Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

 

Port Richmond: A&W Literacy Night, Aria-Jefferson Health Fair And Movie Nights

Port Richmond: A&W Literacy Night, Aria-Jefferson Health Fair And Movie Nights

Looking to find out what’s going on in Port Richmond this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. A&W Literacy Night: Monday, July 24, 6:30-8 p.m. – 2600 E. Westmoreland St. Aria-Jefferson Health Fair: Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – St. Anne’s Senior Community Center (2607 E. Cumberland St.) […]

 

Center City: Library Expands Services to Include Health Literacy

Center City: Library Expands Services to Include Health Literacy

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers many services to the community to help improve literacy and overall quality of life. Recently, the Parkway Central Library expanded programming to include health literacy through a program called the Reaching HEALthy Initiative. The initiative is one of the first multi-professional health care programs that works with social workers, nurses […]

 

Olde Kensington: Director Keeps LSH a Well-Oiled Machine

Olde Kensington: Director Keeps LSH a Well-Oiled Machine

Inside the Lutheran Settlement House, at 1340 Frankford Ave., is an atmosphere of constant activity where people are always smiling. From bingo to GED preparation, the century-old building houses enough social services to satisfy the community’s neediest. The building must stay a well-oiled machine through funding and lots of care; a task executive director Kelly […]

 

Logan Square: Vetri Foundation Brings Life Lessons Into The Kitchen

Logan Square: Vetri Foundation Brings Life Lessons Into The Kitchen

Mixers, bowls, spatulas and students dressed in aprons amongst thousands of hardbacks don’t sound like a typical way to spend an afternoon at the Free Library of Philadelphia. But to one local organization, it’s the exact way to combat two of the city’s growing concerns: illiteracy and malnutrition. According to the Center For Literacy of […]

 

Ludlow: Ramonita de Rodriguez Library Hopes the Next Mayor Will Fight for Education

Ludlow: Ramonita de Rodriguez Library Hopes the Next Mayor Will Fight for Education

Inside the Ramonita de Rodriquez Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, children can be seen reading, playing, and creating school projects in a cheerful room decorated with crafts. They come every Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the library’s Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP). Having comprehensive after-school programs like LEAP […]

 

Fairhill: Spells Writing Lab Fosters Creativity and Literacy

Tucked away on a quiet side street in the Fairhill neighborhood, the Spells Writing Lab sits along the colorful 2500 block of North Alder Street. Mosaic tile and elaborate murals grace the walls of the neighboring buildings, reflecting the creativity that encompasses North Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanities campus. Spells Writing Lab, or Spells, […]

 Aaron Stevens & Christine Mattson

Mt. Airy: Houston Elementary Library Renovations Spark Community Outreach

Mt. Airy: Houston Elementary Library Renovations Spark Community Outreach

Henry H. Houston Elementary in Mount Airy weathered the Philadelphia School District budget crisis with help from the surrounding community. Despite the Philadelphia School District faces a $304 million budget gap this fiscal year, Houston Elementary has not only added several after school programs but also will open its newly renovated library full of donated […]

 By Micaella Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Mantua: New Catholic School Education is Back at MHCC

Mantua: New Catholic School Education is Back at MHCC

There are many reasons why community centers are great to have in the neighborhood. They are a safe place for children to go after school. They make more jobs in the area and also hold events like dances and parties. Community centers serve as an affordable place for children to learn, have fun, participate in […]

 By: Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Fight Against Illiteracy Begins at Story Time

Overbrook: Fight Against Illiteracy Begins at Story Time

Recent results from the 2012 PSSA tests show Grade 11 students at Overbrook High School scored an average of about 17 percent on the reading section compared to the national average of 43 percent. The Free Library of Philadelphia in Overbrook is creating early literacy programs this spring to provide youth in the community with […]