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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

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Storytime!

LED BY: Miss Treena (Library Staff)

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FREE TO ATTEND

LATE SPRING 2021 Storytimes - We will be OUTDOORS!

LOCATION:  BARCLAY PARK (corner of Marshall & Church Streets, West Chester Borough, 1 block away from the library!)

NOTE: EACH Storytime date must be registered online INDIVIDUALLY.  

(Click "View Calendar" above to find the event and register!)

  • "Little Ones" - age 18 mos -3 years 

Wednesday, May 19 - 10:00-10:30  (registration Wed, May 12 @ 10:00) 

Wednesday, June 2 - 10:00-10:30  (registration Wed, May 26 @ 10:00)

  • "Pre-K Fun!" - age 3-1/2 - 5 years (choose ONE group per day)

1 - Wednesday, May 26 - 10:00-10:30 (registration Wed, May 19 @ 10:00)​

2 - Wednesday, May 26 - 11:30-12:00 (registration Wed, May 19 @ 10:00)

1 - Wednesday, June 9 - 10:00-10:30 (registration Wed, June 2 @ 10:00)

2 - Wednesday, June 9 - 11:30-12:00 (registration Wed, June 2 @ 10:00)

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  • Special COVID-19 Format/Protocols: Storytimes with Miss Treena will be OUTDOORS. Bring a blanket and/or chairs to sit. Masks are required, social distancing procedures in place, only immediate families may sit close together.

  • Inclement Weather procedure: In this case, Storytime will be virtual and Zoom links will be emailed out in the morning. Adults are requested to accompany their child online.

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

DID YOU KNOW.....?

You can watch previously recorded Storytimes!

Kids playing at West Chester Public Library

1-2-3 Play with Me

LED BY: Library Staff

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FREE TO ATTEND

  • 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

Legos

Lego Club

LED BY: Library Staff

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FREE TO ATTEND

  • Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month

  • Special COVID-19 Format: This program is not currently being offered due to COVID-19.
  • Best for Ages 4+

Science Courses

STEAM Mondays

LED BY: Miss Meg (Library Staff)

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FREE TO ATTEND

  • 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+

Child at Tinker Day at West Chester Public Library

Tinker Days

LED BY: Various WC Children's Staff

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SUMMER ONLY • FREE TO ATTEND

  • 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 Officer reading a book

CCSO and Friends Read

LED BY: Chester County Sheriff's Office

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FREE TO ACCESS ONLINE

 

Reading & Resources

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School Children

Coping with COVID-19

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

BookFlix Homepage

BookFlix

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

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Our Favorite Websites

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

Tumblebooks Homepage

TumbleBooks

Explore animated picture books!

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POWER

Kids

Explore resources for kids from PA POWER Library!

World Book Online launchpad

World Book Online

Access a World of encyclopedias and online resources!

 

Local Trips & Passes

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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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