2022 Arbo-READ-um Announcement

2022 Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event

Join Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens for the 2nd annual Arbo-READ-um Community Read Event. The Arbo-READ-um event is a program series born from a collaboration between the library and Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens. During the program, the library and the arboretum work together to provide opportunities to promote literacy, library and arboretum usage, and community conversations by encouraging Tredyffrin Township to come together by reading and discussing a single book.

Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens are excited to announce the book selection for the 2022 Arbo-READ-um event.

Under the Sky We Make by Kimberly Nicholas, PhD 

The library and arboretum also suggest to read The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carmac as a supplement to Under the Sky We Make.


Beginning July 1st through to August 18th, join the library and arboretum in reading The Future We Choose and discussing the climate crisis and climate solutions. Check out the schedule of special events below and learn more about how to log your participation during the community read event!


Arbo-READ-um Kick Off
Friday, July 1st, 2022
All Day
Begin logging your reading journey of Under the Sky We Make. Register on the libraries’ Beanstack to enter in for a drawing for a physical copy of the book.

Under the Sky We Make Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 27th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Join Tredyffrin Public Library and Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens for a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, author of Under the Sky We Make.

Pennsylvania’s Changing Climate with Kyle Imhoff
Thursday, August 18th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Zoom Meetings
Join Kyle Imhoff to explore Pennsylvania’s observed historical trends in weather patterns and extreme events, as well as future projections of the changing climate’s impacts on the state and region. This talk will also provide a brief overview of climate change science from a global perspective and discussion of science communication – from successes and failures to public perceptions of climate change. Registration is required.


Get a glimpse of the Beanstack challenges and reading logs by heading over to the libraries’ Beanstack. Access Beanstack here!

Teen Volunteers for Summer 2022

TPL Children’s Department looking for Teen Volunteers for Summer 2022!


Information PacketVolunteer ApplicationVolunteer Waiver

What kinds of things could I volunteer to do at the library?

Programming (must be age 13+ by June 1, 2022 to apply)

  • Hands-on program assistance (including but not limited to: greeting registrants and making nametags; creating sample crafts; setting up; cleaning up; assisting participants; these volunteers will need to be able to commit to specific program schedules)
  • Kit assembly (including but not limited to: working independently onsite; assembling supply kits for programs and Grab&Go projects)
  • Reading Club (including but not limited to: helping children and their caregivers register for and participate in both versions of our hybrid reading club; helping participants navigate the steps of participation along the way; handing out prizes and raffle tickets)

Library Maintenance (must be age 15+ by June 1, 2022 to apply)

  • Shelving (including but not limited to: keeping the collection in EXACT numerical and alphabetical order; dusting and cleaning shelves; shifting books; pulling items for display or reserve requests)


Teen Summer Volunteer FAQs

  • Show up on time for all shifts to which you have committed.
  • Contact us ASAP if you will be late or absent. If you are giving at least 48-hours’ notice, this can be done by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator at mbolay@ccls.org or calling 610.688.7092 x214. If your absence is due to a last-minute emergency or illness and you are NOT able to give at least 48 hours’ notice, you MUST call the Children’s Desk (610.688.7092 x210) and leave a message if you get the voicemail. This will be checked every day that we are open and regardless of the Volunteer Coordinator’s schedule.
  • Dress comfortably but appropriately. If you are allowed to wear it to school you are allowed to wear it in the library.
  • Leave your phone and other electronic devices in your pocket or bag during your volunteer shift. EXCEPTION: ear buds or headphones may be worn by Shelving Volunteers working in the stacks.
  • Real-world work experience. Throughout the recruitment, training, and supervising experiences, volunteers practice keeping to a schedule, meeting goals and deadlines, and interacting with a variety of people. We expect a lot from our volunteers because we know they are capable of doing great things!
  • Something with which to impress college recruiters. A commitment to volunteering is something that admissions officers look for on college applications.
  • Earning service hours. The library is a great place to work on your hours for NHS, scouts, your house of worship, etc.
  • Familiarity with how a library works.
  • A pleasant and friendly atmosphere. We value our volunteers and try to match each with the ideal tasks for their personality, experience, interests, and schedules.
  • Insider access to new books and media added to the collection.
All of our volunteer jobs require training and supervision by staff members, and in some cases the training can be extensive. Time spent training and supervising volunteers is an investment in them, so we realize its value, but it’s also time that cannot be spent on other necessary library tasks. We feel that the outcome should be worth the investment on both sides: ours and yours.
We have only so many positions to offer. If you are enthusiastic about joining us and your schedule and interests fit our needs, we are happy to include you. However, if they do not we may not be able to find a place for you this summer.
Our programs are for ages up to 12/rising 7th-graders. If you are within that range, we want you to experience our summer programs as a participant! It works out better for all if volunteers are at least one grade-level above our oldest participants. When it comes to shelving, there are mistakes made that could have serious consequences for the library or our patrons. Because of the heightened responsibility of keeping our collection in exact order, anyone performing those tasks should have a little more maturity and judgement. Because we don’t know every potential volunteer personally, we have to use age as a parameter.
Yes! At the end of the summer, a certificate with your total volunteer hours will be available, along with a thank-you voucher for free books from our book store. We keep volunteer statistics for one calendar year only, so you will need to keep your certificate as proof beyond that. If you need the Volunteer Coordinator to sign a separate letter or form for a specific organization, that can be done upon request.
We count on our volunteers to be available when scheduled, and it is a hardship on the staff and other volunteers when someone is unexpectedly absent. If you have a conflict of which you were not previously aware that will prevent you from keeping your commitment for the span of several days or weeks, such as a newly-scheduled vacation or camp, we may have to reevaluate your volunteer status. If you don’t have a schedule conflict but discover that the position to which you were assigned isn’t a good fit, it may be possible to switch tasks if we can get your previous position filled by another volunteer.



Staff Picks

Happy National Library Week 2022

Please click on a staff member’s image to see their recommendations!


Read It & Steep Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Read It & Steep!

Your vote counts! See the highest rated titles from the last decade of Read It & Steep selections and let us know how you would rate them.

Whether or not you’ve ever attended a meeting of RI&S, your rating is welcome. If you’ve read one of the books below, just use the linear scale to mark how highly you think of the title.

Thank you for your participation!

Page to Screen 2022

Page to Screen 2022: Theatrical Releases

Check out the book before you head to the movie theater!

Operation Mincemeat

by Ben Macintyre

Physical Book

Starring Colin Firth & Matthew MacFadyen

Deep Water

by Patricia Highsmith

Physical Book

Deep Water (2022) - Filmaffinity

Starring Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas

Redeeming Love

by Francine Rivers

Physical Book

Starring Abigail Cowen & Tom Lewis

The Tiger Rising

by Kate DiCamillo

Physical Book

Starring Dennis Quaid & Queen Latifah

The Black Phone

by Joe Hill

Starring Mason Thames & Ethan Hawke

The Amazing Maurice

by Terry Pratchett

Physical Book

Starring Hugh Laurie & Emilia Clarke

Death on the Nile

by Agatha Christie

Physical Book

Starring Gal Gadot & Kenneth Branagh

Mothering Sunday

by Graham Swift

Physical Book

Starring Olivia Coleman & Colin Firth

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

by Paul Gallico

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris & Mrs Harris Goes to New York: Paul Gallico: 9781408808566: Amazon.com: Books

Starring Lesley Manville & Isabelle Huppert

The Bad Guys

by Aaron Blabey

Physical Book

Starring Sam Rockwell & Awkwafina

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Physical Book

book jacket

Starring Daisy Edgar Jones & Taylor John Smith

Bullet Train

by Kotaro Isaka

Physical Book

Starring Sandra Bullock & Brad Pitt

Salem’s Lot

by Stephen King

Physical Book

Starring Alfre Woodard & William Sadler

White Bird

by R.J. Palacio

Physical Book

book jacket

Starring Gillian Anderson & Helen Mirren

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Physical Book

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Jesse Plemons

Lyle Lyle Crocodile

by Bernard Waber

Physical Book

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022) - IMDb

Starring Garret Dillahunt & David Strathairn

She Said

by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohy

Physical Book

Starring Zoe Kazan & Carey Mulligan

Dark Harvest

by Norman Partridge

Physical Book

Starring Elizabeth Reaser & Luke Kirby

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Physical Book

Starring Dakota Fanning & Elle Fanning

The School for Good and Evil

by Soman Chainani

Physical Book

book jacket

Starring Charlize Theron & Kerry Washington

The Stars at Noon

by Denis Johnson

The Stars at Noon by Denis Johnson | Before These 15 Movies Hit the Big Screen in 2022, Read the Books They're Based On | POPSUGAR Entertainment Photo 13

Starring Joe Alwyn & Margaret Qualley

The Wonder

by Emma Donoghue

Physical Book

The Wonder: Netflix shares first look at Florence Pugh film

Starring Florence Pugh & Ciaran Hinds

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

by Gabrielle Zivan

Physical Book

book jacket

Starring Kunal Nayyar & Christina Hendricks

Mr. Malcolm’s List

by Suzanne Allain

Physical Book

Mr Malcom's List' News, Premiere Date - Sam Heughan Joins Cast of a New Period Drama

Starring Ashley Park & Theo James

The Lost Girls

by Laurie Fox

Physical Book

Starring Vanessa Redgrave & Iain Glen

The Good Nurse

by Charles Graeber

Physical Book

book jacket

Starring Jessica Chastain & Eddie Redmayne


Tredyffrin Public Library Closed

Due to flooding in our building, Tredyffrin Public Library is closed to the public for at least Wednesday, September 1 & Thursday, September 2, 2021.

In an effort to minimize damage to library materials, please return your items to another Chester County library instead of using the TPL book drops.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Update 08.18.2021

From the Township Manager:

“Following the recommendations from the CDC during the time of the spread of COVID-19 Delta variant, and to protect the health of our employees as well as the general public, beginning Wednesday August 18, 2021, Tredyffrin Township requires that masks be worn by everyone entering and while inside any Township facilities including the Township Libraries.

Those who do not comply will be asked to leave the building. Thank you for your understanding & your willingness to keep our unvaccinated children visitors safe!

Arbo-READ-um 2021

Arbo-READ-um: Molding our Community

We’re excited to announce our first Arbo-READ-um series, in partnership with Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. We will be exploring fungi & more with Doug Bierend’s book In Search of Mycotopia during three events.

Arbo-READ-um Kickoff

Wednesday, June 23, 6 pm at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Join other readers to discuss your anticipation of Doug Bierend’s In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics & the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms & hear fungi facts from Jenkins staff.
The first 15 participants registered for this event will receive a free copy of In Search of Mycotopia. This is an outdoor event with an indoor inclement weather space – registration is limited.
Place a hold on Dog Bierend’s In Search of Mycotopia

The Varieties of the Mycological Experience with Author Doug Bierend

Thursday, July 15, 7 pm via Zoom
Around the country, growing numbers of people are discovering the many wonders & possibilities posed by fungi. But beyond providing food, medicine, sustainable materials, innovative remediation techniques & enchanted forest outings, the under-examined kingdom of fungi also offer unexpected opportunities to reconsider how we connect with nature & with one another. Get introduced to a diverse community of citizen scientists, basement cultivators, independent entrepreneurs, communitarian naturalists, artists, tinkerers & others who are working to foster fungal fellowship & hopes for a more reciprocal, sustainable world.
Free of charge; registration is required through Jenkins Eventbrite. A link & viewing instructions sent after completed registration.

Arbo-READ-um Final Discussion & Tour

Thursday, July 29, 6 pm at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
Join other readers for a talk and a walk! Engage with library staff in a final discussion of Doug Bierend’s In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics & the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms. Enjoy a fungi-focused tour of the grounds with Jenkins’ Hort staff.
Please note, this is an outdoor event with an indoor inclement weather space – registration is limited.