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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Penn Museum’s doors are still closed, but take a look at their virtual tours and activities for kids and adults. From Galleries at Home, to Lecture Playlists, to learning to write your name in hieroglyphs, there is plenty to interest you virtually.
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!
We 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!
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!
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!
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!