Free Library in the News: July 27-31, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Tue, August 4, 2015

Top Press Mention in the News:

Poet Sonia Sanchez’s life gets film treatment
Check out this film about the life of Philadelphia poet extraordinaire and Free Library Board of Trustees member Sonia Sanchez!


More Press:

Weekly Entertainment Guide--Travel through Time
On display at the Free Library of Philadelphia is Kollner's View: Philadelphia and Beyond in the 19th Century, watercolors of Philadelphia locations by the German-born artist Augustus Kollner (1813-1906), who settled in Philadelphia in 1840 and spent the next 50 years producing lithographs and watercolors as he traveled throughout the region.

Early American Annuals of The Sleeping Beauty
Article written using information from a program in the Music Department’s program file—Article is on page 35 in the text (page 4 of the pdf)


Go Set a Watchman by the Numbers
Further north, at the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP), with 61 locations throughout the city, Peter Lehu, library supervisor of Philbrick Hall at the Central branch, offered initial stats for Watchman’s first week: the library ordered 88 print copies, 24 ebook copies, and eight digital audiobook copies; and there were 242 holds on the print versions, a significant 1,002 holds on the ebooks, and 129 holds on the audiobooks. FLP, Lehu added, planned on adding more audiobooks in the following few weeks in order to meet demand


Gentle introductions to our elders
Chris Brown, the curator for the Children’s Literature Research Collection, wrote this post of children’s book recommendations for National Senior Citizen’s Day.


Philadelphia Stories start teen lit journal
The PS Junior staff decided to split 'zines because of the growing popularity of the publication that was founded in 2012. Its quarterly parent magazine, established in 2004, distributes 5,000 free copies to 200 locations in the Delaware Valley, including every branch of the Free Library.


Homemade “Pope-Themed” Products on Sale to Benefit Homeless Non-Profit
CBS local
From t-shirts to sheep-shaped soap or “Pope Soap” and candles inscribed with Pope quotes, the homemade products are meant to inspire and to employ. “Our homemade gift line employs more than 40 residents.” Scarlett McCahill is the social enterprise manager and says project home residents make the products during under the direction of artisans, then they sell them at the Project Home Boutique, Free Library Cafe and, of course, online, giving these residents a steady paycheck.


Chill Out: 5 Awesome Spots to Cool Down in Philly
“Drop by, we are air-conditioned,” says Alix Gerz, department of external affairs at the Free Library of Philadelphia. And why not — a stop into this stunning building is a lesson in architecture AND spurs further learning as kids stock up on books and ward off the “summer slump.”


14 Things to Do in Philly This Week
New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs will be in town at the Free Library this Tuesday to present a talk on her latest book, Speaking in Bones. (appeared July 28)


Sen. Haywood opens district office in Germantown
Haywood represents parts of Montgomery County and Northwest Philadelphia and up until he opened the Germantown Ave. office, he was hosting mobile hours in the Lovett and Coleman branches of the Free Library.


Coleman Regional closed for the summer
Video clip #2

Pope souvenirs at Home Page Café
Video clip


A Night-by-Night Guide of What To Do After 5 P.M. In Philly This Summer
Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy at Lovett Library Park: Through Friday, August 14, Lovett Library Park hosts free family-friendly movie screenings like Jumanji and The Princess Bride.


Five more must-sees form the BlackStar Film Festival
The BlackStar Film Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday, featuring some of the best films from black directors, writers, and documentarians encompassing the African diaspora. Films such as BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez and dream hampton's Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story aren't the only must-sees at the fest. (Note: Sonia Sanchez is a Free Library Board Member) 


10 events to look forward to in August
Celebrate the final day of the Oval’s Pop-Up park with the family! Events during the finale include: arts and crafts, face painters, a Free Library of Philadelphia mobile library, live music, and more.


Weekly Almanac: Thursday, July 30
Lists many events at the neighborhood libraries this past week


SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery offers collage workshop with Jonathan Talbot, acclaimed artist
Among the public collections holding Talbot works are The Newark Museum, The Smith College Museum, The Everhart Museum, The Byer Museum, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The San Francisco Academy of Art, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Provincetown Historical Society and the Toronto Central Library.

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