Category Archives: Friends

Information about the Huntindgon Valley Friends of the Library.

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
     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
     -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.

May 2015 Programs

May is just around the corner and we have another full month of programs for all ages!

Flyer Gallery:

More to come – stay tuned!

Friends Sept Silent Auction

Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library
Silent Auction – Look, Bid and Win!

Every month, the Friends look through their donations and pull a handful of books to sell at their Silent Auction.  After a few false-starts, we took Debbie’s suggestion and created a new display space for the Silent Auction near the New Books section.

silent auction 2This ongoing fundraiser nets approximately $600 a year, which helps fund the Wish List – an annual list of projects, programs, and collection needs determined by the Library and funded by the Friends.

So far in 2014, this support has allowed us to create a new English as a Second Language collection, infuse best-selling paperback books, add new eBooks to OverDrive, add audiobooks and music CDs, support our Large Print collection, and most important – made Summer Reading possible!

In 2013, the Friends provided the Library $35,571 in support!  We enhanced the Children’s Department, added to the Genre Fiction sections (Fantasy, Mystery and Science Fiction), added Playaway Audiobooks and started a new collection of Playaway View digital video players for the Children’s Department…to name just a few.

Other active Fundraisers:

  • NYC Oct 14 Bus TripNew York City Bus Trip – Wed., Oct. 15.  Drop off at TKTS Booths at Times Square.  Only $35 for a wonderful fall day in New York City!
  • Mah Jongg on Mondays and Canasta on Tuesdays

Coming Soon:

  • Election Day Bake Sale
  • Basket of Books and Prizes raffle. New this year will be a basket just for Kids!

To Join the Friends, stop by and pick up a Newsletter and membership envelop.  Dues are just $10 per calendar year.  Friends members are able to check out museum passes, attend the monthly membership meetings, and support the Huntingdon Valley Library through volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and as advocates of the Library in the community.  Learn more about the Friends and read the 2014 Newsletter.

To participate in this fundraiser:

  1. Record your name and contact information on the slips provided
  2. Put it in the jar provided.
  3. Look through the books and find the number of the one(s) you want to bid on.
  4. Record your bid on the clip-board.
  5. Check back throughout the month to see if you need to increase your bid.
  6. If you win, you will be called by the Friends.
  7. Come to the Circulation Desk to pay for your book (exact change is appreciated)
  8. Take it home to enjoy!

Oct 7-11 Friends Book Sale

Oct 2014 Friends Book Sale FlyerIt’s Time to pick some books at the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library

Used Book Sale

October 7-11, 2014

Shelves restocked Daily!  Collectibles!

Lower Level Book Room at
625 Red Lion Road

Expanded Evening Hours!

  • Tue, Oct. 7 from 7-9 pm – Member’s Preview. Pay at the Door.
  • Wed, Oct. 8 from  7-9 pm
  • Thur, Oct. 9 from  10 am – 9 pm
  • Fri, Oct. 10 from  10 am – 5 pm
  • Sat, Oct. 11 from  10 am – 4 pm


Youth Programs in Sept 2014

Programs for Kids and Teens:

  • Sept2014 Read toa DogSaturday, September 6 from 11 am to Noon
    Read to a Dog
    Children K to 5th grade can reserve a 20-minute slot to read to a therapy dog in a small group.  Please sign up at the circ desk or by phone at 215-947-5138.
  • Monday, Sept 8-Dec. 15 at 10:30 am
    Preschool Storytime with Miss Glynnis

    Stories, songs and crafts for 3, 4 & 5 year-olds.
  • Tuesday, Sept 9-Dec. 16 at 10:30 am
    Toddler Storytime with Miss Diane
    Stories and music for 1 and 2 year olds.
  • Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm
    Pajama Storytime
    Miss Glynnis will share stories, songs and a craft.  All ages welcome and you can wear your pajamas for storytime – registration is not required.
  • PatGuthAuthorSaturday, September 13 at 10:30 am
    Read-Aloud Storytime with local author Pat Guth
    Pat will read from her children’s book Emily Goes to Philadelphia.  Pretzels and refreshments served.  All ages welcome. Registration is requested.
  • CANCELED due to Serious Illness
    Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm
    College Applications: Write Them Write
  • Friday, September 19 at 10:30 am
    Talk Like a Pirate Dress-up Storytime
    Ahoy, matey! Join us upstairs in your best pirate wear for stories, games, crafts and buried treasure! Arrr!  Registration be requested, matey.
  • Saturday, September 20 from 10:30 – 11:15 am
    Music & Movement Class with Children’s Music Express
    Join us in this lively 45-minute monthly class for you and your little loves!  All ages welcome. Registration is required.  Sponsored by Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Talk like a pirate day


Fall Foreign Film Series with Maurizio Giammarco

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.

Fall Foreign Film Series

Love, Loss and Legacies

Discuss the Academy Award Winning Films Amour and La Grande Bellezza with Maurizio Giammarco during the 2014 Fall Foreign Film Series, sponsored by the Library and Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm
Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm

2nd Floor Community Room

Please RSVP to help Maurizio prepare discussion materials.

Apr 23 Ruth K Hartz Lecture

ruth-portraitReflections of a
Hidden Child in
Nazi-Occupied France
with Ruth K. Hartz

Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
2nd Floor Community Room

Your-Name-Is-Renee-9780195154993Free and Open to the Public | Sponsored by Friends of HVL

Holocaust survivor Ruth Kapp Hartz will share her experiences during World War II as a young child hidden with her family in southern France.

Press Release:

Reflections of a Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France with Ruth K. Hartz at the Huntingdon Valley Library

(Huntingdon Valley, Pa., March 6, 2014) The Huntingdon Valley Library is pleased to host the lecture “Reflections of a Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France with Ruth K. Hartz.” on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 pm in the Lower Moreland Township Community Room, located on the 2nd floor of the Library at 625 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA. The lecture is sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Holocaust survivor Ruth Kapp Hartz will share her experiences during World War II as a young child hidden with her family in southern France. During this time she also hid in a Catholic convent to avoid being captured by the Gestapo and the Vichy French Police. Hartz and her parents survived this trying time, and were able to return to their home in Paris after the war. Hartz came to the United States in 1958 and has since become a dedicated speaker on the topic of the Holocaust and tolerance. Her childhood memoir “Your Name is Renée” was published by the Oxford University Press in 1999, and the French translation was released in 2005 by Beach Lloyd Publishers. Copies of her memoir will be available for purchase at the event.

Ruth is a member of the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Council, the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the Alliance Francaise. She taught French for more than 30 years in Pennsylvania at Bryn Mawr College, Arcadia University and the Springside School in Philadelphia, Pa., where a library section dedicated to Holocaust studies is named in her honor. More information on Hartz can be found at

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sharon Moreland-Sender, Library Director, at 215-947-5138 or email




March 12 Celtic Pride Concert!

Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library and the Huntingdon Valley Library

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Wednesday, March 12
7 pm in 2nd floor Community Room

Free admission.  Refreshments for sale at the event courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Rustic, energetic, and light-hearted, Celtic Pride delivers traditional and modern Irish tunes.  Take a Listen on their Web site.

Featuring Bill Monaghan on vocals, acoustic guitar, tin whistle, harmonica, and recorder, and occasional piano; Jim Monaghan on vocals, bass, and guitar; and Brian DiBiagio on guitars.

Bill performed at the Library in March 2012.  Download the informational flyer: Mar 2014 Celtic Pride