Free Library of Philadelphia
 
Friends of the Free Library belong to independent, non-profit neighborhood groups of supporters who help the Library in many ways. This year, many Friends wrote letters urging restoration of full funding for the State’s libraries; and 55 of them joined 600 other Pennsylvanians in Harrisburg, where they personally explained to legislators how devastating a funding cut would be.

At local libraries, Friends groups help to plan, publicize, and raise funds for programs and special collection development, as well as tend gardens, assist with LEAP, etc. Last spring, Friends sponsored Open House/Membership Drive events at the Whitman, Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional, Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Charles Durham, Kensington, and Ogontz libraries. Several Friends groups sponsored neighborhood poetry readings this year; and in early spring, events related to One Book, One Philadelphia kept many Friends groups hopping.
Friends’ Book Corner
The Friends’ Book Corner, located behind the Central Library at 20th and Wood Streets, sells used books at “the lowest prices in the City.” It also presents free poetry workshops, writers’ and poets’ readings, and performances for children. This year the Book Corner inaugurated the annual Philadelphia Poetry Festival, which drew together 25 literary organizations
The Friends’ Book Corner, located behind the Central Library at 20th and Wood Streets, sells used books at “the lowest prices in the City.” It also presents free poetry workshops, writers’ and poets’ readings, and performances for children. This year the Book Corner inaugurated the annual Philadelphia Poetry Festival, which drew together 25 literary organizations
The Library fetes its heroes at a Volunteer Recognition Reception
The Library fetes its heroes at a Volunteer Recognition Reception
One gift brings another: Many companies support their employees’ volunteer work. After volunteering more than 50 hours at a regional library, one Verizon employee presented that library with a check for $500 - Verizon’s monetary match of her extensive gift of service.
Volunteer Statistics
FY 2003
(7/1/02-6/30/03)
FY 2002
(7/1/01-6/30/02)
Volunteers
2,887
2,616
Volunteer hours
102,905
94,493