April 11, 2005 |
THE APRIL 6 article by Valerie M. Russ about what the people of the city stand to lose if 20 neighborhood libraries are made into Express branches does an excellent job of highlighting two important facts: 1. Denying full access to library resources in the poorest neighborhoods while continuing full service in more advantaged neighborhoods is economic discrimination. 2. Actual librarians with accredited master's degrees are the greatest resource that any library can have. There are two other facts that the public deserves to know.
February 2, 2015 |
The children who attend Spring Garden Elementary often come home to no books, let alone e-readers or Internet access. Some live in a nearby homeless shelter. So when Laureal Robinson became Spring Garden's principal five years ago, she had a goal in mind: to reopen the school library with a certified librarian. "We had to adopt a back-to-basics approach," Robinson said. "We had to make it as easy as possible for children to get books in their hands. " Spring Garden's budget is just as tight as every other school's in the Philadelphia School District - it has no full-time counselor or nurse - but Robinson made reopening a library a priority.
February 13, 2003 |
Alexandra Grilikhes, 70, who built a University of Pennsylvania library from a fledgling facility into a respected source of information, died Saturday of breast cancer at her home in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. She also was an award-winning poet and novelist who taught at the University of the Arts. As director of Penn's Annenberg School for Communication Library from the late 1960s until she retired in the early 1990s, Ms. Grilikhes "built a real library," said Larry Gross, deputy dean of the Annenberg School.
August 4, 1991 |
She came, she saw, she dusted. In her nearly 10 years as the head librarian of the Union Library Company of Hatborough, Diana V. Smartt brought the library into the 20th century. And in between fund-raising, updating the collection and increasing the membership, she occasionally dusted. "I was the children's librarian, the reference librarian, the head librarian and the cleaning lady," Smartt said. Smartt, 46, gave her two weeks' notice to library board president John Zygmont on July 15, officially resigned her post as head librarian on Wednesday and began Thursday as the executive director of William Jeanes Memorial Library in Whitemarsh.
November 16, 2009 |
Katherine David Polgar, 84, a librarian for Philadelphia cultural organizations in the 1960s and 1970s, died Monday of complications from a stroke, at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The longtime resident of Rutledge, Delaware County, had lived for the last two years at the Wallingford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Budapest, Mrs. Polgar fled Hungary with her physician husband and their three children soon after the 1956 uprising against the Communist government. "I was 2 years old," said a son, George Jr. "To keep me quiet" during the illegal overland trip into Austria, "my father pumped me full of barbiturates.
June 4, 1987 |
May was one tough month for Bernard J. Salera, the 41-year-old Catholic school librarian and disciple of political extremist Lyndon LaRouche. First Salera lost the Democratic mayoral primary. Now he's lost his job. Salera, the librarian at Father Judge High School since 1985, says his firing was an act of political discrimination by the Northeast school's principal, the Rev. Nicholas Waseline. Notified May 27 that his contract would not be renewed, Salera said he decided to respond by distributing to students copies of two letters he sent to school administrators.
February 6, 2009 |
Ruth Carpenter Donnell spent half of the 1950s in the Far East, where her husband was in State Department postings in Malaya, Taiwan and Vietnam. Though that was an adventurous time of her life, she might be better known for being a librarian at Germantown Friends School, where she worked from 1969 into 1976. On Dec. 26, Mrs. Donnell, 89, died of pneumonia at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. She lived in Roxborough. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Dr. A 1937 graduate of White Plains (N.Y.
September 18, 2010 |
Howard Frederick Roth Jr., 81, of Bryn Athyn, a retired librarian and a Korean War veteran, died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at his home. From 1994 until retiring in 2004, Mr. Roth was librarian at the Swedenborg Library at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn. He was an active member of the General Church of the New Jerusalem, which follows the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, an 18th-century Swedish scientist, mystic, and philosopher.
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.
February 10, 1993 |
Margaret Gayley Palmer, 88, who helped make the library at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine one of the finest in the world, died Monday at Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square. Miss Palmer was head librarian at the school from 1933 until she retired in 1963. In those 30 years, she became one of the most respected and beloved staff members at the school, according to Pat Heller, who now heads the library. "People still asked about her," Heller said. "She was very bright, very personable and very helpful to everybody.