Free Library in the News: October 5-9, 2015

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, October 9, 2015

Jawnts: Gatherings to spotlight Poe
Most are spearheaded by the bearded sage of Jenkintown, Edward Pettit, who is leading a reading group in the Rare Books Department of the Central Branch of the Free Library. The first session was held Saturday, but latecomers can still sign on for the four other classes.


Crown Castle taking space at Rodin Place
PernaFrederick also negotiated a 19,400-square-foot lease at the building for the Free Library of Philadelphia's administrative offices, a 5,000-square-foot lease for the nonprofit Dress For Success, and a 4,000-square-foot agreement for the College Possible counseling organization, it said.


To fight bullying, read about kindness
The magic of a good book is its ability to reveal someone else’s life, thoughts, and feelings. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the perfect time to read about the experiences of others, to think about empathy. (Written by Ruth Gilbert, children’s librarian)


Unique LDS temple, high-rise apartment project excites Mormons, others in Philadelphia
The French beaux arts style of the temple's outer veneer fits the center city's museum district, including two historic buildings just across the street — the Philadelphia Free Library and the Old Family Courthouse, under renovation to the tune of $85 million into a 199-room luxury hotel.


At the Free Library of Philadelphia this Wednesday evening, with Marciarose Shestack, for LOVE
Yesterday, following a long walk through the rain and the wind, I was greeted by the gorgeous pioneering news woman Marciarose Shestack at her eloquent Philadelphia home. We were meeting as friends. We were meeting, too, to plan our coming evening at the Free Library of Philadelphia, when we'll be talking about our mutual love for our city (and its surrounding areas) and about my new book, Love: A Philadelphia Affair. (appeared 10/7)


Wandering through a season of life
Beth Kephart is the author of 20 books, including her newest, "Love: A Philadelphia Affair" (appeared 10/7)


On the Boards
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation has named Greg Redden to its board. He is regional president, overseeing retail and small-business banking in more than 290 branches across Pennsylvania and Delaware for Wells Fargo.


Meet an Emerging Arts Leader: Josie Lewis
Interview with Josie Lewis, Assistant Director of Individual Giving at the Foundation


Talking LOVE, Philly Style
Now Kephart returns with a work in her own distinctive voice. She’ll read from LOVE tomorrow night, October 7 at 7:30PM, at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Branch.

New Zahav cookbook about to hit shelves
In his first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, chef Michael Solomonov reveals the secret behind his acclaimed hummus (“an obscene amount of tehina”) and explains how to recreate the iconic Zahav lamb shoulder at home. (appeared 10/8)


Pink lights on Parkway Central Library
Video clip


Improved instruction is at the heart of literacy push
“What we find gets harder for kids is having the vocabulary, content knowledge, and depth of reading comprehension to stay on grade level as they get older,” he said. Meeting that challenge across the city is the goal of READ! by 4th, a multi-organizational campaign to have almost all Philadelphia 4th graders reading on grade level by 2020. Only about half, historically, have reached that benchmark.


Free Library of Philadelphia—Doing Things Differently
I spent two days at the Free Library of Philadelphia Central Library with a full schedule arranged by Donald Root, Chief of Central Public Services, and his assistant Stephanie. It was great to meet with so many teams and also to meet with Free Library President, Siobhan Reardon, Librarian of the Year 2015.


In your community
The Oak Lane Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents the PECO Smart Ideas presentation Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 6614 N. 12th St. The presentation will be on how to be more energy efficient at home, energy-efficient programs PECO have, and information on additional incentives and funding resources.


The Free Library of Philadelphia to Host Block Party This Weekend
The Free Library of Philadelphia is holding a block party Saturday in North Philadelphia and it’s all about words.


The city just awarded $104K in grants to these 6 entrepreneurship projects
In January 2016, the Center — in partnership with the Philadelphia Free Library — will offer an interactive, program to those considering a business based in the creative economy. Participants will also receive two hours of one-on-one consulting and the opportunity to apply for seed grants.


Podcast/Videocast at the Free Library, with LOVE and Marciarose
Marciarose Shestack, didn't we have ourselves a time last evening, at the Free Library of Philadelphia? With greatest thanks to Siobhan, Andy, and Jason, to Gary, to Kevin, to my husband and father, to my friends, to all those who joined us there on a starry night, to everyone who asked a question, to all of you who stood in line.



Wendell Pierce
Marty sits down with actor and New Orleans native WENDELL PIERCE to talk about his new memoir The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City that Would Not Be Broken.  (appeared 10/6)


7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Kitchen confidential Chef Michael Solomonov discusses his book Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. (appeared 10/8)

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