Virtual Program: Folklore and Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast

Join us for Folklore and Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast, Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

An informative musical and historical program with original and documented songs of this region during the early 1900’s, highlighting the everyday struggles and life of the European coal miner in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Songs sung by miners are performed as well as songs about more contemporary issues such as “The Fires of Centralia” documenting the 50 year old coal fire that burns there to this day. To emulate the mining musicians of the region, Jay Smar sings, fiddles, and flat-foot clog-dances simultaneously to highlight the end of the program.

Please register for the program: Thursday, November 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.

This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

Virtual Hankin Whodunits Mystery Book Club – Wednesday, November 18

The Hankin Whodunits Mystery Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18 at 1 pm to discuss The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian.

Join us as we discuss this exciting thriller mystery, soon to be an HBO series, premiering November 26. You can watch the trailer here.

What’s it about?

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home – Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

Copies of The Flight Attendant are available at the Henrietta Hankin Branch Circulation Desk. You can also reserve a print copy to pick up at a different library here.

Register here to join the fun! This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

New virtual program: Making Your Money Last – Wed Oct 28 at 6 pm

Have you retired recently? Are you planning to retire soon? Sign up for Making Your Money Last, Wednesday, October 28 at 6 pm.

This virtual presentation discusses ideas to help build a reasonable and sustainable strategy for managing income and expenses during retirement. We’ll explore how to address key concerns such as inflation, health care expenses and market volatility as well as ways to prepare for things that may not go as expected. Provided by Edward Jones.

Click here to register. This program supports PA Forward Financial Literacy.

Virtual Program: November Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our November 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, November 2, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving leftovers

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, November 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, November 18, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Registration is required for all book groups. Registration will close 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: November Yoga Series- Vinyasa Flow

Join us for November Yoga Series- Vinyasa Flow, Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join Yoga instructor Heather from 2 Crows and a Raven Yoga for a November of Vinyasa Flow sessions. Participate in one or more of the classes. This is a practice that combines movement with breath, where the transition between each posture aligns seamlessly with the pace and strength of your breath. Traditional yoga asanas (postures) are utilized to form a flow that is unique to each time that you practice. The sequence often has a focusing posture that all preceding postures lead up to, helping you achieve the focus posture.

Please register for the program (for one or more dates):

Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24, 7:30 p.m – 8:30 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.

This program supports the PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative.

November 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 November 21, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, we will be watching the pilot episode of “Reply 1988.”  A must-see for anyone delving into the world of K-Dramas, “Reply 1988” is set during the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, which brought the developing city into the world’s spotlight, and revolves around the lives of five friends from the same neighborhood in Seoul as they grow up, get into mischief, and experience the influx of pop culture from around the world.  For an excellent article on this show, see this post from The New Yorker.

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.

PaLA Elected Official of the Year

Pictured above from left to right: JoAnn Weinberger, Vice President, Chester County Library System Board of Trustees; Pennsylvania State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, 156th Legislative District; Carrie Sturgill, Awards Committee, Pennsylvania Library Association; Joseph Sherwood, Executive Director, Chester County Library System

Congratulations to Pennsylvania State Representative Carolyn Comitta, 156th Legislative District, for being named Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Elected Official of the Year!

“Representative Carolyn Comitta has been an enthusiastic library supporter, speaking passionately on behalf of the value of public libraries and the role they play in the everyday life of Pennsylvania’s residents throughout her political career,” said Kimberley Hravnik, Chair of the Pennsylvania Library Association Legislative Committee. “The libraries of Chester County, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, are fortunate to have a staunch ally in Representative Comitta.”

For more information, please read the announcement from the Pennsylvania Library Association: https://www.palibraries.org/blogpost/1652016/357781/Elected-Official-of-the-Year-Named–Representative-Carolyn-Comitta

CCLS/CCL Board Meeting

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, October 27 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.

Guess the Print: Halloween Edition

Join us on Monday, October 26 at 2:00pm on Facebook Live to guess what we’re printing on the 3D printer. Leave your guesses in the comments of the live stream, and the first person to guess correctly will win both the item and a gift card. Pick up your prizes by Halloween at the Jacobs Technology Center, located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Hints: The print is Halloween themed and will take around 30 minutes to fully print.

Check out our 3D printer & other tech –> https://bit.ly/3jGf3N3

Request your own print –> https://bit.ly/3jGUOyy

Ask Your Representatives to Reopen the PA Budget to Fund Libraries

Currently, the 2021 Budget is funding PA Libraries at 5/12 of last year’s funding.

What are the major impacts?

  • Chester County Library and the 16 member libraries of the Chester County Library System will have fewer hours open, fewer materials for the public, and fewer services.
  • Loss of databases to support businesses, job seekers, language learners and students
  • Loss of e-book funding which are critical to students pre-K through college
  • Loss of museum passes
  • Loss of the new library app, curbside pickup and program calendar software
  • Computers that are leased will need to be returned, reducing the computer resources available to the public

This decrease in funding will severely and negatively impact our services and programs. More importantly, sufficient funding of libraries is imperative for keeping communities employed, educated, and engaged. The current funding is a loss of over $250,000 for the Chester County Library & Henrietta Hankin Branch Library.

Contact your representatives by:

  • Picking up a letter to mail at the Reference desk OR
  • Texting SIGN PPFWDN to 50409 to contact your representatives.

If you have any questions about how to contact your legislators, please contact the Chester County Library Reference Desk at 610-344-5957 or ref@ccls.org. Thank you for supporting your local library!