Free Library in the News: November 17-21, 2014

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, November 21, 2014

Building the library of the future here in philadelphia
Flying Kite Media
If you think of the library and think of people at the circulation desk hissing "sshh!", then you're not in the twenty-first century, and you're certainly not in Philadelphia. Forget "no food or drinks allowed" -- this fall, activities in the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia included butchering a goat. Note: This article was picked up in Keystone Edge.


Anchors cook up a storm to ward off cancer
Philadelphia Daily News
FOX 29's Iain Page and Lucy Noland, and CBS3's Kathy Orr, cooked up a storm yesterday at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch for Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Thanksgiving Throwdown benefit.


The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Maker Jawn Initiative Receives IMLS Leadership Grant
You Media Network
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Maker Jawn Initiative has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for multi-generational Makerspaces in North Philadelphia, where we have been focusing our efforts as a YOUmedia Learning Lab, creating scalable space for youth programming. The Free Library initiative is one of only 31 projects chosen nationwide to receive a National Leadership Grant from IMLS.

#PhillyFive Things to Do: Nov. 18, 2014
For Thanksgiving treats: This time of year is especially notorious for bad decisions when it comes to the food we eat. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) is hosting a panel featuring healthy, nutritious recipes of traditional Thanksgiving menu items at 11 a.m. to help it make a little easier on you.


Learn Job Skills with Free Classes from WPSI
UC Connection enewsletter
(no digital link) The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) is partnering with the Blackwell Regional Library for two upcoming workshops designed to help job-seekers land a position. Learn skills from the pros at WPSI including tips on resume writing, job applications, cover letters, and how to make a good impression with follow-up correspondences.


A Philadelphia Library Sues Maurice Sendak’s Estate
Last week, the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia sued the estate of Maurice Sendak, which has refused to hand over a collection of rare books that Sendak’s will specified would be housed by the museum after his death, claiming that they’re technically classified as children’s books, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. 

Gloom Looms in Ford’s Latest
Publicizing his novel The Lay of the Land in 2006, Richard Ford announced that it would be "the last book I'm going to write about Frank Bascombe, so I want it to be as good as I can get it."

7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment
That guy Best known for his Emmy-nominated role as political mastermind Eli Gold on TV's The Good Wife, Alan Cumming is also a Broadway star, distinguished film character actor, singer, and writer.

Eric Dezenhall on managing crisis, scandal and reputations in this digital age
WHYY’s Radio Times
In this digital age, good news and bad news travel fast. For individuals and companies, scandal and controversy can go viral in an instant and can live forever online. ERIC DEZENHALL has spent three decades managing the reputations of people and corporations.


A conversation with novelist Richard Ford
WHYY’s Radio Times
Much to the joy of his many fans, RICHARD FORD has brought his fictional character Frank Bascombe back to life.


A Re-airing of the FLP interview
Book TV
Edward O. Wilson talks about what makes us human and what makes us supremely different from other species. He spoke about the topic, the subject of his latest book, at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Event Calendar featuring Culinary Literacy Center event
Philadelphia Weekly
Tonight’s event underscores how the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central branch plans to make excellent use of its new Culinary Literary Center, a sparkling demo kitchen aimed at both improving literacy skills and encouraging confidence in one’s culinary exploits. Singla, the mother of two girls and a former TV reporter and anchor, will give a cooking demonstration plus personalized, signed copies of Indian for Everyone to attendees.


Thanksgiving Throwdown at Culinary Literacy Center
Fox 29 News
The above link about the CLC’s Thanksgiving Throwdown ran on the Fox 20 evening news on 11/18.


Thanksgiving Throwdown at Culinary Literacy Center
The above link about the CLC’s Thanksgiving Throwdown ran on the CBS evening news on 11/18.


Charter debate rages on at SRC meeting
Daily News
The commission also voted to accept a $1.5 million grant from the federal government to partner with the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide literacy-related services to 10 schools over the next three years.


New services improving CH Library, thanks to ‘Friends’
Chestnut Hill Local
Carol Duncan became the new president of the Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library, the fourth most active branch in the Free Library of Philadelphia system, at a critical juncture in the organization’s history. Libraries are evolving from places that primarily store and circulate printed books, periodicals and media to warm, state-of-the art spaces where members of the community can not only search for, use and share digital information but can also get together to meet, chat, watch movies and engage in interesting discussions with other members of the community.


Lending a Hand
Grid Philly
On a typical Saturday morning, Sheila Washington can be found in the garden at the Haddington Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, watering flowers and teaching children about caring for plants.

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