DEAFinitely Magic: The Hilarious Magic of Sam Sandler at Henrietta Hankin Library

Join us for a magical evening with Sam Sandler, America’s Premier Deaf Illusionist. This program is for everyone who loves magic and is recommended for ages 4 and above.

If a child under eleven (11) attends a program independently, a parent or caregiver must remain in the building as per library policy.

Please register for this program on Tuesday, November 22, 6 – 7 pm

Registration is required for EACH PERSON attending (child, teen, or adult). Registration will close two hours before the event’s scheduled start time. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

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, November 15 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.

Multimedia New Releases – November



Music


The U.S. and the Holocaust

Screener & Discussion at Henrietta Hankin Branch Library

(CHESTER SPRINGS, PA)—On Monday, November 14th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Henrietta Hankin Branch Library is honored to continue its partnership with PBS Books and WETA in presenting a Screener and Discussion of the recently aired PBS documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein. This 3-part documentary explores America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history.  Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence, and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape, and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.

 Join us as we view selected clips from the documentary and then take part in a conversation with a panel of local experts. We are delighted to have panelists Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., and Jonathan C. Friedman, Ph.D., to lead us in an insightful conversation on core themes raised in the film, such as immigration policy, racism, isolationism, discrimination, and more.

Rabbi Sussman currently serves as the Rabbi Emeritus of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park, PA after serving as senior rabbi from 2001-2022.  Rabbi Sussman, a specialist in American Jewish history, has written several books and numerous articles on the American Jewish experience.  Currently, he is working on a television documentary on the history of the Philadelphia Jewish community with History Making Productions.  He is also editing a collection of his sermons and essays, “Portrait of an America Rabbi,” and serving as Scholar in Residence at Philadelphia’s Holocaust Awareness Museum (HAMEC).

Jonathan C. Friedman, Ph.D., currently serves as a Professor of History, and Director of Graduate Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Chester University.  Dr. Friedman’s main areas of specialization are modern European, modern German, and modern Jewish history, although since finishing his Ph.D. he has broadened his areas of specialization to include LGBT history and the history of music and film.  Dr. Friedman has published numerous books on subjects ranging from the Holocaust to gay and Jewish performances. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Haunted Laughter: Comedic Representations of Adolf Hitler, The Third Reich, and the Holocaust in Film and Television.

Anyone who would like to view the full documentary in advance of the event may stream it for free on WHYY PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsun Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO.  PBS station members can view the documentary via PBS Passport as part of a full collection of Ken Burns films.  You can also borrow a DVD of the movie through the Chester County Library System.

This Screener and Discussion program will take place virtually via Zoom.  To register, please visit https://ccls.libcal.com/calendar/HankinBranchLibrary. This event supports PA Forward Health and Civic and Social Literacies.

The mission of the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Branch Libraries is to provide informational, educational, and cultural services to the residents of Chester County so that they may be lifelong learners.   The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library is located at 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, PA.  For hours or more information, visit our website at www.chescolibraries.org.

Adult Mental Health Forum at Chester County Library

Representative Kristine Howard and the Chester County Library will co-host a second Adult Mental Health Forum this year on Wednesday, November 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the library’s Struble Room. Visitors can connect with resources from several local agencies and listen to local experts talk about the current condition of mental health in Chester County. Registration is not required.

 Speaker presentations at the fair will include:

  • a representative from the Chester County Department of Mental Health
  • a representative from the Chester County Department of Intellectual Disabilities
  • a representative from the West Chester University Community Mental Health Clinic
  • Nikki Weigand, NAMI Keystone’s Advocacy Director

The mental health fairs grew out of a need to connect constituents with existing resources. With growing mental health crises, it has become more important than ever to ensure no one goes without the care they need.

While much of Representative Howard’s legislative work has focused on preventing mental and behavioral health care worker shortages – the SWEET Program (HB 1926) and the BWELL Program (HB 2091), for example – she has heard from many constituents who were simply unaware of the resources already available. In particular, many parents are looking for assistance with their adult children.

As an accessible community hub and advocate of circulating health literacy within the community, the Chester County Library is also committed to helping connect the community with local mental health resources available to them. The Chester County Library is hoping to extend a lifeline to its neighbors and also demonstrate that they are an inclusive resource for all community needs. This event will give the community at large an opportunity to have open conversations without judgment and thereby also help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Find more information here or contact the Chester County Library Reference Desk at 610-344-5957. 

November Adult Book Groups

Our Adult Book Groups are a mix of in person, hybrid, and virtual programs. Please see our November 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, November 7, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library.

Page Turners Book Group 
Thursday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
This session will be a hybrid session, in person or via Zoom.

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Circe by Madeline Miller
This session will be held in person in the Burke Room at the Chester County Library.

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn
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

Due to the easing of COVID restrictions, the Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library will now be 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, October 25 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting virtually; or attend in person at the Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, 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.

October Staff Picks

Eric’s Picks

Trick ‘R’ Treat

There is no movie that embodies the spirit of Halloween more than Mike Dougherty’s 2007 cult-classic Trick ‘R’ Treat. For lovers of the holiday, the film feels like a giant amalgamation of all the different aspects of Halloween that give us those nostalgic, warm and fuzzy feelings. Well, maybe more cold and bloody, than warm and fuzzy, but nonetheless Trick ‘R’ Treat is an anthology film that remains an assorted candy bag with something for every horror fan. Monsters, serial killers, ghosts, zombies? This movie has got them all and more! While there are many contenders, no horror movie will get you in the mood for the holiday more than Trick ‘R’ Treat!

(P.S. This movie made it to #2 of our 31 days of Horror films. To find out the other 30 films that made the cut, check out this month’s Blog Post at the link below)

Chester County Library’s Horror Movie Watch-a-thon

The leaves have changed their colors, the air is crisp, and every item in the grocery store aisle is now available in pumpkin flavor. If you’re like me, you can’t wait for Autumn to arrive. It means you can finally ditch your swim suit for those comfy fall sweaters and flannels; it means warming up […]
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Misery/ Stephen King

From master of horror, Stephen King, comes Misery; a story that unfortunately remains relevant as ever as it speaks to the very WORST side of fandom possible. This audiobook, takes King’s scariest book and truly places you in the point-of view of its protagonist Paul Sheldon. Thanks to some incredible voice acting work from Lindsay Crouse, you will absolutely lose yourself in the story and feel as though it is you being held prisoner by Annie Wilkes. This is one of my favorite audiobooks I have ever listened to as it creates one of the most intimately frightening experience a listener could experience.

Felicia’s Picks

The Haunting of Hill House

While it’s more inspired by Shirley Jackson classic book than it is a pure adaptation, the Haunting of Hill House is a great haunted house series following the Crane family and their coping with grief. 

Dead Man’s Party/ Oingo Boingo

A great album for the spooky season!

Kim’s Picks

Homecoming / Cynthia Voigt  

Award-winning Young Adult author Voight initiates the “Tillerman Cycle” with an exciting modern-day adventure that takes 13-year-old Dicey and her three siblings from Connecticut to Maryland’s Eastern Shore—on foot.  Abandoned by their mentally unstable mother, they seek a new home with a grandmother they’ve never met.  How would you undertake a 338-mile trek with no money and little protection from the elements or people of dubious character?   

Planet California

Beautifully photographed PBS documentary surveying the varied environments composing our most populous state:  Pacific Ocean and the restoration of coral reefs, whales and sea lions; Yosemite National Park; the redwoods; rivers; and increasing population of elk in protected areas. 

Jessie’s Picks

I Married a Witch

If you would rather watch a screwball comedy instead of a horror movie around Halloween, then this movie is a good pick! Veronica Lake plays a witch that falls in love with a descendant of a puritan that she cursed centuries earlier.

A Magic Steeped in Poison

Carolyn Kang does a good job narrating this fantasy set in China.  Ning competes in a magical tea competition to try and get a cure for her poisoned sister.  Court intrigue makes it hard for her to know who, if anyone, she can trust.


By Eric

Job Support Fair at Chester County Library

Join us for an afternoon dedicated to helping you get a job! Representatives from local organizations will be in attendance to share their expertise. In addition, you can register for workshops, wardrobe services, and customized help for your job search. All services are completely free.

To REGISTER for ONE-ON-ONE HELP, please email Sam Bardarik with your available times (between 12 and 4pm on 11/12) and what area(s) you’d like help with (resume, cover letter, interviewing, computer assistance, and/or general job/career)

REGISTER for a WORKSHOP

REGISTER for WARDROBE SERVICES

Get Creative at Paint Night this November at Chester County Library

On Friday, November 4th, from 6-8 pm, Chester County Library will partner with Paint the Town to host an enjoyable Paint Night. The program will take place in person in the Struble Room of the library, and is free to attend, although there is a limit of 25 spots available. Spots will go fast so please register here or on our website as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

During the event, there will be two hours of guided painting time with an entertaining artist who will guide the group through the painting experience. Paint the Town will also provide all the supplies—all you need to bring is yourself! They have hosted team-building events for large companies such as Google, Amazon, Visa, and Comcast in addition to doing events for smaller groups and have more than 500 5-star ratings on Google and Yelp.

This program is sponsored by Chester County Library’s XYZ Committee which was formed to help develop programming for generations X, Y, and Z that is not only fun and informative, but also connects patrons of this age group with the many services that the Chester County Library has to offer (such as our wide collection of books, movies, and videogames, our makerspace and technology center, etc.)  Our programs provide young adult patrons a space to connect and socialize with peers in a way that is fun, accessible, and often completely free of charge. In the past, the XYZ Committee has held trivia nights, escape rooms, murder mystery events, and other large events in the spring such as NerdCon and Crime Spree.