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History and Architecture of the Falls Library
Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library
Wednesday, November 10, 7 PM
(presentation will immediately follow a brief business meeting)
Via Zoom – Click here a little before 7 PM on November 10 to join!
If you have ever wondered about the imposing Gothic Tudor stone structure with its iconic cupola and catfish weathervane gracing the corner of Midvale Ave and Warden Drive, plan to attend the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library via Zoom on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 PM.
The building in question is the 108 year old Falls of Schuylkill Library, a vibrant and important educational, social, and cultural center in East Falls. Distinguished architect and East Falls resident Ellen Prantl will highlight the meeting with a talk on the Library, its history as an original Carnegie Library, its architectural design and construction.
Ms. Prantl’s illustrated talk will focus on the Carnegie library program, the requirements for a neighborhood to be selected as a site, the hiring of librarians under the program and the distinctive architecture of the building.
A resident of East Falls since 1985, Ms. Prantl is an architect with Jacobs, an international architectural/engineering firm with offices in center city. She specializes in institutional architecture with a focus on medical and research facilities. Ms. Prantl has also been an adjunct professor at Temple University, Moore College of Art and at Jefferson University.
Also on the meeting agenda will be the election of vice president and secretary to the Friends’ board.
Presentation co-sponsored by Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library and East Falls Historical Society
Everyone welcome. Free. No advance registration. Click here a little before 7 PM on November 10 to join!
Welcome back to the Falls Library!
Here’s the latest from the Falls Library Staff:
Starting Monday, September 13 we have new hours.
In Person Service (you are welcome to browse our collections, borrow materials, us our Express PC for printing, and more)
Mondays & Wednesdays, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fridays, from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Materials Pickup (curb-side) will discontinue at this time.
Please remember that there is currently a Masking Mandate in Philadelphia and everyone needs to mask up-regardless of your vaccination status. It’s a good idea to continue to maintain physical distancing while in the library.
We look forward to seeing you!
Library Funding is No Joke!
Libraries are a vital resource for people of all ages, and they will be especially critical to helping our communities get through and recover from the pandemic. On April 15, the Mayor presented a proposed city budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It is critical that libraries regain the funding that they lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us to support increased funding for the Free Library of Philadelphia!
You can make calls or send emails to elected officials and/or post on social media to remind them that library funding is no joke! Let them know why you love your library, and why library funding is so important (see suggested social media messages here).
Don’t forget to use our hashtag #FundOurLibrariesPHL and tag elected officials, as well as the Friends of the Free Library. Our Friends Toolbox has all the tools you need including elected officials’ contact info, sample social media posts, and a suggested script for phone calls. Make your voice heard!
Join the Friends of the Falls Library!
Membership is open to all individuals and organizations interested in supporting the Friends.
Click here to learn more. Click here to download an application.
The Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library is an all-volunteer community member organization promoting the Falls of Schuylkill Library’s services and supporting the preservation of the Library, an original Andrew Carnegie funded library.
• The Friends value our library for its history, its central location, and its content which is free to everyone.
• We value the Library as a community meeting place; it is the heart of East Falls.
• We value literacy and library programs that work toward it.
• We value meeting the needs of a diverse community by encouraging and funding library programs open to anyone, whether a library card holder or not.
• We value cooperation with other East Falls organizations in supporting a vibrant community.
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