MCLINC Catalog Upgrade March 11-12

A Special Announcement  from
Montgomery County Library & Information Network Consortium (MCLINC)
March 2015

The Montgomery County Library and Information Network Consortium (MCLINC) announces that software upgrades will occur
March 11-12, 2015. 
Disruptions to the online catalog will begin on Wednesday morning, starting at 8 a.m.  All MCLINC libraries, including Huntingdon Valley Library, will be impacted and working offline.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library users will NOT be able to:

  • access the online catalog outside of the library (we will have a static, backup version to look up call numbers)
  • renew items or place holds online or by phone
  • access their account
  • pay fines and fees
  • borrow items without a library card

Library staff will NOT be able to:

  • check in materials (so if they aren’t due, please keep them with you until we are back online)
  • look up patrons by name – we will need you to bring your card
  • place holds
  • renew books
  • see if a book is unavailable unless we walk over and check the shelf
  • pay any fines or fees

Reminder:  Please bring your library card to borrow items during this period – we will not be able to look you up.

We will be open regular hours and look forward to helping you find what you need.

Internet access will be unaffected by the library upgrade, therefore there will be no interruptions to searches on remote electronic databases, such as the POWER Library Network.

For more information about MCLINC or the upgrade, contact Pam or Sharon at 215-947-5138 or email to

Feb 25 Joe Becton as Samuel D Burris, Underground Railroad Conductor

Joseph Becton in “Samuel D. Burris Speaks” at Huntingdon Valley Library

Burris Flyer The Huntingdon Valley Library proudly presents Pennsylvania Humanities Council Speaker Joseph Becton in “Samuel D. Burris Speaks” at the Library on Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

This performance is family-friendly, free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We recommend that you RSVP at the Library, by phone (215-947-5138) or by email at

Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad! In this educational and interpretive program, presenter Joseph Becton appears in 19th century garb as Samuel D. Burris, a free African American who helped many escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. Using first person narration, Burris discusses the origins of the Underground Railroad and Philadelphia’s key role in its development. Burris also shares his life story and adventures with the audience, including his decision to migrate to California.

Joseph Becton is the co-founder of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War reenactors and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Revolutionary War reenactors. He developed a series of black history moments for WBOP radio in Pensacola, Florida. He also hosted “Champions of Freedom,” a segment of the Veteran’s Hour on Philadelphia’s WDAS radio A.M. Becton also researched, developed and implemented a national “network to freedom” award-winning, Underground Railroad tour for Philadelphia. From 2009-11, Becton chaired the planning committee that developed and managed the United States Colored Troops weekends with events at Historic Fort Mifflin and exhibits across Philadelphia.

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. In addition to the Commonwealth Speakers program, PHC supports other humanities projects like grants, book discussion programs and special media projects, such as Humanities on the Road, which is broadcast to 3.3 million households across Pennsylvania.

More information about this program, the library and other upcoming programs can be found at

February 2015 Events and Programs

Activities and Events for February 2015

Flip through our Gallery of Flyers below to see all the great programs we have scheduled for February, starting with “Romance and Recipes” with author Dana Bate on February 3 at 6:30 pm.

February Events for Adults:

  • Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room – Romance and Recipes! Join us for a discussion with local author Dana Bate. She’s the author of “The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs” and “A Second Bite at the Apple.” She’ll speak about her writing process and leave plenty of time for questions. Find out more at Dana’s site:
  • Thursday, February 5 at 1:30 pm in the multipurpose room – Bryn Athyn Historic District program sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library. The Bryn Athyn Historic District includes three family residences—father John Pitcairn’s Beaux-Arts mansion, Cairnwood, and sons Harold and Raymond’s residences, Cairncrest and Glencairn, respectively—and the renowned Bryn Athyn Cathedral. All were constructed between 1892 and 1938. This program is free and open to the public. Would you like to join the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library? Find out more at the business meeting at 12:30 pm, prior to the program.
  • Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm in the multipurpose room – Board of Trustees Annual Meeting. Open to the public.
  • Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room – Samuel D. Burris Speaks. Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad featuring Joseph Becton. In this educational and interpretive program, presenter Joseph Becton appears in 19th century garb as Samuel D. Burris, a free African American who helped many escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. Program is free and open to all. Please RSVP by calling 215-947-5138 (minimum audience of 25).
  • Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 am we have a drop-in yoga class with Theresa Landolfi for $7, a free Sit N Knit group meets every Monday at 4 pm and anyone can come see a free movie every Friday at 2 pm!

February Events for Kids and Families:

  •  Storytimes on Mondays at 10:30 am with Miss Jessica and Toddler storytimes on Tuesdays at 10:30 am with Miss Diane.
  • Yoga and Music Fusion with Children’s Music Express. The first class will be Tuesday, February 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. This is a 60-minute family style class tailored to accommodate grown-ups and their children. Families will experience and learn the magic of yoga and mindfulness through the wonderful world of music and movement. Geared for ages 3-5, but older siblings welcome! Registration is required, so call 215-947-5138 to sign up for this first session.
  • Winter Pajama Storytime on Wednesday, February 4 at 6:00 pm. Come to the library in your pajamas for storytime with Miss Diane! All ages welcome. Registration is not required.
  • Rescheduled – Eyes if the Wild on Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Join Travis Gale of Eyes of the Wild and his Traveling Zoo. Travis will bring exotic animals from around the world that will amaze you.
  • Family Movie Night on Thursday, February 12 at 5 pm. Join us for a free meal-time movie, “The Book of Life.” This film runs 1 hr. 35 min. and is rated PG. Bring your dinner and enjoy the show! All are welcome.
    • Craft a Connection Book Club on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm. The title for February is Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. We will be discussing the book and creating a craft that goes along with the story. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Book Club is open to girls and boys in 3rd – 5th grade and registration is required.
    • Mike Rose presents “Winter Wonders” on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Magician Mike Rose, our most popular Summer Reading performer, will delight the audience with impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy all themed around winter. All welcome.
    • Family Board Game Night with a Hot Chocolate Bar on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Join us for a fun-filled family board game night! We will have an assortment of games available, but you can bring your favorite from home. RSVP requested.

Lisa Scottoline Author Event May 16

 Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline

Author Brunch and Fundraiser  Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11 am

  • Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 22 novels, including her latest, Betrayed, which released in November 2014.
  • She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective.
  • Lisa will be speaking at a brunch fundraiser for the library. 
  • Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket today!

Brunch details:

  • Location:
    Philmont Country Club
    301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
  • Each guest will receive a free gift copy of Every Fifteen Minutes. Large print copies available upon request
  • Full brunch with omelet bar
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Tickets $50.00  payable online with Paypal or by cash or check made payable to “Huntingdon Valley Library”
  • Register at the Circulation desk: 625 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
  • For more information, contact Sharon or Pam at 215-947-5138

Scottoline Flyer

January 2015 Programs

Start your new year at the Huntingdon Valley Library where we have great speakers, informative classes and fun family programs scheduled all month long.

January Events for Adults:

  • Wednesday, January 7 at 2 pmNext Chapter: Reverse Mortgages with Alan Openshaw, LLB the Senior Loan Officer at Cornerstone Lending Inc and from the Bucks and Montgomery County Speaker’s Bureau. Join us for a series of free classes to prepare you for the Next Chapter of your journey through life.
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:00 pmSalon Moda Presents “Winter Blues – New Hair Trends and Make Up.” Improve your looks for the New Year! Let us know you’re coming with a quick call to the Library.
  • Tuesday, January 27 at 6 pmSenior Crime Prevention University with the Office of the Attorney General’s Ameer Blackmon.
  • Wednesday, January 28 at 7pmMonthly Tech Help Desk with the Computer Education Society of Philadelphia Novice Special Interest Group. Drop in with your tech troubles!
  • We also have Wednesday drop-in yoga, Sit N Knit group on Mondays and a movie every Friday at 2 pm!

 January Events for Kids and Families:

  • Storytimes return on Monday, January 12 at 10:30 am and for Toddlers on Tuesday, January 13 at 10:30 am.
  • Thursday, January 15 at 5 pmFamily Movie Night How to Train Your Dragon 2. Join us for a free meal-time movie upstairs in the community room. Bring your dinner and enjoy the Show.
  • Tuesday, January 20 at 7 pm we have the first Craft a Connection Book Club of 2015. Sign up at the Library.
  • Wednesday, January 21 at 6:30 pm we welcome back Eyes of the Wild Animal Show. Join Travis Gale of Eyes of the Wild and his traveling zoo!
  • Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 pm we invite you to our first Winter Family Bingo and Hot Chocolate Bar. We will have prizes for adults, teens and children and ask you to register so we know how many chocolate covered spoons we need to make!

Jan. 2015 Calendar proposed

Jan. 2015 Calendar proposed2A few changes to come in January include a new Lucky Day collection that will replace the Rental book collection. This FREE browsing collection will continue to have new, best-selling fiction and movies that can only be checked out by visiting the library! They cannot be put on reserve and they are never sent to another library in the consortium and as of January 2015, they will have NO rental fee. The check-out period will still be 7 days, without renewals. We also have added seasonal paperbacks to the vacation reads and will put that out as a browsing collection called “Winter Reads.”

Friday Movies @ 2:00 pm – January 2015

  • Jan. Jersey Boys – The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Stars: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda. Rated R.
  • Jan. 9Tammy – After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. Starts: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates. Rated R.
  • Jan. 16FOR A WOMAN – The story of the marriage between Michel and Lena, as told by their daughter Anne, with reflections on the mystery of abiding love. Stars: Benoit Magimel, Melanie Thierry, Nicholas Duvauchelle.  French with English Sub titles.  Unrated
  • Jan. 23Million Dollar Arm - A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play major league baseball.  Stars:  Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin. Rated R.
  • Jan. 30Bethlehem – Tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant.  Shutting back and forth between conflicting points of view.  Stars:  Tsahi Halevi, Shadi Mar’l, Hitham Omair. Hebrew – English Sub Titles.

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