National Novel Writing Month 101

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org) is just around the corner! Have you ever had a story idea you thought would make a great novel? Always wanted to write a memoir about something that happened in your life? Just like to write?

Join us to learn more about getting those words out this November. We’ll go over what NaNoWriMo is, what it isn’t, and how it can help your creativity. Whether you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo before or have been a regular participant for the last 20 years, whether you want to handwrite or use all the latest software, this session is for you.

Chester County Library and the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library are hosting virtual preparation sessions and virtual writing sessions throughout the months of September, October, and November. Attend any and all events that work for you! See our full schedule and register here.

NaNoWriMo Schedule
NaNoWriMo 101 & Prep
Wednesday, 9/1, 3-4pm
Tuesday, 9/7, 10-11am
Monday, 9/13, 7-9pm
Monday, 10/4, 6:30-7:30pm
Monday, 10/11, 7-9pm
Monday, 10/25, 6:30-7:30pm

Kick-Off Party
Monday, 11/1, 7-9pm
Write In
Monday, 11/8, 7-9pm
Midway Party
Monday, 11/15, 7-9pm
Write In
Monday, 11/22, 7-9pm
Night of Drafting Daringly
Monday, 11/29, 7-9pm
Thank Goodness It’s Over Party
Monday, 12/6, 7-9pm

These are independent events managed by a community partner.
The NaNoWriMo name and logo are used by special permission.

Virtual Newsstand Program September 13th!

Virtual Newsstand, Monday, September 13th 7-8PM. Learn how to access FREE popular newspapers and magazines from the comfort of your home!

Did you know you can access hundreds of magazines and newspapers for free using the library’s digital subscriptions? Join us to learn more about how to access popular periodicals from home. You’ll learn how to access magazines like People, The New Yorker, Real Simple, and National Geographic, as well as newspapers like The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, and more.

Register here for this virtual program: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/8137437

Registration is required. Registration will close 3 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.

Virtual Program: September Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our September 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

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert 

Evening Book Group
Monday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, September 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, September 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez

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.

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.

Celebrating Juneteenth

On Saturday, June 19, Americans across the country will celebrate the end of slavery.

What is the history of this observance, which is separate from the Emancipation Proclamation? Juneteenth is a day of observance, celebrating Black freedom and culture. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday and naming it Juneteenth National Independence Day.

The end of slavery began on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but in many states, news traveled slowly and Black Americans were not immediately freed. This was especially true in Texas, the most distant state.

Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, from the Union army, arrived in Galveston, Texas and demanded that enslaved Blacks be set free. Upon hearing the news, Black Americans celebrated their freedom and new rights, including buying land. Slavery was officially abolished on January 31, 1865 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

To help you learn more about racial justice, here are selected lists of fiction and nonfiction, linked to our print and digital catalogs.

FICTION

Beloved by Toni Morrison: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora: print, large type, eBook, eAudiobook
Dear Martin by Nic Stone: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Hell of a Book by Jason Mott: print, large type
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison: print, eAudiobook
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook


NONFICTION

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: print, eBook, eAudiobook
Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain: print, large type, audiobook player, eBook, eAudiobook
The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham: print, Book Club in a Bag, eBook, eAudiobook
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall: print, eBook, eAudiobook
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: print, book on CD, audiobook player, eBook, eAudiobook
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown: print, eBook, eAudiobook
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook, YA eAudiobook, DVD, Blu-Ray DVD
A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib: print, eBook
A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier and Lisa Frazier Page: print, eBook
The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza: print, eBook
Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: print, eAudiobook
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson: print, book on CD, audiobook player, eBook


Looking for more? Visit our Black Voices digital collection here.

For print, books on CD, and DVDs, try these keyword searches:
Black independence
End of slavery
Black freedom
Black lives matter
Juneteenth (in Children’s Collections)
Juneteenth (in Adult Book Collections)


You can learn more about Juneteenth at these websites:
Juneteenth.com
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Wikipedia

Virtual Program: July Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our July 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, July 12, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, July 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, July 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

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.

Virtual Program: June Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our June 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, June 7, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Adventure Zone Vol 1. Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy

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.

Virtual Program: May Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our May 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, May 3, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, May 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, May 19, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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.