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Charity to provide $100M for Philadelphia parks, libraries 

“A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds.The William Penn Foundation the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history.Janet Haas, chairwoman of the board of directors, said the grant underscores the foundation’s focus on “generating new approaches for investing in under-resourced communities” and allows it to participate in bringing communities together “through the creative use of public space.” (via AP)

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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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