Free Library in the News: October 26-30, 2015

By Samantha M. Fri, October 30, 2015

Free Library to Cluster, Coordinate Branches
Attendees to a Monday night meeting at Mt. Airy’s Lovett Memorial Library were briefed on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s plan to divide its 54 branches  into a handful of regional clusters of six to eight libraries each—arranged so as to complement each other’s inventory, programs, and specialties.


Go ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ at the Rosenbach
Are you curiouser and curiouser about “Alice in Wonderland”? The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating the classic story’s 150th anniversary with an exhibit and related programs.


Museum displays Bram Stoker’s notes
ookseller James F. Drake was the first to bring the materials to America, and they changed ownership several times until 1970, when the Rosenbach purchased them from the firm of Charles Sessler of Philadelphia.


Book takes author revelatory journey
Coates, whose father hails from Philadelphia, explained the process of writing “Between the World and Me” during a recent appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia. (appeared 10/16)


Learn how these orgs are training Philadelphians in technology
This year's Technology Learning Collaborative is this Friday at the Free Library's Parkway Central Branch.


South Jersey screams abound during Halloween weekend
Voger, an authority on creepy crawlies, delivers a lecture Saturday at the Independence Branch of the Free Public Library in Philadelphia titled, “Phantoms of Philadelphia: From ‘Shock Theater’ to Dr. Shock,” and will dip into the historically haunted roots of the region.


Outstanding Job Fair at Paschalville Library
Southwest Global Times  (page 6)
Well over 100 job seekers filled the Paschalville Neighborhood Library at 70th and Woodland Avenue October 8 to interact with more than a dozen employers most of whom were in the market to hire new entry-level employees.


New space for teens provided by the Friends of the Paschalville Library
On Tuesday, October 20th, the Paschalville community celebrated the grand opening of Teenscape, a new music, art, and makerspace for teens at the Paschalville Library.


Woodmere, Philadelphia History Museum mull a merger
News of a possible merger comes at a time when there have been high-profile unions in the city - the Academy of Natural Sciences merged with Drexel University, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library with the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Best bets in entertainment for the week ahead
Carrie Brownstein is much more than a musician and actress. The woman best-known as co-founder of influential indie rock band Sleater-Kinney and co-star of the Emmy-winning satirical comedy series "Portlandia" is also a published author, and she's on the road promoting her new memoir "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl," which came out Tuesday. (appeared 10/29)


Entrepreneurship for artists: UArts offers free course on turning creativity into a business
Calling all creatives: the University of the Arts is teaming up with the Free Library of Philadelphia to offer a free two-week boot camp on entrepreneurship for artists, performers, designers and anyone else who wants to turn their creative abilities into a business.


On November's college football road trips, stop and smell the bourbon
By all means, when in Philly, be a tourist. But we also suggest a stop at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Calendar: Oct. 28-Nov. 4
Features author event with Kermit Roosevelt (appears 11/4) and Halloween at the Rosenbach


For Carrie Brownstein, an artist’s journey ‘from the margins’
Brownstein will be at the Merriam Theater on Thursday for a book event hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant will join as her moderator. (appeared 10/29)


Hunger Games: A Q&A with Carrie Brownstein
Last week we got Portlandia co-star/co-creator and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein on the horn in advance of her reading/discussion of her new memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl at the Merriam Theater on Thursday. (appeared 10/29)


FYI: Community Rush Tickets to See Carrie Brownstein Thursday at the Kimmel Center Will be Available
For Sleater-Kinney and/or Portlandia fans, tomorrow is a special day because Carrie Brownstein will be appearing at a Free Library-sponsored event at the Kimmel Center in support of her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. (appeared 10/29)


Mr. Right
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was due at the Philadelphia Free Library this weekend to promote his new book, and I was lucky to be chosen as his interlocutor. The book recounts his experiences running the central bank during the worst financial crisis and recession since the Great Depression. (appeared 10/23)


Books: All that you can’t leave behind
Patti Smith is a world renowned poet, painter and musician — the high priestess of punk, to be exact — but lately she’s been making her bones as a highly regarded memoirist. (appearing 11/6)


A conversation with food writer Ruth Reichl
When Gourmet magazine folded in 2009, its editor RUTH REICHL found herself without a job for the first time in 30 years. She worried about the future and wondered what she would do with her life. (appeared 10/27)


Ruth Reichl’s ‘136 Recipes’: Writing and cooking for her life
Food writer Ruth Reichl's cookbook My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life takes readers on a culinary roller coaster, from the lowbrow world of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (mmmm, heated), into the heavens of creamed lobster claws on toasted brioche. It's an emotional as well as culinary trip. (appeared 10/27)


In Philly, Ben Bernanke Says Individuals Should Have Been Charged in Economic Crisis
During a recent talk at the Philadelphia Free Library, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve said he’s optimistic about the country’s economic future, saying there’s no new housing bubble and that the country is moving towards full employment. (appeared 10/23)


READ! by 4th director explains goals of campaign
The Notebook sat down with Jenny Bogoni of the Free Library, READ! by 4th’s executive director. In the interview, she outlines the mission of the campaign, its strategies, and challenges.


Radio Times in Review: The dance edition
We’ll also hear from famed choreographer BILL T. JONES about his life and creative process. (appeared 10/2014)

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