Virtual Program: Foundations of Investing

Join us for Foundations of Investing, Monday, June 1, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Building your investor IQ starts with understanding the basics. Whether you are new to investing or need a refresher, this presentation will discuss the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals.

Provided by Edward Jones. This program supports PA Forward’s Financial Literacy.

Please register for the program: Monday, June 1, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A link to access the program 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.

Program for people who exhaust their unemployment compensation benefits

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC).

PEUC is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Pennsylvania has implemented all programs under the new CARES Act and paid out nearly $7.4 billion in total unemployment benefits since mid-March.

Important information about the extended benefits program follows and has also been emailed or mailed via the United States Postal Service to all individuals who potentially qualify for PEUC.

To read the full press release, click here.

Virtual Unemployment Compensation Workshop

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) & Phoenixville Public Library are hosting a virtual workshop on Wednesday, May 27th, at 10am. 

LASP Staff Attorney Deborah Steeves will present an update on Unemployment Compensation/Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and will answer your questions.

Register now for this online workshop:

After you register, you will receive a Zoom link through email.

Virtual Instructional Technology Workshops

Beginning in May, the John W. Jacobs Technology Center at the Chester County Library starts to offer virtual instructional technology workshops.

Virtual Tech Tuesday: You Can Host a Zoom Meeting, Too!
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Tech Tuesday: Instructional Introduction to Excel
Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Tech Tuesday: Instructional Intermediate Excel (Charts and Formulas)
Tuesday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Clean Slate & Expungement Virtual Workshop

A free Clean Slate and Expungement virtual workshop will be held by Coatesville Center for Community Health on Wednesday, May 13, at 3 pm. 

The Clean Slate and Expungement Workshops are designed to help those individuals with criminal histories who may have been denied employment or other services because of their criminal record.  An attorney from Legal Aid of Southeastern PA will conduct the workshop where participants will learn about the clean slate and expungement process, if they might be eligible, and learn how to proceed.  The attorney will meet individually with each participant to review their criminal record.  

A copy of the criminal record can be obtained at  

The meeting link will be sent to participants upon registration. To register, email

Chester County Main Street Preservation Grant Program

The Chester County Commissioners and Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 7 at 10:00am about the Chester County Main Street Preservation Grant Program.

Chester County’s Commissioners set up a $5M fund to establish the Main Street Preservation grant program – up to $25,000 in funding for county’s small businesses and agriculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19. The competitive grant program will provide funding for small businesses and agricultural enterprises in the county that were unable to take advantage of any federal and commonwealth existing COVID-19 response programs. Grants of up to $25,000 will be available to eligible businesses through the Chester County Main Street Preservation program.

The webinar will cover the the structure of the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process. Questions may be submitted to

Viewing Options:
Registration is not required. The webinar will be live streamed at the following locations:

Application Checklist

Main Street Program Website

Application Form

Resources for Inventors

Libraries offers many resources and services to help inventors answer many questions: What is the market for my idea? Will I need a patent? How do I promote my idea? The US Patent & Trademark Office provides sites devoted to serving the special needs of inventors. The Lemelson-MIT Invention Dimension site also provides a wealth of inventor resources including inventor profiles, patent guidelines, links to online invention resources, and more.

Library databases, like ReferenceUSA, can be helpful in locating businesses to license or manufacture your product, or to find out how large a market exists for your invention. ReferenceUSA provides detailed information on millions of U.S. companies, organizations, agencies, and households. Search its business module by company name, company executive name, sales volume, SIC/NAICS codes, number of employees, and more.

The library’s ebook collection includes many books about inventors and innovation that you can check out from home with a Chester County Library card.

Build your skills with Cisco Networking Academy

Take advantage of the Cisco Networking Academy! Available for free through Chester County Library, these online, self-paced courses will help you explore potential career pathways, develop technical mastery, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed.

Get Connected: Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Entrepreneurship: This course teaches business and financial skills, attitudes, and behaviors to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can empower them to improve their lives.

Introduction to Cybersecurity: Learn how to protect yourself online and in social media while discovering careers in cybersecurity. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Cybersecurity Essentials: Develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. This is a self-paced, intermediate level course.

Introduction to IoT (Internet of Things): Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) and the digital transformation of business create new value and new job opportunities. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Introduction to Packet Tracer:  Learn the basics for using Cisco Packet Tracer to simulate network configurations. This is a self-paced, beginner level course.

Packet Tracer Mobile: Learn how to use the Cisco Packet Tracer Mobile software. This is a self-paced, hands-on course.

Resume Writing Workshop to resume virtually

In conjunction with the United Way Financial Stability Center, Chester County Library will resume our monthly Resume Writing and the Job Search workshop in a virtual format starting May 12. This workshop reviews fundamentals of writing a resume: format, content, tips and tricks, required and optional sections, etc. We’ll review example resumes and discuss online and print resume resources.

For more information and to register, click here.

For more upcoming virtual programs, click here for Chester County Library’s calendar and here for the United Way’s calendar.