Tagged Free Library staff

Meet Your Library Staff: Christina Holmes - Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library Branch Manager and Children’s Librarian

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Christina Holmes - Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library Branch Manager and…

Connecting with Local Organizations Builds Library Community Engagement

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

Meet Your Library Staff: Omelio Alexander - Digital Resource Specialist

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Omelio Alexander - Digital Resource Specialist...   What is your role with the…

The Leaders We Have Been Waiting For

“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 which we are located. To foster…

Meet Your Library Staff: Link Ross - Children's Librarian at South Philadelphia Library

In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Link Ross - Children's Librarian at South Philadelphia Library ...   What is…

National and Local Trends Inform Development of Upcoming Community-Centered Libraries Trainings

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 questions. Libraries now define and develop their…

Meet Your Library Staff: Abbe Klebanoff - Branch Manager of Fumo Family Library

In what we hope will be an ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Abbe Klebanoff, Branch Manager of Fumo Family Library . Being the…

New Training on Community-Centered Libraries Starts in October

The Aspen Institute’s influential report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries , predicts that in the coming years, the most successful public libraries will be the ones with services that prioritize and…

National Library Week: Ride Along with the Book Bike!

Happy National Bookmobile Day ! Today we celebrate bookmobiles and those who ride/drive them and provide mobile library services to their communities. The Free Library has two different mobile outreach vehicles including the Techmobile…

National Library Week: Celebrate National Library Workers Day!

National Library Week , held annually during the 2nd week of April, recognizes the values of libraries in our communities. This national observance, which is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) , is celebrating its…

Celebrate Read A New Book Month with The Free Library!

Did you know that December is Read A New Book Month ? It’s perfect timing, really, as the temperature drops and we reaaaaaaaaally don’t want to think about leaving the couch if we don’t have to. This month, find…

LEAP into HYPE!

Two Free Library of Philadelphia programs have teamed up to create new ways to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity! Get HYPE Philly! and the Literacy Enrichment After-School Program ( LEAP ), offer fun, positive, and…

Free Library of Philadelphia Halloween Celebrations!

The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Halloween on all corners of the city from the South and the North to the Northeast and Center City . Halloween isn’t merely for children to don ninja or superhero attire, nor is it…

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Visits the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Earlier this week, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden made a whirlwind visit to the Rosenbach and the Parkway Central Library , and we couldn't have been more thrilled to have her! On her tour, she was able to view a selection…

I Visited Every Free Library Location and Here’s What I Learned...

When I came aboard at the Free Library of Philadelphia in March of this year as Chief of Staff, I set a goal to make it to all 54 neighborhood library locations . It was important to me to do so for a number of reasons. My hope was to…

A Conversation with Andrew Nurkin, Head of Our New Center for Public Life (CPL)

by Emma Seeley The Free Library of Philadelphia recently opened a new office, the Center for Public Life (CPL), to coordinate cultural and civic programs for adults across the library system. At the head of this new initiative is Andrew…

Happy Book Lovers Day!

That's right, today is Book Lovers Day, and you know the Free Library wouldn’t miss the chance to celebrate! In honor of such a momentous occasion, our staff shared what a perfect day of reading looks like to them, and…

Focus On: Unique Lending

A baker browses through dozens of cake pans to plan confectionary creations of her wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a man chooses the perfect tie from more than 60 to wear to his graduation. Elsewhere, a musician slated to play a wedding…

Are You the Poetry 'Type'?

What if an entire community wrote one line each on a vintage Underwood Typewriter to create a really, really, long poem? Would it bring world peace? Would love abound? Would we become a united nation?  One can hope, right? On April…

December is Read A New Book Month!

Did you know that December is Read A New Book Month ? That’s right, the perfect excuse to dig into something you haven’t read before, especially as the temperatures continue to drop and the idea of leaving the house and the…