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:

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

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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

Kids’ Update: Education.com

Are you looking for some fun ideas to add a little education to your kids’ summer days? Check out Education.com, “An Educational platform for parents and teachers of pre-k through 5th grade kids. Support your kids learning journey with games, worksheets and more that help children practice key skills.”

There are worksheets, online games, over 200 science projects, and interactive stories to thwart the dreaded summer brain drain.

https://www.education.com/

Kids’ Update: Little Free Libraries

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Are you running out of books to read? Hoping to find something new? Why don’t you try visiting a Little Free Library. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Bring a book — take a book! It’s that simple!

Chartered LFLs are quite easy to find.  Go to Little Free Library. There you will find a function/map through which you can locate LFLs by ZIP code or other criteria.  There are many in the West Chester area, and the United Way maintains one on each Born Learning Trail. 

Of course, there are also many unchartered LFLs, which you just have to luck upon. It’s like a Treasure Hunt!  Have fun and I hope you find some good books!