Friends

The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library

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Friends Book Sale:

Used Book Store Hours:

Book Donations Wanted
The Friends are accepting donations at any time the library is open. They can be placed on the card table outside of the Book Room on the library’s lower entrance. We accept Fiction, Non-Fiction, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks and Children’s Books. We do not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or dirty, smelly, moldy books. Donations are accepted during the year, expect immediately before or after a sale. Click here for a tax receipt form.

2024 Friends Book Club

If you are passionate about reading, join the Friends for a lively book discussion in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the library on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1 pm.

June 20 – The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and the Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz
September 19 – The Nix by Nathan Hill

Join The Friends Of Huntingdon Valley Library!

When: First Thursday of Every Month, 12:30 p.m. (except July & August)
Why: Stay for the after-meeting programs!
Where: HVL Community Room
Contact: hvlibraryfriends@gmail.com
Membership Dues: $20

Membership levels are:

  • $100 + Golden Friend
  • $50 Benefactor
  • $25 Patron
  • $20 Friend

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library donate their time and/or money to help make our Library an important center of learning and enjoyment. Please help the Friends help the Huntingdon Valley Library maintain its edge on excellence as it promotes literacy and learning for the entire community. Volunteer your time or send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Friends of 
Huntingdon Valley Library 
625 Red Lion Rd. 
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-6216


Upcoming Meetings:

Newsletters:

2021 Newsletter | 2020 Newsletter 2019 Newsletter | 2018 Newsletter | 2017 Newsletter | 2016 Newsletter

The Friends have raised funds and used membership dues to sponsor:

  • Significant funding for the Library’s collection, technology and children’s area
  • Monthly adult book discussion groups
  • Summer Learning Programs for all ages
  • Used Book Sales throughout the year
  • Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • CPR Certification for Teens
  • Graphic Novel Contest
  • Canasta Lessons
  • Election Day Bake Sale at Pine Road Elementary School
  • Theater Trips throughout the region
  • Raffle basket drawing
  • And…Family Museum Passes and T-Mobile Hotspots

Family Museum Passes

Do you enjoy spending the day at a museum?

All museum passes are eligible to be checked out three times a year.
This year Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library have made passes available to the . . .


Academy of Natural Sciences

– “America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiveristy and environmental research.”
– Pass allows entry for 2 adults and 5 children.
General Admission includes: the Dinosaur Hall, the dioramas, Outside In, and the current special exhibition(s).
10% discount in the Academy Shop

Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

– The Bradywine Conservancy & Museum of Art offers a unique way to appreciate art and the environment,
– Pass allows entry for 4 people
– 10% off Shop and Cafe

Eastern State Penitentiary
– “Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners.”
– General Admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State” audio tour, hands-on history interactive experiences, history exhibits and artist installations.
– Pass allows entry for up to 6 people.
– No reservations needed.
– Pass is not valid for member benefits, Night Tours and Terror Behind the Walls.

Please note, Eastern State Penitentiary is not recommended for children under the age of seven but they are welcomed.

Elmwood Park Zoo
– Elmwood Park Zoo was established in 1924 when a local farmer transferred 16 acres and a small menagerie to the Borough of Norristown.
– Pass allows entry for 2 adults and 6 children.
No reservations needed.

Glencairn Museum
– “Outstanding collection of medieval and ancient objects.”
– Pass allows entry for up to 6 people.
Access to the interior of Glencairn is available Tuesday through Sunday by purchasing tickets for the certain tours and specific events, or by private appointment.
– Group sizes are limited, walk-ins accommodated as possible. Please call the museum ahead of time at 267-502-2600.

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
– Pass allows entry for 4 guests.
– Membership includes admission to the Mercer Museum and Library & Fonthill Castle and 10% discount at the Museum shop.
– The Mercer Museum features local and national traveling exhibits, as well as a core collection of over 50,000 pre-industrial tools.
– The Fonthill Castle serves as an early example of reinforced concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows and 18 fireplaces.

Museum of the American Revolution
– “Explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution.”
– Pass allows entry for 2 adults and 4 children.
The pass is not valid for online or phone order tickets. 
No reservations needed.

Mütter Museum
Pass admits 4 individuals.
– Patron MUST reserve up to 4 timed tickets online under the ticket type “Library Patron Pass”. Upon check-in, patrons will need to present the pass or print-out or they will be charged.
– Certain tours may not be available.

National Constitution Center
– Located in historic Philadelphia, the Center was created to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution.”
– Pass allows entry for 2 adults and 4 children.
– Membership entitles you to free general admission and 10% discount on the Delegates’ Café and the Museum store.
– No reservations are required for visitors using the library pass.

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Pass admits up to 2 adults and up to 3 children.
Membership entitles you to free general admission and 10% discount on gift shop merchandise.
No reservations needed.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
– “Share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.”
– Pass allows entry for 2 adults and all dependent children.
– Library Pass allows general admission including all of the galleries and special exhibitions.

How to Borrow:

Members of the Friends may check out museum passes at the desk just as one would borrow a book. Stop by the library and ask about the museum passes. They provide admission for a family (usually 2 adults and 3 children) and a 10% discount in the museums’ shops. Remember to check the return date. The circulation period is 3 days and overdue fees are $5 per day. The passes must be returned to the circulation desk. All museum passes are eligible to be checked out three times a year.

While the Museum Passes cannot be placed on hold or reserved in advance, active members are encouraged to call the Circulation desk for more information about checking out a pass over the phone for same-day pick-up.  We can be reached at 215-947-5138.

2023 Events and Fundraisers

  • Book Bundles at the library’s front entrance
  • Used Book Store Hours on Monday and Tuesday mornings
  • Saturday Book Sales throughout the year
  • Museum Passes all year long
  • Raffle Basket Drawings throughout the year – February 9
  • New York City Bus Trip June 14
  • Canasta Lessons 
  • Voices of the Valley
  • Friends Annual Tea
  • Amazon Smile
  • Election Day Bake Sale

2022 Events and Fundraisers

  • Book Bundles at the library’s front entrance
  • Used Book Store Hours on Monday and Tuesday mornings
  • Saturday Book Sales throughout the year
  • Museum Passes all year long
  • Jules Thin Crust Pizza February 9 & October 12
  • Raffle Basket Drawings throughout the year
  • November Election Day Bake Sale November 8

2021 Events and Fundraisers

  • Saturday Book Sales – throughout the year
  • Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends – shopping pass October 20

2020 Events and Fundraisers

  • Museum Passes all year long! The newest is the Mütter Museum!
  • Book Bundles at the Library’s front entrance and Red Cart sales
    • Used Books Store Hours on Monday and Tuesday mornings
  • New York City Bus Trip – Cancelled due to Covid-19
  • Election Day Bake Sale – Cancelled due to Covid-19

2019 Events and Fundraisers

  • Fall Book Sale: September 11-14, special Members Night Tues., Sept. 10, 7 pm
  • Information and sign-up sheets to come at Friends’ Station
  • NYC Bus Trip  – October 23.
  • Spring Tea and Fashion Show – May 9, Sold Out. Featuring fashions from Mens & Boys Store and Designs by Karen, plus tea sandwiches, scones, tea and more.
  • Wintertur Museum, Garden & Library Bus Trip and Visit – Thursday, June 20, 8:45 am. $100. New Exhibit: Costumes of The Crown. Lunch voucher, ADA accessible guided tour, including tram ride around grounds.
  • Moulin Rouge Tickets – Sale ended March 22.
  • Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations Bus and Tickets – Wednesday, October 23 at 2 pm. Bus leaves at 9 am. Sold Out.
  • Nov Election Day Bake Sale

2018 Events and Fundraisers

  • Spring Tea on May 17
  • Kremps Flower Arranging Workshop on April 11
  • Used Book Sales!
  • Election Day Bake Sale – Nov. 6
  • Summer Sales
  • New York City Bus Trips
  • Philadelphia Masonic Temple Tour and Lunch 
  • Sponsored Events at the Library include: Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater Presents Peter Rabbit on May 6, Rhythm Babies, 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock,” new toys and games for the children’s department, and Beauty and the Beast production by Bright Star Touring Company on September 29
  • Basket of Books and Blizzard of Prizes Raffle

2017 Fundraisers and Events:

  • Four Aspects of Art Nouveau lecture series with Elizabeth Anderson
  • March 30 Spring Tea
  • May 3 Bus Trip to New York City
  • October 4 Bus Trip to New York City.
  • Thursday, October 26 Trip to the Chocolatrium
  • Election Day Bake Sale
  • Pine Road Holiday Vendor Fair – December 2 from 1-4
  • Thursday, November 30 Ceramics Workshop at “Create Me
  • Union League tour and lunch – Monday, Dec. 11
  • Basket of Books and Blizzard of Prizes Raffle!
  • Used Book Sales and Book Room Hours!

Friends Governing Documents:

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