The Library in the City: a Panel Discussion

In conjunction with the release of a new report, Pew’s Philadelphia Research Initiative (of which I am a part) is hosting a panel discussion this Wednesday night on the role of the Free Library of Philadelphia and other big-city libraries in the 21st century. YPP favorite Irv Ackelsberg is among the featured guests.

In the face of increasing and changing demands brought on by the recession and the Internet, public libraries across the country are facing the same questions about their future: where should they focus energy and funds? How will they handle their evolving role as a key provider of social services and government resources? Will this changing role alter the way local officials, who provide a majority of library funding, view the library?

The panel discussion will explore these and other issues discussed in the report. Mayor Michael A. Nutter will give remarks, and WHYY’s Dave Davies will moderate. Panelists include the Honorable James R. Roebuck, Jr., member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Michael DiBerardinis, deputy mayor for Environmental and Community Resources and special advisor to the mayor on the Free Library of Philadelphia; Irv Ackelsberg, president of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia; Siobhan Reardon, president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia; and Thomas Galante, president and CEO of the Queens Borough Public Library.

The event is Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. It is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.
Visit www.pewtrusts.org/libraryevent to register.
Read the report here.

Mark your calenders: Philly Green Party's 1st post election meeting

From the Facebook event:

At the next meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP), the membership will harness the new energy generated by the General Election. Meet the new, young GPOP leadership and help them work for single-payer healthcare, an end to the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and electoral reform. Greens will mobilize to achieve dedicated funding for SEPTA. Registered Greens cannot miss this meeting! Neighbors who want to meet some real Greens may attend to see what the Green Party is all about.

This is for Greens and non-Green alike. We are seeking to build a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans, Greens, independents, and everything in between as a voice for things like the poor, the environment, clean elections and government, and public education in Philly politics. This IS young Philly politics.

Tuesday, November 30 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
6900 Stenton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Come meet Philly's youngest, most progressive candidate for office

From the Giordano campaign:

Hugh Giordano, the independent Green Party candidate for the 194th District, is sponsoring a free event to meet his future constituents to be held at the Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC). “I want everybody to come out and talk to me and just relax. This is a great time to sit down and talk about the issues that are affecting our community and state,” said Giordano. The event is kid-friendly said Giordano, “Bring the whole family, and even if you already met me – bring some friends!”

Demand a Screening of the "End of Poverty?" in Philadelphia

The "End of Poverty?" is a documentary years in the making. Produced by Cinema Libre Studios, this has been called "An Inconvenient Truth" on the reality of global - and local - poverty. Philadelphians needs to see this film, produced by and featuring an array of progressive thinkers, writers and activists from all over the globe.

To quote from the web page for the film:

Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates The End of Poverty?, a feature-length documentary directed by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line.

TSUNAMI of support for Clean Water or Where to Be Friday!

From Clean Water Action

As if I wasn't already excited enough about this Friday's 13th Annual Clean Water Action Party on Boathouse Row, we have something new on offer this year. Environmentally inspired artwork. I have to confess, I'm blown away by what's been offered.

I met Dave Holley at InLiquid's Art for the Cash Poor this summer and started talking to him about the work of Clean Water. He got really excited, so when I told him that I was looking to spotlight an artist's work as it relates to water, he said he was in.

I had no idea what impressive work I was in for.

Dave got to work and became inspired by Hiroshige's famous "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa." Using a method that very much squares with the type of issues Clean Water espouses, he found a used sail to work on and began applying recycled magazine and other images to it, using the colors in what he found and painting over the top. Creating this amazing painting/sculpture that will debut this Friday at the Annual Auction. So you should come. You should see the whole piece. The image above is just a detail. You know you want to see it all at once. So RSVP now.

More details about the event in the jump!

Philadelphia Congress' Candidates Forum - Tonight!

Philadelphia Congress
National Congress of Black Women

6:00 p.m. Candidates Forum
5600 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
The May Primary picked the candidates, but the GENERAL ELECTION on TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 6. 2007. WILL PICK THE WINNERS. Michael Nutter will probably be the next mayor of Philadelphia, BUT do you know who you will VOTE for as your representative in these offices?

City Council
City Commissioners
Clerk of Quarter Sessions
Registrar of Wills
Trial Judges – Courts of Common Pleas
Trial Judges- Traffic Court
Trial Judges- Municipal Court
Appellate Justices and Judges

• Vine Memorial Baptist Church Community Outreach Ministry
Jettie Newkirk, Chair Reverend James S. Allen , D.D., Pastor
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omega Omega Chapter

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