Tredyffrin Teen Programs

Special opportunity for rising seniors to get a jump on writing the college essay!

“college” by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Find out what makes a successful college application essay during Tredyffrin Public Library’s free presentation with Marylyn Calabrese, Ph.D., writing coach and former head of the English Department at Conestoga High School.

Topics include:

The essentials of successful essays

How to individualize your essay

What to avoid

The difference between an essay and a story

Dr. Calabrese will share examples of past student essays, original and revised. She has helped thousands of area students hone writing skills and reveal themselves in their college essays.

July 15th, 4-5pm or July 22, 7-8pm

e-mail Laurie:

Special Opportunity for middle-schoolers to build their libraries and attend a LIVE EVENT with authors!

Participating readers will 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! Then, join us for a LIVE EVENT (online) with the authors July 21, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.!

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


Special Opportunity for teens to chart their own course for summer fun!


Should you try this? Yes, of course, why not?

Chart your course for summer now!

Teens! Exciting opportunity from Tredyffrin Library to nourish your soul by messing around in the kitchen, learning the art of sailing, building confidence and taking in the world around you! all courses are free and include a book that’s yours to keep!

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

Should you learn to cook on the fly? Yes, of course, why not?

Chefs meet online Monday’s, 4-4:30, book: Hack your Cupboard

Should you learn to sail? Yes, of course, why not?

Mariners meet online Tuesdays, 4-4:30, book: The Complete Sailor

Should you learn to give a TED talk? Yes, of course, why not?

World changers meet online Wednesdays, 4-4:30, book: Thank You for Coming to My TED Talk : A Teen Guide 

Should you learn basic orienteering? Yes, of course, why not?

Navigators meet online Thursdays, 4-4:30 (No class July 15th), materials: Basic and Primitive navigation pamphlet and compass (included)


for information and to sign-up:

e-mail Laurie

or call 610.688.7092 x200

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


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


Spring 2021 – College Admissions Workshops Recordings


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…? 

Links to the recordings:

Session One

Session two

Session Three

Session Four

 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 


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




“Bravo” to the participants in our “Shakespeare in Isolation” workshop. The student films were brilliant!



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!


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.


Drivers Permit logoFree 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!