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June 3, 2002 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Several hundred people enjoyed free hoagies, hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn yesterday as the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the 75th anniversary of its Central Library on Logan Circle. The celebration, which capped three days of events, marked the opening on June 2, 1927, of that core of the city's public library system, which now includes 54 branches and more than 10 million pieces of published materials. "My guess is that . . . close to 70 million [people have] crossed the threshold of this building" since it opened, Eliot L. Shelkrot, president and director of the Free Library system, told a milling throng of a few hundred at the building's front on Vine Street near 20th Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1998 | By Thomas Ferrick Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the outside, the central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is a marvelous building. The granite-and-limestone palace at 20th and Vine Streets, with its classical Beaux Arts lines, bespeaks an era when civic buildings were synonymous with grand buildings. At its dedication in 1927, speakers went into adjectival overdrive. Even today, reading their speeches, the pride comes through. These city officials were even proud that it had cost so much to build - $6.3 million, every dime of it taxpayers' money.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Yesterday the future looked brighter than it does today. Case in point: Things to Come (1936), William Cameron Menzies' plate-glass and chrome machine dream based on the H.G. Wells book and boasting fabulous sets. Raymond Massey stars as the honorable democratic leader of the future and Ralph Richardson the dishonorable despot. It ranks high on the prophecy scale if only middling on the emotional scale. "Things to Come" at the Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
It is the best of times at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia this weekend with a screening of the best of the several screen versions of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Jack Conway, this is a 1935 MGM classic with Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton and Blanche Yurka as a truly Gothic Madame Defarge. A Tale of Two Cities is part of the library's series of films dramatizing the French Revolution. "A Tale of Two Cities" at Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets, at 2 p.m. Sunday.
NEWS
September 21, 1995 | by Ed Voves, Special to the Daily News
The Free Library of Philadelphia has 1,001 reasons to visit the Rare Book Department of the Central Library, 19th and Vine streets. The FLP is presenting "Arabian Days and Nights," an exhibition detailing the literature of the Islamic world and the way it has been viewed by Europeans and Americans. "Arabian Days and Nights" is an embarrassment of riches. The exhibition was organized by Cornelia S. King of the Rare Book Department and features handwritten manuscripts from the Middle Ages, copies of the Koran, early American children's literature and a display of various editions of the classic cliff-hanger "The 1001 Nights.
NEWS
April 1, 2010 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
One morning not too long ago, staff arrived for work in the music room of the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia to find that a lighting fixture had dropped from the ceiling and was dangling in midair, a pile of rubble beneath it. Eighteen months later, a new fixture is in - casting light on a substantially renovated music library with freshened ambitions. With almost $500,000 from the city and private sources, highly detailed plasterwork was redone, new lighting was fabricated, and more sophisticated computers and listening stations were installed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1994 | By Penny Jeannechild, FOR THE INQUIRER
Staid and silent for 364 days of the year - that's the Central Library. But then the annual Winter Wonderland Party rolls around, and bedlam breaks loose. Well, perhaps something less than bedlam. But Saturday's 11 a.m.-to-5 p.m. party, filled as it will be with book-relevant theater, ballet and music, certainly will not be a whispering event. For one thing, sing-along Sooz will be wailing on saxophone around 11 a.m. Singer Jackie Pack shows up around 1 p.m. Earth Talk - WHYY-FM's eco-show - will broadcast live from 11 a.m. to noon.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2010 | By Monica Peters FOR THE INQUIRER
Public Eye Artists for Animals' Kids Club will present "Wings to Fly" on Saturday in the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, offering a hands-on program in celebration of National Bird Day on Saturday. From 2 to 4 p.m., kids and adults can enjoy storytelling, art, and creative movement. The event, suitable for children ages 4 to 10, highlights author Monica Engebretson's book, Lucky the Lorikeet, about a young Indonesian boy who learns to empathize with his pet bird and then eventually sets it free.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1996 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sometime this summer, the Workplace department at the Central Library in Philadelphia - which provides free computerized skill testing, resume writing and information on jobs - will go online with a connection to the Internet's World Wide Web. Sound like a big deal? Maybe not to homeowners who can buy a computer at their local electronics store, plug it into a phone line - any phone line in your home will do - and whip out a credit card to pay for an online service provider.
NEWS
March 26, 1998
Philadelphia's flagship Central Library is one of America's finest library headquarters. It is blessed with a stellar location, a grand building and world-class acquisitions. But it is woefully short of room. As Inquirer writer Thomas Ferrick Jr. reported Sunday, the magnificent Beaux Arts palace at 1901 Vine St. is jammed with overstuffed file cabinets, computers crammed onto too-small desks and valuable collections stuck in awkward niches. There's simply no more room in the granite-and-limestone building, whose 300,000 square feet of space was a point of civic pride when it was dedicated in 1927.
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April 10, 2015 | By Mary Walton, For The Inquirer
Who among us does not mourn something we've lost? "I lost my stuffed lion named Lionie when I was in the hospital. I had him since I was 6 and lost him in the hospital when I was 23 and diagnosed with MS. I am almost 29 now & still think about him every day. Thank you. " "I left my only memoir of my late uncle, who was more like a father to me than anyone, with an angry ex-GF whom upon breaking up with me destroyed it completely....
NEWS
April 6, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
The most important financial event in your life can be landing a job. And when readers write in saying, "Thanks, but how about helping me find work?" how can I refuse? First place to start the hunt is a supportive environment. That would be the Free Library of Philadelphia, both the central library at 1901 Vine St., just off the Parkway - where a job fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 on the first floor - and the regional libraries, such as the Paschalville branch, at 6942 Woodland Ave. Then there's the Free Library's year-round career center.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOVE Park is getting a new fountain, lots of lawn space, gardens, and a food-truck area. The question is, What goes where? The design team working on the $15 million renovation of JFK Plaza presented four designs to the community at a meeting Tuesday at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The four plans, presented by Mary Margaret Jones, president of the project's lead architectural firm, Hargreaves Associates, include all the same elements but vary in layout.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
You know a genre of music has become a deeply ingrained part of the culture when it becomes a featured night on American Idol . So it is with the American Songbook, a genre of music and a cultural movement that, beginning in the mid-1920s, defined American tastes in music, theater, movies, and even fashion for three decades. Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin were its principal writers, and Ella Fitzgerald, Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong the musicians and singers who interpreted their work.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The William Penn Foundation is extending its longtime role as primary benefactor of the Free Library of Philadelphia by awarding the library the biggest grant in the history of either institution. The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over three years, helping to pay for renovations at the Central Library downtown, plus the renovation and expansion of five neighborhood branches in South Philadelphia, central North Philadelphia, Logan, Tacony, and Mount Airy.
NEWS
June 14, 2014
The national weather map on the Inquirer Express page Thursday transposed the locations of Philadelphia and Washington. The forecasts for each city were correct. A story Thursday about John Cardinal O'Connor misstated the length of his tenure as leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. It was 16 years. A review Thursday of Hillary Rodham Clinton's book Hard Choices incorrectly described her appearance Friday morning at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chef Marc Vetri stationed Max Kane, 12, and his brother Grant, 9, in front of a cutting board and prepared to impart some culinary wisdom. "Here's what I want you to do," the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Vetri and Osteria began somberly. "Don't cut yourself. " In between chugging olive oil and cracking wise, he imparted knife skills, food-preparation techniques, and a killer panzanella recipe to a crowd that included restaurant workers with limited English, kids finding their way around the kitchen for the first time, and parents and grandparents navigating their families' nutritional needs.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, all the world's a stage, as Shakespeare noted in As You Like It, so it should be no surprise that all the men and women gathered Wednesday at the Free Library on Logan Circle were merely players. There was Will himself (also known as Brian McCann), acting no improbable fiction, but rather introducing an ambitious, year-long schedule of programs and events planned in honor of the bard's 450th birthday. "The Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450" has been put together by the library, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and other cultural organizations around the region.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2013
3-month and 6-month bills , Jun. 3; 2-year notes , Jun. 25; 3-year notes , Jun. 11; 10-year notes , Jun. 12; 30-year notes , Jun. 13; 5-year TIPS , Aug. 22; 10-year TIPS , Jul. 18; 30-year TIPS , Jun. 20. Business Referral Luncheon , presented by BNI, King of Prussia chapter. Peppers Italian Restaurant, 236 Town Center Rd., King of Prussia; 610-792-2105. Reservations required. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. recurring Networking Meeting , presented by BNI, Fort Washington chapter. Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington; 215-947-7784; www.bnidvr.com . Cost to attend is the cost of the meal.
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