Two reports below.
Visit to Darby Free Library
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Ph.D., stopped by to meet with local students and library officials and to read a couple of stories for her audience on the second floor of the historic library.
She described her first trip to the country’s oldest public, continuous service library – opened in 1743 – as cool.
“You go into this little gym of a library and think about the Quakers, their ethics and ethos of what they believed in,” she said. “You get that spirit and then you come inside and there are these 21st century kids.”
Hayden made Darby Free Library a stop during her trip to Philadelphia which included appearances at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Free Library and the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
Visit to Philadelphia Free Library
From the PFL Blog:
Dr. Hayden sat in on a conversation about the civic engagement initiatives underway around the system when she stopped by a meeting of the Library Cluster Leaders. Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library, escorted Dr. Hayden throughout the day, showing her our innovative Culinary Literacy Center as well as the construction site where new public spaces will soon rise at Parkway Central Library. She even made a stop at the new Corridor of Cultureexhibition, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.