February 16, 1990 |
When Taller Puertorriqueno opened its glass doors to el Bloque de Oro in 1985, a group of curious Puerto Rican teen-agers stumbled in. They looked at the books lining sparkling white walls. They peered at colorful tiles and art objects displayed in glass cases. Then they asked what this was all about. When they were told that the building would serve as a cultural center with a Latino art gallery, and that all the books they saw were written by Puerto Rican authors, the kids responded with awe. One said, "We didn't think our people even wrote," recalled a Taller staffer.
January 15, 2010 |
Barry S. Slosberg Inc. will offer words and music next week with two major sales - one devoted to books, the other to musical instruments and accessories. The books, from the library of the late West Chester collector Paul Rodebaugh, will be auctioned beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 2501 E. Ontario St. It is the second session of the liquidation, with at least one more session planned for May. The top lots among the more than 250, about half of which also will be made available at www.liveauctioneers.
April 8, 1990 |
At the library in Holy Cross High School, the student who doesn't know where to locate certain books or reference materials nevertheless stands a good chance of finding someone who can. Mary Kane is that someone. Nearly 25 years of shuffling books on the Riverside school's shelves has given her a certain sense of where things are, but if that fails, all is not lost. "I'm blessed with a good memory that has helped me through the years," she said. "Once I've touched something or worked on something, if it's lost, we can find it again.
June 12, 2000 |
Third grader Max Ephraim knew his plan was ambitious. He wanted to collect "2,000 or under" books for those in need. With the help of a couple of friends, he distributed fliers to his classmates at Buckingham Elementary School. Max, Catherine Perry and Rich O'Brien also performed a skit during the lunch periods to generate interest in the project. Their promotional campaign paid off. During the month of May, children carried in armfuls of their old favorites and parents lugged in boxes from home.
July 24, 1999 |
As owner of a Christian book store in North Philadelphia, Gregory Sizer espoused a strange philosophy for one who sold Bibles and religious tracts. Forget the adage about turning swords into ploughshares. Sizer's sales pitch was more like praise the Lord and pass the ammo. It took some time, but Sizer has finally confessed to his ungodly criminal ways. In a federal courtroom yesterday, after a jury had been selected to hear his case, Sizer admitted responsibility for sales of more than 20 guns with obliterated serial numbers.
May 29, 1988 |
Second graders at Prospect Park Elementary School recently took part in the Go Wild For Reading program in which they read books with their parents. To celebrate the completion of the program, the children dressed up as characters from the books they had read and paraded around the school. Here, Melissa Young is shown dressed as Flashy.
March 20, 2015 |
The head of the Philadelphia teachers' union wants to let his membership go through the piles of discarded books warehoused in school buildings and distribute them to needy classrooms. The School Reform Commission's former chair concedes that "frankly, it was not as thought out as it should have been as far as inventory when [they] went into the basement" of district headquarters. And the School District spokesman says principals were invited to drop by and pick up any materials they needed, but "not a lot of principals showed up. " This was the range of reactions to a column in Wednesday's Inquirer that described a full city block of books and supplies cast off by the cash-poor school system.
June 15, 2015 |
If someone had told me three months ago that the hundreds of thousands of books I saw sitting unused and going to waste in the basement of Philadelphia School District headquarters would by now be almost fully catalogued, ready to be shipped to the kids who need them, I probably wouldn't have believed it. I might have even laughed. The task at hand seemed simple enough: There were a lot of unused books and a lot of kids who need books. Sort the books and give the kids any they could use. But in a drowning district, nothing's simple.
November 24, 1991 |
There will soon be some additions to the hushed and scholarly rooms of the Villanova University Law Library. More than 7,400 law books will be added to library shelves to replace older books and complement the university's current collection. On Wednesday, Arco Chemical Co. in Newtown Square delivered the second batch of about 250 cartons of books that it donated to the law library. The used books come from Arco's legal annex and legal library. "We had a number of volumes not being regularly used," said Lynne Scammahorn, librarian at Arco.
November 12, 1989 |
It was a reader's delight at the 14th annual Baldwin School Book Fair held at the lower school in Bryn Mawr this week. Seventeen area authors and illustrators autographed and discussed their books with those who attended the four-day event that began last Sunday. Edward Claflin of St. David's, author of The Art of Winning, was enthusiastic about attending the fair. "I like to see people walking around with piles of new books in their hands," Claflin said. "It's a wonderful sight.