The Reveal: Announcing LJ’s 2015 Movers & Shakers
Congratulations to librarians Perry Genovesi and Adam Feldman!
Chandler named 2015 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner
Congratulations to Katharine Chandler, Rare Book Department librarian, for receiving this grant to continue her research project!
Pennsylvania German fraktur comes to the fore in Philly area
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art calls it “the most comprehensive exhibition to be devoted to fraktur in over 50 years.”
Former gallery owner who built other artists gets her own show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is giving Shelley Spector her first solo museum show. The sculpture artist has been a longtime Philadelphia figure who had played a big role in raising the profile of other artists… Spector found 25 cardboard boxes archived with the Free Library of Philadelphia containing the papers of Milhous and Licthen, including personal letters suggesting Lichten and Milhous were more than colleagues. Spector assumes the two women were secret lovers.
Philly Teens Prep for College through Making and Badging
The summer before freshman year at college can be tricky—filled with anticipation, transitions, and sometimes nerves. For teens participating in a college preparation program at the Free Library of Philadelphia last summer, it was also filled with making, film production, and creating a set of badges for younger kids. With a grant from the Philadelphia Youth Network, the Free Library of Philadelphia hired 70 recent high school graduates as “teen badging specialists.” In 10 library branches in underserved neighborhoods, these recent grads—who had all been accepted to college—were tasked with creating a pilot set of digital badges highlighting skills and knowledge younger students in middle school will need to know in high school to better prepare for college.
Steven Rea’s picks: ‘Newsies’ and ‘Why Acting Matters’
Newsies: An Interactive Movie Screening (Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Thursday, 6 p.m.) Disney's 1992 musical about the 1899 Newsboys Strike, when thousands of scrappy street kids banded together to take on print magnate Joseph Pulitzer, gets a free screening at the Free Library. Learn a little Hollywood-ized history about child labor laws and newspaper monopolies, sing along to a bunch of catchy tunes, and watch Christian Bale, as leader of the hard-luck lads, rouse the rabble.
#PhillyFive Things to Do: March 9, 2015
For jams: Philly-based percussionist Karen L. Smith comes to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) to bring the jams at 7 p.m.
A Roundtable on Mayor Nutter’s Budget Plan
Mayor Nutter Apologizes Again for Trying to Close Libraries
Flash forward to this past Thursday, when Mayor Nutter, delivering his final budget to Council, voiced another mea culpa on the library fiasco. This time it was in his prepared speech. “This in fact is the decision I regret the most of my mayoral service, I want to commend City Council for the actions it took to protect library service. Council was right. We needed to find another way to save 8 million dollars during the fiscal crisis.” Nutter then shifted gears to praise his Library Chief, Siobhan Reardon, who recently won a national “Librarian of the Year” award. Ironically, it was Reardon’s idea back in 2008 to close 11 under-utilized branches.
Upcoming Classes: Philadelphia Free Library & Morris Arboretum
The first is a sauerkraut workshop next Monday, March 16 from 6-8 pm at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center. In this workshop, I’ll show you how to make a basic sauerkraut using my single quart technique. We’ll talk easy fermentation and I’ll share some of my favorite ways to use homemade kraut once you’ve got it.
Contemporary artists find resonance in old folk tradition
"Bob and Roberta Smith" is the art name of Patrick Brill, based in London. He is one of the artists in the Free Library of Philadelphia's exhibition "Word and Image: Contemporary Artists Connect to Fraktur." Spread across the first and second floors of the Main Branch on the Parkway, the show accompanies the library's exhibition of historic fraktur in the third-floor floor rare book department, "Framing Fraktur." Like most of the half-dozen artists in the show, Smith knew next to nothing of the Pennsylvania Dutch decorative tradition before he got a call from the curator, Judith Tannenbaum. He discovered an unrealized fraktur sensibility in his work.
Bright hallmarks of early German immigrants, fraktur collection goes to Philly art museum
Includes audio mentioning Free Library’s Framing Fraktur
Calendar: March 11-18
Features author events including: Jeff Benjamin (3/11), Jennifer Senior (3/12), Erik Larson (3/17), and David DeKok (3/18)
Phila. to celebrate 50 years of LGBT activism
A series of anniversary events will take place at the African American Museum, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Historical Society, Independence Visitor Center, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. A reenactment of the original Annual Reminder demonstrations will take place in front of Independence Hall on July Fourth, and a block party will be held July 5 in the Gayborhood.
Fire Damages Restaurant, Apartments and Free Library in Tioga-Nicetown
A fast-moving fire damaged a Chinese restaurant, some apartments, and a Free Library of Philadelphia location in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia.
#PhillyFive Things to Do: March 12, 2015
Not only are you in store for a viewing of “Newsies” at the Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) at 6 p.m., you’re also invited to sing, dance and learn during the film. (with video)
Museum and gallery events
Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.freelibrary.org. Andrea Krupp & Catherine Nelson: Place/Process. Free. Closes 4/10.
Atticus Lish’s “Preparation for the Next Life”
ATTICUS LISH has worked for many years as a Chinese-English translator. Previously, he held a variety of jobs: at fast food counters, a Styrofoam factory, as a construction helper, a moving man, and a receptionist. He was also a US Marine. (appeared 3/10)
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Buried Giant’ is wooden, disappointing
Memory, especially how it affects both love and loss, has long been a motif of Kazuo Ishiguro's fiction, from his Booker-winning masterpiece The Remains of the Day (1989) to his last novel, the melancholy, dystopian Never Let Me Go (2005). The novel at hand, The Buried Giant, his first in 10 years, is similarly preoccupied; however, it will likely startle his fans considerably. (appears 3/20)
7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment by Michael Harrington
Kitchen confidential Restaurateur Jeff Benjamin has been the managing partner of celebrated chef Marc Vetri's various venues for 15 years. In his book Front of the House: Restaurant Manners, Misbehaviors & Secrets, he gives an inside look at the food business (including tips on reserving tables and what it takes to get kicked out of a swank joint). He discusses his work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library. (appeared 3/11)
Bill T. Jones’ “STORY/TIME: The Life of an Idea”
In a career that has spanned more than 40 years and multiple art forms – dance, spoken word, and choreography – BILL T. JONES has never shied away from controversial topics. His work has dealt with issues of race, religion, and loss in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. (appeared 10/2014)
Radio Times in Review: Lauren Sandler, Lenore Skenazy, and Christina Baker Kline
We’ll round out the hour with Marty’s recent conversation with CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE on her novel Orphan Train. The book is the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” 2015 selection.