an assignment or just want to learn something new, this is a great place to start. You’ll also find eBooks & activities to keep you busy when you’ve finished your homework!

Username: wbsupport

Password: distancelearn

Code at Home

Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them!

They will release activities weekly — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months. Each activity will include a feature of a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Visit Girls Who Code to get started!

Borrow Digital Items

Do you use Libby, Overdrive, or Flipster? The libraries offer digital lending 24/7! Visit the CCLS eMaterials Page to get started . . .

BookList has also made their popular publication BookPage available digitally to all.

Electronic materials are one of our library’s fastest-growing expenses. Thank you to our donors, who make it possible for us to continue to invest in the electronic materials you depend on.

Book Page

You can now access issues of Book Page, a great place for you to learn about new books & get recommendations, online!

Check out the newest issue now.

Harry Potter Kitty Cat Puzzle

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

Enjoy this puzzle of Zoey’s cat Clove, enjoying Harry Potter & a nap! Head over to for more.

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

Virtual Language Classes

Join us for Virtual Language Classes

Do you want to learn Spanish or Japanese?

Join Tredyffrin Township Libraries on our private Discord Server to learn with Adult Programming and Community Outreach Librarian, Zoey, using the database Mango Languages. Starting Tuesday, March 31st, we will meet at 3:00 p.m. to learn Spanish together. Additionally, starting on Thursday, April 2nd, we will meet at 7:00 p.m. to learn Japanese together.

During each 30-minute session, we will work through one Mango module together.


Log on to our Discord Server!


Want something different? Mango offers more than 60 languages!

New to Mango Languages? Watch the video below:


Any questions or comments regarding this or any virtual programs offered by Tredyffrin Township Libraries can be directed to me via email at