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.
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.
January 9, 2015 |
She's the bestest librarian, yo Yes, yes, we know, SideShow is just dominated by librarians. And wouldn't you like to be? Well, be dominated: Siobhan A. Reardon , director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, has been chosen as Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, which, um, chooses that. You other cities, you got great librarians, but the best of 2015? Shut up . Reardon has had a fine run since becoming first lady female woman director of the Free Libe in 2010. She has handled budget cuts, new tech, repurposing, etc. - and done it all with panache, sprezzatura, Gemütlichkeit, Garbo , and other European words.
November 27, 2014 |
Elizabeth S. Walker, 66, formerly of Philadelphia, a contralto with a resounding voice who was a longtime presence in the city's music community, died Thursday, Oct. 30, of cancer at a hospice in Pittsburgh. Known as "Betsy," Ms. Walker moved to Philadelphia in 1977 to become assistant librarian at the Curtis Institute of Music. She rose to head librarian in 1980, and retired in 2012 as the institute's director of library and information services. She was credited with steering the Curtis library into the computer age. Curtis president Roberto Diaz issued a statement describing her legacy: "Her warm presence, good humor, charm, and distinctive voice have marked the lives of many Curtis students.
October 25, 2014 |
Sister Rose Immaculate Waller, 93, a teacher, librarian, and nature photographer, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House, Aston. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. Born Winifred Waller in Media, she graduated from Notre Dame High School. Sister Rose earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in library science, both from Villanova University. Her life's primary work was teaching and serving as librarian in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
October 22, 2014 |
Marjorie L. Hill "was a great walker" around Haddonfield, Milissa Morrissey recalled. "You could see her a mile away, with one of her fashionable hats. " Morrissey, a longtime friend, spoke of "what joy she brought to people. " "She often had a Bastille Day party," though Ms. Hill didn't refer to any family background that would have given her reason to celebrate the French national holiday on July 14. "She just had that joie de vivre ," Morrissey said, which, she said, animated the parties that Ms. Hill threw at Christmastime, too. Ms. Hill, 66, a former corporate librarian, died of cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Virtua Voorhees hospital.