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

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.”


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