Daily Times (Primos, PA)

Media- Upper Providence Free Library holds spring pop-up book sale

- By Peg DeGrassa pdegrassa@21st-centurymed­ia.com Editor of Town Talk, News & Press of Delaware County Readers can email library news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21stcentur­ymedia.com.

MEDIA » The Media- Upper Providence Free Library will hold a pop-up book sale, starting on their porch and continuing with social distancing in the Main Reading room,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The sale will feature $1 paperbacks for all ages. Masks and social distancing are required.

Over the last year, with all its challenges, the library has continued its service to the community, staying open and creating many new online offerings. The library now has both Hoopla streaming service and their own e-book collection exclusivel­y for residents. The library’s Children’s Room has moved outside in warm weather, providing weekly Take & Make crafts. The library continues a variety of virtual programmin­g for all ages.

Patrons can pick up their materials contactles­s through the library’s front window or come in and briefly browse. According to the library, patrons have been very grateful to have a place to visit, pick up books and see a friendly face.

The Media Upper-Providence Free Library has also announced that Stacy Buechele recently joined the library’s Board of Trustees. A native of Springfiel­d, Buechele and her son Ozzie moved from Philadelph­ia to Upper Providence two years ago and quickly joined the library. Through the pandemic, the mother and son found value in the library as lovers of reading.

During the initial shutdown, they became savvy at the electronic offerings. When the library opened back up for quick browsing, they made a weekly date to stop in, grab some books, a few movies, and the kids craft.

Wanting to give back to her community, Buechele decided not only to belong to the library as a member, but also to serve as a trustee.

The library has new operating hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

J. Lewis Crozer Library offers variety of programs in April

CHESTER » The J. Lewis Crozer Library, 620 Engle St., Chester,, offers programs for all ages this month. Students in Grades 1-12 are invited to enter the 32nd Annual Young Poets of Delaware County Poetry Contest. Students may submit only one new, original poem that is no more than two pages. Poems may be submitted to the J. Lewis Crozer Library or online. Contest requiremen­ts are explained at the Library’s website. Submission­s will be accepted from now until 1 p.m. Thursday, April 15.

The library will offer one of its most popular online programs, “A Painting Party with Joann,” next week. The library’s assistant director and artist-in-residence, Joann Simone, will guide participan­ts as they paint a spring tulip design. Supplies are free and will be available to pick up at the library beginning Tuesday, April 13. Participan­ts must register for the Zoom link in the library’s event calendar. All ages are welcomed.

The library continues its health literacy programmin­g this month through a collaborat­ion with the Drug Free Communitie­s Coalition, Boys & Girls Club of Chester, and the Chester Community Coalition. On Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m., members of the community are invited to “Mental Health Matters in the Midst of a Pandemic,” a virtual Town Hall that explores mental health and substance use/abuse issues in the midst of COVID-19. The event will feature expert panelists, student voices, Q&A, and a collection of helpful resources.

Moderated by Tara Jones of the CAAT Center, the panelists include Lashira Council, LPC, CAADC from Chester Community Coalition; Dr. Marina Barnett, MSW, DSW from Widener University; Kathleen Gast from Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems; and Alexia Clarke, MPH from Chester Community Coalition. Registrati­on for the event is required through the Library’s event calendar.

Two events for kids (PreK – 5th Grade) and their families round out the month. “Saturday Story Time: April Showers” happens on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. The program will include stories, songs, and a craft, investigat­ing how things grow — plants, animals, and people. Registrati­on and the Zoom link are available in the library’s event calendar.

Everyone can end the month with April’s Grab and Go Craft, a butterfly sun catcher. The craft bag containing all supplies and directions may be picked up at the library from April 27 – May 1. No registrati­on is required and the craft is available while supplies last.

The library is not scheduling tax preparatio­n appointmen­ts this year; however, tax forms are available for patrons. Federal 1040 forms and instructio­ns are available at no charge. Other forms are available at a minimal fee.

While the building is still closed to patrons, the library is open for contactles­s, curbside pickup of library materials and for faxing, photocopyi­ng, printing, and scanning.

To find more informatio­n about library programs and resources, or register for programs, visit www.crozerlibr­ary.org/, call 610-4943454 or email crcsd@delcolibra­ries.org.

Prospect Park Library hosts Grab and Go free book event

PROSPECT PARK » The Prospect Park Library will hold a free Grab and Go book event 2-7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 and 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the foyer of the library. All books in designated bins are totally free during this special National Library Week event.

For more informatio­n, call 610-532-4643, email prospectpa­rk@delcolibra­ries.org, visit the library or go to www.prospectpa­rklibrary.org. Prospect Park Free Library is at 720 Maryland Ave., Prospect Park, across from the train station.

Pennsylvan­ia libraries celebrate National Library Week

MECHANICSB­URG, PA » April 4-10 is National Library

Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transformi­ng lives and strengthen­ing communitie­s. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery, and exploratio­n..

During these challengin­g times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and wi-fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home.

“All types of libraries across Pennsylvan­ia continue to be essential by providing access to important informatio­n, services, and programs,” explained Tom Reinsfelde­r, president of the Pennsylvan­ia Library Associatio­n. For more informatio­n on the Pa. Library Associatio­n, visit www.palibrarie­s.org.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? Upper Providence resident Stacy Buechele, pictured with her son Ozzie, recently joined the Media-Upper Providence Free Library Board of Trustees.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Upper Providence resident Stacy Buechele, pictured with her son Ozzie, recently joined the Media-Upper Providence Free Library Board of Trustees.

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