The Library Lowdown

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A Publication of the Chester County Library
By Savannah Gilbert
Library Director

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived,
cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”

  • J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Library Events
Saturday, Nov. 13 – 10 a.m. – Word Weavers
Tuesday, Nov. 16 – 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: World Nursery Rhyme Week Activity: Itsy Bitsy Spider Hand Puppets
Wednesday, Nov. 17 – 3:30 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board– For teens aged 12 –17. Meeting available virtually or in person at the library
Thursday, Nov. 18 – 5 p.m. – Library Board Meeting – Conference room of the library
Tuesday, Nov. 23 – 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: Thanksgiving Activity: Turkey Magnet
Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 12:30 p.m. – Saturday, Nov. 27 – CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Tuesday, Nov. 30 – 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: STEAM Activity: Create Your Own Lava Lamp
Book Club for Adults
Meetings occur the second Thursday of the month and will be available in person or virtually. Those interested in joining the adult book club should complete the online registration form at the link below. If you do not have internet, let a staff member know that you would like to complete the adult book club registration link. Many options are available for obtaining the book. Register at:
November Book: The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary (2021)
December Book: The Autobiography of Santa Clause by Jeff Guinn (1994)
January Book: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (2020)
Teen Advisory Board
What is TAB? TAB (Teen Advisory Board) is a group of teens aged 12 –17 that enjoy reading and/or using the library. What do they do? Teens sit down with the library director monthly and discuss what kinds of programs, books, DVDs, and audiobooks that they would like to see at our library. At each meeting we also have an activity. Some of the activities so far have been origami bookmarks, a library scavenger hunt, and trying new foods like kimchi ramen noodles. As our group grows, we will hold an election and elect a president/vice president/treasurer-secretary. The TAB will have the opportunity in the future to hold fundraisers as well. Where do they meet? In the conference room of the library. Meetings are also available virtually. Visit our events calendar on our website ( for virtual meeting information.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
Thursday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, January 27 at 3:30 p.m. Dates for November and December are not the fourth Thursday due to holidays
Changes to Our Website
Thanks to Lori Reeves with BrandStrength, located in Jackson, the Chester County Library Website has received a facelift! Our new website address is: We would like to take this time to highlight some of the changes that will really benefit you!
• Increased usability– the website is easier to navigate, page titles are clearer, and font is bigger and designed to be easier to read for all.
• Forms to Request Services– We now have some forms available that you can complete to request services. Some of the forms available are book club sign ups, recommend materials for the library to purchase, request a mystery bag of books, sign up for technology classes, or recommend a training you would like to see the library offer.
• We have a page dedicated to recordings of several of the trainings that the library has offered. If you would like to view these in the library, please call us to schedule a computer to be reserved specifically for you to view the training videos.
• Our online catalog can quickly and easily be accessed. We also have a short tutorial video (three minutes) and a more detailed tutorial video (15 minutes) to help you get started with our catalog! You can request/put your name on the list for items, search our catalog, view the items you have out, and renew items. Don’t forget to checkout our children’s catalog!
• Visit our events page! You can view all of our events for the next two months. You even have the option of adding the event to your calendar to get a notification reminder one hour and one day before the meeting.
New Books
Adult Non-Fiction: “Into the Abyss” by Carol Shaben, “No Cookie-Cutter Christian” by Keema Moses, “Agent Sonya” by Ben Macintyre, “Praxis 5621 Early Childhood Study Guide,” “Praxis 5621 Grades K-6 Study Guide,” “Garden Allies” by Frederique Lavopierre, “Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits” by Ilona Bray, “The Best-Ever Cookie Book” by Good Housekeeping, “Lost Animals” by Errol Fuller, “No Man Ever Spoke as This Man Speaks: The Gospel of John” by local author Stan Mitchell, “The Suicide Solution” by Daniel Emina, “The Big Book of Jo’s Quick and Easy Meals” by Joanna Cismaru, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy” by Ree Drummond
Adult Fiction: “Carved in Stone” by Elizabeth Camden, “Jack” by Marilynne Robinson, “His Only Wife” by Peace Adzo Medie, “White Ivy” by Susie Yang, “All Our Shimmering Skies” by Trent Dalton, “The Jailhouse Lawyer” by James Patterson, “L.A. Weather” by Maria Amparo Escandon, “The Forest of Vanishing Stars” by Kristin Harmel, “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 Nature of Fragile Things” by Susan Meissner, “Sweet Strawberry Sunsets” by local author Caleb Wray, “An Amish Surprise” by Shelley Shepard Gray, “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, Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb
DVDs: “Blood Brothers: Civil War,” “Riviera” Season 2 and 3, “Lilo & Stitch,” “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch,” “Deadly Illusions,” “Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One,” “Space Dogs Tropical Adventure,” “Cruella,” “Grudge,” “Crawl,” “Amityville Mt. Misery Road,” “Curse of the Scarecrow”
Read The Chester County Independent to keep up with what is new at the Chester County Library.

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