Tagged Free Library Staff

Honor the Past, Embrace the Future: Exploring Services for Veterans and Their Families

Blog post author Nina Coffin is a Librarian in the Social Science & History Department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 6 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. Prior to joining the staff of…

Reflections on Year 2 of Skills for Community-Centered Libraries

Blog post author Lynn Williamson is the Chief of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Library Services Division, the Project Manager of “Skills for Community-Centered Libraries,” and a participant in Cohort…

Meet Your Library Staff: Dawn Silva - Nicetown-Tioga Library Municipal Guard

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 Dawn Silva, who serves as the municipal guard at the Nicetown-Tioga Library on…

Inter-Library Loan Department Surveys Patrons

Blog post author Dan Ryan is a Library Supervisor in the Inter-Library Loan department at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. A library’s Inter-Library…

Ah, the First Day of School...

Today is a big day, Philly! It marks the first day of school for the School District of Philadelphia , as the 2019-2020 school year is now officially underway! To celebrate, a few of our trusty Free Library staff members are sharing…

Music Department and Culinary Literacy Center Collaborate on Programming

Naquawna Letman is a Library Assistant at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. Exploring Music and Food through the Senses is a program that introduces…

Gardening for Kids Programs Grow Community Connections

Meredith McGovern is a Librarian at Falls of Schuylkill Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. As a children’s librarian, I work with our youngest patrons. Many of the…

Engaging Community Partners in Program Planning

Claire L. Hand is an Adult/Teen Librarian at Wynnefield Library and a participant in Cohort 2 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. During library staff’s initial introductions to potential community partners,…

We are HIRING for Seasonal Positions!

Do you enjoy providing excellent customer service? Are you available to work at least two Saturdays each month? If so, consider applying for one of our seasonal positions! The Free Library of Philadelphia is a large, municipal library…

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Community Engagement

Chera Kowalski is the Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Free Library of Philadelphia and a participant in Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. The Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training…

Are You a Librarian? We are HIRING!

Are you passionate about serving diverse populations in an urban public library setting? Are you ready for all that Philadelphia has to offer? If so, than please consider this community-focused librarian position housed within a large,…

Today Is Bike to Work Day!

Happy Bike to Work Day , Philadelphia! One of the simplest joys of my adult life has been rediscovering the exhilarating bliss of riding a bike. When I was 10 years old, I was in an accident that scared me (and scarred me) enough to…

The Journey to Understanding Libraries: A Library Assistant’s Story

Sa-de Brown is a Library Assistant at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library and a participant in Cohort 2 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. "Life is a journey not a…

Go Digital! Community Access to Subscription Databases

Tamoul Quakhaan is a Library Supervisor 1 / Training and Development Assistant in the Human Resources Department and a participant in Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries Trainings.  After participating in the…

#NationalLibraryWeek: Happy National Library Workers Day!

Today as part of National Library Week , we’re joining the American Library Association (ALA) in celebrating National Library Workers Day and the real heroes behind who we are and what we do: our librarians and staff! Today is a…

McPherson Square Library Photography Exhibit Spotlights Neighborhood Strengths

Tuesday Chalmers is an Adult/Teen Librarian at McPherson Square Library , and a member of Cohort 1 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training. In this post, she explains the project she worked on after attending the…

Expanding Legal Literacy in Neighborhood Libraries

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 learned. The most influential things I have…

Strategic Planning Prioritizes Community Connections

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 to the strategic direction of the Free…

The Well-Read World of Mrs. Maisel

It’s back: the 1950s fast-bantered, visually stunning pop culture fever dream that is Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . Well, we should all be so lucky to have fever dreams this entertaining. From the opening minutes of…

Read a New Book Month, Free Library Style!

December is Read a New Book Month , and we at the Free Library are all about reading new books (and old books, and re-reading new and old books, and listening to books, and talking about books … but I digress). So we asked some…