Friends

The Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library

Information about Museum Passes

2022 Friends Book Club meets at 12:30 via Zoom.

January 20: The Idigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

February 17: While justice sleeps by Stacey Abrams

March 17: The only woman in the room by Marie Benedict

April 21: The splendid and the vile by Erik Larson

May 19: The extraordinary life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

June 16: The personal librarian by Marie Benedict

View News Posts About Friends Events and Fundraisers that support the Library.

2021 Events and Fundraisers

Are YOU The Missing Piece? Help Us Bring It All Together

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: info@friendsofhvlibrary.org
Dues: $15friends 2021 newsletter

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

Membership levels are:

  • $100 + Golden Friend
  • $50 Benefactor
  • $25 Patron
  • $15 Friend

Upcoming Meetings:

All meeting postponed through May

2020 Friends Newsletter

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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
  • Complete support of the annual Summer Reading programs for children
  • Children’s Write and Illustrate Your Own Book program
  • Used Book Sales throughout the year
  • Weekly Mah Jongg and Canasta games
  • Library Staff Appreciation meal in December
  • Election Day Bake Sale at Pine Road Elementary School
  • Bus Trips to New York City
  • Theater Trips throughout the region
  • Flower arranging and flower sales
  • Raffle basket drawing
  • And…Family Museum Passes

Friends Book Club – 2019-2020 Book Selection List

If you are passionate about reading, join the Friends for a lively discussion in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the library on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 12:30 pm

Museum pass posterFamily Museum Passes

Do you enjoy spending the day at a museum?

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.
– Recommends reserving a timed ticket online here before you visit. Reserve your tickets by following these steps:

  1. Choose your date and time of arrival and the number of adults and children in your party, and add the tickets to your cart.
  2. Proceed to the cart by clicking the cart icon and enter the Reservation Code printed on the museum pass. This will apply the museum pass benefit for free tickets.
  3. Add your contact info to the Guest Info section and click to Finalize Sale button. Tickets will be sent to email.
  4. You’ll present your timed tickets along with the museum pass at our admissions desk.

Please note, if you choose to visit the museum without reserving a time, you may have to wait until a slot is available

Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art
– Temporarily closed.

Bucks County Children’s Museum
– The Bucks County Children’s Museum’s mission is to provide an environment that connects ALL children to the world around them and inspires learning through PLAY.
– Pass allows entry for up to 6 people (Any combination of Adults & Children over the age of 1).
Reservations are required for Saturdays and Sundays; TIMES VARY ON WEEKENDS. Reservations are not required for weekdays.
Patrons need to tell the museum that the pass is issued by HVL.

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.
– Visitors are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
– No member benefits available with the pass.
– 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.
– Masks are highly encouraged to be worn inside buildings and when in close proximity to other guest
s, staff members, and animals.

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.

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.
– All guests ages five and up will be requires to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.

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.
All visitors are required to wear face masks regardless of vaccination status. 

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.
– Face masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.

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 3 children.
– Library Pass allows general admission including the Africa galleries, Mexico and Central America Gallery and the Sphinx Gallery.
– Booking ahead is strongly encouraged by calling 215-898-4000 or email visitorservices@pennmuseum.org.
Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of 2.

Simeone 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.
Face masks are required over the age of 2, regardless of your vaccination status.

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.

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.

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!

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