Free Library in the News: August 17-21, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, August 21, 2015

Donald Root: Beyond the Bookshelves at Free Library
Donald Root, Chief of Central Public Services Division, talks about his life, appreciation for libraries, and all the great things happening at the Free Library!


Atlantic Coast Opera comes to Wallingford
A free “Sneak Preview” show will take place Sunday, Aug. 23,  2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Logan Square, 1901 Vine Street, Phila.


How to Eat 3 Good Meals for Just $4 a Day
Meanwhile, a series of inspired food events are being planned across the country in reaction to the printing, like at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center, which is hosting a four-week program open to the public based around Good & Cheap that focuses on cooking skills, pantry skills, and more.


Coming Attraction: Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department To Exhibit Sacred Texts Beginning August 31
The Free Library of Philadelphia celebrates the Papal visit with its own exhibition, Sacred Stories: The World’s Religious Traditions, running from August 31 to January 30, 2016. To no one’s surprise, the exhibit will comprise of… books! However, none of those included in the exhibition are available for checkout. Those selected from the library’s Rare Book Department highlight sacred texts that transcend any one religion.


Frances P. Aulston, 75, cultural and community leader
A Philadelphia resident, community leader, and activist, Ms. Aulston was a former research librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Korean-American woman donate artwork on ‘comfort-women’
Choi, then the operator of the non-profit organization Women's Development Institute International (WDI), organized its exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia for two months in 2003. That same year, she took over the piece from Sisson who had trouble raising funds for its exhibition.


School district hosts back to school event
“I got inspiring information because my son was falling behind in school but I found a tutoring program,” said Kirby Jones, a West Philadelphia mother with two children in public schools. “And the Free Library offers an after school program for free. So far, so good.”


Libraries on the front lines of homelessness crisis in the United States
However, there are signs that libraries are embracing their role as a safety net. Libraries in San Francisco, Washington DC and Philadelphia are hiring social workers to assist with the needs of homeless and mentally ill patrons.


The mysterious tale of Charles Dickens’s raven
The original Grip, who has inspired a novelist, a poet, a painter and generations of Yeoman Warders, can still be seen today at the Free Library in Philadelphia. 


At workshops, students use art to find passion, help community
On Saturday, Boys Write Now’s sister workshop series, Girls on Fire, was held at the Free Library.  “Eeeehhh-Ohhhh-Ahhhh-Oooo” echoed through library’s Skyline Room as the girls introduced themselves through a vocal exercise. “Talented, creative, intelligent girls tend to dumb down their talent in a classroom,” explained Savage. “And sometimes teachers just lean toward the students who are the most outgoing. So here there is a space for them to be seen.”

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