New Proposal to Move the Library

UPDATE: November 22, 2013: Please see all the local news coverage, links, and a Commissioner meeting video at this Storify page: _________________________ Here's an email that's going around H-town about the Board of Commissioners proposal concerning the location of the Haverford Township Free Library. The question is to fix up the current building or build a new one over by the Veterans Police Field, along with other new buildings for the Police and Township offices. IMPORTANT MESSAGE Proposed New Municipal/Library Building! Dear Neighbor: We wanted to inform you that a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, November 25th at 7:30 pm to discuss a NEW proposed municipal/library building. {Arrive early to ensure you have a seat} Some of our colleagues want to secure a bond for approximately $13 to $18 million dollars. The new building would consist of the police department, municipal employees, and most concerning, the library would move from its current location.  The new building will be located by Veterans/police field.  We feel that moving the library from its current location is a real concern.Many residents have reached out to us expressing their opinion that the library should not be moved from its current location. Parents have stated that the library is in an ideal location as it is in close proximity to the middle school and high school.  Additionally, parents have stated to some of us that they do not like the proposed new library being in the same building as the police department.  Obviously, they are concerned about their children’s safety. A real concern is what will become of the building once the library is sold??? How will this impact the surrounding neighborhood?? Finally, this bond will affect our taxes, as any funds borrowed must be paid back.  Administration has informed us that for every $10 million borrowed; the result would be a 3.5 to 4% additional increase in your … [Read more...]

Chili Snobs, Unite

I hated chili as a kid. HATE. Like hide a full bowl behind a dining room bench pillow and run for the woods when a relative sits on it hate (that really happened). I hated chili, beef stew, stewed tomatoes, baked beans and kidney beans, to name a few. Of course, my mother loved all of these things, including liver, which I can't even begin to talk about. Today I still don't eat stewed tomatoes or kidney beans (or liver, but I'm not talking about that). I do LOVE a good chili concoction on top of nachos, especially if we're watching Eagles or Steelers football with friends! (not yesterday's game though. And boy oh boy is McCoy in trouble for all those times he left the ball on the field!) I may just make myself a tray of nachos and head over to the Library's Chili Cook Off on Sept. 22nd! Here are the details: 1st Annual Chili Cook Off Haverford Township Free Library Sunday, September 22 @ 4:00 pm $5.00/person or $15.00/family There will be cornbread, desserts and beverages served, all while listening to a live bluegrass, folk duo. (Guess chili isn't punk.) Stop on by! Think you can win this thing? Download a form and turn it into the front desk at HTFL. (Want your org's event on our blog or in the calendar? contact us!)   photo credit: chili and cornbread by Serene Vannoy on Flickr, poster by HTFL … [Read more...]

Come network at the Library tomorrow morning!

The Haverford Township Annual Business Breakfast is being held tomorrow morning, Sept. 11, 2013 beginning at 7:30am. Bring your business cards, network, brainstorm and chat about all sorts of business subjects like how to get people to your website or which expenses to cut back on. If you're a freelancer, come and meet other freelancers and business people in the township. Dress is business casual and coffee, tea and continental breakfast will be provided. Stop by on the way to work! Last year the HTFL had around 100+ people show up, and it's bound to be a great event this year, too. Thanks to our generous sponsor for the Haverford Music Festival and this Business Breakfast,! Make sure to go and register at the HTFL's eventkeeper page. It's totally free! See you there.     … [Read more...]

Oakmont Pub’s Library Night!

What to do for dinner on a random Tuesday night in August? Come to Oakmont Pub, chat with familiar faces, have some good eats AND support your community! 10% of your bill will go towards buying some new kids' computers at the Haverford Township Free Library. The old computers (owned by the Delaware County Library System) were called back to that great data warehouse in the sky, after seeing many years of high combat in the Children's Room. Long live the new computers! (if we can scrounge up the money for them.) Come on. You know you want an excuse not to cook. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, dinnertime. See you there! … [Read more...]

Lending E-Books from HTFL

A question came up in Facebook about how to lend e-books from the Haverford Township Free Library (HTFL). We're here to help. Here's what you need to know to get yourselves all up & e-booky today. Things You Need: An Internet connection (doesn't have to be great. HTFL has free wireless) Library card (take a proof of residence to the HTFL to get a card; they're free too!) E-reading device/software like a laptop, iPad, Kindle or Sony E-reader 5 minutes Things You Do: Step 1: Whip 'em out. (Your library card and your computer, that is. What did you think we meant?) Get online. Step 2: Go to the digital books download page. Side note: you are technically lending books from the Delaware County Library System, not HTFL. Step 3: Click on Account in the upper right corner. Put your library card # in the box on the left. Spaces or no spaces; it doesn't matter. But it's Ms. Jackson if you're nasty. Step 4: Browse for books. (click on the MENU button by account if you don't see a list of all the sections). Smartie friend and fellow Havertownie Karen Campbell Vitale suggested this tip for browsing: "Advance Search by Format and Books Available, then filter results by 5 star reviews... You still have to wade through a ridiculous amount of bodice-rippers, but your results are narrowed down to about 200-300, which makes it easier to browse." Step 5: Find a book you like. The upper right corner of the bookcover appears dog-eared. It reveals an open book symbol that is either light or dark gray, indicating the book has a slight wait or is available for download immediately, respectively. Click on the book and download your preferred format or place the book on hold. Step 6: Go back to your machine, open up the doc and read away! Follow the directions to transfer the file to your reader that are found at your reader's website. Our fun and fabulous steps aren't doing the trick? Well, HTFL has their own helpful page dedicated to the reluctant … [Read more...]