Learning About Coffee

The Friends want to thank all those who came out to learn all about coffee from Chief WoodyRoaster, Woody DeCasere, from One Village Coffee.

We learned all about the differences between arabica and robusta beans, the differences between the different grinds of coffee among many other tidbits. Woody was an incredibly knowledgeable speaker who offered three different rounds of tasting, each paired with an enticing dessert.

A hearty thank you to Woody and One Village Coffee and to all those Friends who came to learn and taste. We can’t wait to host the next one!




Members-Only: Coffee Tasting

Members of the Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library are Woodyinvited to participate in our first ever members-only event: an afternoon coffee tasting with One Village Coffee! On Sunday, April 21st, from 1pm to 3pm in the community room of the library, we’ll welcome Chief Roaster Woody DeCasere, who will discuss specialty roasting craftsmanship and will lead the group in a coffee tasting and pairing. This event is open to all members of the Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library. If you’re not currently a member, you can join here or join at the door.

Friends Coffee Tasting


Spring Bulb Fundraiser

Friends of Haverford Township Free Library has partnered with Flower Power Fundraising for this season’s fundraiser.
Browse the catalog and make your purchases here.

Flower Power offers top-quality flower bulbs for our friends and family members to purchase. All orders ship directly to our customers’ homes and come with a 100% money-back guarantee. For every purchase made Friends of Haverford Township Free Library receives 50% of the sale price which counts toward our fundraising goal.

Please feel free to share this link and information with your friends and family!

5th Annual Murder Mystery

On Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th from 6-9PM, the Haverford Township Free Library will once again host its popular Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Barnaby’s of Havertown. Tickets are $35 per person and sell out quickly, so please visit our web page for further details or to pay online at www.haverfordlibrary.org/murdermystery. This year we are having a 3 day early bird sale on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th when tickets may be purchased for $30 each at the Reference Desk or by credit card.
Checks may also be made out to HTFL and mailed to Haverford Township Free Library 1601 Darby Road Havertown, PA 19083 Attn: Murder Mystery program. Please note, there is no handicap access to the room at Barnaby’s and there are many bar stool height seats in the room. If you need a regular chair or have any other special needs, we need to know in advance.
Contact 610-446-3082 ext 207 for further information. Please leave a brief, clear message
including your name and phone number and someone will contact you. You may also email kolowitz@haverfordlibrary.org for information on this event.

Friends Focus: Advance Test Review

Since the Friends are lucky enough to have a wide variety of business sponsors, we thought it would be a great idea to do some interviews with these local businesses and get the word out about their support of our library. Our first interview is with Advance Test Review who has been a business sponsor of the Friends for some time now. Recently, they’ve turned the focus of their business into a fundraising workshop at the library! The SAT workshop, which was held in the spring, raised over $2000 for the library and there’s another one scheduled for July. Thanks so much to this great business for sponsoring the Friends as well as pitching in above and beyond to help fundraise for the library!

What is the name of your business and what does it specialize in?
Advance Test Review
Test review for the SAT, PSAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT as well as for the SAT students—Ace Your SAT Workshops

When did your business open its doors?

What’s the best thing about your business?
Personal service. We don’t make the student fit the strategies. We make the strategies fit the student.

Where is your business located?
305 Bryan Street in Havertown

What made you decide to sponsor the Friends?
Always looking to help the Library.

Do you offer any discounts or specials to Friends members?
10% off graduate test courses

What’s your vision for your business in the next 2+ years?
Continue to help people improve their lives through education.

How often do you visit the library?
Several times a week.

What book do you most cherish?
The Collected Works of Mark Twain

Who is your hero of fiction?

Who are your favorite writers?
Jazz Age

What is your motto?
We don’t study the test prep books, we study the tests

Thanks so much to the great owners of Advance Test Review for taking the time to answer all our questions and provide such a great service to our community!

Time to stock up!

Don’t forget to stop by the library this weekend to fill your shelves with books for your summer reading!We’ll be bringing out tables of books just in time for you to fill your beach bag for the annual Memorial Day trek to the beach (or the pool :)).
The Beach Bag Book Sale will be held from 10am to 3pm at the library. If the sun is shining, we’ll have tables set up outside along with food and beverages available for purchase. If the rain clouds are out, the sale will be moved inside the library and will have the same great selection either way! Can’t wait to see you there!

Art of the Garden Exhibit & Sale Going On Now!

The opening reception for the Art of the Garden show was held on Friday evening, April 8th.

We’d like to congratulate the grand prize winner of the show Susan Stefanski!

In addition to the grand prize, we’d like to congratulate the following winners as well:

1st prize to Linus Coraggio
2nd prize to Rose Marie Cunniffe
3rd prize to Elizabeth Heller
Honorable mention to Sabine Rehm
Honorable mention to Andrea Beizer
Honorable mention to Judy Fox

The reception included a few snacks and beverages from local businesses and even though it was a rainy evening, a large number of community residents stopped by the library.

Thanks to all the library staff with all their help throughout the set up and ongoing display of this show. And thank you to the Friends volunteers and the Trustees for volunteering as well!

Thank you so much to all the wonderful pieces entered into the show! Please don’t forget to stop by the library to pick out a piece to grace your lovely walls. A portion of each sale benefits the HTFL and the show will continue through June 20th.

The Friends would also like to thank everyone for their patience with us while we host our first show on this scale. All suggestions and comments have been noted and will be taken into consideration when planning future events. Feedback is always appreciated!


Cooking With Your Friends: Easy Flounder Roll-ups

Alright, everyone flip to page 118 for today’s recipe – Easy Flounder Roll-Ups submitted by Becky O’Hara. My husband and I are huge seafood fans and especially huge fans of recipes with the word “easy” in them. 🙂

After gathering all the ingredients, I realized that we had to cook the rice first. Ugh. So we waited while the white rice cooked, about 20 minutes (unfortunately, no minute rice for me!). Once that was done, the rest really was easy. It was quite a feat to fit all the veggies and such onto the flounder to roll it up, but I tried.

Once I shoved as much as I could into the roll, I put it into a small round casserole dish and stuffed the extra stuffing around the edges which seemed to work just fine.

Half hour and 5 minutes later, this is what the casserole dish looked like.

The flounder cooked nicely and was perfectly done. We could’ve handled a bit more shredded cheese but the whole dish was nice and moist. Yum!!

Friends Focus: Katrine Fantini

This week’s Friends Focus is on one of our more recent additions to the Friends’ board of directors, Katrine Fantini.

Tell us a bit about yourself:
* My name is Katrine Fantini and I am a full time mother of an amazing six year old son. Currently, I am earning an associates in business administration at Delaware County Community College. I also am an estimator and an assistant administrator for Fantini Tile Corp.

What do you do (employment or for fun)?
* I enjoy spending time with close friends and family.
What first made you want to join the Friends’ Board?
* I had noticed the hours for the library had been reduced and I had learned about how the economy was affecting the library. I felt compelled to contribute in some way to help sustain our library. The library is a main staple in me and my son’s life, I don’t know what I would do if the library and all of its wonderful programs were not available. Becoming a board member of the Friends is allowing me to give back to a library that has provided so much to the community. It is an opportunity for me to show my appreciation.

What are your primary duties on the Friends’ board?
* Since becoming a board member, I have come up with some fundraiser ideas that I hope to make a reality. I am excited about developing and putting into place a terracycling program in all of the township’s schools that will help raise money for a great cause and help the environment at the same time!

What book do you most cherish?
* The book I cherish the most is any work written by my son and his baby book, of course.

I am a college student so I don’t get a lot of personal time to read during the semester, but a recent english class had allowed me the opportunity to read something other than a textbook. I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and I have to be honest, I had a really hard time putting the book down. What interested me most about the book besides the fact that is was a true story was how Jeanette, despite the tragic experiences she encountered and the unthinkable environment she grew up in, persevered and attained a successful life. I also enjoyed reading A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. The story was intriguing and I was very curious to see where the story was going and how things were going to end. I do enjoy reading and thanks to a few friends’ suggestions (and letting me borrow their books) I have some reading material lined up for when I am finished my current class and they are: Memoirs of a Geisha by Author Golden, Twilight and New Moon by Stephanie Meyer.

I really enjoy most of movies produced by Adam Sandler (Happy Madison Productions and Madison 23 Productions). Whenever I need a laugh these movies are always able to get some out of me. I also enjoy Disney and Pixar movies.

Songs/Musical Groups:
My favorite song is Fur Elise by Beethoven, I could listen to it on repeat forever. I enjoy all types of music, but some music groups/artists I could listen to anytime regardless of my mood are U2, The Fray, and Colbie Caillat.

I enjoy humoring myself with sites such as FailBlog.org, LolCat.com, and AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. I prefer to use Google as a search engine. I also enjoy any website that will offer the best price and a low shipping cost for items I want to purchase.

I love cheeseburgers, Eagle Pizza’s plain pizza, grilled chicken salads, snacking on fruit, and I am vulnerable to consuming a box of Gushers fruit snacks without hesitation.

I am a running fiend.

Indoor Activity:
I really like to build things out of with legos with my son, and sleeping is a personal favorite.

What brought you to the Havertown area? What makes you want to stay?
* My family moved to Havertown in when I was in the fourth grade. Havertown has a really amazing community. The people are friendly, the schools are phenomenal, the recreation department has so much to offer, and the library always has something fun and interesting going on. There is so much enrichment this community has to offer, it’s hard to imagine life anywhere else.

* Happiness is….the feeling of fulfillment.

Do you have any pets?
* I share a red eared slider with my son. I can’t claim the turtle as my own, my son helps out a lot.

Which is the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?
* The best vacation I ever had was one I didn’t even know I was on…..my childhood.

If given a complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?
* If given the freedom to start afresh, I would have become a teacher. Having the summer off to spend with my son would be ideal.

If you were stranded on a lonely island, what are the five things that you would want?
* If I were stranded on an island, I would like to have (1) a manufactured home to live in, (2) free electricity, (3) free plumbing, (4) free internet service, (5) and an infinite supply of money to order things like hygiene products, food, clothing, and have them shipped to me.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
* Perfect happiness is a feeling of fulfillment in life. Feeling content about who you are, where you are in life, and the choices you have made along the way. I feel as if I have attained my ideal perfect happiness.

What is your greatest extravagance?
* My greatest extravagance is my current occupation with my employer. The position allows me to gain experience in multiple areas of a business while allowing me to have the flexibility to be present in my son’s life.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
* Seriously?! ….I know, right!?

Which talent would you most like to have?
* The talent I would like most is the ability to read/do something once and remember it forever. I would save me a lot of time studying.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
* My greatest achievement is any positive impact I have on someone or my community.

What is your most treasured possession?
* My most treasured possession is all of the photos and home videos I have of my son growing up.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
* No one. Life is a journey and we take on admirable traits we see in others along the way, but at the end of the day we are each one of a kind.

What is your motto?
* Life is what you make of it.

Thanks so much, Katrine, for taking the time to answer all my questions! I hope you all enjoyed learning more about a Friends board member.