April 22 - May 5

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:

We had heard from some of our faithful library customers that they have not yet received their Haverford Township Free Library's Annual Appeal mailing for 2012.  The bulk mailing was sent out at the end of February to every residence in the Township.  

If you did not receive our mailing, we ask that you make your donation today. You can make your donation online at our website, or send it to us at 1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA  19083.  As you already know, your tax deductible donation helps bring excellent programs, library materials and much more to you and our community.  We appreciate your consideration!

Thank you, as always, and if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me.

Christine Faris-Library Director


What does the Library mean to you?


For National Library Week we asked you to tell us what HTFL means to you in 6 words or less. Here is a sampling of responses from Facebook:

"A local community for the arts."

"Nice staff who are always helpful."

"Something I cannot live without!"

"Free books. Free information. Free thought."

"Holds Treasure Full of Learning (HTFL)"

"Fun for me and my daughter."

"A vibrant community of excellent people!"

"An amazing time with my son!!"

"Open late: I get the goods!"

"The best library in the County!!!!!!!!"

"HTFL- as fun for Grandmom as Grandson!"


     Right back at you HTFL Community!

     We love you too!





Plant Sale

What comes to mind when we think "spring"? Flowers, of course! Beautify your garden and help raise money for the library. The Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library are having their spring flower bulb fundraiser. Click here to place your order-they will be delivered right to your door.   Sale ends April 27!


Beach Bag Book Sale

Saturday, May 19  --  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library are hosting their Beach Bag Book Sale along the sidewalk of the Library. Now is the time to pick up your favorite paperback books for beach or vacation reading at great prices. Hot dogs, cold drinks, popcorn and soft pretzels will also be available for purchase. Help the Friends of HTFL raise money for the Library!



We have newspapers and magazines!

Our selection of magazines covers a broad range of topics from health and wellness to money, current events, history, and fashion. Some of our most popular titles include Forbes, Philadelphia Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Main Line Today, Kiplinger?s, Rolling Stone, and Organic Gardening. Magazines can be checked out for three weeks and viewed at home (except for the current issue).

The Library also has subscriptions to The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report as well as local papers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the News of Delaware County. Newspapers are archived for one to three months depending upon the title and can be viewed at the library anytime.




The Last of the Sendak Program Series

We packed up the traveling exhibit  In a Nutshell: the Worlds of Maurice Sendak on Friday, April 20, but we have one more Sendak program.  Don't miss this last opportunity!


Gallery Tour of the new exhibit From Pen to Publisher: The Life of Three Sendak Picture Books

Sunday, April 22--2:00 pm

At the Rosenbach Museum and Library-2008 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Enjoy an insider's look at the Museum's Sendak collection. This personal exhibition tour explores the process of Sendak's step-by-step creation and production of three books, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Outside Over There, and Brundibar. Participants will also tour the Rosenbach period house and rare book library as part of their visit.

Tour given by Patrick Rodgers, Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator, Rosenbach Museum & Library.

The tour and admission to the Rosenbach Museum and Library is free with a Delaware County Library System library card until July 15.

Registration required.  To register click HERE.

This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Hip and Knee Pain Seminar

Monday, April 30--6:30 pm

Do you have hip or knee pain? Take this step!

Join us for a one-hour seminar sponsored by Bryn Mawr Hospital Orthopedic Center to learn what you can do about joint pain.

The program will provide valuable insights on the causes of joint pain and treatment options from medications and exercise to advance surgical techniques -- all designed to help you return to an active lifestyle.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is highly recommended.   To register, click HERE.


Calendar of Events - Adult Programs

Sunday, April 22

2:00 pm -- Rosenbach Gallery Tour

Tuesday, April 24

7:00 pm -- Reading-a-Round: White Teeth

Friday, April 27

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

Monday, April 30

6:30 pm -- Hip and Knee Pain Seminar

Friday, May 4

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

7:00 pm -- First Friday Flick - War Horse



Children's Programs Are Back!

Programs for birth - 5 and elementary-aged children have resumed in the Children's Room and will go until May 25. 

Homeschooler's Hangout - Spring 2012

Give your brain a rest on Friday afternoons, 1pm-3pm, and stop by the Library for some fun at the Homeschoolers' Hangout!  Join other homeschoolers to get together and play board games or cards. Play our games or bring your own.

Homeschoolers' Hangout begins April 20 and runs weekly through May 25.

We're hosting two special edition sessions of Homeschoolers' Hangout this Spring. These special edition sessions require registration-see below...

American Sign Language Hour - CLICK TO REGISTER

Friday, April 27--1pm (all ages)

Join Ms. Shannon for an afternoon of American Sign Language instruction and a discussion of the history of deafness!  Learn how ASL originated in the United States; the names and backgrounds of important people in deaf history; assistive devices used by deaf people; and MOST FUN, basic conversational signs to use when you meet a deaf individual.

Handwork Studio on Location - CLICK TO REGISTER

Friday, May 11--1pm (ages 8+ only)

Ms. Julia from the Handwork Studio will be at HTFL for a hands on, 2-hour workshop where participants will create a crafty tool belt. Learn/practice techniques like hand sewing, machine sewing, and embroidery.


Calendar of Events - Children's Programs

Monday, April 23

10:15am -- Storytime

Tuesday, April 24

10:15 am -- Circle Time

Wednesday, April 25

10:15 am -- Books and Babies

4:00 pm -- LEGO Club

Thursday, April 26

1:30 pm -- Creative Corner

Friday, April 27

1:00 pm -- Homeschoolers' Hangout - American Sign Language Hour

Monday, April 30

10:15 am -- Story Time

Tuesday, May 1

10:15 am Circle Time

Wednesday, May 2

10:15 am Books and Babies

4:00 pm LEGO Club

Thursday, May 3

1:30 pm Creative Corner

Friday, May 4

1:00 pm -- Homeschoolers' Hangout



Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 - all day

The Haverford Township Free Library will be one of thousands of locations to participate in the 2012 Free Comic Book Day on May 5th.

The Library will offer more than 40 comic titles for all ages to enjoy. Every comic is completely free, but supplies are limited and when a title is gone - that’s it! Simply stop by the Library and find the Free Comic Book Day display on the first floor.

The Library would like to thank Showcase Comics, Bryn Mawr, for helping to providing the hundreds of comics we will have available on Free Comic Book Day!


Calendar of Events - Teens

Monday, April 23

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Anime Club

Wednesday, April 25

2:30 pm--Teen HQ and Gaming

Thursday, April 26

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm-- GNC: Sendak Special Edition

Monday, April 30

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Anime Club

Wednesday, May 2

2:30 pm--Teen HQ and Gaming

Thursday, May 3

2:30 pm--Teen HQ

3:00 pm--Graphic Novel Club

Saturday, May 5

All Day - Free Comic Book Day


HTFL Community Partnerships

Haverford Education Foundation

Twilight Run/Walk

April 28 @ 5:00 pm

This great community event begins with the One-Mile Challenge for elementary students in front of Haverford High School on Mill Road. Kids from kindergarten to fifth grade are encouraged to register and run for their school! The 5K run and walk will begin immediately after the kids’ race. Darby Road will be closed for the race!

Running and walking are great fun and promote good health, and best of all this run supports public education in our township.
Everyone is encouraged to register online at Runtheday.com or by downloading a form from the Haverford Education Foundation website.

Race bag pickup for all pre-registered runners and walkers as well as walk-up registration will be held at Beneficial Bank, 1200 W. Township Line Road (at Peach Lane) from 10 to 12 on April 28.

There will also be walk-up registration the day of the event beginning at 4 pm in front of Haverford High School, 200 Mill Road.

New this year!
Every participant 18 or under who registers for either the 5K or the Kids’ One-Mile Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a new iPad thanks to the generosity of Bryn Mawr Trust Company.


Education Foundation Plans Summer Academy

The Haverford Education Foundation’s first Summer Academy will offer high interest, hands on, fun learning experiences designed to challenge young minds. The academy will be four days a week and begin July 9 continuing to August 2. Courses will be at Haverford Middle School between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All Haverford Township boys and girls who will have completed fourth through eighth grades are invited to register. Over 30 courses including robotics, filmmaking, drama, improvisation, art and yoga, as well as financial literacy for kids will be offered.  Registration begins April 15 on line at www.haverfordedfoundation.org.

Brochures listing all courses will be available April 1 on the Foundation website and in school offices. Brochures will also be placed at the Haverford Township Free Library and the Township Recreation Department offices.

The HTSD Education Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to bring a summer learning opportunity to all children in Haverford Township providing an opportunity to learn and benefit from interaction with experienced teachers and creative professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.

For more information contact the Foundation through the website.


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!