Due to the COVID-19 threat, the Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library will be holding their monthly board meeting virtually. If you have always wanted to attend a meeting but haven’t had the time, this is your opportunity. Please click this link at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.
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!
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 http://scienceinthesummer.fi.edu/ to find out more and to register your student engineer in the lottery.
Ticket Sales are now open for our greatly-anticipated, virtual NovelTea event on Thursday, July 1st at 7 p.m. featuring NYT bestselling author, Riley Sager. The event will be moderated by Jeffery Deaver, #1 International bestseller mystery-fiction writer known for works such as The Bone Collector. Together these two best-selling authors delve into Sager’s latest thriller novel, Survive the Night, due for release in June. Set in November 1991, George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer…
Since 2017, Sager’s horror-tinged thrillers have dominated the book world! Not only has Sager climbed up the New York Times bestseller list year after year, but he’s received unanimous praise from reviewers and fellow powerhouse writers like Stephen King, Ruth Ware, Megan Miranda and many others. Survive the Night is already getting more buzz than any of his previous novels, starting with a splashy cover reveal on BuzzFeed and landing on most-anticipated lists from Vulture, Goodreads, BookPage, PopSugar and more.
Visit http://bit.ly/NovelTeaRileySager for more event information, online registration and ticket sales. Ticket options include a $35 basic ticket which includes a program and signed copy of Survive the Night, and the $55 tea ticket includes a program, signed copy of Survive the Night, tea, library mug, and cookies to enjoy during the program. Currently, if you purchase a tea ticket at any point from Tuesday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 25th, you will be entered into an “early-bird” $100 cash raffle sponsored by 1st Resource Bank!
This is Chester County Library System’s first ever, library-collaboration fundraiser event and we are very excited to be working with our sponsors Reads & Company and the Hankin Foundation to raise needed funds for the libraries in Chester County. Your ticket proceeds will go to the library of your choosing to provide more opportunities to read, learn, create, connect, and support individual well-being to thousands of patrons in our shared community. Be sure to join us for an enthralling evening of suspense!
Today is May 4th and what has become known as “Star Wars Day.” Whether it was E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Metropolis (1927), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) or 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) that first piqued your interest — the sci-fi movie genre has been around for over a century, and has many dedicated fans worldwide. Join us for a fun-filled, classic Sci-Fi Movie Trivia Night this week and come show your mettle as an aficionado of this amazing movie category!
Please register for the program: Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration is required. Registration will close 2 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.
We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our May 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.
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.
On Monday, April 19, our online catalog will be unavailable starting at 6:00 p.m. for a catalog server upgrade. This update should take a few hours.
Many of our databases and eMaterials (including OverDrive, either via our OverDrive website or Libby) will still be available. You will be able to check out materials during the upgrade at either library as long as you have your library card.
Due to the COVID-19 threat, the Board of Trustees of the Chester County Library System/Chester County Library will be holding their monthly board meeting virtually. If you have always wanted to attend a meeting but haven’t had the time, this is your opportunity. Please click this link at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.
Marguerite Dube has been a major force driving the Chester County Library over the past twenty years and on April 30th she will be hanging up her hat as Director and will officially start enjoying her retirement. She began her career at the Chester County Library in January, 2001, as the Business/Finance Manager. In that position, she developed her interest in library services and in 2006 was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to pursue a Master’s degree in Library Science at Drexel University. In September, 2008, Marguerite was appointed Director of the Chester County Library and its Henrietta Hankin Branch. She has continuously demonstrated her commitment to its mission to provide informational, educational, and cultural services to the residents of Chester County. As Marguerite mentions, “When I was hired in 2001 as the Business/Finance Manager, I never dreamed what lay ahead in my professional future. Working behind the scenes showed me what an incredible amount of work and dedication went into running the library, and that it was essential to the community’s lifelong learning.”
Marguerite enhanced the libraries’ profile in the community by implementing many new services. Notably, she was the driving force behind the Friends’ donations toward the Museum Pass Program, the lending of hotspots, and the “Hold-it” lockers for 24×7 access for patrons to pick up materials they have reserved.
Throughout her tenure, she has overseen many physical changes to the buildings, creating a welcoming atmosphere for patrons. One of her major accomplishments is the redesign of the balcony area of the Chester County Library. The newly redesigned balcony houses the new Teen Zone area, the John W. Jacobs Technology Center with its Digital Media Lab, and the spacious and attractive Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) Adult Tutoring area, which accommodates free adult basic literacy education and life skills programs to individuals learning English as a second language. She has begun planning a redesign of the first-floor of the Chester County Library to add a business space for centralized tutoring as well as adding semi-private meeting spaces, all to meet patron needs.
Community engagement has been a major focus for Marguerite. She has encouraged library staff to be embedded in the community and has forged partnerships with several organizations, including the United Way of Chester County’s Financial Stability Center.
In October of 2018, Marguerite was honored by the Chester County OIC, receiving the prestigious Difference of One Award. She was the recipient of the Patricia A. Dobbin Award by the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) in 2019. Under her guidance, Chester County Library was named one of America’s Top-Rated Libraries in 2019, earning the designation of Star Library by the profession’s leading periodical, Library Journal. She serves the community outside the library as Treasurer of the West Whiteland Friends of the Park.
Marguerite’s accomplishments and contributions to the library and the communities we serve will be appreciated for years to come. Marguerite says, “I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work in such a noble field, and have worked hard to help our staff provide the community with the best library service possible. It has been my honor to lead this library, which is such a vital and important institution, and one of the finest libraries in the County, if not the State. I have also been working closely with my staff over the last several months to ensure that you will experience seamless service until a new director is selected. I want to thank you for the support you have given the library, especially over the last year when life was so challenging for all of us.”
Marguerite has been an inspiration to everyone under her guidance over the years. Congratulations on a standout career and best wishes for your retirement!
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 Sunday, April 11, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, we will be watching the pilot episode of “True Beauty.” Based on the popular webtoon by the same name, “True Beauty” tells the story of high school student Lim Jugyeong who, after being bullied by her family and peers for being “ugly,” learns the transformative power of makeup through online video tutorials and turns herself into a classic Korean beauty just in time to transfer to a new school. In this new school, she is considered a “goddess” and is instantly popular, but she never stops considering herself ugly, and her greatest fear is that everyone will discover her secret. Enter the handsome and popular boy, Lee Suho, who has seen her around town without her makeup on and who just happens to attend her new school.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and viewing instructions. Register on the event calendar here.
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