May 19, 2013 |
John Van Horne, 63, who has presided over the Library Company of Philadelphia during nearly three decades of unprecedented digital change, has announced he will retire in May 2014. When Van Horne arrived in 1985, the Library Company, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, had a Wang word processor. Soon, it acquired a fax machine that used thermal paper. Now the library has created a rich and growing online environment. "This library has been in continuous operation for 282 years," Van Horne said in a statement.
May 16, 2013
BEN FRANKLIN was one of our greatest visionaries and the founder of the first public library in America. I wonder what Franklin would think of the "visionaries" now running the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Library is asking the city of Philadelphia to restore a 20 percent funding cut, while, through a new policy, it is losing $70,000 in fines that it collects from customers who lose or are late in returning borrowed materials. Losing that money is important, but more important is that their new policy exempts kids 12 and under from any fines and allows them to take out books and other materials if they still owe money.
May 10, 2013 |
TIME HAS not been kind to the library, city health center and recreation center at Broad and Morris streets in South Philly. Each of the properties could be described in less than glowing terms - old, small, rundown, outdated, take your pick. But the future for the heavily-used site is looking decidedly brighter, thanks to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP is planning to partner with the city to reimagine the one-block chunk of Broad Street and make it home to a pediatric care center and a completely new playground, library, rec center and health center.
May 8, 2013 |
The Free Library of Philadelphia's plan to eliminate overdue book fines for children has struck a sour note with some members of City Council, who question the financial aspect of the policy and the message it sends. Councilman David Oh was among three Council members who introduced a bill last week against the move, which has been instituted in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and elsewhere. Oh, in an interview Monday, said he opposed the measure because the money from the fines, which the library estimated at $70,000, could be used to extend hours or provide resources.
May 2, 2013 |
DALLAS - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public Wednesday, with the 43d president greeting 43 area schoolchildren who were its first visitors. "I was like, 'I can't believe he's here,' " said Eduardo Borrego, a sixth grader at Mark Twain Elementary in Richardson. The library and museum, along with Bush's policy institute, are housed in the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The center was dedicated last week during a ceremony that featured Bush, President Obama, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush.
April 27, 2013 |
Children's nonfiction author Vicki Cobb brings her one-woman science show to the Free Library on the Parkway Sunday as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Children will discover science through Cobb's interactive show, including illusions and challenges based on her books. Cobb, author of 85 books including the best-selling series Bet You Can! and Bet You Can't! , has appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and Live With Regis and Kathie Lee . The program is part of the Parkway Central Library's Margaret S. Halloran Family Literacy Programming Series.
April 27, 2013 |
DALLAS - George W. Bush shed a sentimental tear. Barack Obama mused about the burdens of the office. Bill Clinton dished out wisecracks. Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush chimed in, too, on a rare day of harmony at the dedication of the younger Bush's presidential library that glossed over the hard edges and partisan divides of five presidencies spanning more than three tumultuous decades. "To know the man is to like the man," Obama declared of his Republican predecessor, speaking Thursday before a crowd of 10,000 at an event that had the feel of a class reunion for the partisans who had powered the Bush administration from 2001 to 2009.
April 26, 2013 |
DALLAS - George W. Bush shed a sentimental tear. President Obama mused about the burdens of the office. Bill Clinton dished out wisecracks. Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush chimed in, too, on a rare day of harmony at the dedication of the younger Bush's presidential library that glossed over the hard edges and partisan divides of five presidencies spanning more than three tumultuous decades. "To know the man is to like the man," Obama declared of his Republican predecessor, speaking yesterday before a crowd of 10,000 at an event that had the feel of a class reunion for the partisans who had powered the Bush administration from 2001 to 2009.
April 25, 2013 |
The little East Greenwich Library operated for 57 years on a shoestring budget and the efforts of an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Four years ago, the Gloucester County Library System took it over at the local library association's request. Then the county system decided that the library was too small, too expensive, and too little used. Last month, the county Library Commission announced that it was not renewing the lease on the four-room redbrick schoolhouse where the library is housed, so the facility will close in January 2014.
April 24, 2013
HERE ARE SOME highlights of what local universities are doing for schools in their neighborhoods: Temple University: * The College of Education has a partnership with Dunbar Elementary School. Each semester, six to 10 interns in counseling, psychology and teaching are placed at the school. La Salle University: * The Writing Matters program is offered to seven district schools and one Catholic school. * Books have been given to Logan Elementary School.