The Haverford Township Free Library's 2011 Annual Appeal is underway and, to put it plainly, we need your support. At your request, HTFL reinstated 6 hours of library public service this year-now open on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm, but not without a cost. Of the approximately $40,000 needed to make this happen, the Commissioners voted to give us $20,000 towards the cost for staff and utilities. The other half needs the help from you, our loyal supporters.
As you are probably aware, State and County funding was reduced by an additional 11% for 2011, and with additional staff needs to serve you better, we are looking at a deficit in our budget for this year. But you can assist us in our cause-to bring you better library materials, resources, programs and the staff to handle it all.
Please give to the 2011 Annual Appeal by your donation. You can send a check payable to HTFL Annual Appeal, or make an online donation through our website .
Thank you, as always for your support!
As you know, 2010 was unkind to HTFL and libraries across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a cut in state funding of 21%. As a result we were forced to cut some of our hours of public service. Although there is another reduction of 11% for 2011 in state funding, there is good news. The Township of Haverford Board of Commissioners approved additional funding of $20,000 to the 2011 library appropriation to assist the library in reopening 6 of the lost hours. The new hours for HTFL are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10am to 9pm
Thursday - 10am to 6pm
Friday and Saturday - 10am to 5pm
Sunday - 1pm to 5pm
Please take the time to say THANK YOU to your commissioner and to Larry Gentile, Township Manager for the hard work in resolving this issue on our behalf.
Don't forget to VOTE!
Coming Soon! The Friends of HTFL are having their annual book sale.
Friday night September 24 from 6-9PM (members only-you can join that night)
Saturday, September 25 from 10AM to 5PM
Sunday, September 26 from 1-5PM - $5/bag sale
Saturday, October 2 - Haverford Township Day from 10AM to 4PM--clearance sale!
All proceeds benefit the Haverford Township Free Library's programs and services to the community.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania will soon begin work on a comprehensive review of the 50-year-old law governing library services in the state.
The Senate recently approved a resolution introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) calling for the study, which is due by November 30.
"As we continue to face an extended recession, more and more people are visiting their local libraries," said Senator Pileggi. "Our public libraries are an incredible resource for people looking for a job, for students doing school work, and for families looking for inexpensive entertainment options."
Pennsylvania's Library Code, which governs the operation of public libraries in the state, was enacted in 1961. The study called for in Senate Resolution 343 is designed to find ways in which the law should be modernized, making it easier for libraries to meet the expectations and demands of their visitors.
According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, visits to the state's 474 public libraries were up 11 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, circulation of books and videos was up 9 percent, and in-library computer use was up 19 percent.
The Pennsylvania Library Association supports Senator Pileggi's call for a review of the Library Code, said Glenn R. Miller, the association's executive director.
Additional information about state issues is available at Senator Pileggi's web site, www.SenatorPileggi.com, and on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SenatorPileggi. More information about the Pennsylvania Library Association is available at www.palibraries.org.