The Library Lowdown


By Savannah Gilbert
Library Director

“In December ring every day the chimes; Loud the gleeman sing in the streets their merry rhymes. Let us by the fire every higher; Sing them till the night expire!”

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

News from the
Chester County Library

Library Events
MONTH OF DECEMBER – Book Sale! We have lots of Christian fiction and nonfiction, adult fiction books, young adult books, and children’s easy readers and chapter books.
Thursday, December 2 – Closing at 4:30 p.m. for the Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade
Tuesday, December 7 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: Pearl Harbor Activity: Create paper airplanes.
Thursday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. – Book Club for Adults: “Discussion of The Autobiography of Santa Clause” by Jeff Guinn (2006). Meeting is available in person or virtually.
Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m. – Word Weavers
Tuesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: Winter Activity: Paper Snow Globes
Tuesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board – Meeting date revised due to the holidays.
Wednesday, December 15 – All day come and go event – while supplies last. Annual Ornament Painting Event – Children, adults, and families are welcome to stop by and paint an ornament to take home!
Tuesday, December 21 at10 a.m. – Story Time Christmas Party Activity: Popsicle Stick Reindeer Photo Frame
Wednesday December 22 – Closing at 12:30 p.m. in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Thursday, December 23 – Closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Friday, December 24 – Closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Saturday, December 25 – Closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Tuesday, December 28 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: New Years
Thursday, December 30 – Closing at 3:30 p.m. in observance of New Years holiday.
Friday, December 31 – Closed in observance of New Years holiday.
Saturday, January 1 – Closed in observance of New Years holiday.
High School Book Club
The Chester County Library is starting a High School Book Club which will begin in February of 2022. Meetings will occur on the first Thursday of each month during February, March, and April at 3:30 p.m. Meetings will be held in the conference room of the library, but there will also be a virtual meeting option for those who are uncomfortable with meeting in person, are sick, or unable to attend for any reason in person. High school students in the Chester County public schools or homeschooled are welcome to join. To sign up, please complete the form in the link provided or call the library. Books are provided at no cost courtesy of a grant from Southwest Electric. Visit:
February 3, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.: “The Astonishing Colors of After” by Emily Pan
March 3, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.: “Ashlords” by Scott Reintgen
April 7, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. “Beastars” Volume 1 by Paru Itagaki
Book Club for Adults
The Chester County Adult Book Club resumed meetings in September. Meetings occur each second Thursday of the month and will be available in person or virtually! If you are interested in joining the adult book club, please complete our online registration form at the link below. Those who do not have internet, let a staff member know that you would like to complete the adult book club registration link. Register online at
Upcoming Book Discussions
December Book: “The Autobiography of Santa Clause” by Jeff Guinn (2006)
January Book: “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig (2020)
Board Meeting Summary
During the most recent library board meeting, which took place at the library on November 18, 2021, the library board made some changes to our policies and procedures. A full listing of the board minutes and our policies can be found on our website: A summary can be found below. Please know that no one in the library desires to have to utilize this policy. This policy has been created in an effort to keep materials in good/working condition, our building in a clean and organized manner, and for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and patrons.
Effective Monday, November 22, 2021, there is a misconduct clause in the library policy which addresses three main points; hotspots being returned in the dropbox, misconduct of any form within the library, and materials being returned in poor condition needing to be replaced.
Hotspot Changes: All hotspot users will be required to sign a new and updated contract which includes the misconduct in the library hotspot policy. In summary, if a hotspot is returned in the dropbox, the first offense will result in a 14 business day ban from being put back on the hotspot waiting list. A second offense will be a 28 business day ban, and the third offense will be a one year ban.
Misconduct in the Library: Cursing at library staff members will be considered zero tolerance. Acts such as not following any library policies and/or rules, staff member requests to patrons, disturbances and intentional misplacement of items in the library or on library shelves, vandalism, theft of any library property, etc., will result in a verbal warning. After a verbal warning, the first written warning will result in a 14 business day ban from all library privileges, the second written warning in a 28 business day ban from all library privileges, and the third warning a patron will be required to go before the library board to determine appropriate time length of ban due to actions by the patron.
Materials returned in poor condition: This policy addresses materials that are returned in poor condition and especially materials that are returned in a condition where we are unable to check the item out to another patron. If this occurs, patrons will be required to pay to replace the item. No other materials can be checked out until the item(s) are paid for.
December 2021 Book Sale
The WTH Foundation, Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place during the month of December. We have weeded our collection, and we have many Christian fiction materials, Inspirational/Christian non-fiction materials, young adult books, children’s easy readers, juvenile chapter books, as well as some DVDs and a lot of adult fiction.
Prices are $3 for a bag of books (only books) – bag will be supplied by the library; Hardback books – 50 cents; Paperback books – 25 cents; Audio books – $2; CDs and DVDs – $1 each; VHS Tapes – free; TV Series – (2 of fewer discs) $2; TV Series – (3 or more discs) $3
We also have misc. computer cords, keyboards, some printer toner/ink, and mice for sale! Cash or check accepted only.
New Books
Adult Non-Fiction: “Strength for Each Day” by Joyce Meyer, “The Light of Days” by Judy Batallion, “Our National Forests” by Greg M. Peters, “Surviving Dirty John” by Debra Newell, “The Big Book of Jo’s Quick & Easy Meals” by Joanna Cismaru, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy” by Ree Drummond, “The Great Outdoors Cookbook,” “Killing the Mob” by Bill O’Reilly, “The Age of A.I. and Our Human Future” by Henry A. Kissinger/Eric Schmidt/Daniel Huttenlocker, “American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000” by Peter Vronsky, “Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1989 and the Rise of White Supremacy” by David Zucchino, “Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be An Ally” by Emily Ladau, “Do It Again: Embracing Courage in the Face of Fear” by Joyce Meyer, “ACT Advanced: Targeted Prep & Practice for Hardest ACT Question Types” by The Princeton Reviews, “Financial Security for Dummies” by Eric Tyson, “Polyface Designs: A Comprehensive Construction Guide for Scalable Farming Infrastructure” by Joel Salatin and Chris Slattery
Adult Biography: “Palau: A Life on Fire” by Luis Palau, “Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me” by Jamie Foxx
Adult Fiction: “Evil Never Sings” by local author John D. Harris, “Plank Brothers” by local author Eric L. Taylor, “The Jealousy Man” by Jo Nesbo, “Once in a Lifetime” by Mary Monroe, “The Nanny’s Amish Family” by Patricia Johns, “The Other Emily” by Dean Koontz, “The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly, “Survive the Night” by Riley Sager, “The Wish Book Christmas” by Lynn Austin, “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles, “Mercy” by David Baldacci, “Secret Santa” by Andrew Shaffer, “The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba” by Chanel Cleeton, “Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight” by Janet Evanovich, “Yoga Pant Nation” by Laurie Gelman, “The Good Lie” by A.R. Torre, “The Devil May Dance” by Jake Tapper, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” by Mitch Albom, “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks, “The Burning” by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman, “The Spires” by Kate Moretti, “The Collector’s Daughter” by Gill Paul, “The Butler” by Danielle Steel, “The Hellfire Club” by Jake Tapper, “The Road Trip” by Beth O’Leary, “A Season on the Wind” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, “The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell, “Forgotten in Death” by JD Robb, “When We Left Cuba” by Chanel Cleeton, “Perestroika in Paris” by Jane Smiley, “Freedom’s Light” by Colleen Coble, “The Jam and Jelly Nook” by Amy Clipston, “Matched and Married” by Kathleen Fuller, “Waiting on Love” by Tracie Peterson, “Dark Roads” by Chevy Stevens, “”Robert B. Parker’s Stone’s Throw” by Mike Lupica, “Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke, “A Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny, “Local Woman Missing” by Mary Kubica, “The Man Who Died Twice” by Richard Osman, “Foul Play” by Stuart Woods, “Sustaining Faith” by Janette Oke, “The Santa Suit” by Mary Kay Andrews, “Cul-de-sac” by Joy Fielding, “Under the Bayou Moon” by Valerie Fraser Luesse, “Beyond the Tides” by Liz Johnson, “High Stakes” by Iris Johansen, “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead, “When Ghosts Come Home” by Wiley Cash, “The Third Grave” by Lisa Jackson, “The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller, “Tom Clancy’s Target Acquired” by Don Bentley, “Another Kind of Eden” by James Lee Burke, “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins, “A Line to Kill” by Anthony Horowitz, “Dream Girl” by Laura Lippman, “The Shadow Box” by Luanne Rice, “A Distant Shore” by Karen Kingsbury, “A Novel of the Battle of Midway: The Eagle’s Claw” by Jeff Shaara, “Dear Santa” by Debbie Macomber, “Love’s Dwelling” by Kelly Irvin, “Tom Clancy’s Chain of Command” (#21) by Marc Cameron, “Stop At Nothing” by Michael Ledwidge, “Moon Lake” by Joe R. Lansdale, “The Unknown: Krewe of Hunters” by Heather Graham, “Unknown Threat” by Lynn H. Blackburn, “Woman in Shadow” by Carrie Stuart Parks, “Three Sisters” by Heather Morris, “Never” by Ken Follett, “Run for Cover” by Michael Ledwidge, “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr, “Dark Tarot” by Christine Feehan, “Freedom’s Song” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, “State of Terror” by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Game On: Tempting Twenty Eight” by Janet Evanovich, “Over my Dead Body” by Jeffrey Archer, “Against the Loveless World” by Susan Abulhawa, “The Last Daughter of York” by Nicola Cornick, “Return to Sweetheart Lake” by Evelyn Jordan, “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich, “The Thanksgiving Program” by Hannah Miller
Adult Graphic Novels: “Ayn Rand’s Anthem”
Adult Audiobooks: “A Conspiracy of Bones” by Kathy Reichs, “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier, “The Guilty” by David Baldacci, “Revival” by Stephen King, “The Jungle” by Clive Cussler, “Woman of God” by James Patterson, “Sail” by James Patterson, “What the Night Knows” by Dean Koontz, “Devoted” by Dean Koontz, “Depraved Heart” by Patricia Cornwell, “Chaos” by Patricia Cornwell, “I Alex Cross” by James Patterson, “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts, “A Grown Up Kind of Pretty” by Joshilyn Jackson, “Step on a Crack” by Michael Ledwidge, “Extreme Prey” by John Sandford, “The Words of Martin Luther King Jr.”
DVDs: “The Grudge,” “Crawl,” “Amityville Mt. Misery Road,” “Curse of the Scarecrow,” “The Last Full Measure,” “Black Mass,” “Child of God,” “The Secret Scripture,” “Elvix & Nixon,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Magic Mike,” “My Little Pony Trick or Treat,” “Real Murders: An Aurora Tea Garden Mystery,” “Aloha,” “Blended”
Children’s Learning Kits: “LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit,” “3Doodler Create+ Pen (3d pen)”
Spanish Easy Readers: “Lucero” by Yuyi Morales
Children’s Easy Readers: “Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion” by Stephen W. Martin, “CoComelon: Hello New Friend!,” “Any Time Any Place Any Prayer” by Laura Wifler, “The Friend Who Forgives” by Dan Dewitt, “Who Would Win? Extreme Animal Rumble” by Jerry Pallotta, “A House” by Kevin Henkes, “The Cat Man of Aleppo” by Irene Latham, “Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge” by Raul the Third, “Rubylicious” by Victoria Kann, “Something Happened in Our Town” by Marianne Celano, “See the Cat” by David LaRochelle, “Stanley’s Lunch Box” by William Bee, “Bad Kitty Searching for Santa” by Nick Bruel, “Stir Crack Whisk Bake” by Maddie Frost, “See the Dog” by David LaRochelle, “Tag Team” by Raul the Third, “Training Day” by Raul the Third, “Who Would Win: Ultimate Reptile Rumble” by Jerry Pallotta, “Our Table” by Peter Reynolds, “T is for Thanks” by Melinda Rathjen, “12 Days of Princess” by Holly Rice, “A Unicorn Named Sparked and the Pumpkin Monster,” “Paw Patrol: Let’s Be Thankful,” “Trolls: Happy Trollsgiving,” “The Bear in My Family” by Maya Tatsukawa, “The Smart Cookie” by John Jory, “Bright Star” by Yuyi Morales, “Gladys the Magic Chicken” by Adam Rubin, “Grandude’s Green Submarine,” “The Runaway Pea” by Kjartan Poskitt, “Who Would Win? Extreme Animal Rumble” by Jerry Pallotta, “The Happy Pumpkin,” “Cookie Boo,” “The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross” by Carl Laferton, “God is Giving” by Amy Parker, “The Book of Rules” by Brian Gehrlein, “Jesus and the Very Big Surprise: A True Story About Jesus, His Return, and How to Be Ready” by Randall Goodgame, “Run, Turkey, Run” by Mare Robbins, “Blue Thanksgiving: The Story of a Police Family’s Thanksgiving” by Donna Miele, “Paw Patrol Happy Hanukah, Pups”
Juvenile Fiction: “Frankie & Bug” by Gaye Forman, “Ranger’s Apprentice: The Royal Ranger: Escape from Falaise” by John Flanagan, “Dragon Masters: Heat of the Lava Dragon” by Tracey West, “Wild Survival: Crocodile Rescue” by Melissa Cristina Marquez, “Daughter of the Deep” by Rick Riordan, “Franklin Endicott and the Third Key” by Kate DiCamillo, “Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem” by Kate DiCamillo, “Pony” by R.J. Palacio, “Judy Moody in a Monday Mood” by Megan McDonald, “Amelia Bedelia & Friends Blast Off” by Herman Parish, “Willodeen” by Katherine Applegate, “Weird Kid” by Greg Van Eekhout, “Pixie Tricks: The Greedy Gremlin” by Tracey West, “The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities” by Rick Riordan, “Katt vs Dogg” by James Patterson, “Itty Bitty Princess Kitty: The Newest Princess / The Royal Ball / The Puppy Prince / Star Showers” by Melody Mews, “Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers” by Brandon Mull, “Orphan Eleven” by Gennifer Choldenko, “The Secret Explorers and the Plant Poachers” by SJ King, “The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende, “The Last Kids on Earth and the Doomsday Race” by Max Brallier, “Inside Out & Back Again” by Thanhha Lai, “Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows” by Asia Citro, “Wingfeather Tales” by Andrew Peterson, “Minecraft Mob Squad” by Delilah Dawson, “A Tale of Sorcery” by Chris Colfer, “Dragonwatch: Legend of the Dragon Slayer” by Brandon Mull, “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker, “Pax Journey Home” by Sara Pennypacker, “The Wingfeather Saga: The Monster in the Hollows #3” by Andrew Peterson, “Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life” by Suzanne Nelson
Juvenile Non-Fiction: “History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics,” “Avatar The Last Airbender: The Official Cookbook,” “Honeybee,” “Delish Kids Cookbook,” “Stamped (for kids)” by Jason Reynolds
Juvenile Graphic Novels: “Catwad: Your’re Making Me Six” by Jim Benton, “The Bad Guys in They’re Bee-Hind You!” by Aaron Blabey, “Cranky Chicken” by Katerine Battersby, “Land of Stories: Goldilocks Wanted Dead or Alive” by Chris Colfer, “I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001,” “Sheets and Delicates” by Breanna Thummler, “Friends Forever” by Shannon Hale, “Absolutely Nat” by Maria Scrivan, “Big Nate Aloha” by Lincoln Peirce, “Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth” by Judd Winick, “The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy and the Snobs,” “Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness,” “The Tea Dragon Festival,” “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Cold War Correspondent,” “The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Part 2,” “Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn”
Young Adult: “All of Us Villains” by Amanda Foody, “Miss Peregrine: The Desolation of Devil’s Acre” by Ransom Riggs, “Flash Fire” by TJ Klune, “Kneel” by Candace Buford, “The Poison Heart” by Kalynn Bayron, “Tokyo Ever After” by Emiko Jean, “Villains: The Beast Within” by Serena Valentino, “Any Sign of Life” by Rae Carson, “Becoming (Adapted for Young Readers)” by Michelle Obama, “Gilded” by Marissa Meyer, “Bluebird” by Shannon Cameron, “You’ve Reached Sam” by Dustin Thao, “Sidelined” by Kara Bietz, “Apple: Skin to the Core” by Eric Gansworth
Young Adult Graphic Novels: “The Sprite and the Gardener” by Rii Abrego, “Lumberjanes #11: Time After Crime” by Shannon Watters, “My Hero Academia Vigilantes #5,” “The Apothecary Diaries #1,” “Evil Thing” by Serna Valentino
Materials Received from Hatchie River Regional Library
Children’s/Young Adult: “The Boxcar Children: The Power Down Mystery” by Gertrude Chandler Warner, “The Never Girls: The Space Between” by Kiki Thorpe, “The Never Girls: In a Blink” by Kiki Thorpe, “The Boxcar Children: The Khipu and the Final Key” by Gertrude Chandler Warner, “D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths,” “Benjamin Banneker Biography,” “No Time to Lose” by Geronimo Stilton, “American Dog: Brave” by Jennifer Li Shotz, “Dog Diaries” by James Patterson, “Trip to the Pumpkin Farm” by Rebecca Elliott, “To Protect and Serve” by Frank Berrios, “To Protect and Serve” by Natasha Bouchard, “Batman: The Joker’s Ice Scream,” “Lego: Shark Attack!,” “Marley Learns a Lesson,” “Lego: Disney Princess: Lost and Found,” “Star Wars: Journey Through Space,” “Black Panther: On the Prowl,” “Superman: Giant Attack, Cars: Go, Go, GO!,” “Barbie in Princess Power: Saving the Day!,” “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” “COCO: Miguel’s Music,” “Batman: The Penguin’s Artic Adventure,” “Dora Climbs Star Mountain,” “Dora’s Big Day,” “How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace,” “A Reindeer’s World,” “Builder Brothers: Big Plans,” “A Trip to the Dentist,” “National Geographic Kids: Awesome Animals,” “Animal Scavengers: Jackals,” “A Colony of Ants and Other Insect Groups,” “Solar System 3D Explorer,” “Money Math: Addition and Subtraction,” “The Thanksgiving Door,” “Flannel Kisses”
DVD: “The Cat in the Hat: Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day,” “Regal Academy: Rose Cinderella in Fairy Tale Land,” “Noah,” “Elana of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember,” “Leap Frog Letter Factory: Amazing Word Explorers,” “The Nativity Story,” “Leap!,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “World Trade Center,” “A Cat in Paris,” “Lion Guard: Life in the Pride Lands,” “Over the Hedge,” “Veggie Tales: Sumo of the Opera,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Baywatch,” “Underground Season 1”