Olympic Book Suggestions for Kids

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Games are officially here, starting tonight with the Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Nations – taking place just one day shy of the originally scheduled date in 2020. A few sports such as soccer, rowing, archery, and softball have already started competing, and we wish Team USA all of the best!

Children’s books about the Olympics are really helpful when teaching your kids what the games are all about and how important they are when promoting unity and sportsmanship. Here are a few suggestions:
G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog
How to Train with a T.Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps
What Are The Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman
Flying High: The Story Of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens by David A. Adler
Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics by Jean L. S. Patrick

eBooks for Kids and Teens!

Have you ever been on vacation and run out of reading material? Sitting on the beach not wanting to go to the bookstore? Cozy in a cabin in the woods?

Well, if you have access to WIFI and the Libby app, you are in luck. There are thousands of eBooks and Audiobooks to choose from on Libby. The best part is they are free with your library card and the titles are automatically returned after two weeks. No fines! New titles are added regularly and recent additions include early readers, juvenile bridge books, young adult and CCIU Reading Olympic titles. For more information about the Libby app, visit the downloads tab on the Chescolibraries website.

Virtual Program: August Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult 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 2, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Trashed by Derf Backderf

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

The Page Turners Book Group and the Whodunits Book Group will return in September.

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.

CCLS/CCL Board Meeting

This post has been updated.

Due to the easing of COVID restrictions, the Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library will now be hosting their monthly board meeting as a hybrid offering. 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 20 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting virtually; or attend in person at Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, PA 19341. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.

If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please call Chester County Library’s Administration Office at 610-344-5600 to discuss how we may best accommodate your needs.

Take a Stroll and Read at Exton Park

Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation, and to recognize the more than 160,000 full-time park and recreation professionals — along with hundreds of thousands of part-time and seasonal workers and volunteers — that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks.

Join us in the great outdoors to celebrate Park and Recreation Month at our StoryWalk® in Exton Park, a ½ mile paved walkway surrounding two playgrounds and a picnic area. The StoryWalk® project consists of 20 reading stations, each featuring a page in a children’s storybook, which promotes health and literacy in young children by encouraging exercise and reading. Their are even some fun interactive activities along the way that you can access with your cellphone along the way. The book currently featured is Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson and the StoryWalk® is changed twice a year in the spring and fall.

Ask an Engineer! with The Franklin Institute

This summer, you can learn about careers in engineering when The Franklin Institute presents Facebook Live Ask an Engineer! events.  Scientists from The Franklin Institute will host several Facebook Live conversations with guest engineers about their work and career paths.  This is the perfect follow-up to the 2021 GSK Science in the Summer Be an Engineer! program. 

No pre-registration is required. Click the link at the event time to hear from these scientists.  

Facebook Live Events:

Franklin Outside 
Wednesday, July 21 at 11 am

Engineering for Good 
Wednesday, July 28 at 1 pm 

Night Skies @ Home 
Thursday, August 5 at 7:45 pm 

Future of Health 
Monday, August 9 at 3 pm 

2021 GSK Science in the Summer – It’s not too late to participate!

Even if you missed the registration or weren’t selected in the lottery, your family can still participate in the 2021 GSK Science in the Summer program.  This summer, the theme is Be an Engineer!  All activity guides, materials lists, and videos are available online.  Assemble your own materials and have fun being engineers at home!  

Once your family has completed the experiments, don’t forget to sign up to join one or more live virtual event, hosted by educators and scientists from The Franklin Institute!  These meetings will be live interactions where your children can share the results of their research with other program participants. Remember, you should complete the activity at home prior to attending the Live Virtual Event.  Attendees will participate via chat.

All of the “Be an Engineer” information and the links to register for the Live Virtual Events can be found at http://scienceinthesummer.fi.edu/

Children’s summer reading fun continues…

Summer 2021 has reached the midpoint. Is your summer reading going well?  We have many ways for you to still enjoy your summer and keep up with your reading.  There’s still time to register online at Readsquared so that you can track your daily reading and earn reading badges.  OR you can visit the library to get the paper version.  We’ve already awarded reading badges to kids who complete just 3 activities per badge.  School reading lists are available too, and we are happy to help you find the books you need for your school’s reading assignments.  Our preschool, K-5, and teen virtual programs have been so much fun already, and there are more to come!  Visit our events calendar to see what’s next and to register.

You can also have fun reading via Bookflix and Trueflix!  Just have a library card ready and click here for BOOKFLIX; or click here for TRUEFLIX. If you are traveling and wish to read on your devices, you can check out an ebook or eaudiobook, which still count towards your summer reading.  Have your library card ready and click here for our overdrive site.

Presidential Murders: discover the intriguing details of two assassinations that changed the course of history

This summer Henrietta Hankin Branch Library is happy to host local historian, lecturer and teacher emeritus, Roger W. Arthur for Presidential Murders, a 2-part lecture series that begins with “Part 1: Abraham Lincoln” on Monday, July 26th; and finishes up with “Part 2: John F. Kennedy” on Monday, August 2nd. Both programs will be presented virtually on Zoom from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

“These two presidential murders have been thought to have much in common,” explains Mr. Arthur. “Both victims were shot in the head. Both were attacked from behind and on a Friday.   Both were killed in the presence of their wives. One was the first Republican ever elected, while the other was the first Roman Catholic ever elected. Both were elected in a ‘zero’ numbered year. The national shock of these murders stunned the country. Other comparisons between them have been offered but most of those are either false or contrived.”

“With the advance of technology the news of the killings soon spread quickly across the land. One by telegraph,  the other by television. Americans craved more news in both cases. The unknown killer of Kennedy was captured within hours. While the nationally famous killer of Lincoln escaped into the night and stayed at large from nearly two weeks. Both murderers were killed before they came to indictment, trial and conviction. Lincoln’s killer was shot by a soldier on duty. Kennedy’s killer murdered him in cold blood in the presence of the police who were there to protect him.”

Mr. Arthur has been fascinated by American history all of his life. He studied it in college, taught it in school and has traveled the country learning about it first hand. He currently teaches Modern American History at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, PA. In the evenings in the Spring and Fall, he offers a variety of adult enrichment courses at the Chester County Night School, and from time to time is an instructor at Manor College and the Mainline School Night. He is also a special presenter for libraries, clubs and civic groups. Mr. was nominated to be “American History Teacher of the Year” by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute in 2012. His passion for history—and his desire to share it with others—continues to be a central motif of his life.

Register now for one or both of these thought-provoking, interactive programs that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! To register for Part 1: Abraham Lincoln, click here. To register for Part 2: John F. Kennedy, click here.