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.


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