February 18, 1986 |
Some were lost in thought and books, others in time. In the main reading room of the Library of Congress, the afternoon's collection of scholars, researchers and amateur wisdom-seekers sat at the circular desks that are part of the world's largest library. More than 80 million items are here on 535 miles of shelves. At a rate of one minute per item, eight hours a day for five days a week, 648 years would be needed to examine all that the library holds. The citizens in the reading room were trying to reach "the instant of knowing," a phrase that Josephine Jacobsen, a former consultant in poetry to the library, used in her farewell lecture in 1973.
January 10, 1988 |
The Delanco Township Committee has moved a step closer to creation of a jointly run school-township library. The committee passed a resolution Monday agreeing to a 50-year lease with the Delanco school board. The agreement becomes effective once the $1.43 million Burlington Avenue School Expansion project is completed later this year. Terms of the agreement include payment of not more than $17,000 each year for the first 15 years of occupancy with an option to extend the agreement for an additional 25 years.
May 28, 1989 |
Under a proposal approved by the school board in May of 1988, the entire Bensalem High School library book and periodical collection will be on laser disk by September. The disk will then become part of a statewide computerized catalogue network, known as Access Pennsylvania, which contains the book and periodical content of more than 500 academic, public, school and special libraries. A slide presentation explaining the network was introduced to the public at school board meeting Wednesday by Shirley Crehan, director of the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit 22. "Libraries and archives, in the future, will not exist as we know them today," Crehan told the audience.
January 20, 1991 |
In late 1989, Delanco forged into uncharted territory. It was getting ready to open a joint school-municipal library, and some skeptics wondered whether such an unusual union would succeed. Well, the library celebrated its first birthday Jan. 4, and "it's gone much better than most people anticipated," said Joseph Miller, superintendent of schools. The joint venture is believed to be only the second library alliance of its kind in the state. Cranbury forged the first. "I guess I'm an eternal optimist," Miller said.
October 16, 1988 |
Nancy Sheridan Wells, 55, a homemaker and co-founder of the library at SS. Colman-John Neumann Elementary School, died Oct. 7 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. She lived in Bryn Mawr. Mrs. Wells worked for seven years as a volunteer at the library after it opened in 1967. "She was generous and very friendly to everybody; she was just a real supportive person," said Eleanor Fala, also a library co-founder. Mrs. Wells was a member of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, Bryn Mawr, and was active in parish and school functions.
October 26, 1994 |
Six larger-than-life paintings, which already have attracted national attention, were unveiled yesterday evening in a formal ceremony at the Honorable Francis J. Catania Law Library. "My basic idea was to paint something I would like to see on the wall, and I did that," said Dean Hartung, 38, of Philadelphia's Mount Airy section. "I really love it. " The portraits, paid for through donations, were part of a two-year project proposed by the county's judicial bicentennial committee in 1990, when the county celebrated the founding of its court system.
November 20, 1992 |
When 12-year-old Patrick Hindermyer goes to the Atlantic County library here, it's not just for a book. He borrows a toy. Patrick checks out the Rocky Patrol car, the one with the real headlights and the blinking bubble light on top. With a specially adapted remote-control joy stick, he can make the car stop and go. The car is one of the toys in the Atlantic County's adaptive-toys program for children who have physical disabilities....
September 10, 1992 |
The Marple Public Library will dedicate its 100,000th title - a copy of the 1790 Pennsylvania census - at a ceremony Sunday afternoon. The ceremony, scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m., will be held in the library, at Springfield and Sproul Roads in Broomall. Library director Harold Boyer said that a number of officials - including U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) and State Rep. Bill Adolph (R., Delaware) - were expected to attend. "It's a landmark for us," said Boyer, "which is why we're taking the opportunity to commemorate it. The 200,000th title will probably come long after I'm gone.
January 10, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The new method of casino taxation under consideration by state legislators could have an unintended casualty: the highly regarded Atlantic City Free Public Library. State legislators acknowledged Thursday that the Atlantic City recovery bills, as currently written, would leave the library in the lurch for much of its current $5 million budget. Library director Maureen Sherr-Frank said Thursday that it would remove 70 percent of the funding. Marshall Spevak, aide to State Sen. Vincent Mazzeo, said legislators would seek a remedy in the bill to prevent any drastic impact on the library, which also operates a branch on Richmond Avenue, and the city's historical museum and archives.
December 15, 2009
IT MUST be unsettling, and frustrating, to head to the library so you can check job listings online, or be in a safe place after school, only to find it closed. According to a report in yesterday's Daily News, unscheduled closings due to staff shortages are happening more often, as the library system struggles to operate under reduced circumstances. On any given day, according to the report, one or more of the 54 branches in the system have been shut unexpectedly. This is disruptive to the city's citizens; the library is often the heart of a community, providing far more than books.