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Calendar of Events

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Tuesday, Sept. 12    Fiber Arts Group I – 2:00-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Majiang (Mah Jongg) – 6:00 to 8 PM

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Game Night – 6:00 to 8 PM

Monday, Sept. 18,  Fiber Arts Group II  5:30 -7:30 p.m. NEW DATE!

Tuesday, Sept. 19    Fiber Arts Group I 2:00-4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 20: Omari Baye, author of Spaces, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 26:    Fiber Arts Group I 2:00-4:00 pm


Monday, Oct. 2: The Emoji Story – 6 PM

Saturday, Oct. 7: Craft Fair – 10 AM to 4 PM

Monday, Oct. 10,  Fiber Arts Group II  5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Majiang (Mah Jongg) – 6:00 to 8 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Game Night 6:00 to 8 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 18: An evening with Ann de Forest, Sterling Duns and Nathan Popkin, Ways of Walking – 6:30 pm


Wednesday, Nov. 1: FRIENDS OF FALLS ANNUAL MEETING – 6:30 pm
Guest speaker: Judith Everitt, President, Friends of Philadelphia City Institute Library

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Majiang (Mah Jongg) 6:00 to 8 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Game Night – 6:00 to 8 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Arlene Lomazoff-Marron, author of If Only We Knew – 6:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 17: Taking Charge of your Bone Health, 11 am

Sat. Nov. 18: 110th Birthday Celebration: Falls of Schuylkill Library. 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 29: Movie – Life, Animated – 6:00 to 8 PM

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Craft Sale! Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10 AM to 4 PM

Save the date and stay tuned for more information. If you are a craft person or know someone who is, click here for vendor information.

Guest speaker: Judith Everitt, President, Friends of Philadelphia City Institute Library
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 pm
Meeting Room of Falls of Schuylkill Library

We hope you will join us for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library on Wednesday, November 1, at 6:30PM. The first 30 minutes of the meeting will contain a report from our Branch Librarian, Drew Birden, reports from the FFSL Treasurer and President and the introduction to and election of two officers of the Board, the Vice President and the Recording Secretary.

Our guest speaker for the next part of the Meeting will be Judith Everitt, the President of the Friends of the Philadelphia City Institute which is a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia located on West Rittenhouse Square. The topic of her speech will be the current state of book bans.

Judy is a retired Librarian, who worked in New Jersey schools as a School Librarian for 18 years and in the Somerset County Public Library system for seven years. She started volunteering in libraries when she was in fourth grade and continues to do so. After retiring, Judy and her husband moved to Philadelphia in 2017 which, she says, was the best retirement decision that they made. Judy has been involved with the Friends of PCI Library since 2017 and says, “It has been a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.”

Light refreshments will be served after the Meeting.

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Special Program: Taking Charge of your Bone Health. Joanne P. Fagerstrom, PT, CFP. Owner, Mindful Physical Therapy, LLC
Friday, Nov. 17, 11 am
Meeting Room of Falls of Schuylkill Library

Please let us know you’re coming, so we’ll have enough handouts. Email

Joanne Fagerstrom is a bone health specialist. Joanne has been a physical therapist since 1978 and is the creator of Strong Bones Exercise Classes. Joanne will discuss the importance of understanding bone density tests, why you must have a bone health plan, and evidence-based ways to safely and effectively strengthen your skeleton.

This is a co-sponsored event between the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library and East Falls Village.

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110th Birthday Celebration: Falls of Schuylkill Library
Saturday, Nov. 18, 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

Back on November 18, 1913 – the Falls Library on Warden Drive opened its beautiful English Collegiate doors for the first time with a gala celebration. Before this date (1901 – 1913), the library was located on the second floor of the Old Academy Building. And now, exactly 110 years to the day, we will be commemorating this occasion with a birthday party for the whole community on Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 11am – 2pm. This event is a public Thank-You to all library supporters and neighbors.

Free and open to everyone.

More details on the 110th Birthday Celebration event will be emailed to our Friends members and publicized in our local media. Past officers of the Friends and past Falls Staff Members will be attending. A good time to reconnect!  

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Movie Nights

The Emoji Story – A Documentary
Monday, October 2, 6 PM

The Emoji Story explores the complex, conflict-prone, and often hilarious world of the creators, lovers, and arbiters of emoji, our world’s newest pictorial language. How do you create a global language on the fly? This film charts the evolution of emoji and investigates what they may reveal about our increasingly technological world.

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Life Animated (Documentary)
Wednesday, November 29, 6 PM

A coming-of-age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

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NEW! Community Game Nights

Second Wednesday evenings of the month,6:00-8:00 PM: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8

Enjoy board games? Looking to socialize? Meet up with neighbors? Have fun? Bring your favorite board game – Scrabble, Chess, Catan, Ticket to Ride: Days of Wonder – or card game –  and get set to have some fun! This group meets monthly over the summer: Second Wednesday evenings of the month from 6:00-8:00 PM (watch for future dates). Popcorn provided. Feel free to bring other snacks.

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NEW: Majiang

Second Wednesdays of the month: 6:00 to 8 PM: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8

Interested in Majiang (Mah Jongg)? A Majiang group started up on July 12. Don’t know how to play? No problem! Community Outreach and engagement committee member, La Sripanawongsa, a seasoned player, and middle school teacher is willing to teach the game.

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Author/Book Events 

Omari Baye, author of Spaces
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30pm
Meeting Room of Falls of Schuylkill Library

Creator, child and family therapist, Omari Baye, author of Spaces, a book he says he designed to be a catalyst for opening discussions about children’s capacity for experiencing complex emotions. This book talk is especially geared to promoting conversations between children (Kindergarten- 4th Grade) and their parents/ grandparents.

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An evening with Ann deForest, Sterling Duns and Nathan Popkin, Ways of Walking
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 pm
Meeting Room of Falls of Schuylkill Library

Ann de Forest’s writing often centers on the resonance of place. Her short stories, essays, and award-winning poems have appeared most recently in Quarter after Eight, Gyroscope Review and Royal Beauty, a collection of ekphrastic writing. She is the editor of Ways of Walking, an anthology of essays (New Door Books, 2022), inspired by her experience walking the entire perimeter of Philadelphia, the city the California native has called home for nearly four decades. That project has prompted ongoing conversations with a growing community of artists and writers about margins and edges, the power of slow creative practice, and art as collective witness. Her “Walk Around Manifesto” was featured in the 2023 exhibit, “Walking the Edge,” at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. In addition to Ann, two authors who are featured in the anthology will participate in this special evening program

Dwight Sterling Dunston, aka Sterling Duns, is a West Philly-based facilitator, hip-hop artist, educator, and activist who had brought his creativity, care, and compassion to homes, schools, community centers, retirement homes, festivals, and stadiums all over the country and internationally. His poem, “Hum,” was recently featured on Philadelphia’s Healing Verse Poetry Line, and you can hear Dwight/Duns in conversation with spirit-led artists and activists on Pendle Hill’s new podcast, The Seed: Conversations in Radical Hope.

Ways of Walking contributor Nathaniel Popkin is the author of seven works of fiction and non-fiction and the co-editor of the anthology Who Will Speak for America? Popkin is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor and historian. In addition to co-founding the Hidden City Daily in 2011, his Song of the City (2002), The Possible City (2008) Lion and Leopard (2013) and Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (2017).

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Arlene Lomazoff-Marron, author of If Only We Knew
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 pm
Meeting Room of Falls of Schuylkill Library

Lomazoff-Marron is a contemporary fiction writer who decided to write a novel upon retiring from a career in the healthcare field. Her debut novel was Beneath a Blanket of Snow. She will discuss her latest book If We Only Knew which was released in 2021.

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Ongoing Programs

Two Fiber Arts Groups!

Fiber Arts Group 1 MEETS WEEKLY – Every Tuesday, 2 to 4 PM, Main room

NEW DATES! Fiber Arts Group 2 MEETS MONTHLY  – Third Mondays of the month: September 18, October 10, November 20, December 18.    5:30-7:30 PM., in the Downstairs Community Room.  


Craving for a crafts group to meet up with? Want to connect, socially, with other creatives working on portable crafts projects? Looking to share your crafts project or project ideas with other creatives?  Stop by the Library – bring a portable craft project (knitting, crocheting, hand-sewing, embroidery, jewelry, etc) that you are working on.  Don’t know how,  but want to learn to hand-craft from others who are passionate about their projects?  Stop in and watch and learn some basics.

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About our other events

The Friends have several major fund-raising events through the years:

  • The Book Sales have thousands of hardbacks, paperbacks, CD, DVDs, and audio books at very reasonable prices. Especially popular are the children’s book and games section and the rare or vintage tables. There’s a members-only preview the day before.
  • Holiday Greens Sale, held in early December in cooperation with Vault + Vine on Midvale Avenue.  Pick out your holiday tree and browse Vault + Vine for gifts, plants, and more – a great way to see friends and support two great organizations.
  • The Friends hold social gatherings for all of East Falls from time to time. In The Winter Interludes, the Library great room was transformed into an evening winter wonderland of blue and white. With special permission, we hosted a wine bar, a sumptuous dessert buffet and a silent auction-all donation-from gift certificates to local businesses to hand made gifts.

Free to all, the East Falls Performers, modestly referred to as a Wendy Moody/Caroline Davidson Production, is a night of sheer delight featuring a broad range of local musical talent and sponsored by the Friends. Every year the competition gets tighter and the open spots smaller.  This event is a must for understanding why we say, “our Library is the heart of East Falls.”

Having fun at the Winter Interlude – Photo by Brian Mudri

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Friends Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser a Success!

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At the May 28, 2022 Brick Dedication reception held in the Falls Library’s garden, the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library celebrated the completion of their Buy-A-Brick fundraising campaign with the unveiling of the brick walkways.  With live music by La Bella Nota, balloons, and refreshments, the donors of the 184 personalized bricks were feted and honored with words of thanks from Wendy Moody (Chair of the campaign), Martha Fuller (President of the Friends of Falls Library), Emily Nichols (President of the East Falls Community Council) and Caroline Davidson (former Friends President) who read The Brick Poem, which Moody wrote for the occasion. (see below).

The bricks sold quickly ($100 each) with over $14,600 raised for library projects.  Each brick was lasered with the donor’s choice of inscription, which included creative and endearing tributes to loved ones, pets, authors, and the library itself. 

Buy-A-Brick Committee members also included Frankie Jueds, Suzanne Penn, and Mimi Mather, with refreshments chaired by Marie Filipponi and Mary Jean Cunningham.  The bricks were inscribed by Lasermation Inc. and laid by Sean McCrossan.

A grateful thanks to our neighborhood donors and to our hard-working volunteers!  Stop by the tranquil library garden to treat yourself to a bit of local history.

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History and Architecture of the Falls Library
by Ellen Prantl

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library
Wednesday, November 10
, 2021 Click here to see a YouTube video of the presentation

If you have ever wondered about the imposing Gothic Tudor stone structure with its iconic cupola and catfish weather vane gracing the corner of Midvale Ave and Warden Drive, view this video.

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 talked of the Library, its history as an original Carnegie Library, its architectural design and construction.

Ms. Prantl’s illustrated talk focuses 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.

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