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.

Harvard Health Letter – helpful and timely health articles

Did you know that we have the Harvard Health Letter on Flipster? This informative newsletter is full of helpful and timely health articles that keep you up to date on important issues.

In July’s issue, you will find COVID-specific articles on video calling to beat loneliness, living room workouts, an ask-the-doctor column as well as special section on learning new things from home.

It’s easy to access the Harvard Health Letter. Go to https://chescolibraries.org/downloads and scroll to Flipster to sign in with your library card.

PA CareerLink Chester County: Expanded Virtual Services and Selected On-Site Services Now Available by Appointment

PA CareerLink® Chester County has expanded virtual services for job seekers and employers and will now offer limited on-site services by appointment beginning Monday, July 6, 2020.

PA CareerLink® Chester County has provided essential virtual services for job seekers and employers since mid-March when statewide mitigation efforts began to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Moving to the green phase for COVID-19 has allowed some services to resume at the PA CareerLink® Chester County offices at the Oaklands Corporate Center, 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500 in Exton.

“We strongly encourage customers to continue using our virtual services – which include career counseling, job search and resume assistance, and on-the-job training programs,” said Butch Urban, PA CareerLink® Chester County Site Administrator. “But we are also now accepting appointments for limited on-site services, including use of the Computer Resource Center (CRC) for job search purposes paperwork completion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) programs, and on-site educational assessments.”

To schedule an appointment for limited on-site services and all other information, please contact the PA CareerLink® Chester County at 610-280-1010 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Specifically, the PA CareerLink® Chester County expanded services include:

Virtual Services

  • Adult education classes
  • All employer services
  • Career counseling
  • Eligibility determination for Workforce Innovation programs and service
  • Job search assistance
  • On-the-Job Training programs
  • Resume assistance
  • Virtual workshops
  • Youth Programming and work readiness services

Limited On-Site Services (Appointment Only)

  • Copying and faxing documents for unemployment compensation (UC) office
  • Employer services
  • Individual customer appointments to complete program paperwork for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs
  • On-site educational assessment

Use of the PA CareerLink® resource room for job search activity.

To protect the health and safety of all visitors and staff, and to continue following COVID-19 social distancing and mitigation recommendations, the Unemployment Compensation (UC) courtesy telephone will not be available in the PA CareerLink® office.

For regular UC questions:

  • Email uchelp@pa.gov
  • Call 888-313-7284 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • LiveChat (call 888-313-7284 for a secure 6-digit code) Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) questions:

  • Email ucpua@pa.gov
  • Call 855-284-8545 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

PA CareerLink® Chester County system is the one-stop shop for Chester County job seekers and employers. More information on their services, including information on local employment opportunities is available on their website.

Virtual Program: Virtual Stitch ‘n Time Needle Arts Group

Join us for the Stitch ‘n Time Needle Arts Group, Monday, July 13, 6:30 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Sometimes the most difficult part of any project is finding the time to work on it! Wouldn’t it be great to have a time set aside just to work on your project in the company of other like-minded people? Enjoy friendly tips, camaraderie and much needed time! Learn new skills or build on old ones. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, needle point, weave, quilt, sew or any of the other needle crafts, you are welcome to join the group!

Please register for the program: Monday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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.

Music Journaling

Genre-specific art journaling.

The hardest part about starting a journal is staring at a blank page and wondering how to fill it, so we’re here to help give you a little inspiration!  Last week, we talked about art journaling, so this week we bring to you an idea for a type of art journaling that many people follow: music journaling.

Music journaling is one of the easiest types of art journaling because there is so much visual content available out there for music lovers, from logos to album covers to merch to photographs to sheet music.  Think about what kind of music you like.  With classical music, there is tons of free sheet music that you could cut up and collage.  Or you could draw or paint creative representations of classical instruments.  With classic rock, there are album covers and funky fonts and splashes of dark or neon colors.

The big name in music journaling right now is K-Pop journaling.  K-Pop, or Korean Pop music, is music from South Korea that is currently sweeping across the United States, integrating itself into various aspects of online fandom culture as well as the more traditional media sources like television and radio, spearheaded in part by the massively popular group, BTS.  And fans of all ages have taken to expressing their love for this genre of music in many different ways, one of those ways being K-Pop journaling.  I have included a couple links below to videos of diarists creating K-Pop journals, but key features tend to be artist logos, photos of the artists, calligraphy, colorful stickers and decorations, and visual playlists of the artist’s songs as well as written memories from concerts attended.

So if you like art and music of any genre, try giving music journaling a go.

On a different note, if you like BTS, K-Pop, Korean Dramas, Korean culture, or any or all of the above, check out our new KClub!  We meet on Saturdays about once a month or so for two hours where we stream an episode of a K-Drama and then discuss and chat.


Resources & Inspiration:

16 Art Journal Prompt Ideas for Music Lovers” from ARTJOURNALIST

Starting a K-Pop Journal”, video by AmandaRachLee on YouTube

starting a new journal: my 6th kpop journal”, video by mihan. on YouTube

July 4 is National Hop-a-Park Day – nearby parks to visit

A view from Marsh Creek State Park

Saturday, July 4 is National Hop-a-Park Day. Take advantage of the warm weather and spend some time outdoors this holiday weekend. These local parks are open for visitors, so pack your sneakers, your masks, and maybe a blanket and book to read! Some COVID-19 restrictions and building closures may apply so be sure to check their websites for hours and additional information.

If you’re looking for smaller parks and trails, explore this partial list of township sites:

For additional information visit https://www.chesco.org/178/ParksAnd remember these COVID-19 requirements:

Virtual 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 July 25, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, we will be watching the pilot episode of “Live Up To Your Name”.  Part modern part historical drama, this show flips the typical K-Drama time travel trope on its head. Heo Im, a practitioner of traditional medicine from the Joseon period, falls into a river and comes up in modern day Seoul where he meets Choi Yeon-kyung, a cardiothoracic surgeon who only believes in modern medicine.

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.

Library Reopening Update

Per the Governor’s phased reopening plan, Chester County moved to the Green Phase on Friday, June 26. Although the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch remain closed to the public, we are now offering curbside pickup of holds. We are also preparing the buildings for reopening by moving furniture and workstations and designating traffic patterns to ensure social distancing. Please know that we are doing everything we can to help ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons, and we ask that you continue to be patient while we work toward reopening.

Please visit our July 2 Library Reopening Update on our website for a list of our current hours and services.

Virtual Hankin Whodunits Book Club – Thurs, July 16 at 1 pm

The Hankin Whodunits Book Club will meet via Zoom on Thursday, July 16 at 1:00 pm. We will discuss Force of Nature by Jane Harper. Learn more about this thrilling mystery below:


Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

Force of Nature bristles with wit; it crackles with suspense; it radiates atmosphere. An astonishing book from an astonishing writer.”
—A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window


Print copies of Force of Nature are on reserve at the Henrietta Hankin Branch. Register here to attend and arrange for curbisde pickup of a copy.

This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Rent & Mortgage Relief

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by COVID-19 can access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. The applications will be available by clicking on a red CARES banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) website at https://www.phfa.org/pacares/.

Renters can receive up to $750 a month, homeowners $1,000 a month, for six months, during the timeframe from March through November 2020.

Must provide documentation that income fell 30%, or documentation from applying for unemployment, and must fall below very generous income thresholds.

CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners:   Applications are available starting June 29.Completed applications can be submitted for review starting July 6.  

PHFA is partnering with organizations in all 67 counties to help process the large number of rent relief applications anticipated.
Bucks CountyBucks County Opportunity Council, 100 Doyle St., Doylestown, PA 18901
Chester CountyHousing Authority of the County of Chester, 30 W. Barnard St., Suite 2, West Chester, PA 19382
Delaware CountyDelaware County Human Services, 20 S. 69th St., Upper Darby, PA 19082
Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Department of Health and Human Services / Office of Housing and Community Development, P.O. Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311  

Renters and landlords Cares Rent Relief Program (RRP) at https://www.phfa.org/pacares/rent.aspx. Renters will submit their applications and supporting paperwork to the partner organization in their county for review.  

Homeowners CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP) at https://www.phfa.org/pacares/mortgage.aspx  

Homeowners seeking help with payment of past-due mortgage will apply directly to PHFA: online, orprint and mail to the agency.   The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million, and $25 million was set aside for mortgage assistance.  

The PHFA call center will be open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to answer questions about the programs, at 1-855-U-Are-Home (827-3466). Listen for the prompt mentioning CARES assistance for renters and homeowners.   The county organizations to which CARES applications are submitted will also have webpages offering useful information. 

CARES funding for renters and homeowners must be completely distributed by Nov. 30, 2020, although it is expected the assistance will be exhausted before the deadline.

The PHFA works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs.