ANNOUNCING BUILDING INSPIRATION: 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIES INITIATIVE: REIMAGINING THE CITY’S GATEWAYLast year, the Free Library of Philadelphia welcomed more than six million visitors. Thirty percent of those visitors stopped in monthly. In a single year, those visitors generated more than 3 million reference questions, which equates to two questions for every man, woman and child who lives in the city today. What are all of these people seeking? Information and services, access and opportunities. Historically, libraries were a hub for learning, reading, and research. Today, they are so much more, offering resources and assistance in everything from technology training, social services, job coaching, and, yes, literacy and education. To support this massive growth of the Free Library’s role in the fabric of the city, the Free Library of Philadelphia is partnering with the William Penn Foundation and the City of Philadelphia to announce the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, reestablishing the Library as a central resource in every neighborhood in Philadelphia, serving as a portal to learning, public services, economic opportunity, recreation, and community engagement.
Dilworth Park, transformed into a beckoning public realm, officially opens
By a most exacting measure, the
newly opened Dilworth Park already seems a success: hundreds of Philadelphians
endured more than an hour of speeches under a blazing sun Thursday and still
wanted to stay and kick the tires.
"Gorgeous," was the
assessment of Rochelle Schwartz, 66, of Center City, after first wandering the
park and then making her way underground to the gleaming new transit concourse.
And so it is.
HUD head to visit West Phila. Promise Zone
The feds promised to help West
Philadelphia. And now a cabinet secretary is showing up to take a look around.
Julián Castro, head of the
Department of Housing and Urban Development, will tour parts of the new Promise
Zone on Friday, as two local institutions commence a $4 million initiative to
transform early childhood education in a troubled part of the city.
The effort, led by the William Penn
Foundation and Drexel University, seeks to double the number of neighborhood
children in high-quality child care within three years.