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 writedrmec@aol.com

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.

Get or Renew a Library Card

Instructions on How to Apply for a Library Card Online for adults 18 years and older

1. You are eligible for a free library card if you live, work, own property or attend school in Chester County. Out-of-County residents who are ACCESS PA cardholders qualify for a free library card under the ACCESS PA Statewide Library card program. For all others who wish to obtain a library card, but do not meet eligibility requirements listed above, an Out-of-County fee of up to $20 may apply.

2. If you do not have an e-mail address then you cannot submit this online form. Instead, go the Get A Library Card Page, scroll to the end of the page and choose a form to print out, fill in and bring out and bring to your local library.

3. Once you have completed the form click the “submit” button. We will process your application and you should expect to receive your new card in the mail within 3 – 5 business days.

4. The card will have an expiration of approximately 90 days. You can check the exact date by logging into your account, once you receive your card. Click here to log into your account.

5. Patrons who register online will be required to show valid ID (i.e.,driver’s license with name and address) before they may borrow materials. Photo ID is preferred but not required, as long as the document shown verifies name and address information.

6. Once your address information is verified your borrowing privileges will be established and you will be able to borrow materials at any of the Chester County Library System member libraries.

Questions may be directed to Tara Thorne or Beverly Michaels

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Virtual Visits

With the country & the world practicing social distancing, we will do our best to compile a list of the wonderful locations you can virtually visit!


Museo Galileo Houses: Galileo Galilei’s Original Telescopes (& three of his fingers!)
CNN has also compiled a list of museums, plays & concerts. Check it out here.

News & Reading

Access the Easy English News for English Language Learners. These information is written to be appropriate for school age children.

Audible has made a collection of audiobooks narrated by greats like Thandie Newton & Dan Stevens available for free (no login, no credit card)! Access Audible Stories now!

Online Classes

Civics Classes Online from the National Constitution Center


Corona, Virus, Corona Virus, Coronavirus

Monday, March 30

Today, the Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries, Glenn Miller, sent out a memo indicating that all public libraries are to remain closed until further notice. This extension of our closure is in response to Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home Order, which is now active through April 30, 2020.

Monday, March 16

Tredyffrin Township has announced that the libraries will remain closed through Sunday, April 12. We now hope to reopen Monday, April 13. Please stay tuned for more updates.


Thursday, March 12

The health and well-being of all members of the Tredyffrin community is of paramount importance to us. Some members of the public have expressed concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the local community and community services.  We are monitoring the situation and working with Township officials on the best way to mitigate or eliminate exposure as well as how to address any issues should circumstances change.

Based on consultation with township administration and recommendations from health agencies, Tredyffrin Township Libraries (Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library) are canceling all programs, events, and activities through April 12, 2020.  A determination as to whether or not to extend this timeline will be made in the near future pending more information.

 We are also discontinuing any room rentals at the libraries through April 12, 2020. Again, a determination as to whether or not to extend this timeline will be made in the near future pending more information.

 We hope that this will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep the number of infected at a minimum.

At this time, the libraries intend to remain open on a normal schedule. Should circumstances change that result in the library schedule changing for any reason, that information will be communicated on our website. You may also call Tredyffrin Public Library at 610.688.7092 and Paoli Library at 610.296.7996 should you have any questions about library services or resources.

Should you decide not to visit the library in person, I would encourage you to make use of a number of electronic resources available to you from home including e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines, and databases. These resources are accessible through the links provided or through our web site at www.tredyffrinlibraries.org. Librarians at Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library are also currently working to develop some online programming as a replacement to the traditional in-person programs that we offer. Notifications for any online programs available will be communicated through the website and through the newsletter.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please check the following public health agencies, sources of reliable, up-to-date information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/

Pennsylvania Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/

Chester County Health Department: https://www.chesco.org/224/Health

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

While we realize that this may inconvenience some members of the community, we feel that this is the best option to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for supporting the libraries and for your understanding.



Christopher Kibler


Health & Wellness Fair

Join Tredyffrin Public Library on Saturday, March 14th for a full day focused on physical, emotional, and social well-being at Tredyffrin Public Library’s first Health and Wellness Fair! Throughout the day-long program, the library will offer free health and wellness programs, such as yoga instruction, meditation, and mindfulness workshops. In addition to the short, free programs, local health and wellness-based organizations and businesses, such as local gyms and various health services, will be providing information about ways in which the community can better their health and wellness.


The Health and Wellness Fair will offer a wealth of topics including basic exercise, healthy eating, and mental health awareness. Whether you are maintaining your fitness goals or looking to set new and improved goals, the Health and Wellness Fair is sure to have something for everyone! Drop by on March 14th from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to check out the free programs and local health organizations and business!


Interested in attending as a vendor? Apply now! Applications are due by Friday, February 28th.

Are you a business or organization that is interested in tabling and/or facilitating a free program? Please complete the downloadable application below by no later than Friday, February 28th to be considered for the fair! Please note, completion of the application does not guarantee a spot to vend or host a program during TPL’s 2020 Health and Wellness Fair.

Download the Vendor Application

Questions or comments can be directed to the Head of Adult Programming and Community Outreach Librarian, Zoey Mills by emailing zmills@ccls.org or calling (610) 688-7092 x220.






New Electric Charging Stations

Electric Charging Stations now available at TPL

Tredyffrin Public Library now has two electric vehicle chargers installed in our parking lot. The stations can be found by the parking lot entrance near the street.

This project was initiated and overseen by the Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC). It is part of the Township’s goal to identify public areas for installation of equipment to promote “green” or “clean” energy initiatives.

The cost of the charging units and the installation is covered by a program made available through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Costs associated with the operation of the charging stations is covered by the Township and will be minimal.  The Township intends to monitor use to determine whether or not to continue with the initiative. There is potential to pursue the installation of additional, more advanced charging stations in public spaces around the township in the future.

Those who drive electric cars are invited to take advantage of the stations when they are at the library.

TTL Water Bottles for Sale

Buy your TTL Water Bottle Today!

Rachel displays one of our TTL water bottles

Have you seen the new TTL water bottles for sale at your libraries? Celebrate the libraries being the heart of our community, show off your style, and keep yourself hydrated!

These water bottles use technology to keep your choice of beverage hot or cold for hours. They’re super cute too.

Your $20 purchase supports the Tredyffin Township Libraries Foundation.

Stop by one of the libraries to pick one up or fill out the form below to purchase.