Tredyffrin Teen Programs

September Special Event

Tredyffrin Public Library’s Annual College Essay Night 

Conquering the College Essay                                                with Carrie Waldron-Brown, MA

Parents & Students are welcomed to attend

Monday, September 18, 7-8:30 PM

In-person: 582 Upper Gulph Rd., Wayne

If your child needs to get motivated to just start that pesky essay OR is curious about what actually makes a successful college application essay then join us for Tredyffrin Public Library’s free presentation with Carrie Waldron-Brown, MA.

This enthusiastic educator holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School via Oxford University (UK) and an undergraduate degree in English Literature magna cum laude from Barnard College/Columbia University.

Many students have benefitted from her guidance. In this workshop she’ll give us an overview of the essay process from nailing down a superior idea, structuring the content, and effectively developing a precise and eloquent essay that reflects the applicants “WOW” factor to set them apart from the hoards in the Admissions Offices.

TO REGISTER: Contact Carrie Waldron-Brown


September’s “goodbye summer hello autumn” acivities

Wednesdays Afterschool Activities


September 6, Switch Games

September 13, Chess

September 20, Anime Club

September 27, Chess


Thursday Book Clubs


September 14 &28



RSVP to Laurie

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, September 2, Teen Game Night

Saturday, September 9, Nintendo Switch Games on the Big Screen

Friday, September 15, Mystery Event for Teens

This month is “A Walk Through Wayne

Meet at 6:30 pm by the Radnor Library Porch

Space is limited to 8 students so sign up soon! The event includes an al fresco pizza dinner, a walking tour including some history of Wayne, a special gift from one of the shops, and a delicious dessert in a cool setting!

Pick-up at Wayne Train Station at 8:15 pm

Please sign up with Laurie

The sooner you sign up, the better! Again, space is limited. First come; first served. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 23, Roundtable Discussion & Light Pizza Dinner


Volunteer Opportunity:

The Children’s Department is currently accepting applications for school-year volunteering!

  • Applicants must be ages 13-17 as of September 1, 2023.
  • Both the application and the township waiver must be filled out in full, signed, and returned together. PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE THESE. Applications and waivers may be returned in person or via email (formatted as PDFs).
  • There is no deadline to apply; positions will fill as applications and waivers are received and approved.
  • No experience is necessary, but priority will be given to returning volunteers.
  • We will work with your conflicts to create a schedule for you. A typical volunteer commitment is once per week for 1.5-2 hours.
  • Questions? Please email Michele (

Volunteer Application (2023-2024)

DVT – Volunteer Service Waiver Minor 2018 – Library

Ongoing Special Opportunity:

You’re on your own but you’re not alone: A path to academic success as you transition from high school to college: by appointment

Rising first year college students are invited for an individual session covering time management and the resources colleges have in place to support you. This interactive workshop will help you think about and identify how to get your out-of-class work done while still leaving time for social activities and the laundry. You’ll also get an introduction to the extras schools offer to ensure your academic success such as professor office hours, tutoring, and the writing center.
The session is led by Carla Vastine. Carla worked in early literacy at the TPL Children’s Department for ten years prior to pursuing her Master of Education degree at Cabrini University while working at Cabrini’s Disability Resource Center. She continued her career in Student Accessibility at Widener University where one of her roles was providing academic coaching to support student success. Carla returned to work at TPL last July as a Reference Assistant.
We hope you’ll join us for a session that will give you the confidence you need to get off on the right foot on your college journey.
Please contact Laurie to sign up: or 610-688-7092 x200


Ongoing Special Opportunity:

Remix a classic story into a film or a play with the help of our coaching panel and our Remixed Classics Handbook! Learn more and download the Remixed Classic’s Handbook HERE

Funding for Remixed Classics has been provided by PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and by the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library

Resources from, “Conquering the College Essay with Carrie Waldron-Brown,” are here:

Carrie’s website:

Home –

College Essay Guy’s website:

College Essay Guy | College Application and Essay Help

NACAC Rankings for admission determinants:

CEG’s Values Exercise:

CEG’s Feelings and Needs Exercise a) video and b) handout:



CEG’s Great Essay Test:

CEG’s College Application & Admissions Timeline

College Application & Admissions Timeline (

A few book recs to get you started:


Special Opportunity for middle-schoolers to build their libraries!

Contact Laurie to receive their own copy to keep of 3 books: Flunked by Jen Calonita, Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster, and Jinxed by Amy McCulloch! Quantities are limited. E-mail of phone first!

e-mail Laurie: or call 610-688-7092 x200


Coming soon, a night hike at our local McKaig Nature Center!

Date and details to come. We’ll meet at the old Roberts School House. Dress for the weather and the woods!

If you’re interested:

e-mail Laurie

or call 610.688.7092 x200


Spring 2023 – College Admissions Workshops are completed! If you missed one, then catch up on our YouTube channel.


What does the college admissions landscape look like today?  How can you match interests, abilities, values and karma with the right college?  How does a college admissions committee operate and for what are they really looking?  What are the current trends in college admissions?  Does test optional really mean test optional? And just how are you supposed to pay for it all…? 

With Workshop Leader Cigus Vanni on Zoom!  

“He knows stuff”  

  • Former Assistant Dean of the College and Admissions Counselor, Swarthmore College, 1980’s-1990’s 
  • Former Director of Counseling, Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Pennsauken, NJ, 1996-2001; 
  • Lead Counselor, Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ, 2002-2016; now retired and helping locally 

Contact Cigus Vanni at with questions 

*Sessions are sponsored by The Tredyffrin Township Libraries and are intended to augment— rather than supplant or substitute for—high school counseling efforts 


“Bravo” to the participants in our “Shakespeare in Isolation” workshop. Winner of the Pennsylvania “Humanities in Action Award”!



Reading Excellence Award 

Tredyffrin Township Libraries are proud to offer a reading program for young adult readers! Young readers wishing to expand their reading lens beyond the United States and read “Around the World” should give it a try! Complete the program and receive a special award to mark your commitment.


  • Rising 7th-12th grade students

  • Read at least seven books totaling 1000+ pages

    • Books must represent seven or more distinct countries, cultures, or regions

    • Each book must be by a unique author

    • At least 3 books must be from a non-U.S. author

If you are interested, please contact or 610.688.7092 x 200

“It always seems impossible until its done” -Nelson Mandela


Past Event Highlights:

The Media and the White House (in-person)

Featuring a panel of six young award-winning White House journalists

Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 pm

***Media and the White House Pre-event dinner, 6pm

Limited seating for students to dine with the journalist panel

MUST RSVP for the dinner


Geocache at McKaig

SEPA Red Cross Club
Coffee House Night & Bake Sale for Hurricane Relief


Thank you to the Conestoga High School Drama Club members for presenting: LAUGH, RUN, HELP, LOVE…AND OTHER WAYS TO GET NATURALLY HIGH! on November 6.

If you missed the program I have a few copies of the book left to give away call 610.688.7092 x200 or e-mail

Communities Talk:
Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking sponsored by SAMHSA, presented by local students,  and inspired by the book by Matt Bellace, PH.D.:  A Better High


Local Teens spread their wings!

Thank you to the cast and our student director for a meaningful summer story.

Runaways is a collection of songs, dances, and monologues from runaway children. Based on interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Liz Swados’ musical interlaces songs about personal struggle and the world at large through the eyes of youth in New York City in the 70s. The show blends different musical styles from pop to hip-hop, jazz to reggae, while asking why children can’t remain children.


What Could YOU Do Here?

The Tredyffrin Township Libraries teen advisory board is working to put together our 2023 schedule with a variety of programs. If you or your group have an idea and are looking for a great setting for a teen event, please contact Laurie Doan 610.688.7092 ext. 200 (photos Humans of Stoga Facebook page)

The Venue 

The large room at Tredyffrin Public Library is a flexible space that can be set up for movie nights, a meeting space, or (extremely popular) a coffeehouse. Equipment includes: stage, lights, microphones, speakers, a mixer, computer, projector, screens, DVD Player, pipe and drape, folding tables, chairs, and kitchen.


Movie Nights

If you are interested in planning a movie night at Tredyffrin Public Library, contact or 610.688.7092 x 200.


Free DMV Permit Practice Tests

Get ready for your permit test by taking these free practice tests! Plus, find resources and answers to all your questions.


Thank you everyone who came out for Inkwell, the annual coffeehouse fundraiser hosted by The Folio, Conestoga’s literary magazine.

The Teen Department

We offer comfortable seating and good lighting for reading the books we hope youll love too!