National Volunteer Week April 19-25, 2020

The Coronavirus is reshaping the daily routines of millions of Americans. For some people volunteering is a way of life.  This week is National Volunteer Week and we at Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch want to take a moment to say thank you to our dedicated volunteers. We see daily that this is your way of life. Your help allows us to reach out to the community with not only books but with programs and resources that can impact crucial services in the community.  Your efforts in our corner of the world emulate the efforts of people all over Chester County pitching in during this crisis by volunteering and helping neighbors, making masks and delivering groceries to shut-ins. The Chester County community is protecting each other by social distancing, wearing masks and staying home.  We are all in this together. Wouldn’t it be nice if the kindness out lives the Coronavirus? 

Learn More About Tonight’s Super Pink Moon

Tonight’s moon will be a Pink Moon. This article explains that “this full moon is a supermoon. The term “supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a new or full Moon that occurs within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.” Read the “Watch the Skies” section of the article to find out how to get the best visual of tonight’s rare moon.

FREE WiFi Available Outside Most CCLS Libraries

Did you know Free WiFi is available outside most Chester County Library System libraries.  To access, simply go to any library and situate yourself within a safe distance from other people who are also using WiFi. 

To connect to WiFi on your computer: 

  1. Go to Available Networks
  2. Click ‘Library’
  3. Click ‘Connect’
  4. Open an Internet Browser (Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Silk, etc.)
  5. Type ‘’ in your URL bar
  6. The library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy will appear
  7. Read and accept it by clicking the green ‘Connect’ button
  8. You’re now connected!

Read and Search ‘Consumer Reports’ from Home!

Doing your homework to be an informed consumer before making purchases is always a good thing. The library provides access to Consumer Reports through a database called MasterFile Premier. Once signed in with an active library card, you can simply click Publications on the top toolbar and then enter “Consumer Reports” in the second search box that appears. After clicking on the “Consumer Reports” record, you can browse all issues by year on the right-hand side or click “Search within this publication.”

If you are in need of help with accessing articles and ratings from Consumer Reports while the library is closed, please contact a librarian with your questions or requests by email (, voicemail (610-344-5957), or simply fill out the form on the Contact Us page. We’re here to help!

Resources for Helping Children Navigate News, Stress, and Education During a Pandemic

As we’ve discovered, life during a pandemic doesn’t resemble what we’re used to, especially for children of all ages. The Internet, however, is playing a large role in everyone’s experiences – whether it be working from home or doing school work from home. Common Sense Media assembled a useful list of resources for families currently navigating how to explain the world and region’s news to children, how to help children determine fact-based news vs. fake news, how to handle stress and anxiety, and how children can continue education using a variety of hand selected online resources and apps. The information is presented in a user-friendly and easy to digest format.

Jennifer Weiner Hosts Book Club on Facebook

Where are our realistic women’s fiction/chick lit/relationship fiction/beach readers?! Whatever you want to call the genre, we know it is one that is heavily read and loved by our patrons. One of the genre’s flagship authors, Jennifer Weiner, is hosting a live Backlist Book Club of her work, beginning tonight, Wednesday, March 25th at 7:30 p.m. on her Facebook page. You can find a complete list of her work here.

Your Emails, Voicemails, and Texts are Being Answered

We may not be able to meet and help you at the library right now, but we can “meet” and help you virtually! You can still rely on us while the library is closed to provide you with excellent information to all of your reference and research questions. Librarians are staffing Reference email, voicemail, and texts throughout the day and returning messages as quickly as possible. Any messages received after 9 p.m. will be returned the next morning.

To Contact a Librarian:

Email: (or complete and submit the Contact Form on this site)

Call: 610-344-5957 and leave a voicemail, including your phone number (and email address if you have one).

Text: from your mobile device.