Free Library in the News: January 18-22, 2016

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, January 22, 2016

Lehigh University part of massive effort to turn medieval treasures into a virtual gold mine
The partners are the Free Library of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, Villanova University and the rest of the members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries, or PACSCL.


Where to volunteer on MLK Day 2016
All city offices will be closed. That includes the Free Library, all Parks & Recreation facilities, and all courts, except for arraignment court.


1-17 One Book, One Philadelphia
What’s Going On radio show
Audio clip, featuring interview with Kalela Williams and Cynthia Schemmer


Opera ‘Cold Mountain’ makes East Coast premiere
Before the East Coast premier, however, there will be a preview at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Vine St. On Tuesday, Feb. 2. Frazier and Jennifer Higdon, composer of the opera, will both host a discussion before an excerpt and musical composition from the show is shared.


Transformative Organizations: The Case of Philadelphia
A piece for the Aspen Institute: Dialogue on Public Libraries by Siobhan A. Reardon


2016 African American History Month Events Guide
The Free Library of Philadelphia will celebrate African American History Month throughout the month of February with programming in many of its neighborhood libraries, including craft and music workshops, film screenings, and other events.


Spiders, tarantulas, Pixar and King Midas: What a spring at local museums!
The Free Library of Philadelphia has pulled together a speaker series exploring the presidency, and the American Philosophical Society will open the third, and final, exhibition exploring the enigmatic legacy of the nation's third president, Thomas Jefferson. (Also features exhibition Or Else and Richard Norton Smith lecture)


How to listen to OverDrive library audiobooks on nearly any mobile device
The first step is to check and see if your local library works with OverDrive. If it does, you’ll probably find a link to OverDrive on your library website, much like this one shown at the Free Library of Philadelphia homepage.


Spring shows at local galleries: Under-recognized artists come to the fore
Print and Picture Collection: Recent gouache on paper paintings by Brown, who is also a writer and independent curator, and offset lithographs with collages by D'Amico, a book artist.


Free Mardi Gras Event At The Roxborough Library
Crafts, music, and more will be on hand, along with the All Around this World music program. There will also be a special Mardi Gras storytime with Miss Christine.


Make You Schedule Work for You in the New Year
ALSC blog
Post by Rachel Fryd, Young Adult Materials Selector


Cooking class looks to add a dash of the familiar to English lessons for new Americans
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, 20 recent immigrants and refugees to the United States streamed into a shiny commercial-size kitchen on the fourth floor of the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch. In a new twist on standard language courses, they were there for an English lesson folded into a cooking class.


A true leader shows the way
Excerpt of Robert Gates’s new book, A Passion for Leadership (appeared 1/21)


Ta-Nehisi Coates on ‘Between the World and Me’
2015 was a good year for TA-NEHISI COATES. He was awarded a Macarthur “genius” grant, and his latest book, Between the World and Me, earned him a National Book Award in the nonfiction category. (appeared 10/16/15)


Radio Times in Review: about Iran
First, we’ll hear from Iranian author AZAR NAFISI [appeared 10/2014] about the role that American literature played in changing her life. We’ll also listen to Marty’s interview with three American Hikers – SARAH SHROUD, JOSHUA FATTAL and SHANE BAUER [appeared 3/2014]– who were arrested by Iranian officers and held captive at Evin Prison – the same facility that Jason Rezian and the other American prisoners were held.


Science for All: Bringing Science to the People of Philadelphia
Penn Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Newsletter
Science  for  All held  three  such  events  this  past  fall  at  the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Fumo Family Branch.

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