Local Libraries Focus on Health
Libraries are community and cultural centers devoted to building education, inspiration, and community engagement in our area. Western Chester County has four different libraries, each unique in its own way. The Atglen Library, Coatesville Area Library, Honey Brook Community Library, and the Parkesburg Library are pillars in this region, always working to bridge the community to the resources it needs.
Libraries strive to enhance the well being of our residents, not only mentally but physically as well. Atglen Library integrates health into its services with their Easy Evening Bike Rides and the Bike Safety Rodeo in partnership with Bike Chester County.
Library director Robbyn Kehoe explained the initiative is a forward thinking move, “the bike programs were inspired
from Chester County Planning Commission’s new trail developments. We’d like to foster a bike culture in Atglen to promote growth and cultivate awareness of our borough.” When you think of the library, you don’t necessarily think of economic development. However, Atglen Library prides itself in taking strides to service the community- now and for the future. Robbyn added, “the initiative is one piece of the Library’s virtuous cycle of strengthening Atglen.”
Another library focusing on wellness is the Coatesville Area Library, which offers yoga every Monday and Thursday evenings and hosts the Chester County Food Bank’s Fresh2You produce truck.
Way to A Healthy Life is a seminar hosted by Parkesburg Library along with many how-to courses for the use of natural-healing oils. Honey Brook uses its green thumb to grow food for the Chester County Food Bank in its library garden. Volunteers and the Honey Brook Girl Scout troop maintain the veggies, plants, and flowers!
“The library is a vital meeting place. Our community doesn’t have many spaces to meet, the library fills that need” says Robbyn Kehoe. A local library is a valuable institution that serves as a gathering place for work, family, or friends. They are not just shelves of books, but more so- community hubs that allow everyone to feel safe and have equal access to opportunity.
To view the event calendars for Atglen Library, Coatesville Area Library, Honey Brook Community Library and the Parkesburg Library visit www.ccls.org.