Free Library in the News: June 22-26, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, June 26, 2015

An interview with Steve Landstreet
From the latest Music Library Association Newsletter
Besides having co-workers in the Music Department and the Fleisher Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia that I've really enjoyed working with, I was lucky to be in a library that has large and deep special collections. (Steve retired from FLP after working in the music department for more than 21 years)


6-21 Insight Free Library of Philadelphia Summer of Wonder
Audio clip—Rachel Fryd interview


Free: Story Art at Sister Cities Park
Join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Free Library of Philadelphia for a nature-inspired story and craft.


Gretchen Carlson Author Event
Video clip (Carlson appeared 6/23)


Fund to ensure impact of visit
"Pope Francis says it's not enough to be emotionally moved by those who are struggling," said Sister Mary Scullion, chairman of the committee, in an interview last week. "We have to be moved to act in some concrete way." Scullion, executive director of the anti-homelessness group Project HOME, is scheduled to join Jones, committee members, and representatives of area charities at the news conference outside the Free Library of Philadelphia at 1901 Vine St.


On the Boards
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation has appointed Benito Cachinero-Sánchez to its board of directors. Cachinero-Sánchez is senior vice president of human resources at DuPont.


Dave Burrell’s Take on Robert E. Lee and Lincoln
From 2010 to 2015, composer and pianist Dave Burrell wrote 24 works inspired by his study of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection of Civil War documents and photos.


Gretchen Carlson Author Event Q&A
Video clip (Carlson appeared 6/23)


Pope Francis visit to Philly spurs initiatives to help poor, hungry, homeless
Committee members launched the three-pronged initiative at a news conference Monday in front of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The site is not far from where Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass with an estimated 2 million people cramming onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- a place where many of the city's homeless sleep on benches under the trees that line the boulevard.


Road Show: Stephen Costello in Philadelphia
Costello also advises music-lovers to check out the the central branch of the Library of Philadelphia, at 19th and Vine, “which has an amazing music section.”


Zachariah OHora, author and illustrator, visits Lillian Marrero Neighborhood Library! (Things to Do in Philadelphia)
Join us for a special visit with Zachariah OHora, author/illustrator of Stop Snoring Bernard, Wolfie the Bunny, My Cousin Momo, and the illustrator of this year’s Free Library of Philadelphia Summer Reading materials.


Germantown’s Library Struggles to Stay Open for the Summer
Members of the Germantown community and library staff gathered in the meeting room of the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library on Wednesday to come up with a contingency plan for the neighbhorhood to deal with what looks like a library-less summer.


Library Content Platform Hoopla Digital Adds DC Comics
hoopla digital, the digital library content distributor, expands its offering of digital comics in a deal with DC Entertainment. hoopla digital has partnerships with more than 800 public library systems across North America including Los Angeles Public Library, Miami-Dade Public Library, Nashville Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia and St. Louis County Library.


Free Library Hosts Two Israeli Authors
Visitors to the central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia could be forgiven if they thought that this was Israeli Culture Week. In addition to a cooking class on Monday night on the art of Israeli salads, two Israeli authors, Michael Oren (appeared 6/24) and Etgar Keret (appeared 6/25), appeared at the institution this week to discuss their new memoirs.


Radio Times in Review: Former skinhead Frank Meeink, historian Allen Guelzo, author MK Asante
Lastly, we’ll listen to Marty’s interview with author, filmmaker and professor, MK ASANTE. He is currently on a speaking tour, and recently received a Sundance Feature Film Program Grant to adapt his best-selling memoir into a feature film. (appeared 8/2013)


Calendar: June 24-July 1
Walter Mosley is the bestselling author of more than 40 books, including Little Green and Bad Boy Brawly Brown. In And Sometimes I Wonder About You, Mosley introduces us to NYC gumshoe Leonid McGill. Mat Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed novel, Pym—a satirical fantasy about race and Edgar Allan Poe—discusses his latest, Loving Day. (will appear 6/29)

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