Farewell to Chester County Library & Henrietta Hankin Branch Director, Marguerite Dube

Marguerite Dube, Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Director

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!

April 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 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.

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.

March 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 March 28, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, we will be watching the pilot episode of “Vincenzo.”  A black comedy crime drama, “Vincenzo” follows the character of Park Joo-Hyung – renamed Vincenzo Cassano after being adopted by the head of the Italian mafia at the age of eight – as he tries to escape warring mafia factions and make his fortune in South Korea after the death of his adoptive father.

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.

Virtual Program: April Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our April 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, April 5, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, April 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Check Please! Book 1 #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

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.


TED Talks discussion on creativity and resilience via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23

Join us on Tuesday, March 23 at 3:00 pm via Zoom for a community discussion of TED Talks on creativity and resilience.

This month’s talks are: “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative” by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “How to Build Your Creative Confidence” by David Kelley, and “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything” by Shonda Rhimes. Watch these videos at ted.com and bring your thoughts to share!

Haven’t heard of TED Talks before? TED Talks are “short, powerful talks…that cover almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 110 languages.” TED is a nonprofit with a “global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. [TED] believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

Registration is required. This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Virtual Program: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night

Join us for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptors by Day, Raptors by Night, Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A Hawk Mountain Sanctuary educator will discuss HMS history, raptor identification and migration information.  Compare the characteristics of daytime and nighttime raptors; discover the specific adaptations that make them successful. Meet a live education raptor up-close.

Please register for the program: Wednesday, March 24, 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.

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, March 16 to join the Chester County Library System Board Meeting. The Chester County Library Board Meeting will immediately follow.

Hankin Whodunits to meet via Zoom Wednesday, March 17

The Hankin Whodunits Mystery Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, March 17 at 1 pm to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This classic Sherlock Holmes mystery is the third of four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first appeared in 1901 as a serial in The Strand Magazine.

In this story, wealthy landowner Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the parkland surrounding his manor. It seems he died of a heart attack, but the footprints of a huge dog are found near his body, and Holmes must unravel the mystery and ensure the safety of Baskerville’s heir amid rumors of an other-worldly creature haunting the moor – an enormous hound with glowing eyes and jaw.

Registration is required. Copies are on reserve at the Henrietta Hankin Branch. Or visit our catalog here to place a hold in print, large type, CD and DVD formats. Click here to reserve eBook and eAudiobook formats.

This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Virtual Program: March Adult Book Groups

We are holding our existing adult book groups as virtual programs. Please see our March 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, March 1, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Educated by Tara Westover

Page Turners Book Group
Thursday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Comics Unbound Group
Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Whodunits Book Group
Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, March 17, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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.