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.

Virtual Program: April Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our April 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, April 5, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Check Please! Book 1 #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

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.


TED Talks discussion on creativity and resilience via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23

Join us on Tuesday, March 23 at 3:00 pm via Zoom for a community discussion of TED Talks on creativity and resilience.

This month’s talks are: “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative” by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “How to Build Your Creative Confidence” by David Kelley, and “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything” by Shonda Rhimes. Watch these videos at ted.com and bring your thoughts to share!

Haven’t heard of TED Talks before? TED Talks are “short, powerful talks…that cover almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 110 languages.” TED is a nonprofit with a “global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. [TED] believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

Registration is required. This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Virtual Program: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night

Join us for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night, Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A Hawk Mountain Sanctuary educator will discuss HMS history, raptor identification and migration information.  Compare the characteristics of daytime and nighttime raptors; discover the specific adaptations that make them successful. Meet a live education raptor up-close.

Please register for the program: Wednesday, March 24, 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.

This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Hankin Whodunits to meet via Zoom Wednesday, March 17

The Hankin Whodunits Mystery Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, March 17 at 1 pm to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This classic Sherlock Holmes mystery is the third of four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first appeared in 1901 as a serial in The Strand Magazine.

In this story, wealthy landowner Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the parkland surrounding his manor. It seems he died of a heart attack, but the footprints of a huge dog are found near his body, and Holmes must unravel the mystery and ensure the safety of Baskerville’s heir amid rumors of an other-worldly creature haunting the moor – an enormous hound with glowing eyes and jaw.

Registration is required. Copies are on reserve at the Henrietta Hankin Branch. Or visit our catalog here to place a hold in print, large type, CD and DVD formats. Click here to reserve eBook and eAudiobook formats.

This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Virtual Program: March Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our March 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, March 1, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Educated by Tara Westover

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, March 17, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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: Time to Plan Your Spring Vegetable Garden

Join us for Time to Plan Your Spring Vegetable Garden, Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about safety and challenges from the weather may have you wondering how to have a productive vegetable, herb and fruit garden this year. Liz Alakszay will show you how, with some planning, you can easily grow great vegetables. Discover how to set up your garden and select the fruits, berries, herbs and vegetables best suited for your family. Save money on food expenses and promote fitness and health through gardening.

Please register for the program: Wednesday, February 24, 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.

This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Let’s flatten the infodemic curve

(Image courtesy of World Health Organization)

Misinformation is harmful to everyone. Let’s do our part to flatten the infodemic curve. Here are some fun and educational ways to work on your information literacy:

1. Should you share it? Take the quiz from the News Literacy Project here: https://newslit.org/news-literacy-week/

2. Spot the Troll! Can you tell the difference between a real social media user and a fake one? Test your knowledge here: https://spotthetroll.org/

3. Go Viral! This game puts you in the head of a social media manipulator and teaches you how to protect yourself from misinformation in the process: https://www.goviralgame.com/en

4. Resources from the WHO on navigating the infodemic: https://www.who.int/…/let-s-flatten-the-infodemic-curve

Virtual Program: Eastern State Penitentiary Presents Organized Crime, the Prohibition Era

Join us for Eastern State Penitentiary Presents Organized Crime, the Prohibition Era, Thursday, February 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Embark on an in-depth virtual exploration of vice, scandal and the struggles Eastern State faced in the early 20th century. This guided program includes a brief overview of Eastern State’s founding principles, highlights organized crime figures who spent time at Eastern State, including “Scarface” Al Capone, and ends with a group discussion.

Please register for the program: Thursday, February 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 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.

This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.