Fairhill: New Chapter For Library Means Bittersweet, Temporary Closure

Fairhill: New Chapter For Library Means Bittersweet, Temporary Closure

Rebekah Ray and the staff at the Lillian Marrero Library have been dedicated to the future of the branch, long before the building recently closed for renovations. Now, they are left wondering how the community is going to fare for the next two years, without the essential resources they provide. The Lillian Marrero Library at Sixth […]

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University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

Among the bright blue walls and posters full of literary puns, Kathleen Volk Miller (below) sits in a sea of papers and books. It’s a scene some might find overwhelming, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. As a writer, professor and the director of Drexel’s new graduate program in publishing, Miller says of all […]

 

Manayunk: Neighborhood Bookstore Saves Money and Helps Environment

Manayunk: Neighborhood Bookstore Saves Money and Helps Environment

Ann Tetreault grew up never being denied a book she wanted to read because of the affordability of used bookstores, and would eventually go on to make this her life’s work. Tetreault and her husband opened The Spiral Bookcase used bookstore in Manayunk five years ago, and have been pleased with the results ever since. “Since I […]

 

Fairmount: Bookhaven Survives Despite Popularity of E-readers

Books never run out of batteries. E-readers can feature a variety of books. Books have that certain smell. E-readers have a light for late-night reads. The debate may never end. Supporters of e-readers wonder why people would buy a copy of a book or newspaper when you can get it online. But Bookhaven owners Rolf […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: Five Places You Need To Know

Arts and Entertainment: Five Places You Need To Know

There’s a bounty of things to do in Philadelphia for entertainment. Often, some of the best spots are kept under the radar of non-Philadelphians or people who are unfamiliar with what lies beyond their neighborhood lines. Sometimes you just never make it to the joint down the street where you envision a particularly wonderful evening. […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella Wesley

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

[vimeo 80776295] It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia has fallen on hard times. The district has to work with the budget it has set and because of this budget there have been many staff layoffs. Among those laid off include principals, assistant principals, secretaries and teachers. One position that was hit hard were […]

 Jenine Pilla

Kensington: Neighborhood History Buff Shares Tales of Kensington’s Past

Kensington: Neighborhood History Buff Shares Tales of Kensington’s Past

Standing in a cleared out square amongst a sea of bookshelves at Port Richmond Books, Kensington native and history buff Kenneth Milano uses his old-school wooden pointer and overhead projector to highlight the route of the Nativists who rampaged the streets of today’s Fishtown in 1844. What originated as an exploration into his family’s past […]

 By Erin O'Reilly and Sara Rooney

University City: Co-op Bookstore Provides for the Neighborhood

University City: Co-op Bookstore Provides for the Neighborhood

While strolling down Baltimore Avenue a pleasant stop is Bindlestiff Books located on the 4500 block. It is a quaint little bookstore stocked with many different types of publications. Toy trains and other trinkets adorn he walls inside Bindelstiff that are covered with books. More intimate than a chain store like Barnes and Nobles, Bindlestiff […]

 By Thomas Cochet and Michelle Zei

Mount Airy: Big Blue Marble Bookstore’s Reading Club Binds Community

Mount Airy: Big Blue Marble Bookstore’s Reading Club Binds Community

The Big Blue Marble Bookstore, located at 551 Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy, is the place where a group of women meet monthly to discuss books about women. The Women of the World Book Club, created in 2004, meets once monthly to discuss international and multicultural books written by women. This book club attracts […]

 By Kimberly Wagner, Sherrell Williams and Kevin Yorke

Strawberry Mansion: Local Author Writes About Growing Up in the Neighborhood

Strawberry Mansion: Local Author Writes About Growing Up in the Neighborhood

Julia Press Simmons, 34, has been writing since her father called her a “little liar” and gave her a pen and pad at the age of 11. He told her to start writing her lies down. Her lies became her poetry. Her poetry evolved into something much more. She became a full-fledged author. Simmons said […]