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After helping the Ferguson Public Library we need to go to Philadelphia December 4, 2014 – Posted in: public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Principal Marjorie Neff sits in her school’s closed library, which was closed last year due to budget cuts. TOM GRALISH / Staff In one week we have helped raise over $300,000 for the Ferguson Public Library.  The outpouring of support has been epic and a wounded community has been guaranteed a safe place to turn to in its time of need. Now we must turn our attention to the public school libraries of West and Southwest Philadelphia. Here in its…

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Update: Philly Free Dodges Bullet September 21, 2009

We are pleased to report a happy ending to a potentially dire story featured recently on Book Patrol. In an encouraging development for threatened urban public libraries, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted to pass a bill which allows the Free Library of Philadelphia to remain open. Passed on September 17, 2009, Senate Bill 1828 allows the City of Philadelphia to avoid the “Doomsday” Plan C budget scenario, which would have resulted in the layoff of…

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City of Brotherly Love Can You Spare A Dime? Philly Free Library to Close September 14, 2009

In a previous article on Book Patrol, Seattle Public Library’s one week closure was noted as an example of the consequences of the desperate financial straits public libraries now face. But in a much more shocking development, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s website now features a pop-up window telling visitors that it will close completely, forever on October 2, 2009 unless funding is forthcoming from the Pennsylvania State Legislature. The Free Library of Philadelphia was…

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Fighting Crime One Book at a Time August 24, 2009

We are very pleased to welcome Nancy Mattoon to Book Patrol with this, her first post. Nancy will be walking the library beat, covering news, issues, and human interest stories from the stacks with her thirty years of experience and perspective as a librarian. As librarians are well aware, even in the book world no good deed goes unpunished. Getting the right book into the right hands seems innocent enough—until it isn’t. Headline hungry scribes…

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