Wayne Elementary School fourth-grade student Wesleigh Staneivezius was recently named a first-place winner in the 33rd Annual Young Poets of Delaware County Poetry Contest for her original poem, “Cry.”
Radnor Middle School eihjth-grader Anrui Xu placed third for “1812.”
More than 900 poems were submitted by students in grades 1-12 and the top three for each grade level were selected as winners. Winners’ poems and names will be published in the contest’s annual poetry anthology, and the students will have the opportunity to record a reading of their poem for posting on social media. An online awards ceremony will be held in June.
This program is sponsored by the Mad Poets Society, Delaware County Libraries, Keystone State Literacy Association: Delaware County, Rose Tree Media Optimist Club, Pennsylvania Poetry Society and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Upper Chichester Library announces spring program
Upper Chichester Library invites the public to a new program and meeting place at The Tuesday Morning Café on the first and third Tuesdays of each month until June 21, from 9:30 am to noon.
On Tuesday, June 7, local quilter Helen Manson will talk about quilting. The following meeting will be June 21 and the program will be announced at a later date. Funded by the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Foundation, these free programs will feature lectures, discussions, arts and crafts and more and will be held at the renovated historic Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3217 Chichester Ave., in socially distanced meeting rooms. Light refreshments will be served.
On Wednesday, June 8, at 1 pm, readers should get ready to have a lively book discussion with Upper Chichester Library’s bookwoman, Susan Mulvihill.
Mulvihill has selected James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small,” the first of his five-part series on his life as an English country veterinarian. To a copy of this book and attend the discussion, call Library at 610-485-0200.
E-books and eAudio books are now available to Upper Chichester Library patrons with their card. Funded by Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Foundation, the program gives access to over 50,000 e-audio and e-Books with cloudlibrary. Stop by and get a library card.
Also, the library has ten Hot Spots to lend out to patrons for two weeks at a time to get instant Internet Access. This, too, is funded by Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Foundation. For more information on all library activities, visit https://upperchichesterlibrary.org.
Aston Township Library welcomes summer performers for all ages
Aston Township Library recently announced that it will have summer performers for children and adults, 1 pm Wednesdays, beginning June 22. No registration is necessary. Performers will include magicians, a ventriloquist, storytellers, puppeteers and more.
All programs will be in the gym on the Community Center side of the building. Each child will receive a small prize for attending. They can also hand in their reading logs at the Wednesday programs and receive a second prize.
The children can fill out the reading log all summer and bring it into the Aston Library at any time and receive a prize. Reading logs will also be available to pick up at the Aston Library in the children’s area and also at the front of the library.
Miss Debbie will continue outdoor storytimes throughout the summer, 10:30 am Wednesdays for infants and toddlers and 10:30 am Thursdays for preschoolers. For more information, visit https://astonlibrary.org//.
Ridley Township Library holds book sale this week
The Friends of the Ridley Township Library are holding a book sale all week, from now until Thursday, May 26 in the meeting room at the Library during their normal business hours. Books, video games, CDs and DVDs will be available at bargain prices. Members of the Friends will be on hand to serve beverages and snacks and to register new members.
A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the library, 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday, May 31. To schedule an appointment, go to http://redcrossblood.org.
A Game Night for teens is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25. Teens in grades 6-12 can come to the library meeting room at 5 pm and play with the library’s Nintendo Switch console or with the many board games. The library will debut its new giant Jenga and Connect-4 games. Teens can also pick up Craft 2-go bags,. To reserve a bag, call 610-583-0593 or email mserica,email@example.com.
Teens, ages 13-17, are needed to volunteer their help at the library this summer. Any teen who is interested can grab an application at the library or find one at http://ridleylibrary.org.
Swarthmore Public Library plans many activities for June.
“Nosh and Knowledge” is planned for 1-3 pm Saturday, June 4, at the Inn in Swarthmore. People are invited to attend the fundraiser and show everyone how much they know during the fun afternoon to raise funds for the Swarthmore Public Library. Four rounds of general knowledge trivia will be played while guests enjoy small bites and beverages. There will also be a basket raffle.
Registration is individual, but people may play as a team of four. Tickets are $20 per person and include light fare and non-alcoholic drinks, a library tote bag, book light, and one raffle ticket.
Event tickets can be purchased at the front desk or online at https://swarthmorepubliclibrary.org.
The Swarthmore Public Library will hold a Dog Show, 6 pm Wednesday, June 22, at Little Crum Creek Park. Dogs can be registered in one of fourteen categories: Black Dog, Brown Dog, White Dog, Blonde Dog, Red Dog, Multicolored Dog, Longest Hair, Shortest Hair, Longest Tail, Curliest Tail, Best Costume of dog and owner, Jr. Handler for kids 13 and under, Pairs, and Best Tricks.
Music lovers are invited on the last Tuesday of every month to Turntable Tuesdays. The next one, celebrating the 1980s, is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 28. Attendees can feel free to bring their own theme-related records to this in-person, vinyl listening discussion group. The event is free and open to all adults ages 18 and older.
The library will present the program, “The Halifax Explosion and a Christmas Tradition,” 7 pm Wednesday, June 29. A Canadian province sends the City of Boston a Christmas tree each December. This tradition started over a century ago. Why would this Canadian province send a tree 700 miles annually? Guest speaker Dan Snyder will share the history behind this cherished tradition.
The library’s “In Stitches” group meets 10 am Fridays, June 10, and June 24. Anyone who enjoys knitting, crocheting or needle work is welcome to join the biweekly club to stitch, socialize and share tips and ideas with fellow members. Attendees should bring along their current project or begin a new one.
For more information on library programs, call the Swarthmore Library at 610-543-0436.
People can take advantage of the library’s Book-A-Librarian program, available every Wednesday morning and on select Saturdays. Those who are stumped on how to work a new eReader or tablet, who want to open a new email or social media account but don’t know how, can now get the help they need for free. Appointments are one hour and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readers can email library news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at email@example.com.