Fairytale and Folklore Retellings – now on YouTube!

Hi Everyone – just sharing this YouTube video from our library. We had a lot of fun exploring this genre!

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If you missed the Henrietta Hankin Branch August Book Chat on Fairytale and Folklore Retellings, you can still see what we talked about. Now on YouTube – the genre explained and selected recommended titles, all in the Chester County Library System!

Watch the video here:

Explore a different genre. Visit our catalog at https://chescolibraries.org/ to reserve a copy of your next retelling!

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Virtual Fairytale and Folklore Retellings Book Chat – Tues Aug 3 at 1 pm

Hi Everyone, just sharing this virtual program information. I’ll be hosting on August 3 at 1 pm. This library Zoom is open to all – you don’t need a library card to attend!

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Are you enjoying your summer reading? Get some help filling out your Adult Summer Reading BINGO card! Join us on Tuesday, August 3 at 1 pm as we share lists and information about fairytale and folklore retellings.

Register here: https://ccls.libcal.com/event/7977863

This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Hi Everyone – In observance of Juneteenth, I put together this list of reading suggestions for our library patrons and thought I’d share it here too. I’ve read several of these books and have added a bunch to my list. Thanks for reading!

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On Saturday, June 19, states across the country will recognize Juneteenth and celebrate the end of slavery in America.

What is the history of this observance, which is separate from the Emancipation Proclamation and not yet a federal holiday?

Juneteenth is a day of observance, celebrating Black freedom and culture. The end of slavery began on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but in many states, news traveled slowly and Black Americans were not immediately freed. This was especially true in Texas, the most distant state.

Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, from the Union army, arrived in Galveston, Texas and demanded that enslaved Blacks be set free. Upon hearing the news, Black Americans celebrated their freedom and new rights, including buying land. Slavery was officially abolished in 1965 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

To help you learn more…

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Luann Is Lying

Hi Everyone – I’m trying something new over at Books To Pen – a weekly serial called Luann Is Lying. Take a look if you’re interested!

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Welcome to Luann Is Lying, a new weekly feature on Books To Pen. Luann can’t seem to get through a day without telling some kind of lie and it’s not clear if she’s in control or on the verge of something else. I hope you enjoy seeing where her fibs and half-truths take her. Here we go!

Luann pulled off her cap and shook out her wavy brown hair, working it into a controlled chaos. “Uh, yes,” she started. “I’m meeting my husband here, but I’m a bit early. Would you mind if I waited at our table?”

The hostess at the front looked down at the book of reservations. It was prime time Saturday night and the place was packed, including the bar next to the dining room. Between the noise at the bar and in the dining room, it was a wonder anyone could carry on a…

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100 Word Flash Fiction: “Chat”

Hi Everyone – just a little flash fiction over at Books To Pen. Take a look if you like!

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The mixed egg sizzled then turned fluffy in the small cast-iron pan. Don’t add milk,” she’d instructed earlier, asserting as much control she could in her diminishing domain. Across the room, she waited in her chair. “And don’t overcook them,” she added. “They dry out too much if you do.”

Eggs done and on a tray, the daughter added a peeled clementine. The sections were tiny in the plain white bowl. Bothered by the smallness, she added a mini-muffin. “Want more coffee, Mom?” she asked. “Just a half-cup, and come sit with me so we can have a nice chat.”

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Virtual Book Chat on Wednesday, March 24 to discuss Fiction Set in Pennsylvania

Hi Everyone – I’m sharing this virtual Book Chat information in case you’re interested. I’ll be hosting and you’re welcome to join us!

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Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, March 24 for an informal book chat on Fiction Set in Pennsylvania. Shown here are just some old and new classics set in our state, but there are many more. Let’s see how many we can discuss!

Registration is required. This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

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Virtual Adult Winter Reading Book Chat – Tues Feb 16 at 2 pm

Hi Everyone, I’ll be hosting this virtual book chat on favorite nonfiction – Tues February 16 at 2 pm. You don’t need a library card to attend. All are welcome!

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Please join us for an informal virtual book chat on Tuesday, February 16 at 2 pm. This month’s themed discussion will be Favorite Nonfiction. We’ll present our favorite nonfiction titles – bring yours too!

All are welcome!

Click here to register.

This program supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Looking for nonfiction ideas? Find reading recommendations including reviews, lists, articles, and more. Use NoveList Plus to find read-alikes in both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. NoveList also has series information, award winners, best-of lists, top ten lists, and much more! Click here to get started.

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Checking in

Hi Everyone, just sharing this NaNoWriMo update – I’ve been busy tapping away on my keyboard and haven’t had as much time to read other bloggers’ posts. I’m easing back in now so I’ll be seeing you soon!

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Hello! Just checking in with anyone else who may be participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Phew – I’m half-way through my 50,000 word goal and having a lot of fun, but I’ll admit that, despite staying on pace with the 1,667 words per day, the first week or so was a bit of a mess. I’ve finally found a plot and I’m working on some characters!

I don’t expect the results to resemble anything worth publishing, but it’s a great way to escape and to exercise my mind.

So, who else has taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge and how’s it going for you? Leave a comment and tell me how you’re doing!

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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Hi Everyone – I was just talking about In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick with a work friend and thought I’d share this post from 2014, an actual account of a whaling ship in the 1800s, an event that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

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In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick


I had a general idea about what life as a whaleman was like in the 1800s. Things were a lot harder for everyone back then, so in my mind, I added the risk of being on a ship in the high seas and trying to harpoon a huge whale while standing in an open row boat.

That sounds hard enough, but after reading In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick, I came to understand that while whaling was a lucrative enterprise for the ship owners, captains and officers, it was also a seriously dangerous business for everyone on the ship. Nantucket whalers were out at sea for long periods of time, and once the whaling business had exhausted the local supply of sperm whales, ships had to sail all the way around South America and into the…

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National Novel Writing Month Author Interview – Jill Weatherholt

Hi Everyone – sharing my library’s National Novel Writing Month interview with author Jill Weatherholt. Stop by and say hello!

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Dreaming about writing a novel? NaNoWriMo is a great chance to get your book idea going. This month, aspiring and published authors from around the world have committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days.

Jill Weatherholt

Today we welcome NaNoWriMo published author Jill Weatherholt, whose Whispering Slopes series began as a NaNoWriMo challenge.

Thank you for joining us, Jill!

Can you tell us about the story you’re writing for NaNoWriMo 2020? The story I will be writing for NaNoWriMo 2020 is the last book in my Whispering Slopes series, the fictional town in the Shenandoah Valley. The hero, a well-known professional bull rider, is injured and returns to his childhood home to seek medical attention out of the spotlight. He’s unaware that his high school sweetheart, and the only woman he ever loved, has moved back to town and is working as a physical therapist. After this book, I…

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