Crosslands Library

A source of recreational reading, reference material, newspapers, magazines, and assorted other material for use by residents and employees of all 4 communities open all day every day. The library is funded by the CRA and operated by volunteers who are available as follows:

Hours when Library staff are available:

Monday – Friday Wednesday & Friday Saturday
10 am – 12 Noon 10 am – 12 Noon
 3 pm – 5 pm

The KCC Library Catalog that comes up in a full color window on your computer is called “Alexandria Researcher”.  This site gives you the opportunity to search the catalog of books and DVDs available at Crosslands, the Nature Library and Kendal. You can learn details about an item  and find out if a book or DVD is available.

You may access the library Researcher directly by clicking on the green rectangle to the right (or to find it on small screen devices, scroll down).

Books and CDs of audio books are available for checkout for 21 days; DVDs for 7 days.

For more information about how to use the “Researcher” you can pick up a copy of “The KCC Library Catalog” on the counter by the public computer in the Library. The researcher is up and running 24/7 on the public computer.  A link is also available to the Chester County Library catalog on the public computer, or by clicking on the blue rectangle to the right.

The library  stocks an extensive collection of magazines and newspapers. All the magazines are donated. Subscriptions provide  copies of local and national newspapers (for example: the Daily Local, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Back issues are held for up to one week. Ask if you don’t find what you are looking for.

If you want to recommend a book or DVD for the Library, click here. Fill out the form then click “Submit”

Chair: Allison Butler
Deputy Chair: Charmaine Gates

Library, Allison Butler checking out a book
Chester County/Kennett Square Library Catalog Link
Audland & Firbank Library Request Form
  • Crosslands Library—New Books

    May List of New Additions to the Library 

    Come See the New Shelves of Books by Crosslands and Cartmel Authors


    Abbott, L.L.       Death at Deception Bay : the gripping Lake…

    Albom, Mitch      The stranger in the lifeboat : a novel

    Buckley, Jonathan          The great concert of the night

    Mandel, Emily St. John             Sea of tranquility

    McCall Smith, Alexander          Love in the time of Bertie

    McCall Smith, Alexander          A promise of ankles

    Morrison, Toni       Recitatif

    Shepherd, Peng      The Cartographers.

    Wilson, Diane         The Seed Keeper


    Evanovich, Janet     Notorious nineteen : a Stephanie Plum novel

    Reichs, Kathy        Flash and bones

    Thurlo, Aimee        Turquoise girl : an Ella Clah novel


    Frank, Jeffrey,         The trials of Harry S. Truman

    Marton, Kati          The chancellor : the remarkable odyssey of…


    MacKeand, J. C. B.        Sparks and flames : ignition in engines

    Milman, Oliver        The insect crisis : the fall of the tiny empires

    Newitz, Annalee,            Four lost cities : a secret history of the urban…

    April List of New Additions 


    Clayton, Meg Waite        The Postmistress of Paris

    Gainza, Maria                   Portrait of an Unknown Lady

    Roberts, Nora                  Angels Falls

    Rosner, Jennifer           The Yellow Bird Sings

    Shepherd, Peng           The Cartographers

    Slocumb, Brendan     The Violin Conspiracy

    Steel, Danielle             Past Perfect

    Tyler, Ann                   French Braid

    Vidich, Paul              The Matchmaker; a spy in Berlin



    Banville, John            Snow

    Black, Cara               Murder at the Porte de Versailles

    Box, C.J.                    Shadows Reel

    Engberg, Katrine      The Harbor

    Leon, Donna             Give unto Others

    Perry, Anne              Three Debts Paid

    Qiu, Xiaolong            The Shadow of Empire

    Wesley, Valerie W.   A Fatal Glow


    Large Print Mystery

    Connelly, Michael     The Wrong Side of Goodbye



    Yovanovitch, Marie     Lessons from the Edge



    Historical Soc of Delaware      Made by Delaware Hands

    Ketchum, William                     American Folk Art

    Koterski, James R.                    Early Potters and Potteries of Delaware…1760-1860

    Koterski, James R.                    Potters and Firebrick Makers of Cecil Co., Maryland and Nearby                                                                           1750-1950

    Kucharski, Adam                     The Rules of Contagion

    Nicholson, Adam.                    Life Between the Tides

    Miranda, Lin-Manuel              Hamilton: the Revolution

    Raff, Jennifer                          Origin: a Genetic History of the Americas

    Wheelan, Charles.                   We Came We Saw We Left, a Family Gap Year

    The Display Table:  Shakespeare

    MARCH 2022


    Asim, Jabari Yonder

    Barker, Pat   The silence of the girls

    Clements, Oliver   The queen’s men

    Cook, Robin  Intervention

    Cussler, Clive  The devil’s sea

    Davis, Fiona   The magnolia palace

    Haigh, Jennifer  Mercy Street

    Harper, Karen  American Duchess a novel of Consuelo

    Kanon, Joseph  The Berlin exchange

    Preston, Douglas J  Diablo Mesa

    Richmond, Michelle  The marriage pact

    Taylor, Elizabeth  Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

    Wilkerson, Charmaine   Black cake


    Beaton, M.C.   Death of a green-eyed monster

    Hitchcock, Alfred ed.  The best of mystery

    Jance, Judith  A  Nothing to lose : a J. P. Beaumont novel

    Patterson, James  7th heaven

    Robb, J. D   Abandoned in death

    Todd, Charles    A game of fear


    Pearson, Ridley  Cut and run

    Sawyer, Meryl  Half past dead

    McCullough, David   The Wright Brothers



    Raines, Ben The last slave ship 

    Hayhoe, Katharine  Saving us : a climate scientist’s case

    Doudna, Jennifer  A crack in creation : gene editing …

    Jones, Dan   Powers and thrones a new history of the Middle Ages

    Levine, Bruce  Thaddeus Stevens :Civil War revolutionary…..

    Levy, Daniel  Manhattan Phoenix : the great fire of 1835 …

    Rustad, Harley  Lost in the Valley of Death : a story of obsession

    Saladino, Dan  Eating to extinction : the world’s rarest foods..

    February, 2022


    Barron, Stephanie That Churchill woman

    Cummins, Jeanine American dirt

    Hallett, Janice The appeal

    Kane, Darby The replacement wife

    Maher, Kerri The Paris bookseller

    Pitol, Sergio The love parade

    Prins, Mark The Latinist

    Rufin, Jean-Christophe The hanged man of Conakry

    Towles, Amor The Lincoln highway

    Fiction—Large Print

    McCall Smith, Alexander The talented Mr. Varg


    Day, Paul Michael Keepers of the river

    Fossum, Karin Black seconds

    George, Elizabeth Something to hide: a Lynley novel

    Kestrel, James Five Decembers

    Petrie, Nicholas The runaway

    Van de Wetering, Jan The hollow-eyed angel

    Van de Wetering, Jan The perfidious parrot

    Non Fiction

    Bowden, Mark The steal

    Dunn, Rob R A natural history of the future : what the laws of biology…

    Frankel, Rebecca Into the forest : a Holocaust story of survival…

    Ricks, Thomas E First principles : what America’s founders learned…and how that shaped our country

    Viorst, Judith Nearing ninety : and other comedies of late life

    Wright, Lawrence The plague year : America in the time of Covid…

  • DVD Donations and Purchases for the Summer of 2022

    Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Buddy’s family lives in a largely Protestant district with a few Catholic families but one day his community and everything he thought he understood about life is suddenly turned upside down. Buddy’s family gets caught in the mayhem and must decide to stay or leave the only place they have ever called home.2022.

    Hedy Lamarr (as Talbot’s resourceful bride), Basil Rathbone and Claire Trevor cos-tar in this double- and triple-cross tale located on a crossroads of uncertainty. Black & White; 84 minutes.

    Bend It Like Beckham
    Sometimes, to follow your dreams you’ve got to bend the rules! Audiences and critics alike are cheering wildly for this “exhilarating terrific comedy” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom  on the soccer field. 112 minutes 2004.

    Better Call Saul
    Originally broadcast as individual episodes of the television program in 2015Disc 1. (Episodes 1-4) — disc 2. (Episodes 5-7) o — disc 3. (Episodes 8-10) Lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A spinoff from the Breaking Bad television show, it takes place six years before the events of Breaking Bad and follows small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill and the circumstances that lead to his metamorphosis into criminal-minded lawyer Saul Goodman. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, Culver City, California :, [2015]

    Bullet to Beijing
    A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus.  called “The Red Death.” 2001 122 minutes.

    Death At A Funeral
    A dark comedy that has become a bit of a cult classic. The setting is a funeral at an English country estate and the entire film (which at just over 80 mins isn’t a long one) takes place on one afternoon. Released 2020.

    A French Village
    In French with English Subtitles the first season.; The blockbuster French drama, A French Village (Un Village Francais), starring Audrey Fleurot and Thierry Godard (Spiral) chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, and as its residents come under the pressures of war, they make choices that are inspiring and heartbreaking. In this gripping drama, ordinary citizens become patriots, traitors, Nazi employees or activists. Beginning with the Germans arrival in June 1940, they endure five years of rationing, fighting and betrayals, and strain to keep some semblance of their existence intact. The war shatters all their lives, but a few of them, even in the shadow of destruction, reach out to find fleeting moments of connection and love.4 discs released 2015.

    King Richard
    Based on the true story that will inspire the world. Richard Williams, father of legendary tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, shows how family and perseverance can achieve the impossible and impact the world. Released 2022.

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    In a re-telling of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Tom and Jerry help the boy Charlie attain a Golden Ticket and secretly accompany him into the Chocolate Factory to prevent one of Wonka’s competitors from stealing a special candy known as the Everlasting Gobstopper.1973.

    World on Fire
    World on Fire is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Released 2020.

    DVD Donations to the Library for Spring of  2022 

    Land Girls : the complete collection    DVD LAN. Land Girls is a WW2 drama which focuses on women who kept Britain from  starving. An enjoyable series for those who like women-focused historical fiction.

    The Girl in the Café. DVD GIR Lawrence, a shy, civil servant, meets the mysterious Gina in a cafe and develops a life-changing relationship with her. As part of the British delegation to the G8 Summit in Iceland, Lawrence invites Gina along for a romantic getaway as world issues are being debated by international leaders…

    The Wilby Conspiracy DVD WIL  With Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, Nicol Williamson, Prunella Gee. A black anti-Apartheid activist and a British engineer are forced to run from South African Secret Police.

    Stage Fright  DVD STA . Hitchcock thriller makes theatre a crime scene;  a long-lost London playhouse features in this 1950 caper starring a showstopping Marlene Dietrich.

    Fortitude  DVD FOR. Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until  now.

    Acceptable Risk  DVD ACC This Irish mini series is a fast moving mystery starring Elaine Cassidy as a grieving widow caught up in a web of murder and money.


    Let Him Go – Diane Lane & Kevin Coster star. Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid. They soon discover that the Weboy family has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to fight for their family.

    Martin Eden, Luca Marinelli stars. A vibrant, award-winning lead performance from Luca Marinelli dominates this drama about education, class status and the spirit of socialism. Based on Jack London novel of the same name.

    Together Together, starring Ed Helms – An endearing and clever anti-romantic comedy about the meaning of family and the chance encounters that change lives forever.

    In the Heights – a musical – The creator of “Hamilton” invites you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… “In the Heights.” Lights up on Washington Heights.

    What Maisie Knew starring Julianne Moore based in the novel by Henry James with the same name. he offspring of a hot-headed musician (Julianne Moore) and an art dealer (Steve Coogan), little Maisie (Onata Aprile) learns the hard way about how difficult divorce can be on a youngster. The quiet, obedient child gets caught in the middle as her self-absorbed parents use her as a pawn in a bitter custody battle.

    Some Kind of Heaven, The Villages residents –  Director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community — a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages residents — and one interloper — who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise.

    Best Summer Ever, a musical romance. A high school football player is shocked to discover that the new girl in school is the same girl he fell in love with at a summer dance camp.

    Fisherman’s Friends – drama and comedy. This British rom-com features a sweet story about community and an idyllic seaside town full of characters you can’t help but love. Ten fishermen from Cornwall achieve a Top 10 hit after they are signed by Universal Records.