Free Library in the News: January 11-15, 2016

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, January 15, 2016

How public art gets lost—and saved—in Philly
A collection of Alexander Calder banners, commissioned for the atrium of Centre Square, were put in storage and long thought lost. But a decade ago, they were found and briefly installed at the Free Library before disappearing from public view.


Philadelphia-Area Libraries to Create the Country’s Largest Regional Online Collection of Medieval Manuscripts
The project, led by PACSCL members Lehigh University, Free Library of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and involving a total of 15 partner institutions, will complete the digitization and online presentation of virtually all of the region’s medieval manuscripts - a total of almost 160,000 pages from more than 400 individual volumes.


Q&A: Novelist Elizabeth LaBan says her husband Craig is nothing like the restaurant critic in her new book
LaBan, who appears at the Free Library on Tuesday, talks about separating fact from fiction and why she can't share pictures of her family on Facebook. (appeared 1/12)


Upcoming Events
Helen Azar is a translator and a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  She has translated and published several books of the writings of the last Russian Imperial family, most recently “The Diary of Olga Romanov, Royal Witness to the Revolution.”


Jawnts: A journey to ‘Wonderland’ at Oak Lane
On Wednesday, the library's Oak Lane Branch will host a discussion group about Alice in Wonderland.


Early literacy campaign gets big boost from Kenney's inaugural fundraiser
The city’s efforts in early literacy, through the READ! by 4th campaign, have been centered on getting every child reading at or above grade level by the time they enter 4th grade.


Are libraries nearing their due date, or are they in a "carpe diem" moment?
The President and Director of the Philadelphia Free Library was named Library Journal's 2015 Librarian of the Year by thinking big and positively about the role of libraries in the lives of those who use them.


Rebirth of the Library
A feature on libraries, including the Free Library!


Calendar: January 13-20
Mark Bowden: The New York Times bestselling author and award-winning national correspondent for The Atlantic talks about his latest book with author Buzz Bissenger. (appears 1/19)


Dining, self, and nutrition: The Restaurant Critic’s Wife
In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll talk about marriage, identity and motherhood with author ELIZABETH LaBAN, the author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife. (appeared 1/12)


Tonight: Elizabeth LaBan @ the Free Library
Author Elizabeth LaBan will stop by the Free Library tonight in support of her new novel The Restaurant Critic’s Wife. LaBan’s husband, of course, is the Inquirer‘s longtime restaurant critic Craig LaBan, so the title has raised a few eyebrows around town. (appeared 1/12)


Radio Times in Review: Actress Cherry Jones, poet CK Williams, talk show host Tavis Smiley
We’ll also remember CK WILLIAMS (appeared 4/2010) by listening to Marty’s interview with the award-winning poet who died in September. He joined us 16 years ago upon the publication of his memoir. And, with Martin Luther King Day approaching, we’ll tune back to Marty’s interview with author and talk show host, TAVIS SMILEY. (appeared 9/2014)

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