Tagged Free Library staff

Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for all of us at the Free Library to learn…

Meet Your Library Staff: Mary Westbrook - Children's Librarian

As part of our ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Mary Westbrook, a children's librarian at the Parkway Central…

Children's Book Week | Miss Mary Loves This Book! (And This One, and This One, and This One, and This One...!)

Happy Children's Book Week ! Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is an annual celebration of children's books and reading, and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! Now celebrating…

Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box... with Apples

Becca at Whitman Library Today at Whitman Library we are baking Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon Streusel in the middle and on top! Being a baker, I had to start with my strengths. The community box that I got from Christ Church South…

Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box

Baking with Becca began at Whitman Library , nestled between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Snyder Avenue in South Philly. When COVID hit, we had to take a long break. I continued to grow and learn to strengthen this class and to steel myself…

Thank You, Free Library Staff!

Today as part of  National Library Week , we’re joining with the  American Library Association (ALA) in celebrating  National Library Workers Day  and the real heroes behind who we are and what we…

Meet Your Library Staff: Guy Sims, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

In mid-December, the Free Library welcomed Dr. Guy Sims as the institution’s first full-time Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer . Prior to this appointment, Guy was the Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and…

The Free Library Names Dr. Guy Sims Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The Free Library of Philadelphia has appointed Dr. Guy Sims as its full-time Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, effective December 14. Guy brings experience as Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for…

Meet Your Library Staff: Sunita Balija, Children's Librarian and South Indian Classical Vocalist

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Sunita Balija, who is a Children's Librarian at Donatucci…

Meet Your Library Staff: Leslie M. Walker, Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia

In early September, the Board of Trustees appointed Leslie M. Walker as the Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Prior to this appointment, Leslie served as the Chief of Staff for the Free Library for the past three…

Meet Your Library Staff: Debi Leonard - Work-Study Program Coordinator

As part of our  ongoing series  of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Debi Leonard, who serves as  Work-Study Program Coordinator…

Leslie M. Walker Named Interim Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie M. Walker as the Interim Director of the Free Library.  This appointment comes after a month-long search process conducted…

The Free Library is Safely Serving Up Virtual Programs, Online Resources, and Digital Media 24/7!

When our buildings closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, we could have never imagined that we’d still be serving the public under different circumstances at the end of August. :-/ So…

Meet Your Library Staff: Jamie Bowers - eResources Librarian

As part of our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Jamie Bowers, an eResources Librarian. What is your role with the Free Library…

Lillian Marrero Library Wins ALA's Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation!

Lillian Marrero Library , under the leadership of Branch Manager Mieka Moody, has been named the 2020 winner of ALA's Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation ! Branch Manager Mieka Moody The award, supported by the…

A Look Back at Immigrant Heritage Month 2020

Although this year’s Immigrant Heritage Month didn’t look the way we initially thought it would, we were still excited and very honored to celebrate and reflect alongside our partners at the City of Philadelphia…

Philadelphia City Institute Staff Help with Food Distribution

Since the COVID-19 crisis shut down libraries, several Philadelphia City Institute staff members have been directly assisting neighbors and community members by helping with food distribution throughout the city. Sheryl Wright, a…

Information and Ideas for Youth and Family Remote Learning

The  Nourishing Literacy team is thinking of our school student friends, their loved ones, and the incredible community of Philadelphia teachers. We are sending wishes of health and peace during this unusual time in our world.…

We Love Our Free Library Staff!

Free Library staff at Tacony Today as part of  National Library Week , we’re joining with the  American Library Association  (ALA) in celebrating  National Library Workers Day  and the real heroes behind…

Meet Your Library Staff: Faith Smallwood - Regional Operations Center

As part of our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Faith Smallwood, an Administrative Assistant at the Regional Operations Center…