Employment Opportunity: Temp Library Assistant

Employment Opportunity :
Temporary Library Assistant

  • Library: Huntingdon Valley Library
  • Town: Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • Library Type: Public
  • Position Type: Non-MLS
  • Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Huntingdon Valley Library, located in Huntingdon Valley, PA, seeks a part-time Temporary Library Assistant. The Library Assistant greets, directs, and provides information to library customers and performs a variety of clerical tasks related to the processing, sorting and circulation of library materials using the Polaris Integrated Library System. Other responsibilities include issuing library cards, checking materials in and out, reserving books, assessing damaged/incomplete material, and answering the phone. Additional responsibilities include assisting patrons with finding library materials, providing reader’s advisory, answering patron computer questions and troubleshooting, and monitoring appropriate use of the facility. This position requires a great deal of contact with the public and computer competency. Candidates must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent customer service and computer skills.

New employees are required to have a current Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Background check.

The temporary position is approximately 15 hours per week and some evenings and Saturdays are required.
The shift for this position is:   Monday or Wednesday 5-9, Tuesday 10-1, and rotating Saturdays 10-5. Position ends August 14, 2015. Other hours as needed during summer for vacation coverage.

High school diploma required, some college preferred. General knowledge of library principles and practices preferred. Strong computer, positive customer service, organizational, and cash handling skills are essential.

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

Salary: $9.50

View a copy of the Full Job Description: HVL Temporary Library Assistant Job Description April 2015

Teen Events at the Library


Huntingdon Valley, PA, April 1, 2015: The Huntingdon Valley Library is excited to kick off the spring with new teen events!

Teen bingoFirst, teens can come and enjoy After-Hours Bingo on April 24th at 5:30 pm. This event is open to teens ages 12-18, and will include a cookie bar and prizes upstairs in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

Also, with so much pressure to keep up academically and socially, the Huntingdon Valley Library is offering teens the opportunity to interact in a no-stress book club that focuses on a love of literature and the humanities.

TRL datesThrough a competitive grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Library is excited to host Teen Reading Lounge, an interactive book club designed exclusively for teens ages 14-18.

The Library chose Henna House, a coming-of-age story by local author Nomi Eve, as the program’s featured book. Teens who attend the program will receive a free copy.

Teens have a few opportunities to participate in the Teen Reading Lounge:

  • On April 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm, the Library will host a book discussion about Henna House, and the teens will have the opportunity to make dream catchers.
  •  On April 22nd from 7-9 pm, teens will participate in a creative workshop where they will MEET AUTHOR Nomi Eve, as well as have to opportunity to experience henna applied by a professional henna artist.
  •  On May 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm, the Library will host a workshop about dreams and their role in literature, and will feature guest speaker Ken Kaplan.

The Teen Reading Lounge is open to all teens ages 14-18. No special knowledge is required to participate. Refreshments will be served.

To register and pick up a free copy of the book, please contact the Library at 215-947-5138.

 Teen Reading Lounge was created for public libraries by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to encourage teens – the next generation of Pennsylvania’s library community – to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through informal book discussion and individual projects, libraries foster creativity in teens and expand on critical thinking skills learned in the classroom. In addition, teens learn to value the role their library plays in offering fun, relevant programs. This program is funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Art in April Events for All

Arts in April

The Huntingdon Valley Library is awash with activity in April and the calendar of events is now available.     APRIL 2015 Calendar FinalAPRIL. 2015 Calendar proposed

April Events for Adults:

  • Bucks-Mont Art League Annual Art Show – see works of art all month at the Library from local artists.
  • Spring Into Yoga – A beginner introduction to yoga with Theresa Landolfi. This 6-week class begins Monday, April 6 and will meet every Monday evening at 7 pm through Monday, May 18 in the 2nd Floor Community Room. The class is $42 and the size is limited, so sign up today!
  • Sonnet Appreciation with Lynn Levin – A series of free classes for National Poetry Month. Mondays, April 13, 20, and 27 at 7 pm. Please RSVP. These Sonnet Appreciation workshops are a chance for you to read and discuss poetry. Lynn will cover a variety of sonnet forms, with examples of sonnets by writers from the tradition as well as 20th and 21th-century sonneteers. Lynn Levin is a poet, writer, translator, and teacher. She is the author of six books, most recently: Birds on the Kiswar Tree (2Leaf Press, 2014), a translation from the Spanish of a collection of poems by the Peruvian Andean poet Odi Gonzales; Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press, 2013), a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; and, as co-author, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press, 2013), a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in education/academic books. Stop by for inspiration at a National Poetry Month display created by local poet Ruth Deming.
  • Trudy Klein Gompers is speaking for Holocaust Remembrance Day – Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room (seats 150). Author, educator, survivor and Huntingdon Valley local Gertrude Klein Gompers will speak of her experiences, many that she shared in her book Prisms of Light…Reflections of Shattered Glass. Trudy Klein Gompers was born in Vienna, Austria in 1937. On March 12, 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria and life for her family immediately changed for the worse. Three days before Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass, November 9-10, 1938), Trudy, along with her father, mother, and brother boarded a train and left Vienna for London, England. Her grandparents stayed behind, never to be seen again.
  • Local Gems: Guided Walking Tour of Pennypack Trail – Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am. Join us for a tour of the southern portion of Pennypack Trail with David Robertson, Executive Director of Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust. The walk will highlight Beth Ayers swamp, site of old Huntingdon Pike dam and local flora and fauna. Meet at 10:30 am the parking lot (32 spaces available) at Terwood and Welsh Roads. The walk will be 2 miles total on level ground, out and back. The walk should be completed by 12:30 pm. Dogs on leashes are welcome. RSVP for reminder – open to all.
  • AARP Drivers Safety with Mort Kushner – April 22 and April 24 from 10:30 to 3 pm.
  • ABCs of Estate Planning with Bonnie G. Ostrofsky – Thursday, April 30 at 6:45 pm. 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. Examine how Federal Estate and Pennsylvania inheritance taxes affect your estate, and review how recent tax changes may impact your estate plan. Bonnie Estate planningExplore estate planning techniques to reduce your tax liability and minimize probate costs. Find out how to title real estate and other assets. Bring your estate planning questions. Since 1987, Bonnie G. Ostrofsky has been an instructor for adult education programs in “Estate Planning”, “Investing in Real Estate”, and “Starting Your Own Business”, at adult education programs, including Plymouth-Whitemarsh Adult School, Upper Dublin Adult School, Cheltenham Adult School, Montgomery County Community College, Penn State – Abington, and Mt. Airy Learning Tree.
  • Poetry and Music Cabaret – Friday, May 1 at 6:30 pm. Share your favorite poem, sonnet, song or lyrics at our 2nd Annual Poetry and Music Cabaret! Join us in Anna’s Corner of the Library for a fun ‘after hours’ program on Friday night featuring poet Lynn Levine. All ages welcome. You can register the night of the event and the readings will start at 7 pm.

Teen Program Details to Come, but mark your calendar for:

  • Teen Reading Lounge with Cheryl and Jessica:
    • Wed., Apr. 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm – Paper Towns wrap-up, Henna House introduction & activities!
    • Wed., April 22 from 7 -9 pmHenna House AUTHOR Nomi Eve is visiting and we’ll have a professional HENNA ARTIST!
  • After Hours Teen Bingo Night – Fri., Apr. 24 at 5:30 in the Community Room. Join us after the Library closes for a fun-filled game of B-I-N-G-O! There will be a hot chocolate bar and prizes.

Kid’s Programs:

  • Friday, April 10 from 3-5 pm – Cherry Blossom Crafternoon – Celebrate spring with Miss Kathleen by dropping into the Children’s Department to make your own painting.
  • Saturday, April 11 at 1 pm- Drop Everything and Read, a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Join us for some DEAR time with fun activities and crafts. Open to all ages. Registration is requested.
  • April 13-18 is National Library Week and we are celebrating with a Scavenger Hunt! Drop in at the children’s department to join the fun scavenger hunt around the library. Each child that completes the hunt will get a special prize. Join us anytime this week.
  • Wednesday, April 15 – Spring Pajama Storytime – Come to the library in your pajamas for storytime. Miss Glynnis will share springtime stories, songs and a craft. All ages welcome. Registration is not required.
  • Saturday, April 18 – Children’s Music Express Music and Movement. Registration is required.
  • Tuesday, April 21 at 7 pm – Craft a Connection Book Club. Open to girls and boys in 3rd – 5th grade. Join our discussion of Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary and stay to create a craft that goes along with the story. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Registration is required.

Reader Resources

These are a few of the online resources we use to help folks find that next great book, movie or music CD.  We hope you find them helpful, too!

  1. Amazon
    • Due to the sheer number of users and reviews, Amazon is a great resource for both reviews and suggestions
  2. Fantastic Fiction
    • A UK Web site we LOVE and use often to find recommendations from both authors and book lovers
  3. Goodreads
    • A social network for readers and a good source for reading lists
  4. Tastekid
    • Debbie’s personal favorite – “TasteKid is a recommendation engine and a community that enjoys discovering people with shared interests in music, movies, TV shows, books, authors and games.” (About page)
  5. What’s Next™: Books in Series
    • A database managed by the Kent District Library system that is our ‘go to’ site to answer the eternal question, “What’s the next book in this series?”
  6. Wowbrary for New Library Books
    • You can subscribe to the monthly newsletter and find out which new books we have added to our collection

Spring Events at the Library

Movies, talks, children’s programs and more are coming in March and April at the Library.

See the whole calendar for March –   page 1 | page 2


Mar. 13 Last Weekend
– A matriarch (Patricia Clarkson) asks her adult sons to visit their gorgeous Lake Tahoe home for a final weekend before she sells it, but it quickly becomes a comical disaster. Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Chris Mulkey. Unrated.

Mar. 20  The Interview
– In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. Rating: R (for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence)

Mar. 27  This Is Where I Leave You
– The dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. Stars: Jason Batemen, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda. Rating: R (for language, sexual content and some drug use)

Apr. 3  Gone Girl
  -On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. R (for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language)

Apr. 10  Boyhood
– This film charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent. Rating: R

Apr. 17  The Theory of Everything – Nominated for 5 Oscars
– The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. at 21 years of age. Rated PG-13

Apr. 24  Whiplash – Nominated for 5 Oscars
– A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist. Rated R

Children’s Programs:

Mar 16-20 from 3 to 5 pm all week!
Crafternoons in the Children’s Department.  Join us for a fun take-away craft to celebrate National Craft Month.  All ages welcome.
mar 16 crafternoonsMar 24 at 7 pm
Craft a Connection Book Club for 3rd to 5th graders.  Join the discussion of White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan.  Please register.

Mar 24 craftconnectMar 25 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room
Sciencetellers  Learn about science with fun, interactive experiments that follow the tale of the “Bugs of Blackwood

Mar 25 sciencetellersApril Events for Kids

  • Drop Everything And Read Day April 11
  • Spring Pajama Storytime April 15
  • National Library Week Scavenger Hunt April 13-18
  • Music and Movement April 18 – please register.
  • Craft a Connection Book Club April 21 – please register.

Adult Programs

  • First Time Home Buyers March 10 with Alan Openshaw, Senior Loan Officer, Cornerstone Lending Inc. and Bucks Mont Speakers Bureau
  • Senior Crime Prevention University – March 23 with Ameer Blackmon, Office of the Attorney General
  • Women Can Fly Too March 19.  This Friends of HVL program features pilot Babbie Posey
  • Monthly Tech Help Desk March 25 with CESOP
  • Sonnet Appreciation April 13, 20, 27 with Lynn Levin
  • Trudy Klein Gompers April 16 for Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Local Gems: Walking tour of Pennypack Trail April 18

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 hvldirector@mclinc.org.

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 www.hvlibrary.org.

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: http://danabate.com/
  • 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.

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