Free Library in the News: January 25-29, 2016

By Samantha M. RSS Fri, January 29, 2016

A Cooking Class Where New Immigrants Learn The Recipe For English
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.


Philly attraction announce Saturday closures as blizzard approaches
Also announced via social media, The Free Library of Philadelphia will be closed, although its website is always available online.


Join in potato chip tasting at Eastwick branch of Free Library of Philadelphia
The Eastwick branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Black History Month in February by sharing potato chip inventor George Crum's story.


The Public Interest Calendar of Events
On Feb. 11, Philadelphia VIP is scheduled to host a nonprofit legal assessment clinic to provide free legal advice to Philadelphia-area nonprofits from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Regional Foundation Free Library of Philadelphia.


Jean Webb Sewell, 92, former educator
She also taught and advised adults enrolled in ABE and GED programs administered by the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Salvation Army and the School District of Philadelphia.


The Charming Little Bunny Beatrix Potter At The Free Library Of Philadelphia Tuesday February 2
Did you know that the Central Library, 1901 Vine St., has the largest collection of Beatrix Potter works--imprints, manuscripts, letters and original illustrations--this side of the Atlantic Ocean?


Creative juices flow beyond academics at Meade
Students in kindergarten to second grade use the devices, along with a complementary an app from the Free Library of Philadelphia, to look at books online and do other tasks.


How Randolph’s burrito won a spot on the School District menu
Last year’s Culinary Voice Competition, held at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center and hosted by the School District and the city Department of Public Health’s “Get Healthy Philly” initiative, challenged students to create a healthy, tasty dish for school breakfast menus.


New series uses storytelling to help develop children's literacy skills
The interactive children's theater company StoryUP! has teamed up with the Free Library of Philadelphia to produce the series, which will run until June. By using comedy and storytelling the shows give children a literacy lesson while having fun.


The Free Library is opening a resource center for social entrepreneurs
That said, social entrepreneurship just demanded a hell of a lot of attention, because the Free Library of Philadelphia is opening up a whole department dedicated to fostering the growth of new social enterprises and nonprofits. The Business Resource Innovation Center (BRIC) is expected to have its own space in the Central branch in the next three to five years, but programming is launching in the next few weeks.


Free Library programming
Philadelphia Focus radio show
Podcast: Sandy Horrocks and Veronica Britto talk about Free Library programming and initiatives


Student reviews of culturally relevant books for kids
On a trip to the Free Library, each student selected a culturally relevant children's book to review and share with a small group of 2nd graders at the Powel School in West Philadelphia.


Writer Ian Buruma’s new book ‘Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War’
In this hour we’ll talk with writer Ian Buruma about his new book, Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War. (appeared 1/26)


This Evening: The Wonder of It All
Things get serious over at Central Library when Ian Buruma stops by to discuss his latest, Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War. (appeared 1/26)


Radio Times in Review: NPR’s favorite voices
First, we’ll hear Marty’s conversation with longtime NPR reporter and commentator, COKIE ROBERTS, where we discussed the women behind the men of the Civil War. We’ll also hear from Morning Edition host STEVE INSKEEP, who was our guest for Radio Times on the Road held at Chestnut Hill College last summer. (appeared 4/2015 and 6/2015, respectively)

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