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Please help support the Abington Free Library and Roslyn Branch Library through the following:

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 Down Staircase 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 50th anniversary!  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 of Biblio 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