May 10, 2016 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, for Alice F. Fullam, 90, of Wallingford, a retired librarian and the wife of retired U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam. Mrs. Fullam died Tuesday, April 12, of cancer and dementia at home. The daughter of Adolph John and Dorothy Cleary Freiheit, she was born in Akron, Ohio, and grew up in Marblehead, Mass., and suburban New York City. She graduated from Garden City High School on Long Island, and majored in psychology at Radcliffe College.
May 8, 2016
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu By Joshua Hammer Simon & Schuster. 288 pp. $26 Reviewed by Jean Marie Brown This book tells of Abdel Kader Haidara's effort to save thousands of priceless manuscripts dating back centuries, manuscripts endangered when al-Qaeda seized Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012. But it is much more than a story of a rescue effort. Haidara, the central character, is an everyman who plunged into the world of ancient scripts when, at 17, his father bequeathed him the family's collection.
April 1, 2016
ISSUE | ELLIOT L. SHELKROT A librarian for all needs and tastes As president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia for 20 years, Elliot L. Shelkrot, who died on March 21, placed a huge bet on investing in branch libraries, particularly decrepit facilities in the lowest-income neighborhoods, for children and adults with the greatest needs for literacy and access to information (" 'Visionary' library chief," March 22). He tirelessly raised money to renovate buildings, install Internet access and computers, build child-friendly spaces for story hours, respond to community interests, and add staff (often tech-wizard teens)
February 2, 2016
By Roz Warren A man recently defecated in the stairwell at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr. The deed and the person's subsequent exit from the building were both captured by the library's security cameras, and the local police circulated footage of the perp leaving the library and asked the public to help identify him. (What did he look like? An ordinary, somewhat distracted-looking middle-aged guy. If you passed him on the street, you wouldn't look at him twice.) It's safe to say that the library-going public was shocked and horrified by what he did. It's also safe to say that nobody who has ever worked at a public library was the least bit surprised.
January 14, 2016 |
The Rev. James S. Irvine, 88, associate librarian at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1966 to 1998, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Medford Leas, the retirement community in Medford, where he had resided since 2000. "A gentleman," said his sister-in-law, Carmela LoCicero. "Kind and very quiet. " Mr. Irvine was "a well of knowledge," she said, and when there were parlor games, "everybody fought for him" to be on their teams. Even in conversations, she said, "he always had his library voice, talking softly.
November 21, 2015 |
Roald Dahl's children's book Matilda is about a little girl with superpowers. That just about describes the winsome, hugely talented Mabel Tyler, who stars in the touring production currently at the Academy of Music. (Tyler is one of three girls who alternate in the role.) She delivers complicated lyrics and dialogue - some of it in Russian - and leads, with real stage presence, a cast of many children and quite a few adults. The plot makes Annie 's hard-knock life look like a walk in the park: Matilda is a brilliant little girl who is tormented by her awful parents (Cassie Silva and Quinn Mattfeld)
November 14, 2015 |
The subtitle of Underneath the Lintel , now at the Lantern Theater, describes the play: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences . The evidences, "scraps" that fill a suitcase, are clues, perhaps proofs, of a mystery a librarian dedicates his life to solving. And they are indeed impressively presented by Peter DeLaurier in this entrancing solo show. Glen Berger's play at first seems merely a quaint story. One day an overdue book, a Baedeker's travel guide, is returned to a library in Holland.
August 23, 2015 |
Evald Rink, 99, formerly of Wilmington, an archivist and historical librarian with a specialty in 18th- and 19th-century printing and technology, died Friday, Aug. 14, of congestive heart failure at the home of his daughter in Kensington, Md. Born near Kadrina, Estonia, he and his wife, Hildegard, came to the United States in 1949, after the Soviet annexation of Estonia. For a while, they lived in a camp for displaced persons in Germany. Seabrook Farms in New Jersey sponsored their move to the United States.
March 20, 2015 |
ANN DOUGHERTY used to say she felt like Cyrano, the fictional character who wrote love letters for a fellow soldier in the famous French play by Edmond Rostand. Ann did the same for a number of male patrons of the Free Library's Rodriguez branch, including a Spanish-speaking man who wanted to woo an English-speaking woman. Ann helped him write the love letter, and the man got his first date. Alas, Ann never found out if the romance lasted. Ann was a librarian, but nothing like the librarians usually thought of as dowdy spinsters in dim rooms reeking of the dusty volumes of forgotten lore.
February 25, 2015 |
Ruth E. Brown, 94, a librarian and archivist at several institutions in Philadelphia, died Saturday, Feb. 14, of cardiac disease at Cathedral Village in Roxborough, where she had lived since 1997. She was a longtime resident of Center City. An Allentown native, Ms. Brown came to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania, and liked the city so much that she stayed. "By the time I came along in the 1950s, she had already given up her car and her driver's license," said nephew Geoffrey Brown.