Free Library in the News: November 16-20, 2015

By Samantha M. Fri, November 20, 2015

This week in Philly: Nov. 16-Nov.22
Feeling up for a night of pork and beer? Local butchers will demo hog butchering at the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine St.) at a 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. session where you’ll see where your favorite pork products come from.


No Shame November at the Free Library
Anyone is welcome to participate in #FLPNoShameNovember by using the #FLPNoShameNovember hashtag on social media and following the Library’s series of blog posts that will highlight various “shameful” reading habits.


Library Visits Down, but Digital Uses Rising
The cornerstone of the Free Library of Philadelphia is the Parkway Central location. Although visits to it and the library’s 53 branches declined in fiscal year 2015, use of the system’s resources—particularly those available online—has gone up.


After decades, Ben Franklin Parkway is Hot
Philadelphia Inquirer
Completed in 1917, the Parkway was intended as a verdant expanse connecting City Hall to the vast acreage of Fairmount Park, a diagonal flourish in the dense industrial grid of the city. Five grand buildings rose swiftly: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Franklin Institute, Family Court, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Eric Carle Museum to celebrate anniversary of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'
The illustrated original manuscript for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is displayed at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.



The numbers that make KEYSPOT a leader in digital inclusion
50 total KEYSPOT locations across the city: 19 of these spots are in city recreation centers, 3 are in Free Library of Philadelphia-sponsored sites and 28 other KEYSPOT locations are in neighborhood-based organizations.


Weekly Entertainment Guide—Hold on to your ‘pantos’
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia marks the 150th anniversary of the internationally beloved story by Lewis Carroll with Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland.


I See “The World” Differently Than Ta-Nehisi Coates
I missed out on the hottest ticket in town when Ta-Nehisi Coates was in Philly in October for a talk at the Free Library based on his bestselling, National Book Award-nominated tome, Between the World and Me.


‘Alice in Wonderland’ still inspires readers 150 years on
The illustrated original manuscript for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" on display at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia in October.


I (he)art Philly
Features Rosenbach and Free Library as destinations for college students to check out


Calendar: November 18-25
Two critically acclaimed authors discuss their latest works. Mary Gaitskill’s The Mare is a story about a married couple with a shaky relationship as they attempt to teach an inner-city preteen to ride horses. Joe Meno’s Marvel and a Wonder focuses on a Korean War-vet and his grandson as they trek across the heartland to recover a stolen horse. (appearing 11/23)


Faculty Member to Chat with Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano will conduct a public conversation on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Free Library of Philadelphia, with Turkish Novelist Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature.


All about the Pacific Ocean with writer Simon Winchester
During his long career as a journalist and author, SIMON WINCHESTER has written about volcanoes, earthquakes, maps and the history of the dictionary. (appeared 11/17)


Book Discussion on Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Sarah Vowell on BookTV during author event (appeared 10/21)


Calendar: November 11-18
Features Author Events with Mitch Albom (appeared 11/13) and Mary Frances Berry (appeared 11/16)


Mary Beard on Rome & her book ‘SPQR’
This is the question that drove Cambridge University classicist MARY BEARD to write a new history of Rome and to make the case that this ancient history still matters today. (appeared 11/10)


Lisa Randall talks dark matter, dinosaurs, and cosmic interconnectedness
Randall is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University and a wonderful writer about science. She appears at the Free Library (appeared 11/9)


Physicist Lisa Randall on dark matter and dinosaurs
In her newest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, acclaimed physicist LISA RANDALL, explores and explains the concept of dark matter and connects it to the history of the universe as well as its contributions to the development and extinction of life. (appeared 11/9)


Senator Claire McCaskill for President (in 2020)
I was able to catch up with McCaskill, who was the first woman elected to the US Senate from Missouri, while she was at the Free Library of Philadelphia promoting her new memoir. (appeared 10/13)


Check out Brian Kilmeade’s new book ‘Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates’
Features Free Library stop on book tour (11/24)


Radio Times in Review: Food Writer Mark Bittman, Actor Dennis Quaid, Singer/Songwriter Janis Ian
Coming up on today’s edition of Radio Times in Review: we’ll hear from food writer MARK BITTMAN, who recently announced his retirement from a 30-year stint at The New York Times. (appeared 10/2014)


When in Rome
The Smart Set editor Richard Abowitz reached Beard for this interview by phone in her hotel room in Philadelphia, where she was scheduled to make an appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia later in the evening (appeared 11/10)

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