Tredyffrin Teen Programs

Introduction to Python with Aarav

Students grades 5th through 10th
March 3, 10, 17, 31 & April 7, 2024, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Training will cover:

Introduction and Installing Python & VS Code
Data Structures (Lists, Sets, Dictionaries etc)
Control Flow (If, Else, Elseif, Loops)
Functions and its uses
File Management
Game Development using Python

Questions to: or 610.688.7092 x200

Link to register

P.S. – This course will cover Installing Python & Game Development in the class. School / Personal laptop can be used to install Python / VS Code.


Two-Part “Intentional Photography” Workshop for Teens

Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join us for this 2-part workshop with photographer Ray Schneider author of the book, “What the Photographer Sees,” where you’ll learn to create more interesting and memorable photos.

For details or to sign up: or 610-688-7092 x200


Spring 2024 – Online College Admissions Series with Cigus Vanni

April 29, May 6, 13, 20


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 

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


*POSTPONED* “Crazy For You” Musical Theatre at The Mullen Center at Villanova University

Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm – 4:30pm (arrive at the Mullen Center by 1:45)

Teens are invited to see the Tony Award Best Musical madcap comedy “Crazy For You” with the infectious songs of George and Ira Gershwin. A parent or adult caregiver must accompany each teen. Tickets will be provided. 

If, for any reason, you are not able to make the event, please cancel as soon as possible.

Please contact Laurie Doan for information and to reserve your seats. or 610-688-7092 x200

Teen Crochet Club, Most Sunday’s, 3:30

*FEBRUARY 18 Optional Embroidery Project

582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

DIY Crochet Dish Cloth Project. Then hats! We provide the supplies to make these beginner friendly projects. Give as gifts or keep for yourself! You can always whip up another one!

Contact Laurie with questions or 610-688-7092 x200


Special Events in the Makerspace for Middle-School Students:

Makerspace: 3D Printed Pens, Monday, February 12th, 5pm

Come learn all about 3D printing and design.  You will be creating custom 3D printed pens.

Registration begins the first of the month of the program.


February Regular Schedule:

Wednesday After-School Activities, 4:30-5:15pm

February 7, Switch Games

February 14 & 28, Chess

February 21, Anime Club


Wednesday Book Club, February 7 & 21, 5:30-6pm (on Zoom)

Reading: The Blue Book of Nebo (to page 75) for the 7th

To sign up: e-mail or call 610-688-7092 x200.


February Weekend Events

To sign up: e-mail or call 610-688-7092 x200

Friday, February 2, Game Night, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday, February 9, Nintendo Switch Games on the Big Screen, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday, February 23, Roundtable Discussion & Light Pizza Dinner In-Person, the topic this month will be “What Could We Solve”, 6:30-8:00pm

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:

“College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay,” by Ethan Sawyer

“Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps, Second Edition: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement,” by Alan Gelb

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.



“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 Gilded Age: Private tour of Woodcrest Mansion

The Media and the White House: Featuring a panel of six young award-winning White House journalists. Pre-event dinner to dine with the journalists.

Geocaching   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 2024 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!