August 26 - September 8

Haverford Free Library


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

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Thank you to our 2012 Major Events Business Sponsors:






A note from the Director:

 The 2012 Summer Reading Club for children, teens and adults was a great success!  813 children and teens, and 153 adults and staff registered and 4,250 kids, teens and adults participated in Club programs.  We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing summer season and enjoyed your time here at the library.

Let me give you a sneak peak at what you can look forward to at the Library this Fall.  

  • Friends of HTFL Spring Bulb Fundraiser - place your order now
  • Sunday hours resume September 9 (1-5 pm)
  • 2nd Annual  Business Breakfast-Wednesday, September 12
  • Friends of HTFL Annual Book Sale-September 28-30
  • Open the Book Library Celebration-October 13
  • Also, Book Discussion Groups, important Parenting and Health Series and so much more!  

Final tallies!  Thank you's go to the Friends of HTFL who raised $950 for HTFL at the 2012 Garden Tour, and to the Oakmont National Pub who assisted us with our recent fundraiser for a Mobile Computer Learning Lab with a check for $500. We sincerely appreciate your help. 


Christine Faris, Library Director 



Websites? Facebook? SEO?
Learn about getting your business online at our

2nd Annual Business Breakfast

Wednesday, September 12th * 7:30-9am
1601 Darby Road * Havertown
Network with other local business people as you explore how to get your business online and optimize its presence with an information fair with local vendors.
Learn about upcoming free breakfast workshops for the business community this Fall at the Library.

Brought to you in part by our

2012 Major Events Business Sponsors:

Joel Perlish Photography *
Daedalus Education Services * Ardmore Toyota/Scion
Foote Orthodontics * Casemate Publishers 
Peppers Cafe & Catering * Ranieri & Kerns Associates
Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC




The Library will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 am.



Beginning Tuesday, September 4, HTFL will resume our regular Library Hours:

Monday-Wednesday 10 am - 9 pm
Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 - 5 pm



Fall Bulb Sale

Buy a Plant…Grow a Bookworm 

Hyacinths…tulips…crocuses…daffodils and more beautiful plants are available through Flower Power Fundraising. Plant in the fall and be the among the first to experience beautiful spring blooms. For every purchase made here, the Friends receive 50%. These funds help us sponsor the popular summer reading program, fund purchases of library equipment, and other Library programs.




Children's Graphic Novels 

Are Graphic Novels a good choice for you?

Graphic Novels attract and motivate kids to read! Statistics show that graphic novels increase reading comprehension and vocabulary. Also, they are excellent resources for reluctant readers and those learning English as their second language. Speech bubbles, text boxes, words and pictures are all parts of the graphic novel. At HTFL, we have graphic novels about superheroes, dance, sports, history, famous people, etc. Check out our extensive collection in the Children’s Room as well as those in the Teen and Adult sections.  We also have Graphic Novels for Teens and Adults.  








We are looking for donations of video games/game systems and regular-sized LEGOs© for Teen programming.  If you are able to donate any of these items, please call the library at 610-446-3082, ext. 216, or email Sheli at  Thank you!



Sounds of Summer @ HTFL - Open Mic Night - TONIGHT!

Friday, August 24th at 7:30pm in the parking lot of the Library

It's still not too late to sign up for Open Mic Night!

Have a musical talent or a comic streak? Bring it to the Library!

Open mic night is open to all ages, 5 minutes maximum, and keep it clean, please. 


Bring your lawn chair and enjoy this evening of entertainment under the stars. In the event of rain, the show will be moved to the Community Room.


First Friday Flick - Big Miracle

Friday, September 7 -- 7:00 pm

Join us for the showing of BIG MIRACLE - a true story set in the Cold War-era in 1988, of a small-town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Artic Circle.

Bring your snack & beverage--popcorn will be served!



Civil War Book Discussion Series

2nd Sunday in September, October &
November -- 2:00 pm


Join us for this 3-session book discussion series. The series will include both non-fiction and fiction titles that explore issues such as causes of the Civil War, key battles, as well as the perspectives and experiences of Confederate and Union leaders and soldiers. Discussions will be led by historian and author Andrew Miller.

September 9 - Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horowitz
October 13 - Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
November 11 - The Winter Soldiers by Andrew Miller

Maximum registration is 15 people. Registration begins August 6. To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call, 610-446-3082 ext 201.

This program has been sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Cookbook Club

Monday, September 10 -- 6:30 pm

We’re giving “book club” a new meaning!

Join us for The Cookbook Club and sample recipes from a selected cookbook. Each participant should prepare a recipe of their choice from this month’s selection, Slow Cooker Revolution, and bring it to the club to share.

Stop by the Reference Desk to browse Slow Cooker Revolution, select a recipe, and sign up for the club. Make a free copy of your recipe and get ready to cook!

This program will continue in October with Betty Crocker Just Cupcakes and November with Cooking With Your Friends: A Collection of Recipes by The Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library.

For more information contact Mary Bear Shannon, at or 610-446-3083 ext 216.



Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Sunday, August 26

Library Closed

Friday, August 31

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

Sunday, September 1

Library Closed

Monday, September 2

Library Closed for Labor Day

Friday, September 7

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

 7:00 pm -- First Friday Flick - Big Miracle


Upcoming Programs

Civil War Discussion Group- Midnight Rising

Sunday, September 9 -- 2:00 pm

Healthy You Series

All programs at 7:00 pm

September 18th -- Sleep Disorders: Types and Sleep Studies
October 15th -- Breast Health: General Breast Health, Cancer Prevention and Diagnosis
November 28th --  Diabetes: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment 


Planning for the Inevitable: Funeral Planning

Wednesday, September 19 -- 7:00 pm



School Summer Reading

Have a child at home who hasn't completed their school summer reading assignments yet? We try our hardest to keep up with the demand for assigned titles, but many books are now checked out. We highly recommend that you take a few minutes at home to check availability and place holds on titles so they're ready and waiting for you to pick up here at HTFL (you'll be contacted when the items are ready for pick up at the Library)!

Please visit our School Summer Reading page - it's one stop shopping for all things summer reading!

Download your school summer reading list and assignment. Learn how to search the catalog. Discover how easy it is to place a hold on an item from another library.

Questions? Please contact the Children's Room at 610-446-3082, extension 204.


Childrens' Programs on Break!

Fall programming begins Monday, September 10.



Teen Programming on Break!

Fall programming will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

Calendar of Events - Teen Programs

Sunday, August 26

Library Closed

Sunday, September 1

Library Closed

Monday, September 2

Library Closed for Labor Day

Wednesday, September 5

3:00 pm -- Teen Gaming

Thursday, September 6

3:00 pm -- Graphic Novel Club




Haverford Township Adult School

Fall Registration for Classes Begin!

Don't miss out --Classes fill quickly

Click here to download the Fall 2012 brochure to check out all our exciting classes, or go to our website at


Try some of this Fall's exciting new classes!

  • Cake Pops
  • Chocolate Candy Making
  • Crocheting
  • Drawing
  • Job Hunting Strategies
  • Over 60 Yoga
  • Mom and Daughter Fitness
  • Senior Chair Yoga
  • Training for Your First 5K


Parenting Series

Resilience In Action:
Raising Children and Adolescents Who Are Prepared to Thrive

Wednesday, October 3 - 7:00 PM
Haverford High School Auditorium

The School District of Haverford Township, in conjunction with the Haverford Township Adult School and the Haverford Township Free Library, is proud to offer an evening with renowned parenting expert and speaker Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. Topics include: how to foster high achievement in children while instilling a love of learning; keeping our children/teens safe by teaching them positive decision-making, and communication strategies that position parents to be unwavering positive forces in their children's lives.

The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is STRONGLY suggested.

Click here to Register Today!


What’s My Kid Reading?:
Making Sense of Young Adult Fiction

Tuesday, October 16 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Haverford Township Free Library

Feeling unsure about the books your kids are reading? This class may be for you! Come learn about current young adult literature such as the Twilight Series and Hunger Games Series. Learn how to determine if a book is developmentally appropriate for your child. This program will be led by Heather Hebert, owner and operator, Children’s Book World and Marianne Martino, certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist.

This program is being offered through a partnership of Haverford Township Adult School and the Haverford Township Free Library.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Click here to Register Today!

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!