The Friends of the Free Library Present: BiblioBash ’13

The Friends of the Free Library will hold their annual benefit, BiblioBash, at the Kimmel Center on Friday, March 16th. The event will be held in the new Hamilton Gardens space from 7-9:30 pm.

Deputy Mayor/Managing Director Richard Negrin will be honored at the benefit for the MDO’s support of the community, youth leadership and local library branches. One example of this support is through PhillyRising’s partnerships with libraries across the city. PhillyRising’s efforts recognize libraries as key civic institutions that provide a gathering space for people to organize their communities and interface with local government. PhillyRising helps these institutions provide access to crucial technology, resources and educational enrichment programming.

Most recently, PhillyRising partnered with the Friends of the Free Library, with the help of other city agencies and stakesholders, to revamp the McPherson Square Library and park. (Both of which had limited community access due to drug activity.) Through this inter-group collaboration, McPherson Square Library has since become a key gathering space for the community. For example, the library now hosts weekly PhillyRising-led Citizen’s Engagement Academy classes, a Friends of the Library group (a new teen-designed youth area) and vibrant community programs such as “Comcast Cares” in the park.

The Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the Free Library of Philadelphia. Through affiliate neighborhood volunteer groups, the Friends of the Free Library promotes cooperation and communication between the community and the Free Library and advocates for library services for all.

For more information about the Friends of the Free Library or Saturday’s event, please visit: http://www.libraryfriends.info/.

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