Free Library in the News: April 20-24, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, April 24, 2015

New book explores jazz influence on fashion
McClendon’s research was conducted at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, the Fontanes Private Collection in Biarritz and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The book also addresses Philadelphia’s significant role in jazz history.


#PhillyFive Things to Do: April 19, 2015
For a space race: Real-life astronaut and author, Chris Hadfield, will sign his new book “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything” at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch. (appeared 4/19)


Next mayor must back long-term cultural plan
To hear the candidates' views on the future of our city's quality-of-life assets, our GroundSwell community engagement program will partner with the Philadelphia Parks Alliance to host a mayoral forum from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


People in the News
The Free Library of Philadelphia has hired John Meier as deputy director of digital strategies and information technology. He had been vice president at Meridian Enterprises.

‘Orphan Train’ brings a book-loving community together
So I'm always amazed when Philadelphia pulls off its annual One Book, One Philadelphia campaign, when the region's readers perform a literary flash mob, reading the same book and participating in coordinated events. This year, the Free Library of Philadelphia's selection committee chose "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline.


Judith Miller on WMDs: I was “accurately conveying wrong information”
Nevertheless, [Judith] Miller spent decades reporting and risking her life in war zones, and many of the armchair critics who say she has "blood on her hands" couldn't hold her pen if it was duct-taped to their fingers. These days she's trying to launch a comeback of sorts, hawking a memoir called The Story, and she deserves props for putting herself out there and risking new rounds of ridicule - like on Friday night, when Bill Maher scolded her for failing "to call bulls---t on the military-industrial complex." So I was feeling a tad kind-hearted when I interviewed her last week on stage at the Free Library of Philadelphia. (appeared 4/15)


Centennial Celebration at Paschalvill Library
Southwest Global Times
See article in most recent (April 17) issue, page 3 and continued on page 9.


Candidates talk tech at mayoral forum
NOTHING ABOUT Lynne Abraham really screams "high-tech." But, to her credit, the former district attorney was the first candidate to arrive at the Free Library last night for a mayoral forum organized by Philly.


Phila. roofs are sprouting greenery
Roof gardens are atop hospitals, office buildings, the Philadelphia Free Library, schools, and private homes.


Judith Miller tells her side of The Story
Here first-person writing—not Miller’s forte, as she underlined in a recent appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia—melds with her true obsession: reconsideration of the intricacies of reporting and intelligence gathering on terrorism and WMDs. (Appeared 4/15)


Why do they want to be mayor?
Overview of mayoral forum at Parkway Central on 4/20


Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival’s Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology
On Monday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences will present as part of the Neighborhood Science Afterschool at the Torresdale Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Science Afterschool programs at the Free Library branches are family friendly programs with hands-on experiments, animal encounters and demonstrations. They are are free and open to the public.


Andorra: Teen Reading Lounge Offers New Activities for Local Teens
For kids in Northwest Philadelphia, there is an abundance of programs, many of which are offered by local branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. According to JoAnne Woods, the teen librarian at the Andorra branch of the FLP, a big problem is a lack of activities for teenagers.


Jeff Gelles: Free Library’s E-Gadget Help Desk offers aid
The Free Library itself is a window onto the revolution. It offers access to more than 120,000 e-book titles in various formats, according to Jamie Wilson, the library's electronic-resources coordinator. That's up from 80,000 less than two years ago.


Mt. Airy community prepares for two-year closure of Lovett library
In January, the nearly 130-year-old library will be closing its doors for at least two years while the building undergoes major renovations as part of the Free Library of Philadelphia's multi million dollar 21st Century Libraries Initiative.


Kids Health Matters: Community health and literacy center
Now it's being reborn in a unique venture, incorporating a city health center, outpatient offices for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a Free Library branch and a city rec center. The goal is to improve the health of the whole community.


Cool science: Philadelphia Science Festival returns
Baking is, at its core, a very important science. Humanity depends on the correct ingredients in order to enjoy the perfect chocolate chip cookie. On Tuesday, April 28, Bake your own — and taste some results of recipe skewing — at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) for an adults-only cookie lab, starting at 6:30 p.m.


#PhillyFive Things to Do: April 23, 2015
For a tasty class: Going off of a slight variation in the typical chicken pot pie recipe, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) leads a cooking class in the Pennsylvania Dutch version of the dish — which substitutes a pastry crust with egg noodles. Class is in session beginning at 6 p.m.


Reclaiming a folk tradition—Framing Fraktur at the Free Library
In an age when computer graphics are almost entirely responsible for design, handmade birthday cards, wedding invitations, and journals are rare and special. This month, in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia presents a collection of such rarities on display in its exhibition series Framing Fraktur.


Top 10 for Thursday: 10 great upcoming Philly science festival events
Features Neighborhood Science Events at various Free Library of Philadelphia locations


Renderings: What Select Free Library Branches Will Look Like Post-Renovations
Since learning that the William Penn Foundation has endowed $25 million to the Free Library of Philadelphia for their Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, we’ve been looking forward to seeing renderings and work starting on the branches selected for the initiative’s pilot phase.


The Philadelphia Science Fest gets hands-on
Features Culinary Literacy Center event, Dinner from the Weeds


Let a master teach you the tricks of friend chicken
Erwin will share the techniques required to execute her fried chicken, through the Culinary Literacy Center at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Plenty of warning: Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at 1901 Vine Street. Theme is "Fried chicken in less than an hour."


The battle for LGBT rights with Michelangelo Signorile
While public attitudes regarding LGBT rights and marriage equality have changed dramatically in recent years, our guest MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE says the fight for full equality is a long way off. In his new book It’s Not Over , he warns that complacency threatens the movement’s future success and points to widespread homophobia that still exists in America.


Calendar: April 22-29
Features Cokie Roberts (will appear 2/27) and Toni Morrison (will appear 4/29) Author Events


Modern Music’s Debt to Philip Glass
Interview with Philip Glass at Free Library Author Event (appeared 4/7)—video clip

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