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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
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Sit-N-Knit Baby Blanket Basket Raffle

Sit N Knit Raffle FlyerSupport the Sit-N-Knit Group’s Baby Blanket Basket Raffle

$1 per ticket or 6 for $5

This basket is valued at $70 and includes:

  • Hand-knit by the Sit-N-Knit Group:
    Baby Blanket and Hat
  • 5 New Baby Board Books
  • Library Mug
  • Teething Ring
  • Rattle
  • Johnson & Johnson Bath Products

Drawing will be Monday, Oct. 13 in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

Sit-N-Knit meets Mondays in the Multi-purpose room to share ideas and knit together.

July 2014 Calendar and Movies

July Calendar of Events, including Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults!
July 2014 Calendar Final (.pdf)

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Summer Movie Night:

  • Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 pm     Captain Phillips

Friday Movies:

  • July 4        Independence Day Holiday – No Movie
  • July 11      Monuments Men
    The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? Directed by George Clooney, and features Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.
  • July 18      All Is Lost
    Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) takes the helm for this tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. ~ Jason Buchanan,
  • July 25      Lone Survivor    
    LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

Summer Reading Clubs 2014

Summer Reading Clubs for 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read! (Kids) | Spark a Reaction (Teens) | Literary Elements (Adults)

Registration begins Monday, June 23, 2014

July 2014 Calendar of Library Events (pdf)

Children’s Summer Reading – Fizz, Boom, Read!

Open to any child birth to entering 5th Grade.
Registration begins Monday, June 23 at the Library!

All books – 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 at each Program you attend and every time you visit the library to check out books.   Turn in your Time Log by August 1 for an additional 10 tickets!

Wednesday Night Family Programs in 2nd Floor Community Room:

  • Eyes of the Wild with Travis Gale – Wed., June 25 at 7:00 pm
  • Sciencetellers: Dragons and Dreams – Wed., July 9 at 7:00 pm
  • Mad Science: Spin, Pop, Boom! – Wed., July 16 at 7:00 pm
  • Magic & Science & Stuff with Mike Rose – Wed., July 23 at 7:00 pm
  • Soda Bottle Science with Rick Mikula – Wed., July 30 at 7:00 pm
  • Summer Reading Closing Party – Scientific Bubble Fun and Raffle Drawing
    – Wed., August 6 at 7:00 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 23 and 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, and 28

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 24
  • July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Summer Activity Book Groups with Miss Glynnis

  • Please Register to assist with planning
  • Students entering 2nd and 3rd grades:
    • Tuesday, July 8 at 3:00 pm – Stink: Solar System Superhero by Megan McDonald
    • Tuesday, July 22 at 3:00 pm – Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
  • Students entering 4th and 5th grades:
    • Tuesday, July 15 at 3:00 pm – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
    • Tuesday, July 29 at 3:00 pm – The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Miss Diane’s Library Lab: Hands-On Experiments

  • Students entering 1st to 3rd grades.
  • Registration is required.
  • Limit 2 classes per student, wait list for other classes.
  • Thursday, July 10 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
    Sink or Swim: Density
  • Thursday, July 17 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
    Color Me a Rainbow: Chromatography
  • Thursday, July 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
    Digging for Dinos: Paleontology
  • Thursday, July 31 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
    Reaction in Action: Chemistry

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 27 – Frozen
  • Friday, July 11 – The Nut Job
  • Friday, July 18 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • Friday, July 25 – Despicable Me 2
  • Friday, August 1 – Monster University

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

Spark a Reaction – Teen Summer Reading!

Teens entering 6th through 12th grade can register online for the Teen Summer Reading Program beginning June 23.

Register and keep track of your reads at:
Online Summer Reading Program

All books—paper, e-books, and audio books—can be counted toward your summer reading goal and each review you complete, enters you into the weekly raffle drawings. Read all summer long for a chance to win YA books and iTunes gift cards.

Monday Programs

  • Monday, June 23 at 1:00 pm Spring Lunch Bunch
    Join Mariel and company to discuss True Talents by David Lubar
  • Monday, July 7 at 1:00 pm – Meet Author David Lubar
    Join us at the Teen Summer Reading kick-off event with a visit from author David Lubar!
  • Monday, July 14 at 5:00 pm – Hunger Games Lunch Bunch
    Book #1 vs. Movie #1 | Come discuss the book and then watch the movie with pizza and popcorn.
  • Monday, July 21 at 5:00 pm – Hunger Games Craft Party
    We will be creating Hunger Games themed crafts!
  • Monday, July 28 at 5:00 pm – Spark a Reaction Closing Party
    Join us for crafts, food and fun!

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

Literary Elements – Adult Summer Reading

Why should kids have all the fun!  This club is an opportunity for adults to celebrate and enjoy summer reading.  “Literary Elements” is the theme of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.  To join the club, simply submit a registration form at the library and start reading! As you finish a book, let us know by giving the book a rating of one to five ‘flasks’.  If you would like to write a brief review of the book to share with the club, it would be appreciated by the other club members, but a review isn’t required.   Come watch Sherlock Holmes solve a case, learn about Women in Science, or ask an author about his new Dead Sea Scrolls mystery.

Earn chances to win one of four raffle bags or the grand prize of a Keurig K-Cup OfficePRO by just reading.  Might we suggest a ‘mystery’ book from the “Blind Date with a Book” display, a new Vacations Read paperback or a new mass market paperback purchased by the Friends of the Library?

Each Literary Elements Book Review turned in earns you a chance to win a raffle drawing.  Drawings will be August 6 at the Fizz, Boom, Read Wrap Up Party.

Register at the Library or download a form.  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:

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band – Thursday, June 26 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room
    Neill Hartley is Sherlock Holmes in a thrilling version of the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See Sherlock Holmes in his study working out the mystery with Dr. Watson. Then follow him to an old mansion where he must stop a killer from committing another horrible crime.
    This one-man show is a fully-staged performance, followed by an informational section and question/answer period.
  • Withheld: A Dead Sea Scroll Mystery Author Visit with Bernard Miller Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 pm
    Meet Mr. Miller, author at age 90.  Withheld was rejected by traditional publishers as ‘too controversial’.  According to the author, “you’ll learn critical First Century secrets in this fact based fiction.”
  • Women in Science with Rochelle Christopher from Victorian Vanities – Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room
    A look at 25 women who changed the face of modern science.

Summer Evening Movies – in the 2nd Floor Community Room at 6:30 pm

  • June 19  Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13)
    The inspiring back story depicts how Walt Disney made “Mary Poppins” and managed to get the film to the screen despite obstacles.  Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks. 120 minutes.
  • July 17   Captain Phillips (PG-13)
    This multilayered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates is a pulse-pounding thriller focusing on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage.   Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Corey Johnson. 134 minutes.
  • Aug. 21   Gravity (PG-13)
    In a heart-pounding deep space thriller, Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky confront disaster.  Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ed Harris and George Clooney. 91 minutes

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!

Adult Summer Reading Programs sponsored in part through a donation by Alfred P. Liebold Associates.  Keurig donated by CoffeeServ.

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June Calendar and Movies

Pick up the new June 2014 Calendar of Events and Friday Movies.  Summer Reading kicks off June 23 for kids, teens and adults!

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Download the June 2014 Calendar today.  Also Check out the June 2014 Friday Movies.

New for Summer – 2014 Summer Evening Movies!

Highlights:

  • sherlockheadshotFriends Used Book Sale – Preview June 10, Sale from June 11-14
  • Dog Week! – June 15-21
  • Eyes of the Wild – June 25
  • iPad Class – June 26
  • Sherlock Holmes & the Speckled Band one-man performance with Neill Hartley- June 26

Bucks-Mont Art Show

I want to thank Bart Dunlap and the many talented artists and jewelry makers responsible for this month’s Bucks-Mont Art League Art Show at the Library.  We look forward to hosting them again next April.  You still have a week to view the show and pick up a wonderful piece of art or custom-made jewelry for yourself!

The Bucks-Mont Art League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness of the visual arts and the cultivation of creativity.  Visit them on the Web.

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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 hvlibrary.org.

We also have two new ways to support the Library:

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