North Philadelphia: Free Library, Other Organizations Strive to Make a Literacy Connection

North Philadelphia: Free Library, Other Organizations Strive to Make a Literacy Connection

Philadelphia is struggling with a huge literacy deficit: roughly two-thirds of adults are considered low-literate and don’t maintain basic literacy skills, according to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. In the face of this deficit, there has been an overwhelming response by both the community and institutions fighting to promote literacy in the city. The Free Library […]

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South Philadelphia: Charles Santore Library Offers Help to Immigrants

South Philadelphia: Charles Santore Library Offers Help to Immigrants

Jean Solar came to the United States from Chile two years ago. Despite his professional training as an engineer in his home country, Solar has been unable to secure a work visa in the United States and is struggling to assimilate to the culture. He hopes that by spending time learning English and exploring the city, he […]

 

Lawncrest: Ever-Changing Library Offers Knowledge to the Neighborhood

Lawncrest: Ever-Changing Library Offers Knowledge to the Neighborhood

The Lawncrest branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is making a difference in this Northeast Philadelphia community by serving as a resource for residents to get help and information about a variety of topics. Lawncrest resident Barbara Futch makes the trip to the library twice a week. “I come here for the books, I come here to […]

 

Andorra: Teen Reading Lounge Offers New Activities For Local Teens

Andorra: Teen Reading Lounge Offers New Activities For Local Teens

For kids in Northwest Philadelphia, there is an abundance of programs, many of which are offered by local branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. According to JoAnne Woods, the teen librarian at the Andorra branch of the FLP, a big problem is a lack of activities for teenagers. Woods has begun the process of […]