Free Library in the News: November 3-7, 2014

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, November 7, 2014

Find a book, and much more, at local library
Philadelphia Inquirer
It was at the Free Library of Philadelphia that I located, first, the river artifacts that wove their way into Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, and, next, the original stuff (the tickets, the diaries, the menus, the hotel listings, the playbills) of the Centennial Exposition that lay at the heart of my novel Dangerous Neighbors.

Free Library gets $500K federal grant to expand ‘Maker Jawn’ program
Technically Philly
The Free Library of Philadelphia got a $500,000 federal grant to expand its Maker Jawn Initiative, an after-school maker program. The grant, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will go toward creating programming for a wider audience, including adults and families, said Theresa Ramos, program development coordinator at the Free Library, through a spokeswoman.

Free Library to assist with Affordable Care Act sign-ups
Roxborough Review
The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) announced that it will be helping those in need of health insurance. Sign-ups can be done at the library during the open enrollment period from Nov. 15 until Feb. 15, 2015.

HHS Sec. touts Obamacare coverage in Philly
Philadelphia Tribune
“When you think about the Affordable Care Act, when it passed it was really about three things we needed as a nation. We needed greater access, we needed affordability and we needed greater quality,” Burwell said during the stakeholders meeting held on Thursday morning at the Free Library of Philadelphia Main Branch.

Where the wild things were: Rosenbach says goodbye to Maurice Sendak
Philadelphia Inquirer
Max and his toothy monster pals from Where the Wild Things Are were prominently displayed Sunday at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, where a collection of Maurice Sendak's original and finished works could be seen one last day.

Science Fair Fridays
This article, written by Wadsworth Children’s Librarian Chris Brown, discusses the Science Fair Friday that he and the Wadsworth team implemented during Summer Reading.

Local TV/film actor directing Asian American Film Festival
Chestnut Hill Local
With the late addition of the Martin Scorsese-produced “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” the festival will include 16 features. These will be augmented by five free programs of shorts, a web series pilot and a panoply of ancillary events. These will be held principally at the International House of Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., and the Asian Arts Initiative with a panel at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

How can parents help their kids learn to read?
The Notebook
It was also announced at the meeting that the Free Library of Philadelphia was selected as the anchor organization for the READ! by 4th campaign.

District, community work to restore heat to volunteer-run library at Mt. Airy school
Houston is one of few schools in the Northwest with a functioning library. It's open for three half-days throughout the week with each day allotted to certain grades. Volunteers sign up for shifts to help students navigate the library, conduct research, check out books and create programming around what they are learning in the classroom. Local branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia donate books to help fill the shelves. So do nearby private schools like Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Germantown Academy.

Connections: Upcoming Events for November 2014
This roundup of local events covers the small business work shop on tax planning techniques, which will take place on November 19. 

Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events
Where Traveler
With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia. Stop in throughout November for presentations, Q&A sessions and book signings with authors including Anne Rice, Eric Metaxas, and Patricia Lockwood.

Philadelphia Weekly Calendar
Philadelphia Weekly
This roundup of cultural events includes the Archer Mayor/Lynne Abraham event, the Anne Rice event, the Patricia Lockwood event, and the Central Senior Services event with NBC10/Telemundo president Eric Lerner.

Geekend Picks
This roundup of events features the Chris Van Allsburg event at Parkway Central, the Pathfinder Society event at Eastwick, and the Whole Goat Butchering workshop in the Culinary Literacy Center.

The Meaning of Human Existence—E.O. Wilson
This links to information about an upcoming showing of the EO Wilson event form October 28.

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