On August 30, Treasurer Irv Miller and I were treated to a tour of the renovation/expansion project. Although it appears that we are at least 2 1/2 months from resumption of public service, the work product so far looks really nice. EVERYTHING is new: new spaces, new flooring, new restrooms, new stained glass art, added elevator, and an amazing new staff work space (with adjustable height desks, no less). The meeting room retains our historic Belcher stained glass window, of course, as well as the fireplace and mantle, but with the addition of beautiful new wood flooring, a new drop ceiling, and the adjacent small service kitchen we asked for.
When staff moves in to prepare for the opening, if there is any role/need for volunteer assistance, they will inform us.
You should also know that when we reopen both of our professional librarians will be new to Lovett, as Children’s Librarian Teresa M. Glover has elected to remain at Roxborough branch, where she has served during the hiatus. We will miss her, and we will welcome her successor, who will work with our new Branch Manager, Marsha Stender.
Next, as you may have heard, the Free Library has hired “community organizers” to work with the renovated branches. Mr. Fred Ginyard is working with Lovett and Logan. He has sent us the following to share with you:
“Your Library Opens Fall 2017.What programs and events would you like to see? Share ideas with your library’s Community Organizer: Fred Ginyard. Ginyardf@freelibrary.org (215) 686-5318Coming Soon: New computers, Homework help, Family programs, Children’s programs and so much more.”
Please pitch in with your thoughts, and please copy us on your e-mail to Fred at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Finally, another book recommendation. “This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information,” by Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy. Over 200 librarians of all kinds of service are photographed with blurbs of their thoughts on their chosen profession. In one of my favorites, a librarian points out that librarians assist not in finding a needle in a haystack, but in finding the right needle in a stack of needles.
(Photo courtesy of PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records.)
As Memorial Day 2017 approaches, it is timely to note that the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library are working with the volunteers of the Pennsylvania World War I Centennial Committee to re-dedicate the memorial to local casualties of that conflict which Lovett erected in 1924, by creating a replica of the tablet which was stolen in the 1970s. We hope to schedule the re-dedication in conjunction with Lovett’s re-opening in the Fall, after extensive remodeling and expansion. It would be fitting were we able to enhance the re-dedication program by including descendants of the families of the thirty-five neighbors (mostly from Mt. Airy) whose names appeared on the plaque. As an aid to finding such family members we have researched addresses as well as we could, using contemporary newspaper accounts, conscription and enlistment forms, city directories, census records, and the like. Anyone who is a descendant of these families, or has information about them, would assist us a great deal by contacting the Friends either by e-mail <email@example.com> or by calling Friends president David T. Moore at 215-247-4295. Here is the list of names and addresses:
Marcia Maxwell Bartle, U.S.M.C. (6820 Chew Street); Stanley H. Berry (187 Weaver Street); Albert R. Bolay (99 Weaver Street); John Breidenfield (37 East Tulpehocken Street); George M. Brooks (6758 Musgrave Street); Anthony Cimino (401 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue); Mortimer P. Crane (6440 Greene Street); George A. Dawson (no address located); Herbert K. Dewees (107 East Duval Street); James Duffy (265 East Collom Street); Thomas B. Durrick (45 Pleasant Street); Frank C. Erb (166 West Durham Street); George William Esher (524 East Johnson Street); Jacques A. Fiechter [AKA “Jacob”] (426 East Mt. Airy Avenue); Edward Fisher (59 Good Street); William Fleming, Jr. (433 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue); Earl E. Horsey (112 East Pastorius Street); Charles Joseph Houston (5644 Chew Street); Clement Cresson Kite (7426 Boyer Street); Harrison Knox (212 East Montana Street); Harry Linaka (154 Meehan Street); Edward Joseph Malone (91 Weaver Street); Robert Joseph McCamman (341 West Mt. Airy Avenue); William J. Merkle (6667 Germantown Avenue); Ralph Thurman Mills (150 East Duval Street); Clark B. Nichol (351 Pelham Road); John Potts (207 East Phil-Ellena Street); Alfred L. Quintard (420 West Hortter Street); Herman P. Saylor (41 West Mt. Airy Avenue, formerly 4349 North 15th Street); George P. Shepherdson (49 West Mt. Airy Avenue); Harold J. Sheppard (98 West Sharpnack Street); William Sibel (635 Carpenter Lane); Gerald F. Speck (218 East Gorgas Lane); George F. Whitson (328 Slocum Street); Jacob Zaun III (122 East Gorgas Lane).