It’s Banned Books Week!

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 – American Library Association > ala.org/bbooks

It’s #BannedBooksWeek! Every year, the American Library Association highlights the top 10 most challenged books in public, school, and academic libraries across the country. This annual event celebrates the freedom to read, a value that librarians hold dear. Check out the top 10 most challenged books for each year going back to 2001— are any of your favorites on the list?

Virtual Program: Classic Movie Trivia Night: Classic Horror

Join us for Classic Movie Trivia Night: Classic Horror, Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Don’t go down in the basement! Join us for some virtual fun with Classic Horror Trivia. October is the month for spooky movies! Horror films have been around as long as there have been movies. Everyone loves a scary story. Join other classic movie lovers and test your knowledge of these classic films. 

Please note: Participants will need two devices, one to view the questions and follow the play, and one to enter your answers.

Please register for the program: Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. 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.

Virtual Program: October Yoga Series- Vinyasa Flow

Join us for an October Yoga Series- Vinyasa Flow, Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join Yoga instructor Heather from 2 Crows and a Raven Yoga for an October of Vinyasa Flow sessions. Participate in one or more of the classes. This is a practice that combines movement with breath, where the transition between each posture aligns seamlessly with the pace and strength of your breath. Traditional yoga asanas (postures) are utilized to form a flow that is unique to each time that you practice. The sequence often has a focusing posture that all preceding postures lead up to, helping you achieve the focus posture.

Please register for the program (for one or more dates):

Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Registration is required. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. 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.

Virtual Program: Stitch ‘n Time Needle Arts Group

Join us for Stitch ‘n Time Needle Arts Group, Monday, October 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sometimes the most difficult part of any project is finding the time to work on it! Wouldn’t it be great to have time set aside just to work on your project in the company of other like-minded people? Enjoy friendly tips, camaraderie and much needed time! Learn new skills or build on old ones. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, needle point, weave, quilt, sew or any of the other needle crafts, you are welcome to join the group!

Please register for the program: Monday, October 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Registration is required. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. 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.

Virtual Program: An Abundant Harvest- Preserve and Process Fruits and Vegetables

Join us for An Abundant Harvest- Preserve and Process Fruits and Vegetables, Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A successful garden leads to an abundant harvest. Do you have tons of tomatoes?  Piles of pumpkins? In this workshop we will discuss the techniques and timing for harvesting your produce. Learn methods for short and long term produce storage. Review a variety of processing options and food safety tips. Get ready for next year’s garden and learn about seed saving.

Liz Alakszay is an avid organic gardener, naturalist, quality operations engineer, and educator who has been gardening for over 30 years.  She is an adjunct course designer and Instructor of Vegetable Gardening at Longwood Gardens and the former Chester County PA Master Gardener Coordinator. 

Please register for the program: Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. 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.

Virtual Program: Chester County Library Trust Presents Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr

Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr

Join us for Chester County Library Trust Presents Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr, Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Villanova University. She will discuss her new book Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Fate of the Russian Revolution.

Countess Sofia Panina lived a remarkable life. Born into an aristocratic family in imperial Russia, she found her true calling in improving the lives of urban workers. Her passion for social service and reputation as the “Red Countess” led her to political prominence after the fall of the Romanovs. She became the first woman to hold a cabinet position and the first political prisoner tried by the Bolsheviks. The upheavals of the 1917 Revolution forced her to flee her beloved country, but instead of living a quiet life in exile she devoted the rest of her long life to humanitarian efforts on behalf of fellow refugees.

Based on Adele Lindenmeyr’s detailed research in dozens of archival collections, Citizen Countess establishes Sofia Panina as an astute eyewitness to and passionate participant in the historical events that shaped her life. Her experiences shed light on the evolution of the European nobility, women’s emancipation and political influence of the time, and the fate of Russian liberalism.

Please register for the program: Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. 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.

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, September 15 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.

September Virtual KClub

Need a new hobby to keep your spirits up while we’re all social distancing?  Been watching K-Dramas for years and want to meet new K-Drama lovers?  Love BTS but don’t know much about Korean television?  Break out the kimchi and join us to watch an episode of one the hottest Korean shows, then pop onto a Zoom call to chat about the show, the newest Korean music, and Korean culture – all from the comfort of our own homes.

On September 19, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, we will be watching the pilot episode of “A Korean Odyssey,” also known as “Hwayugi.”  Written by the Hong Sisters, a famous screenwriting duo known for such romantic comedies as “You’re Beautiful” and “Master’s Sun,” “A Korean Odyssey” is a modern take on the Chinese classic “Journey to the West.”  Son Oh-Gong is a powerful immortal in conflict with Ma-wang, the Bull Demon King.  Banished to and trapped in the human world, he is set free by a child, Seon-mi, who can see ghosts, in exchange for protecting her.  Years later, they meet again, and personalities and intentions clash.

Ages 16+

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and viewing instructions.  Register on the event calendar here.

For questions, please email us at: ccljtc@ccls.org.

New Fall Hours

New Fall Hours

The staff at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch have been working hard to prepare our buildings for reopening. We have installed hand sanitizer stations in various locations, marked traffic patterns, installed signage, and moved furniture to help ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons. Face masks covering both the nose and mouth are required at all times while in the libraries.

In order to maintain 50% building capacity, browsing will be limited to 30 minutes, seating will be limited to 2 hours, and computer usage in the computer areas will be limited to 1 hour. Laptop lending in other areas of the library or outside will be limited to 2 hours. Group seating will not be available at this time.

New Fall Hours
Chester County Library
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday

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

Please visit our New Fall Hours update on our website for a list of our current services.