Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stealing Our Thunder?

I just read about a service for book lovers called For $25+ a month (!), with a minimum 3-month subscription (!), "pick the gift recipient and experts (librarians, educators, authors) will recommend a book collection with themes as varied as bedtime stories and adult science fiction. Ten percent of the profits support literacy programs."

All right, that last part is nice. But, here's the thing: you DO know that you can get this service for free, right? At your public library? It's true! We need a little lead time for a list like this, but we LOVE giving recommendations. You can also check our Goodreads page, which is updated weekly. Not only do we know what kids like, but, as adults and voracious readers ourselves, we might actually be able to give you some decent adult reading suggestions, too! If you then choose to write a donation check for $25 or more, one hundred percent of the "profits" support your local library; or, you can donate directly to the literacy organization of your choice. Win-win, right?

Pfft., indeed......;-)

[image courtesy of Katie's Book Blog]

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tredyffrin Library holiday closures... and a musical interlude.

Just a reminder that the library will be closed Monday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 26. We will reopen Thursday, December 27 at 9:30am. In the meantime, enjoy a song from one of Miss Angela's favorite holiday movies.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tot Rock Grooves!

We were grooving in the class  presented by Groove, children learned beats and rhythms using a variety of unique, hands-on percussive instruments and devices. They danced, moved, and burned off a ton of energy while having fun. Check us out showing our best rock star poses. Rock on tots!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lego + Pigeon = Brilliant.

This is basically the best thing I've seen all day.

Photo from

Want to know how they built it? Check out the step by step process on the Andertoons blog.

(And thanks to Beverly Michaels at Paoli Library for sending this along to me!)

Friday Bag of Awesome

Looking for weekend reads?

Willing to be surprised?

Unafraid to be at the mercy of librarians?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you might be interested in a new program we're starting in the children's department this January at Tredyffrin Public Library. It's called the Friday Bag of Awesome, and it's exactly what it sounds like - an awesome bag that you can only get on Friday.

For those of you are more detail-oriented, here's the scoop. Based on your answers to our handy online questionnaire, the children's library staff will pick out books, movies and/or music that we think you might enjoy and throw them in a bag for you to pick up on Friday after 4pm. It's just that simple!

Okay, it's not that simple. There are a few more things you need to know:

1. The program begins the first full week of January and ends Friday, May 24. The program does not run throughout the Summer Reading program.

2. You can submit a questionnaire at any time during the week, but Friday between 4 and 6pm is the only time for pickup.

3. We can only have a bag ready for you by 4pm on a Friday if we've received your questionnaire by noon that same day. If you submit it any time after Friday at noon, your bag won't be ready until the following Friday. If you're unsure about when to collect your bag, please call 610-688-7092 and ask for the children's desk.

4. Regular loan periods apply to the items in the bag - 3 weeks for books and music, 1 week for videos -  so the items do not have to be returned together.

5. The questionnaire will be available on January 7 on our Books & Reading page.

6. You are not required to take or like everything we pick out for you. Think of the bag as a plate at a big family barbeque that somebody else put together for you while you were off playing horseshoes. You might love the pasta salad, or you might not. If you don't, no hard feelings. If you do, then we're glad you tried it.

Any additional questions? E-mail Angela at or catch her in person at the library.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ornament Painting Party

Holiday stories, music, singing, dancing and finally painting were the order of events at our Ornament Painting Party on Thursday. We had a great time and yes we even got out the glitter for this special holiday program.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Origami Workshop on December 28

Join us Friday, December 28 from 1 to 3:30pm for an Origami Workshop!

Interested in the traditional art of Japanese paper folding? Join us at the library and learn how to make swans, cranes, and lucky stars. All levels of experience welcome. 

Workshop led by the 1000 Cranes Project Club from Conestoga High School.
Ages 6 and up, parents welcome! No registration required.