Free Library in the News: June 15-19, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, June 19, 2015

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ author’s new book mentioned NJ bar
Quick will make an appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch Wednesday launch “Love May Fail,” set largely in South Jersey, with key scenes at Oaklyn Manor. (appeared 6/17)


Adult GED graduation at Central
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Freeman Dyson’s ‘Dreams of Earth and Sky’
At the Free Library event, Dyson was interviewed by Drexel University physics professor and science writer Dave Goldberg. Despite the physical frailty of his 91 years, Dyson's intellect obviously remains wholly unfettered, as does his wicked but self-deprecating sense of humor. (appeared 4/21)


Here’s what the Free Library’s ‘Maker Jawn’ showed off at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire
The Free Library’s Maker Jawn program challenged Congress yesterday to see how many high-fives they could do in 20 seconds.


Branching Out 6-11-2015
Event round-up at several neighborhood libraries


The City by City Tour
City by City
editor Stephen Squibb, n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici, contributor Elias Rodriques, and Ariella Cohen from Next City will discuss the landscape of Los Angeles, the aggressive policing of Florida youth, and the future of Philadelphia. (appearing 6/22)


Profiles of some of the key participants in gay rights rally 50 years ago in Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia established a gay and lesbian collection named for Gittings in 2007.


On the Boards
The Free Library of Philadelphia has elected Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe to chair of its board of trustees. Dembe has been a judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for more than 24 years and currently sits in its Commerce Court.


This week in Philly: June 15-June 21
Literature buffs, listen up! A daylong reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses featuring excerpt readings from everyone from hardcore enthusiasts to local celebs and the everyday folk will take over a few locales within the city. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) and continues at 12:30 p.m. at Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut Streets). The day wraps up with more readings and a musical performance at the Rosenbach Museum (2008 Delancey St.) at 3 p.m.


Rachel Fryd explains the Summer of Wonder
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Philly celebrates James Joyce holiday Bloomsday
The local Bloomsday event features a daylong reading of passages from the novel by more than 75 local men and women drawn from every walk of life at three locations - the steps of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library, Rittenhouse Square, and the Rosenbach Museum & Library.


Chris Hedges: One angry man, still asking questions
In his most vociferous attack yet on the political and civic culture of America, Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, the author contends they are the sorts of issues that continue to anger Americans of all political leanings.  Hedges, 58, will discuss his book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library.


At Free Library of Philadelphia, Class Offers Tips On How to Incorporate Seasonal Produce Into Everyday Cooking
Culinary literacy took center stage at the Free Library of Philadelphia Tuesday night. The class gave people healthy and sustainable summertime cooking tips.


Mayor Nutter at Wadsworth Neighborhood Library for Summer Reading
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Bloomsday at the Rosenbach
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Gretchen Carlson Author Event at FLP
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When Foster Care Becomes a Family Affair
When the woman who would adopt Sherri and become her mother, Janice Dunn, went to the Free Library of Philadelphia, she found more than 40 articles about the baby. Even as a foster parent at the time, the retired teacher couldn’t handle the gruesome details.


N+1 writers on the influence of their hometowns
Anthology coeditor Stephen Squibb, n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici, and contributor Elias Rodriques, who currently lives in Philadelphia, will speak at the Free Library of Philadelphia on June 22. The authors chronicle how their hometowns, and the issues within, influenced them.


Neighbors on board with renovation plans as Lovett Library prepares for 2-year closure
Lovett's proposed renovations are part of the Free Library of Philadelphia's multi-million 21st Century Libraries Initiative. In June 2013, the Lovett community first learned their library had been selected along with four other neighborhood branches for the pilot phase of the FLP's modernization initiative.


To boost literacy, a push for more summer reading
Called Summer of Wonder, the citywide literacy initiative READ! by 4th kicked off its summer reading campaign against the backdrop of a mural at Alexander K. McClure Elementary School on Wednesday… READ! by 4th, a collaboration of 50 local organizations including the Free Library of Philadelphia and School District of Philadelphia, is aimed at doubling the number of students reading at grade level by 2020.


Job Fair Northeast Regional
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Book Discussion on Dreams of Earth and Sky
Freeman Dyson talked about his book of essays Dreams of Earth and Sky, in which he writes about such topics as global warming and biotechnology. He spoke with David Goldberg, professor of physics at Drexel University. (Author Events video from 4/21)


Gretchen Carlson at the Free Library
How much you'd like to know about one-time Miss America turned Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is up to you. Knowing that she has a television show (The Real Story) and an upcoming memoir (Getting Real) is about as much as I can bear, but we're different, you and I. (appears 6/23)


Calendar: June 17-24
Matthew Quick, author of the bestselling novel Silver Linings Playbook, Quick stops in Philly to discuss his latest, In Love May Fail, which follows a housewife, nun and ex-drug addict on a journey of self-discovery. (appeared 6/17)


Emily St. John Mandel
Mandel's break-out novel about Shakespearean actors wandering an America decimated by disease — is an apocalypse wrapped inside a drama tangled up in a mystery, and its genius lies in Mandel's ability to keep all the balls in the air. (appeared 6/18)


Job Fair at Northeast Regional
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