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kids

The Library is a magical place for children! We go the extra mile to provide a welcoming, positive atmosphere for kids of all ages so that we cultivate a love of learning and reading. After all, today's readers are tomorrow's leaders!

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Events & Meet-Ups

Preschool

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Storytime!

LED BY: Miss Treena (Library Staff)

FREE TO ATTEND

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Fall 2020 Storytimes (presented in Zoom)

  • Program dates:  Wednesdays - Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14

10:00am - "Toddler Time"  (18 mos-2 years) 

11:00am - "Little Ones"  (2-3 years) 

12:00pm - "Pre-K Fun"  (3,4,5 years) 

  • You must register online - registration opens September 9 at 10:00am. (Click "View Calendar" to find the event and register!)

  • Zoom links will be emailed to participants before the first session.

Saturday Storytime (presented on Facebook Live)

  • Special COVID-19 Format/Protocols: Storytimes with Miss Treena will be virtual (Zoom or Facebook Live) until further notice.

  • Questions?  Contact Miss Treena:  tmarvel@ccls.org .

1-2-3 Play with Me

LED BY: Library Staff

FREE TO ATTEND

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  • COVID-19 Update: This program is not currently being offered due to COVID-19.

  • This program is for interactive play with educational toys! We will update this page when we are able to safely resume this activity.

  • Designed for caregivers and their toddlers ages 12-36 months

Lego Club

LED BY: Miss Enya (Library Staff)

FREE TO ATTEND

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  • Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month

  • Special COVID-19 Format: Miss Enya will post a video with a Lego Challenge for you to complete! Show us your creations by taking pictures and tagging us on social media! Videos are posted at 4:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month.
  • Best for Ages 4+

STEAM Mondays

LED BY: Miss Meg (Library Staff)

FREE TO ATTEND

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  • Special COVID-19 Format: Watch Miss Meg's videos for science/technology/math learning! Videos will include fun, hands-on activities you can try at home and will be posted on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month to the West Chester Public Library's Youtube Channel and social media platforms.

  • Best for Ages 5+

Tinker Days

LED BY: Various WC Children's Staff

SUMMER ONLY • FREE TO ATTEND

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  • Special COVID-19 Format: Join us for fun makerspace activities that you can do from home! Themes for each Thursday will be listed on our Events Calendar. Videos will be posted to the library's Youtube Channel every Thursday @ 2:30pm.

  • This program is only offered during the summer.

  • Best for Ages 5+

CCSO and Friends Read

LED BY: Chester County Sheriff's Office

FREE TO ACCESS ONLINE

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Reading & Resources

Coping with COVID-19

Help kids acknowledge and process their feelings in a safe way.

BookFlix

Watch videos and read books about animals, celebrations, nature, music, Earth and much more! 

Our Favorite Websites

A list of favorite online resources picked just for you by CCLS Staff!

TumbleBooks

Explore animated picture books!

POWER

Kids

Explore resources for kids from PA POWER Library!

World Book Online

Access a World of encyclopedias and online resources!

 

Local Trips & Passes

WCPL can loan families free or discounted passes to several local attractions. Each of the passes gives entry to 2-5 persons in the same family!

RESERVE A PASS: Call 610-696-7985 to speak with a staff member and reserve a pass today. Passes are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

NOW OFFERING PASSES TO:

Academy of Natural Sciences dinosaur replica

Academy of Natural Sciences

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum! They are dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Explore this attraction for exhibits on wildlife, butterflies, dinosaurs, and all things natural!

Visitor Information at https://ansp.org/

Image courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, www.ansp.org

Chester County History Center visitory trying on historic clothing

Chester County History Center

Founded in 1893, the Chester County History Center (formerly the Chester County Historical Society) is the official county history museum, education center, and repository of Chester County, PA. Visit their permanent and rotating exhibits in a 56,000 square foot history center in downtown West Chester, featuring locally crafted Grandfather Clocks, furniture from the early 1700s, over 200 quilts, and a historic clothing collection dating from the 1700s to today!

Visitor Information at http://www.chestercohistorical.org/

Image courtesy of Chester County Historical Society, www.chestercohistorical.org/

Longwood Gardens in the conservatory

Longwood Gardens

A world-famous garden attraction right here in Chester County, Longwood Gardens are a 'living expression' of what founder Pierre S. du Pont loved and found beautiful. Catch an awe-inspiring fountain show, stroll through beautiful gardens blooming differently in every season, see a holiday light extravaganza, and experience a variety of fun educational programming.

Visitor Information at https://longwoodgardens.org/

Image courtesy of Longwood Gardens, www.longwoodgardens.org

see what's happening

There's so much happening at the Library just for children! Check our events calendar for upcoming programs, or sign up for our e-newsletter to get the latest news.

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CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently open and operating under Green Phase protocols and hours. COVID Details >

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West Chester Public Library

415 N. Church Street
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380

Main Desk: (610) 696-1721

Children's Desk: (610) 696-7985

Mondays - Thursdays 10:00am—7:00pm

Fridays - Saturdays 10:00am—5:00pm
Closed Sundays

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