September 14, 2013 |
Every autumn, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Andy Kahan pores over the catalogs of the big book publishing houses, preparing his wish list. But Kahan isn't interested in acquiring books; he's looking for authors - specifically, for authors he can invite to speak at the Free Library. For Kahan, booking the right authors is a never-ending conversation, revolving around authors who've never been to his library; popular authors who draw huge crowds ("Think Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Doris Kearns Goodwin," he says)
September 14, 2013 |
When Central High School opened its new library in 2005 - a $4.5 million research and media hub funded by alumni - Apple named it a national model. Students visited it more than 147,000 times last year, more than 800 visits a day. Masterman School's library, also bolstered by fund-raising, bustled with students, too, from early morning till late afternoon. But now both libraries - the academic hearts of two of Philadelphia's most prestigious schools - have been shuttered.
August 25, 2013 |
Stately and welcoming, fronted by a glass-enclosed portico and topped by a widow's walk, the Victorian landmark known for generations as the Mount Holly Library ceased, on Friday, to be. So, why was everybody inside smiling, clapping, and shaking hands? Because this architectural gem on High Street, whose survival had seemed precarious for years, had just come into the possession and protection of Burlington County, which will turn it into a history museum and "lyceum. " "This is a pretty historic event in a pretty historic building," Freeholder Director Joseph Donnelly told the 30 people perched on Windsor chairs in the ground-floor meeting room.
August 21, 2013 |
The Delaware County Library System will hold a three-part program to help seniors make informed decisions about their finances. The topics covered are: Budgeting on a Fixed Income held on Sept. 18th; Avoiding ID Theft, Scams and Financial Predators held on Sept. 23rd; and, Understanding Reverse Mortgages held on Oct. 2nd. Each courses will start at 10:15 a.m. at the Middletown Public Library, at 21 N. Pennell Road in Lima. Registration is required. For online registration visit www.delcolibraries.org and click the library events icon.
August 9, 2013 |
Sharon Furgason first wore flip-flops as a kid in Ohio, where "all I did was go to the lake or to the library," she recalls. Now 66 and the director of Pitman's McCowan Memorial Library, Furgason still loves beaches, books - and flip-flops. So much so that she has put selections from her 98-pair collection of the festive seasonal footwear on exhibit at McCowan this summer. "People get a smile out of it," Furgason beams as she unlocks a display case that holds a rainbow array of flip-flops.
July 22, 2013 |
Tango melodies echoed through the typically serene chambers of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch on Saturday as a dozen dancers slipped and twirled their way around book stacks and staircases, surprising a variety of weekend patrons. "I was just coming here to use the computers," said Reese Robinson, 26, of North Philadelphia, who admired the dancers beneath the library's rotunda. A daylong celebration of the tango featured a well-attended demonstration in the lobby, a reading from the book Tango Nuevo by Carolyn Merritt, and tango lessons for those with little to no dancing experience.
July 20, 2013 |
If it had been another library, or another decade, Joe Galbraith might have paid a visit to that worker with the shrieking cement cutter outside his office and called out: "Don't you know this is a library ?" But "we don't do shhhh ," said Galbraith, director of the Moorestown Library, turning his gaze back from the window. "It really is a vibrant space we have here. " In truth, that big, scary-looking blade slicing the curb off North Church Street and those bulldozers rumbling near West Second Street were music to Galbraith's ears.
July 8, 2013 |
Once Lewis Henry Wilkinson Jr.'s failing vision had precluded him from driving a car, he bought himself a sturdy tricycle. That was a Wilkinson move, his friends said. He wouldn't let his age or declining health get to him. Social as always, Mr. Wilkinson would drive his three-wheel bike around Haddon Township and Collingswood to buy groceries, run errands, and chat with old friends. Mr. Wilkinson, 98, died Sunday, June 23, at AristaCare in Cherry Hill, where he had been living for the last few years.
June 22, 2013 |
A former bookkeeper at Montgomery County's Law Library who allegedly used public money for personal expenses waived her preliminary hearing Friday. Judge Margaret Hunsicker transferred the case of Barbara Melnyk, 55, to Common Pleas Court, where the Norristown resident will be formally arraigned July 31. Melnyk was arrested at the courthouse June 14. Charges include theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy. She is free on $10,000 bail. The charges came after an audit from County Controller Stewart J. Greenleaf Jr. uncovered problems in Law Library accounts.