Chester Co. Library Newsletter: January 2020


Highlighted Service of the Month: NoveList Plus Database

It’s a New Year to get inspired and discover new books while nudging yourself out of your comfort zone with a book challenge! A good way to find a new read is to access NoveList Plus which connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. It covers non-fiction and fiction as well as books suggestions for readers of all ages, from young picture book lovers to adults in the mood for an intense historical fiction title. One of the most popular features is read-a-likes. If you have ever read a book and wanted to find another just like it, NoveList Plus makes it a breeze to find your next great read. In addition, recommended reading and award-winning book lists are available in NoveList Plus. It also has extra content like reviews (both professional and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. NoveList Plus will become your one-stop shop for all of your reading needs and wants! Start exploring now at

The 5 top checked out titles for December 2021 were: 

  1. Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  2. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  3. The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  4. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  5. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Programs for February 2022

Wednesday, February 2, 4 – 4:30 PM: Dental Health Storytime for Children and Families Online (virtual program)

Celebrate Dental Health Month in February with us!  There will be stories and activities presented by our friends from Children’s Dental Health.  Registration is for families with children ages 3 – 6.  Register here.

Friday, February 4, 7 – 9 PM: A Fairy Tale Murder Mystery Online (virtual program) Beloved Dwarf Grumpy has been killed as a result of a cave-in at the diamond mining facility. Pinocchio fell into the kindling making assembly line at the Stiltskin wood mill, and the newspapers reported Prince Charming missing! Fairytale Land is in chaos. Are these mere accidents or the results of something far more sinister? Save Fairytale Land by discovering who is behind these bizarre deaths and disappearances. Everyone who plays is a suspect! Must be 18 years old and up. Register here.

Mondays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28

March 7, 14, 21, and 28

April 11, 1 ½ hour appointments between 12:00 until 3:00 PMAARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program (in-person program at Chester County Library):  You’ve got taxes to file. But do-it-yourself software can be confusing — and some paid tax preparation services cost money you might not be able to spend. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide can help. Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program — and it’s completely free! Register for an appointment here.

Saturdays, February 5 – 26 , 1 – 2:15 PM: Civil War Series (hybrid program at Henrietta Hankin Library and virtual) Join local historian Jim Segrave-Daly for a 4-week series discussing the Civil War in American history.  From its causes & consequences to the almost-mythical figures involved, the Civil War’s effects are still being felt today.  Learn why it took a catastrophic event to remake America in “a new birth of freedom.” Register here.

CASA Youth Advocates Diverse Book Drive in Honor of MLK Day

We have extended the deadline for our CASA Youth Advocates, Inc. 2022 Diverse Book Drive. The goal is to collect and give approximately 1500 new diverse books to children and youth within the foster care and welfare system in Chester and Delaware Counties. The collection box will now be available in the library lobby from January 3rd until January 31. A list of suggested books can be found at link also provides a list of local Black-owned bookstores that are partners in this drive who would really appreciate your support. Books can also be mailed directly to CASA Youth Advocates, PO Box 407 Media PA 19063 between January 3-31st, 2022.