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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.  

2014 Design-a-Bookmark Contest WinnersDESIGN-A-BOOKMARK CONTEST

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. 

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Abington Township Public Libraries

Join us Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

on the sidewalk in front of the Abington Free Library
1030 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
215-885-5180, ext. 15, abingtonfreelibrary.org

  • 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

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

Friends Executive Board for 2013-2014:
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Linda Connelly, president
Linda Jarow, vice president
Jay Freedman, treasurer
Ruth Gebhardtsbauer, corresponding secretary 
Ellen Baxter, corresponding 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 next meeting date is Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 9:30 AM. Please join us. New members are alwa

ys 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. 

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

BookCellar - The Friends' Used Book Store which benefits Abington Libraries. The Book Cellar 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!

Book Cellar Hours

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

Please come by our Book Cellar and browse through our extensive collection. We are located in the lower level of the Abington Township Public Library, next to the Children’s Department. All of our books, movies and music are for sale at bargain prices!

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Pile of books - hardback novels!

News & Views of the Friends of Abington Libraries from the Winter 2013-14 Ab Lib

Learn about our activities: Call 215-885-5180, ext. 36.

The Friends meet in the Community Room of Abington Library. Our next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9:30 a.m. Please join us to learn more about the Friends and how you can help.

The Friends Fall Book and Flower Sale was a great success. Thanks to all who purchased books and the beautiful mums, asters and daisies.

Congratulations and thanks to all who made a scarecrow for the Friends third annual Scarecrow Contest. We had eight creative entries this year. The scarecrows attract lots of attention, especially from our young patrons. We appreciate all who took the time to vote. First place ($75) went to Emily, Julia, Susan and Ed Schumacher-Kelly for the “Loracrow.” Second place ($50) to Laura, Melanie and Emily Machuca for the “Tin Man.” Third place ($25) to Stacy, Paige and Claire Pitcairn for “Willy Wonka.”

The Friends are selling the “Book Lover’s Calendar for 2014” in the BookCellar and at the circulation desks at Abington and Roslyn Libraries. Cost is $6.50. These calendars make great gifts, especially for book club members.

Thank you to all who donated and purchased baked goods for our Election Day Bake Sale, Nov. 5.

Each year the Mimi Zabel Silent Jewelry Auction is held during the month of November. We truly appreciate the generosity of our patrons, library staff and Friends members who donate their jewelry to this event.

The Friends have a bulletin board by the copy room on the main floor of Abington Library. Check it out for information and pictures regarding Friends activities.
A special thanks to all who supported the Friends of the Abington Libraries annual appeal. We continue to receive donations, and all monies raised benefit both the Abington and Roslyn libraries.

Be sure to visit our BookCellar, located in the lower level of Abington Library. All our books, DVDs, videotapes and music are on sale at bargain prices. We have a great collection of childrens and young adult books. Sign our e-mail list to be notified of special sales. BookCellar hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, noon-4 p.m.; Wednesday, noon-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations are gratefully accepted at the Circulation Desk. Donated books should be in good condition.

- Linda Connelly, president, The Friends of Abington Township Public Libraries

Give the gift that keeps on giving - BOOKS!


The Friends of Abington Libraries Bookstore, Downstairs next to the Children's Department, Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington, PA  19001. 

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

Book Cellar Hours

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





Upcoming Friends Events

Event Event datesort descending Location
Friends’ Flea Market, Book and Spring Plant Sidewalk Sale 04/26/2014 - 9:30am to 3:00pm Abington
The Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur 05/03/2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friends' Meeting 05/10/2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am Abington
Bakers Needed - Election Day Bake Sale 05/20/2014 - 9:30am to 8:00pm Abington