Tredyffrin Teen Programs


Conquering the College Essay with Carrie Waldron-Brown, MA In-Person

NEW DATE! Monday, July 8, 2024, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Get motivated to start your pesky college essay AND learn more about what factually contributes to a powerful personal statement.

Join us for Tredyffrin Public Library’s free presentation with award-winning tutor and writing specialist 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. Carrie is a seasoned/former English teacher and writing center director with a particular passion for helping students gain confidence with the writing process.

Hundreds of students have benefitted from Carrie’s guidance. In this workshop she’ll give us an overview of the essay process, advice on how to nail down a superior topic, and guidelines to effectively develop a precise and eloquent essay. Also, Carrie covers “pro tips” to magnify your “WOW” factor, helping your essay radiantly stand out for admissions officers.

Parents and students are welcomed to attend; the presentation will end with time for a Q&A, so bring your questions–or send them in advance with your email registration request. (Space is limited.)

Registration requests to reserve your spot:
Carrie Waldron-Brown

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

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

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 Event in the Makerspace for Middle-School Students:

Battle Bots In-Person, Monday, June 17th, 2-3:30pm

5th-8th Graders

In teams of two, attendees will construct a bot using a variety of materials, to go head to head in multiple challenges.


Special Event in the Makerspace for High-School Students:

Teen Open Makerspace Hours In-Person, Thursday, June 20th, 3-6:30pm.

Drop in during open hours to learn about the library makerspace and work on your own projects.  Teens can use the new machines, iPad lab with ProCreate, robotics, a monthly craft and more.

No registration required, but you may register to receive a reminder email.

Special Events in the Makerspace for Teens:


Teen Makerspace: Dye Sublimation Tote Bags In-Person, Monday, June 24, 2024, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

7th-12th  Graders (only)

Join us to create a tote bag perfect for summer. Create a custom design, or even use your favorite photos, characters, sayings and more.



June Regular Schedule:

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

June 5, Switch Games

June 12, Chess

June 26, Chess


Wednesday Book Club, June 5, 5:30-6pm (on Zoom)

Organizational Meeting

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


June Weekend Events

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

Friday, June 7, Game Night, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday, June 14, Nintendo Switch Games on the Big Screen, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday, June 21, Mystery Event

Friday, June 28, Roundtable Discussion & Light Pizza Dinner In-Person, the topic this month will be announced shortly, 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

Spring 2024 – Annual Free Online College Admissions Series with Cigus Vanni was amazing! If you missed any sessions, please find them on Tredyffrin Libraries 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…?

Cigus “He knows stuff” Vanni is:

· 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

Each individual session covers different topics though the workshops are meant to be experienced as a series—watch them all!

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


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


Thank you to Anwen Deng who Presented SOUNDS OF HEALING, Piano Recital Fundraiser for CHOP Featuring Works by Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Brahms. The benefit raised $500!

Fourteen-year-old pianist Anwen Deng hailing from Brisbane, Australia, embarked on her musical journey at the age of three. Recognized for her talent, she was accepted into the Juilliard School pre-college program at the age of six, as the youngest piano student ever accepted into Juilliard’s Pre-College, under the tutelage of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Anwen is the recipient of top prizes in numerous piano competitions in Australia, Poland, USA and Germany. At the age of ten, Anwen was invited to perform with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She has since performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, the Little Orchestra Society of New York, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony under the baton of Arie Vardi. Anwen has also been featured on 7News, ABC’s documentary program “Making Child Prodigy”, and NBC’s show “Little Big Shots”. Beyond her virtuosity as a pianist, Anwen’s passion for music extends to composition. With over fifty original pieces to her credit, including nocturnes, sonatas, ballades, etudes, waltzes, a violin suite, a string quartet, a symphony, a piano trio, and a woodwind quartet, Anwen continues to push the boundaries of musical expression, showcasing her creativity and versatility as a musician.



“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!