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Sorry!

A big sorry to anyone who trekked through the rain last evening to come to the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show only to find a closed library! The power went out about 5:30 due to a pesky squirrel getting into a transformer down the street. The power was not restored for hours.

We'll be rescheduling the show for sometime in the near future and will make sure to post the info as soon as we have a new date!

Don't miss MusicWorks on Thursday!

 Don't miss a musical time with Mr. Jerry from MusicWorks! Join us on Thursday, September 23rd at 10:30am on the Second Floor. Enjoy singing, dancing, and a chance for your preschoolers to try out some musical instruments.

Friends of HTFL Book Sale

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.

The PA Senate Approves Study Designed to Modernize Pennsylvania's 50-Year-Old Library Code

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.
 

 

Longevity At Work

A Longevity Record?
{From the American Library Association}

Q. I was just reading Theodore Jones’ “Carnegie Libraries Across America” (Wiley, 1997) and saw a reference to Gladys Powers who served as the librarian in the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library for 67 years (from 1921 to 1988). Is that a record?

A. It looks like it might be. Such records simply are not kept. By going through library histories retrieved with a Google search, we were able to identify several long-term library directors. But this is hardly a definitive or complete search … just anecdotal. It is likely there are many more librarians who have served in their libraries for periods of time like these, some perhaps longer.

Congratulations to:
Lucedale-George County Public Library (Mississippi)
Alma Lumpkin, 1939-1971 (32 years)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Ralph Munn, 1928-1964 (36 years)
Middleborough Public Library (Massachusetts)
Mertie A. Witbeck, 1925–1963 (38 years)
Dover Public Library (New Hampshire)
Caroline Garland, 1883-1933 (50 years)
Lincoln County Libraries, Libby, Montana
Inez Ratekin Herrig -1929-1990 (62 years)