March 11 - March 24

Haverford Free Library


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A Note from the Director:

I had the occasion to meet Patrick Rodgers, the curator of special collections at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, located at 20th and Delancey in Philadelphia last evening.  He came to speak and meet those attending our Sendak Exhibit opening and he was delighted and overwhelmed at the response the exhibition is getting in the press.  What made him even happier was that Haverford Township Free Library was the last stop on the nationwide tour, and essentially, the exhibit had come "home."  

I too am grateful that the exhibit is here in Havertown and thank the American Library Association, Nextbook and the Rosenbach Museum, and all of our major event business sponsors for the opportunity to bring this to YOU.  A special thank you to Mary Bear Shannon and Anny Laepple for their hard work and diligence in preparation for the exhibit and series of programs surrounding the event.  Please stop by to attend a program or to view the exhibit on the first floor.  

And, thank you for your ongoing support; as always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me.

Christine Faris-Library Director


In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak Exhibit

March 8 - April 20

Popular children’s author Maurice Sendak’s typically American childhood in New York City inspired many of his most beloved books, such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Illustrations in those works are populated with friends, family, and the sights, sounds and smells of New York in the 1930s. But Sendak was also drawn to photos of ancestors, and he developed a fascination with the shtetl world of European Jews. This exhibit, curated by Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, reveals the push and pull of New and Old Worlds in Sendak’s work and shows how Sendak’s artistic journey has led him deeper into his own family’s history and his Jewish identity.




Sendak Program Series

Throughout March and April, HTFL will host programs to complement the exhibit In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak. For a complete listing of programs visit our website

L'Dor Vador: Sendak Connects With His Roots

Sunday, March 11 @ 2pm

Presented by Dr. Reena Sigman Friedman

This lecture program will provide an historical context for Maurice Sendak's work by exploring the ways in which Jewish immigrants to America strove to maintain both their connections with relatives who remained in Europe and their memories of life in Eastern Europe.

Program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Sendak Book Discussion Series

Sundays, March 18, 25, April 1, 15 @ 2pm

Facilitated by Temple professor, Dr. Anne Horn.

Registration has begun!  There are still openings for this book group-SIGN UP TODAY!

Join us for this four-part book discussion that will focus on exhibit themes such as: Sendak's experience as a child growing up in NY, the push and pull of New and Old Worlds in Sendak's work, his fascination with the shtetl world of European Jews, his use of fairy tales to tell bigger stories, and his own processing of the Holocaust.


This program is open to adults and high school students.

Program Fee: $20. Participants will receive five Sendak books.

Participants must register for the series in person at the reference desk at The Haverford Township Free Library.


One Book, One Philadelphia Author Visit:      Edwidge Danticat - Create Dangerously

Friday, March 16

Author Discussion - 9:15 am - Haverford High School

Reception and Book Signing - 11:00 am - Haverford Township Free Library

The Haverford Township Free Library has teamed up with the Rotary Club, Haverford High School and the Free Library of Philadelphia to bring Edwidge Danticat, the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia author to Havertown! Ms. Danticat will discuss her book Create Dangerously.

The author discussion will take place at Haverford High School's Auditorium, followed by a reception and book signing at the Haverford Township Free Library.

The program and reception are free and open to the public, but registrations are required. To register visit our website at


Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Sunday, March 11

2:00 pm--L'Dor Vador: Sendak Connects with his Roots

Wednesday, March 14

2:00 pm--Afternoon Film - Secretariat

6:30 pm--Explore Your Future Workshop - Registration Required

Thursday, March 15

11:00 am--Cookies & Mystery: Recent Award Winners

Friday, March 16

9:15 am--Edwidge Danticat Visit to HHS

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

11:00 am--Danticat Reception at HTFL

Sunday, March 18

2:00 pm--Sendak Book Discussion Series - Registration Required

Wednesday, March 21

6:30 pm--Explore Your Future Workshop - Registration Required

Friday, March 23

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

Upcoming Program

 Concerned about safety in your neighborhood?  Join us for:

Safety in Our Community

Presented by the Haverford Township Police Department 

Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for an informative program presented by The Haverford Township Police Department Community Policing Unit. The presentation will cover all aspects of community safety:

  • Individual safety
  • Family safety
  • Home and Car safety

Find out what you can do to keep yourself and your community safe!

This program is free and open to the public.


FAMILY PROGRAM to celebrate the Sendak Exhibit 

Wild Rumpus in the Children's Room

Saturday, March 24  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come ROAR your most terrible ROAR at our Wild Rumpus for children of all ages and their families. Read Where the Wild Things Are, make your own Max crown and show your terrible claws!

This is a drop-in program for kids and caregivers to enjoy together. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

This is a part of our Sendak Program Series in conjunction with the In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak American Library Association exhibit.



Children's Programs On Break!

The Children's Room is taking our "Spring Break" from March 19 - April 16 - But never fear, we're working on a fantastic series of Spring Programs.  In the meantime, enjoy Pre-School Play Time on Wednesdays from 10 am - 12:00 pm.

Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Monday, March 12

10:15 am--Storytime

4:00 pm--Kids Book Bingo

7:00 pm--Pajama Storytime

Tuesday, March 13

10:15 am--Circle Time

Wednesday, March 14

10:15 am--Books and Babies

4:00 pm--LEGO® Club

Friday, March 16

1:00 pm--Homeschoolers' Hangout

Monday, March 20

4:00 pm--My Weirder School Book Bunch

Wednesday, March 22

10:00 am--Pre-school Play Time

Saturday, March 24

10:00 am--Wild Rumpus!


White Day/Pie Day

Monday, March 19th  3-4pm
6th-12th Grades

Two of our favorite holidays are on the same day! Come join the Anime Club for a super stuffed day as we celebrate Pie Day and White Day. Pie Day celebrates our favorite mathematical constant: get the idea. White Day is celebrated in Japan by men who have to give back to women who gave gifts to them on Valentine's Day. If you stop by the annex we'll be eating white foods and pie to celebrate the day! (A little belatedly, though!).


Calendar of Events - Teens

Monday, March 12

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Anime Club

Wednesday, March 14

2:30 pm--Teen HQ and Gaming

Thursday, March 15

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Graphic Novel Club

Monday, March 19

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Anime Club

Wednesday, March 21

2:30 pm--Teen HQ and Gaming

Thursday, March 22

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Graphic Novel Club


Spotlight on Local Business

Joel Perlish Photography






For over 30 years Joel Perlish has run a Havertown-based customer-friendly photography business featuring all types of photography and video.

This is a full service business also offering budget video services, VHS-to-DVD copying, passports, on-site pictures, photo restoration, and digital processing. The company aims to please.

The company's slogan is "Anything You Can Picture". Joel works with customers, and one of the frequent comments heard is that he is unobtrusive when on assignment. Joel provides just about any photo or budget video service, but his main work is weddings, mitzvahs, commercial work, portraits of any kind, vhs or film transfers to dvd, and digital copying and printing. Havertown resident discounting applies. The "Official Photographer of the Havertown Library".

joel perlish, joel perlish photography

"anything you can picture"

havertown,pa 19083

web: www.joelperlish.comgalleries at

dial 610-789-POSE(7673)

Joel Perlish attended HTFL's Business Breakfast last Fall and regularly photographs the Library's events, including the Opening Reception for the exhibit In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak.  Joel Perlish is a Diamond level Business Sponsor.

For more information about our e-Business Center visit:



Benefit Wine Tasting

Please join the
Haverford Township Farmers Market Association
for the Third Annual
Benefit Wine Tasting
Sunday, March 18, 2012              3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at
Kaya's Fusion Cuisine 

(5 Brookline Blvd. Havertown 19083)

Come taste small farm, artisanal wines from Europe and the United States and local cheeses and baked goods from Birchrun Hills, Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Conebella Farm, Great Harvest Breads and My House Cookies. David McDuff, wine guru extraordinaire, will lead us through a guided tasting of wines from around the world and all proceeds will benefit the food and nutrition education programs of the Association.

The tasting will be led by former HTFMA Board Member David McDuff. David was named Best 'Local Wine Guru' for "Best of the Main Line" (2008.)

Seating is limited, dress is casual and guests must be 21 years or older. Kaya's is located at 5 Brookline Boulevard (Havertown, PA 19083) near the intersection of Brookline and Darby.

$40 per person

($45 via Paypal)

To RSVP, please send an email with your name and the number of reservation spots you require to:


We will confirm your space(s) and write back to you with an address to send your check - and by what date. When we receive your check we'll confirm that you are booked into the tasting. You can also send us money via Paypal (go to our website) if you want to be sure of a seat. This is to avoid the over-booking that occurred last year... so act fast, since we only have 46 seats!

All proceeds benefit the Haverford Township Farmers Market Association's food and nutrition education programs held at Oakmont Farmers Market, school assemblies and at the Haverford Township Free Library


Annual Appeal


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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.  

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Thank you for your support!