Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. The air has turned crisp and my thoughts turn to reminiscing about the past year. The Huntingdon Valley Library has much to be thankful for this year. We continue to enjoy a vibrant relationship with our community. This year many people helped to support the library with monetary donations and/or volunteer hours.

As you begin thinking about holiday shopping, I would like to ask you to support two important initiatives. The first is Small Business Saturday on November 29. The second is Giving Tuesday on December 2.

Geek Olive Oil
The crew from Olive Lucy on Huntingdon Pike had a Geek the Library poster made!

Small Business Saturday encourages everyone to shop at local independent businesses. Did you know that on average, 48 percent of each purchase at local businesses was recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases at chain stores? (Forbes 11/08/2014) Our independent businesses help build the community and provide local employment.  A list of businesses located in Lower Moreland is available here:

givingtuesdayGiving Tuesday is celebrating its third year. Black Friday inspired Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday inspired Giving Tuesday. It is a celebratory day to kick off the giving season. As many of you make your holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts, please keep your library in mind. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your donation will directly impact your community.

Thank you for a wonderful year at the Huntingdon Valley Library.


Pam Dull, Assistant Director

December 2014 Programs for All

The Huntingdon Valley Library invites you to attend one or all of our upcoming events in December:

Taste of Italy flyerThe Board of Trustees announces the Taste of Italy Wine and Dine Fundraiser on Monday, December 1 at 7 pm at Simpatico! restaurant at 2519 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, PA. We will pair interesting Italian wines with each course of the four-course meal and have information on the wines served. Tickets are available now online for $50 per person through the library’s Web site at or by check payable to “Huntingdon Valley Library” at 625 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Join us for wine, food and fun while supporting the Library’s capital improvement fund.

Join us to celebrate creativity at the 24th Annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Young Authors Gala on Thursday, December 4 at 7 pm with special guest and author Marie-Helene Bertino, the very first contest winner. Each 1st place winner will have a copy of their book bound and added to the library’s circulating collection. They will also receive their own copy bound to keep. Marie-Helene Bertino’s illustrated story The Dream Crystal won the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book contest in 1990. Her debut full-length novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick, is available now. Her debut collection of short stories Safe as Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She hails from Philadelphia but lives in Brooklyn, where she teaches at NYU, The Sackett Street Writers, and in the low-res MFA program at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts). For more information, please visit:

Dec 2014 Readaloud storytimeMeet local author Michal Noah at a Read-Aloud Storytime on Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 am. Noah will read from her award winning children’s book, A-Z The Universe in Me and from her new book, I’ll See You in My Dreams. Get pictures with characters from her story and take home a coloring page. All ages are welcome and registration is requested.

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, December 10 from 10 am to 5 pm for staff to receive training on the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect with volunteers from the Valley Youth Center and librarians from across Montgomery County. The Library will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm or you can renew and place materials on hold online at .

Basketsofbooks (1) Basketsofbooks (3)The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library will draw the winners for this year’s Baskets of Books and Prizes contest prior to the Thursday, December 11 program at 7 pm with architectural photographer and author Vincent Feldman.
FEldman City abandonedAs seen in the Philadelphia Inquirer Photo-Op: Overdue, the haunting photographs of Vincent Feldman in his book City Abandoned share the history of the city through its architecture. For more information about the photographer and to see samples of his beautiful photographs visit Please RSVP for a complementary reminder prior to the event.

Young readers can sign up to read to a dog on Saturday, December 13 from 11 am to noon. Children in Kindergarten to 5th grade can reserve a 20 minute slot to read to a therapy dog in a small group. Please sign up at the circulation desk or by phone at 215-947-5138.

JDec 2014 Winter Wonderlandoin us to celebrate the season with a Winter Wonderland Storytelling Show! On Monday, December 15 at 4:30 pm, you are invited to an interactive winter themed storytelling event with professional storyteller Judy England-McCarthy. Judy will share original and well-known winter tales using props and puppets. All ages welcome and registration is requested.

The Library will be closed for business on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25. The library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, December 31 and be closed Thursday, January 1 for New Years Day.

November 2014 Programs for All

We have a fun-filled calendar for November with a great mix of programs for all ages.

Nov2014 Calendar

Weekly Events

  • Nov2014 MoviesStorytime with Miss Glynnis Mondays at 10:30 am
  • Mah Jongg Friends Fundraiser Mondays at 11:30 am – $2
  • Sit N Knit group Mondays at 4 pm
  • Storytime with Miss Diane Tuesdays at 10:30 am
  • Canasta Friends Fundraiser Tuesdays at 12:30 pm – $2
  • Library Yoga with Theresa Wednesdays at 10:30 am
    $7 drop-in class
  • Fund and Games Friends Fundraiser Fridays at 10:00 am
  • Friday Movies at 2 pm in Community Room on 2nd Floor
    Chef | To Have and Have Not | The German Doctor | Words and Pictures
  • Board Meeting – Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 pm
  • Representative Tom Murt’s office visit on Thur., Nov. 20 at 10 am.

Saturday, November 1 at 11 am – Read to a Dog

  • NovReadDogChildren in Kindergarten to 5th grade can reserve a 20 minute time slot to read to a therapy dog in a small group.
  • Sign up at the circulation desk or by phone at 215-947-5138.
  • Free of charge in the 1st Floor multi-purpose room.
  • Readers with Niji
    Cambrie, Harper & Niji.




Tuesday, November 4 at Pine Road Elementary
Friends Election Day Bake Sale Fundraiser

  • Healthy snacks
  • Homemade treats
  • Proceeds benefit the Friends of HV Library, who in turn support many of the programs, services and collections of the Library.

Thursday, November 6 at 12:30 pm
Friends of the Library Meeting and Quilts for Kids Program

  • Following the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library membership meeting, hear about the Quilts for Kids program.
  • The program is open to the public and free of charge.
  • Quilts for Kids, Inc. transforms discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children in need. ” – Quilts for Kids Facebook page.

Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm
Landscapes in a Box: The Gardens of Society Hill

  • Bagley LandscapesJackie Bagley, historian and tour guide,  returns to the Library, this time with a lecture and slides in the Community Room featuring the Gardens of Society Hill.
  • This lecture provides “public and private views showing the challenges of plantings in the urban setting, 18th century to present.”
  • Sponsored by Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.
  • Please RSVP for a reminder call to this FREE event.

NovPJ StorytimeWednesday, November 12 at 7 pm
Pajama Storytime!

  • Join Miss Glynnis in your pajamas and slippers.
  • Fun with stories, songs and a craft.
  • Teddy bears welcome.

Friday, November 14 at 11:45 am
FriendsBistroFriends Fundraiser – Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

  • Held at Da Bistro Mediterranean Grill, 1918 County Line Road, HV, PA
  • Cooking demonstration and healthy lunch with drink and dessert.
  • Cost: $25 per person.
  • Sign up and pay at the Friends Station.

Saturday, November 15 -
Music and Movement at 10:30 am

International Games Day at 2 pm

  •  NovMusicMoveMusic and Movement with Children’s Music Express at 10:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Join us in this lively class for you and your little loves.
  • Includes various styles of music through sing-a-longs, chanting, large and small movement activities, dancing, marches, tonal and rhythm patterns, finger plays and instrument play.
  • Intl Games DayRegistration is required.
  • Sponsored by the Friends of HVL.
  • International Games Day for Teens from 2-4 pm
  • In cooperation with the Valley Youth Center.
  • Open to teens 6th to 8th grade
  • Join us for games, pool, brain teasers, ping pong or foosball.
  • Food included.

Monday, November 17 at 11 am
Meet the Artist – Pat Guckes

  • Guckes FlyerPatty Ray Guckes will display her art at the Library during November and early December.
  • A professional artist specializing in photo-realism, her show will feature original pieces in oil, acrylics and pastel.
  • See her miniature portraits on November 17 and Saturday, November 22.
  • She is donating 25% of any proceeds to the Library.

Tuesday, November 18 at 7 pm
Craft a Connection Book Club:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret

  • CraftBookNovOpen to girls and boys in 3rd to 5th grade
  • Join Miss Glynnis to discuss The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.
  • After talking about the book, create a craft that goes with the story.
  • Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Registration is required.

Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm
Michener Art Museum Studio Craft Collection Docent lecture

  • Michener Flyer 1Hear and see a presentation about the museum’s Studio Craft Collection in the 2nd Floor Community Room.
  • This introduction to Studio Craft, defined as craft work produced by independent studio artists working with traditional materials, such as wood, glass, metal, or clay.
  • The collection includes works by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Robert Whitley, David Ellsworth and many others.
  • The collection has an exciting variety of media and styles, many with a sense of whimsy, all are created with a reverence for the materials.
  • Please RSVP for a reminder phone call.  Free and Open to all.

Saturday, November 22 at 1 pm
The Snow Queen

  • Snow queenThe classic story of Hans Christian Andersen that inspired Disney’s Frozen comes to stage in this delightful 45-minute play designed for family audiences age 3 and up.
  • Register for your event ticket.  You MUST have a ticket to attend.
  • Seating limited to 150.
  • Only 55 tickets left as of Oct. 24! Call today!
  • Sponsored by the Frank G. Daveler Charitable Fund.

Wednesday, November 26 at 5 pm and Thursday, November 27
Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Monday, December 1 at 7 pm
Taste of Italy Wine and Dine Fundraiser at Simpatico!

  • Taste of Italy flyerJoin us at Simpatico! – 2519 Huntingdon Pike
  • Four course Italian meal with wine
  • Tickets now available:
    • $50 per person
    • Limited seating
  • More information

Dec 1 Taste of Italy Wine and Dine

Taste of Italy flyerHuntingdon Valley Library presents the “Taste of Italy” Wine and Dine Fundraiser on:

Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm at Simpatico! (2519 Huntingdon Pike)

Buy your ticket online today or stop by the Library with cash or a check, payable to “Huntingdon Valley Library”.

Cost: $50, includes food, wine and gratuity.
After the event, the Library will send attendees a letter with details about the tax-deductible portion of each donation.

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

Support the Library’s Capital Improvement Fund and eat well:

  • bruschetta & antipasti
  • a choice of misto or Caesar salad
  • penne pomodoro
  • choice of entree
    • chicken parmigiana
    • veal saltimbocca
    • grilled salmon
    • chicken marsala

All entrees are served with vegetables, the Library will supply a dessert and the Board of Trustees is providing all of the wine.

We will pair interesting Italian wines with each course and have information on the wines served.

 Get your ticket today!

Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Road
HV, PA 19006

Oct 22 Leonard Bernstein Lecture

BernsteinLeonard Bernstein: American Idol, American Idealist
Karl Middleman

Wed., October 22
at 7 pm, Free

2nd Floor Community Rm | Please RSVP for a courtesy reminder call.

Karl Middleman, Founder and Artistic Director, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, gives a conductor’s perspective on what made Leonard Bernstein great. He also explores Bernstein’s engagement with social issues and talks about Bernstein’s time in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning.

Community Forums and Survey

Library Leadership Wants to Hear Your Voice!

Updated as of 10/18/2014.

As members of the Library Board of Trustees work to craft a new Strategic Plan for the Library, they invite you to share your ideas, concerns and vision for library’s future at a Community Forum.  Your valuable input and feedback is vital to the planning process! We want to hear YOUR voice.

Please attend the final Community Forum on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 am in the Community Room
Complementary bagels from Brooklyn Bagels

Library Community Forum Flyer

We truly want to listen and hear your opinions, whatever they are, about all aspects of Huntingdon Valley Library — the building, staff and/or programs and services.  How can we best serve you, your friends and families in the future?  Now is your chance to let us know and help build and even better library and community hub in years to come!” – Miryam Roddy, Board Secretary

This discussion, facilitated by Liz Vibber of Catalyst Center, will explore the themes and issues brought up in the Customer Survey and interviews with key stakeholders from the surrounding community.  Each forum will be approximately 1-hour long, with refreshments and chances to win door prizes!

We want to thank everyone who participated in the first two Forums, as well as the Teens who came and shared their creative ideas and insights.

As of Oct. 18, we had 250 responses to the Customer Survey.  The drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite ended Oct. 17, but the Survey will remain open until Oct. 25.

The Survey is located here

This 14-question Survey includes:

  • Five questions about current Library services
  • Three open-ended questions about the library and its future
  • Five demographic questions
  • One final question to sign up to receive the weekly newsletter

Thank you for your time and opinions.  The Board and Staff work in concert to provide the residents of the Lower Moreland Township and Huntingdon Valley Library users with great Library services.  Your feedback helps ensure we continue down the right path. If you run into any problems or would prefer to complete a paper survey, contact me at 215-947-5138 or by email at

Sharon Moreland-Sender


Friday Afternoon Free Movies @ 2:00 pm

Oct. 3  Locke

Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. R rated.

Oct. 10 Fading Gigolo Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money. Starring: Wood Allen, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Lieu Schreiber. Rated Comedy.

Oct 17 Ida

IDA, is a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism. PG RATED.

Oct 24 How I Live Now

Set in the near-future UK, Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund. But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. R RATED.

Oct 31 The Razor’s Edge Classic Tyrone Power, Jean Tierney, Anne Baxter & Clifton Webb

After several years’ service with the Marines in World War II, Tyrone Power made his much anticipated return to the screen in The Razor’s Edge. Power is appropriately cast as disillusioned World War I vet Larry Darrell, who returns from hostilities questioning his old values. To find himself, Larry joins several other members of the Lost Generation in Paris. He is disillusioned once more when the society deb whom he loves, Isabel Bradley (Gene Tierney), marries another for wealth and position. She returns to Larry’s life to break up his romance with unstable, alcoholic Sophie MacDonald (Anne Baxter in a powerhouse Oscar-winning performance). After Sophie’s death, Larry determines that the life offered him by Isabel is not to his liking, and continues seeking his true place in the scheme of things. Acting as a respite between the plot’s various intrigues is Clifton Webb as a waspish social arbiter, who ends up a lonely, dying man, imperiously dictating arrangements for his own funeral.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 44 other followers