October 21 - November 3

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:

Thank you to all of the individuals who attended our Open the Book Library Celebration Saturday evening at the McCall Golf and Country Club.  Eighty (80) people enjoyed cocktails, dinner, music and dancing to the sounds of the Ken Ulansey Ensemble.  At the Celebration the Library was honored to award:

  • MusicWorks, a Havertown non-profit music therapy organization, accepted by Jerry and Lori O’Leary, directors, the John and Mary Lou Toal Award;
  • Richard Romejko, one of the original Friends of HTFL Board Members, Outstanding Library Advocate;
  • Mary Beth Lauer, retired Haverford Township School District Community Coordinator, Outstanding Community Advocate; and
  • Friends of the Grange, a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and the promotion of the historical property located in Haverford Township, accepted by President Bill Penn, the Community Partner Award.

The Friends of HTFL are to be congratulated again this year for hosting the Silent Auction and Raffle at the Celebration as a fundraiser for the library.  Thank you to Nikki Senecal and members of the Committee whose hard work and diligence went in to accepting donations of wonderful items for the Auction. 

Don’t miss the great program on Sunday afternoon to learn the history of Lionel® Trains!

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me—I thank you for your SUPPORT.

Christine Faris, Library Director



The Magic of Lionel: The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen

Sunday, October 21 -- 2:00 pm

Join us for this magical one-man show about the creation of the most famous toy train company in the world!

Neill Hartley plays Joshua Lionel Cowen in this exciting show about the founding and history of Lionel Trains.  Witness the fascinating creation of Lionel Trains in 1900.  Watch as Lionel fights through the Great Depression with the help of an unusual friend.  Learn of the amazing products and marketing that led to sales of 50 million trains and 300 million feet of track per year!

Program is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.



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. 



Ask Here PA

Get Reference assistance even after the library is closed!  Available 24/7, Ask Here PA is a state-wide chat reference service, manned by trained librarians who provide you with reference answers while you chat.  Whether you're looking for quick answers like "Who got received the Academy Award in 1980 for best actor*" or if you're looking for a few journal articles to help with your history paper on Sherman's March to the Sea, Ask Here PA is here to help!  For more complex questions, librarians can even send you an email with resources like internet links, book titles, or article titles.  (Though we can't condone it, this service is perfect for the late-night procrastinator in all of us!) 

*Robert DeNiro for Raging Bull. See: http://www.filmsite.org/aa80.html



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.  There are three more left! For more information or to register for a workshop, please click on the title:

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


Monster Movie Marathon

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

The Library will be screening old horror classics of the Universal Monster series! Films to be  shown include Frankenstein (1931) starring Boris Karloff, The Wolfman (1941) with Lon Chaney, Jr., and Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi (all unrated).

Frankenstein will  start at 6pm, The Wolfman will begin at 7: 20, and Dracula will begin at 8:40. 

Drop in for one or stay for all!

Attendees are encouraged to come in costume—prizes will be awarded for scariest and funniest.  Spooky, scary Halloween-themed snacks and beverages will be served, but “bring your own snacks” will be allowed also.


The Writing Life

Sunday, October 28 -- 2:00 pm

Are you a budding novelist or short story writer struggling to fit writing into your hectic schedule?  Do you ever wonder how writers with “real” lives get any work done, and then actually succeed in having their fiction published?

Havertown authors Marc Schuster (The Grievers, The Permanent Press, 2012) and Shaun Haurin (Public  Displays of Affectation, PS Books, 2012) discuss the ways in which they manage to stick to a writing schedule while  juggling the demands of family, friends, and full-time jobs.  The authors will read from their works and follow with a  Q & A.  Copies of their books will be on sale.

This program is free and open to the public.


Page to Screen Series - The Hobbit

Sunday, November 4 -- 2:00 pm

Hollywood goes Classic!

This fall will see an unprecedented number of classic books made into movies.  Many of us read (or reread) a book before we see the film, so HTFL is here to help!

Join us as we discuss some of these classic books that are headed for the big screen.  October's selection is The Hobbit.  The series will continue on December 2 with
The Great Gatsby.  See these movies over the holidary season and join us January 20 at 2:00 pm for a film discussion.


Just stop by the reference desk at the Library to register and pick up a copy of the book.


Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Sunday, October 21

2:00 pm -- The Magic of Lionel:  The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen - A Program for all ages!

Tuesday, October 23

7:00 pm -- Reading-a-Round - The Story of Beautiful Girl

Thursday, October 25

7:30 am -- Technology Tools to Help Your Business

6:00 pm -- Monster Movie Marathon

Friday, October 26

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

Sunday, October 28

2:00 pm -- The Writing Life

Thursday, November 1

7:30 am -- PATCH Free Tools: Marketing Your Business to Your Community

Friday, November 2

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

7:00 pm -- First Friday Flick - The Stars Fell on Henrietta

Saturday, November 3

6:00 -- Oldies Dinner Dance


Upcoming Programs

Page to Screen Series - The Hobbit

Sunday, November 4 -- 2:00 pm

Job Hunting Strategies for the 50+ Crowd

Wednesday, November 7 -- 7:00 pm



Spooky Spectacular

Wednesday, October 31 - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for Halloween fun at HTFL!

Creepy games, ghoulish crafts, and chilling treats are waiting for you at the Spooky Spectacular! Held right after the half-day of school ends, this is the perfect creepy carnival to start your Halloween!

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Games and activities are best for kids ages 4-8, but all are welcome!

This event is hosted by the HTFL Teens. They can't wait to spook you there! The program is free and open to the public. No registration is needed!


Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Monday, October 22

10:15 am -- Toddler and Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 23

10:15 am -- Circle Time

Wednesday, October 24

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, October 25

1:30 pm -- Creative Corner

Monday, October 29

10:15 am -- Toddler and Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, October 30

10:15 am -- Circle Time

Wednesday, October 31

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

12:30 pm -- Spooky Spectacular

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, November 1

1:30 pm -- Creative Corner



The Apocolypsies: 8 Authors Visit HTFL

Friday, October 26 -- 7:00 pm

Join us on Friday, October 26th at 7pm, for a visit from The Apocolypsies, eighth authors with 2012 debut novels! Each write for teens.

Meet Anne Greenwood Brown, Gina Damico, Elisa Ludwig, E.C. Meyers, Anne Nesbet, Tiffany Schmidt, Jessica Spotswood, and K.M. Walton. The Apocolypsies will talk about their writing, take questions, and sign books!

This event is brought to you by Children’s Book World of
Ardmore. They will be selling copies each authors’ books, 20% of sales will be donated to HTFL! This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.


Calendar of Events - Teen Programs

Monday, October 22

3:00 pm -- Anime Club

Wednesday, October 24

3:00 pm -- Teen Gaming

Thursday, October 25

3:00 pm -- Graphic Novel Club

Monday, October 29

3:00 pm -- Anime Club

Wednesday, October 30

3:00 pm -- Teen Gaming

Thursday, November 1

3:00 pm -- Graphic Novel Club



Casemate Publishers

Founded in 2001, Casemate is a Philadelphia-based publisher and book distributor that specializes in non-fiction military history titles. Focusing on biographies, historical overviews, and intimate analyses of specific battles, Casemate had grown to become the leading publisher in its field.

In 2007, Casemate opened its UK branch, which enables the worldwide distribution of booksfrom over 50 publishers around the world. These distribution clients publish titlesthat focus on subjects such as ancient history, aviation, current affairs, and more.
Through its Athena line, Casemate offers titles that cover hobbies such as travel, cooking, art, sports, and gardening.

For more information about Casemate and a full list of available titles, visit



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!