Posts in “community” (29)

Storm Rhodes is a Library Assistant at the David Cohen Ogontz Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she shares what she has… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   February 6, 2019   

by Erme C. Maula, Read by 4th Reading Captain Heading into my Reading Captain training, I didn’t know what to expect. I had wanted to get involved in my community by doing something that I… continue reading

By Administrator   January 30, 2019   

Earlier this week, the City of Philadelphia announced efforts to help federal workers affected by the current government shutdown. Mayor Kenney is encouraging furloughed workers and those working… continue reading

By Kate C.   January 25, 2019   

You’ve been reading about how libraries are increasingly moving beyond our brick and mortar structures and into the communities we serve, but how, you might ask, does this work reflect back… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   January 14, 2019   

“Tell me and I forget.Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Xun Kuang, philosopher   Imagine trying to learn to knit. Would you learn best by reading a book about… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   December 6, 2018    1

Maybe when they say November 17 is Take a Hike Day , they mean you’re supposed to tell someone on your nerves to go take a hike?! Hmmm. *shrug emoji* In any case, we figured it was a good… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 16, 2018   

Our first cohort of staff members participating in the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training recently learned about and explored team roles and dynamics. Staff reflected on their own… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   November 6, 2018    1

Now more than ever , students and teachers at our schools need the information and skills that librarians and libraries can provide. This year, the Free Library is working to spread the word about… continue reading

By Jess P.   October 26, 2018   

In July, the Free Library launched its new strategic plan for the next three years. This plan is a refresh of our prior five-year plan and keeps the same mission: Advance literacy, guide learning,… continue reading

By Autumn M.   October 18, 2018    5

The Skills for Community-Centered Libraries initiative – a series of trainings meant to build community engagement capacities among staff – launched on October 2, so it’s a good… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   October 11, 2018   

Did you know that nearly a third of library users visit the Free Library of Philadelphia to look for a new job or learn new skills? This revealing finding was reported in the Free Library’s… continue reading

By Annette M.   October 3, 2018   

In a previous post, we shared some stories about how meetings between libraries and other community organizations can lead to what the American Library Association calls the “domino effect… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   September 7, 2018   

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Cluster Leaders – staff who supervise 5 to 8 neighborhood libraries grouped together geographically – recently discussed what the American… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   August 7, 2018    1

“We are the leaders we have been waiting for.” Grace Lee Boggs, Philosopher and Activist   The Free Library of Philadelphia is full of leaders, and so are the neighborhoods in… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   July 6, 2018   

As the heat wave continues, these Free Library locations will serve as cooling centers on Wednesday, July 4. All other locations are closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Normal… continue reading

By Jenn D.   July 3, 2018    3

The City of Philadelphia has declared a Heat Health Emergency . These Free Library locations will serve as cooling centers on Tuesday, July 3 where residents can get out of the heat and into an… continue reading

By Jenn D.   July 3, 2018   

[ Editor's note: We librarians offer literally thousands of programs every year. It's a special thrill to get formal feedback from our audiences. We can't publish every review we get,… continue reading

By Administrator   June 28, 2018   

As communities’ needs and desires change, libraries and staff are adapting and evolving with them. Long gone are the days when librarians mostly sat behind desks fielding reference… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   June 7, 2018    2

We know the Free Library is one of the most heavily used cultural and educational institutions in our city. We’ve got the numbers: In fiscal year 2017, 640,000 people in Philadelphia held a… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 12, 2018   

Did you know the Free Library has trained mental health professionals on site at Parkway Central Library to help patrons who are in need of social services and other referrals? Because of all the… continue reading

By Autumn M.   March 15, 2018    6