August 14, 2015 |
Shelves of books may evoke peace and quiet, but it has been a season of turmoil for the Kennett Public Library. Board member resignations, a controversial name change, and a renewed debate about the library's location have raised concerns about the future of the Chester County library. Leaders of the library in Kennett Square, formerly known as the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, say they are making changes - and reconsidering a plan to move out of the borough. But library critics have called for creating a task force to intervene.
July 20, 2015 |
Carol M. Highsmith looks at the Cherry Hill Mall and sees America. "I'm making a historical record of our times - a visual study," says the celebrated photographer, who has collaborated with the Library of Congress for 35 years. Highsmith's visits to Cherry Hill in April and June yielded about 30 pictures of South Jersey's signature suburb. "I roamed around to see what I could see, and I was impressed," she says. "I've been all over the country, and I've seen towns of Cherry Hill's size fail.
July 8, 2015 |
Caitlin Moran talks so fast, my digital recorder couldn't keep up. I wanted to catch every word - because, as the English columnist, TV critic/celebrity writer, satirist, novelist, public intellectual, now-wave feminist, and funnyperson vroomed on at comet speed, she was talking more sense per femtosecond than your average extraordinarily gifted person. Moran, who will speak Thursday at the Free Library, is cobbling together a cool, fresh way of thinking the future into being.
April 25, 2015 |
Was it a birdhouse? A storage locker? A plant stand? The pretty red-and-turquoise box had suddenly appeared at the side of Penny's Flowers, the focal point of Glenside's Keswick Village shopping district. A few months later, a mile away, another box appeared on a quiet street in the Ardsley neighborhood. It looked like a newspaper honor box, but like the one at Penny's, it was filled with books. Indeed, these were two new outposts of the Little Free Library, a worldwide program that encourages people to take books at will and donate others.
April 24, 2015 |
Marivic Wright, a Philippine immigrant, was a return visitor Tuesday to the E-Gadget Help Desk at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She came for assistance in finding another e-book after poring through two on her Samsung Galaxy Note 8 "phablet. " Her latest: The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality. Calvin Moody of Germantown stopped by to get help with his Android tablet, which wasn't loading new e-mails. "I'm from the old school.
April 19, 2015 |
With the snip of giant scissors, a sparkling gold ribbon was cut at the new Downingtown library Friday morning, 10 months after the site's groundbreaking. It made official the completion of a long effort to move the borough's library, a cause around which residents and local officials have rallied. "The sense of community is really overwhelming," library director Karen Miller said before the ribbon-cutting. An enthusiastic audience of more than 100 applauded as speakers, including U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R., Pa.)
April 10, 2015 |
Who among us does not mourn something we've lost? "I lost my stuffed lion named Lionie when I was in the hospital. I had him since I was 6 and lost him in the hospital when I was 23 and diagnosed with MS. I am almost 29 now & still think about him every day. Thank you. " "I left my only memoir of my late uncle, who was more like a father to me than anyone, with an angry ex-GF whom upon breaking up with me destroyed it completely....
April 3, 2015 |
The long-awaited renovation and expansion of the Haddonfield Public Library is about to begin. A $2.2 million bid for the construction project is expected to be awarded around April 14. The library's last day for visits until the project is completed around the end of the year will be April 19, said library director Susan Briant. But the people of Haddonfield will not be library-less all those months. Around May 11, a temporary annex will open at 123 Kings Highway East, formerly a shop, offering some of the more high-demand collections, computer services, and some children's and teen collections.
March 11, 2015 |
THE PROSE of best-selling author James Patterson is probably never going to be analyzed in literature classes, but the man knows how to spin a yarn and churn out books perfect for airplanes, beaches, armchairs and the john. Now the author of the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series for adults, the Maximum Ride series for teens and oodles of other novels either written solo or with a co-author, has decided to give some of his money to school libraries. (Patterson has already handed out more than $1 million to independent bookstores.)
March 5, 2015 |
In 1918, when she was 6, Thelma Davis' father, David, died in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County. Her mother, Harriet, had to send Thelma and her four siblings - from 2 years old to 10 - to live in what is now Mooseheart Child City and School in Illinois. Opened in 1913 by the Moose fraternal organization, "at the time, it was the model place to raise a child" who lacked a parent or a nurturing home, a granddaughter, Kathy Simpkins, said. A relative, James J. Davis, is credited by the organization with the concept, Simpkins said.