Henrietta Hankin Library News, March 2022


Highlighted Service of the Month: Citizen Science Kits

April is Citizen Science Month! Citizen Science connects scientists and everyday people to help accelerate research and discovery, from astronomy to zoology. SciStarter.org matches you with the right project based on your interests, location, and skills. 

There will be a “Citizen Science in Your Library” kick-off event hosted on April 2nd, from 2 – 3:30 pm in the Struble Room, at Chester County Library in Exton, where you can find out more about our BRAND NEW Citizen Science Project kits available for check out at the Jacobs Technology Center (upstairs – 2nd floor).  The event will also provide information on how you can participate as an individual, family, or group in hundreds of projects and join others in learning about and participating in real (and fun) ways to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you. 

Help scientists collect data by sharing observations while stargazing, documenting plant species, using sensors to monitor air quality, tracking pollinator populations, bird migration, and much more. Citizen Science is a fun way to share the love of the environment as a family and Chester County Library now makes it even easier by having 5 different kits available to check out with your library card that have all the equipment you need for various projects such as Exploring Biodiversity, Observing Pollinators, Measuring Light in the Night, Observing Tree Heights and Circumference and Tree Squirrel Ecology. Register online at https://bit.ly/3u8EDAC

The 5 top checked out titles for February 2022 were: 

  1. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  2. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  3. Guinness World Records 2022
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

Some Programs for April 2022

Saturday, April 9, 2 – 3 PM: Meet the King and Queen Oaks at Springton Manor, A Longwood Gardens “Community Read” Program (In-person Program).  We call them “the king and queen”. They rule over the manor, Springton Manor Farm. Providing beauty, shade, and food for people and animals alike these “Champion Trees” have been growing for over two centuries. Standing at over 70 feet and being 17 feet around, our White oaks, Quercus alba, are the largest in the park.  Join us in a ranger lead discussion about “their majesties” and enjoy their gifts. Hosted by the Chester County Library, Chester County Parks and Preservation, and the Friends of Springton Manor, this is a Longwood Gardens “Community Read” program. A limited number of One Day Passes for 4 to Longwood Gardens will be given away at this event. Register here.

Tuesday, April 19, 6 – 7:30 PMTo Bee-keep or Not to Bee-keep: How You Can Help Bees and Other Pollinators (In-Person Program) The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library is pleased to host the Chester County Beekeepers Association for a presentation about beekeeping and other ways to help pollinators. Come and learn the history of the role of honeybees in the US, and the major issues causing the decline of honeybees and all pollinators. The CCBA will discuss what beekeeping entails, the current status of beekeeping, and how to decide if beekeeping is the right choice for you! They will also give you the best way to help bees and other pollinators without becoming a beekeeper. Attend this program and you will get your questions answered by experienced beekeepers. Register here.