2024 Arbo-READ-um

2024 Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event

Join Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens for the fourth annual Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event beginning on July 1st! 

Book cover for Slow Birding by Joan E. StrassmannArbo-READ-um is a program series born from a partnership between the library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. This summer, we will work together to provide opportunities to promote literacy, library and arboretum usage, and community conversations by discussing a book with the Tredyffrin Township community.

The book selection for 2024 is Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard by Joan E. Strassmann.

From July 1st through August 16th, join us in reading Slow Birding and learning more about our backyard bird friends. This one-of-a-kind guide to birding locally encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them. Strassmann tells colorful stories of the most common birds to be found in the United States—birds we often see but might not have considered deeply before. Slow Birding is a perfect book for those looking to embrace the joys of birding right where they are.

View the schedule of events below and find instructions about
how to log your participation for the community read in Beanstack.



Arbo-READ-um Kick-Off

Begin logging Arbo-READ-um activities and your reading journey of Slow Birding. Register on Beanstack to enter to win a prize pack featuring bird-related goodies as well as a signed copy of the book. A winner will be selected on Friday, August 16.

Register for Beanstack here: ccls.beanstack.org

After registering or signing in, you will see a list of challenges. Find and select “2024 Arbo-READ-um.” The unique challenge code is ARBOREADUM24. If you have questions about signing up for Beanstack or locating the challenge, please stop by the library or contact the Tredyffrin Public Library Reference Desk at 610-688-7092 x212.




Makerspace: Needle Felted Birds (Adults & Teens 16+)

10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Learn the art of needle felting and create an adorable little bird to take home. All materials are provided.

Free of charge | Location: Tredyffrin Public Library

Registration is required. Register here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/12541082.



Slow Birding

7:00–8:30 PM 

Joan E. Strassmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis and Author of Slow Birding 

In the heart of migration, it is easy to jump from one bird to the next, tallying counts of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and thrushes with increasing speed. But there is another way to approach birding—through slow, quiet observation. Join Dr. Strassmann in getting to know the most common birds, not just by sight, but by behavior. Discover their unique stories and enrich your experiences of our most commonly seen birds.

Free of charge | Virtual event
Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912793077667



Guided Bird Walk

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Troy Bynum, Avid Birder and Owner of TB Wildlife Photography, LLC 

Get outside and discover which birds are at Jenkins during summer breeding. Explore diverse habitats including woodland, pond edge, and stream-side paths. All levels of birders are welcome, especially new birders. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes with good traction for various terrains.

Free of charge | Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912809827767



Drop In: Flapping Bird Clips (Ages 5+)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Drop in between 10AM and 12PM to create a bird clip that can flap its wings! Ages 5+

Free of charge | Location: Tredyffrin Public Library

No registration is required, but you may sign up to receive an email reminder. Sign up here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/12541853



Summer Storytime: Bird Bonanza

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Enjoy a bird-themed read aloud with Stephanie Bragg from the Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins! Join us for a morning in nature and learn something new while listening to engaging stories. Sidewalk chalk will be available after for creating art with our feathered friends for inspiration!

All ages welcome, most suitable for ages 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free of charge | Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens 

Registration is strongly recommended. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912777872187



Cavity-Nesting Birds with Jennifer Uehling, Ph.D.

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Jennifer Uehling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, West Chester University 

Cavity-nesters are birds that nest in holes in trees, and they will also readily nest in human-provided nest boxes. This creates an excellent system for studying bird breeding behavior and ecology. Dr. Uehling will explore species of cavity-nesters in this region, including Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, House Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees, and will share findings from her own research on Tree Swallow foraging ecology.

Free of charge | Virtual event

Registration is required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/912801743587



Beanstack Prize Pack

Once you complete activities in Beanstack, you can enter to win a prize pack featuring goodies from Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens! Some of the prizes include a signed copy of Slow Birding, a library tote bag and water bottle, a set of notecards, a reusable dishcloth, The Backyard Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Field Guide, and more!

A winner will be selected and contacted on Friday, August 16th to celebrate the conclusion of Arbo-READ-um.

Money Smart Week 2022

Money Smart Week @ Tredyffrin Public Library

Celebrate Money Smart Week, April 9th through April 16th at Tredyffrin Public Library. Money Smart Week is a national public education program coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that empowers people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions.


What is Financial Literacy? Having the knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed fiscal and economic decisions for personal life planning and business interests including responsible budgeting, spending, and saving skills.


Why Financial Literacy? More than one in six U.S. students do not reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy. 45% of U.S. adults give themselves a grade of C, D, or F on their personal finance knowledge. Financial literacy is crucial because it provides a foundation for informed financial decision-making. Through financial literacy we can improve the proficiencies and scores previously mentioned.


Join us during the following programs throughout Money Smart Week!


Budget Basics

Sunday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Zoom Webinar [Virtual]

Do you have more month at the end of your money? In this workshop we’ll cover strategies and tips anyone can do to improve your personal finances with simple goal setting, budgeting, and money saving strategies. Whether you are high tech, low tech, or old school pen and paper, we’ll show you a way to budget that works for you. Plus, you’ll learn creative and easy tactics to cut unnecessary expenses, and how save more of your hard-earned money.


Credit Basics

Monday, April 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Zoom Webinar [Virtual]

In this overview of all things Credit, you’ll learn what impacts your credit score, how to increase your credit score, the difference between Credit Karma and the credit scores a lender pulls, and how to protect yourself from identity theft. In addition, we’ll cover how to spot and address fraudulent items on your credit report, collections, as well as building and re-establishing credit.


Retirement & Post-Retirement Financial Planning
Monday, April 11th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

Are you planning for retirement? Perhaps you’ve already retired and are exploring options to navigate within an ever-changing financial landscape. Join us for an informative discussion on retirement planning strategies with Norman MacQueen, former Chester County Controller and investment advisor with 30+ years of financial experience. We will discuss tools and tactics for achieving your retirement goals in what can fairly be described as an ‘interesting’ economic environment.


Medicare 101

Thursday, April 14th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

If you’re planning to retire or are retired, it’s important to know your Medicare plan options. This workshop will go over the elements of traditional Medicare Part A and Part B and what is covered; the difference between Medicap and Advantage Plans; how to find out if your doctor accepts the plan; and what are the options for Part D Prescription Plans. These important decision can affect both your out of pocket costs and if your choice of doctors and health care facilities.

Presented by Eastern PA Medicare


Foundations of Investing

Thursday, April 14th, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

Building your investor IQ starts with understanding the basics. Whether you are new to investing or need a refresher, this presentation discusses the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals.


3 Critical Habits for the Wealth Generation

Friday, April 15th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Conference Room [In-Person]

Following the teachings of finance habit building greats, Dave Ramsey, Ray Dalio, and Suzy Orman, we’ll review the top 3 critical habits. Transparency, Saving vs Debit, and Cash Flow management. This program is ideal for high earners making over $175k.


Questions about the programs? Email Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org.

2022 Health & Wellness Fair

Join Tredyffrin Public Library on Saturday, March 19th for a full day focused on physical, emotional & social well-being at Tredyffrin Public Library’s first Virtual Health & Wellness Fair! Throughout the day-long program, the library will offer free health & wellness programs. In addition to the short, free programs, local health & wellness-based organizations & businesses, such as local gyms & various health services, we will be providing information about ways in which the community can better their health & wellness.

The Virtual Health and Wellness Fair will offer a wealth of topics including basic exercise, healthy eating & mental health awareness. Whether you are maintaining your fitness goals or looking to set new & improved goals, the Virtual Health & Wellness Fair is sure to have something for everyone!

You could win a Fit Bit Inspire 2! Attend at least one program during the Virtual Health & Wellness Fair to receive the secret code word. Submit this brochure with the code word, your name & contact information to enter in for a chance to win a Fit Bit Inspire 2.


Organizations that you can connect with include: 


Children’s Dental Clinic

NAMI Main Line

Philadelphia Integrative Medicine

ProActive Wellness Coaching

Relaxation & Healing Through Getting to Know Ourselves

Village Wellness

Zen Meditation

See the Event Brochure

Check out & register for the following programs throughout the day:


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Meet your local community wellness organizations


10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Zen Meditation


11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Philadelphia Integrative Medicine Live


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Holistic DIY Tips for Neck Pain Relief


12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Relaxation and Healing Through Getting to Know Ourselves


12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Breathing for Immune Strength, Stress Relief and Sustained Calm


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Local Mental Health Resources with NAMI Main Line


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Increase Your Energy and Vitality! Supporting the Gut Brain Connection for Mental Wellness, From Within


2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Maximizing Bone Health: How to Prevent and Overcome Osteoporosis


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


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


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

Read the Poems

As U Like It

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

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

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

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.

TPL Chopped Jr.

Do you have what it takes to be our TPL Chopped Jr Champion?

Have you seen the shows Chopped or Chopped Jr? We are excited to announce our next Chopped Jr. challenge, designed especially for children 12 & under with the help of their grown-ups!

Your challenge is to take the four ingredients (and anything else you want to use) and then combine them to make a delicious main course meal. You can use anything in your kitchens for your dish, but you have to use a protein (turkey or substitute), potato, green beans . . . and . . . CHOCOLATE!

Make sure to take a picture of your creation and submit it along with a description of how you used the necessary ingredients (or the whole recipe if you’d like) in the form below to see if you will be crowned Chopped Jr. Champion! We’ll share your creations on social media and who knows? Maybe this is how your little chef will be discovered.

The winner receives a Kids Cookbook to keep!

All submissions must be received before Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm. The form below will be unavailable after that time.



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An Evening with Madeline Miller Community Puzzle

Welcome Madeline Miller!

Friday, July 31 from 7 – 8:30 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Circe author Madeline Miller for a special zoom event. Registration limited and required.

Purchase a book to be signed by Ms. Miller & picked up by you at Main Point Books.

Are you missing our Community Puzzle while the libraries are closed? Please share your puzzle time in the comments below to connect with your community.


Crime & Cookies Community Puzzle

Are you missing our Community Puzzle while the libraries are closed?

This Friday, we’re excited to welcome Gina & Andrea back to tell us another true crime tale with Crime & Cookies!

Register to attend our Zoom Webinar on Friday, June 19 at 7 pm.

Please share your puzzle time in the comments below to connect with your community.


PEEP Diorama Contest

Who did it Best?

The winner is WHERE THE WILD PEEPS ARE! 86 votes out of our total of 156!

We are celebrating our winner by making it this week’s Community Puzzle.

Please share your puzzle time in the comments below to connect with your community.

See other entrants:

Thanks to all of our entrants. Each of the entries show a great deal of creativity. We hope you had fun making them!