May 6 - 19

Haverford Free Library


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10AM-9PM
Thursday 10AM-6PM
Friday  10AM-5PM
Saturday 10AM-5PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM


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A Note from the Director:

In the coming issues, the HTFL Connection will focus on library collections and services.  There may be services we offer you are unfamiliar with, e.g. obtaining a book from another library and the process of requesting library materials.  Or, we might highlight a specific collection that you never knew we had-see below for Book Club in a Bag.  

Thank you, as always, and if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me.

Christine Faris-Library Director



Beach Bag Book Sale

Saturday, May 19  --  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library are hosting their Beach Bag Book Sale along the sidewalk of the Library on Saturday, May 19.  Now is the time to pick up your favorite paperback books for beach or vacation reading at great prices. Hot dogs, cold drinks, popcorn and soft pretzels will also be available for purchase. Help the Friends of HTFL raise money for the Library!


Third Annual Garden Tour

Saturday, June 16 -- 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore some of the beautiful gardens in Haverford Township!  Tickets are now on sale at the Library front desk.  Purchase your ticket prior to June 16th for $15, or the day of for $20.  On tour day, pick-up your ticket and map at the Grange Estate, Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, between 10:30 am and noon.

After you do your self-guided tour, return to the Grange at 3:30 pm for a reception and tour of their gardens.  You may also purchase plants as part of the Grange's annual plant sale.

Volunteers are still needed.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call Janae Alberts (610) 642-7831.


Book Club in a Bag

Are you a member of a book club or are you looking to start a book club?  HTFL has just what you need:  Book Club in a Bag.  These instant-book group kits have everything: 8 copies of the book (plus a large print copy when available), 1 Book on CD, discussion questions, an author biography, and book reviews from sources like the New York Times or Publisher's Weekly-all you have to do is provide the people!

We offer over 80 Book Clubs in a Bag in a range of popular fiction titles as well as contemporary literary fiction like Freedom, to classics like Pride and Prejudice to best-selling non-fiction e.g. In Defense of Food.  Plus, you can check out our Book Clubs in a Bag for up to 8 weeks, giving you plenty of time to get through Cutting for Stone's  600+ pages.  Skip the hassle of organizing your next book group and reserve a Book Club in a Bag today!  Kits can be reserved up to a year in advance letting you reserve kits for the whole year and relax!  If you have additional questions, call the Reference Department (610) 446-3082 ext. 201.


First Friday Flick - War Horse

Friday, May 4 -- 7:00 pm

Join us for the First Friday Flick for a showing of WAR HORSE.

Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
DreamWorks Pictures; Directed by Steven Spielberg
Rated PG-13; 146 minutes; 2011

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.


Monthly Book Share

Thursday, May 10 -- 12:00 pm

This is a cozy, informal book discussion with other bibliophiles. Share a book you are reading, or just come and listen about some recommended reads. Bring a snack or a lunch, dessert and drinks will be provided by the library.


Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6

All Day -- Free Comic Book Day

Wednesday, May 9
2:00 pm -- Afternoon Film - Mad Hot Ballroom

Thursday, May 10

12:00 pm -- Monthly Book Share

Friday, May 11

10:00 am -- Tea & Stitch - Needlework group

Thursday, May 17
11:00 am -- Cookies and Mystery - Award Winning Mysteries

Friday, May 18

10:00 am -- Tea and Stitch-Needlework group

Saturday, May 19

10:00 am - 5:00 pm -- Friends of HTFL Beach Bag Book Sale


Upcoming Programs

Summer Reading Club for Adults - Between the Covers!

Registration begins June 10 - Self-serve registration near the Reference desk.





Science in the Summer Registration Lottery


Science in the Summer is a program sponsored by the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and the Delaware County Library System. The program introduces students to the fun of science. Brief, experiment-oriented courses are taught by certified teachers at participating public libraries.

Children will learn as they participate in fun, hands-on science activities and experiments. The course for 2012 is Physical Science/ Electricity. It is comprised of four 45 minute classes given over the course of a week. It will be taught by certified science teachers to groups of 16 students in two age groups: those entering Grades 2 and 3 (Level I) and those entering Grades 4-6 (Level II). In libraries where registrants outnumber the allowable group size, a lottery will be held to select participants.

Registration for the lottery will be open May 1-31 and must be in-person.  Lottery notification will be by June 4th.

Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6

All Day -- Free Comic Book Day

Monday, May 7

10:15 am -- Toddler and Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, May 8

10:15 am -- Circle Time

Wednesday, May 9

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, May 10

1:30 pm -- Creative Corner

Friday, May 11

1:00 pm -- Homeschoolers' Hangout - Handwork Studio on Location

Monday, May 14

10:15 am -- Toddler and Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, May 15

10:15 am -- Circle Time

4:00 pm -- Upcycled Book Crafts

Wednesday, May 16

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, May 17

1:30 pm Creative Corner

Friday, May 18

1:00 pm -- Homeschoolers' Hangout



Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 - all day

The Haverford Township Free Library will be one of thousands of locations to participate in the 2012 Free Comic Book Day on May 5th.

The Library will offer more than 40 comic titles for all ages to enjoy. Every comic is completely free, but supplies are limited and when a title is gone - that’s it! Simply stop by the Library and find the Free Comic Book Day display on the first floor.

The Library would like to thank Showcase Comics, Bryn Mawr, for helping to providing the hundreds of comics we will have available on Free Comic Book Day!


Wanted: Teen Volunteers for Sumer 2012

HTFL is seeking teens to volunteer as Library pages this summer.

Responsibilities will include putting away library materials, assisting in maintaining order in the collection, and working directly with library staff on special projects.



•Ages 13 and older
•Available to volunteer at least twice weekly between the weeks of 6/18-8/20
•Available to attend Teen Volunteer Orientation and Training on either Tuesday, May 29th, 6-7:30 pm or Sunday, June 3rd, 2-3:30 pm.
To become a volunteer:

•Complete a Teen Volunteer Application. Download it here and print it out or pick up a copy at the library.

Download the Teen Volunteer Application

•Have the application signed by your parent or guardian if you are under 18.
•Return the application to Ms. Donna Reeves, Business Manager, in the Administration Office. At that time you will schedule a Volunteer Interview.

Calendar of Events - Teens


Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6

All Day - Free Comic Book Day

Monday, May 7

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Anime Club

Wednesday, May 9

2:30 pm--Teen HQ and Gaming

Thursday, May 10

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm-- GNC: Sendak Special Edition

Monday, May 14

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Anime Club

Wednesday, May 16

2:30 pm--Teen HQ and Gaming

Thursday, May 17

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Graphic Novel Club


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HTFL Community Partnerships

Oakmont Farmer's Market - Food Swap

Tuesday, May 22 -- 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

HTFL Community Room

What is a food swap?  A food swap is part silent auction, part village marketplace, part fun-loving open house where your homegrown or foraged creations become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants.

Pre-registration is required.  To register and for more information visit


Annual Appeal


Calculate YOUR Value!  HTFL offers materials, programs and services each and every day that are FREE or low cost to ALL residents of the community.  HTFL is a job center, a gathering place, a small business incubator, a space to experience culture, and so much more.  We enhance and enrich your life!

Please help sustain the important work of the Haverford Township Free Library by making a tax-deductible donation to our 2012 Annual Appeal today.  An investment in HTFL is an investment in the success of our entire community and your support is needed now more than ever before.  

Visit our website to make your online donation, or send a check to HTFL at 1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA  19083.

Thank you for your support!