Special Collections

Cake Pan Special Collection

Tredyffrin Public Library is proud to offer our new library of things in 2019. The first item you will be able to borrow are specialty cake pans for your special occasion baking!

The pans may be borrowed by any Chester County Library System cardholder in good standing.  You may place a hold on any of the cake pans (please be aware that we cannot guarantee that you will have the pan on a specific date).  The pans are loaned for three weeks and may not be renewed.

We strongly recommend that you wash any pan before using it.

Pans must be washed thoroughly before returning to the library. Borrowers who return dirty pans will be charged a $5 dollar fee.

Each pan has a set of instructions included.

Check Availability and place a hold.

You will be able to choose which pan you are placing on hold after you select your pick-up location.

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Craft Kit Special Collection

What’s stopping you from learning how to knit? Or to make your own soap? Or to do embroidery? You can give them all a try with the new Craft Kits from Paoli Library. Each kit contains the basic equipment you need to get started with a craft or hobby, plus a book or video (or both) with basic instructions.

Learn on your own, learn with a friend, or spend quality time with your teen or tween. Craft kits can be requested for pickup at any Chester County Library and can be borrowed for three weeks. They must be returned to a library circulation desk during library hours (not through the book drop).

There are currently five kits available:


Turn an everyday item into a creative endeavor, adding your personal touches with scents and shapes.


  • Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners by Kelly Cable
  • Rectangular Soap Mold
  • Wooden Frame
  • 2 cutters
  • Square/heart/oval/round four-section mold


The craft of knitting may be ancient, but knitters don’t have to be! Neither age nor gender is a barrier to learning this activity that lets you combine beauty and practicality.


  • First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide by Carri Hammett
  • Needle Case
  • Needles sizes 6–12
  • Stitch Gauge

Jewelry Making

Jewelry making spans all times and places. Draw your inspiration from ancient designs or contemporary designers to make a personal statement or a personalized gift.


  • First Time Jewelry Making: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide by Tammy Powley
  • Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques by Janice Berkebile
  • Wire Cutters
  • Tweezers (3)
  • Pliers (3)
  • 2 spools of cording
  • Design board
  • Bead Tray
  • Funnels


All the cool kids are doing embroidery these days. It doesn’t have to be a folksy sentiment on a sampler—it could be a dragonfly, or a shark, or a sassy saying. Pinterest has lots of ideas, some quirky and some classic.


  • Hand Embroidery Great Courses DVD with Kat McTee
  • Embroidery: A Step-by-Step Guide (DK Publishing)
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Needle Storage Container
  • Embroidery needles
  • 5” embroidery hoop
  • 6” embroidery hoop
  • 9” embroidery hoop

Cake Decorating

The decorating part is fun and the eating part is even better! Decorate a cake for a birthday party, or have everyone decorate cupcakes during the birthday party.


  • Cake Decorating Great Courses DVD with Jenny McCoy
  • The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating by Autumn Carpenter
  • Turntable
  • 4 Icing tips (cupcake set)
  • Disposable decorating bags