National Poetry Month Contest Winners!

We’re very excited to announce the winners of the National Poetry Month Contest we held in April! Thank you to all who participated and shared your written works with us.

The First Place Winner of the kid’s contest is Lizzie, age 10, for her poem “Celebration of Voices.” 1st and 2nd runners-up are Maddie and Avery.

“Soft whisper in the breeze

Makes me feel like me

I could sing it all night long

Making it a happy song

A crescendo builds

A love fulfilled

We rejoice and sing together

Holding hands and singing songs

Family and friends

A musical fiesta.”

The First Place Winner of the adult’s contest is Nina, for her poem “The Death Stick Victory.” 1st and 2nd runners-up are Carol and Terry.

“I’ve got to save my lung before the shroud is hung.

Stop sucking nicotine like Beezelbub the fiend!

I’ve got a master plan to stop that cowboy man.

No more addiction, gotta blot out that fiction!

Started smoking when I was but a teen,

it was just part of the scene.

Didn’t care ‘bout my health, only social wealth!

Sucking smoke after hours, basking in teen power.

Feeling bold and brave (but digging my own grave!)

But now I’m over twenty-one, not a scared kid on the run.

See through media suggestions, got to form my own questions:

Do I choose life or death?

Do I cherish every breath?

Do I wish to see the sun rise every day?

See my little cousins play?

Or do I want to be six feet under?

My life one big blunder?

The tired PSA theme: “another life lost to nicotine!”

Now I have to think for myself, place rebellion on the shelf.

This cute little ill can’t be cured by patch or pill.

My addiction is from within.

I’ll have to forgive my past sin.

Moving past excuses, healing those bruises.

It’s the dawn of a new day.

I’m throwing those ciggies away!”

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Ways to Help

Are you wondering how you can help the community during COVID-19? Here’s a list of ways to get started:

  1. Check on neighbors via call or text
  2. Look for neighborhood groups on Facebook to see how you can help in your immediate area
  3. Donate food to Meals on Wheels or other local food banks
  4. Sew face masks for donation to local facilities in need (non-sewing options and instructions can be found here)
  5. Write letters for care packages being sent to those who are working on the front lines during the Coronavirus
  6. Contact nearby organizations and ask about donating spare medical supplies. Currently, the City of Philadelphia is seeking donations for certain unused personal protective equipment (PPE), which, if approved, can be scheduled for delivery or pick-up. Further details and forms can be found here
  7. Contribute artwork and poetry to the Fill the Walls With Hope campaign, a volunteer-run project committed to decorating the city of Philadelphia with positive, colorful messages. You may also download and print free artwork to display in your windows at home
  8. Consider scheduling an appointment for a blood donation via the American Red Cross if you’re healthy and able. Find a drive near you, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
  9. Animal shelters and rescue groups are continuing to care for pets during this time. The Pennsylvania SPCA is seeking in-kind donations of pet supplies, including blankets, toys, and food. More details can be found here
  10. Continue to follow the recommended guidelines and safety precautions: wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds, wear a face mask whenever you must leave your home, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unclean hands or while outside your home, and maintain social distancing of six feet apart

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May Library News

ASTON LIBRARY NEWS–

The Library building remains closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus situation.  Check at www.astonlibrary.org or call 610-494-5877 to check our latest status.

The Library anticipates that once the facility is able to open, it will offer limited service at first, with only pick-up of requested materials available, and other assistance over the phone.  Wearing of masks and social distancing will be required at that time.  This will be some time after the Governor has moved Delaware County from “Red” to “Yellow” status.

No library materials will be due until at least May 22nd due to the crisis.

Join Debbie and Stephen for their Weekly Call-in Show, participate in the theme of the week or just ask questions or talk about whatever you want!  It is Wednesdays at 11AM.  Call 1-561-408-9266 and use PIN: 260062187 or email director@astonlibrary.org and we will call you!

Does your organization need a free way to meet remotely during this time?  The library may be able to share its Google Meet system with you.  Email bronwyn@astonlibrary.org with your need.

Storytime is continuing online at our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary .  Tuesday at 10:30 is Toddler Storytime, Wednesday at 10:30 is Infant Storytime, Thursday at 10:30 is Preschool Storytime.

Ms. Debbie is doing a Virtual Craft and Chat time for adults each week.  To join, email debbie@astonlibrary.org

Need help?  The library will still be checking voicemails left at 610-494-5877 while we are closed.  You can also email us at hello@astonlibrary.org .

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to  http://delco.overdrive.com to see what is available! Download the “Libby” App to your phone or tablet to enjoy the materials.

Go to www.astonlibrary.org, scroll down and look at the links on the right side of the page for great resources when the library is not open!  Use Ask Here PA to get help from a librarian online.  Use Bookflix and Tumblebooks to have books read to your young child.  Use Homework Help Now for help with schoolwork or your resume.  Use RB Digital to read magazines.

Even more resources are available by going to www.delcolibraries.org and clicking on ” Explore e-Resources “.

Don’t have a library card?  Just email your name, address, phone number, and birthday to support@delcolibraries.org and Delco Libraries will email you back a barcode that you can use to access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and all of our other online resources!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!  
We will also be providing regular updates, information and programs for our patrons through the Facebook page.  We share everything from book readings to recipes to sewing tips to yoga lessons to the latest on COVID.

Email debbie@astonlibrary.org and she can add you to the list to receive regular emails with updates, activities and information.

The Library Board of Trustees will meet online on Tuesday, May 19 at 7PM.  Join with Google Meet http://meet.google.com/wur-mxue-msm or Join by phone +1 516-399-4738‬ PIN: ‪264 501 064‬#

You can still join the Friends of the Library! Go to www.astonlibrary.org and click on “Join Our Friends” to send in your info!

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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Lego Creative Challenge!

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Kids’ April Coloring Contest!

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National Poetry Month Contest!

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words.” –Robert Frost

April is National Poetry Month! Recognized as the largest literary celebration around the world, this event encourages people to read and recite poems, as well as try writing their own. To keep the celebration going this year, the Aston Public Library is holding a poetry contest, open to all!

GUIDELINES FOR ADULTS:

  1. All adults who live in Delaware County are eligible to enter.
  2. Only 1 original poem per person.
  3. Entries may be submitted to frontdesk@astonlibrary.org via Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Be sure to write “Poetry Contest Entry” in the email’s subjectline.
  4. Please include your full name and preferred method of contact (phone number or email address) in your entry.
  5. Deadline for submission is THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH, by the end of the day.
  6. The winner will be announced and contacted in May.

GUIDELINES FOR KIDS:

  1. All children grades 1-12 who live in Delaware County are eligible to enter.
  2. Only 1 original poem per child.
  3. Entries may be submitted to frontdesk@astonlibrary.org via Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Be sure to write “Poetry Contest Entry” in the email’s subjectline.
  4. Please include the following in entry: child’s full name, parent’s phone number and email address, and child’s grade, school and school district .
  5. Deadline for submission is THURSDAY, APRIL 30TH, by the end of the day.
  6. Poems will be judged by grade level. Winners will be announced and contacted in May.

Good luck and happy writing!

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April Library News

The Library remains closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus situation.  Check this web site or call 610-494-5877 to see our latest status.

No library materials will be due until at least May 22nd due to the crisis.

Need help?  The library will still be checking voicemails left at 610-494-5877 while we are closed.  You can also email us at hello@astonlibrary.org .

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to  http://delco.overdrive.com to see what is available! Download the “Libby” App to your phone or tablet to enjoy the materials.

Scroll down this page and look at the links on the right side of the page for great resources when the library is not open!  Use Ask Here PA to get help from a librarian online.  Use Bookflix and Tumblebooks to have books read to your young child.  Use Homework Help Now for help with schoolwork or your resume.  Use RB Digital to read magazines.

Even more resources are available by going to ” Explore e-Resources ” on the Delco Libraries web site.

Don’t have a library card?  Just email your name, address, phone number, and birthday to support@delcolibraries.org and Delco Libraries will email you back a barcode that you can use to access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and all of our other online resources!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!

We will also be providing regular updates, information and programs for our patrons through our Facebook page.

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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Non-digital Activities – For Parents and Kids

Looking for something to do while you’re at home, but want a break from screen-time? Check out this list of ideas for activities geared toward parents and kids that don’t require using your device.

Elephant Toothpaste
Make a batch of super foamy toothpaste that’s big enough for an elephant! Science Buddies teaches how to do this bubbly science experiment with household items.

Galaxy In-a-Bottle
A fun project that anyone can enjoy doing. Galaxy Bottles are not only a colorful and little-to-no mess craft, but they also encourage kids to use their senses and to learn about the universe and outer space.

Handmade Soap
PBS For Parents gives simple step-by-step instructions on how to make soap using every day ingredients, even small plastic animals and trinkets.

Homemade Instruments
From Learning Lift-Off. Get inventive and learn how to DIY 6 of your own musical instruments, including a banjo, rainstick, and water xylophone.

LEGO Challenge
This free, printable calendar offers 30 days’ worth of LEGO-themed challenges, from building a robot to a marble maze. Other ideas for things to do with LEGOs are provided and can be used for fun and for education.

Origami
Origami is a special way of folding paper into designs without the use of glue or tape. Here are several diagrams and instructions on how to make origami animals, toys, and more that range from very simple to more advanced shapes. You can also download and print colorful origami papers for free.

Playdough DIY
Learn how to create playdough that can be customized with different colors and scents, and will last a long time when stored in plastic bags.

Printable History Board Games
Beat boredom with some board games. Here are 13 free printable games that offer engaging ways to find out about different periods in history.

Read-Alouds for Together Times
From the blog Orange Marmalade Books. A guide to gentle, rather short chapter books and picture books to read with your kids. Many of these are classics but also include more modern titles.

Science Experiments
A list of over 60 neat science experiments that can be done with simple household objects. Make a volcano out of baking soda, vinegar, and glitter, create invisible ink with lemon juice, build a parachute for a light-weight toy, and more!

Suggested Reads for Teens
Another link from the blog Orange Marmalade Books. A list of tried-and-true books for middle graders and teens, covering genres such as fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, and mystery.

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Non-digital Activities – For Adults

Looking for something to do while you’re at home, but want a break from screen-time? Check out this list of ideas for activities that don’t require using your device.

Container Gardening
A large amount of yard space isn’t required to grow your own produce. This article provided by Farmer’s Almanac, recently updated for 2020, provides detailed advice and instructions on how to start growing various greens and vegetables using containers, window boxes, and plant supports.

Baking
From the hit TV series The Great British Bake-Off, try out these recipes created by contestants from nearly every season. Sort by classic treats, technical challenges, and showstoppers. “On your mark, get set, bake!”

Faux Calligraphy
Modern calligraphy doesn’t require a special dip pen or a quill and ink. You can learn with a pen or mechanical pencil. Lettering Daily teaches how to emulate beautiful calligraphic writing without special tools. Free printable worksheets are included.

Food Canning
Rural Sprout teaches you how to can (or preserve) fresh fruits and vegetables that can be stored away for an extended period of time to be enjoyed at a later date. Links to supplies, directions, and additional canning recipes are provided.

Nature Journaling
Nature journaling has proven to be beneficial in more ways than one. It allows you to be artistic while at the same time offering relaxation. Many supplies to get started can be gathered around your house, and inspiration can be found right outside your door, in your backyard, or just by looking outside a window.

Old Book DIY Crafts
Presented by BookRiot. Looking to unload some old books? Instead of throwing them away, BookRiot offers 30 suggestions (and tutorials) for upcycling them into works of art that can be used to decorate your home, or saved as future gifts. From garlands, to keepsake boxes, to whole wall displays, there’s something for everyone.

Quilting
By Missouri Star Quilt Co. Learn how to quilt different patterns based on your skill level. Choose from several types of projects taught by various instructors. There is also a forum for quilters to ask for advice, display their pieces, and just chat!

Seed Saving
Learn how to preserve seeds from a variety of crops and flowers you’ve already planted, saving you money and helping to save rare, heirloom plants from disappearing. Seed Savers Exchange offers tips and guides on how to keep seeds from year to year.

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Digital Activities and Services – For Adults

Looking for something free to do while at home?  Click on the links and use your library card number to access.

Ancestry
We received temporary at-home access to this resource during the Coronavirus pandemic. Further your genealogical research with digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and more.

Classical Music Concerts – Live Streamed
Presented by Classic FM. A comprehensive list of live-streamed classical music concerts from renowned groups around the world. Watch archived shows, and check the schedule for upcoming performances.

Food Assistance for Residents
Food assistance is available to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and organizations across the County are providing grab and go meals to residents in need. An interactive map and more information are provided.

Exercise Videos
A YouTube playlist of exercises you can do at home. Includes chair yoga, cardio workouts, and tai chi.

Google Arts & Culture
Explore hundreds of famous galleries and landmarks from around the world. Study detailed works in HD, and explore sites from Google’s street view. Museums and collections may be sorted by location, popular topic, and even color.

JobNow – Online Career Assistance
From Brainfuse. Get expert assistance throughout the job search process, including resume review and interview coaches. Take advantage of the 24/7 templates, tips and resources, including eParachute, which matches your interests and skills with careers.

Kennedy Center Digital Stage
Brought to you by the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., explore thousands of shows and concerts by singers, musicians, and other performing artists. New videos are added daily.

LibriVox
Public domain audiobooks read by volunteers, made free for safe download to your device. Browse the catalogue for short stories, full novels, poems, and more.

Magazines – RBdigital
Get access to full-color, interactive digital magazines including the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar and many many more. Create an account using your library card. Read on your computer’s browser or download the RBDigital app to your tablet or phone.

National Emergency Library
From The Internet Archive. The National Emergency Library offers free, public access to an online collection of books to assist with online teaching, professional needs, and personal edification while libraries, universities, and other institutions remain closed.

Newspapers
The Delaware County Library System provides digital access to current issues of the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Daily Times and more.

OverDrive and Libby
Check out eBooks and audiobooks for all ages on your computer, tablet or phone. Overdrive is available for most phone’s and tablets. Libby, Overdrive’s newer, more user friendly app, is available in the Apple App Store, Microsoft Windows Store, and Google Play. Read in your computer’s browser or download the Overdrive or Libby app to your tablet or phone.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Get access to full-text Philadelphia Inquirer issues and articles. Published daily and available for download.

Pronunciator
Get access to basic through advanced language learning through activities, drills, quizzes, interactive coaching and live practice with native speakers. Plus feature films, music and more. There are over 80 languages available as well as ESL learning in your native language.

Slightly Foxed Podcasts
Based in the UK, Slightly Foxed is a quarterly magazine that focuses on books that may have gone under the radar of big publishers and newspapers, but are still worth reading! The Slightly Foxed podcast is run by its staff, and covers a variety of literary topics, including excerpts from unusual written works, and interviews with established authors and contributors.

Watching Wildlife
Explore nature without leaving your home. The National Park Service provides webcams that give an up-close look at land and sea creatures in action.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival
From May 29th to June 7th, YouTube will be hosting a free (and ad-free!) 10-day digital event of “feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and panel discussions” from 20 top film festivals, including Tribeca, Sundance, and Berlin International. A full schedule of featured films will be released in the weeks to come.

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