The Free Library's Living Library: Food and Justice Sneak Preview

By Grace R. RSS Wed, June 13, 2012

The Free Library's Living Library event will take place on Wednesday, June 20 in Room 108 of the Parkway Central branch from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. During that time, human "books" will be available to be checked out by interested attendees during three different, 15-minute "reading periods." During these sessions, the reader and book can engage each other in conversation about the book's particular stories and plots.

Ever wondered what it's like to work as a homicide detective for the City of Philadelphia? Ask Tim Scally, who will be offering up his story in our living library! One of seven children, Tim grew up in the Andorra and Roxborough neighborhoods of Philadelphia and was part of the second class of employees hired to work for the Center City District. During his time with the Center City District, Tim became an outreach worker for the homeless and ultimately became the supervisor of the Homeless Outreach program. It was while working with the Philadelphia Police Department during his time with the Center City District that Tim decided to enter the Police Academy, from which he graduated in 1995. After graduation, Tim worked in North Philadelphia's 23rd Police District before being assigned to the city's Central Detective Division in 2002. In 2006, he transferred to the Homicide Unit, where he has investigated over 400 homicides and received the Heroism Award for his work there.

Bill Clark, the Executive Director of Philabundance, was also born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School before embarking on a career in the food industry, including his ownership of WJ Clark and Co., a producer of wild rice, natural licorice, and mushroom products. Bill returned to Philadelphia to serve as the Executive Director of Philabundance in 2001. In 2005, he supervised the incorporation of the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank and Philabundance, which increased the organizations' total food distribution from 10 million to 25 million pounds. Thanks to his efforts, Philabundance now provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week.

Interested in learning more about Tim and/or Bill? Stop by the Living Library on June 20! Take a peek at all of our participants and read their stories on Flickr and read more sneak previews at!

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