The Best Bibliophile Retreat and Free Library in the News: July 20-24, 2015

By Samantha M. Tue, July 28, 2015

Top Press Mention in the News:
Best of Philly
Philly Mag
The Rosenbach of the Free Library won the Best of Philly award for the Best Bibliophile Retreat! The Rosenbach has a world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, ephemera, and artifacts. We're thrilled to be affliated! Be sure to stop by The Rosenbach to visit and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

More Press:
Digital Divide: At least 1.1 million Pennsylvania homes lack Internet
Kameren Hurley, 20, visits the Free Library of Philadelphia branch on 40th and Walnut streets to use the free Wi-Fi to search and apply for jobs. Note, this story was picked up in additional publications, including The Pittsburgh Courier.

VIDEO: Students have shockingly good time during Science in the Summer at Andorra library
Roxborough Review
 It was a shockingly good time for students at the Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. A total of 22 students participated in the GSK Science in the Summer program — a free, fun, experiment-oriented science enrichment program. “It’s the fun part of science,” said instructor Jonathan Nguyen. “Exploring things that are magnetic.”

Hill Library holds first StoryWalk for children
About 65 children and adults giggled and smiled as Lynne Hasse, the children’s librarian at  the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill Branch, invited them to participate in the library’s first StoryWalk held on July 9.

Summer reading program comes to Northwest rec centers
The Philadelphia Tribune
According to Haywood’s communications office, READ! By 4th is a local effort of the Free Library of Philadelphia and 50-plus partners, with a “goal to increase the number of students in Philadelphia entering the fourth grade at reading level by 2020.”

Autism/Austismo: Films Reach Diverse Audiences with Families’ Personal Stories
Krivit and her Drexel student collaborators are next due to release the film “Autism for Hispanic and Latino Families.” It will premiere at two events at Free Library of Philadelphia branches in North Philadelphia and South Philadelphia. This video is in both English and Spanish, with subtitles.

Book Discussion on The Theft of Memory
Jonathan Kozol talked about his book The Theft of Memory, in which he remembers the life of his father, Harry Kozol, a neuropsychiatrist who self-diagnosed his Alzheimer’s disease. (Video from Author Event on 6/15)

Michael Oren Interviewed by Daniel Pipes
Video clip and transcript of Michael Oren’s Author Event (6/24)

Gifted funnyperson writer Caitlin Moran hits the Free Library on whirlwind U.S. visit
Philadelphia Inquirer
Moran, who will speak Thursday at the Free Library, is cobbling together a cool, fresh way of thinking the future into being.

The UK’s funniest feminist comes to Philadelphia
City Paper
Who is Caitlin Moran? According to the library's website - "The UK's answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one" (Marie Claire), Caitlin Moran introduced herself to an American audience with her New York Times bestselling debut, How to Be a Woman."

Philadelphia Weekly Calendar
Philadelphia Weekly
Get an inside look at the mind of lawyer, professor, political commentator and U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Gary Hart. (Appeared July 21).

Philadelphia Weekly Calendar
Philadelphia Weekly
This week’s issue spotlighted the upcoming Kathy Reichs and Frank Wilczek appearances.

Thomas Chimes and Mari Shaw — a Philadelphia story
Chimes asked Shaw to record some of his ideas after his death, and she has. Thomas Chimes: Artist and Pataphysician (Marquand Books, Seattle: 2016, ISBN 978-0-9815762-6-8) is the result of years of intensive work. (Appeared July 16)

Recession-busting Philly Travel Tips from the Owner of Philly’s Most Affordable Food Tour
Taste of Philly Food Tour
The air-conditioned Free Library of Philadelphia’s schedule of evening author events living up to the free in its name continues through the summer. Notable free appearances include Franklin Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin and now Ronald Reagan biographer H.W. Brands on June 4, Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick on June 17 and Genius Recipes editor Kristen Miglore on July 14.

Branching Out
South Philadelphia Review          
This roundup of programs at the Free Library focuses on Parkway Central and the Charles Santore, Fumo Family, Queen Memorial, Thomas F. Donatucci, and Whitman libraries.

The City That Penn Built
A visitor to Philadelphia today trying to navigate the city using Penn’s 1683 map would be struck by one key difference: the Ben Franklin Parkway. A wide scenic boulevard which cuts diagonally across northwest center city from Love Park to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Parkway is home to many of Philadelphia’s most impressive sights, including the Free Library, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Barnes Foundation

Free Library Press
Free Library Press

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