We Want You . . .
to help choose questions for our virtual trivia nights! We’ve held virtual trivia nights nearly every Saturday for over a year now. Help us make some rounds by submitting your questions using the form below. Submit one or submit multiple, then attend virtual trivia to see if your question is included.
Paoli Library to Reopen with Limited Hours, Tuesday, April 13
We are thrilled to welcome patrons back inside Paoli Library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting Tuesday, April 13, for browsing, computer use, and copying. You do not need to have a reservation, but we are allowing only three people (or families) inside the library at a time.
Open to the Public
for browsing, computer use, and holds pickup
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00–5:00 pm
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Please help us remain open by complying with occupancy limits and the following guidelines:
All areas of the collection except magazines and newspapers will be open for browsing. Please limit your visit to 30 minutes (less when there are other patrons waiting).
Two computers will be available for 30-minute sessions (one visit per day). Very limited computer help is available, as staff need to observe social distancing protocols.
Masks and Social Distancing
All patrons over the age of 2 must wear a face-mask over their mouth and nose while they are in the library and must practice social distancing.
Please return all books, AV materials, and museum passes in the book drop—It is open 24/7. Craft kits, stem kits, and other large items can be returned to the white table in the lobby. We will continue to quarantine returned items for 48 hours.
For further information, please call the library: 610.296.7996
We look forward to seeing you again!
The Enduring Libary
Laurie Doan reflects on the past year for National Library Week 2021.
Before I was a librarian, I was the class optimist of the Class of ’79 and an avid reader of survival stories. The story that intrigued me most was Earnest Shackleton, whose goal was to pass through the South Pole via Antarctica. His ship, Endurance, became ice-locked and Shackleton and his men were on the ice for almost two years; no one died.
The Endurance crew was rescued by Shackleton in 1916, just before the 1918 Pandemic.
Fast forward to 2020. The Covid-19 Pandemic hit, and fear and uncertainty gripped the nation; there was a feeling that we, too, had become locked-in with no end to it in sight. It was then I remembered and was inspired by Shackleton’s words, “Need to put footprint of courage into stirrup of patience.”
This year, under the direction of Library Director Chris Kibler and Township Manager Bill Martin, and working under adverse conditions, my co-workers and I faced numerous difficulties and overcame them together.
My journey as the librarian for teens involved establishing programs online that would help to keep the students occupied and inspired. We kept ourselves going with daily meetings of journaling and reading aloud, game-nights, and our Friday night Roundtable Discussions.
We also held special programs, including our month-long College Admission Workshop. We performed an online play. We worked with UK theater director Nadia Papachronopoulou and teaching artists Max Mooney and Sarah Boess on the “Shakespeare in Isolation” film project. Students reimagined a scene from Shakespeare’s original plays using quarantine as a backdrop.
Through our Monday Morning Meetings, I was also aware of the outstanding efforts of others. We brought new traditions of Zoom Storytime’s, Art Journaling, Sewing Kits, Kindness Kits, and a Plant Club and much more from the Children’s Department. From the adult department, we explored meditation, solving crime, the history of food trucks; the list is endless.
The Reference Department continued to answer questions both in-person and online. We helped patrons navigate social services during the Pandemic and with simple questions such as converting a bread recipe from the metric system to the measuring cup in our kitchen. My favorite question was from a teen who asked about where to adopt a dog. He’d wanted a dog for so long, and he wasn’t the only young person who got his wish during quarantine.
We also went viral (okay, maybe not viral, but we were impressed with the numbers) with our We Got that Database (All About that Bass Library Parody)
But there were quiet times too and times of toil that we could have never imagined. With a limited staff, everyone worked harder to keep the ship afloat than we ever have. I’m sure we all felt as if we were on a storm-tossed ship with “all hands on deck” and a “heave-ho!” and an occasional “throw me a lifeline” but never once an “abandon ship.”
As I worked the night shift, especially when we were closed to the public, my heart warmed by the sheer number of books going out and coming back. The library continued to provide books and movies, and games through contactless pick-up. We somehow managed to thrive in this uncertain time.
Importantly, every book I pulled out of the night deposit box made me hopeful for the reader. I smiled when I saw the baking books going out in large numbers. Also on loan were backyard birding books, novels of daring and espionage, love stories, fable & fairy tales, and a host of diverse books exploring where we were as a country in 2020 and where we go from here.
For National Library Week, I want to salute the spirit of the crew of the Endurance. I want to salute my co-workers for their persistence in keeping Tredyffrin Libraries a relevant source of joy and consolation for our community in this time of distress. I especially want to salute Tredyffrin Township residents for having the forethought and optimism to know that a library will keep you sane in troubled times. As Shackleton said, “The quality I look for most is optimism: especially optimism in the face of reverses and apparent defeat. Optimism is true moral courage.”
Check the catalog for:
by Alfred Lansing
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
We’d like to celebrate
National Poetry Month with You!
Every day in April, check out our YouTube Page to hear about a poet & a selection of their work. Some of the poets may be familiar to you & some may be new, but all are in the public domain.
Please read through our 26 amazing entries & vote for your favorite! Voting ends on Wednesday, May 5 at 5 pm!
From the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors:
A RESOLUTION OF THE TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RECOGNIZING THE ESSENTIAL ROLE TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP LIBRARIES, LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY WORKERS PLAY IN TRANSFORMING LIVES AND STRENGTHENING THE COMMUNITY.
WHEREAS, the American Library Association has designated April 4 – 10, 2021 as National Library Week, with a theme of “Welcome to Your Library”;
WHEREAS, the Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library are central to the Tredyffrin Community and offer opportunities to enrich their lives through print and electronic collections, technology, multimedia content, and educational program;
WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, and library workers play an invaluable role in supporting their communities through promoting literacy, social engagement, and active community participation;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Board of Supervisors of Tredyffrin Township joins the American Library Association and all library workers and supporters in designating April 4 – 10, 2021 as National Library Week and encourages all our residents to take advantage of, and support, this asset to our community.
See more of our National Library Week Content
Both here and on our various social media channels throughout the week.
Connect with Tredyffrin Township Libraries
Connect with Tredyffrin Public Library
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Make a donation during National Libraries Week to honor the library service, program, material or staff member that has made a difference for you this year.
Supporting the Library is Supporting the Community
As always, those who donate $120 or more will receive free rentals for a year. Additionally, donations of $200 or more receive a Tredyffrin Township Libraries S’Well insulated water bottle.
TPL to reopen to the Public March 8
As we transition from contactless-only pickup to in-person material pickup, browsing, & PC use, we remain cautious regarding library access.
Beginning on March 8, Tredyffrin Public Library will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, 1pm–5pm & Friday & Saturday 10am—2pm. Additional contactless pickup hours will be available before & after public access hours as staffing permits. Please note: The Red Fox Book is not open, nor are donations accepted.
Paoli Library will remain closed to public access for the month of March, but will continue with current contactless pickup hours (Paoli Library space is much smaller, there are limited options for physical distancing & some difficulties with mitigating public access).
Tredyffrin Public Library will also allow limited access to library PCs when we are open to the public; first come, first served.
We continue to ask all library visitors to follow social distancing & safety protocols:
- Please wear a mask when entering & using the libraries. We have additional masks to offer to community members who may forget to bring their own.
- Please limit visits to one hour (or less). Spaces will not have chairs or tables for use. Please limit in-person library usage to browsing collections & checking out materials, picking up holds, & using library PCs.
- Computer use will be first come, first served & limited to one daily 45-minute session.
- All meeting & study spaces remain closed. We will permit no public gatherings of any kind in those spaces.
We will make every effort to regularly & frequently clean & disinfect surfaces, along with frequently used areas. Frequent high-touch surface areas will be cleaned throughout the day by library staff & cleaning & disinfecting will be performed in the evenings by our cleaning company.
We’ve received a few questions about library services, donations, & returning materials. Some common questions & responses are below.
Can I return library materials?
Yes, please return all borrowed items to the external book drops at Tredyffrin Public Library & 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 & the American Library Association for quarantining library materials. We quarantine all returned materials for 48 hours before being checked in. This quarantine procedure is being used throughout the Chester County Library System.
Will I be charged overdue fines?
We will assess no overdue fines for materials checked in after being held in quarantine. Staff will waive any fines that may accrue on an item returned within the proper timeframe. If you experience & 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 & 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.
While we remain vigilant in our efforts to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are optimistic & hope that we are on track to expand library operating hours in the upcoming weeks & months. We will update our status & service offerings as circumstances change & will send out updates in our newsletter, on our website & via social media.
Thank you for your patience & for your support of Tredyffrin Township Libraries.
Currently Closed to the Public
Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday & Saturday:
10 am – 2 pm
TREDYFFRIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open the Public:
Monday – Thursday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Monday – Thursday: 5 pm – 7 pm
Congratulations & Thank You
The libraries are delighted to honor Jennifer Whip as our 2020 Library Hero!
Each year, the library honors a person or group who is a hero by their volunteerism, service, or advocacy for the library. Jennifer Whip served on the Tredyffrin Township Libraries Foundation board for almost ten years. She led the Foundation’s work to establish the Golf Classic, which launched in 2019 to raise funds for the endowment. She was a tireless advocate for the library within in the community, and was an active volunteer with the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library and an enthusiastic library patron.
We are thankful for her years of dedicated service to the mission of Tredyffrin Township Libraries & are honored to name her our 2020 Library Hero.
Additionally, we thank TD Bank for the sponsorship of the 2020 Library Hero award.
As U Like It: Teens are invited to reframe Shakespeare’s tales into their own interpretations of this tempest-tossed time
What would’ve become of Romeo and Juliet when the Twelfth Night they expected of quarantine turned into the Twelfth Month? Tredyffrin Public Library invites local teens to be captivated by Shakespeare and his amazing characters.
Students will reimagine a scene from the original plays using quarantine as a backdrop.
An introductory workshop will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1 pm with UK theater director Nadia Papachronopoulou. Students will then have an opportunity to work on their own short film projects guided by teaching artists, Max Mooney and Sarah Boess.
More about Shakespeare in Isolation
Did you know that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during his own quarantine from the plague? This fact was not lost on UK theatre director Nadia Papachronopoulou, who created Shakespeare in Isolation which is a series of online dramas that reimagine Shakespeare’s characters in our modern-day quarantine. The project was featured in an article written by Chris Wiegand for The Guardian newspaper.
A description from the article included, “To make Shakespeare in Isolation, she assembled two dozen freelancers from theatre and television, including past colleagues and new collaborators. The four short films, directed by Papachronopoulou, have a playful “modern twist.”
Nadia is co-creator of Shakespeare in Isolation as well as the director of the films in addition to running workshops with the Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She is excited to help students create their own versions of Shakespeare in Isolation.
About the Workshop
During our January 17th workshop, Nadia will explore: Shakespeare’s character, physicality, and writing monologues/soliloquies, “which will allow them to bring their own imagination and creativity to Shakespeare. She also plans to bring in sound, cinematography, and costume, “so they have things they can play with when making their own film.”
Joining us as coaches to help teens create their own films are:
Sarah Boess is based out of Brooklyn, NY where she works as the Artistic Director of Sanguine Theatre Company. She received her BFA from Boston University in Theatre Arts in 2019 and has gone on to work with various theatre companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club, The Civilians, Brown Box Theatre Project, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Her favorite Shakespeare play is Twelfth Night!
Max Mooney lives in New York City. He studies at NYU in the Playwrights Horizons Studio where he is concentrating mostly on directing, playwriting and dramaturgy/collaboration on new works. He spent some of last year facilitating theatre devising at a high school in the city through an internship program and has found a lot of passion in curating young creativity. His favorite Shakespeare is Measure for Measure for at least right now.
Laurie Doan is the librarian for teens at Tredyffrin Public Library. She looks forward to seeing your stories and being captivated by your interpretations of Shakespeare set in this year of storms and wonders. Space is limited. To enroll, e-mail Laurie Doan Ldoan@ccls.org or leave a message at 610-688-7092 x 200.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museums Local to Chester County and Philadelphia
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia)
- While the Academy of Natural Sciences is closed to the public, the museum still offers insightful and fun virtual programs and events.
The Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia)
- The Barnes Foundation offers a video series about the foundation’s art collection, which is updated frequently. In addition, online classes and lectures are available to enjoy from home.
Benjamin Franklin Museum (Philadelphia)
- Explore some of Benjamin Franklin Museum’s beloved exhibitions on their website, as well as, attending several virtual lectures and programs.
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)
- Dive into the Chester County Historical Society’s various collections and virtual exhibits that shed light of the history of Chester County. Additionally, check out their virtual lectures and programs.
Independence Seaport Museum (Philadelphia)
- Online exhibitions are available that highlight the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art.
Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia)
- Explore the Museum of the American Revolution’s current virtual exhibit– When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story safely at home. You can also virtually tour the museum, as well as explore collection highlights, and attend virtual lectures and events.
Mütter Museum (Philadelphia)
- Virtually access some of the Mütter Museum’s collection by using their website and YouTube channel. Additionally, the Mütter Museum offers lectures and other events you can attend virtually.
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)
- The Penn Museum offers a plethora of digital and online collections. Additionally, lecture recordings and live virtual events are available.
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia)
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers plentiful options to view art through their ongoing, online exhibitions. Additionally, the museum offers virtual lectures and talks.
- Explore virtual programs, at home learning resources, and Rosenbach’s Gallery Gateway for Digital Exhibitions all online.
The Google Art Project
- Google partnered with thousands of museums and galleries to curate and archive priceless pieces of art, as well as, providing online tours of the most popular art museums around the world.
The Met (New York City)
- Virtually explore The Met’s art and architecture through short videos, filmed using special spherical 360° technology. Additionally, The Met offers online lectures and performances.
NASA (Washington D.C.)
- NASA’s Langley Research center offers virtual tours and talks that will inspire any autodidact. Additionally, you can get a special peek into NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities all from the safety of your own home.
The National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.)
- The National Gallery of art offers digital collections and online programs you can explore from home.
The Smithsonian (Washington D.C.)
- While the world’s largest museum complex is closed to the public, you can still learn from home. Explore a plethora of digital content and exhibitions for the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, as well as video and online events organized by historians, scientists, and museum curators.