Sink into a book in celebration of National Hammock Day!

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Today is National Hammock Day and what better time to sink into an eBook or eAudiobook from our digital collection!

Take a look at our current downloadable collections:

Librarian Likes

Library Reads

Just Added

Black Voices

Summer Vibes

Backyard Time

No Holds Audiobooks

No Holds Classic eBooks

Forgotten Favorites

Spanish Language Collection

What’s going to be your next read?

Virtual Program: August Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing book groups as virtual programs. Please see our August titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, August 19, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Whodunits Book Group
Thursday, August 20, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Page Turners Book Group will be back in September.

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close 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.

Introduction to U.S. Citizenship

VIRTUAL TRAINING: CITIZENSHIP BASICS
Empower yourself with knowledge about U.S. Immigration and Naturalization.

Join Jwana Smith, a Community Relations Officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who will go over the basics of immigration and applying for citizenship. We will focus on resources that USCIS provides for those wishing to pursue citizenship.

Thursday, July 23rd, 6:30-8:30PM

Please register here in order to receive the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3jq41Ma

A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program 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 program.

Please also note that while we will be taking questions during the program, if you have any you’d like to submit in advance to make sure the topic is covered, you can send them to Jamie Claxton at jclaxton@ccls.org.

Virtual Program: Introduction to Genealogy

Please join us virtually on Thursday, July 30th, for Introduction to Genealogy from 7:00-8:30PM. Take advantage of the Ancestry- Library Edition database being available remotely until the end of August with this program.

Registration is required (you can register at the link above). A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program 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 program.

Learn how to use the library databases Ancestry- Library Edition and HeritageQuest for family research. Get genealogy searching tips, research guidance, & more. Genealogy researcher Mike Sheldon will demonstrate introductory methods used to research a family tree, using Ancestry – Library Edition and FamilySearch.org.

Welcome Back! We’re Open!

We have prepared our buildings for reopening to ensure social distancing. Please know that we are doing everything we can to help ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons. The libraries are now open for limited browsing and computer usage.  Face masks are required, and browsing is limited to 30-minutes.

Chester County Library

Henrietta Hankin Branch

Current Hours
Chester County Library
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays

Henrietta Hankin Branch
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays

Virtual Programs: Wizard Week

Join us for a week of programs to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Boy Who Lived! Check out all the fun stuff below!

Programs
Sign up at chescolibraries.org > Events
A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program 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 program

Wednesday, July 29 @ 7 pm – Harry Potter Book Vs. Movie Discussion
Join us to discuss the pros and cons of the Harry Potter series in book and movie form. What do you love? What did you hate? Which characters should be different actors? We discuss it all!

Thursday, July 30 @ 6 pm – Hogwarts Dungeons & Dragons Campaign
Ever wanted to attend Hogwarts, learn magic, and solve mysteries? Well, now’s your chance! Join us on Roll20 as we begin our new campaign in the Wizarding World, written entirely from scratch.

Thursday, July 30 @ 7 pm – Hogwarts Herbology 101 with Professor Sprout!
Welcome to Herbology, Hogwarts Students. Join Professor Sprout for your first introductory class in herbology. Learn about cultivating, harvesting and using several types of savory and sweet edible garden herbs. Create potions and concoctions that have beneficial properties for healthy living.

Friday, July 31 @ 7 pm – Harry Potter Birthday Trivia!
Join us to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Boy Who Lived! Play alone or as a team! Please note: Participants will need two devices, one to view the trivia questions via Zoom and the second to input your answers in the Kahoot! app, which you can download for free.

Ongoing

Harry Potter Discord Server– Join here:bit.ly/HP_discord
Pick a house, chat with other Potterheads, compete in the House Cup, and share your love of the fandom!

Wizard Costume Contest!
Post a photo in our Wizard Costume Facebook thread & vote for your favorite costumes starting on Monday, July 27!

Virtual Escape Room– Check it out here:bit.ly/HPEscapeRm
Created by Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA

CCLS/CCL Board Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 threat, the Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library will be holding their monthly board meeting virtually. If you have always wanted to attend a meeting but haven’t had the time, this is your opportunity. Please click this link at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.

Story Journaling

Hard copy journaling for narrative lovers.

So if any of you are like me, staring at a computer screen all day is both enlightening and exhausting.  While I love technology and the various opportunities it affords for learning, exploration, and entertainment, the blue light of the screen can do a number on my eyes and my head, often causing some major headaches.  This is why I have a whole bookshelf full of journals filled with handwritten stories dating all the way back to when I was in middle school.  Plus, there’s just something so satisfying about sprawling out on my bed, penning out scenes and character arcs and story ideas, and seeing my notebooks slowly fill up with my fictional worlds.

But story journaling doesn’t necessarily have to be fictional.  There are two types of story journaling.  First is fictional story journaling, where you use your journal as a space to plot out your fictional narratives, sketch out brain maps, scribble down quick thoughts and ideas, write out scenes and dialogue.  It’s an excellent way to get your thoughts on paper right in front of you, no matter how messy or disjointed your writing might be.  My favorite way to do this is to use pen – no erasing!  The most important part of the exercise is just to write something.  You can always edit later.  (Don’t have any story ideas right now?  Check out some of the links below for some inspiration!)

The other type of story journaling is life story journaling.  It’s very similar to regular journaling, where you write out your thoughts and feelings and events of the day, but with a key difference: the perspective.  When you sit down to write in your life story journal, you do so with the mindset of an author writing a story; but in this case, that story is about you.  Take a look at your day, and then think about how that day contributes to the story of your life as a whole.  Where are you in your dramatic structure diagram?  Are you in the rising action section, working towards a particular aspiration or mission?  Maybe you’re relaxing in the resolution section, after you’ve completed a major goal and enjoyed or suffered the consequences of it, and you’re preparing to begin the next stage in your life.  Wherever you are, this method of writing allows you to see yourself almost from the outside, to understand what has shaped you as a character in your own story and determine what will motivate you into a better future.


Resources & Inspiration:

Writing Tips for Tweens” from Penguin Young Readers

Creative Writing Journal Ideas” from Creative Writing Now

7 Quick Journaling Exercises That Will Improve Your Fiction Writing” from The Write Life

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website

Sky & Telescope magazine on Flipster

When you look to the skies at night, chances are you can identify the Big Dipper and maybe the North Star, but what about everything else that’s up there?

Sky and Telescope magazine is your essential guide to astronomy and you can read it on Flipster with your library card.

Inside the September issue are articles about the volcanic histories of the inner solar system, how scientists are searching for moons outside our solar system, what’s up in September’s skies, a gallery of breathtaking images and many more articles about the world outside our own.

It’s easy to access Sky & Telescope magazine. Here’s how: visit https://chescolibraries.org/downloads and scroll to Flipster to sign in with your library card.

The Address by Fiona Davis – eBook and eAudiobook available for download

Borrow the eBook and eAudiobook

From the author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece comes the compelling national bestselling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.

What’s it about?

When a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house the Dakota, leads to a job offer for Sara Smythe, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else…and is living in the Dakota with his wife and three young children.

One hundred years later, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities: Fresh out of rehab, the former interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden, yet Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate; instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden’s biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in…and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum—a madwoman named Sara Smythe.

A century apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the nightlife’s free-flowing drinks and cocaine—and take refuge in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich, and often as tragic, as the Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers inside could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.

Copies of the eBook and eAudiobook are available for download now!