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Why Do We Matter?

We matter because The Friends make a visible difference in our community. Friends members make a difference for library users. Below are some examples.

Members of The Friends are local residents who, like you, recognize that the Horsham Library has much to offer our community and want to support it. To become a Friend, complete and submit a membership form.

Summer Reading Program – Promoting reading for all ages

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The Summer Reading Program is a major focus for the fundraising done each year by the Friends. The theme of this summer’s 2022 Summer Reading Program was Oceans of Possibilities and ran from June 27 – August 26, 2022. 517 people participated, including children, teenagers and adults and they spent over 467,000 minutes in reading. The program was run primarily through the Beanstack application. There were over 2000 people who attended various
in-person programs through the summer. Successful programs included the Adult Water Color program called Under-Watercolor with Taylor, along with Family Craft Night and Family Night featuring Eyes of the Wild, Adventure Aquarium, and Kid’s Interactive Theatre. Friday Fishies and Out Door Story Times were other Summer Reading Program offerings. Prizes were awarded to lucky Summer Reading winners. This year’s summer program concluded with a free bike helmet distribution and the ever-popular Kona water ice treats.

Special Programs – Enhancing lives with educational opportunities

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Thousands of people enjoy Friends-sponsored events every year. From family programming to hands-on teen events to engaging and informative discussions and lectures for adults, there’s something for everyone at the Horsham Library. Several new author visits and events are in the planning stages for 2022.

Museum Pass Program – Extending learning into the wider landscape


The Friends sponsor membership FREE passes to several local museums, arboreta and a zoo. As our community begins to scale back on the need for pandemic mitigations, the Friends will be offering additional museum pass opportunities.

The Horsham Library currently offers the following Museum Passes:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (2 adults and 5 children per pass)

  • Elmwood Park Zoo (2 passes; 2 adults, 6 children each)

  • Eastern State Penitentiary (6 people)

  • John James Audubon Society (2 adults, 4 children)

  • Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle (2 people)

  • Museum of the American Revolution (2 adults, 4 children)

  • Mütter Museum (4 people)

  • National Constitution Center (2 adults, 4 children)

  • Pearl S. Buck House (2 adults, no limit on children)

  • Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum (2 people)

The Friends fund the purchase of these museum passes.  Each museum offers free admission; the number of people is determined by them.  Passes are checked out for 3 days; they cannot be reserved or renewed. 

Check out this video that describes how you can use the museum passes.

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Museum Pass Info
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