Tails and Tales Summer Reading 2021

Tails and Tales and Patch Power 2021

Summer is almost upon us!  What will you do with your summer?  Reading or listening to books each day is a great way to keep yourself entertained, not to mention all the exciting people you meet and places to go in the books that you read!

Visit the library in person or online beginning June 7 to get started on your summer reading.  Participants from Pre-K to Grade 5 are encouraged to read or listen to books for 30 minutes or more every day all summer, then record your accomplishments through the Tails and Tales: Patch Power 2021 website or app.

You can also complete MISSIONS, by completing at-home activities and attending Virtual Programs, to earn patches!  In addition to our patches from years before, we have 4 new patches to earn this summer: Mythic Hero, Time Traveler, Sprout Scouts, and Prehistoric Explorer!  Stay tuned to our events calendar for some grand virtual programs that you can attend this summer, beginning June 28! 

Watch our video here for more details!

BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

Even children under 3 years can participate this summer by signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Research has shown that listening to books each day helps children to develop the important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for learning to read — a key to learning and school success. Read at least 100 books this summer to earn a special award!

GSK Science in the Summer 2021: Engineering!

Be an engineer!  This summer, students all over Chester County will try out 4 different types of engineering: Biomedical, Electrical, Structural, and Environmental.  Those who are chosen to participate in the GSK Science in the Summer program will have the opportunity to:
1- see a unique problem,
2-use some basic tools and strategies to create a solution to the problem,
3- test their solutions to check for success. 
GSK Science in the Summer will provide teaching materials so that each student can learn, design, build, and solve real world problems.  If it sounds challenging, it is! It’s also a rewarding experience for the whole family! 
GSK Science in the Summer offers a way for families to learn, create, and have fun in the process! 
Registration is required. Please register for the lottery by 5:00pm, May 21st.
Families will be notified by June 4th if they are selected to participate. 
Be an Engineer is designed for children ages 7-13, but the whole family can participate!
For more details and dates:
https://chescolibraries.org/kids/science-summer-chesco
Or visit http://scienceinthesummer.fi.edu/ to find out more and to register your student engineer in the lottery. 

Winter Family Read-Aloud @ Hankin Branch

Families are invited to participate in our Winter Read-Aloud program! According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” During the month of February, read aloud to your child (birth through 6th grade) to earn a free book and raffle ticket for the grand prize. Register online at http://bit.ly/HHBWFR21 or stop by the Youth Services desk at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library to pick up your reading log and get started.

We thank the Friends of the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library for supporting this program.

Sign up for Summer Reading, Win Prizes!

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It’s easier than ever to track your summer reading with the library! For the first time, we are using READsquared for our Summer Reading program. There are separate programs for Children, Teens, and Adults within the app, so everyone can participate! Earn points for reading, attending virtual programs, playing games, and completing “missions.” Earning points will enter you to win prizes. You can find more information about each program here: https://chescolibraries.org/news/summer-reading-2020.

Kids’ Update: Order a Book Bundle!

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While you can’t come into the Library and browse, let us browse for you! The Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch now offer Book Bundles for kids from preschool to high school. Just fill out the form for the library you prefer for pick-up at Book Bundles, and we’ll select 6 to 12 books just for you! A bag full of surprises!

If you need a specific book, please continue to place holds via the Catalog at https://chescolibraries.org.

No Wait, These Books Are Great!

RRN_FictionYAWe have new collections of kids and teen eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Read-Alongs that are available without holds! These books are from Rosen Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning, Orca Book Publishers, Triangle Interactive, and other participating publishers.  More titles will be added in the future!

Looking for Read-Alongs?  Here are some of the ones in the kids collection:

goldy luckmy heart

Are you missing sports?  Maybe these books from Britannica will help:

footballbaseball

Check out the rest of the 100 + titles available with no holds!  Here is the kids collectionHere is the teen collection.

Curbside Pickup Now Available

We are happy to announce that the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Branch Libraries are offering Curbside Pick-Up starting Monday, June 15. The Chester County Library will also resume our outdoor Holdit Locker service on this date.

While our buildings will remain closed to the public, we are excited to be able to serve the community again by offering a way to deliver your pre-ordered materials that is safe for you and our employees!

To place a hold, use the catalog or the mobile app; or call or email us at:
Chester County Library 610-344-5957 or ref@ccls.org
Henrietta Hankin Branch 610-344-4191 or hhcustomer@ccls.org
Find help for placing and viewing your holds.

Curbside Pick-Up Procedures
Follow these 4 easy steps to schedule your curbside pick-up:

  1. Know Your Library Card and PIN Numbers
    • You will need your library card number and PIN to reserve a time to pick up items.
  2. Confirmation of Order Fulfillment
    • You will receive an email or text message, or paper notice via USPS mail, when your items are available for pick-up.
    • You can only make a reservation if you have items that are currently ready for pick-up.
  3. Reserve Your Pick Up Time
    • In your email, there will be a link you can click on to go to the curbside reservation platform where you will be able to choose a date and time to pick up your order.
    • You can also make a reservation and manage your reservations online using this link.
  4. How to Pick Up Your Items
    • Your materials will be checked-out to you, and placed in a paper bag, prior to pick-up. Your checkout receipt will be attached to your bag.
    • When you arrive at the library, please remain in your car and call us at the number listed below to let us know you are outside.
      • For pick-up at Chester County Library, call: 610-344-4642
      • For pick-up at Henrietta Hankin Branch, call: 610-344-4191
    • Once our library staff have placed your items on the table outside the front door you may approach and retrieve your items.
    • If there is another patron at the table, please wait until they have returned to their car before you approach the building.

See our website for more details on both the Curbside Pick-up services and HoldIt Locker.

Kids’ Update: Summer Begins TODAY!

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Believe it or not, summer arrives at the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch on June 15th! You are invited to join our Virtual Summer Programs. Imagine Your Story: Patch Power 2020 encourages you to discover your own stories while reading others’ stories in fiction and non-fiction.
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Participants from Pre-K to Grade 5 are encouraged to read or listen to books every day for 30 minutes or more all summer and record your accomplishments through the Imagine Your Story: Patch Power 2020 website or app. You can also complete Missions, by completing at-home activties and attending Virtual Programs, to earn the 2020 patches!

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Students in Grade 6 and up may join the Imagine Your Story: Teen Reading Club 2020! Teens are encouraged to read or listen to books for at least 60 minutes every day to earn a Reading Grand Prize at the end of the summer! They may also complete independent Missions to earn collectible mini-buttons!
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Even children under 3 years can participate this summer by signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Research has shown that listening to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten helps children to develop the important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for learning to read — a key to learning and school success. Read at least 100 book this summer to earn a special award!  

Adults can sign up, too! Sign up today! Imagine Your Story