Delco Libraries Receives Grant to Buy More Museum Passes – Delco Times

MIDDLETOWN – The Library Foundation of Delaware County has announced a new grant opportunity available to every member library of the Delaware County Library System.
The Library Foundation of Delaware County will provide $500 to each library to purchase area museum passes for use by all county patrons. Elmwood Park Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences and Mutter Museum are just a few of the popular choices. These passes will allow customers to use these attractions for free or at a reduced cost.
“Many thanks to the Foundation for the generous and continued support of DCL Libraries,” said Donna Murray, Director of Ridley Township Public Library. The museum, zoo, garden and other passes are extremely popular with our customers. Just today, a mother and her three children were in the process of getting new library cards. A colleague was listing all the services we provide including passes. The family immediately checked out the Chanticleer Gardens pass and left the library giddy enough to head there this weekend. Such support allows us not only to serve the community, but also to surprise and delight them with the many things we offer. »
The mission of the Library Foundation of Delaware County is to secure resources and funding to improve basic library services provided by member libraries of Delaware County Libraries. The Museum Pass program achieves this goal and expands library services for all county residents. The museum pass program demonstrates that libraries offer much more than books.
To learn more about the Library Foundation of Delaware County or to help the foundation in its mission to improve library services, visit

Springfield Library Presents Cooking Demonstration, Author Tour, Bingo, and More in August

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Township Library will present the Mutter Museum program, “Bone Detectives,” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 1.
What happens when a skeleton is discovered? How do scientists use bones to solve crimes? Everyone is invited to learn about the role of forensic anthropology in criminal investigations and to find out what can be learned from examining bone remains. Registration is required at
The Springfield Library will be hosting bingo via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 5.
Individuals, teams and/or families of all ages are invited to share this moment of pleasure. Subscribe to is needed to get the Zoom link. People can reuse cards if they’ve played with the library in the past. Those who are new should be sure to respond to the welcome email that will be sent to them with instructions on applying for cards after registration closes. Prizes were generously donated by local Springfield Township businesses. Registration ends the Tuesday before the scheduled bingo. Sponsors this month include Nirvana, Yosemite, Dairy Cottage and Shine Salon
On Wednesday, August 17 at 6 p.m., the library will host Kitchen Wizards who will present a Zoom cooking session on “Light Summer Supper and Chilled Dessert.” Kathy from Kitchen Wizards will demonstrate how to make a simple summer supper of chicken piccata and roasted asparagus, followed by chilled strawberry soup for dessert. Please register by Wednesday, August 10 so that librarians can send a return email with the ingredients needed in advance. To register, visit The 6 p.m. start time allows attendees to cook and enjoy their creations as an evening meal, if desired.
Veteran, Cardinal O’Hara’s teacher and author, Lt. Col. David E. Kelly, USMC, will visit the Springfield Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30. He will feature stories and talk about the interviews featured in his new book. “Hell in the Streets of Husaybah”, which focuses on the April 2004 battles of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in Husaybah, Iraq. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase and signature. In-person event registration is required at

Yeadon Public Library Announces Programs

YEADON—Yeadon Public Library will continue its children’s programming until August 26, with free breakfast from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s programming includes: Hybrid Bingo will take place on Wednesdays August 3, 10 and 17. and 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. People can play in person or virtually.
Families are invited to pick up Grab and Go Stem kits, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 16. Parents are encouraged to purchase the kits and expose their children to the world of science, technology, engineering and math.
Storytime is scheduled for Friday, August 5 and Monday, August 15, with children’s book author, Virtuous Cornwall, from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
A family art workshop is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 and a special “Oceans of Possibilities Aquatic Science Center” program is scheduled from 12-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 11.
The Yeadon Library End of Summer Celebration will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, August 19.
Adult programming for August includes Slow Tech-Computer classes for beginners, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16 and 23 and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. Those who do not have a computer can use the library computers.
State Representative Joanna McClinton’s mobile office will be at the library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, August 4. People can get their questions answered and get informed.
The Friends of Yeadon Library will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 and the Library Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25. All are invited to come by and make their voices heard.
Adults are also invited to the Yeadon Public Library Evening Book Club, 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31. This month’s good read is “Blue Nowhere” by Jeffrey Deaver. The book club meets from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every fourth Wednesday, unless notified of a date change.
For more information on any of these programs, call the Yeadon Library at 610-623-4090 or email [email protected]/.

The Upper Chichester Library hosts a crab party

UPPER CHICHESTER– The Upper Chichester Library will host its annual Crab Party, from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, at the Bethel Firehouse Ballroom, 3737 Foulk Rd., Garnet Valley. Tickets are $60. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Upper Chichester Library. The library accepts credit cards, cash or checks.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat crabs, BBQ chicken, cornbread, baked beans, corn on the cob, hot dog rolls and macaroni and cheese. The event is BYOB. All proceeds will support the building fund for the new Upper Chichester Library and Community Resource Centre. Call the library for more information: 610-485-0200 or visit

Swarthmore Public Library predicts a busy August

SWARTHMORE—The Swarthmore Public Library will be offering teen games from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5. For those entering grades 6-12, the library will have old and new systems and a selection of games. Registration is recommended.
Adult Retro Game Night is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5. Attendees can play their favorite classic games on consoles like the NES, Sega Genesis, and Atari 2600 while listening to some of their favorite songs from the 80s and 90s. This program is free and open to anyone 21 and older. Registration is encouraged.
A virtual exhibition of local authors is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 8. The event, organized by Marple Public Library and Swarthmore Public Library, will feature works by six local authors. Everyone is welcome for an evening of author talks and presentations by guest speakers: Brian Dickens Barrabee, Cheryl Borrelli, Juanita Gregg, Arlene Lomazoff-Marron, Caroline Reeves and Bryan Way. The Zoom link will be sent a few days before the event.
Mystery Mondays are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on August 15 and 29. Attendees can visit the Council Chamber to watch British and international mystery television series.
The True Crime Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who obsessively devours true crime documentaries and podcasts, this is the group for them. Murderinos are welcome to discuss the monthly selection. Each month, the group will alternate between watching a real crime documentary at the library and meeting to discuss a real crime book. This month, the group will read “The Facts of a Body” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.
The Spice It Up! The club meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the club for an exploration of different spices. Customers who register are invited to create the dish of their choice. Then during the virtual meeting on Zoom, participants will talk about what each has done and what they thought of the spice recipes and even the trade. The spice of the month for August is garlic.

Turntable Tuesdays are held at the library on the last Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Music lovers bring their own themed discs to play or listen to others’ selections. This month, the group will discuss folk music. This event is free and open to all adults 18 and older.
The library organizes a book club, from 2 to 3 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month, consisting of a lively discussion. This month’s book is “Summer of ’69” by Elin Hilderbrand.
The Swarthmore Library Knitting Club meets at 10 a.m. Friday, August 5 and 19. Local residents who knit, crochet or do needlework are invited to join a bi-weekly club to sew, socialize and share tips and ideas with other members. Bring in current projects or start new ones.
The last Saturday of the month, at 10 a.m., the Library presents “Coffee Talk” at the Broad Table Tavern, 12 S. Chester Rd., Swarthmore. Everyone grabs a cup of coffee and discusses topics like book and movie recommendations, suggestions for staying active and busy, and current events. The event is an opportunity to connect with friends and the community. For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 610-543-3171.

Library news and photos can be sent to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.

Lt. Col. David E. Kelly, USMC, will visit the Springfield Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 to talk about the new book he recently wrote, “Hell in the Streets of Husaybah.” (PEG DEGRASSA/MediaNews Group)
First-time author Brian Barrabee of Swartmore will discuss his new book, “Confessions of a Real Estate Man,” at a virtual author forum, 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 8, presented by Public Libraries Marple and Swarthmore. (PEG DEGRASSA/MediaNews Group)
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