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Dear Patron of Abington Township Libraries:
“For a documentary about a library, that movie didn’t have a whole lot to say about books.”
So remarks one viewer of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, according to a film review by Tim Markatos in The Weekly Standard.
“An existential question underlies Ex Libris: What are libraries for?” writes Markatos. For most public libraries, he says, the answer to that question is “decidedly ... democratic.”
“Libraries exist to further the enlightenment and well-being of the public; it’s less important that a library’s stacks be comprehensive than that its spaces extend equality of access to everyone, regardless of class or profession.”
We hope you’ll agree that Abington Free Library and the Roslyn Branch perfectly fit that definition.
The Library’s diligence in offering so much more than books was sorely tested this year with the failure in July of the main branch’s aged HVAC system, which was scheduled to be replaced in the fall. While the Library staff and Township management worked to move up the new installation, temporary coolers could not fully allay the heat and humidity. The result: too many early closures, and too many program cancellations. We regret the inconvenience this caused to all of our loyal patrons, and are happy to report the system is back at full operation.
And none too soon, as the demands on our libraries, and the innovative programming produced by our imaginative staff, continue apace. A quick scan of the Library website www.abingtonfreelibrary.org, offers a hint of what’s on offer over just a few days in November: the continuing Adult Literacy program; Doggone Good Readers; Baby Days; Socrates Café; the Ruth and Robert Abel Memorial Book & Film Discussion series; college application and financial aid programs; Stitch & Chat; the Teen Creative Writing Club; Invention Station; Sunday’s on Monday (for crossword puzzle fans!); Family Fun Nights, and the Aktion Club. I could go on, but you get the idea!
Speaking of documentaries and the Aktion Club (a Kiwanis program for adults with disabilities), Abington Library served as the meeting place for the couple profiled in Dina, which won Best Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and is now in theaters.
But, like the observer of Ex Libris, we return to books. Abington Library was pleased to host two recent author forums, with Janet Benton reading from her compelling historical novel Lilli de Jong, and former Congressman Joe Hoeffel speaking on his book Fighting for the Progressive Center in the Age of Trump. Discussion was lively and engaging. These events, as do the host of all other Library offerings, demonstrate that your Abington Township Public Libraries indeed meet the challenge “to further the enlightenment and well-being of the public.”
If you agree, we ask that you again consider the Abington Township Public Libraries in your year-end gift-giving plans. Contributions may result in tax benefits for you if made by the end of the year. Your past support is most appreciated, and we hope you will continue that support, to help ensure that the Abington Township Public Libraries remain an exemplary community resource. See you around the stacks!
Thomas E. Tyler Nancy Hammeke Marshall