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!


Friends Focus: Cameron Dahl

Read on to learn more about one of HTFL’s fantastic reference librarians, Cameron Dahl!

Tell us a bit about yourself:
Cameron Dahl, I’m originally from Buffalo, NY and moved to Philly four years ago for
graduate school. I have a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University at Buffalo and an
MLIS from Drexel University.

What brought you to the HTFL?
I was in graduate school and was looking for a job in a library when I was hired at HTFL.

What are your primary duties at the library?
I’m a Reference Librarian. I answer reference questions and help people with research (in person and online). I also manage the music CD and DVD collections, help maintain the web site and participate in adult programming.

How long have you worked at the library?
I’ve been working at HTFL for 3 and a half years. Continue reading

Friends Focus on Anny Laepple

Our Friends Focus series will interview members of the Friends board, library staff and other important people in our community. If you have a suggestion for someone you’d like to see interviewed, don’t hesitate to contact us at!

Today’s focus is on the Youth Services Manager, Anny Laepple. Read on to learn more!

  • Tell us a bit about yourself:
    • I’m Anny Laepple and I grew up in rural Central PA. After spending my senior year of high school in Catania, Sicily – I went to The George Washington University in Washington, DC where I earned a BA in Italian Studies. I went on to get my Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science. I came to HTFL just out of library school. I live in South Philadelphia, but have also tried the Northern Liberties and West Philly! I have a Little Sister with Big Brother, Big Sisters who is 10 and I’m anxiously awaiting my first niece, who will be coming in April!
  • What brought you to the HTFL?
    • After library school in Pittsburgh I was interested in moving back to East Coast. This was the first position I interviewed for and I absolutely loved the library – I knew right away I wanted to work here!
  • What are your primary duties at the library?
    • As the Youth Services Manager, my primary duties are to serve children birth through high school and their families and caregivers! I manage the staff and budgets of the Children and Teen Departments. I also oversee purchasing all the materials you see added to our collections. Additionally I coordinate programming and publicity. Finally, I also oversee the library’s web presence – all those Facebook posts you see are from me!

  • How long have you worked at the library?
    • I’ve been at the library about 4.5 years – wow!
  • Where do you hope to see the library in the next 5 years?
    • I’d like to see the library continuing to serve as a community center for Haverford Township. I hope that we’ll always see new faces coming into the community of library lovers and that we’ll be able to serve them with the best materials and technology available! And if we could have a bigger physical space (and bigger parking lot!), I wouldn’t mind that either.
  • What book do you most cherish?
    • I don’t think I will ever love a book like I love Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak or Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Who is your hero of fiction?
    • Harry Potter!
  • Who are your favorite writers?
    • Right now I’m loving Rick Riordan and Mo Willems.
  • Name your top five:
    • Books
      • Where the Wild Things Are
      • Where the Sidewalk Ends
      • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
      • To Kill a Mockingbird
      • The Color Purple

    • Movies
      • Roman Holiday
      • Mean Girls
      • Up
      • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      • Little Miss Sunshine
    • Songs/musical groups
      • Neil Young
      • Van Wagner
      • U2
      • Madonna
      • Dar Williams
  • What is your favorite:
    • Food
      • Tacos al Pastor from Los Gallos

    • Place
      • The Caffe Wunderbar in Taormina, Sicily
    • Sport
    • Indoor Activity
      • Knitting
  • Complete this sentence: Happiness is… hand painted baby alpaca yarn, the swings in Marconi Plaza on a summer night, Without a Trace marathons.
  • Do you have any pets?
    • There are two cats at my house – Finn, who is orange and very needy and Bellatrix LeStrange who is very naughty.
  • Which is the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?
    • A whirlwind trip to Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. There were train, planes, buses, and even a ferry involved!

  • If given a choice to skip work for a day, how would you spend the entire day?
    • An early Megabus to New York, where I would buy tickets to whatever was hot at TKTS – shop, lunch, show. Perfect!
  • If you were stranded on a lonely island, what are the five things that you would want?
    • My iphone, knitting needles and yarn, a radio with NPR, sunscreen, a down pillow
  • What is your greatest extravagance?
    • Fancy, fancy yarn
  • What is your most treasured possession?
    • Two necklaces; one from each of my grandfathers. From my maternal grandmother – a heart shaped locket brought back for her from Italy by my grandfather after his time in WWII. From my paternal grandmother, a small cameo from her world travels as a young wife with her oil company husband.

Thanks so much, Anny, for taking the time to answer all our pressing questions! I hope you all enjoyed learning about one of our fabulous librarians. Next time you see her at the library, don’t forget to say hi!

Membership & Donation Update!

The Friends have made it even easier for you to join or renew your membership. Instead of being required to send or drop off a check or cash to the library, the Friends now offer Paypal as a way to pay for your annual membership!

Additional Options

We’re so proud to be able to upgrade our ability to accept payments at no cost to you. Through Paypal, you are able to securely purchase your membership as well as donate any money you see fit to the Friends. The link to renew or join the Friends is right here. And the link to send the Friends a donation (in any amount, from $0.01 to as much as you can give!) is right here. The donation button is also located in the left bar of any page on the Friends website.

For anyone unfamiliar with the site, Paypal is a secure online payment service. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promotional financing. If you use a credit card, you’ll continue to earn any rewards that card offers! In addition, you’ll save the cost of an envelope and stamp and we’ll get the money faster – allowing us great flexibility when giving money to the library. All in all, it’s a win-win and we’re so happy to be able to offer this option to you!

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If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me, Nicole Bruno (the Friends treasurer) at I generally respond within 24-48 hours and would be happy to hear from you!

Friends Focus: Richard Romejko

In this Friends Focus, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the last remaining founding member on our board. I’m very excited to introduce Richard Romejko! Beyond being a founding member, Richard is incredibly active on all fronts when it comes to Friends activities. He came up with the idea and organized the Haitian Art sale at the library last year to benefit Doctors Without Borders as well as our library. He has a great way of melding the different aspects of his life and having everyone benefit. Read on to learn more…

  • Tell us a bit about yourself.

Richard Romejko-a baby boomer who attended the Woodstock Musical Festival way back in the day.

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Welcome to the new blog from the Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library.

Our goals with this blog include:

  • Keeping you up-to-date on our events. Not just where and when–we’ll give you the inside scoop.
  • Introducing you to the Friends and the Friends of Friends. Profiling our board members, the library staff, and our business sponsors, you’ll get to know the library’s movers and shakers.
  • Cooking. We’ll be making recipes from the Friend’s cookbook to entice you to get your own copy. (Proceeds benefit the library!)
  • Giving you talking points so that you can help us advocate for the library.

Of course, our mission is to serve the community. Please let us know what you’d like to see on the blog!