Chester County Library offering virtual STEM story times

Starting October 7 for ages 4-7!

Register your child for STEM programs!  Starting October 7th, Thursday afternoons at 3:30, library staff will present stories, songs and activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!  6 sessions will be offered on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:00pm starting on October 7th.  Don’t wait! Reserve your child’s spot now. 
Please use this link to find out more or to register your child.
Parents MUST attend and participate with their children, as they will need help with the virtual activities.  Once registered, a list of materials needed for the activities will be emailed to all participants.  When registering, please include your name, your child’s name, and a phone number and email address.  A link will be emailed to you on the day of the program. 

STEM. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics. Stack of books with science education doodles and hand written word “STEM”

Growing Readers Fall Programs

You’ve been wondering, and we now announce our upcoming (Virtual) Fall Children’s Programs!
Starting September 20th, children aged infant through 6 years can attend programs via Zoom on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Registration is already open, just click here to view our events calendar. This series of programs will be 5 weeks, however, they will not meet October 11th.

Your child will have a “front row seat,” viewing stories and singing songs while interacting with library staff who present each program. Most programs are presented live from our story time studio, so your child will feel like they are right at the library! In our calendar, you’ll find programs for 2’s, 3’s, and ages 4-6 on Mondays; infants/toddlers and 3’s on Thursdays; and on Fridays, something for 3’s and ages 4-6. Once you register, a Zoom link will be sent via email to you on the day of the program. When you register, please include your child’s name and age, and a current email address. We look forward to sharing many great stories with you this fall!

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Virtual Story Times at the Henrietta Hankin Library

The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library has finalized our Youth Services program schedule for September! All children’s programming will continue to be held virtually through Zoom. Story times will begin the week of September 12th and run through the week of October 15th.

Baby and Toddler Story Time (Ages 0-36 months) – Tuesdays at 10 am

Family Story Time (Ages 0-6 years old) – Tuesdays at 1 pm

Story Time for Preschoolers (Ages 3-4 years old) – Wednesdays at 10 am

Story Time for Pre K-K (Ages 4-6 years old) – Wednesdays at 1 pm

We will also have Mother-Daughter Book Club on Monday, September 20th at 6:30 pm for those 9 years-old and up accompanied by a favorite female grown-up.

Registration is required for all programming and you can find our event calendar here to sign up!

Ask an Engineer! with The Franklin Institute

This summer, you can learn about careers in engineering when The Franklin Institute presents Facebook Live Ask an Engineer! events.  Scientists from The Franklin Institute will host several Facebook Live conversations with guest engineers about their work and career paths.  This is the perfect follow-up to the 2021 GSK Science in the Summer Be an Engineer! program. 

No pre-registration is required. Click the link at the event time to hear from these scientists.  

Facebook Live Events:

Franklin Outside 
Wednesday, July 21 at 11 am

Engineering for Good 
Wednesday, July 28 at 1 pm 

Night Skies @ Home 
Thursday, August 5 at 7:45 pm 

Future of Health 
Monday, August 9 at 3 pm 

2021 GSK Science in the Summer – It’s not too late to participate!

Even if you missed the registration or weren’t selected in the lottery, your family can still participate in the 2021 GSK Science in the Summer program.  This summer, the theme is Be an Engineer!  All activity guides, materials lists, and videos are available online.  Assemble your own materials and have fun being engineers at home!  

Once your family has completed the experiments, don’t forget to sign up to join one or more live virtual event, hosted by educators and scientists from The Franklin Institute!  These meetings will be live interactions where your children can share the results of their research with other program participants. Remember, you should complete the activity at home prior to attending the Live Virtual Event.  Attendees will participate via chat.

All of the “Be an Engineer” information and the links to register for the Live Virtual Events can be found at

Children’s summer reading fun continues…

Summer 2021 has reached the midpoint. Is your summer reading going well?  We have many ways for you to still enjoy your summer and keep up with your reading.  There’s still time to register online at Readsquared so that you can track your daily reading and earn reading badges.  OR you can visit the library to get the paper version.  We’ve already awarded reading badges to kids who complete just 3 activities per badge.  School reading lists are available too, and we are happy to help you find the books you need for your school’s reading assignments.  Our preschool, K-5, and teen virtual programs have been so much fun already, and there are more to come!  Visit our events calendar to see what’s next and to register.

You can also have fun reading via Bookflix and Trueflix!  Just have a library card ready and click here for BOOKFLIX; or click here for TRUEFLIX. If you are traveling and wish to read on your devices, you can check out an ebook or eaudiobook, which still count towards your summer reading.  Have your library card ready and click here for our overdrive site.

Summer Programs for Kids and Teens!

Starting the week of June 28, the Henrietta Hankin Library is offering programs for children from birth through high school. Six weeks of fun events are scheduled! All programs are virtual and registration is required.

  • Family Fun – Rhymes, music and books for all ages – Wednesdays at 10:00am
  • Play K – Get Ready for Kindergarten – 4-6 years old – Tuesdays at 10:00am
  • Hankineers – 1st-5th graders – Thursdays at 2:00pm
  • Teen Programs – 6th-12th graders – Wednesdays at 1:30pm

And there’s more . . . our popular “Take-It and Make-It Crafts” are back this summer! Come to the Henrietta Hankin Library Youth Services Dept. on Tuesdays starting June 29 to pick up your craft pack. We are offering six weeks of crafting-at-home fun. No reservations needed – while supplies last.

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!


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:
Or visit 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 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.