Saturday, February 15, 2014

Visit with Jen Bryant!

In honor of Black History Month, local author Jen Bryant will discuss A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, 2014 Winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award. Horace Pippin was a self-taught African American painter who was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Please join us on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2 pm for this wonderful event. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. You can register for this event by clicking here or on our website See you there!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Summer Reading 2013!

Did you read for 70 days? Did you get a lawn sign to show everyone in your community that you are are an amazing reader?

We would love to see a picture of you and your lawn sign! Did you put it in your yard? The family Room? Your window?

Post a picture in the response area of this blog or post it to the Chester County Library Facebook page.

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 7, 2013

READ ACROSS the USA - National Parks

READ ACROSS the USA is visiting the US National Parks!

Have you ever visited Yellowstone National Park? or Denali National Park in Alaska? Do you dream of seeing manatees in Everglades National Park or whales at Acadia National Park in Maine?

If you are interested in reading mysteries set in national parks across the country, The National Parks Mysteries Series by Gloria Skurzynski may be just what you are looking for! There are 13 books in the series with a location for everyone. Here are just a few favorites. Click on the book cover to see which library has the book on the shelf, or to place a hold. Pick one up at your library today!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What State are You Reading About?

READ ACROSS the USA is happening at the Chester County Library! Come in any time and ask at the Youth Services Desk for a folder. One of the great resources you will receive when you pick up your materials is a list of 50 states (and the District of Columbia) and a book that takes place in each state. You will also have a place to record your reading choices by state.

In addition, here is another list of books by state to choose from. Interested in a book on this list? Just click on the title and you can check the library catalog to see which libraries it is available at or to place a hold. While not all states are represented in this extra list, at the library we have lots of great suggestions!

Happy Reading!

Alaska: Black Star,Bright Dawn by Scott O’Dell         
Alaska: Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse
Arizona: Skinnybones by Barbara Park
California: And CondorsDanced by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
California: Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
Washington, D.C.: Saving Grace by Priscilla Cummings
Florida: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Flush by Carl Hiaasen 
Florida: Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Florida: Stat: Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire
Georgia: Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi
Hawaii: Under theBlood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
Hawaii: Calvin Coconut (series) by Graham Salisbury
Idaho: Firestorm by Jean Craighead George
Illinois: A LongWay from Chicago by Richard Peck
Louisiana: My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt
Louisiana: Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Maine: The Penderwicks of Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
Maryland: Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach
Massachusetts: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Michigan: The Danger Box by Blue Balliet
Minnesota: Chickadee by Louise Erdrich
Minnesota: Betsy Tacy (series) by Maud Hart Lovelace
Mississippi: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Mississippi: The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles
Missouri: Dying Sun by Gary L. Blackwood
Nebraska: Worth by A. LaFaye
Nebraska: Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
Nevada: Runaways by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
New Hampshire: Moon Window by Jane Louise Curry
North Dakota: Jakarta Missing by Jane Kurtz
North Dakota: Last Child by Michael Spooner
Ohio: The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
Oklahoma: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Pennsylvania: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Pennsylvania: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
South Carolina: The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor
Tennessee: Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
Tennessee: Night of the Black Bear by Gloria Skurzynski
Texas: Keeper by Kathi Appelt
Texas: The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Utah: Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams
Vermont: The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Patterson
Virginia: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
Washington: Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden
West Virginia: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Wisconsin: The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith
Wisconsin: Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder
Wyoming: Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

Remember, parents are the best judge of what their child should be reading. The books on this list are suggestions only. Not all books will be appropriate for all readers.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Chester County Library is calling all children third grade and up to READ ACROSS the USA!

Join us on Friday, September 13th from 3-5 pm or Saturday, September 14th from 2-4 pm for our kick off event. No registration required! Come make a few arts and crafts and pick up your information packet.

READ ACROSS the USA is a self-directed reading challenge created by the Chester County Library Youth Services Department. Readers in grade 3 and up are invited to participate along with their families and friends.

READ ACROSS the USA encourages readers to choose juvenile fiction books that are set in specific states across the country. Choose a book based on a state you have visited, would like to visit, or just because the cover or summary look interesting! The library has suggestions for each state or you can find your own book. Record your reading and see how many different states you visit in the books you read this year.

Need help finding a book? Use the library catalog. Use the pull down buttons to narrow your search. Choose a state and add juvenile fiction. If you are looking for books set in Pennsylvania, your search may look like this:
SEARCH: Subject (Pennsylvania Juvenile Fiction) Children's Collections

After September 16th, check this blog, the Chester County Library Children's Blog for additional reading suggestions.

Happy Reading!

**credit for the inspiration of this program goes to Epic Reads and their The United States of YA blog posting. Their great idea inspired this juvenile fiction version. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kindergarten Here I Come

Registration is ongoing for all fall storytimes at the Chester County Library, sign up today!

In addition to preschool storytimes here is a program for those kindergarten age children.

Kindergarten Here I Come - Storytime plus for 5 and 6 year olds.
   Tuesdays 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm             Sept 10 to Oct 8
   Wednesdays 10:45 am to 11:30 am     Sept 11 to Oct 9

To register online:>Find an Event>Chester County Library>September>Kindergarten Here I Come (Sept 10 or 11) and register for the day/time that you want to attend.

I hope to see your family at the storytime!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Story Time Registration is TOMORROW - August 27th!!!

Story time registration begins ONLINE on Tuesday, August 27
at 9:30 a.m. ALL registration is online. Here are some of the
children's programs the Chester County Library is offering for the fall.

Acorns Storytime for One Year Olds
  Mondays 9:15 am to 9:45 am           Sept 9 to Oct 7
  Mondays 10 am to 10:30 am            Sept 9 to Oct 7
  Tuesdays 10:45 am to 11:15 am       Sept 10 to Oct 8
To register online:>Find and Event>Chester County Library>Preschool>September>Acorns Storytime (Sept 9 or 10)
     and register for the day/time you want to attend.

Sprouts Storytime for Two Year Olds
  Tuesdays 9:15 am to 9:45 am           Sept 10 to Oct 8
  Tuesdays 10 am to 10:30 am            Sept 10 to Oct 8
  Wednesdays 9:15 am to 9:45 am      Sept 11 to Oct 9
  Wednesdays 10 am to 10:30 am       Sept 11 to Oct 9
To register online:>Find and Event>Chester County Library>Preschool>September>Sprouts Storytime (Sept 10 or 11)
     and register for the day/time you want to attend.

Seedlings Storytime for Three Year Olds
  Mondays 1:30 pm to 2 pm                Sept 9 to Oct 7
  Thursdays 9:15 am to 9:45 am         Sept 12 to Oct 10
  Thursdays 10 am to 10:30 am          Sept 12 to Oct 10
To register online:>Find and Event>Chester County Library>Preschool>September>Seedlings Storytime (Sept 9 or 12)
     and register for the day/time you want to attend.

Saplings Storytime for Four Year Olds
  Wednesdays 1:30 pm to 2 pm           Sept 11 to Oct 9
  Thursdays 10:45 am to 11:15 am      Sept 12 to Oct 10
To register online:>Find and Event>Chester County Library>Preschool>September>Saplings Storytime (Sept 11 or 12)
     and register for the day/time you want to attend.

Raise A Reader - A free four-week program for children 0-11 months and their caregiver.
  Thursdays 10 am to 10:30 am           Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3
  Thursdays 10:45 am to 11:15 am      Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3
To register online:>Find and Event>Chester County Library>Preschool>September>Raise a Reader (Sept 12)
     and register for the time you want to attend.

Play and Learn: Parent/Child Workshop - a free four week session for parents and their children ages 18-36 months. 
  Mondays 9:30 am to 10:45 am          Sept 9, 16, 23, 30
To register online:>Find and Event>Chester County Library>Preschool>September>Play and Learn (Sept 9)
     and fill in your information.

For questions please call the Chester County Library Youth Services Department at 610-280-2630.