Adult Summer Reading Program

The Adult Summer Reading Program, Tails & Tales, is designed for adults age 18 & up to encourage life-long reading habits and runs from June 7, 2021 to August 15, 2021.

Read and/or complete as many activities as you are able using the Bingo card provided at the library Reference Desk. Enter the name of the book, magazine, music CD, or activity (program, museum, park, trail, etc.) on the corresponding numbered line. Please use book titles only once. Except for # 1 and # 22, every other “Reading” square can be completed with any format you prefer — read a print book, an eBook, or listen to an audiobook! Books should be at the adult or young adult reading level. For each square you mark off, your odds of winning a general prize will increase. Get BINGO (5 squares in a row, column, or diagonal) and you will be entered in the Grand Prize drawing. Each participant may earn only one Grand Prize entry.

Can’t come to the library right away to pick up the handouts? You can print out the Bingo card and the Book Review Form at home! You can also fill out the Book Review Form online here if you like.

Need ideas for books to read or listen to? Ask a librarian for a Personalized Reading Suggestion or check out NoveList Plus, our online Reader’s Advisory resource. Check out the Flipster e-magazine resource on your computer or mobile device to help complete your Bingo card activities.

Return your Bingo Card to the Chester County Library or Henrietta Hankin Branch between August 16th and August 28th. Library staff will stamp and count squares completed. Prize winners will be drawn on Monday, August 30th and will be notified by email or phone call.

Registration is required. Click here to sign up!

The Adult Reading Programs are made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the Chester County Library and the Friends of the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

Didgeridoo Down Under – A Virtual, Australian-Themed Family Program

Kids, teens and adults, join us on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00pm for a virtual Didgeridoo Down Under Show. This event is a high-energy, Australian-themed show that combines music, culture, comedy, storytelling and audience movement/participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound. But this show is about much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun! You’ll learn about Aussie culture, animals and more, all while moving & grooving to the pulsing rhythms of the didge!

Registration is required. To register for this special event, please click here. Registration will close two hours prior to the event’s scheduled start time. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants two 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.

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.

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

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.