Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Have questions about repairing your generator, lawn mower, or other small engine? Use your library card to access the Small Engine Repair Reference Center (a resource from PA’s Power Library) and find answers!

The Small Engine Repair Reference Center contains “detailed repair guides for all types of small engines” and “offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, break service) as well as extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly.”

“Search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type and model numbers.”

Access the Small Engine Repair Reference Center through the library by visiting, selecting “Tools and Research” from the ribbon of choices at the top of the page, selecting “All CCLS Databases,” and then select Small Engine Repair Reference Center. Enter your library card number when prompted.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Today, April 30th, is National Raisin Day AND National Oatmeal Cookie Day.  The first National Raisin Day was celebrated in 1909 and promoted by the raisin growers of California. Advertisements placed in papers and on the radio, flyers delivered door to door leading up to the day included recipes, deals, and announcements reminding everyone to celebrate National Raisin Day on Friday, April 30th. When the day arrived, restaurants, dining cars, hotels and steamships around the country included dishes featuring the dried fruit.  Schools, local and state governments were involved in providing education and information about the quality of California raisins and their health benefits.   People have been enjoying raisins for as long as grapes have been growing. Raisins are naturally low in fat and contain healthy nutrients.  California produces the majority of the world’s raisin supply.

Although there is no known origin of National Oatmeal Cookie Day.  Oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s. The cookies quickly became popular, and by the early 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats. Oatmeal cookies are also considered health food because they are an excellent source of iron and fiber. Just another reason to have an oatmeal cookie today!

In honor of these two complimentary days, a staff member wanted to share her mother Peggy’s hand-written recipe for Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies.

Try these 5 Cookies to Celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day and eBooks:

The Perfect Cookie    Cookie perfection     My First Cookbook

Kids’ Update: Outer Space STEM with NASA

Point your eyes to the sky and explore Outer Space STEM with NASA! NASA has lots of fun and educational activities for you to do. Put on your spacesuit and try some of these for a start:

NASA STEM-at-Home-for-Students, K to Grade 4

NASA STEM-at-Home-for-Students, Grades 5 to 8

NASA STEM-at-Home-for-Students, Grades 9 to 12

And there is lots more on the NASA Website, so do some exploring at NASA.

Finally, this are not just another story time, these books are ready by actual astronauts while in space on the International Space Station — Storytime from Space!

The Youth Services Staff at the Chester County Library and Hankin Branch are presenting Virtual Storytimes beginning April 27th. They will be for three different ages groups — 0 to 2 Year Olds, 3 & 4 Year Olds, and 5 & 6 Year Olds. Registration is required via the Events Calendar at Virtual Storytimes are not registered as multi-week sessions; you will need to register for each storytime individually.

Free online concert event: “Space Songs: Through the Distance”

Image by Lawrence Azerrad

“Join the National Air and Space Museum for a YouTube concert event, sharing songs about space and isolation to celebrate how extreme situations can bring out the very best in us all and why there’s no challenge we can’t face together. The concert, hosted by Tested’s Adam Savage, will feature special guests and performances by Sting, Clipping, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Dan Deacon, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson, Grace Potter, John Roderick, and Vagabon.”

This concert event was held on April 30th, but you can still learn more and find the link for viewing the concert here.

Interested in other online events and programs from the National Air and Space Museum? Visit their online events page to start exploring!

Teen Update: “Homeschool with Mural Arts”

Tune into Homeschool with Mural Arts every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00pm for live art-focused tutorials from local experts. Past lessons are also available and to date include topics such as Drawing Faces, Creating a Zine, Printmaking 101 and Creating a Reusable Bag. These 10- to 30-minute videos offer you the opportunity to learn a new art skill and create something from the comfort of your home.

“Homeschool with Mural Arts” is a Mural Arts Philadelphia “Art in Action” initiative.  Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program and is dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

April 29th International Dance Day

Did you know today is International Dance Day? It is a day set aside by the International Dance Council to promote public awareness of the “art of dance”. The date was chosen because it is the birthday of famed French dance artist Jean-Georges Noverre, (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet.) The intention of the International Dance Day message is to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language – DANCE!

International Dance Day is especially meant to get those not usually interested in professional dancing interested in it. It’s a time for promoters and practitioners of dance to reach out to a wider public.

So how about we take time to dance today, in our homes, in our yards? How about organizing a social distancing dance party with your neighbors? Have everyone come out at one time and dance in your front yards. Or set up a virtual dance party with friends and family on a video chat platform such as FaceTime, Zoom or Skype?

Let’s Get Moving!

Also check out these eBooks:

How do you dance    Pete the cat  Ballet stars

Resource Guide and Contacts for Community Needs and Referrals

The Chester County Department of Human Services has created an online Resource Guide for community needs. Included are resources for food, shelter, mental health, substance abuse, and much more.

They are updating this resource continuously so feel free to check back to see any updates or to contact the Department of Human Services if you have recommendations to add to their guide.

***If you were not able to find what you were looking for in this guide, please contact one of the Information and Referral Agencies listed below or try calling Chester County 2-1-1- by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922 (TTY and language services are available in more than 170 languages and dialects). Chester County residents can also text their zip code to 898-211.***

Chester County Information and Referral Agencies

  • Human Services Inc. (West Chester Area) or 610-429-3033
  • La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Area) or 610-444-7550
  • Maternal and Child Health Consortium (Coatesville Area) – or 484-378-4030
  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Southern Chester County) or 610-932-8557
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services (Phoenixville Area) or 610-933-1105

Kids’ Update: A Trip to the National Zoo

Aldabra Tortoise at the Smithsonian National Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoo has a Virtual Zoo School just for you! It offers Activities You Can Do at Home and Resources to engage learners in grades pre-K to 12 with science, the natural world, wildlife and conservation. Check out the animal webcams, learn about wildlife careers, or take the online zoo highlights tour. National Zoo Activities and More!

If you didn’t find a bat on your visit to the zoo, you can visit Stellaluna!

The Youth Services Staff at the Chester County Library and Hankin Branch are presenting Virtual Storytimes beginning April 27th. They will be for three different ages groups — 0 to 2 Year Olds, 3 & 4 Year Olds, and 5 & 6 Year Olds. Registration is required via the Events Calendar at Virtual Storytimes are not registered as multi-week sessions; you will need to register for each storytime individually.