Why We Matter
…because the Friends make a visible difference in our community. Here’s how:
Summer Reading Program – Promoting reading for all ages
The Friends sponsor free weekly family performances throughout the annual Summer Reading Club. In the summer of 2020 – over 1,000 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Club, many receiving rewards for reading. Hundreds of official Summer Reading Club t-shirts are awarded to children who complete the program. Also, more than 4,000 kids of all ages were entertained and enriched at performances specifically geared toward families and children.
Special Programs – Enhancing lives with educational opportunities
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 UDPL.
Continuing Education classes are offered regularly in various languages, Art History, and English Literature.
Museum Pass Program – Extending learning into the wider landscape
The Friends sponsor membership FREE passes for 17 local museums/arboreta. The Glencairn in Bryn Athyn awarded the UDPL with a free lifetime membership for our patrons.
The passes for the Elmwood Zoo are our most popular passes.
List of all available passes – click here. Check them out for free today!
Little Free Library at Mondauk – Giving back to the community
Courtesy of the Friends, the Little Free Library (LFL) at Mondauk Common (between the pavilion and playground off of Dillon Road) opened on September 13, 2014. Its motto is “TAKE A BOOK – RETURN A BOOK.”
What is a Little Free Library? It’s a place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its basic form, the Little Free Library is full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can too!
Additional Little Free Libraries
Also check out our other LFL’s at the following locations:
North Hills Community Center
Henry Lee Willet Park
Luther Klosterman Park
Helping ReNew the Library
In 2013, the Friends successfully completed a capital campaign to augment the UDPL’s renovation project with new furnishings, technology, and artwork, including partial support of the installation of the two new self-checkout stations in 2014.
2014 Upper Dublin Medal of Excellence
The Friends of UDPL were honored to be the recipient of the 2014 Upper Dublin Medal for outstanding non-profit organization. The Medal is awarded to a “non-profit organization or business that has contributed significantly to enhancing the opportunities for the students of Upper Dublin and improving the quality of life for township citizens.”