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”

Hankin Whodunits to meet via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20 at 1 pm

Do you like classic mysteries? Join the Hankin Whodunits on Wednesday, October 20 at 1 pm for a virtual discussion of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

This description will surely get you hooked!

Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to an isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die… Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

Click here to register for this Zoom event. This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Copies are currently available at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.
If you would like a copy sent to your library,

please call the Reference Desk at 610-344-4196.

September KClub Meeting

Need a new hobby to keep your spirits up while we’re all social distancing?  Been watching K-Dramas for years and want to meet new K-Drama lovers?  Love BTS but don’t know much about Korean television?  Break out the kimchi and join us to watch an episode of one the hottest Korean shows, then pop onto a Zoom call to chat about the show, the newest Korean music, and Korean culture – all from the comfort of our own homes.

On June 27, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, we will be watching the pilot episode of “Goblin.” Also called “Guardian: The Great and Lonely God,” this show, with its star-studded cast and immersive storytelling, received much critical acclaim, became the fifth highest rated drama in Korean TV history, and quickly reached cultural phenomenon status.  It tells the story of Kim Shin, played by Gong Yoo, who was once a legendary general who came to tragic ends.  However, rather than dying, he was granted immortality by the Almighty.  900 years later, after watching everyone he has ever cared for die around him, he wants to end his immortal life, which can only be achieved once the Goblin’s Bride removes the sword from his chest.  Ji Eun-Tak, a bubbly student with a sad past, claims to be his Bride and is determined to prove it to him.  But naturally, things become complicated once they begin to fall in love.

Ages 16+

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and viewing instructions.  Register on the event calendar here.

For questions, please email us at: ccljtc@ccls.org.

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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National Novel Writing Month 101

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org) is just around the corner! Have you ever had a story idea you thought would make a great novel? Always wanted to write a memoir about something that happened in your life? Just like to write?

Join us to learn more about getting those words out this November. We’ll go over what NaNoWriMo is, what it isn’t, and how it can help your creativity. Whether you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo before or have been a regular participant for the last 20 years, whether you want to handwrite or use all the latest software, this session is for you.

Chester County Library and the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library are hosting virtual preparation sessions and virtual writing sessions throughout the months of September, October, and November. Attend any and all events that work for you! See our full schedule and register here.

NaNoWriMo Schedule
NaNoWriMo 101 & Prep
Wednesday, 9/1, 3-4pm
Tuesday, 9/7, 10-11am
Monday, 9/13, 7-9pm
Monday, 10/4, 6:30-7:30pm
Monday, 10/11, 7-9pm
Monday, 10/25, 6:30-7:30pm

Kick-Off Party
Monday, 11/1, 7-9pm
Write In
Monday, 11/8, 7-9pm
Midway Party
Monday, 11/15, 7-9pm
Write In
Monday, 11/22, 7-9pm
Night of Drafting Daringly
Monday, 11/29, 7-9pm
Thank Goodness It’s Over Party
Monday, 12/6, 7-9pm

These are independent events managed by a community partner.
The NaNoWriMo name and logo are used by special permission.

Virtual Newsstand Program September 13th!

Virtual Newsstand, Monday, September 13th 7-8PM. Learn how to access FREE popular newspapers and magazines from the comfort of your home!

Did you know you can access hundreds of magazines and newspapers for free using the library’s digital subscriptions? Join us to learn more about how to access popular periodicals from home. You’ll learn how to access magazines like People, The New Yorker, Real Simple, and National Geographic, as well as newspapers like The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, and more.

Register here for this virtual program: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/8137437

Registration is required. Registration will close 3 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program starts. Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual program.

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!

Virtual Program: September Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our September titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert 

Evening Book Group
Monday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, September 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, September 15, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Invisible Differences by Julie Dachez

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Virtual Program: August Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our August titles and dates below. These groups are all being held online via Zoom.  We are requiring registration for these online book groups in order to send out the Zoom meeting information. Click on the date below to register. Information on our adult book groups can also be found on our website: http://bit.ly/chescolibs-bookgroups

Evening Book Group
Monday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Trashed by Derf Backderf

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

The Page Turners Book Group and the Whodunits Book Group will return in September.

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the book group. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the book group starts.  Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link.  You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual book group.

These programs support the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.