October 1, 2014

Proposed Budget Would Return Philly Libraries to Six Day Service

At the height of the recession in 2008, Philadelphia found itself in the same position as many metropolitan areas, facing plummeting revenues that forced deep cuts to city budgets. In his proposal for a 2015 city budget, though, Mayor Michael Nutter aims to return moneys to the libraries that were cut so deeply during the recession in the hopes of returning Saturday service to the city’s 39 branches.

Planned New Library Shifts Closer to the Heart of Temple Campus

A new library planned for the north side of Temple University’s campus has been postponed, as administration officials work to find the new facility a home closer to the center of campus. The planned $190 million budget for the project, which includes a $50 million contribution from the state of Pennsylvania, will remain the same, though ambitions for it to become what one board member described as “a great living room for Philadelphia” may be scaled back under the new plan.

Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond

Pop-Up Libraries Blossom in Philadelphia and Beyond

The books come by the hundreds almost daily. Boxes dropped off from yoga clubs, suburban book drives, and schools to be handed out at the Mighty Writers Street Libraries—pop-up libraries recently launched in Philadelphia to offer books to the city’s students and parents who watch as their access to titles diminish.

In Philadelphia, School Librarians Still In Flux

In Philadelphia, School Librarians Still In Flux

Already hobbled, Philadelphia schools are facing their first day with fewer school librarians—continuing a trend in the metropolitan school district and the state of Pennsylvania as well. Of the approximately 22 remaining certified school librarians working in the Philadelphia school district, some are not returning to their school librarian positions.

Philadelphia Begins Laying Off School Librarians

Philadelphia Begins Laying Off School Librarians

Facing a $304 million shortfall for the coming year, Philadelphia’s public schools have started making severe cuts from its so-called “doomsday budget” —many of them to the 43 certified school librarians throughout the district.

Philadelphia May Cut Its School Librarians

Philadelphia May Cut its School Librarians

Philadelphia school children are facing an education without librarians—as well as nurses, counselors, athletic coaches, summer school, and school secretaries—because of a $304 million budget shortfall for the 2013–2014 school year.

ALA Picks Chicago for Three More Years; BEA Moves One Week Earlier

The American Library Association, which already planned to hold its annual conference in Chicago in 2013 and 2017, now plans to hold the event there in 2020, 2023, and 2026 as well. BookExpo America will take place one week earlier in 2013.

Blind Patrons Sue Philly Library for Loaning Inaccessible Nooks

Four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia, with the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), filed suit against the Library in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 2 because of a program that loans Nook Simple Touch ereaders to patrons over 50. Unlike some […]