Launch of the Teen Reading Lounge

(TRL) program

The Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch are pleased to announce the launch of the Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) program, presented through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.  Teen Reading Lounge is designed specifically to encourage teens to read and talk about literature that matters to them.  The program offers book discussion and creative workshops.

Six-week TRL sessions will be offered at the Chester County Library in Exton on Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16, and 23 (7:00 to 8:30 p.m.) and at the Henrietta Hankin Branch on Mondays, March 9 16, 23, 30, April 13, and 20 (3:30 to 5:00 p.m.).  Both series will focus on graphic novels – exploring the literary form and its art as well as techniques for reading and understanding the genre.  In addition, the workshops will feature a selection of engaging activities to enhance the book discussions and strengthen 21st century life skills in teens.  Attendees will receive free copies of the books that are discussed.

Registration for the entire six-week program is required as space is limited.  The Chester County Library program is open to students in Grades 9 to 12, while the Hankin Branch program is open to students in Grades 6 to 12.  Please register through the Calendar of Events. Registration will open on February 2nd.  If you have questions about the program, please call 610-280-2630 for the Chester County Library or 610-321-1724 for the Hankin Branch.

The Libraries are working with local educators, who will serve as the facilitators, and other humanities professionals and artists to develop an array of activities for the participants.  “PHC believes that including teen audiences in the community of well-informed, highly-engaged adults.  While TRL is a fun learning experience, it is also closely connected to important Pennsylvania learning standards and outcomes, such as reading comprehension, speaking, listening, and interpersonal relationships,” said Laurie Zierer, PHC executive director.

Since 2009, TRL has engaged youth in out-of-school-time learning that increases the capacity of libraries to conduct public humanities programming for teen audiences.  Thirty-nine libraries and over 300 teens have participated in the program throughout the state.  Eleven other libraries in the five-county region of Southeastern Pennsylvania will also host the program through spring 2015.

Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, administered by the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a non-profit organization and a federal/state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  PHC champions the humanities through original programming, advocacy, and direct grants to nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania.  For more information on PHC and to learn more about TRL, visit