Free Library in the News: April 6-10, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, April 10, 2015

Art of Food: The Culinary Literacy Center
Video clip—this mini-documentary features Culinary Literacy Specialist Liz Fitzgerald and President Siobhan Reardon
For full video, click here.


Falling for Fraktur
An overview summary of the fraktur-themed Twitter Tour on April 7 by FLP, Winterthur Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Library Company, Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, and the Mercer Museum.


Drexel Announces iPad Vending Machine
Had they unveiled it a day earlier we might have thought it was a prank. Drexel and the Free Library — spurred on by the success of the school’s MacBook dispensing unit —  announced yesterday that an iPad vending machine of sorts at the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships will make a cool dozen Apple tablets available, free of charge and for four-hour stretches, to Drexel ID-brandishing students and library card-carrying residents of the neighboring Manuta and Powelton Village neighborhoods.


Drexel Launches iPad Vending Machine Program
A new twist on an old classic. Drexel University and the Free Library have introduced a new vending machine that can help propel education into the future.


Drexel’s Newest Vending Machine Dispenses iPads
“We see this partnership as building upon the success of the Free Library of Philadelphia Hot Spots and Neighborhood Library Computer Labs that bring computer access, classes and the Internet to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. “The apps downloaded on the iPads have been specifically chosen to support the digital literacy needs for children, teens and adults.”


12 Things to Do in Philly This Week
conic composer Philip Glass, who has orchestrated the scores to The Hours and Kundun, and who composed the operas Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, will be making a rare appearance at the Free Library on Tuesday (4/7).


Women on the $20 bill: Philly’s female leaders weigh in
Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of Free Library of Philadelphia
Vote: Susan B. Anthony
"I recommend Susan B Anthony first, then Eleanor Roosevelt, with Rosa Parks as a very close third. [Anthony] was a longstanding suffragette who was indefatigable in her pursuit for a woman's right to vote, in addition to her work on civil inequalities and the abolition of slavery."


10 April events for Philadelphia bookworms
Features author events including Alexander McCall Smith (4/14), Bruce Eric Kaplan (4/16), Michelangelo Signorile (4/23), and Toni Morrison (4/29).


#PhillyFive Things to Do: April 7, 2015
For a talk on the process: Minimalist composer Philip Glass comes to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) for a 7:30 p.m. talk on his memoir “Words Without Music.” (4/7)


Poetry events
The Philadelphia Poetry Festival. More than 25 literary organizations present poetry performances and explain their projects; guest poets to be announced. (Held at Parkway Central, 4/25)


Big Federal Grant to Help Link Some of Philly’s Neediest Elementary Schools with Library Service
Ten local elementary schools are using a federal grant to connect with the Free Library of Philadelphia online and in person. The two-year, $1.5 million grant gives each of the ten schools 30 iPads so that students in kindergarten, first and second grades can access e-books from the Free Library.


Investing in You: Tips for job-hunt help, from resumes to online search sites to coaching to a new suit
The first place to start the hunt is a supportive environment. That would be the Free Library of Philadelphia, both the central library at 1901 Vine St., just off the Parkway - where a job fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 on the first floor - and the regional libraries, such as the Paschalville branch, at 6942 Woodland Ave. Then there's the Free Library's year-round career center. To get there, visit the central library, walk to the marble staircase, go upstairs to the second floor, and ask for "the Workplace."


‘Diverse’ citation
[Margaret D. Stetz] also has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions related to Victorian art, literature and publishing history. She is co-curator of an exhibition currently on view at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Everything is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia.


4-Year Bridge Project to Close Parts of Philadelphia’s Vine Street Expressway
he first phase of the project is expected to last until lately July 2017 – with the exception of the time period during the World Meeting of Families when all projects will be put on hold. Phase 1 includes replacing the Family Court and Free Library pedestrian bridges, plus the 19th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street structures.


Drexel and FLP’s rental iPad Vending Machines
Video clip


$1.5 million grant provides ipads to 10 elementary schools
Audio clip


Mysterious Traveler Series 2014-15
During the summer of 2014, Leo Gadson of Producer's Guild, Adam Feldman of the The Free Library and PJP teamed up to develop a daring, new performance series: Mysterious Traveler Concert Series. The series has featured FREE monthly concerts running from September 2014 through April 2015. It has showcased a diverse array of Jazz performers who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia.


Chess club benefits students
These days, students from various schools meet at the club once a week at the Kingsessing branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, on 51st Street between Kingsessing and Chester avenues. The results of playing chess have surpassed Bui's expectations, he said: As members participate in more tournaments and travel, they have grown in a variety of ways, Bui and some chess moms say.


At the library, all is not lost
For a slideshow of images, click here. Submit Your Story" reads the banner over the 4-by-16-foot bulletin board in the HOME Page Cafe at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The invitation, to write about something lost you wish you still had, has elicited dozens of tiny slips of paper containing sad, confessional tales, some with drawings.


Branching Out 4-9-2015
Features events at various neighborhood libraries: Fumo Family, Santore, Parkway Central, Thomas F. Donatucci, and Whitman.


#PhillyFive Things to Do: April 9, 2015
For a quiz: Gather a team of (no more than five) know-it-alls for trivia at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) starting at 7 p.m. Check in starts at 6:45 p.m. There are prizes on the line here!


5 running for Pa.’s top court agree: Judicial races cost too much
The forum, hosted by a coalition of 50 nonprofits at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, showcased a collegial group of candidates who differed on abortion and the court's role in ensuring LGBT rights, but largely offered similar answers to questions. Four of the candidates on stage - Foradora, Lazarus, Superior Court Judge David Wecht of Allegheny County, and Woodruff - are running as Democrats. Allen is running as a Republican.


Pa. Supreme Court candidates talk issues at Free Library
At the Free Library auditorium in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, five of the twelve candidates were "put on trial" so to speak, taking place in an 18-question debate-style community forum.


Calendar: April 8-15
Features author events for Candice Bergen (4/9) and Judith Miller (4/15)


Smart vending machines offer more than just snacks
Drexel iPad kiosk: “Our core mission is to advance literacy in Philadelphia. There is no literacy without digital literacy nowadays,” said Sandy Horrocks, vice president of external affairs for the Free Library.


Radio Times in Review: The history of birding, insect sex, primatologist Frans de Waal
…we’ll hear Marty’s conversation with renowned primatologist FRANS de WAAL. He joined us in 2013 to discuss his book The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism among Primates, which discusses his research on primates and human morality. (appeared 4/2003)


Philip Glass, singing his own song
But it rightly touches on only the major works of his early and middle periods, gracefully leaving the reader to conclude how much the 78-year-old Glassv - who will appear at the Free Library on Tuesday evening - has changed the cutting-edge music world, how that world is run, how pieces are made and disseminated, and the value of his having saved serious music from the hegemony of modernism. (appeard 3/7)


Radio Times in Review: The Real Mad Men, da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” Attorney and Philanthropist Nikki Johnson-Huston
Also, in honor of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we’ll revisit Marty’s conversation with historian ROSS KING, who penned a detailed history of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. (appeared 4/2006)

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