Free Library in the News: June 8-12, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Mon, June 15, 2015

Why Public Libraries Matter
Beyond mere fairness, there are viable economic reasons for sustaining New York City's public libraries. In 2010, the City of Philadelphia spent $33 million on its public libraries; private donations contributed $12 million more. Subsequent to the funding, the value of an average home located within one quarter-mile of one of the city's 54 public library branches rose $9,630.


William Way LGBT Community Center Presents Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court at the National Constitution Center from June 5 through January 3
The William Way Center will co-host programs at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Independence Visitor Center, and the National Museum of American Jewish History.


Harvey Finkle: Photographer captures movement for educational equity
There have been dozens of exhibits, including at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Art and many at the Free Library, the Donnell Library in New York, and local colleges and universities.


For ‘Silver Linings’ author, South Jersey continues to inspire
Come June 17, he’ll be standing on stage at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where one of his literary heroes, Kurt Vonnegut, once stood, a fact of significance to him. (appears 6/17)


Drexel debuts a kiosk for mental health
The partners - including Screening for Mental Health, a Boston-area nonprofit that made the kiosk - are considering other locations, including the jury waiting area at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the Free Library, and a homeless shelter.


In city’s first free library, lofty goal
Philadelphia's first free library was not the Free Library of Philadelphia. Bookworms without means in the mid-19th century turned to the Philadelphia City Institute.


Kids, teens win prizes for reading this summer
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the Free Library of Philadelphia has cooked up a new summer reading program. The "Summer of Wonder" includes an online summer reading challenge and eight weeks of themed activities for children and teens.


Free Library Encourages Reading and Literacy with 2015 “Summer of Wonder” Kickoff
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Around town: The top ten reasons to raise a family in Manayunk
Another asset to our community is our proximity to the Free Library of Philadelphia (Roxborough Branch). Story times, cultural events, book clubs, homework assistance and more are frequently hosted by this active library.


Naturalization ceremony at Free Library
Video clips from:
Audio clip from KYW


PHL’s first  free library was not the Free Library of Philadelphia. Which library predated it?
In 1944, PCI joined the Free Library system, although the institute still provides substantial funding for its branch, which is located at 1905 Locust Street.


Free Library Hosts Swearing-In Ceremony for 50 New U.S. Citizens
Fifty area residents became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony today at the Free Library of Philadelphia


Oaklyn bar immortalized in author’s latest book
Quick will make an appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch Tuesday to launch "Love May Fail," set largely in South Jersey, with key scenes at Oaklyn Manor. (will appear 6/16)


A booklover’s tour of literary Philadelphia
Includes Parkway Central Library and the Rosenbach


Cooking up forgotten traditions to curb obesity, poverty
The demonstration [at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center] was part of "A Taste of African Heritage," a six-week course developed by the Boston nonprofit Oldways to teach healthy cooking aligned with a plant-based African Heritage Diet Pyramid.


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