Stay Connected with Chescolibraries

Welcome to Stay Connected with Chescolibraries. We set up this new blog to keep in touch with you while the library is closed due to the COVID-19 threat. Check in with us often to learn about all of our online resources, get reading recommendations, keep up with community information, and find out what libraries have to offer to keep you and your family engaged and informed.  We have also added a Contact Us form on our Contact page that will be manned by our staff to answer your questions.  We hope you find it useful during this challenging time.

Paycheck Protection Program: Help for Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
PPPs are available through banks and credit unions. If yours isn’t offering PPP loans, please check area banks or contact the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. Small businesses, eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, Tribal businesses, self-employed, and independent contractors are able to apply if they meet the size standard.
Please visit the CCCBI website for information on the Paycheck Protection Plan and all other COVID-19 updates.

Kids’Update: Good Night with Dolly

You might be surprised to learn that award-winning singer/songwriter, Dolly Parton, is also a committed advocate for children’s literacy. Her Imagination Library is a book-giving program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library began in the Tennessee county where she grew up, but it has now expanded across the United States. The Imagination Library has also spread to Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Now you can listen as Miss Dolly reads bedtime stories on Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Good Night with Dolly.

Librarian Likes – hand-picked by our staff

Our staff likes reading as much as you do and we want to share our favorites with you. Our Librarian Likes collection on OverDrive is made up of books liked by Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch employees. The collection automatically sorts to show titles that are available now first.

These three titles are highlighted in Librarian Likes and are currently available for digital check-out in both eBook and eAudiobook formats. You’re only a few clicks away from your next download!

The Lost Man
by Jane Harper

Two brothers meet in the remote Australian outback when the third brother is found dead, in this stunning new standalone novel from NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jane Harper. A powerful and brutal story of suspense set against a formidable landscape, The Lost Man confirms Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature, is one of the best new voices in writing today.

Available now in eBook and eAudiobook formats.


The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community.”—The Washington Post

The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set.

Available now in eBook and eAudiobook formats.


The Swans of Fifth Avenue
by Melanie Benjamin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

Available now in eBook and eAudiobook formats.

Be sure to check our Librarian Likes collection regularly for other recommeded titles.

What are some of your favorite reads and listens?

Organize your books like a librarian

A lot of people are taking this time at home to decorate, spring clean, and organize. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to tackle those unruly bookshelves? Or figure out just how many copies of The Catcher in the Rye you own?

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Library Journal is releasing a multi-part weekly series on how to organize your books like a librarian. Part 1 addresses the Dewey Decimal System. Follow along with this weekly series and, if you decide to organize your books, share a photo with us on one of our social media pages!

Resources for NONPROFITS during the COVID-19 pandemic – CCCF

The Chester County Community Foundation is working with county departments, philanthropic partners and nonprofits throughout the Chester County region to coordinate COVID-19 funding initiatives. Nonprofits, especially those that provide basic needs such as food, healthcare and financial support have an immediate increased need for unrestricted funding to meet heightened needs.

The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund provides flexible resources to Chester County nonprofits that are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.





Library Update April 9

Welcome to Stay Connected with Chescolibraries. The Libraries are closed until April 30. Please do not return library materials at this time. All due dates have been extended to May 5, and current overdue materials will not continue to accrue fines until we reopen. To apply for a library card, please visit our Library Card Help page. For help with eBooks and eAudiobooks and OverDrive/Libby, please visit our OverDrive Help page. For any other questions, please visit our Contact Us page.