October 7 - 20

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:

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in Gettysburg and experience new public library services, programs and materials.  It is always an exciting time for me  to see how HTFL can better serve our community and blend traditional library service with emerging technologies.  Okay, call me a library geek, but I believe that anyone who works in a library probably feels the same way.

Congratulations to the Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library, who will hit a new milestone on Saturday (Haverford Township Day) with the last day of their Fall Book Sale.   They will have raised, with your help, over $10,000 in 2012!  Thank you, Friends, for your hard work and dedication.  Don't miss the opportunity to add a few books to your personal collection.

It is not too late! Get your tickets now (deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9) for a wonderful evening of dining and dancing on Saturday, October 13 at the Open the Book Library Celebration. There will also be a fantastic Silent Auction, sponsored by the Friends of HTFL.  That evening wil include an awards ceremony to the following recipients:

  • The Community Partner Award:  Friends of the Grange
  • John and Mary Lou Toal Award of Honor:  MusicWorks-accepted by Jerry and Lori O’Leary
  • Outstanding Library Advocate:  Richard Romejko
  • Outstanding Community Advocate:  Mary Beth Lauer

Please attend and show your support!

Thank you, as always, for your support of HTFL; if you have any questions or comments, please let me know.


Christine Faris, Library Director




Saturday, October 6th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Haverford Township Day
Fill a grocery-sized sack for $6!





For more information about the Open the Book Celebration, please visit www.haverfordlibrary.org/Celebration.



Saturday, November 3 -- 6:00 -10:00 pm

Put on your boogie shoes and get ready to shake your groove thing to the sound of DJ Tommy Tunes!

Join the Library at Barnaby's of Havertown* for a special fundraiser with dancing to the hits of the 60s and 70s as well as some current popular music.

Tickets cost $35 and include dinner, dessert & coffee and draft soda & beer for the first 3 hours (a cash bar will also be available.)

Tickets go on sale October 10.  We accept cash, checks or charge.  Call 610-446-3082 x201 or email htflpress@gmail.com for more information.

*Please note that Barnaby's lower level is not handicap accessible. 



The Great Courses

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the English language or the principles behind Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand" in economics?  The Great Courses will provide you with a stimulating, in depth education on various topics.  The Great Courses consist of recorded lectures by university professors in either CD or DVD format. Each course comes with an accompanying booklet which outlines the lectures as well as provides suggested readings and thought provoking questions. Items may be borrowed for three weeks at no cost. To see our growing selection, you can go to the library's catalog, type  "Great Courses" in the Title box and limit location to Haverford Library. You will see both CD and DVD formats. Click into each one to view the subjects.



HTFL had the honor of co-hosting a talk by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg at Haverford High School on Wednesday, October 3.  Over 200 people came to hear this acclaimed parenting expert who is also a HHS alum!

If you did not get a chance to purchase his latest book, we still have them for sale.  Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century is available for sale at the Circulation Desk for $18.

Cash, checks, debit and charge are accepted.


Getting Your Business Online:  Fall Breakfast Workshops

The local business community is invited to our Fall Business Workshops.  For more information or to register for a workshop, please click on the title:

Getting Your Business on Facebook
with HTFL Reference Librarians
Thursday, October 11th -- 7:30 am

7 Ways to Stretch Your Marketing Budget with e-Advertising
with Gene Riordan, Strategic Technology
Application Resources, LLC
Thursday, October 18th -- 7:30 am

Technology Tools to Help Your Business
With Tim Chin, CL Tech Solutions
Thursday, October 25th -- 7:30 am

Patch Free Tools: Marketing Your Business to Your Community
with Lucy Bennett, Haverford-Havertown Patch
Thursday, November 1st - 7:30 am

For more information and to register visit

HEALTHY YOU SERIES - Breast Health:  Its's Not Just Your Mother's Disease

Monday, October 15 -- 7:00 pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Thomas Matulewski, MD, Director of the DCMH Center for Breast Health will lead a discussion about breast health, cancer prevention and diagnosis.

The Haverford Township Free Library has teamed up with Crozer-Keystone Health System to present Healthy You, a series of programs on health topics that effect you and your loved ones. 

The series will continue in November and December with:
November 28thUnderstanding Diabetes
December 5Need a 'Hand' With Your Pain:  Common Hand and Wrist Problems

To register, please call Debbie Simon,
Healthline Services at DCMH at 610-284-8158.



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

Tuesday, October 16 –- 7:00 pm

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 of Children’s Book World and Marianne Martino, certified school 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!


Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Sunday, October 7

2:00 pm -- Page to Screen Series:  Anna Karenina

Monday, October 8

6:30 pm -- Cookbook Club - Betty Crocker, Just Cupcakes

Thursday, October 11

7:30 am -- Getting Your Business on Facebook

12:00 pm -- Monthly Book Share

Friday, October 12

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

Saturday, October 13

7:00 pm -- Open the Book Celebration

Sunday, October 14

5:00 pm -- Civil War Book Discussion Group - The Killer Angels
** note the time change**

Monday, October 15

7:00 pm -- Healthy You Series - Breast Health: It's Not Just Your Mother's Disease

Tuesday, October 16

7:00 pm -- What's My Kid Reading?:  Making Sense of Young Adult Fiction

Thursday, October 17

7:30 am -- 7 Ways to Stretch Your Marketing Budget with e-Advertising

11:00 am -- Cookies & Mystery

Friday, October 18

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


Upcoming Programs

The Magic of Lionel: The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen

Sunday, October 21 -- 2:00 pm


Monster Movie Marathon

Thursday, October 25 -- 6:00 - 10:00 pm


The Writing Life

Sunday, October 28 -- 2:00 pm



My Favorite Books (with Ms. Anny)

Thursdays -- 1:30 pm

Ever wonder what Ms. Anny’s been reading?

Third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to join me for My Favorite Books, a tour of some of the books that I love and think you will too!

Get ready to sample some “fried worms,” go to Where the Sidewalk Ends and much, much more!


Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Monday, October 8

10:15 am -- Toddler and Preschool Storytime

4:00 pm -- My Favorite Books (with Ms. Anny)

7:00 pm -- Spooky Pajama Storytime

Tuesday, October 9

10:15 am -- Circle Time

4:00 pm -- Gross Out Factory

Wednesday, October 10

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

1:30 pm -- Fire Prevention Day for Homeschoolers

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, October 11

10:00 am -- Family Place Parent & Child Workshop

1:30 pm -- Creative Corner

4:00 pm -- Book Bingo

Monday, October 15

10:15 am -- Toddler and Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 16

10:15 am -- Circle Time

7:00 pm -- What's My Kid Reading?:  Making Sense of Young Adult Fiction

Wednesday, October 17

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

2:00 pm -- First Aid for Homeschoolers (K-5th graders)

3:00 pm -- First Aid for Homeschoolers (5th grade & up)

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, October 18

10:00 am -- Family Place Parent & Child Workshop

1:30 pm -- Creative Corner


Upcoming Programs

Spooky Spectacular

Wednesday, October 25 -- 12:30 pm

Fun and Games for kids (ages 4-8) older siblings welcome. Hosted by the HTFL Teens.



Haverford Township Day with the HTFL Anime Club

Saturday, October 6 -- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wanna come support your favoite club?  Anime Club will be sporting their own booth and selling some wares!

We'll have various Japanese goods for sale.  If you want to stop by and shop - great!  If you just want to come by and say "hi", we would love to see you!


Matt Phelan Visits Graphic Novel Club

Thursday, October 11 -- 3:00 pm

Our October visit is from novelist, Matt Phelan!  With two of his own graphic novels under his belt, he will be the perfect creator to pelt with questions.

Let's take an hour and learn everything we can from this celebrated author.


Calendar of Events - Teen Programs

Saturday, October 6

10:00 am -- Haverford Township Day with the Anime Club

Monday, October 8

3:00 pm -- Anime Club

Wednesday, October 10

3:00 pm -- Teen Gaming

Thursday, October 11

3:00 pm -- Graphic Novel Club - Matt Phelan Visit

Monday, October 15

3:00 pm -- Anime Club

Wednesday, October 17

3:00 pm -- Teen Gaming

Thursday, September 18

3:00 pm -- Graphic Novel Club


Annual Appeal


Don't forget your valuable resource at the corner of Darby and Mill Roads in Havertown--the Haverford Township Free Library.  Calculate the Value you receive from HTFL!  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!