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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 2024 Summer Reading Program is Adventure Begins At Your Library and runs from June 17 – August 9, 2024. Spiderman and Bluey visited on Kick-Off Day (June 14). The program will again be run primarily through the Beanstack application, but people can also participate using a paper copy of the Challenge that is available at the library. The program is open to children and adults, and prizes for kids, teens, and adults are available. This year’s grand prize is a Nintendo Switch Lite – a hand-held video game console.

 

As always, the 2024 Summer Reading Program features many activities and programs for kids, adults, and families. There are art projects, book clubs, games, and quiz challenges for different age groups. Senior movies, including Bob Marley: One Love, American Fiction, and The Boys in the Boat will be shown on Wednesday each month.

 

There are also special presentation such as the Dinosaur Adventure Show, Bollywood Dance Class, Eyes of the Wild Animal Rescue, Improv Comedy Basics class, Andrew’s Big Show (a variety show), and the Talewise Science Show. These presentations require registration. You can read more about them on the Library’s website.

 

The closing party will be held on August 9 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Free water ice will be available, provided by Rita’s Warrington. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon and finish up the Summer Reading Challenge!

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, more gardening presentations, and other events are in the planning stages for 2024.

Museum Pass Program – Extending learning into the wider landscape

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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)

  • Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve (2 adults and accompanying children)

  • 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)

  • 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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