Tredyffrin Teen Programs

Important information:

We are following protocols set by the CDC and the American Library Association for quarantining library materials. Any returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. This quarantine procedure is being used throughout the Chester County Library System.

Because Coronavirus can live on surfaces for longer than 72 hours, the library recommends taking additional precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19 which may include quarantining items brought in to your home for longer than 72 hours, hand washing after handling any material, and using disinfectant to clean surfaces.

Stacking is used for books in quarantine and on our shelves. There is new information about stacking and its ability to prolong the survivability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is recommended you take additional precautions at home.

REALM Project Test 4 Results 


Sign up now for our “Shakespeare in Isolation” workshop!

Details here




Teen Command Performance  Wed. Dec 30th, 4pm

A note from your librarian-

Hi Everyone! It’s Laurie, your librarian and sometime stage hand.

Although I’m not royalty or a head of state, I feel I can Command a Performance because I missed going to the school concerts this year.

I’m planning a casual event for friends and family where teens can present a piece of music or a short monologue or a reading or a joke or just say hello.

Maybe 3-5 minutes of fun or music or a serious heartfelt message that will make us cry. It’s teens’ choice.

If you need help with a little recorded piano music, please let us know.

I’m excited to see what you’ve been up to!

Date: Wed., Dec. 30th
Time: 4pm

Please e-mail me to rsvp and I’ll send you a link for the Zoom event. Let me know who’ll be performing.  Family groups would be really fun so feel free to have your family join in the performance!



We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer-

College Essay Help for High School Seniors:

Marylyn E. Calabrese, Ph.D., writing coach and teacher, has generously volunteered her time to help students work on their essay writing skills while the library is closed. Dr. Calabrese is the former chairperson of the Conestoga High School English Department. Her educational background includes an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, an MAT from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Teaching Writing from the University of Pennsylvania.

For seniors only, Dr. Calabrese is available at no charge for those who want to get started on their college application essays. She has helped thousands of students in preparing successful college application essays!

For information: e-mail Dr. Calabrese at WRITEDRMEC@AOL.COM



Roundtable Discussion: Current Events

Roundtable Discussion for teens moves online!  We will be discussing current events. We meet mainly on Fridays at 9pm. To join the group, email Laurie LDOAN@CCLS.ORG




GAME NIGHT on Friday’s,8pm

Nick runs a fun Jackbox game night! No experience necessary.

To join the group, email Laurie



Where in the world will you go?


Spring 2020 – Free College Admissions Workshop Moves Online

4 sessions

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 and hot topics in college admissions?  And just how are you supposed to pay for it all…?

Workshop Leader: Wynnewood Resident Cigus  “He knows stuff” Vanni

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 for questions

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



Great activities for grades 6-12 

Check out NBA Denver Nuggets player Mason Plumlee shares his stuck-at-home workout, plus some fun games you can set up with ordinary household items.

Give Songmaker a try.

Create a meme.


Girls Who Code

Everyone! Code at home with Girls Who Code




Make a bookmark and take it or leave it!

Materials available in the teen department. Thank you for the one’s you’ve left for us! We’ll need more when we re-open!


Teen Book Club

This book club is looking for suggestions of books for teens. Which ones do you love? E-mail Laurie Doan at LDOAN@CCLS.ORG and I’ll post them here!


Journaling Together (the online version)

Join this group journaling workshop with writing exercises, art & optional sharing.

4:30-5:30pm, M-TH

Space is limited. Please contact Laurie Doan at LDOAN@CCLS.ORG or 610-688-7092 x 200 to sign up or for more information on these and other teen programs at Tredyffrin Public Library

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


PA Renaissance Fair Reading Program

We’ll see you in 2021



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 fall 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.


The cast of Little Women are all in college now. What could you do here?

Little Women


Movie Nights

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


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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!



Books We Love

Highlighted Books: Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominees

For Young Adults:


For Middle Schoolers:

Read more about the 2019 – 2020 selections.

Find your next favorite:

Book finder from the Young Adult Library Services Association 




Do you have a book that you loved that didn’t make the list? If so, e-mail Laurie Doan to add it to our Tredyffrin Teen goodreads page!