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Fall Newsletter ~ October - December 2019
 
 
 
 
Hi, friends!
Happy autumn! Here at the Downingtown Library, we’re re-grouping after a summer that’s been a hive of exciting activity- thank you to all who joined us for lots of fun and exploration this summer! We had a record number of preschoolers,          school-aged kids, teens, and adults join our Summer Reading Quest programs this summer- a whopping 890 total! In July alone, over 12,000 children’s books were checked out- an incredible 43% increase over last year- across the board, you, our wonderful patrons- are telling us that the Downingtown Library is the place to be, and we’re so glad to have you!
Speaking of those record numbers . . .  we want you to know that we hear your increasing requests for more services at the Downingtown Library- in particular- more children’s services and programs. I am so sorry to those of you who have reached out to me about your disappointment that your child was on waiting lists for exciting summer programs, or couldn’t find a summer reading book on the shelf due to a long waiting list. As many of you probably know, we are working hard to meet growing demand for Downingtown Library programs and items with a very limited budget, and even more limited staffing levels- for example, our entire Children’s Services Department is simply one part-time employee- our beloved Miss Jill! Please be assured that every staff member at Downingtown Library works incredibly hard to maintain the highest levels of service possible- I am amazed by the dedication and creativity of my wonderful co-workers, every day! We staff members, and our dedicated Board and Friends of the Library, are also constantly brainstorming ways to increase individual, business, and municipal/governmental contributions so we can increase the number of programs we can offer, and library services in general.
One such fundraising event is an ongoing partnership with Lione’s Pizza, our neighbors up the street at 102 Wallace Ave. They have agreed to donate 10% of your lunch or dinner bill to the 2020 Summer Reading Program, every single Monday, if you show our flyer (you can pick up a flyer at the Library, or show the Facebook post on your phone)! Please be sure to thank Lione’s for their incredible continued support, we are so grateful to them! Also, be sure to mark your calendars for 10/26/19 for another fun (and delicious!) event- the                                             2nd Annual D-Town Brew-Down- a home-brewing competition that benefits the Library! Taste 60 hand-crafted beers, vote for your favorite, listen to great live music, get grub from food trucks, and have fun with your friends! Thank you so much to Minquas Fire Company for hosting this event again.
Finally, I’m thrilled to share some exciting updates with you! First, you may have noticed some changes to the building recently- we now have automatic front doors installed to increase access to the building- thank you to CCRES for a grant that helped pay for this improvement. Additionally, we’ve been able to re-open our men’s restroom thanks to the installation of new security cameras, which will hopefully deter the vandalism that required us to close this restroom to avoid continued plumbing bills. (If you weren’t aware of this situation at the Library, more information can be found here.)
Additionally, we’ve started several new promotions highlighting various areas of our collection. First, we now offer “2 for Tuesday,” which allows you to rent any 2 DVDs or audiobooks (or a mix!) for the price of 1 ($2), every Tuesday! We’ve also started a “Binge Shelf” of DVDs, which you’ll see at the end of our regular DVD shelves, marked with “B” stickers. You can pick any 4 of these films, and rent for the price of 1, all the time! Finally, we now have a “Lucky Day Collection” of very popular adult books. You’ll find these in the new book section- they are only a 7 day loan, and non-renewable. The idea of this little collection is to get books with very long waiting lists into the hands of our super-readers, (think Where the Crawdads Sing) who don’t mind a shorter loan period. It’s called “Lucky Day,” because these copies can’t be put on hold, so as soon as they’re returned- they go right back on the shelf, to make the next patron’s “lucky day!” We hope you enjoy these new promotions!
As always, thank you all so much for being patrons of Downingtown Library. I think I can speak for all of us here at the Library when I say we are so grateful to serve such a friendly, interesting, and supportive community!

Elizabeth Hess

Director, Downingtown Library

On Monday, July 29th, the 4th annual Links for the Library, an
18-hole golf outing and gala was held at Whitford Country Club in Exton.  The event raised more than $11,000 for the library! 
Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers and golfers who contributed to the success of
this event! 
CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!
We had a magical time and an amazing turnout for the Unicorn Fair and Touch a Truck Day!  Hundreds of families came out to explore both events that were enjoyed by both kids and adults.  Thank you for participating and for continuing to support the Downingtown Library!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 
PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTE AGES OF CHILDREN ATTENDING.
TEEN SOCIAL DANCE
OCTOBER 5TH
7:30PM

If you’re in middle or high school (grades 6-12) you can join our FREE social dancing workshop at the Downingtown Library. Folk dancing includes a wide variety of dances where people begin in circles or lines and then move through set patterns together. It is not “line dancing,” because you’ll be dancing WITH others by joining hands and linking elbows to swing. Never tried dancing before? That’s just fine; the instructor Katherine Hansen of Summerwind Dance Society will teach the dance step-by-step before everyone enjoys a dance together.
REGISTER HERE
RESTRING PARTY
October 15th 6-7:30pm

Come and learn how to put new strings on your ukulele with Nic Murphy of Bodoc Records, Crystal Murphy, and the D'town Ukesters!  Please bring your own new strings.
REGISTER HERE
BEGINNER'S WORKSHOP
October 17th 5-6pm

An adult workshop for the absolute beginner. Teaches the basics of strum, rhythm, and chords so you can start playing your favorite tunes.5 classes & a learning packet. Bring your own ukulele and tuner. $35
REGISTER HERE 
SHAKE YOUR SILLIES!
Music, singing, dancing & fun!
Sessions for children ages 2-6
Saturdays ~ Nov. 2nd, Dec. 7th & 14th
Tuesdays ~ Nov. 5th & 19th, Dec. 3rd & 17th


BABY ROCK
Lots of fun & music for children 0-12 months
Nov. 16th & 30th

CHECK THE CALENDAR TO REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
YOGA TOGETHER
December 6th 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.
Presented by a certified instructor for TechGirlz, this will be a micro.bits class for middle school aged girls. This is a fun hands-on activity to educate girls on learning how to code.
NOTE: This is free, but only available to middle school aged girls.TechGirlzs will supply the Micro.bits, but the group must supply the laptops, projector, location & assistance with setting it up. Please reach out with any questions and I will put you in touch with the TechGirlz scheduler!

REGISTER HERE
TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations, by focusing on girls at the crucial middle school age. We offer free workshops to get girls interested in different kinds of technology, show them varied career options, and connect them with professionals in technology fields.
CUPCAKE WARS!
DECEMBER 26TH
11:30AM

 Children in 3rd grade and up are welcome to join this fun competition of cupcake decorating.
REGISTER HERE
  POETRY & PAINTING 
DECEMBER 26TH & 27TH
9:30-11AM

Children in 2nd grade and up are welcome to join this craft and fun class of poetry & painting.
REGISTER HERE 
STORY TIMES
Raise a Reader
*additional NEW time 10AM!*
Toddlers
3 Y
ear Olds
4-6 Year Olds

Check our calendar for times & registration!
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Homeopathic Remedy
October 9th
6:30pm
Learn about the benefits and make & take a first aid travel kit. $20 for materials.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Pamper Me Bath Bombs
October 14th
6:30pm
Join us for a night out of pampering! Make your own bath bombs using essential oils. $5 materials fee
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
Medicare
October 21st
6:30pm

Learn the ins and outs of Medicare and what plan is right for you. Presented by specialist
Ellen Good.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Meditation
October 26th
11:00am

Join us for this relaxing journey of meditation. All levels welcome.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Paranormal Presentation
November 2nd
6:30pm
Downingtown Area Paranormal Investigators will present findings and talk about ghost hunting/hauntings in
Chester County.
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 NOVEMBER


Lego Club
1st Thursday of each month
Grades K-5.
No registration required.
Saving for College
November 14th
9:30am-2:30pm
 
 Stop by our table that will be set up and get all your questions answered about saving for college.
Hosted by Marc Apfelbaum.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Yoga
November 16th
2:00pm
 Join us for a relaxing yoga practice. All levels welcome.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Pringles Tasting

December 27th
6:30pm

6th graders and up are welcome to join us to taste test a variety of flavors of pringles and vote for your favorite! 

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 ALWAYS WELCOME! 

MARKETEENS
WE NEED NEW MEMBERS!  Students in 7th grade & up are welcome to join this group - we com up with new and exciting marketing ideas to help raise funds for the library. 
Contact Karen Smith at ksmith@ccls.org for more details.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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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