September 2017 News From Friends President David T. Moore

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 <lovettfriends@gmail.com>.

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.

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