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.
June 15, 2013 |
Dostoevsky, Hemingway, and Faulkner were sitting quietly on their shelves, but down the hall at the Greenwich Library in Gibbstown, an alto sax, electric guitar, drums, and bass were starting to swing. Long the hushed province of art and literature, the libraries of Gloucester County are taking hold of a different art form: classical jazz. More specifically, the music of the Gabriels, a band featuring Art Lord, 78, a retired Drexel University physics professor; Ron Parker, 74, a studio musician turned Episcopal priest; Vince Long, 75, a retired businessman; and John Ciliberto, 53, a music teacher who builds guitars.
June 11, 2013 |
When she was in grammar school, Judith Lamb Olsen would look forward to walking through the graveyards of Pemberton Township, husband Douglas said. Her grandfather had a heart condition, and, Douglas said, "for exercise, he would walk through the cemeteries. " "And he would tell stories about the names on the gravestones. " From that came not only a published history of Pemberton, he said, but a career caring for the works of storytellers. On Sunday, June 2, Mrs. Olsen, 69, of Mount Holly, who retired as library director at Burlington County College in 2005, died of cancer at Virtua Memorial medical center in Mount Holly.
June 8, 2013 |
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A man with a semiautomatic rifle killed at least four people and wounded several others Friday as he carried out a deadly rampage across several blocks of a normally idyllic beachfront city. Police shot him dead in the Santa Monica College Library. The violence began when the gunman, dressed in all black and wearing what appeared to be a ballistic jacket, opened fire on a house where two bodies were found, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said. Two officials said Friday night that the killings began as a domestic violence incident and the victims in the home were the gunman's father and brother.
June 6, 2013 |
Hello there Larry was at a Duke University alumni and student mixer in New York City when he spotted a beautiful woman. Because the whole idea of the November 2009 event was to meet people, he had a perfect excuse to say hello. Lina also liked the looks of Larry. The two tried to get to know each other, but an alum monopolized the conversation with sports talk. So Larry, from Ocean City, N.J., and Lina, from Taiyuan, China, returned to their MBA classes at Duke's Fuqua School of Business only slightly more than strangers.
June 3, 2013
Everyday life experiences can teach children lessons - even hard lessons. Unfortunately, the Free Library of Philadelphia is giving up an opportunity to teach its younger patrons a lesson about responsibility. Beginning July 1, the library plans to stop fining children who fail to return books on time. Well-meaning librarians in neighborhood branches recommended eliminating the fines to avoid cutting off poor youngsters seeking library services. Some believe the children are returning books late for reasons beyond their control.
May 30, 2013 |
The Free Library of Philadelphia's plan to eliminate late fees for children - a move recommended by librarians to prevent cutting off poor kids from library services - is set to begin July 1 after a City Council committee Wednesday defeated a bill that would have thwarted it. Councilman David Oh, the primary sponsor, said about $70,000 of the $400,000 in late fees collected last year came from children's books and materials. He said individual librarians had the freedom to forgive late fees if they believe families cannot afford to pay - although a librarian who later testified disputed that she had that power.