One Book, One Philadelphia 2015

Join HTFL in welcoming One Book, One Philadelphia to Haverford Township for the 11th year! Learn about programs below.


The One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee chose Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline as its 2015 selection. 

Orphan Train is the compelling story of Vivian, a 91-year-old widow once orphaned as a child, and Molly, a troubled teen who has been shuffled from one unstable foster home to another. The two women develop a bond, with Vivian treasuring her Irish immigrant roots and Molly finding comfort in her ancestral Native American tradition. The novel sheds light on an era when thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest and connects with the importance of heritage and memories in shaping who we are, the value of intergenerational relationships, and the fundamental power of family. The Library Journal calls it, "A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage... With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history."


Meet the Author: Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and editor. In addition to Orphan Train, her novels includeBird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water. She served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011 and has co-edited or written four nonfiction books. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women's studies at Yale, New York University, and Drew University, and she is a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, a Fordham Faculty Research Grant, and a Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Born in Cambridge, England, and having lived in the American South and Maine, she is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and three sons.

Photo by Karin Diana


The Orphan Train Movement of 1854-1929

Learn about the history of this 75 year “social experiment” - now recognized as our country’s first Foster Care System—which transported an estimated 250,000 homeless children from the streets of New York City to farming communities of the Midwest in search or stable homes.

Sunday, February  8 — 2:00 pm
Haverford Township Free Library

Reading-a-Round

Book Discussion—The Orphan Train

Tuesday, February 24—7:00 pm
Haverford Township Free Library

Christina Baker Kline Discusses The Orphan Train

All are welcome.  Registration is required. 

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Tuesday, March 17 — 9:15 am
Haverford High School
200 Mill Road, Havertown, PA

Book signing and Reception with Christina Baker Kline

Tuesday, March 17 — 11:00 am
Haverford Township Free Library

Meet the Author Luncheon

Luncheon hosted by the Library. 
Tickets go on sale February 16 at the Front Desk, and cost $15.

Tuesday, March 17 — 12:30 pm
Haverford Township Free Library


Programs sponsored by the Haverford Township Free Library,
the School District of Haverford Township, the Haverford Township School District Education Foundation,  and the Rotary Club of Haverford Township.