Conserving history: Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts in Philadelphia repairs old paper to preserve history
On April 7, Book Conservator Rebecca Smyrl was working on a special project for a library in the city. "The Free Library of Philadelphia is having an exhibit of holy books for the Pope's visit in September," Smyrl said.
For National Library Week, 17 Librarians, Past and Present, Who Made “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library” Possible
Another first for a woman on this list, Siobhan Reardon is the first woman to serve as the President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This year’s recipient of the SLJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year award, Reardon was recognized for her innovation and determination in refocusing the library’s programs for those who need it most: job seekers, entrepreneurs, new Americans, children, and people with disabilities.
Framing Fraktur: An Expanding Celebration of Art and Culture
What started internally as a relatively small-scale plan to mount a historic exhibition in the Free Library’s Rare Book Department quickly evolved into participation in a larger and more complex celebration, which has coincided with the emergence of fraktur-mania in the Philadelphia area this spring. (Written by grant writer Rachel Karasick)
A choreographer takes an opera to heart
Features photo of FLP’s Michele Tantoco
Jewish center helped many
On Tuesday, HSP will host Docs & Drinks, featuring a lecture by Judith Guston, curator and director of collections at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a document display relating to the Jewish community in Philadelphia and beyond.
12 Things to Do in Philly This Week
This free concert on Monday evening at the Free Library is presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producers' Guild. It is the series closer of the Mysterious Travelers Concert series, and the act, Three Bassists and One Drummer, is described as "a powerhouse supergroup working through the very low end of the sonic spectrum."
Free Library Comic-Con
S. Phila. refinery creates toxic air as well as jobs
NICOLE JONIEC'S biggest regret, five years after moving into a century-old townhouse in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, is that she didn't zoom out a little more when she had checked out her new address on Google Maps. Joniec, 37, who works at the Free Library, said she now feels "silly" that she didn't realize how close they would live to the ancient, sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill then owned by Sunoco and which today - with a new owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions - is booming with crude oil fracked in North Dakota.
What to see, what to do at Philly Tech Week
Not just another form of social media, LinkedIn has some major sway in the professional world. Get tips on how to make sure your account is in tip-top shape on Tuesday, April 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1910 Vine St.) in the Skyline Room.
Comic-Con for Teens
Photo gallery of Comic-Con at Parkway Central on 4/11
Four-year bridge project will close parts of Vine Street Expressway
Philadelphia Business Journal
PennDOT plans to replace the two-span structures along 22nd Street, 21st Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway/20th Street, 19th Street, 18th Street, and the Free Library and Family Court pedestrian bridges over I-676 with single-span bridges, said PennDOT.
Reading Viaduct Park—and four other exciting projects—get green light
Flying Kite Media
The funds will also ensure the completion of Lovett Memorial Library and Park in Mt. Airy, with support from the Free Library and Mt. Airy U.S.A.
Hear Philly: Philadelphia Science Festival Celebrates Five Years
The Festival includes more than 100 different events throughout the region, including at bars, restaurants, the Free Library, and the Mutter Museum — even into South Jersey. “There are 72 events for families, 16 adult programs and 19 educator workshops,” Dubinski says. We really look to cover the gamut.”
New Yorker cartoonist, TV producer and writer Bruce Eric Kaplan; then “Justified” comes to an end
In his new book, I Was a Child, BRUCE ERIC KAPLAN uses words and drawings to tell the story of his childhood in New Jersey in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It’s a touching and honest compilation of the memories of his youth and the events and experiences- large and small – that helped shaped who he is today and how he sees the world. (appeared 4/16)
Teen Poetry Slam on April 28—Free Library of Philadelphia
Calling teen poets and spoken word artists! Philadelphia high school students can participate in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Teen Poetry Slam on April 28, 4PM at the Parkway Central Library.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Astronaut Chris Hadfield logged more than 4,000 hours in space and served as commander of the International Space Station. In a 35-year career that included flying fighter jets, experimental aircraft, and the space shuttle, the colorful Canadian colonel was the first from his country to spacewalk, once broke into a space station with a Swiss army knife, and while in space built a worldwide social media following with his blog and cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity (which many of our students have seen). (will appear 4/19)
Calendar: April 15-22
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer [Judith Miller] has not only reported on her fair share of controversy, she’s been at the center of it, too. She reported on 9/11 and bin Laden, and was an anthrax letter hoax victim. She also went to jail for refusing to name her source in the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal. (appeared 3/15)
Stewart O’Nan on “West of Sunset”
In his new novel, West of Sunset, STEWART O’NAN looks at the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life. (appeared 1/15)
Book Discussion on Bad Faith
Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, talked about his book, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine, about the dangers of faith healing and the influence of non-experts in medicine. (VIDEO) (appeared 3/30)
Project HOME at Free Library
Comcast Network Philadelphia
Kickass poet Terrance Hayes flexes his voice Monday at the Free Library
Terrance Hayes makes words do acrobatics: like a lyrical dance, with twists and turns that rival the best mystery novels. Only Hayes isn’t writing mystery, he’s writing poetry that takes an existential trip through the universe. (appears 4/20)