Week of Sept 20 Programs and News

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool StorytimeMon., Sept. 21 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., Sept. 21 at 4:00 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Toddler Storytime – Tues., Sept. 22 at 10:30 am. Toddler storytime with DeAnne for children ages 1 and 2 years.  Miss Jessica will take over Sept. 29 as our new Youth Services Associate.  Come join us for: interactive stories, songs with finger plays and nursery rhymes on felt board.
  • Library YogaWed., Sept. 23 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • book wormBook Worm – Book Club – Thurs., Sept. 23 at 6 pm reading With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada.  Girls and Boys in grades 1 and 2. We will discuss a book and complete a craft that goes along with the story.  Copies are available at the circulation desk.  Registration is requested.
  • Lecture with Dr. Christine Davis of Peace Valley Holistic Center – Thurs., Sept. 24 at 2 pm.  Learn about vitamin therapy, Natural food diet, Iridology. Registration is requested.  Program open to all.  Flyer below.
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Sept. 25  at 2 pm.I'll See You in My Dreams  I’ll See You in My Dreams. A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. Stars: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliot. Rating: PG 13 (sexual material, drug use, language. 1 hour 35 minutes. Movies are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events:
  • Sat., Oct. 3 – 10:30 am AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course. Registration and payment to AARP required. Mort Kushner, Instructor.
  • NEW – Tue., Oct. 6 – 7 pm Railroads of King of Prussia with author Mike Shaw.  Learn More.
  • NEW – Sat., Oct. 10 – 11 am Fire Prevention Open House with the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company, Lower Moreland Township and Valley Youth Center.
  • NEW – Monday, Oct. 12 – (tentative) “Julia Says, ‘Bon Appetit!'” with actress Linda Kenyon for Friends of the Library Month.
    Linda really IS Julia Child!  The hair, makeup, dress, voice and demeanor-all of it. It really was amazing and so much fun to watch.” -Betsy R. Graft
  • NEW – Thur., Oct. 22 – 7 pm Contemporary Craft Art Show Road Show – Philadelphia Museum of Art 39th Annual Craft Show “Road Show” – learn more about the wonder art, crafts, textiles and designs you’ll see in this year’s show.  Discount tickets, too!
  • October is Friends of the Library MONTH
  • All the Flyers are on our Facebook Page – Like Us!
Oct 6 book sale

Employment Opportunity: Part-Time Library Associate

Part-Time Library Associate

  • Library: Huntingdon Valley Library
  • Town: Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • Library Type: Public
  • Position Type: Non-MLS
  • Deadline: Friday, Oct. 16, 2014 or until filled

Description, How to Apply, and Contact:

The Huntingdon Valley Library, located in Huntingdon Valley, PA, seeks a part-time library associate. The primary duty of this position is to assist with adding items to the collection by reviewing and linking catalog records. Secondary duties include assisting patrons with online resources and library technology, as well as assisting at the Circulation desk. The successful candidate will be detail oriented and have a general knowledge of library principles, practices and materials. This position requires a great deal of contact with the public at the Circulation desk and assisting patrons with technology. Candidates must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent customer service and computer skills. For a complete job description, please visit our website. This is a new position created as part of a recent reorganization.

The position is 14 hours per week, Tuesday 10 am-3 pm, Thursday 12-5 and Wednesday 5-9.

Four year college degree required. Familiarity with library automation systems necessary, with Polaris ILS experience preferred. Strong computer, positive and friendly customer service, organizational, and cash handling skills are essential. Must have required background checks .

Submit resume and cover letter to:

Mrs. Pam Dull, Assistant Director
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

or by email in PDF form to pdull@mclinc.org

Hourly wage: $10.50 – $11.50, DOE


Position: Library Associate

Reports to: Assistant Director

Primary Function: Performs a variety of detail-oriented library clerical and library circulation duties with a heavy concentration of public contact.

Hours: 14 hours per week with some evening hours included


  • Performs linking of print materials found on the online bibliographic catalog in accordance with standard rules and criteria, including assignment of call numbers for fiction, non-fiction and youth services’ collections
  • Compares library item information against existing catalog record to verify accuracy, completeness and assigns appropriate call number, material type, statistical code, collection and price information
  • Receives, inspects and sorts new materials; coordinates the return and replacement of damaged materials; and assigns for appropriate donor recognition
  • Assist in evaluating material donations
  • Assists with book maintenance, physical processing of new materials and collection maintenance projects
  • Assists with transferring print and non-print items within collections and withdrawing materials from the collection
  • Performs all circulation desk duties using Polaris computer system
    • Check materials in/out/renew materials in accordance to Library policies and procedures
    • Effectively search for and reserve materials for patrons
    • Issues new patron cards and updates accounts
    • Assists with locating, routing, and preparing “hold” materials for patrons
    • Collects patron fines and fees and makes change as needed
  • Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area and public areas
  • Instructs patrons on how to use reference sources, online catalog, and automated information systems
  • Assists and instructs patrons on use of Library’s online resources, including eReaders, tablet computers, OverDrive and subscription databases
  • Assist patrons with readers’ advisory services
  • Maintain library equipment, such as photocopiers, scanners and computers, and instruct patrons in proper use of such equipment
  • Answers phone in friendly, professional manner and routes calls as necessary
  • Shelves materials/reads shelves in alphabetical and Dewey decimal order
  • Assists with library programs and displays; registration, signs, crafts, book lists, etc., as needed and performs other duties as assigned in other areas assigned


  • This position requires a four year college degree
  • Must have friendly and effective customer service skills, flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced public service setting
  • Ability to complete detail-oriented work following specific guidelines and rules established in a consortial environment
  • Familiarity with library automation systems, Polaris ILS preferred
  • Familiarity with RDA and AACRII standards preferred
  • Experience with the Dewey Decimal classification system
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with the public and staff
  • A general knowledge of library principles, practices and materials and a desire to serve the public in a friendly, comfortable environment
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office products, printers, use of the Internet, and wireless access
  • Experience working with individuals of all ages and knowledge of a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature preferred
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the library, including working evening hours

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands to perform this job are the ability to talk and hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects or controls, sit, stoop, kneel, reach, crouch, and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus
  • Ability to push and pull library book trucks weighing 100-300 lbs.
  • Ability to carry up to 15 lbs of books across the library
  • Ability to sit or stand for a long time
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and office equipment
  • Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform this position

General Requirements for All Library Employees:

  • Ability to project professional workplace image
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to learn new computer skills, programs and interfaces
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships
  • Ability to comprehend and follow library policies and procedures
  • Ability to develop an awareness of library-wide operations
  • Ability to exercise good judgment at all times
  • Ability to meet physical requirements of specific job title
  • Ability to provide the following:
    • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
    • Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Federal Criminal History Record Information

25th Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

dreamcrystalHuntingdon Valley Library’s
25th Annual
Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Deadline for Entries:
Saturday, October 24 at 5 pm

Contest Winners Notified:
Friday, November 20

Young Authors Gala:
Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm in the Community Room.  Join us as we celebrate the Contest’s Silver Anniversary!

W & I Contest Handout in PDF – includes criteria for judging


  1. Open to students in grades K through 6 who patronize the Huntingdon Valley Library.
  2. Participants can write a story by themselves or with a friend(s) in the same grade.
    One entry per student.
  3. Entries must be original. The story can be on any subject.
  4. Use 8 ½ x 11 paper only. It may be typed or hand-written. Please number the pages.
  5. For binding purposes, please leave at least a 1 ½ inch margin on both sides of each page, including the cover. Do not use staples.
  6. Use non-smear markers or crayons for illustrations. Internet generated pictures are NOT encouraged. Original illustrations may be eligible for a separate award.
  7. Include a title page with the title of the story, author/illustrator’s name, age, grade and school. On a second page, entries MUST include:
         Author/illustrator’s name
    hone number
    E-mail Address

    This information is for library use only.
  8. All the qualities of good writing (grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure) are important.


  • First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention winners may be chosen in each grade.
  • Awards will be given for:
    • Best Story (Plot)
    • Most Creative (referring to format and hand drawn illustrations)


  • First Place winning entries will be bound and entered into Huntingdon Valley Library’s permanent collection and added to the County database.
  • First place 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.

Additional copies of bound books may be ordered. Copying of the text and cover to be bound will be the responsibility of the writer. The cost per copy is $20.00.

Good Luck Distinguished Authors!

Week of Sept 13 Programs and News

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • NOTICE: No Air Conditioning in Community Room.  The ambient temperature is about 77 upstairs, so please dress accordingly.  We do have fans.
  • Storytime Break – Both Toddler and Preschool storytimes will resume after September 21.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Sept. 14 at 4:00 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Super Sitter Babysitting Course – Tues., Sept. 15 at 6:30 pm.  Continues on Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Registration is closed at this time.
  • Library YogaWed., Sept. 16 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Book Club  – Sept. 17 at 12:30 pm. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro.
  • lego club flyerLego Club – Sept. 17 at 4:15 pm in the multipurpose room. Grades K-2.  Come be creative with us! Registration is required.
  • Pirate Storytime – Sept. 18 at 10:30 am in the Community Room. Talk Like a Pirate Dress-up Storytime.  Ahoy, matey!  Join us in your best pirate wear for stories, games, crafts and buried treasure!  Registration is required.
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Sept. 18  at 2 pm.  The Longest Ride The lives of a The Longest Rideyoung couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love. Rating: PG-13 (for sexuality, partial nudity) 2 hours 8 minutes.  Movies are free and open to the public.
Online Catalog | My Account Quiz
  1. Only Library Staff can turn on the Reading History feature on your account, letting you to keep track of the books you’ve check out.  T/F
  2. You can create your own User ID to access your account.  T/F
  3. You can NOT renew your materials from home. T/F
Notice:   If you log into your account on a PUBLIC computer, please Log Out when you are done to protect your privacy and personal information.

Answer Key:
  1. FALSE!  YOU can turn on the reading history feature from My Account > My Record > Contact Information and Preferences.  You can also update your contact information, too.


  2. TRUE!  From the MY ACCOUNT link to the MCLINC catalog on OUR Web site at www.hvlibrary.org, you can Create a Username (unique within the system, so you may need to get creative).  So, you only have to use that long library card number the first time you access your account online.  My Username is a whole 4 characters long and much easier to remember!
    OPAC Log In
    You can also CHANGE this Username and update your Password from My Account > My Record:
  3. FALSE!  You can RENEW your items from My Account (if there is nobody waiting for the item, you still have renewals left, and you are under the $10 threshold for fees).  Just select the item(s) you want to renew and click “Renewe Selected Items”.

Sept 6 Programs and News

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • NOTICE: No Air Conditioning in Community Room.  The ambient temperature is about 80 upstairs, so please dress accordingly.  We do have fans.
  • CLOSED for Labor Day – Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7.  Open at 10 am on Tue., Sept. 8.
  • Storytime Break – Both Toddler and Preschool storytimes will resume after September 21.
  • library cardGet Your New Library Card – Free ‘upgrades’ during Library Card Sign Up Month  
    Help us spread the word with friends, neighbors and family –
    We want every citizen of Lower Moreland Township to be a member of the Huntingdon Valley Library.

    Stop by to get a card or fill out the online application to join.

    Upgrade that curling, ugly card for a colorful, new one that has BOTH a key card and a wallet card.  FREE this month only (otherwise it’s $2).
  • Super Sitter Babysitting Course – Tues., Sept. 8 at 6:30 pm.  Continues on Sept. 15 and 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Registration is closed at this time.
  • Library YogaWed., Sept. 9 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Library Board of Trustees – Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm. This meeting is open to the public.
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Sept. 11 at 2 pm.  Far From The Madding CrowdFar From the Madding CrowdIn Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. Rating: PG-13. 2 hours 1 minute.  Movies are free and open to the public.
  • walking tour 2Local Gems: Historic Walking Tour with Rachel Brandt – Sat, Sept. 12 at 10 am. Not joining the color run? Meet us IN FRONT of the Library for a 20 minute introduction with our local historian and some long-time residents.  Wear your Walking Shoes and join us in a ramble around the block to see how much history there is in our neighborhood.  Please RSVP.
    Total time: 1.5 hours.
    Distance: .6 mile (Library down Murray Avenue and up Huntingdon Pike back to the Library).
  • rhythm babiesRhythm Babies Music Class – Sat., Sept 12 10:15 to 11:00 am.  Join us in this lively 45-minute monthly class for you and your little loves!  Rhythm Babies is here to give young children what they need the most; creative play.  Our music program is designed to improve young children’s auditory senses, cognitive, and musical skills through singing, rhythm, and creative movement activities.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – ALL AGES WELCOME.

Everything eResources –

Online Catalog Quiz
  1. You can find the online catalog at the Library’s Web site.  T/F
  2. You can NOT limit the results of a search to show items this library owns.  T/F
  3. You can limit the results of a search to show items in different languages. T/F
Answer Key:
  1. TRUE!  The MCLINC catalog is on OUR Web site at www.hvlibrary.org.  You can also get quick access to My Account from our Home page, too!
    HVL catalog search
  2. FALSE!  On the right-hand side of the Search Results, you have MANY ways to Narrow Your Search results, including by Assigned BranchNote: The Assigned Branch search results are NOT in alphabetical order, but instead the library with the most results is on top.

    Just want movies? Select DVD under the Type of Material section.  Beware, you will find some library jargon – really, who says “Projected media”??

  3. TRUE!  You can limit search results is by LanguageTrick: Do a keyword search for the word “Fiction” and then limit by Language to get novels in foreign languages.

    catalog narrow

Aug 30 Programs and Library Card Sign-up Month

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Storytime Break – Both Toddler and Preschool storytimes will resume after September 21.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Aug. 31 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • PEANUTS_WEB_PSA_180x200 Library Card Sign-up Month
    – Sept. 1  More information below.
  • Super Sitter Babysitting Course – Tues., Sept. 1 at 6:30 pm.  Continues on Sept. 8, 15 and 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  The babysitting course is taught by Red Cross instructor, Pat Antonacci, and offers hands-on-training in infant and toddler care, as well as safety tips and procedures.  The class is $25 and includes course workbooks, handouts and Babysitting Certification.  Open to ages 11-18.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
  • Conquering Clutter with Carol Seelaus – Tues., Sept. 1 at 7 pm in the 2nd Flr Community Room. Carol will share how to purge, rearrange and maintain order.
  • Library YogaWed., Sept. 2 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Friends Meeting – Sept., 3 at 12:30 pm and ‘after-meeting program’ at 1:30 pm.  Marcy Abrams from Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries will share info about Library Friends groups. Friends from other libraries are cordially invited!
  • Medicare 101 – Thurs., Sept. 3 at 7 pm in the Community Room. The PA Dept of Aging created APPRISE to help Pennsylvania residents understand their Medicare and other health insurance benefits, and assist citizens in making informed decisions about their health care options.
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Sept. 4 at 2 pm.  Jakob the Liar – In 1944 Poland, Jakob the Liara Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements.  Stars:  Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Eva Igo.  Rating:  PG-13 (violence & disturbing images)  2 hours 1 minute.   Movies are free and open to the public.

Library Card Sign-up Month 2015

Contact: Pam Dull, Assistant Director, 215-947-5138 or pdull@mclinc.org

A library card is the coolest card – September is Library Card Sign-up Month

(Huntingdon Valley, PA) –September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Huntingdon Valley Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to promote the many resources, programs and services available for free in our community with one simple thing – a library card.

Residents and students of Lower Moreland Township School District are invited to become library members. Students can visit to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. Teens are invited to join the Teen Reading Lounge book club, funded by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Students in 1st and 2nd grade are invited to our new Book Worm book club and 3rd to 5th graders can creatively explore literature in the Craft a Connection book club. Visit our table at your child’s Back to School night to join the library. It’s Free!

Huntingdon Valley Library isn’t only a place of quiet reading, but also a creative and engaging community center where visitors and students can collaborate, use the free wireless Internet or just relax with neighbors and peers.

library card“A library card is your key to the world,” says Sharon Moreland-Sender, Library Director. “With it you can unlock stories, information and open the door to new relationships. From early literacy programs such as toddler storytime to our new English as a Second Language collection, and several book clubs in between – library membership lets you engage, explore and enjoy.”

We are working with these local businesses to raise awareness of the library and encourage you to show your support of the Huntingdon Valley Library as a card-carrying member! During Library Card Sign-up Month, show your library card at these local businesses to receive a discount.  It’s not too late to participate – call Pam if you are interested.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Huntingdon Valley Library in person or visit the library online at www.hvlibrary.org.

Library card sign up month2

Aug 16 Activities for the Week

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Storytime Break. Both Toddler and Preschool storytimes will resume after September 21.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Aug. 10 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Library YogaWed., Aug. 19 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Family Movie – Fri., Aug. 21 at 11:30 am.  The Lion KingMovie is Lion King.  Tricked into thinking that he caused the death of his father, a lion cub flees and abandons his destiny as the future king. Movie runs 1 hour 29 minutes.
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Aug. 21 at 2 pm.  Timbuktu.  A cattle herder and Timbuktuhis family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed. Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki. Rating: PG for some violence and thematic elements. Run time is 1 hour and 37 minutes. Foreign film sub titles in English. Movies are free and open to the public.

Engage | Explore | Enjoy


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