February Adult Book Groups

Our Adult Book Groups are a mix of in person, hybrid, and virtual programs. Please see our February titles and dates below. The online groups are being held via Zoom. We are requiring registration for the book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information, if applicable. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: https://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups.

Evening Book Group
Monday, February 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library. 

Page Turners Book Group 
Thursday, February 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
American Fire by Monica Hesse
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, February 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library. 

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Well by Jake Wyatt
This session will be held via Zoom.

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

 

Multimedia New Releases – January



Music


Join the Winter Family Read Aloud This February!

According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” Here are just a few of the many benefits associated with reading aloud to your child:

  • reading aloud instills a positive attitude toward reading and books.-reading aloud exposes children to complex language which expands vocabulary and understanding of grammar.
  • reading aloud encourages good listening skills and a longer attention span.
  • reading aloud enhances reading fluency and comprehension-reading aloud inspires thinking and imagination.

During the month of February, families at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch can once again participate in the Winter Read-Aloud Program. Read aloud to your child (birth through 6th grade) to earn a free book and raffle ticket for the Grand Prize. Stop by the Youth Services desk at either library starting January 23rd to pick up your reading log and get started!

So, get cozy with your kids this winter and have fun reading aloud!

CCLS/CCL Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library are hosting their monthly board meeting as a hybrid offering. If you have always wanted to attend a meeting but haven’t had the time, this is your opportunity. Please click on this link at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting virtually; or attend in person at the Chester County Library, Exton, PA. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow. Find the Chester County Library Board Packet here.

If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please call Chester County Library’s Administration Office at 610-344-5600 or email lharshaw@ccls.org to discuss how we may best accommodate your needs.

Open Call for Creatives to Apply for The Libraries’ New Maker-In-Residence Program

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural call for Makers launching the Chester County Library & Hankin Branch Makers-in-Residence program!

What is a Maker? A maker can be an artist, musician, songwriter, crafter, techno-wizard, dancer, and lots more! A maker is a creative who loves the process – not just the end product and wants to share that process with others.

Our ideal Maker is passionate about creating and wants to connect and share their passion with the community. Specifically, we seek creators who:

  • possess skills to teach and share their work and creative process
  • love to interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • enjoy collaborating with others
  • are passionate about their craft

The Maker-in-Residence will share activities through open studio hours and workshops that will allow visitors to try a new skill, experience a new craft, and/or participate in a collaborative project.

All interested potential Makers-in-Residence should apply online at https://bit.ly/CCLMaker23 by Tuesday, January 31st, 2023. We will be interviewing and selecting candidates from February 13th – February 24th, with the residency to begin in mid-March 2023.

For a complete description of the Residency or questions email us at makerinresidence@ccls.org or visit our website at https://chescolibraries.org/using-library/maker-in-residence. The Maker-in-Residence program is made possible through a generous donation from the Friends of the Chester County Library. For more information about becoming a member of the Friends, visit https://bit.ly/CCLFriends.

Multimedia New Releases – December



Music


Stella Maris – Cormac McCarthy

January Adult Book Groups

Our Adult Book Groups are a mix of in person, hybrid, and virtual programs. Please see our January titles and dates below. The online groups are being held via Zoom. We are requiring registration for the book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information, if applicable. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: https://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups.

Evening Book Group
Monday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library.

Page Turners Book Group 
Thursday, January 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, January 18, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library.

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by Jadzia Axelrod
This session will be held via Zoom.

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

CCLS/CCL Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library are hosting their monthly board meeting as a hybrid offering. If you have always wanted to attend a meeting but haven’t had the time, this is your opportunity. Please click on this link at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting virtually; or attend in person at the Chester County Library, Exton, PA. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow. Find the Chester County Library Board Packet here.

If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please call Chester County Library’s Administration Office at 610-344-5600 or email lharshaw@ccls.org to discuss how we may best accommodate your needs.

Chester County Library’s 11th Annual Holiday Craft Fair Coming Up This Weekend!

Make it a homemade holiday!

The holiday season is a busy time of year. Family gatherings and finding the perfect gift for loved ones can be frustrating and stressful. With time being a precious commodity, remember that the library can be your best destination to find all of your family entertainment, holiday de-stressors, and party planning ideas, as well as unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for everyone on your list!

The Chester County Library will be hosting its 11th annual Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, December 10th, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Vendors will be set up throughout the library (both upstairs and downstairs) to display and sell their crafts just in time for the holidays. We have a great selection of 47 vendors this year! Save some holiday shopping and enjoy browsing local crafter’s tables including makers of personalized ornaments, toys, pottery, jewelry, paper crafts, photography, knit and fabric crafts, home décor, baked goods, woodworking, and more! The Craft Show is free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

December Adult Book Groups

Our Adult Book Groups are a mix of in person, hybrid, and virtual programs. Please see our December titles and dates below. The online groups are being held via Zoom. We are requiring registration for the book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information, if applicable. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: https://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups.

Evening Book Group
Monday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library.

Page Turners Book Group 
Thursday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Best of Year Discussion: We will share our top comics of the year.
This session will be held via Zoom.

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, December 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, December 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library.

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.