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Programs and Events for Nov. 29

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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.
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Programs and Events for Week of Oct 18

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos): 

  • Preschool Storytime – Mon., Oct. 19 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. 19 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Toddler Storytime – Tues., Oct. 20 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.
  • Medicare 2016Medicare for 2016 -Tue., Oct. 20 at 7 pm. Medicare 2016 will focus on the options available to Medicare beneficiaries who have choices to make during the annual Open Enrollment period (October 15 to December7).  Please RSVP.  Presented by APPRISE.
  • Friends NYC Bus Trip -Wed., Oct. 21 at 8 am.  Double check which bus you’re on – one picks up at the Library and the other at the K-Mart on Street Road.
  • Library Yoga – Wed., Oct. 21 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Craft road show longThur., Oct. 22 at 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!  Friends Appreciation
    Tea
     at 6:30 pm – join us in thanking the Friends for all they do!
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Oct. 23 at 2 pm.
    Movies are free and open to the public.
  • displaytable.jpg?w=168&h=300Write & Illustrate Your
    Own Book
    Deadline!
     -Sat., Oct. 24 at 5 pm (when the Library closes).  Winners will be notified on Friday, November 20, 2015. Award Ceremony and Reception for Winners: Thursday, December 3,2015 at 7:00 pm upstairs in the Community Room.
    More information here.

Programs and Events for the Week of Oct 12

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool Storytime – Mon., Oct. 12 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. 12 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Julia Says, ‘Bon Appétit!’ with Linda Kenyon
    – Mon., Oct 12 at 7 pm.   We will schedule an Encore Performance in November!  We had a great crowd (64) last night and the Friends provides delicious refreshments.
  • Toddler Storytime – Tues., Oct. 13 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.
  • AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course – Wed., Oct. 14 at 10:30 am. Registration and fee required.
  • Library YogaWed., Oct., 14 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • I Wish that I had Duck FeetBook Worm Book Club – Wed., Oct. 14 at 6 pm. Children in grades 1 and 2.  I Wish That I had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg.  Discuss and create a craft that goes with the story.  Copies available at Library. Registration is required.
  • AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course – Thurs., Oct. 15 at 10:30 am. Second day of the course.
  • Friends Book Club – Thurs., Oct. 15 at 12:30 pm in the Community Room.  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.  Open to all!
  • Library LEGO Club – Thurs, Oct. 15 from 4:15 to 5:15 pm.  Grades K-2. Registration is required.
  •  Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Oct. 16 at 2 pm.
    farewell partyThe Farewell Party.  A unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. Unrated. 1 hour 35 minutes. Movies are free and open to the public.
  • Rhythm Babies Music Class – Sat., Oct. 17 10:15 to 11:00 am.  Lively 45-minute monthly class for you and your little loves.  Children of all ages welcome. Registration is required.
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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

Instructions:

  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
    P
    hone number
         Address
    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.

displaytableJudging:

  • 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)

Prizes:

  • 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.

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  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:
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  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”.
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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

Summer Reading 2015

Summer Reading Fun for 2015

Every Hero Has a Story (Kids) | Unmask! (Teens) |
Escape the Ordinary (Adults)

Registration begins Monday, June 22, 2015

July 2015 Calendar of Events (coming soon)

Youth_facebook_2Every Hero Has a Story
– Children’s Summer Reading

Open to any child birth to entering 5th Grade.
Registration begins Monday, June 22 at the Library!

All books read or read to – paper, ebooks and audiobooks – can be counted toward your reading time. There’s more – continue to visit the library all summer long for fun programs and books to read.  You can keep earning raffle tickets for a chance to win one of our 10 grand prize raffle baskets!

Earn a raffle ticket every time you check out books or attend a program!  Tell us how many total hours you read this summer during the first week of August for an additional 10 tickets!

Wednesday Night Family Programs
in 2nd Floor Community Room:

  • Philadelphia Zoo “Radical Rainforest” – Wed., June 24 at 7 pm
  • Superhero Cape Making Party – Wed., July 1. Drop-in from 1-3 pm.  Registration required.
  • Two of a Kind sing-along show “Hanging Out with Heroes at the Library” – Wed., July 8 at 7 pm
  • Briar Bush Starlab “Heroes of the Sky” – Wed., July 15. Held in four 30-minute sessions starting at 6 pm. Registration required.
  • Reading Rocks Magic Show with Joe Holiday – Wed., July 22 at 7 pm
  • Firefighter Storytime and FIRE HOUSE FIELD TRIP and tour with local firefighting heroes from the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company – Wed., July 29 at 7 pm
  • Franklin Institute’s “Heroes of Flight” – Wed., August 5 at 7 pm
  • Superhero Summer Reading Closing Party with a Superhero Training Camp. – Wed., Aug. 12 at 7 pm

Preschool Storytime with Miss Glynnis –

  • Stories, songs and crafts for 3, 4 & 5 year-olds
  • Mondays at 10:30 am in the 1st floor multi-purpose room
  • June 22 and 29
  • July 6, 13, 20, and 27
  • August 3 and 10

Toddler Storytime with Miss Diane –

  • Stories and music for 1 & 2 year-olds
  • Tuesdays at 10:30 am in the 1st floor multi-purpose room
  • June 23 and 30
  • July 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • August 4 and 11

Craft a Connection Book Club with Miss Glynnis –

  • Please Register to assist with planning
  • Open to students entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
  • Tuesday, June 30 at 7 pm – El Deafo by CeCe Bell
    – The first 12 children to register will receive a copy of the book to keep!
  • Tuesday, July 21 at 7 pm – Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Tuesday Crafternoons – New!

  • Drop in at the children’s department every Tuesday this summer from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm for arts and crafts.
  • All ages are welcome!

Super Brain Guessing Jar – New!

  • Use your x-ray vision to take a guess at our guessing jar each week in the children’s department.

Superhero Science: Hands-On Experiments with Miss Diane

  • Students entering 1st to 3rd grades.
  • Registration is required.
  • Limit 2 classes per student, wait list for other classes.
  • Thursday, July 9 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Magnetic Magicians: Magnetism
  • Thursday, July 16 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Weather Watchers: Meteorology
  • Thursday, July 23 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Shape Shifters: Metamorphosis
  • Thursday, July 30 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Fantastic Flyers: Aerospace

Friday Family Movies

  • Every Friday at 11:30 am
  • Free movie in the 2nd Floor Community Room – bring a bagged lunch and enjoy the show!
  • Friday, June 26 –  Planes: Fire & Rescue (1 hr. 23 min.)
  • Friday, July 3 – The Lego Movie (1 hr. 41 min.)
  • Friday, July 10 – Paddington (1 hr. 35 min.)
  • Friday, July 17 – Big Hero 6 (1 hr. 42 min.)
  • Friday, July 24 – Penguins of Madagascar (1 hr 32 min.)
  • Friday, July 31 – Strange Magic (1 hr. 39 min.)
  • Friday, Aug 7 – The Land Before Time (1 hr. 29 min.)
  • Friday, Aug. 14 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day  (1 hr. 21 min.)
  • Friday, Aug. 21 – The Lion King  (1 hr. 29 min.)
  • Friday, Aug. 28 – Charlotte’s Web  (1 hr. 34 min.)

Summer Reading Programs sponsored by Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.
Special Thanks to Dairy Queen of Bethayers,  Bertucci’s Restaurant and Lee’s Hoagie House.

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Unmask!
– Teen Summer Reading

Teens entering 6th through 12th grade can register for the Teen Summer Reading Program beginning June 22.

All books—paper, e-books, and audio books—can be counted toward your summer reading goal.  They do not have to be library books. Keep track of how long you read on the Teen Time Log.  For each hour you read, earn a chance to win a Teen Raffle Basket at the August 6 Wrap-Up Party or a $15 iTunes gift card in the weekly drawings. Read all summer long – we have extra Time Logs!

You can also earn additional raffle tickets by:

  • Checking out books at the circulation desk
  • Attending teen programs
  • Completing book reviews

Thursday Programs

  • Thursday, June 18 @ 6:30 pm – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Book #1 versus Movie #1
  • Thursday, June 25 @ 6:30 pm – Teen Author Jordan Sonnenblick.
    1st 20 Teens registered get a free book!
  • Thursday, July 2 @ 6:30 pm – X-BOX Game Night. Challenge your friends!
  • Thursday, July 9 @ 6:30 pm – No-Sew T-Shirt Craft. Bring your own t-shirt to redesign.
  • Thursday, July 16 @ 6:30 pm – Button-Making Craft. Create buttons from magazines and more.
  • Thursday, July 23 @ 6:30 pm – Rain Reign Book Discussion.
    1st 10 Teens registered get a free copy!
  • Thursday, July 30 @ 6:30 pm – Unmask Your Creativity: Pottery Event. Registration required.
  • Thursday, August 6 @ 6:30 pm – Tie-Dye Event! Teen Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party!

Teen Summer Reading is sponsored by Huntingdon Valley Bank.
Jordan Sonnenblick is appearing courtesy of the MontCo Public Libraries.

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Escape the Ordinary
– Adult Summer Reading

“Escape the Ordinary” is the theme of the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program.  To participate, simply register at the library and start reading! As you finish a book, let us know by giving the book a rating of one to five ‘pows!’  You can write a short review, if you want to share your thoughts with fellow readers. We will make bookmarks out of the reviews!

2015 Adult Summer Reading Flyer with Info and Programs

Earn chances to win a raffle basket!

Each Escape the Ordinary Book Review turned in earns you a chance to win a raffle drawing.  Drawings will be August 12 at the Every Hero Has a Story Wrap Up Party.

Open to anyone 18 and older. Earn a chance to win by registering, another for each book review submitted, and earn a ticket for attending the Adult Summer Reading programs listed below:

Programs:

  • Sports Talk with Rob Charry – Tue, June 30 at 7 pm, 2nd Floor Community Room.  Help us kick off Adult Summer Reading and “Escape the Ordinary” with 94 WIP SportsRadio’s Rob Charry! Open to all!
  • Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.  We will learn more about this Exhibit from a Docent from the Philadelphia Museum of Art – TBD.
    Uncover the untold story of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas, Pissarro, and their visionary art dealer and champion, Paul Durand-Ruel.  Exhibit runs from June 24, 2015 – September 13, 2015.
  • Front Row Seat to History with Ed Eisen – Thu, July 16 at 7 pm, 2nd Floor Community Room.  In a 52-year media career, journalist/author Ed Eisen has met, interviewed or represented these local, national or international figures on the world stage: CBS Anchor Walter Cronkite, President Gerald Ford, Mother Teresa, Comic Jackie Gleason, World boxing champ Joe Frazier, Princess Grace Kelly and many more.  Ed is also the author of the e-book “Soul for Sale: Confessions of a Philadelphia Spin Doctor” and taught broadcast news journalist at Temple University.  Open to all!
  • escape artistEscape Artist! Paint with Kathleen –Tue, July 21 at 7 pm, 1st Floor Meeting Room.  With artistic staffer Kathleen, you can Escape the Ordinary this summer through art!  She will guide you in creating your own painting to take home.   Suggested donation of $15 for supplies.  Sign up at the Circulation Desk.
  • Olive Oil Tasting Fundraiser – Tue, July 28 at 6:30 pm at Olive Lucy Fine Olive Oils and Vinegar Store.  Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a Tasting Event at the store at Valley Court Yard, 2531 Huntingdon Pike.  Tickets are $10 with delicious pairings provided by Olive Lucy’s expert staff.  Sign up at the Circulation Desk.

Friday Movies – Continues through the summer every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

Brain Teasers – Ask about the weekly Brain Teaser!  We have a crossword, matching games, quizzes and more!  A completed Brain Teaser also wins a chance at the raffle!

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