Free Library in the News: September 28-October 2, 2015

By Samantha M. Fri, October 2, 2015

11 Things to Do in Philly This Week
Lee Child and Linda Fairstein at the Free Library (appeared 9/29)


Get Cultured on the Cheap (Your-Round)
Tour of the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia: Before you shake your head and refuse to visit a library for fun, let us remind you that we have personally tried every single recommendation that we choose to write about. This tour turned out to be surprising, exciting, and about more than just books.


Feathers: A Musical Exploration of Edgar Allan Poe at Free Library Of Philadelphia
The Raven was not the only one. These “birds” leave their feathers at the scene of the crime. (October 17, Parkway Central Library)


Museum and gallery events
The Rosenbach and SWAP exhibition at Parkway Central listed


Wed., Sept. 30 to do: Photograph 51 and Wil Haygood
Wil Haygood: The author of the book adapted into the movie The Butler discusses his new biography of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.


Local family makes pilgrimage to Philly for pope's visit
Some pilgrims walked more than four miles to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a mile-long boulevard beginning with the Philadelphia Art Museum (where movie boxer Rocky ran up the steps) and including the Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Free Library of Philadelphia, Franklin Museum, a sculpture garden and more.


Philly chef voices concern about security overkill during Pope Francis' visit
Photo of Marc Vetri at Culinary Literacy Center


Cleveland pilgrims see the pope in Philadelphia
The service was broadcast on dozens of giant digital boards with booming speakers set throughout downtown. His gentle voice echoed off the walls of Philadelphia's famous City Hall, Free Library, Independence Hall and other impressive landmarks.


In the literary world, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Features Jojo Moyes Author Event (appeared 10/1)


Foreign Press loving Philly’s looks
Sebastian Maillard, Rome correspondent for the French Catholic daily La Croix, was startled as we left the pope’s Mass at the Basilica to see – sacre bleu! -- the Place de la Concorde across Logan Circle. It was, of course, the Family Court and Free Library, which were modeled directly on the two big buildings there.


Philadelphia: Meet Isabel Allende at Philadelphia Free Library
Isabel Allende US book tour Author Event (will appear 11/12)


Preparing teachers to deliver high-quality reading instruction
The READ! by 4th campaign is reaching out to area schools of education to help them provide teachers-in-training with deep knowledge of evidence-based instructional methods – the knowledge that embodies the rocket science needed to promote early literacy. That challenge is the topic of an upcoming workshop.


Infrequently Asked Questions: Where do books from closed libraries go?
So, once home to thousands of books, seeing a major library under construction naturally prompts a curious thought: Where'd all those books go? We reached out to Jennifer Maguire-Wright, chief manager of materials for the Free Library of Philadelphia, who clued us in.


‘Cold Mountain’ selected for One Book, One Philadelphia
The bestselling book set during the Civil War, "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier, is the selection for the Free Library's city-wide reading program, One Book, One Philadelphia. Beginning next February, the book and its themes will be the basis of a variety of events, workshops, lectures, and programs. A schedule of events with partner organizations is forthcoming.


‘Cold Mountain’ selected for 2016 One Book, One Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia and the mayor's office were scheduled to announce the selection Thursday morning in an event that will kick off the program's four-month reading period, during which about 800 copies of the book will circulate throughout each of the library's 61 branches. Cold Mountain was chosen for its Civil War theme, and also to coincide with the debut of a new opera by local composer Jennifer Higdon, based on the book.


Culinary classes in the area
Nutrition for Emotional Well-Being class at Culinary Literacy Center highlighted


Friends of the Kingsessing Library work to bring more programs to the community
When the city threatened to close the Kingsessing Library in the fall of 2008, hundreds of residents rallied to save it from the chopping block.


Mayor Nutter Likes Car-Free Streets, Too (What Philadelphia needs to know today)
The Philadelphia Free Library wants everybody in town to read Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain.


Views from Papal Visit in front of Parkway Central
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State of Parkway after Papal Visit / free water in front of Parkway Central
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Teenagers challenged to make technology solutions for Free Library
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Bridges across Vine St Expressway shut
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'Cold Mountain' selected as Free Library’s 2016 ‘One Book’ featured read
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” program, geared at promoting literacy and library use, has selected Charles Frazier’s award-winning Civil War novel, "Cold Mountain," as its featured read in 2016.


City’s One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Announced
Imagine if everyone in the city read the same book at the same time– that’s the goal of One Book, One Philadelphia. The Free Library announced its 2016 book selection and the focus is the Civil War. (Includes audio from KYW)


A lot of fun for LGBT travelers to Philadelphia
When Alice began her fantastical journey 150 years ago, the world rushed to follow her adventures in Wonderland. The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia honors the sesquicentennial of the surreal tale with Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland,a host of exhibitions and programs that explore the literary classic.


Weekly Almanac
Includes several events from various neighborhood libraries


Radio Times in Review: Sports fan Joe Queenan, Actress Patti LuPone, Author Geraldine Brooks
we’ll listen to Marty’s interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author GERALDINE BROOKS in which she discussed writing and her time as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. (appears 10/14)


Things to Do in Philly in October
Wendell Pierce at Central Library: 6 ABC’s Tamala Edwards interviews the prolific actor—known best for his role as a homicide detective in The Wire—about his new memoir, The Wind in the Reeds. (appears 10/6)


Wendell Pierce
Actor Wendell Pierce helped bring the struggles of jazz musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans to an HBO-sized audience as hapless trombonist Antoine Batiste in David Simon's Treme. (appears 10/6)


"Zahav" cookbook introduces home chefs to the world of Israeli cuisine
The work that Solomonov and Cook have created here is as valuable to the kitchen as it is to the overarching conversation. It’s a work of honesty, passion, family and deep pleasures. And it’s awfully difficult to read in silence. Michael Solomonov headlines the Julie Dannenbaum memorial Culinary Arts Lecture (will appear 10/8)


Calendar: Sept. 30- Oct. 7
Includes Author Events featuring Wil Haygood, Jay Winik, and Wendell Pierce

Supreme Court nomination that changed the nation
Piece by Wil Haygood from his new book (Author Event on 10/7)


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