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Abington Township Commissioners engaged the first Library Director and supported the creation of Abington Township Public Library (ATPL) in 1966 and, subsequently, the incorporation of the Roslyn Branch in 1967.  The Commissioners, along with township residents, have faithfully supported ATPL for 50 years.

ATPL provides valuable services that enrich our community through the pursuit of information, knowledge, creativity, and many other forms of individual expression.

The Library, with the support of the governing body and community it serves, has sought to expand its critical role in the life of the Township by providing innovative and essential services to meet the ever-changing and expanding needs of its clientele.

Join us in celebrating 50 years!

Discovery Garden in its first year

Discovery Garden Progress

Abington Free Library’s Discovery Garden Dedication was on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.  See photos here! | See videos here! 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Abington Libraries, the Friends of Abington Libraries have created a Discovery Garden that features a landscaped courtyard and commemorative pavers. 

Please stop by the Discovery Garden or see photos online here 

Thank you for your generous donation and for joining us in our celebration of Abington and Roslyn Libraries’ first 50 years.

See the construction and planting for the Discovery Garden's first year.

We've got plans for year 'round color for now and for more plantings for years to come.

Click here for the latest photos.   


Abington Library's 50th Anniversary Cake - Find it in Children's Department!

On January 13, 2016 (our birthday) and on the 13th day of every month in 2016,

we will be hiding a picture of this
celebration cake
in the Children’s Department.

When you find the cake
come to the Children’s Information Desk
and tell us where it is hidden.

You will receive a prize.  


Display Case at Abington Free Library:

January 2016 commemorating Trustees and Directors

February 2016 featuring the Children's Department

March 2016 featuring the Roslyn Branch Library

April 2016 featuring Our Volunteers

May 2016 featuring Looks, Books and Hooks of '66

June 2016 featuring Building Changes to Abington Free Library

July 2016 featuring the Abington and Roslyn Libraries Book Cart Drill Team in Glenside's 4th of July Parades

August 2016 featuring Technical Services

September 2016 featuring Library Changes

Photos: Jim Marshall, Rick Guyton and John Gallagher hanging the banner

Birthday Party on January 13:  See the videos | See the photos | More photos | CBS Philly report | Listen to KYW to hear the report today

On January 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Township Building, Wayne C. Luker, President, Board of Commissioners, read a proclamation celebrating the Library. | Times Chronicle article Jan. 24, 2016

Dear Library Friend and Patron,  

January 1966

No, that’s not a misprint.  Why does this letter open with that simple date? Lyndon Johnson was president, We Can Work It Out by the Beatles topped the radio charts, and the book Up the DownStaircase opened our eyes about life at an urban high school.  It was also the month that the Abington Township Public Library first opened its doors!  Our location was on York Road, but in the lovely columned building where Jenkintown Library stands today.  (Close observers can still see The Abington Library etched in stone above the entrance.)  Even then, Abington Library was poised for success, as we outgrew our first site and moved to our present location only five years later.

Fast forward to January 2016, when our beloved and energetic Library will celebrate its 50thanniversary!  Through it all, Abington’s two libraries – Abington Free Library and Roslyn Branch, which joined the system in 1967 – have been an unrivaled source of materials, literacy education, programming, technology, and other services that, frankly, nobody could have predicted 50 years ago.  Our unparalleled Library staff is planning a full year of celebration and programming, based on the theme “Check out the Future!”  With this annual appeal to you, our valuable friend and patron, we invite you to “check out” the imaginative and innovative future your libraries have in store.  And part of that future will include a campaign by our Friends of the Library to create a garden in front of the library, for reading, rest or meeting friends.  Click here and you will find more information about that garden, as well as the opportunity to help by purchasing a commemorative paver.

Last summer, Library Director Nancy Hammeke Marshall gave each Library Board member a copy ofBiblio Tech:  Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, which has become our road map for envisioning our Library’s future.  The author, John Palfrey, makes the compelling case that local libraries matter now more than ever:

“Libraries must ensure that they function as both cultural and learning environments…The sweet spot for libraries will be where the physical and the digital – where fun and learning – come together.  Neither the analog nor the digital alone is sufficient in cultural and intellectual life.  People are moving away from physical objects, by and large, as sources of discovery and information.  But the need for human interaction – for humanity in the broadest sense – has never been greater.  Libraries can thrive at precisely this intersection.”

As 2015 ends and we look forward to our 50th anniversary year, we again ask that you consider the Abington Township Public Library in your year-end gift-giving plans.  You could see a tax benefit if you donate by the end of the year.  Thank you for your continued support in helping to ensure that Abington’s libraries remain the thriving, responsive and innovative community resources your know them to be, now, and for another 50 years! 


Thomas E. Tyler, President, Board of Trustees 

Nancy Hammeke Marshall, Executive Director

Written in November 2015 

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, Abington Township Public Library celebrated its 50th Anniversary with cupcakes and song throughout the day. At 10:30 a.m.  we welcomed a preschool class from Abington Presbyterian Church and listened to them sing Happy Birthday. They gave us Book Buddies that they had made. Find them all over the Libraries! At 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. we were treated to song by local library talent.   See the videos! | See the photos! | More photos! | CBS Philly report! | Listen to KYW to hear the report today!

On January 14, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.in the Board Room of the Township Building, 1176 Old York Road, Wayne C. Luker, President, Board of Commissioners, read a proclamation celebrating the Library.