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Friends of Abington Libraries

The Friends raise funds for and foster public awareness of the Abington Township Public Libraries. If you wish to join us and volunteer, please go to the Library Office and fill out a Volunteer Application form, or call 215-885-5180, ext. 36.  

Friends Of The Abington Township Public Library

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Visit the BookCellar Used Book Store on the lower level of the Abington Free Library.
Bookcellar Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri.: noon - 4 p.m., Wed.: noon - 8:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Fall mums and books!FALL BOOK AND PLANT SIDEWALK SALE: Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Abington Library (rain or shine). All books will be half price. Colorful mums will be on sale.

SCARECROW CONTEST: month of October. Create a scarecrow resembling a character from your favorite children’s or young adult book. Entry forms and contest rules will be available at the Circulation Desk and on the website. Scarecrows will be displayed in the lobby of Abington Library.

MIMI ZABEL JEWELRY SILENT AUCTION: month of November. This is a great opportunity to purge your jewelry box of items you no longer wear and benefit your library. Please drop jewelry donations at the Circulation Desk, at your earliest convenience. Last year we raised $2,351; your donations will help us beat that total this year!

ELECTION DAY BAKE SALE: Tuesday, Nov. 4. Contributions of home-baked goods are needed for this event and will be greatly appreciated. 

Friends Executive Board for 2014-2015:

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Elizabeth Christian, President
Ellen Baxter, Vice-President
Terry Biansco, Corresponding Secretary
Jay Freedman, Treasurer
Ruth Gebhardtsbauer, Recording Secretary

Friends Meeting Dates: 

Meetings are held on the second Saturdays of February, May, September and November at 9:30 a.m. The Friends meet in the Community Room in the lower level of the library. Our meeting dates are Saturdays at 9:30 am:

September 13, 2014
November 8, 2014
February 14, 2015
May 9, 2015

Please join us. New members are always welcome. We are looking for new fund raising ideas so please bring your suggestions. Coffee, tea, and cake are available. Enjoy socializing with other Friends members. 

Join the Friends

Donations of time and money, however small, are always welcome. If you would like to officially join the Friends (membership levels start at $10.00) ask for a membership form at the library. You may send your tax deductible donation to:

The Friends of the Abington Township Public Library
1030 0ld York Road, Abington, PA 19001-4530

Give the gift that keeps on giving - BOOKS!


The Friends' Used Book Store which benefits Abington Libraries. The BookCellar is located on the Lower Level of Abington Free Library. Please come by and browse through our extensive collection. All of our books, movies and music are for sale at bargain prices!

Friends phone: 215-885-5180, ext. 36. All proceeds benefit the Abington Libraries’ Book Fund. 

BookCellar Hours

Days Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday noon - 4 p.m.
Wednesday noon - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Mimi Zabel Jewelry AuctionThe Friends of the Abington Libraries’ 

Mimi Zabel “Silent” Jewelry Auction

Bid for jewelry for yourself or as a gift
Month of November in the Abington Free Library Display Case

  1. Look at the jewelry in the Library Display Case,
  2. Find the page in the bidding book for the item by its number.
  3. Write down in the bidding book: 
  • the amount you wish to bid,
  • your name
  • address and
  • phone number

   4. Those with the highest bid will be called to purchase their jewelry at the beginning of December.

Bidding closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. 

You will be notified by phone, December 1st, after 3 p.m. if you have won the bid on an item.
Jewelry will be available for pick up at the Circulation Desk from December 2nd on.

Special thanks to all those individuals who generously donated jewelry for this auction.

All proceeds benefit the Abington Libraries.

Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington, PA, 215-885-5180, ext. 36
Let us turn your jewelry into books!



Pile of books - hardback novels!

News & Views of the Friends of Abington Libraries from the Fall 2014 Ab Lib

Learn about our activities: Call 215-885-5180, ext. 36, or go to abingtonfreelibrary.org/about-us/friends
The Friends are a group of volunteers dedicated to fostering public awareness of the Abington Township Public Libraries and to supporting, through a variety of fund-raising efforts, the Libraries’ mission to provide the best possible resources for the community.

If you’d like to learn about our activities, go to abingtonfreelibrary.org/about-us/friends; or call 215-885-5180, ext. 36; or speak with one of our members.

The Friends meet in the Community Room on the lower level of Abington Free Library. Our next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9:30 a.m. New members (and new ideas) are always welcome. Please join us and bring your suggestions! Coffee, tea and pastries are provided. Additional meeting dates are Nov. 8, Feb. 14 and May 9.

Friends Executive Board for 2014-2015:
Elizabeth Christian, President
Ellen Baxter, Vice President
Terry Biansco, Corresponding Secretary
Jay Freedman, Treasurer
Ruth Gebhardtsbauer, Recording Secretary

HOW CAN YOU HELP THE FRIENDS? Donate (in good condition please) books, movies, audio books, music and jewelry. Support our annual appeal in June. Become a member, share your ideas and help with Friends activities.

Last year the Friends donated $41,000 to the libraries, and an additional $12,000 to the very worthwhile Adult Literacy Program. We are grateful to all of you who support the BookCellar and other fund-raising activities. Please remember to return your annual contribution form. Many thanks to those who have already contributed!

- Liz Christian, President, The Friends of Abington Township Public Libraries

Bake Sale

Friends’ Election Day Bake Sale May 2014 (Next Bake Sale is November 4.)

We had quite a turn out of delicious baked goods, including an over-the-top Hummingbird Cake, delightful cupcakes, and cookies galore. Because of your efforts, both baking and buying, the Friends were able to give $223.00 to the Abington and Roslyn Libraries!

Thank you!

Friends’ Flea Market, Book and Spring Plant Sidewalk Sale

Friends’ Flea Market, Book and Spring 2014 Plant Sidewalk Sale

Winner of 50/50 is Susan Schmid $93.50 total taken in was $187.00.
Winner of Basket from Whole Foods is Debbie DeKalb.
Many thanks for all your help with this event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Abington Township Public Libraries

Was Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the Abington Free Library.

  • Colorful spring flowers for planting.
  • Used books on a variety of topics provided by the BookCellar Half-priced for the Sidewalk Sale!
  • Children’s Activities
  • Teen Advisory Board's Bake Sale benefiting the Teen Summer Reading Challenge
  • A Flea Market featuring jewelry, household items, Avon products, Thirty-One Gifts, Mary Kay products, PartyLite Candles, American Girl doll clothes, and much more will be held on the upper parking lot. Philly Soft Pretzels and water will be available for purchase. 
  • Kids, come for a fun face painting at the AB-TAB table (Abington Free Library’s Teen Advisory Board)

We'll accept Flea Market Vendor applications up until Friday, April 25, 2014.

Get a Flea Market Vendor application which you can type into online and print, or pick one up at Abington Free Library. 
All proceeds benefit Abington Township Public Libraries

Design-A-Bookmark Contest

2014 Design-a-Bookmark Contest Winners

This year marked the 6th annual Design-a-Bookmark contest sponsored by the Friends. 

This year’s theme was Lives Change@Your Library (the National Library Week 2014 theme). The judges reviewed the 57 entries from 45 children and selected one winner for each grade: kindergarten through sixth grade, junior high and senior high. 

The winners were honored at a dessert reception on April 7, 2014 and many family members, friends, and neighbors of the winners attended. Each winner received an award certificate, their original art framed, and a $5 coupon to the BookCellar, as well as bookmarks with his or her winning designs. 

In addition, the winning bookmarks are available for library patrons to pick up at the children’s department. The Friends look forward to sponsoring this highly successful event next year. 





Upcoming Friends Events

Event Event datesort descending Location
Friends' Meeting 09/13/2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am Abington
Bakers Needed - Election Day Bake Sale 11/04/2014 - 9:30am to 8:00pm Abington
Friends' Meeting 11/08/2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am Abington
Friends' Meeting 02/14/2015 - 9:30am to 11:00am Abington
Friends' Meeting 05/09/2015 - 9:30am to 11:00am Abington