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.

Fall Reading Challenge for Adults 2021

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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.

Extended Hours

News about Paoli Library Hours

Beginning Tuesday, May 25, Paoli Library will be open for both browsing & contactless pickup on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Our new hours are:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

No reservations are required for browsing. Due to our small space, we will limit the number of people in the building at any one time to allow for social distancing.

News about Tredyffrin Public Library Hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the library will be open for use during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm

Contactless pickup available Monday – Thursday, 5 pm – 7 pm.

The forty-five minute limit on visits will be lifted at this time. Computer use will return to pre-COVID allowances.

News about Masks

For the forseeable future, the libraries still require masks to be worn over the mouth & nose for the duration of your visit, even if you are fully vaccinated.

We are happy to provide you with a mask. Thank you for keeping our youngest patrons protected.

Novel Tea Event

Novel Tea Event with author Riley Sager

We are excited to announce the sale of tickets for this special virtual event.

 

Enjoy an evening with thriller novelist Riley Sager, author of Survive the Night and The Final Girls. This event will be moderated by Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author.

Important Dates:

• Ticket sales go live: Tuesday, May 11th – ends: Friday, June 18th
• Early Bird Special: begins Tuesday, May 11th – ends, May 25th
• Pick up of signed books and tea packages: the week of June 28th before the event

Speakers:

• Featured author: Riley Sager
• Moderator: International bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver, author of The Bone Collector, and the Lincoln Rhyme Series

Ticket Options:

• $35.00 Basic Ticket: program and signed copy of Survive the Night.
• $55.00 Tea Ticket: Program, signed copy of Survive the Night, tea, library mug, and cookies to enjoy during the program.

Registration:

Register Online: http://bit.ly/NovelTeaRileySager

FAQs:

  • How does this event support the library?
    •  Ticket proceeds go to your local library. When purchasing a ticket, buyers will have to select which library they want their ticket proceeds to support.
  • What is the early bird special?
    • Purchase a Tea Ticket at any point from Tuesday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 25th. In purchasing a ticket in that time period, guest will be entered into a cash raffle.
  • How and when do I get my signed copy of Survive the Night?
    • Further communication regarding pick up of Tea ticket/basic ticket items, which includes a signed novel, will be provided closer to the event. Attendees will be asked to pick up their materials between June 28- to July 1 at the Library they selected to have their ticket proceeds support.
  • How do I view the virtual event?
    • We have partnered with Reads & Company Bookshop who has donated their streaming platform for this event to take place. Login instructions will be listed in the event program. Event programs will be included in the Tea Ticket/Basic Ticket. An email will also be sent out prior to the event with login instructions.

Further question, please contact:
Chris Porcelli at cporcelli@ccls.org
Nicole Richards at nrichards@ccls.org

TPL Reopening News

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TPL to reopen to the Public March 8

As we transition from contactless-only pickup to in-person material pickup, browsing, & PC use, we remain cautious regarding library access.

Beginning on March 8, Tredyffrin Public Library will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, 1pm–5pm & Friday & Saturday 10am—2pm. Additional contactless pickup hours will be available before & after public access hours as staffing permits. Please note: The Red Fox Book is not open, nor are donations accepted.

Paoli Library will remain closed to public access for the month of March, but will continue with current contactless pickup hours (Paoli Library space is much smaller, there are limited options for physical distancing & some difficulties with mitigating public access).

Tredyffrin Public Library will also allow limited access to library PCs when we are open to the public; first come, first served.

We continue to ask all library visitors to follow social distancing & safety protocols:

 

  • Please wear a mask when entering & using the libraries. We have additional masks to offer to community members who may forget to bring their own.
  • Please limit visits to one hour (or less). Spaces will not have chairs or tables for use. Please limit in-person library usage to browsing collections & checking out materials, picking up holds, & using library PCs.
  • Computer use will be first come, first served & limited to one daily 45-minute session.
  • All meeting & study spaces remain closed. We will permit no public gatherings of any kind in those spaces.

 

We will make every effort to regularly & frequently clean & disinfect surfaces, along with frequently used areas. Frequent high-touch surface areas will be cleaned throughout the day by library staff & cleaning & disinfecting will be performed in the evenings by our cleaning company.

 

We’ve received a few questions about library services, donations, & returning materials. Some common questions & responses are below.

 

Can I return library materials?

Yes, please return all borrowed items to the external book drops at Tredyffrin Public Library & Paoli Library.

 

Why are library materials still showing as checked out on my account, even though I returned them?

We are following protocols set by the CDC & the American Library Association for quarantining library materials. We quarantine all returned materials for 48 hours before being checked in. This quarantine procedure is being used throughout the Chester County Library System.

 

Will I be charged overdue fines?

We will assess no overdue fines for materials checked in after being held in quarantine. Staff will waive any fines that may accrue on an item returned within the proper timeframe. If you experience & problems with your returns, please contact the Tredyffrin Public Library Circulation Desk at 610-688-7092 or Paoli Library at 610-296-7996.

 

Can I make in-person meeting room or study room reservation?

We are not accepting in-person meeting or study room reservations & rooms are not yet available for use when visiting the libraries.

 

Can I drop off donations?

No, please do not bring materials donations (books, DVDs, CDs) to Tredyffrin Public Library or Paoli Library. The libraries are not accepting donations. We do not yet know when we will begin accepting donations again.

While we remain vigilant in our efforts to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are optimistic & hope that we are on track to expand library operating hours in the upcoming weeks & months. We will update our status & service offerings as circumstances change & will send out updates in our newsletter, on our website & via social media.

Thank you for your patience & for your support of Tredyffrin Township Libraries.

 

PAOLI LIBRARY

Currently Closed to the Public

 

Contactless Pickup:

Monday: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm

Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday:

10 am – 2 pm

 

TREDYFFRIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Open the Public:

Monday – Thursday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

 

Contactless Pickup

Monday – Thursday: 5 pm – 7 pm

Chris Kibler READ Library Puzzle

Are you missing our Community Puzzle while the library is closed?

Enjoy this READ Library Puzzle, featuring director of libraries Chris Kibler, while we’re closed and head over to jigsawplanet.com for more.

Paoli Central

You might think that the name “Paoli” was chosen for a little Main Line town purely to separate the locals (who know how to pronounce it) from the out-of-towners (who don’t). But this week Paoli welcomed some out-of-towners who knew exactly how to pronounce “Paoli,” because they came from the birthplace of General Pasquale Paoli, the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Among the visitors, here to continue a long-standing relationship between the Paoli Business and Professional Association and the territorial government of Corsica, was Gilles Simeoni, President of the Corsican Assembly, along with the Corsican Minister of Culture and the Minister of Tourism.

Pasquale Paoli is Corsica’s national hero and second-most-famous native son—after Napoleon Bonaparte. Paoli was a freedom fighter who helped win the island’s independence from the Republic of Genoa and served as president of the Corsican Republic during its brief existence from 1755 to 1769. He was also the author of the republic’s constitution, considered to be the first ever democratic constitution, based on Enlightenment principles. Although Paoli never visited America, he was an inspiration to the American revolutionaries, and so much admired in this area that an inn was named after him—and the town was named after the inn.

On Friday, April 6, the delegation stopped by Paoli Library to view the large bust of Paoli and a replica of his ceremonial sword given to the town in 1966 by the mayor of Morosaglia, Paoli’s birthplace. In the absence of a town hall or a community center, Paoli Library serves as the center of town, so it has housed these mementos ever since.

President Simeoni and his compatriots extended a heartfelt invitation to the residents of Paoli to visit the island of Corsica, to enjoy the crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches of the coastline, and the pristine creeks and granite cliffs farther inland.

Paoli Library—although it can offer no beaches or cliffs–also extends a heartfelt invitation to area residents, to come view the statue of General Paoli and to get acquainted with the many unexpected free resources it does offer, from e-books, to museum passes, to a GoPro camera. The library is right in the center of Paoli, in the Wells Fargo building at the corner of Route 30 and Darby Road.

l-r: Nanette Maupertuis, Foreign Minister; Gilles Simeoni, President of the Corsican Assembly; Josepha Giacommeti, Minister of Culture; Hyacinthe Vanni, Vice President of the Corsican Assembly; Catherine Sorba, documentary film director; Francis Beretti, past chair, University of Corsica English Department.

Award Winning Librarian, Laurie Doan

Laurie Doan, young adult librarian at Tredyffrin Public Library is recognized for her “leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning” and named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor and only the second one from the commonwealth of PA in the 10 year history of the award.

 

The nomination for the award included stories and quotes from several of Laurie’s friends, coworkers, community partners, and the teens she has mentored. ALA received 0ver 1,200 nominations this year. Laurie’s dedication to our township teens has extended to donating her 5000 dollar prize money back to the library. She plans to invest this money into continuing to further the teen and performing arts programs at TPL.

Laurie shies from recognition, claiming that her work is successful because of help from the community, the township, the school district, and more. She hopes a matching $5000 be raised in response to the award.

Please read the nomination letter, written by community member Nora Margolis and including many first hand accounts of how Laurie has impacted and inspired our township teens. Also, see a mention of the win in the Washington Post & read the official press release from the American Library Association.

We also encourage you to share your own stories of how Laurie’s work has impacted you through social media using the hashtag #ILoveMyLibrarian.

The following is a quote from Laurie’s remarks upon receiving the I Love My Librarian award:

“I realize that I’m still being taught. By the parents and the teachers and my co-workers, and most of all by the teens themselves. I’m taught lessons every day by the very same people who nominated me for this award.”

 

Congratulations Laurie and thank you for your dedication!