The Library Lowdown

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By Savannah Gilbert
Library Director

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
-Margaret Atwood

What’s happening at the Chester County Library

Library Events
Saturday, May 15 – Deadline to Sign-up for Middle School Book Club
Thursday, May 20 – Chester County Library Board Meeting – 5-6 p.m. in the conference room
Thursday, May 27 – Summer Reading Program Kickoff and Memphis Zoo Zambezi River Hippo Virtual Program at the Library – Kick off begins at 3 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. Memphis Zoo program starts at 3:30 pm. The Memphis Zoo’s own Zoo Dude will be presenting a Zambezi River Hippo Adventure virtual program which will offer a behind the scenes peek at the Hippo Camp exhibit, learn about the river system, and learn how the hippos can thrive in river habitats. Snacks and take and go crafts are available for participants of the program.
Monday, May 31 – Closed for Memorial Day
Middle School
Book Club

Since the summer of 2004, the library has offered a Middle School Book Club that meets from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. every Thursday during the months of June and July. Our first meeting for 2021 will be on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Children who have finished third grade through fifth grade may participate, but each child must sign up to attend. Each week, the children will receive a book that we will discuss the following week. The meetings consist of discussions firstly led by library director Savannah Gilbert and then participant led. As able, there may be STEAM challenges or activities that can be completed at the library or at home. On the last day of Middle School Book Club (July 29, 2021) we will have a pizza party and participants will receive a book club T-shirt that the group designs! This year, our theme will follow our Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales!
Due to COVID-19, the library has made many adjustments to ensure the safety of our community, patrons, and staff. The middle school book club will be offered in a hybrid manner. A live feed will be available where participants can join via our meeting software, WebEx. Participants will have the option to meet in person as well (as long as the library opening phase allows for this- you will be notified if we cannot have anyone physically present in the library). This allows participation even when on vacation, at a friend’s house, or while you are out running errands! A final option if you are not able to attend physically or have no internet is to call a phone number that will allow your child to be a part of the meeting with audio only.
For more information, contact Savannah Gilbert at 989-4673 or by email at Please register no later than May 15. Middle School Book Club Sign Up:
Board Meeting

The Chester County Library Board will meet in the conference room on Thursday, May 20, 2021. The public is welcome to attend this meeting. If you feel that you need to be added to the agenda, contact the library director no fewer than seven days before the date of the meeting.
Library Survey
Please complete the Chester County Library 2021 survey. It only takes two-three minutes to complete and your feedback is crucial in helping us plan goals, programs, and determining the types of materials to purchase to better benefit our community!
Paper surveys are available at the library – Can be dropped off at the front circulation desk or in the dropbox outside of the library once completed.
Visit and complete the survey online.
What Next? Each Friday, the library director will post to Facebook and on our website ( under Community Resources/Survey Results) with a response to the survey results collected within that week. This allows you to see your comments addressed or for you to see what we may have that you did not know about!
Summer Reading
Program Information

The Chester County Library Summer Reading Program officially begins on May 15, 2021. Reading and listening logs will be made available on May 15. The Summer Reading Program schedule is already available on our website at . We have several great events this year from a family jeopardy event, shelter pet day, jungle yoga storytime, visits from a hawk and snakes, and so much more! Our kickoff event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. The Memphis Zoo’s Zoo Dude will be offering a Zambezi River Hippo Adventure virtual program at the library! This year, the Summer Reading Program is open to children, juveniles, teens, and adults with prizes for each age group! The library is also hosting a write your own story contest and LEGO creation contest.
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the Chester County Library has elected to offer most programs in a hybrid manner. This means that all programs will be offered in the library. Social distancing will apply and face masks are encouraged but not required. If indicated, you also have the option of attending programs virtually. This will be completed through the program WebEx which can be downloaded onto a tablet, smartphone, computer, or laptop. Alternatively, you have the option through WebEx to call a phone number and join the meeting in this manner. If you select this option, you will be able to hear and speak at the program, but not see the program.
Craft packs will be made available 1 week prior to each program. If you will be completing the program virtually and need a craft pack, please pick one up at the library. Otherwise, program attendees at the library are welcome to get their craft pack and complete the craft at the library OR take their pack home at the end of the program.
New Books
Adult Non-Fiction: “National Geographic: 100 Hikes of a Lifetime,” “Plant Powered Protein: 125 Recipes for Using Today’s Amazing Meat Alternatives,” “Cooking Through Cancer,” “The Renal Diet Cookbook for the Newly Diagnosed,” “Tennessee: Off the Beaten Path,” “Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Own Your Health, and Glow” by Dr. Stacie Stephenson, “The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook,” “Six Sisters’ Stuff Instant Cooking,” “Hungry Girl Fast & Easy: All Natural Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less,” “The Calcium Connection by Brunde Broady,” “Bread: A Beginner’s Guide to Bread Making,” “What to Eat When,” “The 30 Minute Fibromyalgia Cookbook,” “Tennessee State Capitol: A Tennessee Treasure”
Adult Fiction: “The Russian” by James Patterson, “The Coffee Corner” by Amy Clipston, “The Moonlight School” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, “The Kaiser’s Web” by Steve Berry, “Flowers of Darkness” by Tatiana DeRosnay, “Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, “Recipe for a Perfect Wife” by Karma Brown, “Fast Ice” by Clive Cussler, “Missing and Endangered” by J.A. Jance, “Balcony of Fog” by Rich Shapero, “The River at Night” by Erica Ferenicik, “Watching You” by Lisa Jewell, “The Wife Stalker” by Liv Constatine, “I Invited Her In” by Adele Parks, “Serpentine” by Jonathan Kellerman, “Double Jeopardy” by Stuart Woods, “The Affair” by Danielle Steel, “Danger in Numbers” by Heather Graham, “A Forgotten Murder” by Jude Deveraux, “The Robin’s Greeting” by Wanda E. Brunstetter, “The Red Book” by James Patterson, “Never Far Away” by Michael Koryta, “Outlawed” by Anna North, “The Bounty” by Janet Evanovich, “Colors of Truth” by Tamera Alexander, “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse, “A House at the Bottom of the Lake” by Josh Malerman, “Lethal Intent” by Cara Putman, “In a Book Club Far Away” by Tif Marcelo, “Later” by Stephen King, “Miss Julia Happily Ever After” by Ann B. Ross, “The Kitchen Front” by Jennifer Ryan, “Deadlock” by Catherine Coulter, “Mother May I” by Joshilyn Jackson, “Nick” by Michael Farris Smith, “Turn a Blind Eye” by Jeffrey Archer, “The Wrong Family” by Tarryn Fisher, “A Thousand Ships” by Natalie Haynes, “Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo, “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart, “A Double Dose” of Love by Kathleen Fuller, “Palm Beach Murders” by James Patterson, “A Gambling Man” by David Baldacci, “Ocean Prey” by John Sandford, “Normal People” by Sally Rooney, “The Half Sister” by Sandie Jones, “Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder” by TA Willberg, “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune, “Plain Bad Heroines” by Emily M Danforth, “The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth, Send for Me” by Lauren Fox, “When We Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal, “A Question Mark is Half a Heart” by Sofia Lundberg, “Faith’s Mountain Home” by Misty Beller, “From This Moment” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, “The Secrets of Love Story Bridge” by Phaedra Patrick, “A Patchwork Past” by Leslie Gould, “The Bicycle Man” by Bob Deans, “Three Hours in Paris” by Cara Black, “My Dark Vanessa” by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Adult Biographies: “The Last Days of John Lennon” by James Patterson, “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life” by Jonathan Alter, “Ida B the Queen” by Michelle Duster, “Just As I Am” by Cicely Tyson, “Perfectly Wounded” by Mike Day, “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight” by Julia Sweig, “Billy Graham: The Man I Knew” by Greg Laurie, “Duty & Destiny: The Life and Faith of Winston Churchill” by Gary Scott Smith
Adult Audiobooks: “Win” by Harlan Coben
DVDs: “The Croods: A New Age,” “Freaky,” “Doctor Who: The Complete Twelfth Series,” “Wonder Woman 1984”
Children’s Easy Readers: “Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners,” “Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure,” “B is for Babar: An Elephant Book,” “Itty-bitty Kitty-corn,” “Bear Can’t Wait,” “What Do You Do If You Work At the Zoo?,” “I Love You To The Moon and Back,” “The Wonderful Things You Will Be,” “The Night Before Easter,” “Curious George: Curious About Spring,” “ABCs of Kindness,” “Dewdrop” by Katie O’Neill, “Cuddly Critters of Little Geniuses,” “Big Words for Little Geniuses,” “Meet Fiona the Hippo” by Richard Cowdrey
Juvenile Non-Fiction: “History Smashers: Titanic,” “YOGA Animals,” “LEGO Big Book of Animals,” “On Your Mark, Get Set, Gold: An Irreverent Guide to the Sports of the Summer Games,” “Wild Vet Adventures: Saving Animals Around the World,” “What Breathes Through Its: Mind Blowing Science Questions Answered,” “The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals Witty Weird, Wild Names,” “Where Were the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”
Juvenile Biography: “Child of the Dream” by Sharon Robinson, “I Am Leonardo da Vinci,” “Joan Procter Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles”
Juvenile Fiction: “Magic Tree House #35: Camp Time in California” by Mary Pope Osborne, “Diary of an Ice Princess # 5: Slush Puppy Love” by Christina Soontornvat, “Rescue” by Jennifer A. Nielsen, “The Wonderling” by Mira Bartok, “Any Day With You” by Mae Respicio, “Saucy” by Cynthia Kadohata, “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen, “A Place to Belong” by Cynthia Kadohata, “Three Keys” by Kelly Yang, “The Tiger Rising” by Kate DiCamillo, “Rise of the Earth Dragon” by Tracey West, “Secret of the Water Dragon” by Tracey West, “The Only: Endling #3” by Katherine Applegate, “Choose Your Own Adventure: Mermaid Island” by Sarah Bounty Ridyard, “Choose Your Own Adventure: Princess Island” by Shannon Gilligan, “Choose Your Own Adventure: Unicorn Princess” by Shannon Gilligan
Juvenile Graphic Novel: “Dog Man #10: Mothering Heights,” “Super Mario: Manga Mania,” “Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader’s Castle,” “I Survived the Nazi Invasion: 1944,” “Spiderman Maximum Venom,” “Minecraft Volume 2,” “The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales from the Tree House,” “Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge”
Young Adult: “Behind You” by Jacqueline Woodson, “Moon Chosen” by P.C. Cast, “A Court of Silver Flames” by Sarah J. Maas, “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers

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