Library Speak

Libraries are not only about borrowing books. Libraries are not only about housing books. Libraries are one of the vehicles in place to deliver community cohesion, social inclusion, community engagement, equality and diversity. Libraries are a place where you can access the internet. Libraries are venues for homework assistance, family center groups and programs. Libraries work with the education sector to promote reading. We stress adult learning to promote life skills akin to our nickname the People’s University. We work with the business community and members of our labor force. In essence, libraries are local and they are community centers. The best attract all ages and all sections of the community. We want to be the best. You are part of the team. Consider volunteering. Consider joining the Friends of the Library. Consider philanthropy. We are, in summary, among the top five essential services that citizens expect to be in their daily lives which ultimately insures community growth and a solid quality of life.  The Haverford Township Free Library appreciates suggestions, compliments and concerns about library services. If you would like a response, please include your name and address. Your comments are important to us and we welcome the opportunity to respond. Richard Thau, Director;

The Battle Continues: eBooks or Hardbacks?

{Courtesy of LIS News}

David Carnoy of (CNET) weighs in on the 'titled' topic. He tells Huffington Post readers that plenty of people have come up with lists of reasons why e-books are better than hardcover books, but that he finds the opposite point of view more challenging. So here's his list of why hardcover books are better:
1. Spilling a drink on a hardcover doesn't cause it to die
2. You can't press a leaf in an e-book, even a virtual one
3. You can't have an author sign an e-book (yet)
4. E-books don't float in a pool
5. You can't use an e-book as a doorstop or to prop open a window
6. A hardcover doesn't crack when you drop it
7. An e-book has no resale value on Amazon
8. You don't have to recharge a hardcover
9. In a pinch, you can burn a hardcover to keep warm
10. You don't have to feel ripped off after paying $12.99 for something that's just bits and bytes
Post Note: Our library would like nothing more than to have the ability to continue to achieve balance in collection development. The reality is that budgetary challenges and the structure of our current Delaware County library community determines to some extent what we are capable of doing and what are just pipe dreams. However, the evolution is here and we are ready, willing, and able to jump in as the water is great! Please send your inquiries to Richard Thau, Library Director.

Praise for Libraries


{Courtesy of LIS News}
When Arizona-based Library Manager Lesa Holstine asked author Tess Gerritsen to do a guest post on her blog, Lesa's Book Critiques, she expected the writer might blog about her new book, Ice Cold, which debuted at #10 on this past Sunday's New York Times bestseller list. Instead, Gerritsen offered a piece on recent budget cuts to public libraries across the country, and the
place public libraries have had in her life.   
Check out this interesting piece:

The Great Holtzie visits HTFL

Summer Reading Club at HTFL is happy to invite you to come see The Great Holtzie on Tuesday the 20th of July at 7pm in the Children's Room.

You're sure to have a great time at this program sponsored by the Friends of HTFL!

Not What You Think

Contemporary librarians in the United States are very much involved and invested in their libraries and the neighborhoods, towns, cities, and counties in which they serve. Take the opportunity to learn about the evolving real world of the American public librarian.  Library colleagues David Votta and Heidi Gustad of the Capital Area District Library in Michigan did a short stand-up presentation recently to dispel eight myths about librarians and to inform communities about the progressive nature of today’s libraries. Librarians are fighting to give libraries a fresh image to keep the community learning. Find out why libraries are so crucial to a community.  Do view the link--  We think you will find it interesting and entertaining.
{See our HTFL facebook site as well. Do join if you have not already done so. See social media links on our primary web page.} 
Please send your library and community insights to Richard Thau, Library Director at