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 […]

 By Samantha Gray

Walnut Hill: Free Library Techmobile Visits Malcolm X Park

Walnut Hill: Free Library Techmobile Visits Malcolm X Park

The Walnut Hill zip code of 19139 is listed under the Federal Broadband Opportunities Program grant as one of the areas in Philadelphia most in need of digital literacy training. The needs present in this zip code, along with those of 24 other zip codes throughout the city, are the impetus behind the creation of […]

 By Danielle Brown

Walnut Hill: An International Credit Program Visits West Philadelphia

Walnut Hill: An International Credit Program Visits West Philadelphia

Entrepreneur Works is a non-profit organization focused on helping individuals in underserved neighborhoods gain financial stability and to become self-sufficient. Recently, representatives from Entrepreneur Works came to the Free Library of Philadelphia on 52nd and Sansom streets to introduce area residents to a concept that is starting to make its way into the United States […]

 By Lee Miller and Casey Moore

Mantua: The Charles L. Durham Free Library Stands the Test of Time

Mantua: The Charles L. Durham Free Library Stands the Test of Time

In 2009 the Charles L. Durham Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was on the brink of being closed after 30 years of servicing the community. Part of a $108 million budget cut by Mayor Michael Nutter, the library was one of 11 that was slated to be closed forever. But communities raised their voices, and […]

 By Lee Miller

Mantua: Storyteller Shares His Tales with Youth

Mantua: Storyteller Shares His Tales with Youth

Ron Carter had the 20-plus children in the room transfixed. They laughed and gasped, hanging onto his words. He had the rhythmic flow of a Caribbean storyteller, and to the inattentive listener the story may have sounded like an old legend. The careful listener might have caught one important detail that gave the story away […]

 By Ian Darrenkamp and Stephen Kimmerly

Hunting Park: Library Hotspot Offers Free Internet Access To Local Residents

Hunting Park: Library Hotspot Offers Free Internet Access To Local Residents

In our current Internet age we often go by the belief that we are all universally plugged into the Web. But for those living in less fortunate neighborhoods this belief does not always hold true. Thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia, places like the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries are now providing free Internet hotspots to […]

 By Stephen Kimmerly and Ian Darrenkamp

Hunting Park: Library Hosts Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Hunting Park: Library Hosts Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop

It’s hard for anyone to be fully prepared for an emergency. Here in Philadelphia floods, fires and even the occasional hurricane affect the city and homes with damage. Understanding how to be prepared for these events is essential for anyone in order to survive the ordeal. Unfortunately, very few citizens are not even prepared with […]

 By Maria Zankey

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Frank Peterson interacts with patrons of the Free Library System on a daily basis. Peterson, the head of the newspapers and magazines department at the Northeast Regional Branch, has been working at the second-largest branch of the Free Library near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton avenues for more than 30 years. “I’m an old-timer,” […]

 

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

According to a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, 40 percent of Americans do not have broadband access. In Philadelphia, that number is slightly higher–48 percent, according to the Philadelphia Division of Technology. The grant money awarded to Pennsylvania through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program–a part of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– […]