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“January, the first month of the year. A perfect time to start all over again. Changing energies and deserting old moods, new beginnings, new attitudes.”

  • Charmaine J. Forde

By Savannah Gilbert
Library Director

A Publication of the Chester County Library
Library Events

Saturday, January 1 – CLOSED for New Year Holiday
Tuesday, January 4 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: National Trivia Day Activity: Trivia Game Competition
Saturday, January 8 at 10a.m. – Word Weavers – Meet in the library conference room
Tuesday, January 11 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activity: Dream Cloud Group Craft
Thursday, January 13 at 5:30 p.m. – Book Club for Adults: Discussion of “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
Monday, January 17 – CLOSED for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 18 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: Winnie the Pooh Day Activity: Tiger Hope Game and Make Your Own Honeypot
Thursday, January 20 at 5 p.m. – Chester County Library Board Meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Full agenda can be found on our website.
Tuesday, January 25 at 10 a.m. – Story Time: Theme: STEAM Snow Activity: Make Your Own Crystal Snowflakes
Thursday, January 27 at 3:30 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board
Book Club for Adults
Meetings occur the second Thursday of the month and will be available in person or virtually (virtual information will be sent once you register)! If you are interested in joining the adult book club, please complete our online registration form at the link below. If you do not have access to internet, let a staff member know that you would like to complete the adult book club registration link. Many options are available for how you can obtain the book! REGISTER HERE:
January Book: “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig (2020)
February Book: “Sweet Strawberry Sunsets” by Caleb Wray (2021)
March: “Notes From Your Therapist” by Allyson Dinneen (2021)
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, January 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m.
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 pm. 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 (9th-12th grade) students in the Chester County public/private 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.: “Beastars” Volume 1 by Paru Itagaki
March 3, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.: “Ashlords” by Scott Reintgen
April 7, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.: “The Astonishing Colors of After” by Emily Pan
Memorial/ In Honor Books
In Memory of Doug Burkhead by Clay & Nancy Canada: Items Purchased: “The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2022, Fodor’s Cancun & the Riviera Maya”
In Honor of Shelia Montgomery’s Retirement by Clay & Nancy Canada: Items Purchased: “City of Darkness and Light” by Rhys Bowen and “The Edge of Dreams” by Rhys Bowen
In Memory of Gail Colbert Durbin by Mary Anne Phillips: Items Purchased: “This Is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross” by Sophia Gholz, “Who is Steven Spielberg?,” “Who Was Clara Barton?,” “Who Is Pope Francis?,” “Listening With My Heart” by Gabi Garcia
Top Checked Out Materials in 2021
These are the top materials checked out in various areas of the library in the year of 2021!
Adult Fiction
1 – “The Affair” by Danielle Steel
2- “Dark Sky” by C.J. Box
3- “The Red Book” by James Patterson
4- “A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham
5- “Sooley” by John Grisham
6- “The Palm Beach Murders” by James Patterson
7- “Daylight” by David Baldacci
8- “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles
9- “Golden Girl” by Elin Hilderbrand
10- “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner
Adult Non Fiction
1 – “Till Murder Do Us Part” by James Patterson
2- “Murder of Innocence” by James Patterson
3- “Murder Thy Neighbor” by James Patterson
4- “Five Ingredient Dinners: 100+ Fast, Flavorful Meals by America’s Test Kitchen”
5- “Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting”
Learning Kits
1 – “My Amazing Body: Organs” STEAM Kit
2- “Peppa Big Phonics”
3- “Bob Books: Sight Words”
4- “Pop for Sight Words” Game
5- “Memory” Game
Young Adult
1 – “Fangirl: The Manga” by Rainbow Rowell
2- “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” by Akira Himeka
1 – “Monster Hunter”
2- “Wonder Woman 1984”
3- “Sonic the Hedgehog”
4- “Frozen II”
5- “Raya and the Last Dragon”
6- “Godzilla vs Kong”
7- “Freaky”
8- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
9- “Yellowstone” Season 1
10- “The Emoji Movie”
Easy Readers
1 – “ABC” by Xavier Deneux
2- “Poke-A-Dot!: Who’s In the Ocean” by Sara Russell
3- “A New Day” by Brad Meltzer
4- “Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn” by Shannon Hale
5- “Bonesville” by Jean-Luc Fromental
6- “Flying Super Heroes” by Sally Little
7- “The Pout Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen
8- “Pete the Kitty and the Baby Animals” by James Dean
9- “Fiona Saves the Day” by Richard Cowdrey
10- “I Broke My Trunk!” by Mo Willems
Juvenile Fiction
1 – “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier
2- “Pokemon Horizon Sun and Moon” by Ten’ya Yabuno
3- “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End” by Jeff Kinney
4- “Sisters” by Raina Telgemeir
5- “Diary of an Ice Princess: Snow Place Like Home” by Christina Soontornvat
6- “The End of Olympus” by Kate O’Hearn
7- “Rise of the Earth Dragon” by Tracey West
8- “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas” by Dav Pilkey
9- “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” Jeff Kinney
10- “Trouble At Trident Academy” Debbie Dadey
Juvenile Graphic Novels
1 – “Dog Man: Grime and Punishment” by Dav Pilkey
2- “Cat Kid Comic Club” by Dav Pilkey
3- “Pokemon Horizon Sun and Moon Graphic Novel” by Ten’ya Yabuno
4- “Brawl of the Wild” by Dav Pilkey
5- “The Sewer Rat Stink” by Geronimo Stilton
6- “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey
7- “Big Nate: Blow The Roof Off!” by Lincoln Peirce
8- “Guts” by Raina Telgemeir
9- “Drama” by Raina Telgemeir
10- “Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy” by Tui Sutherland
Juvenile Nonfiction
1 – “Pokemon Super Delue Essential Handbook”
2- “Minecraft: Guide to Redstone”
3- “The LEGO Zoo: 50 Easy-To-Build Animals”

New Books
Adult Non-Fiction: “Guinness World Records 2022, “Images of America: Madison County” by Linda Higgins and Scott Parish, “The Holistic Rx for Kids” by Madiha Saeed, MD, “Homesteading” by Gene Logsdon, “The 2022 World Almanac”
Adult Biography: “Modern Warriors” by Pete Heseth
Check out future editions of The Chester County Independent for news and more from the Chester County Public Library.

Adult Graphic Novel: “BRZRKR Vol.1” by Keanu Reeves, “Lore Olympus” Vol.1 by Rachel Smythe, “Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King
Adult Fiction: “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” by Jenny Bayliss, “Forgiving Paris” by Karen Kingsbury, “Fear No Evil” by James Patterson, “The Autobiography of Santa Claus” by Jeff Guinn, “Christmas by the Book” by Anne Marie Ryan, “The First Christmas” by Stephen Mitchell, “City of Darkness and Light” by Rhys Bowen, “The Edge of Dreams” by Rhys Bowen, “The Christmas Promise” by Richard Paul Evans, “The God of Lost Words” by A.J. Hackwith, “The Terminal List” by Jack Carr, “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman, “Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas, “Unfinished Business” by J.A. Jance, “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult, “Autopsy” by Patricia Cornwell, “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone” by Diana Gabaldon, “The Becoming” by Nora Roberts, “The Donut Trap” by Julie Tieu, “Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” by Chuck Palahniuk, “Elder Race” by Adrian Tchaikosky, “A Song for the Dark Times” by Ian Rankin, “Sherlock Holmes & Count Dracula” by Christian Klaver, “Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton, “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam, “The Judge’s List” by John Grisham, “The Devil’s Sea” by Dirk Cussler, “Much Ado About Barbecue” by Sally Kilpatrick, “Orange Blossom Special” by Sally Kilpatrick, “Snowbound in Vegas” by Sally Kilpatrick, “A Christmas Engagement” by Linda Byler, “Hush Now, Don’t You Cry” by Rhys Bowen, “The Family Way” by Rhys Bowen
DVDs: “The Pacific,” “Elf” (bluray), “James and the Giant Peach,” “Stuart Little,” “The Land Before Time,” “The Land Before Time: The Great Valley Adventure,” “The Time of Great Giving,” and “The Journey Through the Mists,” “Curse of the Witch’s Doll”
Juvenile Biography: “Dreams From My Father” by Barack Obama, “Who is Steven Spielberg?,” “Who Was Clara Barton?”
Children’s Easy Readers: “Jan Brett’s The Nutcracker,” “How to Catch a Gingerbread Man” by Adam Wallace, “If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don’t!” by Elise Parsley, “A Unicorn Named Sparkle’s First Christmas” by Amy Young, “Hey, You’re Not Santa!” by Ethan Berlin, “Bulldozer’s Christmas Dig” by Candace Fleming, “Merry Christmas Anne” by Kallie George, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 13 Days of Christmas,” “Elbow Grease Saves Christmas” by John Cena, “Construction Site: Merry and Bright” by Sherri Duskey Rinker, “The Little Owl and The Big Tree” by Jonah Winter, “Corgi Can!” by Junyi Wu, “Flip Flap Snap! Farm” by Carmen Saldana, “Hello Ninja Goodbye Tooth” by N.D. Wilson, “Hello Ninja Hello Stage Fright” by N.D. Wilson, “Pinkalicious Treausuretastic” by Victoria Kann, “Grumpy Monkey Get Your Grumps Out” by Suzanne Lang, “Trolls: Happy Trollsmas!,” “Santa Jaws” by Bridget Heos, “Santa Baby” by Jonathan Stutzman, “Between the Lines by Lindsay Ward, Nickelodeon Christmas Treasury, Scooby-Doo: That’s Snow Ghost, Football Baby by Diane Adams, Maggie and Pie and the Big Breakfast by Carolyn Scoppettone, Maggie and Pie and the Pizza Party by Carolyn Scoppettone, PJ Masks save the Daytime!, Adrift by Heidi Stemple, Merry Christmas, Gus by Chris Chatteron, Pinkalicious, Merry Pinkmas! By Victoria Kann, The Legend of the Christmas Witch by Dan Murphy, Unicorns are the Worst! By Alex Willan, Boo Stew by Donna Washington, Hornswoggled! by Josh Crute, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Breakfast” by Eric Carle, “The Red Sleigh” by Erin Guendelsbeger, “The Wolf in Underpants Freezes his Buns Off” by Wilfrid Lupano, “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” by Il Sung Na, “How Beautiful” by Antonella Capetti, “Sabrina Sue Loves the Snow” by Priscilla Burris
Juvenile Fiction: “The Christmas Pig” by J.K. Rowling, “The Wingfeather Saga: The Warden and the Wolf King” (Book 4) by Andrew Peterson, “Final Season” by Tim Green, “The Popper Penguin Rescue” by Eliot Schrefer, “Defending Champ” by Mike Lupica, “Choose Your Own Adventure: Time Travel Inn” by Bart King, “Only My Dog Knows I Pick my Nose” by Lauren Tarshis, “Happy County: From Season to Season” by Ethan Long, “Return of the Underwear Dragon” by Scott Rothman, “Alley & Rex” by Joel Ross, “Drop the Puck: It’s Hockey Season” by Jayne J. Jones Beehler, “Pokemon: Ash Ketchum, Pokemon Detective & I Choose You!,” “I Survived the Galveston Hurricane, 1900” by Lauren Tarshis, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot” by Jeff Kinney, “Last Gamer Standing” by Katie Zhao, “The Cloud Race” by Melody Mews, “Katt Loves Dogg” by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, “Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City” by Christian Mckay Heidicker, “Birdie’s Bargain” by Katherine Paterson, “Last Block Standing” by Nick Eliopulos
Juvenile Graphic Novels: “The Secret Garden on 81st Street” by Ivy Noelle Weir, “City of Dragons: The Awakening Storm” by Jaimal Yogis, “Cat Kid Comic Club Perspectives” by Dav Pilkey, “Dracula” by Russell Punter
Juvenile Non-Fiction: “What Are the Winter Olympics?” by Gail Herman, “What Is the Coronavirus Disease COVID-19?” by Michael Burgan, “National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia,” “Christmas is Coming: Traditions from Around the World” by Monika UtnidStrugata, “Spin to Survive: Frozen Mountain” by Emily Hawkins, “Only In America” by Heather Alexander, “Pigology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia” by Daisy Bird, “Pets Around the World” by Brenna Maloney
Spanish Juvenile/Easy Audiobooks: “Baby Shark and Friends Twinkle, Twinkle, You’re a Star!”
Young Adult: “So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix” by Bethany C. Morrow – Remixed Classics no.2
Young Adult Graphic Novels: “The Reckoner Rises: Breakdown” by David Robertson, “A Tale of the Secret Saint” vol.1 by Touya, “Silk” vol.1 by Maurene Goo

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