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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development



Philadelphia, June 6 2012—Libraries have always been home to great stories, but on June 20 the Free Library of Philadelphia will deliver those stories in a fun new way when it hosts a special “Living Library” event, during which customers can check out human “books” who have volunteered to share details of their personal and professional lives.

Customers can ask the human “books” questions about their lives, careers, passions, and interests during three 15-minute check-out periods. And they will have a wide range of human “books” to choose from, including: Stanford Thompson, Executive Director, Play On, Philly!; Ben Davis, airline pilot; Bill Clark, Executive Director, Philabundance; Kristin Cowperthwaite, emergency medicine physician in Camden; Tim Scally, homicide detective, Philadelphia Police Department; and Sarah Stolfa, Founder, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

“I love special events like this that really showcase the uniqueness of Free Library programming,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director, who will also be a human “book” for the event. “Our librarians and staff love to have fun and to bring great stories to life for our customers, and ‘Living Library’ is a wonderful example of them doing that in a new, creative way.”

The Free Library’s “Living Library” will be available from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Room 108 of the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street. No customer registration is required, and human “books” will be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and an up-to-date list of human ‘book” participants, please visit

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.



Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850