||Astronaut Scott Carpenter, a lecturer in the
Field Family Teen Author
Series, speaks at the
Northeast Regional Library.
- One Book, One Philadelphia was the biggest event of this fiscal year
(July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2003). According to Mayor John F. Street,
the Free Library’s partner in presenting the event, “One
Book, One Philadelphia showed us how responsive Philadelphians are
to the chance to come together in a meaningful and powerful way. We
a stronger city because of this experience.” More on One Book appears on the following pages.
- Philadelphians used the Free Library
more than ever before. Once again we hit new all-time highs: in
the totals of books and other items borrowed,
visits to libraries, hits to our web site, and volunteer hours.
June through August of 2002, the Library’s Summer Reading
Program for children and teens also set a new record of nearly 54,000 participants.
The program – which provides games, prizes, and events that engage
children in reading – was presented by the First Union Foundation,
with further support from the AMETEK Foundation, Inc.; the Berwind
Foundation; the Franklin Institute Science Museum; Herr’s Foods,
Inc.; the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; the Philadelphia Museum
the Phillies; and the PKG Foundation. Additional sponsors included
CRW Graphics; PECO Energy; Sunoco, Inc.; the Kimmel Center; the Academy
of Natural Sciences; the Please Touch Museum; UGI (Amerigas); the Keswick
Theatre Summer 2002 Family Show Series; Larry W. Farmbry CFP-CHFC Retirement
Coach; Lockheed Martin Management & Data Systems; Prudential Financial;
QVC, Inc.; Rittenhouse Financial Services, Inc.; Rita’s Water
Ice; Giovanni’s Room; Legg Mason Real Estate Services, Inc.;
Saint-Gobain Corporation (Certainteed Corporation); Goldenberg’s
Candy Co.; AAA Mid-Atlantic, Inc.; Francis Cauffman Foley Hoffman – Architects;
Springfield Historical Society; Art Museum Pizza; and Dollar Tree.
its tenth season, the Free Library of Philadelphia Lectures series
brought George Will, Salman Rushdie, A.S. Byatt, Derek Walcott, Jane
Smiley, and many other authors to speak to eager audiences. Of the
first twelve lectures, five sold out within the first hour that tickets were
- A new program, the Field Family Teen Author Series, put
a total of twelve free books into the hands of 1,635 high school students
City, and then enabled those students to discuss each book with its author.
One teacher reported that students who “never read at all” were
reading one such book – and that faculty members had to prohibit
reading it during classes!
- To help promote financial literacy, the Library joined the
Campaign for Working Families - a City-wide effort providing
free tax assistance to low-income families that qualified for the Federal
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as well as other public benefits. At
eight libraries, IRS-trained volunteers helped more than 2,000 people
file forms entitling them to nearly $3,600,000 in refunds, including
Earned Income Tax Credits. The Campaign was funded by the Pew Charitable
Trusts and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.