December 16 - 29

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:

A note from the Director:

What a wonderful time of the year when we come together with family and friends to celebrate, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or the winter solstice.  On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Staff, Volunteers and me, I wish you the happiest of holidays. 

As we near the end of the year, may I also say thank you for all of your support in 2012.  It has been a busy year for us here at the Library, and we are grateful for your patronage.  I look forward to 2013 and bringing you thought provoking, informational, educational, social and FUN programs together with library materials that include bestsellers, classics, great non-fiction, music CD’s and DVD’s.  We will even offer electronic readers downloaded with great reading materials for circulation.  Stay tuned!

I wish you good health, safe holidays and enjoyment!

Christine Faris, Library Director


Monthly Health Newsletters

When you are looking for health information, the Library is the place to go!  Check out these health newsletters.

University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter   News and expert advice from the School of Public Health.  The newsletter draws on leading-edge research to give practical advice on a wide variety of subjects related to food and nutrition, exercise, self-care, preventive medicine, and emotional well-being—plus many, many Wellness Facts and Tips. It does not sell products or contain ads.

Mayo Clinic Health Letter  Reliable Information for a Healthier Life
This newsletter provides reliable, easy-to-understand health information to help you achieve a healthier life. It is carefully reviewed by a team of Mayo Clinic doctors and health professionals for accuracy, reliability and clarity.

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter  This publication provides honest, reliable, expert health and nutrition advice to the consumer.  It addresses topics such as nutrition, exercise, memory, weight control, healthy aging, Osteoporosis, Cancer prevention and Vitamins & supplements.

Harvard Heart Letter   A trustworthy source for expert heart health information from the Harvard Medical School. The expert advice and authoritative heart research will help you make informed decisions that can protect your heart, improve your health, and increase longevity.

NIH News in Health. National Institutes of Health  The National Institutes of Health’s mission is to find better ways to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. Their newsletter provides practical authoritative health information which is reviewed by NIH medical experts and based on research by scientists at NIH and medical schools around the country.

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50  This newsletter provides cutting-edge information to educate you on the major medical conditions which affect healthy living, particularly over age 50. It includes health alerts and special reports on topics such as arthritis, prostate disorders, heart health, high blood pressure, nutrition, weight control, and diabetes.

Nutrition Action Health Letter  Center for Science in the Public Interest   This newsletter provides reliable, unbiased advice and information from nutritionists and scientists about nutrition, food safety, health, and issues concerning consumer and environmental protection.

Environmental Nutrition: the Newsletter of Food, Nutrition & Health  This newsletter analyzes conflicting information  and provides sensible, practical guidance  on diets, vitamins, supplements, and foods to help protect against disease, manage your weight , minimize your health risks and live a longer, healthier life.



HTFL is your go to place to make a difference during the holidays!  Please consider donations to the following charities that have drop off boxes at the Library.

Upper Darby Food Cupboard

The Haverford Township Free Library is currently collecting non-perishable food items for the Upper Darby Food Cupboard. This local food center is a resource for communities in and around Upper Darby.

The Food Center currently feeds 18-23 local families on a regular basis as well as others. Wintertime, especially after the holidays, is a time when items are needed the most so please keep this worthy cause in mind when visiting the Library. Barrels are located in the vestibule and are emptied bi-monthly.

If you are interested in further information or would like to volunteer your time, please contact the Food Center at 610-853-2481.


RSVP of Delaware County (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is collecting new hats, scarves, mittens, and socks in all sizes to be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Drop your donation off at the Library during regular business hours. For more information call RSVP of Delaware County directly at 610-565-5563.

Toys for Tots

The 2012 United States Marine Corps' Annual Toys for Tots Campaign is underway.  HTFL is a drop off point for new, unwrapped toys.  The date of the last pick up is Wednesday,
December 19.



The Library will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Years on the following dates:

Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25

Monday, December 31 & Tuesday, January 1

Happy Holidays!


December 1 - February 28

Do you like Civil War movies and documentaries?

Between December 1 and February 28 you may view HTFL Civil War movies and documentaries for FREE!  Check out our display by the DVDs on the 1st Floor.



How to Download Library ebooks Boot Camp

Do you have a new eReader or expect to get one this Holiday?  Come learn how to download Library ebooks!  Reference Librarian, Jessica Holton will show you how to borrow ebooks on your specific eReader.

Monday, January 7 - Kindle -- 6:00 pm

Tuesday, January 8 - iPad -- 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 9 - Nook, Sony Ready, & All other EReaders -- 6:00 pm


Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Thursday, December 20

11:00 am Cookies & Mystery

Friday, December 21

10:00 am -- Tea and Stitch Needlework Group

Monday, December 24

Library Closed

Tuesday, December 25

Library Closed

Friday, December 28

10:00 am -- Tea and Stitch Needlework group


Holiday Programs

The Snowball Slide Board Game

December 1 - 30

Pick up your game board at the Children’s Room Desk and play December 1st-30th. Read books, learn about winter holidays, have fun, and collect prizes! It's free to participate and children of all ages are welcome - best suited for those PreK-5th grade.

Beginning December 1st, you'll also have the option to download and print the game board from home and get started right away.

Make and Take Crafts

December 26-28

Cabin fever setting in? Stop by the Children’s Room and make a winter craft to take home and enjoy.

Winter Programs

2013 is almost here and there's lots happening in the Children's Room for the new year! Check out the full schedule of Winter 2013 Programs on EventKeeper.  Most are free and open to the public with no registration, but check out Kids' Yoga and Reading Adventures and sign up in advance!

Join Ms. Lisa, a Certified Yoga Instructor RYT-200, for yoga at the Library this winter. Register and download the mandatory release form on our website today! We'll offer two programs back-to-back.


Parent/Child Preschoolers Yoga

Children 3, 4, 5 and a parent or caregiver

Enjoy your yoga practice together in this class designed especially for little yogis and their caregivers. Register today!
1st Saturday of the Month @ 10am - January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd

Kids' Yoga

Children grades K-5

School-aged children are invited to practice with Ms. Lisa and learn basic yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Register today!
1st Saturday of the Month @ 10:50am - January 5th, February 2nd, March 2nd


Reading Adventures

Join Ms. Anny and take a Reading Adventure through some of her
favorite chapter books. We'll start out solving the mysteries of Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective and then choose books together.

We'll be reading aloud together, doing crafts and activities related to the books we read, and having fun.

Students in grades 1st-5th are invited to register for this
12-week program series running January 8-March 26, 
4-4:45pm. Visit our website to sign up. All reading levels are welcome.


Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Monday, December 17

6:30 pm -- Monday Movie Holiday Edition - The Muppet Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 19

10:00 pm -- Preschool Play Time

Monday, December 24

Library Closed

Tuesday, December 25

Library Closed

Wednesday, December 26

10:00 am -- Preschool Play Time


Teen Programs on Break!

Teen programming will be on vacation the week of December 23-29.  Programming will resume on Wednesday, January 2!


Calendar of Events - Teen Programs

Monday, December 17

3:00 -- Anime Club

Wednesday, December 19

3:00 pm -- Gaming Club

Thursday, December 20

3:00 pm -- Graphic Novel Club

Monday, December 24

Library Closed

Tuesday, December 25

Library Closed


Haverford Township Historical Society Holiday House Tour

Sunday, December 16, 2012
1:00 - 4:30 PM

Spend an inspirational and relaxing day touring six unique and charming homes in Haverford Township, decorated for the holiday season!  Tickets priced at $25/members and $20/non-members will be available the day of the tour at either of the following homes (which are included in the tour): 1240 Center Road or 226 Wickford Road.  Included with your ticket will be a driving map and discounts to neighborhood eateries on that day.  All proceeds help fund our Heritage Festival, which is held in June of each year.

For more information, you may call Terri Dougherty @ 610 449-1571 or go to the society's website


Please help us sustain the important work of the Haverford Township Free Library by making a tax-deductible donation today!

In 2012, the Haverford Township Free Library joined with libraries across the Commonwealth in the PA Forward initiative to help Pennsylvanians improve essential literacy skills.

HTFL knows that an educated public with better access to information is key to powering progress across the Township. With a commitment to lifelong learning, we are embracing new technology, community access, and fostering innovative partnerships to move us forward!

Through the emphasis of five areas of literacy – basic, information, civic and social, health, financial – HTFL is connecting the Haverford Township community with the tools we need for success!