The Friends of the Frankford Library had an open house for new members on November 28 with a good number of folks who came out to find out about the group.
The meeting was hosted by Gaspar Santos, Community Initiative Specialist and Labae Daniels, Frankford Library Supervisor.
The Friends of the Free Library groups are organized at each branch and are focussed on supporting the Library in whatever way is needed: Fundraising for the branch, Community Awareness efforts, Promotion of library programs and events and Advocating for the branch with City officials.
There has been no increase in funding the libraries in Philadelphia since 2008. Yes, things have been repaired and maintained but costs increase and if the budget does not keep up, services get cut.
The Frankford library has not been open on Saturdays. It normally has Saturday hours during the school year for the students but that has been delayed until the end of this year.
There is not a Children’s Librarian at the Frankford branch. The previous Librarian left due to a promotion and the position is still not filled.
There are many issues that need to be addressed and the Friends of the Frankford Library is the way to get this done. Pat Hoberg and Mary Ellen Post, the active members of the group are looking for your participation. The group plans to meet monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month in the future. The next meeting will be on December 10th at 5:30 PM at the Library.
If you are not able to participate, at the very least, sign the Petition To Fund Our Libraries at this link.
The Friends of the Frankford Library are holding a silent auction with a few interesting items up for bid. Stop by the library, 4634 Frankford Avenue, to place your bid on paintings of Frankford area landmarks, books of local historical interest, and other small items. You just might find that unique holiday gift for someone on your list. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 23, 2013. For more information, contact Betsy Baxter, Branch Head, at 215-685-1473, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watercolor of Frankford High School
Watercolor of Bromley-Garsed mansion (Northwood Frankford Community Y building)
Pen and ink drawing of the Frankford Library
Book Kitty Foyle by Christopher Morley – later became a film with Ginger Rogers starring as a girl from Frankford living on Griscom Street
Book Sixty Year History of Frankford High School 1910-1970
I have been meaning to talk a bit about the Frankford Library since Chris Wink wrote his goodbye piece to Frankford a year ago. He said:
I’ll miss being able to walk to the always welcoming and warm Frankford Library
That captures how it is when you walk in those doors. My opportunity came with the invitation to post information about the Friends of the Free Library meeting to be held this week. I posted the date on the calendar and then made note that I wanted to stop by and meet these folks.
So who are the Friends of the Free Library and what are the doing at the Frankford branch? There is never enough time, money or people. The City of Philadelphia funds the Free Library and every year we go through the “what gets cut from the budget” exercise. The Friends are there to fill that gap in whatever way is needed. They may do a fund raiser. They may volunteer in the library. When are left the meeting yesterday they were brainstorming ways to get more volunteers.
Friends of the Free Library Frankford Branch
The Free Library branch in Frankford serves people of all ages. It is not just for students working on school projects. The computers there see heavy use by adults doing job searches. People come in looking for all sorts of information. Of course some people do come in looking to borrow books and I have to make the occasional stop in there to research databases on their system that the Library does not make available on line over the internet. It is a tremendous community asset.
The next meeting of the Friends of the Free Library Frankford Branch is on Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Stop by and say hello. They could use your help.