Thursday, June 11, 2015

2015 CCL Teen Summer Reading

Chester County Library's Teen Summer Reading program has begun! This year's theme is "Unmask." Here's how it works: Come to the Youth Services Department to get your calendar. From June 8th to August 16th, mark your calendar each day you read or listen to books for 60 minutes. You'll get a prize when you reach 20 days of reading, 40 days of reading, and 60 days of reading. Each time your calendar is checked, your name will be entered in the Teen Summer Reading Raffle. The raffle will be held on September 4th, and winners will be notified by phone.

Below is a list of all summer teen events. You need to register online for these events. You can register by going to > Events > Teen Programs > On the calendar, find the event date and click on the event name > Fill in your information.

The Amazing Magic of Ran'd Shine
Friday, June 26
6:30-7:45 pm
Chester County Library - Struble Room
Ran'd Shine wowed audiences with his magic at the 44th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC, and has performed in the United States and overseas for more than a decade. Now you can experience his amazing magic and learn a few tricks yourself.

Teen Scavenger Hunt
Friday, July 17
3:00-4:30 pm
Chester County Library - Youth Services Department
Are you good at following clues to find hidden stuff? Come to the Teen Scavenger Hunt and get some loot!

The LibraryLympics
Friday, July 31
6:30-8:00 pm
Chester County Library - Struble Room
Got game? Join the LibraryLympics and test your skills in events like the paperback stack, used book toss, and much more. Let the games begin!

Friday, August 14
6:30-8:30 pm
Chester County Library - Struble Room
McFarland USA is based on the true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. It follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team in their predominantly Latino high school in California, and how their coach transforms them into championship contenders. Starring Kevin Costner. Rated PG.

Reading Raves
Friday, July 10, 2:00-3:00 pm - Nonfiction/Biographies
Friday, July 24, 2:00-3:00 pm - Graphic Novels
Friday, August 7, 2:00-3:00 pm - Historical Fiction
Chester County Library - Struble Room
Each week, we focus on a different book genre (see above). First, you'll talk about what you're reading with the group. Then you'll do some Book Speed-Dating -- You'll "get to know" a book for 4 minutes, and then...DING! When the bell rings, you'll rate how much you liked or didn't like that book. Then you'll move on to the next book, "get to know it" for 4 minutes and rate it...and so on. It's a fun way to acquaint yourself with a lot of books in a short amount of time.

Knit 'n Lit
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
June 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11
Chester County Library - Youth Services Department
Learn how to knit or work on your own knitting project while the group chats about books.

Hope to see you at the library this summer!

Lisa U.
CC Library

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Teen Bake-Off Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our third annual Teen Bake-Off on March 27th! There were 21 entries, which included a variety of cupcakes, cookies, muffins and breads. Here is a list of our winners, who each won a gift card to Panera Bread:

Sweet Tea Cupcakes, made by Sammy Vallaincourt
Jam Thumbprints, made by Morgan Giles
Banana Nut Muffins, made by Ryan and Amanda Casey
Other Bake-Off entries included chocolate chip cupcakes, pink lemonade cupcakes, rainbow pinwheel cookies, banana bread, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes, chocolate pumpkin cookies, Philly dark cupcakes, sugar cookies, chocolate mousse cupcakes, banana nut muffins, portal cupcakes and lemon cupcakes.
Looking forward to next year's Bake-Off!
Lisa U.
CC Library 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015 Teen Bake-Off at CC Library!

Do you like to bake? Come to CCL's 2015 Teen Bake-Off! Our judges will decide who has the best stuff.

The Bake-Off will be held on Friday, March 27, from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Struble Room at Chester County Library.

There are 3 categories in this year's Bake-Off: 
- Cupcakes
- Cookies
- Quick Breads/Muffins
There will be one winner from each category.

  • Bakers must be 11-19 years old (no adults or younger children, please).
  • You must register online for this event. Go to - Events - Teen Programs - On the calendar, go to March 27 and click on Teen Bake-Off - Fill in your information.
  • You can register for ONE of the three categories: Cupcakes, Cookies, or Quick Breads/Muffins.
  • When you register, please type what your baked item is in the "Notes" section of the registration form.
  • You can bake by yourself or with a partner. If you are baking with a partner, only ONE of you needs to register. Please type your partner's name in the "Notes" section of the registration form.
  • When you bring your baked good to the Bake-Off on March 27th, you also must bring 2 things:
    • An index card with your name (and your partner's name, if you have one) and the name of your baked good on it.
    • Your recipe typed on 8.5" x 11" paper.
  • Quantities needed for each category:
    • Cupcakes - 12 cupcakes
    • Cookies - 24 cookies
    • Quick Breads - 1 loaf
    • Muffins - 12 muffins
  • This event is limited to 24 participants.
I'm looking forward to being a judge again this year (it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it...LOL).  Happy Baking!

Lisa U.
CC Library

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Holiday Stockings Delivered to Veterans!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated items for holiday stockings for veterans at Coatesville Veterans Medical Center!

Pictured above (in the back row) are Teen Library Crew members Ryan Casey and Beth Urbani, along with Youth Services Librarian Lisa Urbani, delivering the stockings to a women's PTSD unit on December 16th. They also delivered stockings to a men's PTSD unit.

On December 10th, 18 teens came to Chester County Library to fill the stockings with candy, cookies, personal care items, CCL book bags, gift cards to Wawa and Walmart, and a holiday card. We made 85 stockings! THANK YOU to all the teens who volunteered their time to do this. Here are some photos from that day:

Lisa U.
CC Library

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We need help filling holiday stockings for veterans!

We need teens
(in grades 6-12) to help fill holiday stockings for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Medical Center! We'll be filling the stockings with goodies on Wednesday, December 10th, at 4:30 pm in the Struble Room at Chester County Library. After we stuff the stockings, we'll stuff our faces with pizza. :)

You can sign up for this teen service project by going to - Events - Teen Programs - On the calendar, go to December 10 and click on Holiday Stockings for Veterans - Fill in your information.

Hope you can join us for this worthy project. Thanks!

Lisa U.

CC Library