5 days of cookies! December 6-10, 2021

Are you looking for new recipes for your holiday baking?  Or longing for some family fun in the kitchen?  Join the Chester County Library Youth Services staff every evening, December 6 – 10, at 6:30 pm and allow us to be your virtual cookie-baker guides each night!  We will bake together over Zoom, so please visit our library events calendar to register for any or all 5 nights of cookie baking!  You supply the ingredients and kitchen, and we will supply the instruction over zoom.  Recipes and all needed materials and ingredients can be found within each program’s description.  For teens, ‘tweens, and children with an adult helper.  
 www.chescolibraries.org>Events>Children’s Programs>5 Days of Cookies 

Giving Tuesday is November 30th

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on November 30, 2021.

It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. The Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Library are proud to serve as your community center and provide resources for computer skills, job searches, genealogy, writing workshops, and so much more.

Please help us to uphold this tradition by donating here. http://tinyurl.com/ccltrust

Diwali: the Festival of Lights

Diwali is a celebration of major significance to many in our community who are of Indian heritage.  Would you like to learn more about the significance of the celebration here and around the world and also take part in a fun traditional craft? 

Henrietta Hankin Branch Library will be hosting a virtual educational program on this topic presented by the Dr. Preetha Kesari on Friday, November 5th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.   Dr. Kesari’s presentation will explain what Diwali is, how it is celebrated all over the world, and what it symbolizes to the Indian population.  This will include descriptions of origin stories from Hindu mythology pertaining to Diwali and progress to explain Diwali’s current economic and political significance.  

Born and raised in India, Dr. Kesari came to the United States in 1988 to pursue a degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  She has been practicing dentistry in Chester County since graduating in 1992. Having celebrated Diwali her entire life, Dr. Kesari is very passionate about educating those in her community about this very special celebration.  She has presented in the past for various community organizations including the YMCA and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. 

In addition to her dental career and raising a family, Dr. Kesari enjoys doing pottery and creating porcelain sculptures for her nonprofit organization, Supreeti Creations.  Following her presentation and a question and answer period, Dr. Kesari will share her pottery and crafting skills to lead participants through a demonstration of traditional techniques for decorating diyas, the oil lamps made from clay often used as part of the celebration of Diwali.  Registered participants can stop by the Reference Desk at Henrietta Hankin Branch Library to pick up a craft kit consisting of a clay diya made by Dr. Kesari and painting supplies.  These craft kits will be available in the week preceding the program, from Friday, October 29th through November 5th, while supplies last. 

Register for this special event here

This event supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

New Releases

MoviesBlack Widow
Language Arts
London Unplugged
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Black Widow
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Out of Death
Exhumed: A History of Zombies
Running Wild: The Cats of Cornwall
Ancient Greece 101: Greek History, Myth and Civilization F9: The Fast SagaCruella Boys From County Hell The Christmas Dance Domino: Battle of the Bones Lady of the Manor Last Call Love & Basketball The Middle Ages 101: Medieval History and Life Roman History 101: From Republic to Empire On These Grounds Blithe Spirit The Damned Fully Realized Humans
The Crusades 101: Holy Knights, Epic Battles and Sacred Land The Mysteries of Mental IllnessBlithe Spirit TV Series Chicago P.D. season 8 Frankie Drake Mysteries season 4 Monster Horror Documentary Series season 1 Seal Team season 4 Young Sheldon season 4 Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths and Secrets Volume 2 Magnum P.I. season 3 Mare of Easttown: Complete Limited Series Batwoman season 2 The Blacklist season 8Metheny The Equalizer season 1 Nancy Drew season 2Mare_of_Easttown Resident Alien season 1 When Calls the Heart season 8 A House Divided season 3 Whitstable Pearl Music Cinderella Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Mercury: Act 1 by Imagine Dragons Senjutsu by Iron Maiden Sitting Pretty on Top of the World by Lauren Alaina Sometimes I Might be Introvert by Little Simz USEE4YOURSELF by IDK
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: The Album
Mr. Luck: A Tribute to Jimmy Reed – Live at the Royal Albert Hall by The Ronnie Wood Band God is Partying by Andrew W.K.Dedicated 2 Cellos Live in Denver by TobyMac My Bluegrass Heart by Bela Fleck SYNW by Belly Paranoia Party by Frances Forever 29: Written In Stone by Carly Pearce Bet You’re From A Small Town by Jameson Rodgers Catch the Wind by Herb Alpert Dearly Beloved by Daughtry
Bootleg Series 16: Springtime In New York 1980-1985 by Bob Dylan
Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) by Pat Metheny by Elvis Costello & The Attractions Moments in between Ruth BDedicated by 2Cellos Lindsey Buckingham by Lindsey Buckingham One Way Out by Melissa Etheridge Same Truck by Scotty McCreery Without Remorse Original Motion Picture Score Wolves by Candlebox The Beautiful Liar by X Ambassadors Culture III by Migos Lifeforms by Angels & Airwaves
Relief: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund
I’ll be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico Mettal/Jazz EPS by Rodrigo Y GabrielaThe Heron's Cry Moments in Between by Ruth B. This is How the World Ends by Badflower Firebird by Natalie Imbruglia Flux by Poppy Remember Her Name by Mickey Guyton Renewal by Billy Strings Audiobooks Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves MatrixBloodless by Lauren Groff The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell The Shadow by James Patterson & Brian Sitts Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead Vince Flynn Enemy at the Gates by Vince Flynn Daughter of the Morning Star by Craig Johnson Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown Bloodless by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson

Let’s Go To Exton Park

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather, take a stroll around Exton Park, (located at Swedesford Rd. and Church Farm Ln.) and explore our StoryWalk® where we have just installed a new book “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts. Jeremy’s story shows diversity in family structures, economic funds, need vs. want, giving, and friendship and is beautifully illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.

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”

Finding Justice:The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote

Please join Henrietta Hankin Branch Library on Monday, October 4th, at 7:00 pm for a virtual screening of the documentary, “Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote”, followed by a discussion with the writer and director of the film, Amanda Owen, Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation.

Part present-day detective story and part a historical account of the movement for voting rights, “Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote” tells the story of a band of intrepid women and their one-ton bronze bell that became a celebrated icon of the women’s suffrage movement. The Justice Bell—modeled after the Liberty Bell—attracted nationwide attention, which helped rally support in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

 As current struggles for gender equality and voting rights continue to make front-page news, this account of the suffragists’ courage and dogged persistence will inspire new generations in the fight for justice and equality.

“Finding Justice” premiered at the National Women’s History Museum on August 26, 2020 with a screening and panel discussion with Amanda Owen and Rosie Rios, President Obama’s Treasurer. Since then, “Finding Justice” has aired on PBS (WQLN and WHYY) and for a number of institutions, organizations and film festivals.

Ms. Owen is an author and an independent scholar of women’s history, specializing in the American women’s suffrage Join the movement. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation.  With a background in social work and a twenty-five-year practice as a consultant, writer and speaker, Amanda has been presenting lectures and workshops since the mid-nineties.  She is currently writing a book about the Justice Bell’s role in the American women’s suffrage movement.

To register for this special event, please visit www.ccls.org and click on “Find an Event”.

Calling all Makers & Crafters!

The Chester County Library is accepting vendor applications for our 10th Annual Holiday Craft Show being held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The show provides artists and craftspeople with the unique opportunity of exposing their work to hundreds of people while taking part in an exciting, community-driven atmosphere. Our shows highlights the creative spirit of the fine artist and craftsperson, with an exceptional selection of maker-designed goods. Every participant comes away with a new base of loyal customers. Eager patrons are waiting to embrace your work.

The Chester County Library Annual Holiday Craft Show is a great opportunity to showcase and sell your work. Apply now to be considered for this festive shopping experience at: https://chestercountylibrary.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/2021-application.pdf


Library Card Sign-Up Month reminds students, families a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available! IT’S FREE!

This September, Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month. Whether you use a library card online or in person, it gives students the free tools to succeed in school and provides people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunities to pursue their dreams and be their best selves. From family Story Times and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs to makerspaces and virtual homework help, libraries play an essential role in supporting the value of lifelong learning through education. Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities that bring families and communities together. Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re agile institutions serving real-life needs.

Did you know you can borrow family museum passes from the library for free? Visit an area zoo, museum, or garden – you just need a Chester County Library System card!

Taking a vacation, doing virtual school at home, or doing business on the road? The Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Library also rent mobile hotspots which allow library cardholders to access unlimited, high-speed Internet service anywhere a T-Mobile signal can be received. Connect up to ten devices at a time, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.

With a library card, the possibilities are endless. Borrow free books, CDS, DVDs, and download eBooks, and e-Audiobooks right from the comfort of your own home! We even have a large selection of videogames available to rent.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students of all ages. A library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available!

For younger children, we offer early literacy resources to help them learn to read and encourage school readiness, and for teens and older students, we provide access to technology and digital tools (such as 3D printers, button makers, scanners, and audio-visual recording and editing equipment) as well as GED resources.

This year, Marley Dias, author, executive producer, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. As honorary chair, Dias will remind the public that signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card is the ticket you need to travel across the globe. It allows you to experience stories that can connect you to diverse and empowering experiences,” said Dias.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for a library card. For more information about how to sign up for a library card, please visit Chester County Library or Henrietta Hankin Branch Library in person or online at chescolibraries.org.

Volunteer Tutors Needed to Teach Adult Learners

The Chester County OIC Adult Tutoring Program has a need for volunteers who are willing to work with adult students seeking to learn English as a second language, improve math skills, study for the GED exam, work on basic literacy, or study for the citizenship exam. A 4-year college degree is required to tutor, but a teaching background is not needed. Tutor training is offered online by the PA Department of Education. Tutors are asked to meet with their student 3 hours per week, usually done in two, 90 minute sessions. Tutor pairs are working virtually right now via Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp or other platforms. Our program is based in the Chester County Library, in Exton, with whom we have a long partnership.

The Adult Tutoring office encourages anyone who is interested in volunteering to contact our office at 610-344-4013 or 610-344-4014 or send an email to drikess@cc-oic.org. The Chester County OIC website is ccoic.org.