Erik Larson Author Event

Save the Date: Best Selling Author Erik Larson

Join us for this virtual fundraising event: Wednesday, March 9, 7 – 8pm

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Ticket Options:
• $35.00 Basic Ticket: Entry to the program & a signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile.
• $55.00 Tea Ticket: Entry to the program, signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile, library branded tea tin, tea
& chocolates to enjoy during the program.

Premium Packages sales end February 28. Basic tickets available through March 8, however tickets purchased after Friday, March 4 are not guaranteed to receive their book in time for the event.

Signed books & premium packages will arrive at the library by March 5.

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.
  • How & when do I get my signed copy of The Splendid and the Vile?
    • A library staff person will contact you to pick up your book and/or premium package the
      week between March 4-9. Your pick up location is the library you designate during
      registration.
  • How do I view the virtual event?
    • Login instructions will be listed in the event program & emailed to registrants prior to
      the event. Event programs will be included in the Premium Ticket/Basic Ticket.

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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.

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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

Virtual Trivia Questions

TRIVIA TIME - John Rogers Memorial LibraryWe 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 Reopening News

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

Contactless Pickup

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:

Browsing

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).

Computers

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.

Returns

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 Library

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A photograph of Shackleton’s cabin aboard the Endurance taken by Australian photographer Frank Hurley in March 1915. THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY WITH THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS

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.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage: Alfred Lansing, Nathaniel  Philbrick: 2015465062881: Amazon.com: BooksImportantly, 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:

Endurance 

by Alfred Lansing

 Physical Book
 Audiobook on CD (abridged)
 eBook

National Poetry Month 2021

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.

Poetry Contest

SUBMIT YOUR VOTE

Please read through our 26 amazing entries & vote for your favorite! Voting ends on Wednesday, May 5 at 5 pm!

Read the Poems

National Library Week 2021

From the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors:

The Board of Supervisors thanks everyone who helps make our Tredyffrin Libraries tremendous community assets and community centers of which all Tredyffrin residents can be proud. The libraries thank the Board of Supervisors for the following proclamation:

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.

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Donate!

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.

DONATE HERE

 

Jennifer Whip, Library Hero

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.

Complete our community puzzle celebrating Ms. Whip’s Library Hero achievement

Virtual Visits

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.)