September 2016 Friends Events

September 1 Monthly Meeting and Program

Join the Friends on Thursday, September 1 for a meeting at 12:30 and program following at 1:30 pm.  All are invited – you don’t have to be a Friend to come to the meeting or program!

Labor Day weekend is around the corner and September is still time to extend the summer.

Join us at the Friends September meeting for ideas on going “Beyond the Bell” in Philly


A Guide’s View of Things to do and Places to Go for Adults and Kids

Bob Skiba is a certified Philadelphia Tour Guide with 16 years’ experience.  He specializes in walking tours throughout the city and is the co-author of “Lost Philadelphia” and “Philadelphia Then and Now.”  Bob is the co-founder and past president of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and Secretary of the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations.

New York City Bus Trip

friends bus trip sept newWednesday, September 28, 2016

Destination: Times Square
TKTS Booth
Cost:  $40, payable by Sept. 16

Bus 1 is FULL –

Depart: 8:00 AM
Place:  Philmont Country Club
Depart NYC:  5:30 PM

Explore the City….see a show

Bus 2 – Add Your Name to the List by Sept. 8
Register: Friends Station at Huntingdon Valley Library, Cost will be $40
Sign up by September 8th and if there is sufficient interest, a second bus will be ordered to depart from the HV Library

Used Book Sale

Friends Book Sale September 2016Members Only Preview Night
Tuesday, September 20 at 7 pm.
Join at the Door
Membership costs only $10
Lower Lever – Friends Book Room

Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 10 am to 9 pm
Thursday, Sept. 22 – 10 am to 9 pm
Friday, Sept. 23 – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Sept. 24 – 10 am to 4 pm

Proceeds benefit the Friends, who support the Library!


Book Club

Let’s Discuss…
It’s always a spirited discussion with the HV Library Friends Book Club.

Join as we talk about:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

Thursday, Sept. 15 at 12:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

Open to all!

Election Day Bake Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 8

The Friends Need YOU!
Don your Baker’s Hat and share your baking favorites for our Election Day Bake Sale. More information will be available at upcoming member meetings: Oct. 6 and Nov. 3.

Weekly Games

Let the games continue…
Ongoing games include

  • Mah Jongg on Mondays with proceeds directly supporting the Movie Collection
  • Canasta on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with proceeds directly supporting the Audiobook Collection

Parking available in the rear and auxiliary lots. Carpooling is greatly appreciated.

Library Closed Jan 18 and other News and Events

Library Closed on
Monday, January 18, 2016

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

Visit the New Online Event Calendar for more information

  • Preschool & Toddler Storytimes are On Break.
    Join us again on Mon., Jan. 25 & Tue., Jan. 26.
  • Coloring Book Club – Tue., Jan. 19 – Coloring books and clubs are the latest hot trend.  This activity provides, relaxation, creativity and a chance to get together with friends.  Ages 14 and up.
  • Library Yoga Wed., Jan. 20 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in.
  • Book Worm Book Club – Wed., Jan. 20 at 6 pm. January’s book selection is Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo. Copies are available at the circulation desk. Open to children in grades 1 and 2. Register Online Today.
  • Friends Book Club – Thur., Jan. 21 at 12:30 pm in the Community Room. This month’s book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  Members of the book discussion group do not have to be members of the Friends. All are welcome.
  • Friday Movie – Jan. 22 at 2 pm. Pawn Sacrifice.
    In a gripping true story set during the movie pawn sacfriceheight of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. Rating PG-13. Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes.  Movies are free and open to the public.
  • Sunday Hours Start – Sun., Jan. 24 – 1 to 5 pm!!


Customer Satisfaction Survey is Open

So far, we have heard from 16 people…Let’s go for 50!

News and Events for week of Jan 3

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool & Toddler Storytimes are On Break.
    Join us again on Mon., Jan. 25 & Tue., Jan. 26.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Jan. 4 at 4:00 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Library Yoga Wed., Jan. 6 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in.
  • Library Friday Movie Matinee – Fri. Jan. 8 at 2:00 pm. Amy.  AmyDespite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice oft described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul. Rated R (for language and drug material)  Run time: 2 hours 8 minutes.


Customer Satisfaction Survey is

OPEN – Share your thoughts with us

New Programs Next Week
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News and Events for Week of Dec 20

Calendar of Events

Library Holiday Closings:
Closed – Thurs., December 24
Closed – Fri., December 25
Open – Sat., December 26 from 10 am to 5 pm

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool & Toddler Storytimes are On Break.
    Join us again on Mon., Jan. 25 & Tue., Jan. 26.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Dec. 21 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Teen Reading Lounge – Mon., Dec. 21 at 6:30 pm. This is an interactive, non-traditional Book Club exclusively for teens 14-18!  Join us to discuss LET IT SNOW and to design POP-UP CARDS.  Library will provide copies of the book for you to keep.  This is a NO-STRESS BOOK CLUB designed with your busy schedule in mind.   REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
  • Library Yoga Wed., Dec.23 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in.
  • Holiday Hours – closed Dec. 24 & 25. Open Dec. 26 regular hours.
  • Monday, Dec. 21 – Mah Jongg CANCELED due to HVAC Installation (postponed due to the rain).


Customer Satisfaction Survey is OPEN!
Please Share your thoughts with us

Director’s Corner

The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library treated us to a wonderful Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Dec. 18 with a delicious spread of goodies.  I want to take a moment to say my own Thank You to our wonderful staff.  I’m especially grateful for my Department Heads – Pam, Glynnis and Tetjana (who has been with the Library since 1984).  They coordinate, train, organize and motivate this fun-tastic team.  That team includes: Jonathan (’97), Jane (’04), Mariel (’05), Marilyn, Jessica, DeAnne, Sunil, Kathleen, Tom, Karen, Meghan, Blessy, Bovas, and our janitorial duo: Rolf (’74) and Tom (’86).  Jeff, the Board liaison to the Friends joined us, too!  As you can see, a good time was had by all.

Mark Your Calendar:

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Programs and Events for Nov. 29

survey_logoOur Customer Satisfaction Survey is OPEN and waiting for your input.

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool StorytimeMon., Nov. 30 at 10:30 to 11:30 am. Preschool storytime with Miss Glynnis.  Children ages 3-5. Join us for books, songs, finger plays, and a craft.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Nov. 30 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Nov 30 TRLTeen Reading Lounge Pottery Event – Mon., Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm. Free Books!  Free Food!  The Teen Lounge is an interactive, non-traditional Book Club exclusively for teens 14-18. The pottery project will be based on the book, The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. The Library will provide free copies of the book to keep. Program underwritten by a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Grant.
  • Toddler StorytimeTues., Dec. 1 at 10:30 am. Toddler storytime with Miss Jessica. Come join us for: interactive stories, songs with finger plays and nursery rhymes on felt board.
  • Library Yoga Wed., Dec. 2 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Write & Illustrate Young Authors Gala -Thurs., Dec. 3 at 7 pm.  Join us to celebrate the 25th Annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest and our many young authors.  First place winning entries will be bound and entered into HVL permanent collection and the winners will receive a bound copy of their entry. First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention winners will receive a prize and a Certificate of Recognition.
  • Library Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., MaxDec. 4 at 2 pm. Max –  A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler’s grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier’s brother leads to a life-altering revelation in this family-friendly adventure.  Rating: PG  (for action, violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements)  Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes. Movies are free and open to the public.
  • Twirly 2NEW: Twirly Tots Circus – Sat., Dec. 5 at 10:30 am and encore at 11 am. Join Joy for a sing-a-long storytime with hula hoop and juggling tricks!  Registration is required. Check our online calendar for the final location of this (very popular) event.

How Are We Doing?

Now is your chance to tell us how we’re doing!

It’s Customer Satisfaction Survey Season at the Huntingdon Valley Library.  Based on last year’s survey, we are happy to announce that Sunday Hours are coming in 2016 (maybe as early as late January).

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us:

take_the_surveyFeedback is shared with the Board of Trustees and ensures we provide the services, collection and programs you expect.

Thank you for your time and feedback.

-Sharon, Director

Annual Appeal 2015

Dear Neighbors,

We asked why you love the Huntingdon Valley Library and you told us:

  • It’s like a home away from home.
  • They have puppet shows, toys and movies. Also I really like the Star Wars books.
  • Everyone here is so nice.

The Board of Trustees and staff strive to meet your expectations for exceptional service. We want you to have a library that enriches your life and community.

We need your help. With your financial donations, the library can continue to be the place you go to engage your curiosity, explore your interests and enjoy a story, program or friendship.

Your contributions are tax-deductible and help us to expand our programs, services and collections.  Please note, this is a direct appeal from the Board of the Huntingdon Valley Library, not our support organization, the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Donate Today

Through your support of the Huntingdon Valley Library…

  • Crafternoon Fun
    Crafternoon Fun

    A dad and his child find a fun, safe place to enjoy story times, books and the occasional “crafternoon”

  • A job seeker finds work with the support of our helpful staff, using our free internet access and computers
  • A school child improves her reading comprehension and gets creative in the Craft-a-Connection book club
  • A teen and her friends explore new ideas, books and cultures as part of the Teen Reading Lounge
  • A senior citizen attends our Friday movies for free entertainment and to see her friends
  • A local college student studies for his entrance exams in a comfortable, quiet study area.
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Historic Walk with Rachel B.

Thank you for your generosity,

Sharon Moreland-Sender

Donate Online Today

or Print Out 2015 Annual Appeal and
Mail a check to Huntingdon Valley Library

 Does your employer offer a Matching Gifts program?  We will work with you to take advantage of the program.

2015 Board:

  • Eleanor Schneider, President and former Commissioner
  • Jack Bernstein, Vice President
  • Judy Trichon, Treasurer
  • Miryam Roddy, Secretary
  • David Silver
  • Jeff Rubin
  • Rita Kenney
  • Hilarie Weiss
  • Ferdinand Gonzales, Commissioner
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Super Hero Summer Reading

The Huntingdon Valley Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. A copy of the registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Events and Program for Oct. 25-31

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool Storytime – Mon., Oct. 26 at 10:30 to 11:30 am. Preschool storytime with Miss Glynnis.  Children ages 3-5. Join us for books, songs, finger plays, and a craft.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Oct. 26 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • TRL continuationTeen Reading Lounge – Mon., Oct. 26 at 6:30 pm.  Free Books!  Free Food!  Continuation!  Teen Reading Lounge is an interactive, non-traditional BOOK CLUB exclusively for teens 14-18.  Join us for our 2nd KICK-OFF PARTY.  Library will provide copies of the book for you to keep!
  • Toddler Storytime – Tues., Oct. 27 at 10:30 am. Toddler storytime with Miss Jessica for children ages 1 and 2 years.  Come join us for: interactive stories, songs with finger plays and nursery rhymes on felt board.
  • Library YogaWed., Oct. 28 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Oct 29 HalloweenKIDS: Halloween Dress-Up Party – Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm! in the Community Room. Open to all, Registration requested.
  • FRIENDS: Versatility of Your Heirlooms and Treasures: Fine Jewelry Informative Seminar conducted by Robert Schwartz and Iris Schwartz of Harry Merrill & Son, Jewelers on Thurs., October 29, 2015 at 7 pm in the Multipurpose room.
  • Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Oct. 30 at 2 pmClouds of Sils Maria. Clouds of Sils Maria – A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable   reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years. R (language & brief nudity) 2 hours 4 minutes. Movies are free and open to the public.
  • haunted libraryTEENS: Night of Fright -Fri, October 30, 6:30 pm.  Haunted Library! Teens – Join us after-hours for a Night of Fright. Come in costume if you dare! Light refreshments will be served. Registration requested.

    Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Display Case
Features original art by Kathleen Foley, Library Assistant. She will also be leading another Painting with Kathleen program in December!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Release Party and Library Take Over
Tuesday, November 3
7 pm | meet in the Children’s Department
  • ElDiaryection Booth – vote for your favorite book
  • Photo booth – Become one of the characters!
  • Drawing station – Learn to draw Greg’s character step-by-step
  • Trivia Game – test your knowledge of the series
  • Cheese Touch Game
  • Scavenger Hunt throughout the library!
  • Fun prizes
  • Be one of the FIRST to take Old School out of the library
  • Children of all ages welcome and Registration is requested

New eBooks and digital audiobooks have been added to the Library’s OverDrive collection, also known as the Montgomery County Library District Digital Collection.  Interested in seeing JUST what’s available for your IMMEDIATE listening or reading enjoyment?  Or maybe I’m the only impatient one?

  1. Sign in using your Huntingdon Valley card
    Sign in
  2. Click on Advanced Search
  3. Scroll to the bottom and check “Available Now” and hit Search
    Available Now Ebooks
  4. Browse all the great titles that are ready for you to download and enjoy!
Call and schedule a one-on-one Tech Appointment with us if you would like additional help setting up or using your OverDrive account.
Here are some of the new titles added…
  • song of fireA Song of Ice and Fire Complete Series (unabridged) by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice
  • At the Water’s Edge: A Novel (unabridged) by Sara Gruen, narrated by Justine Eyre
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel (unabridged) by Anita Diamant, narrated by Linda Lavin
eBooks – fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance:
  • All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  • all the lightAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
  • Between Sisters: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  • Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  • Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
  • Ordinary Grace: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
  • The Door in the Hedge: And Other Stories by Robin McKinley
  • invention ofThe Invention of Wings: A Novel (Original Publisher’s Edition-No Annotations) by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Iron Duke: The Iron Seas Series by Meljean Brook
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
  • The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
  • The Trouble with Virtue: A Comfortable Wife\A Lady by Day by Stephanie Laurens and Alison DeLaine
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Non-fiction, self-help,  history:
  • wright brLeaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
Upcoming Events:
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ADULTS: Identity Theft Program -Mon, November 2, 6:30 pm. Ameer Blackmon from the Attorney General’s Office, will return to talk about Identity Theft in the
2nd Floor Community Room.
Please RSVP.

Nov 15 ABCs EstateADULTS: ABCs of Estate Planning -Tue, November 10, 6:30 pm. Repeat from Spring! Join us in the 1st Floor Multipurpose room for this Free Seminar.  Please RSVP. Learn how you can protect your family and assets when you die or become disabled by using Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills. Bonnie G. Ostrofsky is a past President and an active member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Township. She is also a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Montgomery County Estate Planning Council.

RR of KingADULTS: Railroads of King of Prussia with Michael Shaw -Tue., November 17, 6:30 pm. Climb aboard! 1838 was the first year that railroads entered the township of Upper Merion. Local King of Prussia resident and historian Michael Shaw has spent the better part of one year diligently researching the history of King of Prussia’s railroads, from the past to the present. It’s been quite a ride and the future of the rails may lead back to the past with the reintroduction of passenger service.

Upcoming Events:

  • FOL pottery
    Ceramics Workshop

    Thu, November 12, 1:30 pm. Ceramics Workshop at Create Me Pottery Painting Studio. Cost $25.00 per person includes pottery, paints and firing.  Make your reservations by Monday, November 9, 2015 at The Friends’ Corner in the Library. Sponsored by Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

  • Julia Child Says Bon Appetit! Encore presentation by Linda Kenyon on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm, after the Friends Book Club.  Free and Open to All!
  • Basket of Books raffle coming this fall and will debut at Bake Sale.
  • Election Day Bake Sale – Nov. 3, 2015 at Pine Road Elementary
  • Election Day Canasta at The White Elephant Restaurant (759 Huntingdon Pike) from 11:30 to 3:300.  Cost: $25. Register with Karen Schwartz.  Proceeds will support the Library’s Art collection, both print and visual!

Help us bring it ALL together