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.

Virtual Language Classes

Join us for Virtual Language Classes

Do you want to learn Spanish or Japanese?

Join Tredyffrin Township Libraries on our private Discord Server to learn with Adult Programming and Community Outreach Librarian, Zoey, using the database Mango Languages. Starting Tuesday, March 31st, we will meet at 3:00 p.m. to learn Spanish together. Additionally, starting on Thursday, April 2nd, we will meet at 7:00 p.m. to learn Japanese together.

During each 30-minute session, we will work through one Mango module together.


Log on to our Discord Server!


Want something different? Mango offers more than 60 languages!

New to Mango Languages? Watch the video below:


Any questions or comments regarding this or any virtual programs offered by Tredyffrin Township Libraries can be directed to me via email at zmills@ccls.org.





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.






2020 TPL Adult Winter Reading Challenge

Are You Up to the Challenge?

2020 Adult Winter Reading Challenge at Tredyffrin Township Libraries

January 1st – February 29th

Beat those winter blues by challenging yourself to read 10 books this winter! From January 1st to February 29th, every book you read counts as a raffle towards our grand prize– a $50 gift card to Main Point Books! You have a chance to earn 10 raffles for the grand prize. If you don’t finish all 10 challenges, don’t worry, you can still submit at least 1 raffle!

Don’t forget to pick up your Challenge Bookmark at the TPL Reference Desk or at Paoli Library’s Circulation Desk and drop off the completed book mark before or on February 29th! The winner will be chosen during the 1st week of March.

Want more than 10 chances to win? Earn another entry when you:

  • Share a picture via social media with the hashtag #TPLWinterChallenge20, and tag our Instagrams — @TredyLibrary and @PaoliLibrary ! (Make sure you show your social media share to a member of the Staff when you drop off your bookmark!)
  • Submit a review!
  • What should you review? It’s up to you! We love to hear about what you’ve enjoyed reading, watching, playing, and listening to. All reviews should be of items that are available through CCLS. Reviews of fewer than 250 words will not be accepted for raffle tickets.

Please note: you must be 18 or older to participate. Only one prize per person.

Challenge Me:

1: Read a book of your choice (that’s right, complete any book for a chance at the prize).

2: Read a book that takes place in Pennsylvania (earn a bonus raffle ticket if the book takes place in Chester County).

3: Read a YA (Young Adult) Book; maybe Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith, the first selection for the new Adults Read YA book club!

4: Read a book in a genre you don’t typically read (if that’s YA, you’ll need to read 2).

5: Read a book that was adapted into a film.

6: Read a book recommended by a librarian.

7: Read a book with a number in the title.

8: Read a “banned” book (ALA has a whole list of them).

9: Read a book written by an author of color.

10: Read a book originally written in a language other than English.

Need help finding titles?

Visit a librarian at the reference desk for ideas on titles you might enjoy that meet the challenges.


Contact Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org or (610) 688-7092 x220.


Thank you to the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library for sponsoring this program and many of our other, great library programs!

NaNoWriMo 2019

NaNoWriMo 2019: TPL partnership

*This is an independent event managed by a community partner. The NaNoWriMo name and logo are used by special permission.

The library is excited to be partnering with NaNoWriMo this November. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where writers from all around the world come together and write their stories, aiming for 50,000 words during the month of November.

Those interested in participating are welcome to join us on Saturday, November 2 at 10 for our Kick-Off Party.

We are also offering weekly Come Write In Sessions, providing writers with a space to work and communicate with others.
Come Write In: Wednesdays, 11/6, 11/13 & 11/20 & Monday, 11/25, 6 – 8:30 pm

Celebrate your progress with our Midway Party on Thursday, November 14, from 1 – 3:30 pm

Finally, we want to celebrate your achievement with our Afternoon of Authoring Alarmingly, a final sprint to get those 50,000 words on Saturday, November 30 from 3 – 5 pm. Continue reading

Golf Classic Results 2019

Back Row: Library Foundation Board members Scott Moon and Patricia Exley; Event Chair Warren Kampf: Tredyffrin Supervisors Kevin O’Nell and Matt Holt; Library Director Chris Kibler; Chester County Commissioner Terrence Farrell; Library Foundation Board member and lead event volunteer Jennifer Whip; Library Foundation Board President James Kim; Library Trustee Anthony Ferris. Front Row: Library Trustees Kim McDonnell, Johanna Pauciulo and Helen Yao; Chair of Chester County’s Board of County Commissioners, Michelle Kichline


Golfers, sponsors and volunteers came together on September 26 for the Penn Medicine Golf Classic, a day of golf and celebration at St. Davids Golf Club, raising funds for the Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation’s endowment, which provides for future growth and sustainability of Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library.

The Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation hosted its first major fundraiser, the Penn Medicine Golf Classic, on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The event raised more than $40,000.  Warren Kampf was the event chair and Paul Olson was the honorary chair.

Penn Medicine pledged headline support for the event last fall and many other community businesses and leaders also contributed sponsorships. Additional sponsors included Aqua Pennsylvania, Wawa, Pennsylvania Trust, Eadeh Enterprises, Pat & Jim Siegel, Shelley & Mike Heaberg, and nearly 25 others (full sponsor list below).

The Penn Medicine Golf Classic participants enjoyed a barbeque lunch on the terrace at St. Davids Golf Club, eighteen holes of golf, snacks and beverages, several on-course contests, a raffle and a cocktail reception.  BMW of Devon provided a car for a Hole in One Contest.

“This was a milestone day for both libraries and especially the Tredyffrin Township Library Foundation.  Our goal was to raise $25,000, so we are extremely humbled and grateful for our extraordinary success, which was made possible by our sponsors, volunteers and golfers. We look forward to this day of support and celebration becoming a tradition,” said Chris Kibler, Library Director.

Golfers warm up before the Penn Medicine Golf Classic on September 26, 2019, at St. Davids Golf Club.

 Headline Sponsor:

Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor:

Lunch Sponsor:

Driving Range Sponsors: 

  • The Mike & Shelley Heaberg Family; The Jim & Pat Siegel Family

Drink & Snack Cart Sponsor:

Registration Sponsor:

Prize Sponsor:

Print Sponsor:

Floral Sponsor:

Hole Sponsors:

Tournament Results:

1st Place (Gross): Tim Dwyer, James Decker, Mike Hayden & Scott Moon (Score: one over par gross)

Low Net Individual: Jeremy Levy (Score: 68)

Low Gross Individual: Paul Rafailidis (Score: 70)

Closest to the Hole: John Black (Score: 6’9”)

Straightest Drive: Phil Burtoff

Putting Contest Winner: Joshua Snyder

All pictures courtesy of Chris Swisher. See more photos of the event.

Top Ten Teen Books of 2019

The Teens have spoken! The Top Ten YA books of 2019 have been decided.

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

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

And the Winners Are . . .


Suggest a title for the Teens’ Top Ten!

See all the Teens’ Top Ten books, plus titles from YALSA’s other awards and booklists, in the Teen Book Finder App.

Raffle Tickets Available

Raffle Tickets Available: Penn Medicine Charity Golf Classic

Our first Charity Golf Outing is coming up on Thursday, September 26. Even if you are unable to attend, you can still get in on the action by purchasing raffle tickets to some amazing prizes!

$1 for 1 Raffle Ticket OR Buy More & Save – 15 Tickets for $10

Raffle tickets are available now. Purchase them below, in person at Tredyffrin Public Library, or at the Penn Medicine Golf Classic.

You need not be present at the event to win!

Storytime Golden TicketFitness Jump Start Gift BasketEagles Gift BasketTeresa’s Whiskey Tasting

Primo Hoagies Gift CardFree Rentals at TTLMain Line School Night Gift CardReading Phillies Tickets 

Gentle Touch Car Wash Package • Le Pain Qoutidien Gift Basket & Gift CardTTL LOVE GlassesSeasons 52 Gift Card

 Edible Arrangements Gift CardSnap Kitchen Gift Card • Entry to Longwood GardensMeal for Two at Honeygrow

Trader Joe’s Gift Bag

Purchase Raffle Tickets

Storytime Golden Ticket

Don’t rush your kids out the door & stress about getting space in storytime. With this golden ticket, you’re in every time, guaranteed!

Value: priceless

Donor: Tredyffrin Public Library Children’s Department

Notes: Admittance for children ages 5 & under with a caregiver. Expires: 10/1/2020

Fitness Jump Start Gift Basket

Jump start your fitness with this extraordinary package from Club La Maison.

  • 3 month membership
  • a FitStart
  • 2 Personal Training Sessions
  • 1 30-minute massage

Value: $519

Donor: Club La Maison

Notes: New Members Only

Eagles Gift Basket

Filled to the brim with Eagles fan gear:

  • Youth L hoodie pullover
  • Youth M Ajayi jersey
  • Believe It by Nick Foles
  • Eagles decorative flag
  • Sports Illustrated “Again?!” issue
  • Jason Kelce limited edition bobblehead
  • USPS Commemorative envelope dated 2/4/2018
  • NFL Oyosports Fletcher Cox minifigure
  • Eagles domino set
  • Superbowl Teddy Bear
  • Eagles patch

Value: $313

Donor: Sharon Humble & Doug Jones

Teresa’s Whiskey Tasting for Four

You and three friends will enjoy a private tasting, featuring 5 spirits with charcuterie and cheese to accompany them. Your experience will be guided by Teresa’s Beverage Director.

Value: $250

Donor: Teresa’s Cafe

Notes: Tasting may not be scheduled on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Primo Hoagies Gift Card

Enjoy South Philly style hoagies on freshly baked bread with premium meats & cheeses that are sourced locally & chopped fresh. Use this gift card to cover weeks of lunches or a party!

Value: $150

Donor: Primo Hoagies

A Year of Free Rentals

Never hesitate to rent a DVD, video game, or audiobook from the library! You’ll have unlimited free rentals at Tredyffrin Public Library and Paoli Library for a whole year.

Value: $120

Donor: Tredyffrin Township Libraries

Note: Winner is still responsible for any overdue fines accrued.

Main Line School Night Gift Card

Use this gift card towards the cost of any of the 475 + classes offered by Main Line School Night.

Value: $100

Donor: Main Line School Night

Expiration: Gift Card is good through September 26, 2020

4 Diamond Club Level Seats for the Reading Phils 2020 Season

Enjoy an exciting baseball game at First Energy Field. Giveaways, contests & America’s favorite pastime. Will you see a future Philadelphia Phillies star?

Value: $100

Donor: Jim Salveson, JP Mascaro & sons

Note: Winner will need to contact donor to obtain tickets.

Five Full Service Car Washes

Give your car the care it deserves! This booklet includes five coupons for full service, ultimate plus car washes at Gentle Touch Car Wash. Locations in Malvern, Coatesville, Aston & Philadelphia.

Value: $99

Donor: Gentle Touch Car Wash

Note: May not be combined with other discounts.

Le Pain Quotidien Gift Basket & Gift Card

Sample a spread, a jam, a selection of fine teas & a bag of coffee. Then enjoy $25 toward the restaurant.

Value: $85

Donor: Le Pain Quotidien, Wayne

Tredyffrin Township Libraries LOVE Glasses

Show your love of the libraries with a set of six pint glasses with the libraries LOVE logo.

Value: $60

Donor: Tredyffrin Township Libraries

Seasons 52 Gift Card

Sample the seasonal approach to food & wine at Seasons 52. Choose grilled or oak-roasted specialties or spend an evening sampling wine by the glass.

Value: $52

Donor: Seasons 52

Edible Arrangements Gift Card

Cater a party or send a gift of Edible Arrangements’ delectable & beautiful arrangements of edible treats!

Value: $50

Donor: Edible Arrangements

Snap Kitchen Gift Card

Make healthy eating a breeze with Snap Kitchen’s prepared food. With none of the stuff you don’t want in your food & all the freshness & taste you do want! Snap Kitchen is the answer for busy, health-conscious people who want to enjoy their food.

Value: $50

Donor: Snap Kitchen

Admission for Two to Longwood Gardens

Explore acres of flowers, trees & meadows, as well as an indoor conservatory & mansion at the local gem, Longwood Gardens. Longwood is enchanting in all seasons.

Value: $46

Donor: James Kim & Helen Yao

Note:Not valid on blackout days (peak days), Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during A Longwood Christmas through January 1 & not valid anytime December 26 through January 1.
May not be used for admission to special ticketed events.

Honeygrow Meal for Two

Enjoy a meal for two at Honeygrow, with locations in Radnor and King of Prussia. Customize your perfect meal from a wholesome menu of stir-fries, salads, bowls and juices.

Value: $30, expires 12/31/2019

Donor: Honeygrow

Trader Joe’s Seasonal Gift Bag

Sample an array of Trader Joe’s classic pantry items and seasonal staples. All items are shelf-stable.

Value: $25

Donor: Trader Joe’s

Purchase Raffle Tickets


Purchase directly at eTapestry

Refer a Friend for LCSUM!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

This September, Tredyffrin Public Library & Paoli Library are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers, and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month by signing up for a library card at one of the Tredyffrin Township Libraries! When you sign up for a library card throughout the month of September, you will win a free rental coupon– good for any DVD, audiobook, or videogame (at TPL).

Already have a library card, but still want to participate? Refer a friend who needs a library card, and both you and the new library card holder will win a free rental. Simply have your friend bring the completed “Refer-a-Friend” business card with your information when they sign up for a library card. Pick up the “Refer-a-Friend” business card at any of the check out desks in the libraries.

Please note, the rental coupon is valid only throughout the month of September and cannot be combined with the Wednesday “Rent One, Get One” deal.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit one of your libraries in person or see our FAQ page.

Any questions or comments can be directed to Zoey Mills at zmills@ccls.org or by calling 610-688-7092 x 220.


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.


Have a question for the ladies of Crime and Cookies? Check out their social media!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/crimeandcookies/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/crimeandcookies/

Register to come to the August 16th event!


Interested in reading some of Gina & Andrea’s favorites? Place your holds: