January 10, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The new method of casino taxation under consideration by state legislators could have an unintended casualty: the highly regarded Atlantic City Free Public Library. State legislators acknowledged Thursday that the Atlantic City recovery bills, as currently written, would leave the library in the lurch for much of its current $5 million budget. Library director Maureen Sherr-Frank said Thursday that it would remove 70 percent of the funding. Marshall Spevak, aide to State Sen. Vincent Mazzeo, said legislators would seek a remedy in the bill to prevent any drastic impact on the library, which also operates a branch on Richmond Avenue, and the city's historical museum and archives.
January 5, 2015 |
Boom! The kickoff cannon sounded at 8 a.m. on the dot, and the red-wagon pullers were off. Cheerful despite the early-January cold, residents streamed onto Wallace Avenue on Saturday in a wagon train of brightly decorated vehicles, ready to finish moving the Downingtown Library to its new home. Wagonload by wagonload, the volunteer brigade moved 1,200 boxes of books from the building that had housed them for 100 years to a new spot six blocks away. The wagon train, organized by local Rotarians, was a community spectacle - and one of the final steps in a historic event 20 years in the making.
December 30, 2014 |
Ted Paluch never considered himself much of a soldier. But the 92-year-old veteran's lips began to quiver when asked what he learned from World War II. "It made me a little more tolerant," he said. Paluch fell silent, adjusted his glasses, and pulled a tissue from the pocket of his blazer. "That's about it," he whispered. Sitting in a Philadelphia office on Sunday morning, Paluch recalled his experience surviving the Malmedy massacre of 1944, when German troops lined up and killed 84 U.S. soldiers captured during the Battle of the Bulge.
December 27, 2014 |
Like his fellow students at Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, 14-year-old Warren Zhao was excited Tuesday to start a week and a half of vacation from school. But less than two hours after school let out, Zhao was combing through stacks of nonfiction books. He had volunteered to help the financially struggling Tredyffrin Public Library recover from flooding that hit the day after Thanksgiving. "I feel like it's my duty as a citizen of the community to help out as much as possible," said Zhao, who also volunteered on Sunday with fellow members of Boy Scout Troop Devon 50. "I came back because when I got here, I didn't think the flooding would be that bad. " Plumbing malfunctions caused part of the library to flood a month ago, destroying carpets and furniture, and damaging some shelves and drywall.
December 11, 2014 |
Temple University has unveiled plans for a sleek, new $190 million library that will span a city block and serve as an anchor in the heart of the North Philadelphia campus. The 210,000-square-foot library - which will rise at the current site of Barton Hall, between Liacouras Walk and 13th Street - will replace Paley Library, which will be retooled as a welcome center, with a cafe, classrooms, and gathering spaces. A rendering by the architectural firm Snøhetta shows a futuristic expanse with a sweeping front arch, a green roof, and an outdoor balcony offering cross-campus views.
December 3, 2014
A photo caption accompanying a commentary Monday should have noted that the Masterman School's library has reopened and that the principal at the time of the closure, Marjorie Neff, has since retired from that position.
November 23, 2014 |
Three previously unknown Oscar Wilde items have surfaced in the Free Library of Philadelphia's rare-book collection and are being greeted by scholars and aficionados as perhaps one of the most important Wilde discoveries in decades. The emergence of a typescript of the play Salome hand-corrected by Wilde, a 142-page personal notebook in which he drafted poems and doodled line drawings, and an unpublished four-page manuscript from his famous poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol have put the Free Library at the center of a happy storm of attention.
November 12, 2014 |
When it comes to local politics, one knee-jerk reaction often begets another. Commissioners in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, learned that the hard way after they barred the tax collector and a state representative from holding office hours in the library. The move came after a workshop meeting in October without a board vote, and it was unclear at Monday night's workshop meeting whether there had been a consensus to take any action. As the debate grew heated, two commissioners said simultaneously: "There was no agreement" and "We all agreed.
October 30, 2014 |
The new commercial kitchen at the Free Library of Philadelphia is, by far, the most beautiful, tricked-out kitchen in which I've ever cooked. We made lovely meals in the simple convent kitchen at St. Martin de Porres in North Philadelphia when the after-school cooking program began in 2012, and then in the public school cafeteria kitchens the following fall and spring. As the program grew over the last two years, with volunteers cooking in schools in Philadelphia and Camden, some classes made feasts with just an electric frying pan. The point is, you don't need a high-end kitchen and fancy equipment to cook a nice dinner.
October 27, 2014 |
Howard Lutnick lost his mother to cancer when he was a high school junior. And one week into his freshman year at Haverford College, his father died - the result of a tragic medical mistake. That's when he got the phone call from Robert B. Stevens, then president of Haverford: "Howard, your four years here are free. " Since then, Lutnick has been returning the kindness of the college that became a family when he most needed one. Now 53 and chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald L.P. - a New York City financial firm that lost 658 employees in the World Trade Center attacks - Lutnick has become the college's largest donor, a distinction deepened on Saturday with the announcement of his $25 million gift.