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



Abington Township Public Library (ATPL) gratefully and willingly accepts donations as long as givers place no restrictions on their use or disposal. We accept three reasonably sized, non-commercial bags or small boxes of donated material per person whenever the Libraries are open. A tax receipt form is available for anyone who donates items.

Acceptance of gifts for inclusion in the collection is determined by the acquisition librarians on the basis of their suitability in accordance with the Library’s materials selection policy. Donated materials, if added to the collection, are subject to the regular retention policy. The Library has the right to sell, trade, or dispose of any gifts that do not meet the selection policy criteria. Gifts become the exclusive property of the ATPL and will not be returned to the donor. The Library does not appraise gift values, recommend professional appraising, nor provide lists of donated materials.

The Library Does Not Accept:

  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Textbooks
  • Comic books
  • Coverless paperbacks
  • Books in poor physical condition (i.e. water damaged, smelly, mildewed, etc.)
  • Magazines
  • Travel books over five years old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Toys or Games
  • VHS Tapes
  • Audiocassettes
  • Vinyl records

Abington Township Public Library accepts monetary gifts in memory or honor of a family member or friend. A book with a commemorative bookplate will be placed in the collection in honor/memory of that person. Donors are encouraged to suggest a general topic of interest rather than specific titles. The librarians will make every effort to comply with the donor’s request, but reserve the right to make the final decision.

Thank you! 

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 November 2017  

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
President, Board of Trustees                  Executive Director