Children’s Book Bundles Available

The Youth Services Department staff members at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Library are happy to put together a bundle of books (6-12 titles) for your child. This will be a collection of books we think your child may like – a bundle of surprises! You will be notified when your book bundle is ready for pick up.

Request a children’s Book Bundle for pick up at Chester County Library

Request a children’s Book Bundle for pick up at Henrietta Hankin Branch Library

If you want to request specific titles, please continue to use the library catalog at to place holds.

Need help placing holds? Instructions can be found here:

Lundale Farm – A Legacy for the Future

Join the Chester County Ag Council and Lundale Farm in a discussion on the future of farming. Lundale Farm, a nonprofit organization with 520 acres under preservation, seeks not only to preserve land, but also to empower for-profit farmers in regenerative farming practices that benefit the region’s environment, economy, agricultural heritage, health, education and nutrition. An extension of the Farm’s founding legacy, it serves as a model for local food production and forest stewardship on preserved property, enhancing learning as well as the ecology, health, and diversity of the community. Partnering with each of the nine farmers, the Farm strives to provide educational opportunities for youth, college students studying sustainable agriculture, and the community through our farm tours.

Now in its fourth year, the Forestry Committee of Lundale Farm is actively working to implement the Sustainable Forestry Management Plan. Learn about our sustainable forestry management plan, and the research and experiences that are guiding the farm’s forested areas into the future.

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: June Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our June 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:

Evening Book Group
Monday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Adventure Zone Vol 1. Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy

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.

Pratichāyā: A daughter’s loving tribute to the life of her father

Join the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library for a virtual Meet-the-Author event on Monday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m., as we welcome Mamatha Prabhakar, author of Pratichāyā.

Pratichāyā, is a Sanskrit word for ‘Reflection.’ The book is a tribute to her father K.G. Prabhakar that captures his life’s journey in short stories that span 75 years from his boyhood in India to adulthood. The twists and turns in his life and events that had a profound impact on him are presented in this heartfelt work that brings alive the charm of Indian culture and lifestyle of simple folks and the values and lessons they imparted.

This special presentation is part of our celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. Come to learn more about East Indian culture and values. Ms. Prabhakar sees her book as “a view into the life of a struggling middle-class man in India (mid-century) who struggled and worked hard to uplift himself and his family without compromising on his values and integrity. Many such unsung ‘heroes’ have had their trials and tribulations and ensured that future generations benefit and learn from their experiences.” The book particularly focuses on the people and culture of the Mysore region of southern India. The author will talk about how the culture there has changed over the years.

The author will also discuss what she experienced in the process of writing her book. She will offer tips to “would be” writers and share the lessons she learned in bridging the gap between storytelling and the written word. Joining her in the presentation will be her son, Samarth Nair, a tenth-grader at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, who helped edit the book. He will discuss the challenges of understanding the Indian concepts from the book and translating the language and content for a western audience.

Mamatha Prabhakar is a mother, an engineer, a wife and an author. Mamatha lives with her family outside Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. She works for a large multinational imaging and electronics company as a leader in their information technology team. Mamatha has always had the urge to write stories, and Pratichāyā is her first book. She is currently working on her second book, a collection fiction and non-fiction stories.

To register for this special event, please visit

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, May 18 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading 2021

Tails and Tales and Patch Power 2021

Summer is almost upon us!  What will you do with your summer?  Reading or listening to books each day is a great way to keep yourself entertained, not to mention all the exciting people you meet and places to go in the books that you read!

Visit the library in person or online beginning June 7 to get started on your summer reading.  Participants from Pre-K to Grade 5 are encouraged to read or listen to books for 30 minutes or more every day all summer, then record your accomplishments through the Tails and Tales: Patch Power 2021 website or app.

You can also complete MISSIONS, by completing at-home activities and attending Virtual Programs, to earn patches!  In addition to our patches from years before, we have 4 new patches to earn this summer: Mythic Hero, Time Traveler, Sprout Scouts, and Prehistoric Explorer!  Stay tuned to our events calendar for some grand virtual programs that you can attend this summer, beginning June 28! 

Watch our video here for more details!


Even children under 3 years can participate this summer by signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Research has shown that listening to books each day helps children to develop the important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for learning to read — a key to learning and school success. Read at least 100 books this summer to earn a special award!

GSK Science in the Summer 2021: Engineering!

Be an engineer!  This summer, students all over Chester County will try out 4 different types of engineering: Biomedical, Electrical, Structural, and Environmental.  Those who are chosen to participate in the GSK Science in the Summer program will have the opportunity to:
1- see a unique problem,
2-use some basic tools and strategies to create a solution to the problem,
3- test their solutions to check for success. 
GSK Science in the Summer will provide teaching materials so that each student can learn, design, build, and solve real world problems.  If it sounds challenging, it is! It’s also a rewarding experience for the whole family! 
GSK Science in the Summer offers a way for families to learn, create, and have fun in the process! 
Registration is required. Please register for the lottery by 5:00pm, May 21st.
Families will be notified by June 4th if they are selected to participate. 
Be an Engineer is designed for children ages 7-13, but the whole family can participate!
For more details and dates:
Or visit to find out more and to register your student engineer in the lottery. 

A NovelTea Event with NYT Bestseller, Riley Sager

Ticket Sales are now open for our greatly-anticipated, virtual NovelTea event on Thursday, July 1st at 7 p.m. featuring NYT bestselling author, Riley Sager. The event will be moderated by Jeffery Deaver, #1 International bestseller mystery-fiction writer known for works such as The Bone Collector. Together these two best-selling authors delve into Sager’s latest thriller novel, Survive the Night, due for release in June. Set in November 1991, George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer…

Since 2017, Sager’s horror-tinged thrillers have dominated the book world! Not only has Sager climbed up the New York Times bestseller list year after year, but he’s received unanimous praise from reviewers and fellow powerhouse writers like Stephen King, Ruth Ware, Megan Miranda and many others. Survive the Night is already getting more buzz than any of his previous novels, starting with a splashy cover reveal on BuzzFeed and landing on most-anticipated lists from Vulture, Goodreads, BookPage, PopSugar and more.

Visit for more event information, online registration and ticket sales. Ticket options include a $35 basic ticket which includes a program and signed copy of Survive the Night, and the $55 tea ticket includes a program, signed copy of Survive the Night, tea, library mug, and cookies to enjoy during the program. Currently, if you purchase a tea ticket at any point from Tuesday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 25th, you will be entered into an “early-bird” $100 cash raffle sponsored by 1st Resource Bank!

This is Chester County Library System’s first ever, library-collaboration fundraiser event and we are very excited to be working with our sponsors Reads & Company and the Hankin Foundation to raise needed funds for the libraries in Chester County. Your ticket proceeds will go to the library of your choosing to provide more opportunities to read, learn, create, connect, and support individual well-being to thousands of patrons in our shared community. Be sure to join us for an enthralling evening of suspense!

Virtual Event: Classic Movie Trivia-Science Fiction

Today is May 4th and what has become known as “Star Wars Day.” Whether it was E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Metropolis (1927), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) or 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) that first piqued your interest — the sci-fi movie genre has been around for over a century, and has many dedicated fans worldwide. Join us for a fun-filled, classic Sci-Fi Movie Trivia Night this week and come show your mettle as an aficionado of this amazing movie category!

Please register for the program: Wednesday, May 5, 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.