Why We Matter
…because the Friends make a visible difference in our community. Here’s how:
Capital Campaign – 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.
Little Free Library at Mondauk – giving back to the community
Courtesy of the Friends, the Little Free Library (LFL) at Mondauk Park opened for use 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!
The LFL is located at Mondauk Park near the pavilion and the playground off of Dillon Road.
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.
Summer Reading Program – promoting reading among all ages
The Friends sponsor free weekly family performances throughout the annual Summer Reading Club. In the summer of 2014, over 1,200 Summer Reading Club participants of all ages received rewards for reading. Hundreds of official Summer Reading Club t-shirts are awarded to children who complete the program.
Museum Memberships – extending learning into the wider landscape
The Friends sponsor membership passes for 10 local museums/arboreta. The newest ones are for the Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown. The Glencairn in Bryn Athyn awarded the UDPL with a free lifetime membership for our patrons.
The passes for the Morris arboretum and the Elmwood Zoo are our most popular passes.
Other passes include the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill and the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.
Check them out for free today!
2014 Upper Dublin Medal of Excellence
The Friends of UDPL are 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.”