Kids’ Update: Order a Book Bundle!

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While you can’t come into the Library and browse, let us browse for you! The Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch now offer Book Bundles for kids from preschool to high school. Just fill out the form for the library you prefer for pick-up at Book Bundles, and we’ll select 6 to 12 books just for you! A bag full of surprises!

If you need a specific book, please continue to place holds via the Catalog at https://chescolibraries.org.

Kids’ Update: Summer Begins TODAY!

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Believe it or not, summer arrives at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch on June 15th! You are invited to join our Virtual Summer Programs. Imagine Your Story: Patch Power 2020 encourages you to discover your own stories while reading others’ stories in fiction and non-fiction.
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Participants from Pre-K to Grade 5 are encouraged to read or listen to books every day for 30 minutes or more all summer and record your accomplishments through the Imagine Your Story: Patch Power 2020 website or app. You can also complete Missions, by completing at-home activties and attending Virtual Programs, to earn the 2020 patches!

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Students in Grade 6 and up may join the Imagine Your Story: Teen Reading Club 2020! Teens are encouraged to read or listen to books for at least 60 minutes every day to earn a Reading Grand Prize at the end of the summer! They may also complete independent Missions to earn collectible mini-buttons!
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Even children under 3 years can participate this summer by signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Research has shown that listening to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten 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 book this summer to earn a special award!  

Adults can sign up, too! Sign up today! Imagine Your Story

Kids’ Update: Inspirational Jonah Larson

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If you missed Jonah Larson on The Today Show in April, prepare to be inspired! Eleven year old Jonah Larson was born in Ethiopia and lived in an orphanage until he was adopted by his American parents, Jenn and Chris Larson, in 2008. Now, Jonah has become a crocheting phenom. In addition to crocheting incredibly fast, Jonah donates his creations to charity and raises money to support the orphanage he once called home.

If you’d like to try your hand at crochet, you can learn some basic stitches at Dabbles & Babbles: Basic Crochet Stitches, or you could try asking your favorite needleworker!

Kids’ Update: Little Free Libraries

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Are you running out of books to read? Hoping to find something new? Why don’t you try visiting a Little Free Library. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Bring a book — take a book! It’s that simple!

Chartered LFLs are quite easy to find.  Go to Little Free Library. There you will find a function/map through which you can locate LFLs by ZIP code or other criteria.  There are many in the West Chester area, and the United Way maintains one on each Born Learning Trail. 

Of course, there are also many unchartered LFLs, which you just have to luck upon. It’s like a Treasure Hunt!  Have fun and I hope you find some good books!

Kids’ Update: Summer Is Coming — Soon!

Believe it or not, summer will arrive at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch on June 15th! You are invited to join our Virtual Summer Programs. Imagine Your Story: Patch Power 2020 for children in Preschool/Pre-K and Kindergarten to Grade 5 encourages you to discover your own stories while reading others’ stories in fiction and non-fiction.

Participants in Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten to Grade 5 are encouraged to read or listen to books every day for 30 minutes or more all summer and record your accomplishments through the Imagine Your Story: Patch Power 2020 website or app. You can also complete Missions, by completing at-home activties and attending Virtual Programs, to earn the 2020 patches!

Students in Grade 6 and up may join the Imagine Your Story: Teen Reading Club 2020! Teens are encouraged to read or listen to books for at least 60 minutes every day to earn a Reading Grand Prize at the end of the summer! They may also complete independent Missions to earn collectible mini-buttons!

Even children under 3 years can participate this summer by signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Research has shown that listening to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten 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 book this summer to earn a special award!  

Kids’ Update: Cookies!

As long as you’re not talking computers, a cookie is a small sweet cake, typically round, flat, and crisp. Like we didn’t know that already! You might be surprised, though, at how many different kinds there are. If you’d like to try your hand at baking something delicious, visit these sites for recipes — Cookie Recipes at Cooks Recipes or All Recipes All Recipes – Cookie Recipes. You won’t know which to try first!

Kids’ Update: Visit the Statue of Liberty

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You can visit the Statue of Liberty like never before with a Virtual Tour inside and outside the great American symbol. Last year, architect Paul Davidson spent ten nights inside the Statue of Liberty. He and his team carried out a first-of-its-kind laser scan of Lady Liberty, capturing the statue’s interior during the hours when it wasn’t full of tourists — 6:00 pm to 7:00 am. His scans have been turned into a virtual tour. You can see inside the crown and the torch, and even climb Lady Liberty’s arm! The most difficult part of the project was taking the scans in a statue that’s always moving! It was build with a flexible support system that’s meant to sway in the wind (It was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel who’s famous tower also sways in the wind). Davidson has noted that it was something like being on a boat.

When “Liberty Enlightening the World” was dedicated in 1886, it was the highest structure in all of New York City. Now you can see it in a whole new way — Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour.

The Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour is part of the National Park Service Historic American Buildings Survey. Read more here.

Kids’ Update: The Ickabog

Although J.K. Rowling came up with the idea for The Ickabog a long time ago and planned to publish it after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it some how wound up in her attic! She decided to release it as an on-line serial for free to help kids read during the COVID-19 emergency. Once you’ve read the story, Ms. Rowling has created a competition. She wants YOU to illustrate the story. You can read The Ickabog and submit your illustrations at The Ickabog.