Budget and Politics

{Courtesy of AL Direct}

The use of $10 million in state aid to build the Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University is drawing unfavorable comparisons to the 9% cut in aid to all libraries in the new Pennsylvania state budget. Funding for the Specter library and $10 million for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy in Johnstown were tapped by Gov. Ed Rendell for priority under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Rendell said he wishes local libraries received more state aid, but a budget with revenue shortfalls and no tax hikes led to many program cuts. Specter himself will have an office in the library, which will be built in the historic Roxboro House.

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{Courtesy of AL: Green Your Library}

Like the vast majority of libraries across the country, the New York Public Library had been sending out paper notices to its patrons using the U.S. postal service for more than 100 years. These notices required thousands of pounds of paper, and drove up postage costs for the library. Starting August 1, this will change. The N.Y. Public Library will cease mailing out hold notices in an effort to help the environment while freeing up funds for additional programs, services, and new materials for its collection.

HTFL Customers: The initiative to increase the use of e-mail to improve library service is in full swing here at the Haverford Township Free Library as well. If you have a personal e-mail address, please do provide the library with this information. Communication will improve and we will all be more responsible stewards of the public trust in terms of how we utilize valuable staff time and other budgetary priorities. It will free up staff to do other important project work and therefore improve service provision to the public. Questions? Please ask a library desk person if you would like to make sure that your current e-mail is now on file with us! Good communication is essential for good customer service!  

Richard Thau, Library Director /



Yo, Vikings! at the Upper Darby Summer Stage

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center has a special offer just for library card holders and you won't want to miss it!

The library is the star of the show.

An imaginative little girl.

A genuine Viking ship.

A library in need of a rescue.

And it all takes place in Swarthmore, PA!

Check It Out or Click It Out


{Courtesy of LIS News}
It's a brave new world where "Brave New World" is available in both digital and old-fashioned book form.
"E-books aren't changing the library's mission but rather influencing the ways we can deliver our mission," said Anne Thornton, director of reference and research services at the New York Public Library, which covers the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.
"You have to respond to what your patrons want," noted Michael Santangelo, who oversees almost 13,000 titles available online as curator of the electronic book collection at the Brooklyn Public Library.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was the most popular e-book last month at the New York Public Library, while Harlequin titles like "In Bed with the Duke" and "The Innocents Surrender" were among the favorites at the Brooklyn Public Library. Most e-books are checked out in the evenings, when most brick-and-mortar libraries are closed.
The New York Public Library offers 33,000 e-books, compared with roughly 4.8 million paper books. But the nation's largest public library and the BPL are helping write the book on the future of reading in the age of the iPad and Kindle. "I would not have thought, 10 years ago, that I would be comfortable with reading digital books," said Thornton.
She said e-book reader technology has advanced enough to pass her test of "the three B's" - beach, bath and bed.
Local Note:The evolution of library services are important to all of us at HTFL.
Please provide us with your suggestions and input.
Communicate with Library Director Richard Thau;

Haverford Township Garden Tour--SATURDAY!


Last chance for tickets to the Garden Tour, Saturday, July 10 from 11 am-3 pm.

-$15 advance ticket sale at the library;

-$18 on sale Saturday at the Grange Estate in Havertown.

Pick up your map and information at the Grange on Saturday after 10:30 am and tour 10 gardens in Haverford Township.  

At 3 pm return to the Grange Estate for a light reception and tour and lecture of the Grange gardens.