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Calendar of Events

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Special Events

April 8 – May 22, 2024 – One Book One PhiladelphiaClick here for events at Central Library

May 2 to May 4 2024: Friends of Falls Library Book Sale! Watch for details

Weekly Events

Every Tuesday: Fiber Arts Group – 2 to 4 PM

Every Wednesday through March 27: Stories and Songs for Babies and Toddlers, 10:15 AM

Every Friday through March 22: Canticuentos: Spanish Stories & Songs with Ana – 10:15 AM

February, 2024

Monday, Feb. 26: Hip Hop Jazz Musicology -5:30 PM

Monday, Feb. 26: Falls Book Club – 5:30 PM

March 2024

Tuesday, March 5: Mobile Office Hours: Office of State Representative Tarik Khan – 4 to 7 PM

Monday, March 11: Read with a Dog – 4 PM

Wednesday, March 13: “The Ladies of the Street” with Thomas Keels – 2 PM

Friday, March 15: Geology of the Wissahickon Park – 1 PM

Monday, March 25: Falls Book Club – 5:30 PM

Wednesday, March 27: Stroke Prevention Techniques – 2 PM

April 2024

Monday, April 1: Read with a Dog – 4 PM

Monday, April 8: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – 3 PM

Monday, April 29: Falls Book Club – 5:30

May 2024

Monday, May 20: Falls Book Club – 5:30

June 2024

Monday, May 13: Read with a Dog – 4 PM

Monday, June 24: Falls Book Club – 5:30


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Falls Book Group

Monday, February 26, 2024 5:30 P.M.: The book selection for this month will be  The Violin Conspiracy  by Brendan Slocumb (2022).

Monday, March 25, 2024, 5:30 PM: The book selection for this month will be Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (2017).

Monday, April 29, 2024, 5:30 PM: The book selection for this month will be the One Book, One Philadelphia title, True Biz, a novel by Sara Nović.

Monday, May 20, 2024, 5:30 PM: The book selection for this month will be West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge (2021).

Monday, June 24, 2024, 5:30 PM: The book selection for this month will be Before We Were Yours , by Lisa Wingate (2017).

The Falls Book Group is one of the Free Library’s longest running programs and is open to all.  Interested in joining?  For reading selections or to attend a meeting, please reach out to the adult librarian, with your name and contact info; a member of the book group will get back to you.  If you are interested in joining or have questions, feel free to call Falls and ask for the branch manager. Our Book Group meets generally on fourth Monday of the month, in the downstairs meeting room.

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Read with a Dog

Mondays, March 11, April 1, 4 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Young readers can come meet Daisy, a certified therapy dog, and share a story with her. Children can practice reading out loud, in a safe, judgment free space. Daisy loves to hear stories! Space may be limited.

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Stories and Songs for Babies and Toddlers

Wednesdays through March 27, 10:15 AM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Meeting Room (Midvale Ave. entrance)

Join Ms. Grace for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces perfect for infants and toddlers along with their caregivers!  Free play with baby-friendly toys will wrap up the program. Siblings welcome. 

Read, Baby, Read is a series of programs focused on language and literacy development for babies and toddlers, and their caregivers.  Read, Baby, Read is made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

We will meet in the downstairs meeting room, please use the Midvale entrance through the garden.

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Canticuentos: Spanish Stories & Songs with Ana

Every Friday through March 22, 10:15 AM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Meeting Room – Midvale Ave. entrance

Join local storyteller Ana Atach for Canticuentos!

We’ll explore songs and stories in Spanish, with a new animal theme each week. Feel free to bring your own animal toy to play along.  We will follow this with time for free play and socializing with Ms. Grace. No Spanish language skills are needed – it will be a fun and interactive time for all! 

This program is intended for ages 0 to 5 years old, along with a caregiver.  Siblings are welcome.  Canticuentos will be held in the downstairs Meeting Room.  Please enter through the side Midvale door.

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Hip Hop Jazz Musicology

Monday, February 26, 5:30 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Join us for an Interactive experience of the evolution of Black American music for a hip hop influenced audience. This program is suitable for all audiences.

li Richardson, a.k.a. Text Rich Ali, is a music educator based in Philadelphia. Great for all ages and audiences of all backgrounds, Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology creates an effective space where youth and adults can relate and appreciate musical experiences through staged reenactments, role play, and live performances.

This workshop explores how the music genre of Hip-Hop, so beloved by today’s students, relates to it’s predecessors like Gospel, Jazz and Blues and how each of these musical genres can be a remarkable window into the history of the United States and the African-American experience.

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Mobile Office Hours: Office of State Representative Tarik Khan

Tuesday, March 5, 4 to 7 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library, Main Floor (Warden Dr. entrance)

The staff of PA House of Representatives Tarik Khan will be at the branch to provide local support for state services. Neighbors are welcome to come seek help with unemployment issues, renewing/applying for their senior SEPTA card, and more. Notary services will not be available here. Walk-ins welcome. We’ll be here, on the main floor, to help from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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“The Ladies of the Street” with Thomas Keels

Wednesday, March 13, 2 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library Meeting Room (Midvale Ave. entrance)

Philadelphia’s “forgotten fair, The Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition of 1926 is remembered (if at all) as a crumbling, sodden, bankrupt mess.  One of its few bright spots was the “High Street of 1776,” a recreation of a Federal-era Market Street lined with 22 reconstructions of vanished historic structures.  Created by the Women’s Committee, the Street of 1776 was the Sesqui’s most popular single attraction, and one of the few to turn a profit.  “The Ladies of the Street” describes how Philadelphia women defied the corrupt Republican Organization to create some of the fair’s most memorable monuments.

About the speaker
Tom Keels is a lecturer, writer, and commentator specializing in Philadelphia history and architecture.  He has published seven books.  He has given lectures for many organizations in Philadelphia and beyond, including “Philadelphia’s Golden Age of Retail” and “Forgotten Philadelphia” in East Falls.  For many years, he’s been a tour guide at Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Click here to learn more about him.

Sponsored by East Falls Village and East Falls Historical Society

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Geology of the Wissahickon Park

Friday, March 15, 1 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Join PA Master Naturalist Lisa Myers for an introduction to the geology of the Wissahickon Park and forces that shaped what we see here today. We will explore the theory of plate techtonics, mineralogy, and the rock cycle. There will also be a display of books and a local rock specimen collection to browse

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Stroke Prevention Techniques

Wednesday, March 27, 2 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Join Dawn Stewart from Roxborough Hospital to learn about stroke prevention techniques. This program is coordinated by East Falls Village.

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Mon, April 8, 3 PM
Falls of Schuylkill Library – Midvale Garden

Witness a solar eclipse!  At 3:23 p.m., the moon will block about 90% of the sun for viewers of the greater Philly area. 

We will provide  glasses for safe solar viewing on a first come, first served basis and also have family-friendly activities.  Meet us in the library garden on Midvale.

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Movie Nights – watch for the next ones!


Community Game Nights

On hold because of new library hours. Watch for new dates.

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.(watch for future dates). Popcorn provided. Feel free to bring other snacks.

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Majiang

On hold because of new library hours. Watch for new dates

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 – watch for another one!


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Ongoing Programs


Fiber Arts Group

Fiber Arts Group 1 MEETS WEEKLY – Every Tuesday, 2 to 4 PM, Main 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. No Fall Book Sale in 2023. Instead, we celebrated the 110th Anniversary of the library..
  • 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 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!

Click here to see photos!

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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