Top Ten Teen Books of 2019

Teens are invited to vote on this year’s best books for young adults. Voting is open until October 15, 2019.

You can read reviews by other teens on the DogoBooks website.

Interested in borrowing one of this year’s nominated titles? Just click on an image below to find it in the CCLS catalog.

Here are the Top Ten Teen Books of 2019 Nominees


You can vote for up to 3 titles.

Vote now!

Crime & Cookies Interview

Andrea Duffy and Gina Gennari host Crime & Cookies.

We welcome the ladies from Crime & Cookies, Gina Gennari and Andrea Duffy, at the library on Friday, August 16th, for their live show.


Gina and Andrea took some time to let us get to know them before they come for their show:


Briefly describe yourself and what to expect for the Crime & Cookies @ TPL program.

 We are Andrea Duffy and Gina Gennari, two Philly comedians and true crime buffs who host Crime & Cookies. We are excited to bring our show to TPL and believe this is the perfect pairing because there are so many rabbit holes and subjects for further interest in every true crime case. Whether investigating the geography, geology, or genealogy in a cold case, deconstructing the human behavior of a serial killer, or even dissecting the decisions made during trial, what better place to deep dive into crime than the place where you can continue your investigation or dig into a new one.


How did you get into true crime? And how did you decide to incorporate some elements of a live show to true crime?

 GG: I don’t remember the exact case that got me into true crime, but I can remember being really compelled by America’s Most Wanted and being fascinated by Robert Chambers/The Preppy Murder in the 1980s. I have always loved storytelling and mysteries, and I binge watched Law and Order and Dateline before I knew binge watching was a thing.  The recent popularity of true crime podcasts has helped to normalize the fascination and make it okay—for the most part—to talk about in public.

I desperately wanted to do a live show about true crime because I wanted to gather a big group of people together to talk about and process the stories that captivated me. The humor comes naturally because that is how I filter most of the world/cope. We never laugh at the victims or the crime, but rather the absurd details in the periphery, and the oddness of being a person in a world where these things happen.

AD: ahhhh Dateline! We had Dateline and 20/20 on all the time in our house growing up. I think Gina and I grew up in an interesting time: the rise of the 24/7 news cycle, and being exposed to those huge crime stories that just churned on and on for days/weeks/months non-stop (for example I was 14 during the Jonbenet Ramsey case and 13 during OJ’s trial). So “True Crime” has always been, just, in the air. My case that got me into it as an explicit interest, though, is a pretty recent one: the disappearance of Elisa Lam from her hotel in LA. Probably because it’s so strange and unsolved, it was the first case that made me go “I have to know Every Single Thing about this” and google anything and everything related.

I love our show because it’s live. I love the people who come out because they’re just like us, they want to talk about this weird niche interest that we all have. And we’re all talking back to the podcasts we listen to so with a live show we can actually have a conversation in real time.


What true crime/survivor story has impacted you the most?

 GG: I have too many answers for this because there are so many survivors who are strong, kick ass human beings. But I will include two here. First is Mary Vincent, a fifteen year old who was savagely attacked and left for dead by monster Larry Singleton in 1978, but somehow found the unimaginable strength and courage to survive. I am abbreviating the details here because they are gruesome, but her story remains one of the most haunting and unforgettable I’ve ever heard, and I am humbled by her will and fierceness.

The second is Josefina Rivera who survived after being trapped in Gary Heidnik’s basement and enduring unspeakable pain, torture, and abuse. Her book, Cellar Girl, tells the harrowing story in her own words, and it is all at once moving and devastating. It is difficult not to be in awe of her fortitude.

AD: Ah screw it for positive effect, true-crime-wise I’m going to say Karen and Georgia of My Favorite Murder. BECAUSE they made “f*** politeness” a rallying cry (sorry, am I allowed to swear? I only need, like, two more). SO many predators rely on social mores of not making a scene or being difficult, especially because women are socialized to have a mortal dread of being labelled a Difficult Woman. “F** Politeness” reminds us to not go along with things we aren’t comfortable with just for going-along’s sake– good to remember in all areas of life! I think it’s a good effect all-around to have that reminder out there in the world.


What is your favorite book and why?

GG: My favorite author is Ray Carver, and I have read all of his short story collections, so I would include those as well as Nine Stories by JD Salinger. I also love Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill and enjoy reading their plays. Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five are both on the list.

AD: I read so much—usually like three books at a time—that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I will say a book that had a profound effect on me is The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker, which is true crime related! It’s about how our brains are always taking in information and that we can trust our instincts to avoid danger (which ties back to F*** Politeness, and now I am through with swears). I will also add that I only still have one book from my childhood, and it’s my taped-together copy of The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.


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National Book Lover’s Day 2019

Thanks to everyone who participated in sharing their favorite titles for National Book Lover’s Day! Check out the books our patrons & staff love:

Why we love these books:

Jane Austen got two nods, one for her book Pride & Prejudice. Another participant simply said, “Anything by Jane Austen.

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince is “fun to read.”

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is “Science fiction at its absolute best. The world building is immersive, the characters are real, relatable, so varied and beautiful. The writing envelopes you like a warm cup of tea and Chambers moves you to have all the feelings.”

Two participants chose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and said they love it “Because of the struggle between right and wrong.” & “For most of my childhood, I disliked reading. It wasn’t unitl my college friend recommended the series that my love of reading came alive! Since then, I have a huge appetite for books and have finally seen what I had been missing.”

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is loved because “The important message resonates in my everyday life . . . What will you do to make the world . . . And your community . . . A better place? Also she works in a library and plants lupines all over her community. Lovely!”

Two participants said their favorite book was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Georgia Hardstark & Karen Kilgariff’s Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is loved because it is “A heartfelt and empowering dual memoir of two of the funniest ladies in podcasting. They teach us how to stay safe in a world full of awful. They talk candidly of mental health issues and how your therapist can be your best life resource. Also they talk about murder.”

Dune by Frank Herbert is described as “imaginitive.”

One participant said all of Tony Hillerman because “I love his stories of the southwest.”

Patrick Jennings’s title We Can’t All be Rattlesnakes is enjoyed because “I liked the way the main character changes throughout the story.”

“Because it is amazing what people go through in life and succeed in the end.” The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – “It takes a complicated topic and deals with it thoughfully in a novel way. It blew me away the first time I read it.”

Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds “takes me to a completely different place and time.”

“Right now it has to be The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because I love to cry.”

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was “one of the first novels I grabbed out of the library without knowing anything about it.”

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is “A brilliant and poignant novel about race and the beauty ideal.”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is “A real page turner – and heartwarming too!”

Two participants loved the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, with one person choosing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as their favorite, while another simply said, “all of them, because they are awesome!”

Blindness by Jose Saramago because it “changed my perspective on what makes a community & family.”

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks because “It was written so cleverly, one of the first books I couldn’t put down until I finished it. It stayed on my mind for days. LOVE.”

Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety because “It captivated me. Loved the characters. I wanted to be invited over for dinner to join them.”

The Raven Cycle book series by Maggie Stiefvater because “The writing is lyrical & moving. I feel like I know the characters in person & it’s a great way to escape in a magical & mystical world.”

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles because of its “beautiful writing and it invites you to read it over and over again!”

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy because “it could have been my family.”

After the Fall (author unknown) because it “teaches children a great lesson on the importance of getting back up.”

Death Knell a collection by local authors, “I love it because it features authors who regularly meet at this library!”


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Are you a bibliophile?  Well, celebrate National Book Lover’s Day with us at Tredyffrin Public Library any time during open hours on Friday, August 9!  Expand your personal collection of books with a chance to win a $10 gift card to Main Point Books—all you need to do is stop by the Circulation Desk and tell us the title of your favorite book and why you like it so much!

Also stop by the Reference Desk where you can design a bookmark of your own with supplies provided.  If you don’t feel like designin

g a bookmark, grab one of the Adult Summer Reading bookmarks at the Reference Desk, which asks you to record every hour you read and enters you into a raffle to win a brand new Kindle Fire!

If you have any questions, contact Zoey at or call the library at 610.688.7092 x 220.



by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul


Saturday, August 3, 2019 & Sunday, August 4, 2019

7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm


EDGES is a song-cycle about coming of age, growth and self-discovery. Produced by Tredyffrin Public Library, Edges is entirely directed, musically directed, performed and conceived by college students.

The show is a one-act with no intermission. Tickets are $10 dollars to be paid at the door.

Reserve your seat:

Questions: Laurie Doan 610-688-7092 x 200


Rated PG 13


Zoe Pratt • Tara Moon • Donovan Shuler • Max Mooney



Emily Frederick


EDGES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


*Poster Artwork by Brandon Dernoga

Share Your Story

We need you to share your story

Mother and Child enjoy ice cream in the libraryEvery year the libraries put together a booklet to share with our local legislators highlighting how libraries have affected the lives of individuals in the community. This helps our law makers make informed decisions on supporting increased funding for libraries across the state. You can help! We’re not asking for your money (though donations are always appreciated), but we need your stories!

Help us provide a personal snapshot of how vital we are to the Tredyffrin community by submitting a story or quote about “how your library is changing your life or family.” Additionally, we would love to have an image of you or your family in the library or using a library resource.

Libraries Transform

  • Has the library provided a life-changing experience for you or a family member?
  • Is there a resource or service that you recently found out the library offers that made a significant impact in your daily or weekly routine?
  • Has an experience at the library left a lasting impression?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, let us know your story! We want to hear from you. As a small thank you for your support, patrons who provide a story and a picture will receive one free month of rentals at Tredyffrin Township Libraries.

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Tree Tenders

Tree Tenders 3 Session Program beings May 25!

Taught by a team of tree professionals, this three session class is designed to create “citizen stewards” who can properly care for trees in their communities, neighborhoods or yards. Learn tree biology, stressors, identification, planting, care and pruning, and how to choose the right tree. You will spend 1 hour outdoors each evening and plant a tree on the library grounds. Pizza and beverages will be served. $25 per person.

Register for this class at or contact Barley Van Clief at or call 215-988-8793.

Barley VanClief, with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society took some time to talk to us about this exciting program: Continue reading

Marc Berger

Marc Berger in concert, Saturday, March 4th at 2 pm.

Mr. Berger graciously took some time to talk to us before his performance.

Briefly describe yourself & the music you will be performing at the library.

I’m a law school grad and performing songwriter, guitarist and record producer, and an easterner who fell in love with the West in my 20’s. Expect a stripped down performance of my American Western song cycle and album RIDE at TPL. Continue reading