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Visit Museums Virtually

While many local and national museums have closed in response to the growing public health threat of COVID-19, it may seem as though it is impossible to visit your favorite museum and learn something new. But fear not! Many local museums, as well as, national and international museums, offer virtual options to tour their museum, explore digital collections and exhibits, and many museums offer virtual lectures, events, and programs. Check out a list below of local and national museums you can visit from the safety of your home!

Disclaimer: While at first glance this list seems extensive, it is certainly not exhaustive. As of December 10th, 2020, this list includes museums that were offered through Tredyffrin Township Libraries Museum Passport Program, as well as respected local and national museums. Any questions about this list can be forwarded to Zoey at zmills@ccls.org.  

 

Museums Local to Chester County and Philadelphia

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia)

The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia)

Benjamin Franklin Museum (Philadelphia)

Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art (Chadds Ford)

  • The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art offers engaging virtual tours and curator-led gallery talks of their collection and special exhibitions, activities for all ages, blogs, and resources for everyone to enjoy at home. Online museum offerings are updated weekly, so be sure to check back for new and exciting exhibits and talks.

Chester County Historical Society (West Chester)

Independence Seaport Museum (Philadelphia)

Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia)

Mütter Museum (Philadelphia)

National Constitution Center (Philadelphia)

  • The National Constitution Center offers a myriad of ways to enjoy museum offerings during their closure. Attend live classes and lectures, join the museum for online debates about timely constitutional topics, explore their expansive media library, and dive into their exhibits through the museum’s virtual museum experience.

Penn Museum (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia)

Rosenbach (Philadelphia)

National Museums

The Google Art Project

The Met (New York City)

NASA (Washington D.C.)

The National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.)

The Smithsonian (Washington D.C.)

NEW! Plastic Film Recycling

Recycle your Plastic Film & Bags at Tredyffrin Public Library

The T/E Green Team has placed a plastic film/bag recycling container in the parking lot of Tredyffrin Public Library, next to the Paper Retriever Bins.

We welcome patrons to use this bin to recycle the following items:

  • Plastic Shopping Bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Case Over-Wrap
  • Dry Cleaning Bags
  • Cereal Bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Newspaper Plastic Sleeves

This is for plastic bags only. Please do not put plastic containers in the bin.

Service Changes due to COVID-19

An Important Update:

During this time, we will be implementing a robust curbside pickup service in order to continue to provide library materials to our patrons.
PAOLI LIBRARY
Call 610.296.7996 or visit tredyffrinlibraries.org to arrange your pickup.

Our curbside hours will be the following:
Monday through Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

TREDYFFRIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Call 610.688.7092 or visit tredyffrinlibraries.org to arrange your pickup.

Our curbside hours will be the following:
Monday through Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

We are implementing this measure as a precaution, one that we hope will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate through unprecedented events.

Thank you for your understanding & cooperation!

A reminder on how curbside works:

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 to place your holds. Please leave a message & we will handle the requests as soon as possible.
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 https://bit.ly/schedule_pickup_ttl
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 tpl@ccls.org or call one of the libraries during modified hours & staff can reset & guide you through creating your new pin.

PLEASE NOTE: If you receive multiple emails, you don’t need to schedule separate pick ups. We will include all your available materials that are available at the time of your scheduled pick up.

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 & observe directions on posted signs.
Enjoy your Library Materials
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 library haul!
You may use the book drops to return items too. Please note, all returned items are being quarantined & will not be checked in for 3 days, remaining on your account.

Don’t worry, we backdate all check-ins to the day you returned the materials!



TPL Chopped Jr.

Do you have what it takes to be our TPL Chopped Jr Champion?

Have you seen the shows Chopped or Chopped Jr? We are excited to announce our next Chopped Jr. challenge, designed especially for children 12 & under with the help of their grown-ups!

Your challenge is to take the four ingredients (and anything else you want to use) and then combine them to make a delicious main course meal. You can use anything in your kitchens for your dish, but you have to use a protein (turkey or substitute), potato, green beans . . . and . . . CHOCOLATE!

Make sure to take a picture of your creation and submit it along with a description of how you used the necessary ingredients (or the whole recipe if you’d like) in the form below to see if you will be crowned Chopped Jr. Champion! We’ll share your creations on social media and who knows? Maybe this is how your little chef will be discovered.

The winner receives a Kids Cookbook to keep!

All submissions must be received before Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm. The form below will be unavailable after that time.


 

 

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

A Note from the Friends of TPL

Greetings from the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library & the Red Fox Book Shop

Thank you for asking about us. The pandemic has slowed us down but has not stopped us. We remain temporarily closed, but anxious to re-open & see you all again!
Our volunteers send their greetings: Kate, Denise, Pat, Barb, Edwina, Christi, Mike, Mel, Chris, Vincent, Nancy, Terry, Alicia, Sue + 25 more.
We currently have a small selection of books which we send to Amazon & they fulfill your orders.
Congratulations to our dedicated librarians who have produced an outstanding array of children’s, teen & adult programs during this unprecedented pandemic. They have Zoomed & streamed onto our laptops, tablets & phones with creative stories, crafts & lectures for all ages. Thank you!
Back at the library over 10,000 books are ready & waiting. We shall return! We miss you. Take care of yourselves!
REMEMBER TO VOTE!

Congrats to Hyunjin Lee, 2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador

NAE Announces Hyunjin Lee as a 2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador

Wayne, Pennsylvania United States, September 23, 2020 —

The National Academy of Engineering recently announced Hyunjin (Christina) Lee as a 2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador. The 23 newly selected ambassadors will participate in a yearlong program designed to build leadership skills in female high school students by helping them promote engineering to younger students in their community.

Hyunjin is currently a high school senior at Conestoga High School. Her proposed engineering outreach project involves interviewing women engineers and scientists to inspire young girls in her community. She will also design and hold virtual engineering workshops later this year. Hyunjin’s local sponsor is Laura Doan from the Tredyffrin Library. [View Hyunjin’s EngineerGirl Ambassador profile here.]

Each ambassador will design, develop, and implement a project that will encourage younger girls — particularly those with little access to engineering role models — to think about engineering careers and give them practical experience in engineering design. They will work with local sponsors and receive guidance and support from EngineerGirl staff. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, all ambassadors are adapting their outreach plans and events to ensure participants can engage safely. That means that many of the proposed plans are subject to change and most in-person events may be held asynchronously or online.

For a full list of ambassadors including in-depth profiles featuring videos and pictures, please visit the EngineerGirl website.

The EngineerGirl ambassadors receive support and project funding of up to $250, leadership development, networking and engagement opportunities, and a certificate and letter of recognition from the National Academy of Engineering that may be sent with college applications.

The EngineerGirl Ambassadors program is made possible by a generous grant from Mr. John F. McDonnell.

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EngineerGirl is designed for girls in elementary through high school and offers information about various engineering fields and careers, questions and answers, interviews, an annual writing competition, and other resources on engineering. EngineerGirl is part of the NAE’s ongoing effort to increase the diversity of the engineering workforce.

The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

 

Brandon Green

Communications/Media Specialist

National Academy of Engineering

PHONE 202.334.2226

BGREEN@NAE.EDU

 

Simil Raghavan

Senior Program Officer, EngineerGirl Program

National Academy of Engineering

SRAGHAVAN@NAE.EDU

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

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H3mdhAj-Q3mMamhVpxXNsg

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 Tawk.to. 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