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June 10, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traveling across the Mantua Creek into Paulsboro's two square miles of aging infrastructure, there's a modest-seeming collection of local history on the left, right, and below. There's the home of the borough's namesake family, the house-turned-library built in 1806, and a Native American encampment under the dirt and grass. The triad of sites at Broad and Commerce Streets have become a lesson in preservation amid present-day realities. Officials this week will break ground on a long-planned expansion of the Gill Memorial Library, which was a house, general store, and doctor's office before it was donated to the borough in 1949.
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June 9, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The library has one wall painted bright yellow, because that was Jamie Soukup Reid's favorite color, and six chess sets, because she loved and taught the challenges of the game. Among its 6,000 books are some of her personal favorites, like Holes and To Kill a Mockingbird , and others that she shared with her students. On a table stands a doll of Ms. Frizzle, the eccentric flame-haired teacher in The Magic School Bus . Reid so loved those stories that she dressed as Ms. Frizzle for Halloween.
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June 9, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A painter on a ladder was sanding a wall, an electrician was tugging wires from a floorplate, pages were stacking DVDs into newly installed shelving, and the man in a Teamsters T-shirt wanted to know where to deliver his crate just as a load of plastic-wrapped biographies rolled through the front door of the new Moorestown Library. "Look," joked library director Joe Galbraith. "There goes Che Guevara. " He meant the book, not the late revolutionary, but his good humor was understandable.
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June 3, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Van Horne did not inaugurate the move into the computer age at the Library Company of Philadelphia. When he arrived in 1985, the venerable research archive already had a Wang word processor. Van Horne quickly acquired a fax machine that used thermal paper and cost thousands of dollars. Those antediluvian days obviously are long gone. Today the Library Company - the nation's oldest library and research institution, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731 - is swimming in digital waters.
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May 30, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
THE Free Library of Philadelphia, always a source of food for thought, will start cooking for real Monday with the opening of the Culinary Literacy Center at the Parkway Central Library. The demonstration kitchen - with three ovens, a walk-in refrigerator, 16 burners and seating for 36 guests - will offer activities to educate people of all ages, not just in nutrition but in general literacy, mathematics and even chemistry. "People learn in different ways," explained Sandy Horrocks, the library's vice president of external affairs.
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May 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
As though going through a Rolodex, Roz Chast cycles through some of the reasons she had such a complicated, difficult relationship with her parents. "They both grew up poor. They were born in 1912, so they graduated college into the Depression. Their experiences were . . . just awful," said the New Yorker cartoonist, who delves into that troubled relationship in her graphic memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? , published Tuesday by Bloomsbury. Chast, 59, whose work is acclaimed for its wry humor and off-kilter style, will discuss the book at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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May 9, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
UPPER DARBY The dirt road that leads to an empty library in Sinon, Tanzania, is a lot different than the streets that lead to Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby. The library in Sinon requires a guard post, and the street is lined with tropical trees and an occasional closet-size storefront that serves as a grocery. The streets near Stonehurst Hills feature small front yards with children's toys scattered about and American flags waving in the breeze. In March, the students at Stonehurst Hills, 90 percent of whom qualify for a special lunch program, hoped to raise $260 for that library on the other side of the world.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I totally agree with your editorial, "No Mere Words," that libraries are important and that every school child in Philadelphia should have and utilize a library card. As the proud holder of four Vacation Reading Club certificates from the Free Library of Philadelphia (1956-1959), as the daughter of a decade-long head of the Falls of Schuylkill branch, as a retired English teacher who walked entire classes across the parking lot from Rush Middle School to the Katharine Drexel branch, as a retired English department head at A. Philip Randolph Technical High School who regularly invited the local branch librarian to freshman orientation to sign up students for cards, and as now a board member of the Friends of the Free Library, I would, under normal conditions, applaud the motive and action of awarding member cards to every student in the city.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
David C. Munn, director of the Cherry Hill Public Library from 1980 to 1989, spent many hours watching his son go around in circles. From the time he was seven to 12, son Ward said, "I spent a lot of time in competitive speed roller skating," at rinks in Cherry Hill and Evesham. "He would drive me all over the region, bringing me to speed roller skating events," so many that after a while, "he became a timer for the events. " On Saturday, April 12, Mr. Munn, 72, of Gloucester City, a career public librarian and author of local histories, died of cancer at his home.
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March 25, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILLINGBORO The Willingboro Public Library has a new logo to complete its transformation as a community center for information. Alleanna Harris, 20, submitted the winning entry in the contest to replace the outdated logo. The contest began Jan. 13 and ended Feb. 17. "It's very exciting," said Harris, a junior at the University of the Arts. "This is my first major win. It makes me feel great" Two runners-up were named: Michael L. Clay, 28, a graphic designe; and Christian Freeman, both of Willingboro.
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