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Winter Newsletter ~ January - March 2020
 
 
 

Director’s Note- January 2020

             Happy New Year, all! It’s hard to believe it’s really 2020- I don’t know about you, but doesn’t the year “2020” sound like something out of a science fiction novel?!

            Looking back to 2019, the Library had it’s busiest year ever- from the highest door counts, item circulations, program attendance, and computer usage we’ve ever had! One of our biggest pieces of news in 2019 was the announcement of Challenge Grant for Children’s Services- in December, an anonymous donor issued a $25,000 challenge, giving $5,000 a year for a period of 5 years if the Library can secure $10,000 a year in pledges from the community for the next 5 years- the amount needed to fund a full-time Children’s Librarian, which will allow the Library to increase the number of children able to attend educational programs through Children’s Services expansion. As you may know, requests for more children’s programming continue to grow exponentially- we struggle to keep up with the increasing demand for programming and extended services in general at our current staffing and revenue level. The Board of Directors is appealing to all Library supporters to sign a pledge right away, so that the Library can achieve this goal as quickly as possible! Pledges can be any amount- all pledges will make a difference. We are very grateful for this anonymous donor to invest in the Downingtown Library in a way that encourages others to continue, or perhaps initiate sustained giving. Please visit http://downingtownlibrary.org/ways-to-give/ for information about making your pledge. Thank you so very much to all of you who have already done so!

            Speaking of funding, many don’t realize how the Downingtown Library is funded- I understand, it’s a bit convoluted! Downingtown Library Company is a 143-year old 501(C)3 nonprofit public library, that is a member of the Chester County Library System (CCLS). Some patrons think that we are a branch of Chester County Library, but in fact, we are completely autonomous. A library system like Philadelphia’s is a “consolidated library system,” where every library is a branch- governed as a single entity with one Board of Trustees. CCLS is what’s called a “federated library system,” meaning that all of the member libraries are independent and govern themselves through their own Boards. This is why libraries have varied policies, fees, programs, and borrowing collections, to name a few. Also, in this type of library system, member libraries are responsible for raising their own funds. We are so grateful to receive significant County and State funding, which is administered to member libraries based on what’s called the “Funding Formula,” where certain measures determine what percentage of the total funding each library receives- factors like our door counts, number of Downingtown Library card-holders, circulation statistics, local financial effort, (how much we receive in donations and municipal funding each year), program attendance, and many more. This why every measure of your patronage directly helps us to receive higher levels of funding year after year!

            The local municipalities in our service area (Downingtown Borough, Caln, East Brandywine, East Caln, and West Bradford Townships) also make voluntary yearly contributions, that we are so thankful for- and depend on! Governmental contributions in total (Municipal, County, and State) only provided 46% of the Downingtown Library’s annual budget, with the balance of income coming from contributed sources like individual donations, foundations, corporations, grants, and special events. We are so very grateful for all of you, whose contributions show how deeply our community values robust public library services! I hope this explanation helps, too, to explain why we cannot easily expand our services- I regularly receive feedback from patrons asking why we don’t have a museum pass program, drive-up book drop, more programs, hours on Sunday, or a larger building, to name a few common requests- this is why! The Board, Friends of the Library, staff, and volunteers work incredibly hard to both stretch every penny we receive in funding, manage costs, and brainstorm new funding opportunities so we can better meet the public’s demands for higher levels of service!

            Finally, I wanted to highlight some exciting new services coming soon- a credit card payment option at the circulation desk, and scan-to-email capability at the copier- and reflect on some new promotions we initiated in 2019.

    2 for Tuesday DVD/Audiobook rentals- every Tuesday, rent 2 of these items (mix-and-match if you’d like!) for the price of 1.

   Binge DVD rentals- check out up to 4 DVDs on the “Binge Shelves” at the end of the DVD shelves (labeled with a big “B”) for the price of 1.

   “Lucky Day Collection”- located at the end of the “New Book Shelves,” these are high-demand titles that are 7 day loans, and not able to be renewed or placed on hold. The idea is that you’ll come across a book that has a really long waiting list when you’re browsing, and it’s your “lucky day!”

   “Adopt-a-Book” and “Name-a-Shelf” fundraisers to benefit educational programming for all ages.
Learn more here:
http://downingtownlibrary.org/ways-to-give/

             As always, thank you all so much for being patrons and supporters of the Downingtown Library! Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns at ehess@ccls.org.

Elizabeth Hess

Director, Downingtown Library

We had a SUPER fun & festive time at our 2019 visit with Santa! Santa read stories, listened to wish lists, we had a Frozen-themed room, cookie decorating, holiday shopping at our secret shop, music by the D'town Ukesters and so MUCH more! Huge thanks to all the volunteers and families who participated and helped to make this event so special.
And an extra large shout out to Miss Jill who always goes above & beyond to make these events so memorable. 
 
12:30 PM SESSION REGISTER HERE
2:30 PM SESSION REGISTER HERE
WHICH TEST SHOULD YOU TAKE?
JANUARY 29TH 6:30-7:30 PM

Program presenter by Crimson Review
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

FREE SAT TEST
FEBRUARY 15TH 12:00-4:00 PM

Presented by Princeton Review
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
FEBRUARY 7TH 6:00-7:30PM
Join the fun at our 6th Annual Night at the Oscars! Watch clips from the nominated films and pick the winners! Refreshments served. Person who picks the most correct, wins a prize! REGISTER HERE.


Dust off your clubs and grab your foursomes! 

SAVE THE DATE
FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL

LINKS FOR THE LIBRARY

JULY 27, 2020
WHITFORD COUNTRY CLUB
SATURDAY JAM CIRCLE
2ND & 4TH SATURDAYS 9AM

Bring your ukulele and jam out with the D'town Ukesters!  All skill levels and ages welcome
but a basic understanding of how to play is required. For more information, email
crystalmurphymusic@gmail.com or follow us @DtownUkesters on Facebook

BEGINNER'S UKULELE PART II
4 Thursdays in Feb. 5pm

This is a continuation of the Beginner's Workshop I. $50 non-refundable fee due at first class, includes four classes & a learning packet. Bring your ukulele and tuner. Ages 15+
MORE INFO & REGISTRATION HERE
SHAKE YOUR SILLIES!
Music, singing, dancing & fun!
Sessions for children ages 2-6
Saturdays ~ Jan. 18th, March & & 21
Every Tuesday in February


BABY ROCK
Lots of fun & music for children 0-12 months
Feb. 1st & 15th

CHECK THE CALENDAR TO REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
SHAKE YOUR SILLIES STORYTIME at the
EAST BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP BUILDING

This special storytime is for preschool children & their caregivers.  Presented by Miss Crystal & Miss Jill.  Stories, songs & fun!
FEBRUARY 3RD & 17TH
10:30-11:15 AM

REGISTER HERE
YOGA TOGETHER
February 7th & 21st  9:30 & 10:45am

Mamas, Papas, Grandparents & caregivers with children ages 1-5 years old are welcome! SESSION 1 is for children 1 year old (crawling or walking) up to 2 1/2. Session 1 will include "storytime yoga." SESSION 2 is for children 2 1/2 to 5. Certified children's yoga teacher Amanda Daley will guide you & your little ones through a complete yoga practice including breathing, stretching, andsome silly dancing. Please bring a mat or towel.
FEBRUARY 22ND
1:30 PM

Attention Local Authors:
We Need You!

Please consider joining us for a
Local Authors Day/ Open Mic Event.
Read excerpts from your work and promote your books at the library.

AUTHORS REGISTER HERE
AUDIENCE REGISTER HERE
REGISTER HERE
STORY TIMES
Raise a Reader
Toddlers
3 Y
ear Olds
4-6 Year Olds

Check our calendar for times & registration!
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March 19th Storytimes will feature Longwood Garden's Community read book titled,
The Enormous Potato
We will read potato stories and learn all about this delicious root vegetable!

UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Homeschool Day
February 12th
1:00-3:00 pm
Homeschool families can learn about services that are available to homeschooled students.
Professionals that will be present:
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Speech Therapist
Dyslexia Specialist
Homeschool Evaluator
Registration online. Each child must be registered.
Maximum number of students: 25 at 1:00, 25 at 2:00
REGISTER FOR 1:00PM
REGISTER FOR 2:00PM

Medicare 101
January 15th
5:30pm

APPRISE, Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Program, is a free and unbiased health insurance counseling service that helps Medicare beneficiaries understand their Medicare insurance benefits and coverage, compare Medicare prescription drug plans, and complete applications for the government programs that help pay Medicare expenses. The APPRISE counselors provide reliable, unbiased, and easy to understand health insurance information regarding Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap and Medicare prescription drug coverage.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

ONGOING KIDS PROGRAMS
PAWS for Reading
3rd Wednesday of each month
Times slots start at 6:30pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JANUARY



Lego Club
1st Thursday of each month
Grades K-5.
No registration required.
 
Dementia Live
February 8th
1:00pm
 
Dementia Live® is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Chester County & WWI History
February 18th
6:30pm
Come and learn about some local history & industry support in Chester County during WWI.
Presented by Bob Ford.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Book Club Gathering

March 8th
1:00-2:30pm
Any and all book clubs that meet in our area are invited to this meet & greet! Find out what everyone is reading and meet new people.
Prizes awarded for longest running club, oldest member, person in the most books clubs. Refreshments will be served.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Journey to Senior Living

March 21
1:00pm

This PowerPoint presentation is designed to educate the potential resident and or adult child. We will discuss the differences between Independent, Assisted Living, Personal Care, and Memory Care & Skilled Nursing. Learn how to how to begin your search, questions to ask while on a tour, items to look for while touring, and the best times to go on a tour.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

ONGOING PROGRAMS
Film Forum
2nd Tuesday of each month
6:30pm


Writers Group
2nd Thursday of each month
6:30pm

Library Book Club
4th Tuesday of each month
6:30pm

Conversational English
Every Tuesday at 12pm

This program is for ESL people or for anyone who would like to practice speaking English. Come and meet new friends! Beginners are welcome. There will be different topics discussed at each session.

Senior Center Book Club
4th Thursday of each month
1:00pm
CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR BOOK & MOVIE LISTS
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! 
MARCH 27TH -29TH
THE FRIENDS OF THE DOWNINGTOWN LIBRARY WILL BE ACCEPTING USED BOOK DONATIONS IN FEBRUARY. 
CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR DATES & DETAILS!
The Downingtown Library continues to host various local school art shows.  Be sure to stop in and see what we have on display!  We also offer several computers for your use, quiet tutoring spaces and a helpful staff. 
Come in and see what your local library has to offer!
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