Financial Aid Webinars and Virtual Application Sessions

PHEAA will offer Financial Aid Webinars in May on the following dates from 6-7 pm: May 7, 14 and 21 as well as offering one on one virtual application assistance.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Agency (PHEAA) will be providing an overview of how to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to determine eligibility for most student aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional offers, and federal student and parent loans. This will also be a great opportunity to have PHEAA representatives answer questions you may have.

Click Here to register for the May 7 webinar from 6-7 pm 
Click Here to register for the May 14 webinar from 6-7 pm 
Click Here to register for the May 21 webinar from 6-7 pm 

Celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day with new recipes in our Flipster magazines!

Photo by Anastasia Chaplinskaya on Pexels.com

Happy National Blueberry Pie Day! This is the season for berries and you can find new pie and berry recipes in many of our magazines on Flipster.

Here’s a peek at a few magazines that feature pie and berry desserts in their latest issues.

We have more than 80 magazines available on Flipster to read with your library card. Sign in here and get your rolling pin ready!

Teen Update: Writing Tips for Teens and Tweens

If you are an aspiring writer, Penguin Classroom is the place to go for encouragement and insight. You will find fun writing tips and advice from award-winning and bestselling authors. John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Marie Lu, Adam Gidwitz, and Max Brallier are just a few of the featured authors.

Click on the links below and scroll down to download the informative publication for free. And then, start crafting your story!

Penguin Classroom Writing Tips for Tweens

Penguin Classroom Writing Tips for Teens  

Go “Outdoors Online” with Natural Lands!

Natural Lands’ ChesLen Preserve in Chester County, PA (Photo by Mae Axelrod)

“Explore nature remotely with a myriad of fresh, flexible, and fun online content” from Natural Lands, including the following:

Visit Natural Land’s Outdoors Online site for more information about these and other online offerings to help you connect virtually with nature!

Kids’ Update: Get Moving!

Tired of sitting around? Take a Brain Break! Everyone needs a Brain Break every once in a while. Take a minute or two between lessons to move that body! The Learning Station has a series of brain breaks on their YouTube station. This link has 30 minutes of brain break activities. The Learning Station’s Brain Breaks.

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 https://chescolibraries.org/. Virtual Storytimes are not registered as multi-week sessions; you will need to register for each storytime individually.

Use your library card to keep up on book news in the New York Times

Your library card is your link to the book world in the New York Times. See what’s happening today:

  • Read about a new novel, The End of October by Lawrence Wright, in which a new virus upends the world.
  • Preview 11 Books to Watch for in May.
  • Read about If It Bleeds, a new collection of novellas by Stephen King.
  • Access recent articles and book reviews, best sellers and a whole lot more.

You can read the New York Times for free with your library card. Click here to sign in and create your free account.

If you don’t have a library card, you can still get one to tap into our online digital collection, newspapers, Flipster magazines, and helpful databases. Click here to learn how.

Kids’ Update: More Fun with Music

Find lots of music games on PBS Kids and make music with your favorite PBS characters. Join Daniel Tiger, Pinkalicious, Martha, Peg & Cat, Sesame Street friends, and others to explore musical instruments and create your own tune. PBS Kids Music Games.

Have fun making music, but don’t do it at night! No More Noisy Nights!

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 https://chescolibraries.org/. Virtual Storytimes are not registered as multi-week sessions; you will need to register for each storytime individually.

Explore nature’s creatures with, live feeds, books and magazines

There’s something both relaxing and fascinating about watching nature’s creatures in their native habitats. These livecams from explore.org give you a close up look at creatures from land and sea, without intruding on them.

Decorah Eagles – Decorah, Iowa USA

Mississippi River Flyway Cam – Brice Prairie, Wisconsin

Honey Bee Landing Zone – Buchloe, Germany

Alligator Swamp and Spoonbills – St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Oliphants River Emangusi, South Africa

Watching these scenes might make you want to read about animals and nature too. Here are some related books, available now for download to your device.

Grizzly Heart – Living Without Fear Among the Brown Bears of Kamchatka by Charlie Russell – download eBook here

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – download eAudiobook here or eBook here

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat – download eAudiobook here or eBook here

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen – download eBook here

Voices in the Ocean – A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey – download eBook here

And check out these magazines on Flipster for more about animals and nature. Sign in here with your library card.

From eBooks, eAudiobooks, newspapers, magazines to
subject databases, our online resources are here for you!

It’s Time to Make Some Pretzels on National Pretzel Day

April 26 is National Pretzel Day.  There are many stories regarding the origin of the Pretzel. Some believe it originated by Christian monks in Italy around 610 A.D and the shape resembled arms crossed in prayer. Others believe it originated in various parts of Europe as a means of nutrition during Lent when other food types were not allowed to be eaten.  It was used as a reward, a symbol of love (thus the term “tying the knot”) and by the 1600’s, Germans were wearing pretzel necklaces around their necks on New Year’s Day as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. As Germans settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700’s, this region became the birthplace of pretzels in the United States.

Pennsylvania Pretzel fun facts:  In 2003, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell declared April 26 as National Pretzel Day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.

Hard pretzels were “invented” in the late 1600s, when a baker fell asleep in a Pennsylvania bakery and accidentally over baked his pretzels. This created what seemed an inedible, knot of dough. His job was spared when the master baker took an angry bite out of one–and loved it.

Julius Sturgis opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania, in 1861. He received his original pretzel recipe as a thank you from a down-on-his-luck job seeker after Sturgis gave the man dinner. You can visit and take a tour at the original site (when our economy re-opens). This family fun activity is in nearby Lancaster County.

Reading Pretzel Machinery Company introduced the first automated pretzel machine, which enabled large bakeries to make 245 pretzels per minute, or five tons in a day.

Eighty percent of US pretzels are made in Pennsylvania and per Statista which you can access from the library database, pretzel sales reached 1.24 billion U.S. dollars from May 2018-May 2019.  The average U.S. citizen consumes up to two pounds of pretzels per year, but Philadelphians snack on about 12 pounds of pretzels per person every year.

Let’s follow this easy recipe to make some pretzels today with your family in honor of National Pretzel Day!