The Friends of Upper Darby Libraries will be holding a weekend full of book sales in the library barn, 76 S. State Road, Upper Darby. Book sales are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14.
There will be no bag sale, but paperbacks are 50 cents and hardbacks $1, as always. In addition to books for children and adults, the sale will offer a wide selection of toys, games and puzzles. Everyone is welcome.
Scanlon is hosting Passport Day at Marple Library on Saturday
US Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5 of Swarthmore, will host Passport Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to file a renewal application or apply for a passport for the first time. They must complete the required applications online and bring a printed copy of the unsigned form, along with an acceptable passport photo on Saturday. Visit travel.state.gov/passport for forms, fees, and required documents. Call the office at 610-626-2020 to register.
Springfield Township Library Library Announces New Programs for June
The Springfield Library will host “Birding with Laura,” at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 2. People are encouraged to bring their binoculars and join birding expert Laura Mitka as she leads this local exploration to learn about the area’s birds by sight and song. Participants will walk through the beautiful habitats surrounding the library.
Everyone should dress according to the weather and ground conditions. Registration is required at http://www.springfieldtwplibrary.org.
The Springfield Township Library will also present “Outdoor Yoga with Dawn: A New Dawn Fitness,” at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28. Everyone is welcome for the free outdoor yoga class for adults with Dawn, a local certified yoga instructor. This is a gentle yoga class, suitable for all levels, designed to calm the mind and body.
Participants must bring their own yoga mat. Registration is required at http://www.springfieldtwplib.org/events. People are welcome to attend one session or all four. The Springfield Township Library is located at 70 Powell Road, Springfield. For more information, call 610-543-2113.
Swarthmore Library Hosts Trivial Fundraiser
The Swarthmore Public Library will be hosting a trivial fundraiser, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at The Inn at Swarthmore.
Attendees can play four rounds of general knowledge quizzes, while enjoying small bites and drinks and attempting raffle baskets. Registration is individual, but players can play in teams of four.
Tickets are $20 per person and include a library bag and reading lamp, as well as a raffle ticket. Space is limited.
All proceeds benefit the Swarthmore Public Library.
Tickets and more details are available in the library or online at https://secure.givelively.org/event/swarthmore-public-library-assoc/nosh-knowledge-fundraiser.
Ridley Township Library Announces May Programs
Penn State Master Gardener Joe Daniels will visit the Ridley Township Public Library on Saturday, May 14 at noon to host a show on “Houseplant Talk.” Daniels will focus on best practices for caring for houseplants. This will include tips and techniques for maximizing plant health and growth.
The Ridley Township Library will be holding a Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 in the library meeting room. To schedule a donation, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org.
The Live Quiz will take place on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in person at the library. Quizzo teams of up to four people are invited to play Disney and Marvel trivia games. Masks are optional and food and drink will be permitted. To register, email [email protected] or call 610-583-0593. The library is located at 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom.
Williams announces $2 million in funding for new Upper Chichester Library
State Representative Craig Williams, R-160 of Glen Mills, announced that the Upper Chichester Library will receive a $2 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Program to build a brand new library.
“Securing funding for a new library was one of the most important goals of my first term,” Williams said. “Through their tenacity, the Upper Chichester Library team primarily serves the children of our community from a two-room storefront in a small shopping centre. This new funding will help them build a much-needed, state-of-the-art library. I would like to thank the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for awarding this very worthy project. »
RCAP funds are dedicated to building the new library structure that will make the facility ADA compliant, add safe open spaces for all, community rooms for use by local organizations, and new technologies to advance literacy and learning, and accommodate more computers.
Additionally, the new one-story library building will contain three study rooms, a historical/archives room, a book sales room, a children’s area, a café and an outdoor patio. For more information on the Upper Chichester Library, call 610-485-0200.
Newtown Public Library closes book on fines
The Newtown Public Library will close the book on overdue fines by no longer charging late fines on books or other materials in circulation. The library will also clear all outstanding library fines from Newtown Township patron records.
The change is part of an institutional movement by a growing number of libraries across Pennsylvania and the country to remove barriers to access and ensure patrons have free, equitable, and open access to knowledge and opportunity. The Newtown Public Library is the first library in Delaware County to make this change.
Fines can potentially be a barrier that disproportionately affects people who cannot afford to pay. Removing these fines, while requiring the return of items, will allow more people to enjoy what the library has to offer. Customers will still have to pay for lost or damaged items. Late materials from other Delaware County libraries may incur fines. The library always encourages users to return the documents in time to make them available to others who would like to borrow them.
The Newtown Public Library Board voted unanimously in April to eliminate outstanding fines. In 2019, the American Library Association passed a resolution citing mounting evidence that eliminating fines increases library card signups and library usage. This resolution also recognized fines as a form of “social inequity” and urged libraries to “work actively to eliminate them”.
The Newtown Public Library, located at 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square, is a member of the Delaware County Libraries. For more information about the library, visit http://newtownlibrary.org.
Delaware County Hosts Series of Public Workshops on Library Waste Management
Pursuant to Pennsylvania Law 101, Delaware County has begun the process of updating its 10-Year Municipal Waste Management Plan, last updated in 2013. Currently, the majority of waste not The county’s recycled waste – 370,000 tonnes/year – goes to Covanta’s incinerator in Chester, with a further 30,000 tonnes a year destined for the Rolling Hills landfill in Berks County.
The updated municipal waste management plan will guide the county’s transition from reliance on incineration and landfills to sustainable materials management methods using zero waste practices. This will maximize the achievable reduction in municipal waste and source-separated recyclables and ensure the county has sufficient capacity to process and dispose of its municipal waste for the next 10 years.
This comprehensive plan will also support the development of county waste and resource management goals, which will be included in the Delaware County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.
To help ensure the new plan reflects the priorities of Delaware County residents, businesses and institutions, the public is invited and encouraged to attend a series of public workshops, held in person and via Zoom, that will provide participants an opportunity to give feedback and share ideas.
For more details and to register to participate, go to delcopa.gov/workshops. The Zoom link for online participation will be provided at the end of the registration process.
A public workshop on “zero waste initiatives” will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at the Norwood Public Library, 513 Welcome Ave., Norwood.
A public workshop on “Elements of the Draft Plan” is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at the Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center, 100 MacDade Blvd, Folsom.
The Ridley Park Library is holding a book and bake sale on Saturday
The Friends of Ridley Park Library will be holding their annual book and bake sale, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at Ridley Park Borough Hall, 105 E. Ward St. Ridley Park. Everyone is welcome to stop by to browse gently used books, movies and CDs for all ages and pick up baked goods. The sale will also include raffle items and a 50/50 draw.
Volunteers are needed to help with the sale and after the sale. Donations of books in good condition will be accepted on Thursday and Friday at the same times.
Proceeds go to the Friends of the Ridley Park Library, a volunteer membership organization that acts as a booster club for the library. Friends activities include supporting library programs like summer reading giveaways, craft club supplies and more.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the Ridley Park Library at 610-583-7207 or [email protected]
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