Reconsidering The Modern Urban Library


Flying Kite

Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia | Photo: Flying Kite

  • Flying Kite’s Alaina Mabaso looks into the shifting role that the Free Library sees itself playing in the 21st century, featuring the Culinary Literacy Center’s mission to engage the community by developing practical life skills through reading and research. The Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative–powered in part by a recent $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation–seeks the continued expansion of the Central Branch on the Parkway, the strengthening of community partnerships, as well as the revitalization (including a focused specialization of services) of various branches, namely “the Lillian Marrero and Logan Libraries in the northern part of the city, Mt. Airy’s Lovett Memorial Library, the South Philadelphia Library, and the Tacony Library in the far northeast.”
  • In the days after the official confirmation of Pope Francis’ visit to the city in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau is tweaking its predictions for the economic impact the event will engender to roughly $417 million from about 1.5-2 million Catholics. NewsWorks also reports that that considerable estimation would necessitate a wide diffusion of hotel stays, seeing as Philly has approximately 11,000 rooms to meet the demand. 

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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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