Third Annual Designer Bag Bingo

The Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library are hosting our third annual Designer Bag Bingo with beautiful bags from Kate Spade, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley and more. Event is on Friday, March 31st, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the Community Room at the library (1601 Darby Road, Havertown). Bring your own snacks and wine (no beer or liquor please). Soda and bottled water available for purchase. Must be 21 to attend.

Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door (FRIENDS members $30 at the door). 15 bingo games will be played throughout the evening. Additional cards may be purchased and there will be a 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are available for purchase at the library’s front desk or right here on our website with the link below.

Please note: No tickets will be mailed if they are purchased online but your name will appear on the guest list at the door on the night of the event.

Come out for a night of fun and prizes to support your local library! For additional information, please contact us at

Annual Fall Book Sale

It’s time once again for the Friends of the HTFL Annual Fall Book Sale!

The book sale takes place in the Community Room of the Haverford Township Free Library (1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA). All proceeds benefit the Friends of the HTFL.

Each day of the book sale is a little different, so check out the schedule below:

Preview Sale for members of the Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library
Friday, September 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Members of the Friends of the HTFL get first pick of the books at this special evening preview. You must be a member of the Friends to shop at the Preview Sale, and show a valid membership card in order to enter. Not a member? No problem—you can become a member at the door.

Annual Fall Book Sale
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This is the big day! Be sure to stop by and browse the books, CDs, and movies. Bring the family and friends—there’s something for everyone.

Bag Day at the Annual Fall Book Sale
Sunday, September 25, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fill a bag of books for only $6! Bring your muscles and your appetite for reading.

Why wait? You can become a member right now, and gain access to the Preview Sale, as well as discounts at the book sale.

See you at the book sale!

Book Sale

Meet Mary Beth Tomeny

This year’s Outstanding Library Advocate award is being awarded to Mary Beth Tomeny and Natalie Tomasco for their service to the Friends of the HTFL as co-chairs for the Book Sale. We’re so delighted for them!

Mary Beth Tomeny has lived in Havertown for the past 15 years.  She’s originally from Syracuse, NY.  She’s a registered nurse, and when she first moved to the Philadelphia area she worked in a hospital, but she now works for a pharmaceutical company.  After working as a nurse for 20 years, it was a big change, but a good one.  “I like what I’m doing, but deep down I’ll always be a bedside nurse,” she says.

Mary Beth started volunteering at the library in 2002 and joined the Friends group the following year. She has worked on the book sale since the beginning.  In 2003, the Friends held the very first book sale with Mary Beth as one of the co-chairs.  “I really enjoyed helping to put it all together and I have been with it ever since. This is our ninth year!”

What moves you to volunteer for the book sale?
   It’s a great fundraiser for the library, people get some fantastic deals on every type of book you can imagine, and since 99% of the books are donated, it encourages people to recycle their books for the next book lover.

What book do you most cherish?  Anne of Green Gables

Name your top five:

Books: Anne of Green Gables,  Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter series, and The Kite Runner.

Movies: Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, ET, Gone with the Wind, Forrest Gump, A Christmas Story

What is your favorite food: anything chocolate goes very well with my diet coke

What is your favorite place: Alaska, Kenya, Grenada, Italy

What is your favorite sport: baseball, spectator only!

What is your favorite indoor activity: Curling up with a good book! What else?

Do you have any pets?  I just lost my very best buddy, Harry.  He was my beagle and was 14 years old. I miss him terribly, and had no idea how my routine really revolved around him!  He was a rescue, and I am a firm believer in supporting animal rescue groups and shelters.

What is your greatest fear?  Being accused of a crime and I have no way to prove that I’m innocent! My family would laugh at this as they know this is my greatest fear.

What is your greatest extravagance? Travel -I’m very fortunate to have been able to experience some really far out places!  If  its off the beaten track, I’m there.

Which is the best vacation you’ve been on?  Safari in Kenya.

Which talent would you most like to have?  To be invisible.

We hope you will join us at the Gala on October 22 to celebrate the work of these two dedicated women!


The Friends of the HTFL have reached a HUGE milestone! As of last night, the Friends have officially donated over $100,000 to the Haverford Township Free Library since our inception. The Friends began in March of 2003 and it’s taken less than eight years to cross this mark.
The Friends would like to thank everyone out there who’s come out and supported us, donated money or volunteered with us over the past 7+ years. We wouldn’t have been able to gift all this money to the library if it wasn’t for your support and membership! So we’re sending out pats on the back in your honor 🙂

Although $100,000 is a huge milestone, especially for our humble group, we’re not stopping there! The Friends board has been working hard on developing a whole range of upcoming events and programs which we hope you will enjoy. The library’s needs sure aren’t decreasing so the Friends are responding with even more fund raising events. Here’s a brief list of where you can see your Friends:

  • Spring Bulb Sale: Place your order online or stop by the library for an order form through April 29th (Feel free to pass the link on to friends and family!)
  • Art of the Garden Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th from 5pm to 8pm in the library
  • Art of the Garden Exhibit: Runs from April 8th through June 21st during library hours
  • Beach Bag Book Sale: May – Specifics to follow soon. Flyers will be posted in the library.
  • Second Annual Garden Tour: Saturday, June 18th – More information to follow soon.

Thanks again to everyone who’s helped from the past through the present and we hope to gain even more Friends in the future!

Meet the New Director, Christine Faris

Christine Faris believes in the personal touch. Offering it is one of her favorite parts of her job. The new director of the Haverford Township Free Library, who was appointed in September, is “as happy checking books in and out as I am working in my office.”

One of the personal services the library offers that Faris offers as an example of “what the library does that might surprise people” is the Homebound Delivery service. Volunteers deliver most library material to Haverford Township residents of any age who cannot leave their homes, whether temporarily or permanently. HTFL was the first in Delaware County to offer it, and is still one of the few who do. The librarians keep a database of the home bound patron’s likes and dislikes so they can suggest new titles, “so we offer that personal touch as well.”

Faris enjoys meeting people and helping them with their library needs. Take, for instance, the morning of our interview. As she was taking mail to the mailbox in front of the library, a man approached to tell her he wished the library was still open on Friday mornings. “We got into conversation, and come to find out, he does children’s programs. Talking to people, finding out what their talents are, what their creativity is, makes me happy.”

Faris’s own creativity includes knitting. She still runs the Friday morning “Tea and Stitch” program where needleworkers of all stripes come together for companionship and creativity. Right now, Christine is knitting a pair of socks in moss green, rust, and French blue stripes, but she also enjoys cross-stitch and sewing. Continue reading