(September 18, 2018 - New York Times Opinion by sociologist By Eric Klinenberg)
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.
(November 20, 2018 - by TyLisa C. Johnson)
City officials say Philadelphia's public library system has a green light to hire dozens of new employees by year's end and extend service hours at a dozen branches, but advocates maintain that the system needs a more dedicated and robust funding stream to help it grow and thrive.
The library system will fill 62 vacant positions, officials said, enabling it to open 35 of the 54 neighborhood branches six days a week.
Whether they’re saving books from censorship, or sheltering their community from danger, there’s nothing new about librarians choosing actions alongside words
It’s a truism in child development that the very young learn through relationships and back-and-forth interactions, including the interactions that occur when parents read to their children.
A new study provides evidence of just how sustained an impact reading and playing with young children can have, shaping their social and emotional development in ways that go far beyond helping them learn language and early literacy skills.
For most readers and writers — and book lovers in general — the library holds a special place of honor and respect.
The New York Times recently asked several authors to write about their local public library or to share a memory of a library from their past.
Click the link below to read the New York Times story first published on October 5, 2018.
Neighborhood libraries shut down regularly due to inadequate staffing and more than half of the city's neighborhood libraries have lost Saturday service this fall
This means enough resources to have every library open and fully staffed 6 or 7 days a week all year round, up-to-date materials and equipment, robust resources for programs, and buildings
that are safe, accessible and well maintained.
Call upon Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council to increase funding for the library in the upcoming budget that will be adopted for fiscal year 2020.
Call (215) 686-2181
Get in touch at FreeLibraryFullFunding@gmail.com