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News and Events for Week of Dec 20

Calendar of Events

Library Holiday Closings:
Closed – Thurs., December 24
Closed – Fri., December 25
Open – Sat., December 26 from 10 am to 5 pm

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool & Toddler Storytimes are On Break.
    Join us again on Mon., Jan. 25 & Tue., Jan. 26.
  • Sit N Knit – Mon., Dec. 21 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • Teen Reading Lounge – Mon., Dec. 21 at 6:30 pm. This is an interactive, non-traditional Book Club exclusively for teens 14-18!  Join us to discuss LET IT SNOW and to design POP-UP CARDS.  Library will provide copies of the book for you to keep.  This is a NO-STRESS BOOK CLUB designed with your busy schedule in mind.   REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
  • Library Yoga Wed., Dec.23 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in.
  • Holiday Hours – closed Dec. 24 & 25. Open Dec. 26 regular hours.
  • Monday, Dec. 21 – Mah Jongg CANCELED due to HVAC Installation (postponed due to the rain).


Customer Satisfaction Survey is OPEN!
Please Share your thoughts with us

Director’s Corner

The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library treated us to a wonderful Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Dec. 18 with a delicious spread of goodies.  I want to take a moment to say my own Thank You to our wonderful staff.  I’m especially grateful for my Department Heads – Pam, Glynnis and Tetjana (who has been with the Library since 1984).  They coordinate, train, organize and motivate this fun-tastic team.  That team includes: Jonathan (’97), Jane (’04), Mariel (’05), Marilyn, Jessica, DeAnne, Sunil, Kathleen, Tom, Karen, Meghan, Blessy, Bovas, and our janitorial duo: Rolf (’74) and Tom (’86).  Jeff, the Board liaison to the Friends joined us, too!  As you can see, a good time was had by all.

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How Are We Doing?

Now is your chance to tell us how we’re doing!

It’s Customer Satisfaction Survey Season at the Huntingdon Valley Library.  Based on last year’s survey, we are happy to announce that Sunday Hours are coming in 2016 (maybe as early as late January).

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us:

take_the_surveyFeedback is shared with the Board of Trustees and ensures we provide the services, collection and programs you expect.

Thank you for your time and feedback.

-Sharon, Director

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

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

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2014 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you. Your support allows us to write the Next Chapter of the Library’s story.

Donate Online Today

or Print Out 2014 Appeal Letter and
Mail a check to Huntingdon Valley Library

Through the generosity of a bequest and two individual donations, the Library Board of Trustees started an Endowment Fund this year. To ensure future success and expanded services, we ask for your help to grow our new Endowment Fund. The Fund will provide:

  • Seed money for innovative new programs
  • A consistent base of funding during economic downturns
  • Long-term sustainability

Family Place couchReading, literacy and lifelong learning are at the core of our mission. Add your contribution and join those who have helped support that mission and improve the Library and Community:

  • The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library underwrote 73% of the youth book budget
  • The Friends-supported Summer Reading Program improved student reading skills over the summer. This year’s 7-week program included 31 science-themed events for over 1,400 kids and families!
  • The Women’s Club support allowed for multiple copies of best sellers
  • A Library Trustee gifted us the Financial Times and new Investment Collection
  • Named donors supported unique programs like the “The Snow Queen” and Neill Hartley as “Sherlock Holmes”
  • The Frank J. and Cornelia D. Ollinger Fund and Lillian S. Stile Fund maintained the non-fiction books and biographies

Readers with NijiWith gratitude and thanks,

Sharon Moreland-Sender, MLS

A copy of the 2014 Appeal Letter is available to download
Does your employer offer a Matching Gifts program?  We will work with you to take advantage of the program.

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2014 Board:

  • Eleanor Schneider, President and former Commissioner
  • Jack Bernstein, Vice President
  • Judy Trichon, Treasurer
  • Miryam Roddy, Secretary
  • David Silver
  • Jeff Rubin
  • Rita Kenney
  • Hilarie Weiss
  • Jonathan Rumpf
  • Ferdinand Gonzales, Commissioner

The Huntingdon Valley Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. A copy of the registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Trouble Accessing Your Account?

If you are using Chrome, you may experience problems accessing the online catalog.  Other browsers still work as expected.

After the last Chrome browser software update, patrons began reporting problems accessing our online MCLINC shared catalog.  The issue is related to the browser’s security settings and SSL (secure socket layer that protects you privacy while browsing by encrypting your data).  You can still access your account to renew materials and place items on hold by using Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or another browser of your choice.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  The staff at the MCLINC headquarters are working to find a solution.

Thank you, Sharon

Community Forums and Survey

Library Leadership Wants to Hear Your Voice!

Updated as of 10/18/2014.

As members of the Library Board of Trustees work to craft a new Strategic Plan for the Library, they invite you to share your ideas, concerns and vision for library’s future at a Community Forum.  Your valuable input and feedback is vital to the planning process! We want to hear YOUR voice.

Please attend the final Community Forum on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 am in the Community Room
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Library Community Forum Flyer

We truly want to listen and hear your opinions, whatever they are, about all aspects of Huntingdon Valley Library — the building, staff and/or programs and services.  How can we best serve you, your friends and families in the future?  Now is your chance to let us know and help build and even better library and community hub in years to come!” – Miryam Roddy, Board Secretary

This discussion, facilitated by Liz Vibber of Catalyst Center, will explore the themes and issues brought up in the Customer Survey and interviews with key stakeholders from the surrounding community.  Each forum will be approximately 1-hour long, with refreshments and chances to win door prizes!

We want to thank everyone who participated in the first two Forums, as well as the Teens who came and shared their creative ideas and insights.

As of Oct. 18, we had 250 responses to the Customer Survey.  The drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite ended Oct. 17, but the Survey will remain open until Oct. 25.

The Survey is located here

This 14-question Survey includes:

  • Five questions about current Library services
  • Three open-ended questions about the library and its future
  • Five demographic questions
  • One final question to sign up to receive the weekly newsletter

Thank you for your time and opinions.  The Board and Staff work in concert to provide the residents of the Lower Moreland Township and Huntingdon Valley Library users with great Library services.  Your feedback helps ensure we continue down the right path. If you run into any problems or would prefer to complete a paper survey, contact me at 215-947-5138 or by email at

Sharon Moreland-Sender


Sep 7 Newsletter

Consider Signing Up for our online Newsletter.  We reach over 1,000 patrons and library supporters every week.

Along with ‘breaking news’ (new programs and events), the newsletter provides you with:

  • Calendar of youth and adult events and programs for the upcoming week
  • Friday movie synopsis
  • New books through Wowbrary
  • eBook and online resource information and highlights
  • Director’s Corner where Sharon shares pictures, news and statistics occasionally (because she just can’t help herself)
  • Board involvement and Donation information
  • Friends news – including trips, fundraisers, book club and museum pass information

Archives of each week’s newsletter are stored on this News Blog at: About and Newsletter


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Fall Film Series Postponed

Notice:  The Friends’ and Library Fall Foreign Film Series scheduled for tonight and Sept. 18 has been canceled, but will be rescheduled.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, our presenter is unable to attend.  We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Thank you,

Sharon Moreland-Sender


May 26 Memorial Day Open House

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Library and Valley Youth Center
Open House

Monday, May 26 from 10 am – 1 pm

Huntingdon Valley Library | 625 Red Lion Road

Join us for the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 am in front of the Library.  Before and after, visit the Library and tour the Valley Youth Center, as well!

Donate to the Library

Did you know?  The Huntingdon Valley Library, a non-profit library, receives the majority of our funding from the Lower Moreland Township. This local support covers our basics: staff, utilities, insurance, and administrative expenses (like bookkeeping).

With individual donations from supporters like you and on-going support from the Friends of the Library, we are able to enhance the collection, improve our technology and bring in quality speakers, like Gerry Shur, Ruth K. Hartz and Dr. Isser.

Donations to the Library may be tax deductible.  We also welcome memorials and will provide a personalized book plate for any donation over $25.00.

For more information about how you can donate to the Library, visit the Donate page at

We also have two new ways to support the Library:

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Donate Online with PayPal or Credit Card

To make your payment online, fill out the online donations form. Once that is submitted, use the button to make a payment. Be sure to specify your name and purpose so that we can match your form to your payment.

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