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We update this post weekly to reflect upcoming & recurring programs that would normally be found in our emailed newsletter AdLib.

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Next Week’s Special Programs

The Next Big Thing Book ClubThe Next Big Thing Book Club
Thursday, June 17, 6 – 7:30 pm
Have you been stuck in a rut reading all the same authors? Let us introduce you to new voices!  The Next Big Thing book club is an adult book club that reads debut titles by fresh, new authors.

Meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6 pm.

The Liar’s Dictionary

by Eley Williams

 Physical Book
 Large Type Physical Book
 eBook
 Digital Audiobook

Contact Beverly Michaels at bmichaels@ccls.org with any questions. See upcoming selections for The Next Big Thing.

Science Book Discussion GroupScience Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 17, 7:15 pm

The Science Book Discussion Group meets on the third Thursday of each month. While the library is unable to host in-person programs, this group will meet via zoom at 7:15 pm.

Lost in Math

by Sabine Hossenfelder

 Physical Book

See upcoming Science Book Discussion Group Titles

New members are always welcome. Contact Valerie Green at vgreen@ccls.org if you have questions.

REGISTER HERE

Fan-Tails-Stic Tales with the Amazing Magi

Fan-Tails-Stic Tales with the Amazing Magi

Monday, June 21, 2 pm

Zoom Virtual Meeting

For ages 6 and up: Using Comedy, Story Telling, Leo the Lion, the King of the Beasts Puppet & Magic, this journey will lead the children to treasure our world and the various Animal Kindoms as well as understand the joy & magic of reading. Pebbles the Magical Bunny will make an appearance as well.

REGISTER HERE

Contact Stephanie Bragg at sbragg@ccls.org with questions.

Zooming into Storytime with Miss StephanieZooming Into Storytime with Miss Stephanie
Wednesdays, starting June 23, 10:30 am
For ages birth to 5: Stories, songs, and fun on zoom with Miss Stephanie!

STEMsday Kit #1 Available

STEMsday Kit #1 Available

Wednesday, June 23, 10 am – 7 pm

AGES 4-12. Each weekly kit is different, must be reserved separately & includes directions & supplies for a at least 3 STEM-based activities to be done at home at your convenience. No screen time involved! Most activities can be done independently by ages 8+; younger participants may need supervision/help from an adult or older sibling.

Reservations for each kit open the Wednesday prior to that kit’s availability. You will receive an email confirming your kit, which can then be claimed in our curbside pickup area.

We anticipate waiting lists each week, so reserved kits not claimed by the end of the day may be offered to waiting list families. Failure to claim more than 2 kits you have reserved may result in future reservations being limited.

REGISTERATION OPENS JUNE 16

Recurring Programs

 

Instagram LIVE Storytimes
Mondays, 10:30 am with Miss Angie
Wednesdays, 10:30 am with Miss Stephanie

 

Visit Instagram @TPLChildren & @PaoliLibrary for fun storytimes with your favorite librarians! Hear stories & sing songs live with Miss Angie & Miss Stephanie or watch it for 24 hours via IGTV.

Storytime GIFs | TenorFamily Storytimes via Zoom
Tuesdays, 11 am with Miss Angie (Register for May sessions)
Thursdays, 11 am with Miss Stephanie (Register weekly via the calendar)

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.

Weekly Writer's GroupWeekly 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.
Join on Zoom

Virtual Trivia Nights
Most Saturdays, 7 pm
via Zoom Webinar
Quizmaster Kate wants to know if you have what it takes to be the champ?! Questions will be streamed through a free live webinar & players will answer using Kahoot on their smartphones. Questions are designed for adults, but families are more than welcome to play.
Please note: a smart phone is recommended to play trivia with Kahoot.
You can download the app (iOS store or Android) or visit kahoot.it on your smart phone browser.
Contact Kate Shaw at kshaw@ccls.org with questions.
Do you want to submit a question to be used in a future trivia? Submit your question!

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

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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For Children:    ChildrensFacebook   ChildrensTwitter   ChildrensPinterest  ChildrensInstagram

Connect with Paoli Library

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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.)

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!