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Renovations underway to bring four Philly libraries into modern age

“Construction is underway on the next phase of an effort to bring Philadelphia libraries into the modern age.This week, The Free Library of Philadelphia announced that work has begun on the Lillian Marrero Library in Fairhill and the Lovett Memorial Library in Mount Airy.” (via PhillyVoice)

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Philadelphia libraries to get $600 million makeover courtesy of Mayor Kenney’s new plan

“Nothing is spared by the passage of time, whether it be people, roads, houses … or libraries.And in a city as old as Philadelphia, it does not come as a shock that some of its oldest public libraries suffer some major structural issues.With the help of Mayor Jim Kenney’s massive $600 million plan to restore Philadelphia’s public libraries, recreation centers and parks, these libraries will finally begin to find new life, according to a March 14 Philadelphia Inquirer article. Kenney hopes to fund this plan by selling $300 million in bonds, along with around $200 million in supplementary donations and state and federal funding. Those who work closely with Philadelphia’s libraries see first hand the need for this restoration plan.”< (via a href="http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/04/philadelphia-mayor-600-million-dollar-library-makeover">The Daily Pennsylvanian)

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In city elementary schools, a campaign for libraries

“Across the city, many classrooms lack what Alison Walters has cobbled together from 10-cent yard sales, book-club deals, and the proceeds of side jobs she works “to support my teaching habit”: a colorful, voluminous classroom library. City and school officials want to change that. On Tuesday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., and 30 other leaders gathered at Clara Barton School to launch a $3.5 million fund-raising campaign aimed at placing libraries in every Philadelphia School District elementary classroom.” (via Philly.com)

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This private library in Philly scans some of the world’s most prized documents

Some very impressive documents have lain on the bed of the Cruse SC 220 ST Fine Art Scanner that dominates a back room of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. They include: Four or five copies of the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris. The text of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and the witness book from his assassination.” (via technical.ly)

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Public libraries: Shelved

“THE central branch of the Free Philadelphia Library is an impressive building—its neoclassical facade looming over most of a block. But inside, though chandeliers still hang from the ceilings and the floors are of polished marble, there is a feeling of neglect. A musty taste hangs in the air; many of the books are rather battered. “The building opened in 1927 and we’ve really not touched it since then,” says Siobhan Reardon, the library’s president and director. “And you can tell.” (via The Economist)

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