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

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Annual Appeal 2015

Dear Neighbors,

We asked why you love the Huntingdon Valley Library and you told us:

  • It’s like a home away from home.
  • They have puppet shows, toys and movies. Also I really like the Star Wars books.
  • Everyone here is so nice.

The Board of Trustees and staff strive to meet your expectations for exceptional service. We want you to have a library that enriches your life and community.

We need your help. With your financial donations, the library can continue to be the place you go to engage your curiosity, explore your interests and enjoy a story, program or friendship.

Your contributions are tax-deductible and help us to expand our programs, services and collections.  Please note, this is a direct appeal from the Board of the Huntingdon Valley Library, not our support organization, the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Donate Today

Through your support of the Huntingdon Valley Library…

  • Crafternoon Fun
    Crafternoon Fun

    A dad and his child find a fun, safe place to enjoy story times, books and the occasional “crafternoon”

  • A job seeker finds work with the support of our helpful staff, using our free internet access and computers
  • A school child improves her reading comprehension and gets creative in the Craft-a-Connection book club
  • A teen and her friends explore new ideas, books and cultures as part of the Teen Reading Lounge
  • A senior citizen attends our Friday movies for free entertainment and to see her friends
  • A local college student studies for his entrance exams in a comfortable, quiet study area.
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Historic Walk with Rachel B.

Thank you for your generosity,

Sharon Moreland-Sender
Director

Donate Online Today

or Print Out 2015 Annual Appeal and
Mail a check to Huntingdon Valley Library

 Does your employer offer a Matching Gifts program?  We will work with you to take advantage of the program.

2015 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
  • Ferdinand Gonzales, Commissioner
Super Hero Summer Reading
Super Hero Summer Reading

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.

Events and Program for Oct. 25-31

This Week’s Library Events (and Photos):

  • Preschool Storytime – Mon., Oct. 26 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. 26 at 4 pm for knitters of all levels and ages!
  • TRL continuationTeen Reading Lounge – Mon., Oct. 26 at 6:30 pm.  Free Books!  Free Food!  Continuation!  Teen Reading Lounge is an interactive, non-traditional BOOK CLUB exclusively for teens 14-18.  Join us for our 2nd KICK-OFF PARTY.  Library will provide copies of the book for you to keep!
  • Toddler Storytime – Tues., Oct. 27 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.
  • Library YogaWed., Oct. 28 at 10:30 am in Community Room with Theresa Landolfi. $7 per session, drop in. 
  • Oct 29 HalloweenKIDS: Halloween Dress-Up Party – Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm! in the Community Room. Open to all, Registration requested.
  • FRIENDS: Versatility of Your Heirlooms and Treasures: Fine Jewelry Informative Seminar conducted by Robert Schwartz and Iris Schwartz of Harry Merrill & Son, Jewelers on Thurs., October 29, 2015 at 7 pm in the Multipurpose room.
  • Friday Movie Matinee –  Fri., Oct. 30 at 2 pmClouds of Sils Maria. Clouds of Sils Maria – A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable   reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years. R (language & brief nudity) 2 hours 4 minutes. Movies are free and open to the public.
  • haunted libraryTEENS: Night of Fright -Fri, October 30, 6:30 pm.  Haunted Library! Teens – Join us after-hours for a Night of Fright. Come in costume if you dare! Light refreshments will be served. Registration requested.

    Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Display Case
Features original art by Kathleen Foley, Library Assistant. She will also be leading another Painting with Kathleen program in December!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Release Party and Library Take Over
Tuesday, November 3
7 pm | meet in the Children’s Department
  • ElDiaryection Booth – vote for your favorite book
  • Photo booth – Become one of the characters!
  • Drawing station – Learn to draw Greg’s character step-by-step
  • Trivia Game – test your knowledge of the series
  • Cheese Touch Game
  • Scavenger Hunt throughout the library!
  • Fun prizes
  • Be one of the FIRST to take Old School out of the library
  • Children of all ages welcome and Registration is requested

NEWS:
New eBooks and digital audiobooks have been added to the Library’s OverDrive collection, also known as the Montgomery County Library District Digital Collection.  Interested in seeing JUST what’s available for your IMMEDIATE listening or reading enjoyment?  Or maybe I’m the only impatient one?

  1. Sign in using your Huntingdon Valley card
    Sign in
  2. Click on Advanced Search
  3. Scroll to the bottom and check “Available Now” and hit Search
    Available Now Ebooks
  4. Browse all the great titles that are ready for you to download and enjoy!
Call and schedule a one-on-one Tech Appointment with us if you would like additional help setting up or using your OverDrive account.
Here are some of the new titles added…
Audiobooks:
  • song of fireA Song of Ice and Fire Complete Series (unabridged) by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice
  • At the Water’s Edge: A Novel (unabridged) by Sara Gruen, narrated by Justine Eyre
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel (unabridged) by Anita Diamant, narrated by Linda Lavin
eBooks – fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance:
  • All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  • all the lightAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
  • Between Sisters: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  • Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  • Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
  • Ordinary Grace: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
  • The Door in the Hedge: And Other Stories by Robin McKinley
  • invention ofThe Invention of Wings: A Novel (Original Publisher’s Edition-No Annotations) by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Iron Duke: The Iron Seas Series by Meljean Brook
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
  • The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
  • The Trouble with Virtue: A Comfortable Wife\A Lady by Day by Stephanie Laurens and Alison DeLaine
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Non-fiction, self-help,  history:
  • wright brLeaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
Upcoming Events:
Identity Theft
ADULTS: Identity Theft Program -Mon, November 2, 6:30 pm. Ameer Blackmon from the Attorney General’s Office, will return to talk about Identity Theft in the
2nd Floor Community Room.
Please RSVP.

Nov 15 ABCs EstateADULTS: ABCs of Estate Planning -Tue, November 10, 6:30 pm. Repeat from Spring! Join us in the 1st Floor Multipurpose room for this Free Seminar.  Please RSVP. 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. Bonnie G. Ostrofsky is a past President and an active member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Township. She is also a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Montgomery County Estate Planning Council.

RR of KingADULTS: Railroads of King of Prussia with Michael Shaw -Tue., November 17, 6:30 pm. Climb aboard! 1838 was the first year that railroads entered the township of Upper Merion. Local King of Prussia resident and historian Michael Shaw has spent the better part of one year diligently researching the history of King of Prussia’s railroads, from the past to the present. It’s been quite a ride and the future of the rails may lead back to the past with the reintroduction of passenger service.

Upcoming Events:

  • FOL pottery
    Ceramics Workshop

    Thu, November 12, 1:30 pm. Ceramics Workshop at Create Me Pottery Painting Studio. Cost $25.00 per person includes pottery, paints and firing.  Make your reservations by Monday, November 9, 2015 at The Friends’ Corner in the Library. Sponsored by Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

  • Julia Child Says Bon Appetit! Encore presentation by Linda Kenyon on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm, after the Friends Book Club.  Free and Open to All!
  • Basket of Books raffle coming this fall and will debut at Bake Sale.
  • Election Day Bake Sale – Nov. 3, 2015 at Pine Road Elementary
  • Election Day Canasta at The White Elephant Restaurant (759 Huntingdon Pike) from 11:30 to 3:300.  Cost: $25. Register with Karen Schwartz.  Proceeds will support the Library’s Art collection, both print and visual!

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”.
    Renewalsdone

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