Thrills and Chills Around the World

If you have not yet joined us for the Thrills and Chills Around the World film series, you have one last chance this evening! The Friends of the Huntingdon Valley Library have made this film presentation possible, and it features some amazing works of cinema from around the globe. Dr. Moylan Mills will present the film, give some background on the title, and engage the audience in what always prooves to be a riveting discussion. The best part: attendance is free! Join us tonight in the community room at 7:00 PM for a viewing of the Deep End, the only domestic film featured in this year’s series. We hope to see you here!

Here’s a link to the Rotten Toamtoes reviews for tonight’s film – very high approval rating!


Young Authors reception follow up

Thanks to all the members of the community who came out in support of our young authors yesterday! It was wonderful to see evey seat filled and then some, and I know you were as impressed as I was at the level of talent there is to be found amoung the young people in our community! The local media took notice of this as well, check out this wonderful story about last evening’s program in the Lower Moreland Patch!

Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Reception

Consider joining us tonight at the Huntingdon Valley Library as we celebrate the accomplishments of some talented young members of the Huntingdon Valley Library community! This evening at 6:30 in the community room on the library’s top level, there will be a reception in honor of the winners of the annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book contest. We were amazed at the number of entries we received from the school-aged children of our community. Lower Moreland is certainly not lacking for talent! It’s wonderful to see so many of you who use our library care about reading so much that you were willing to share your own original work with us! Those selected as winners will have a copy of their story bound, and added to the collection here in the Huntingdon Valley Library. This is a great accomplishment, and we are eager to celebrate here at the library tonight.

This reception is open to all members of the community. Come help us applaud these boys and girls who worked so hard to create their very own works of literature! As the new director of this library, I know I am eager to meet our young authors and illustrators, as well as any other members of our community who would like to join in supporting their accomplishments. Hope you can come!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Huntingdon Valley Library. The Library will be closing today, Wednesday November 23, at 5:00, and we will be closed for the holiday tomorrow, November 24. We hope you enjoy your celebrations!

If you just cannot wait for the library to reopen on Friday, here’s a little Thanksgiving trivia to help you pass the time.

Which president made Thanksgiving the national holiday it is today?
The answer to this is a little tricky. In 1789, George Washington declared a national Thanksgiving holiday at the request of Congress. This was marked on a Tuesday, November 26 and it was in thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps in the spirit of this, you might want to visit the Constitution Center this long holiday weekend!

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln created the model for the modern holiday we all know and overindulge on, declaring the final Thursday of November be the day of national celebration.

In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a little bit of a scheduling problem. He declared November 23, 1939 to be Thanksgiving. That was NOT the final Thursday of the month and caused quite a stir around the country. It was not until two years later that FDR admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law that OFFICIALLY created the holiday we all know and love.

For you history fans out there, here’s a delicious article from the Abington Patch on November 20:

Gobble up!

Great Thankgiving reads for the younger set

With Thanksgiving just a few short days away, now is the perfect time to come to the library in search of some of these great titles! Holidays are a great time to get cozy with the family gathered ’round and a nice stack of books. Here are some of my favorite children’s titles:

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
One is Feast for a Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox
Over the River and Through the Wood by Lidia Maria Child
P is for Pilgrim by Carol Crane
Thanksgiving is… by Gail Gibbons
The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli
I know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell
Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode

Start a new holiday tradition this year with a special family read aloud. Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to Huntingdon Valley 2.0!

For more than a decade now, if the library holds a place of honor in your life, then you have most likely heard some of the talk of how libraries are changing. It’s true – on an ongoing basis, libraries are constantly shifting, evolving, finding new ways of delivering services (or reviving the old ways when the technology acts up). Throughout all these changes, the Huntingdon Valley Library has remained, along with its mission to serve the Lower Moreland community. We have remained – but we have not remained the same. I say “we”, in reference to myself as a member of the staff, but case in point, I am one of the ways in which the library has changed. It’s my fifth week here!

This blog is a new experiment – a brand new way to communicate with our library patrons about the things that are happening here, and in libraries across America. I’m hoping to use this as a forum to publicize upcoming events, provide some reading list suggestions, and give our users the latest news on what is happening here in the Huntingdon Valley Library. Please, follow us, leave feedback and make the most of what we have to offer. This is YOUR library, and we want to do all we can to make it the very best it can be.

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