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Capitalization, Scale and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain?New study, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation, examines the state of Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.
Announcing Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative Reimagining the City’s Gateway
the Free Library of Philadelphia welcomed more than six million visitors.
Thirty percent of those visitors stopped in monthly. In a single year, those
visitors generated more than 3 million reference questions, which equates to
two questions for every man, woman and child who lives in the city today.
What are all of these people seeking? Information and services, access
and opportunities. Historically, libraries were a hub for learning, reading,
and research. Today, they are so much more, offering resources and assistance
in everything from technology training, social services, job coaching, and,
yes, literacy and education. To support this massive growth of the Free
Library’s role in the fabric of the city, the Free Library of Philadelphia is
partnering with the William Penn Foundation and the City of Philadelphia to
announce the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries
Initiative, reestablishing the Library as a central resource in every
neighborhood in Philadelphia, serving as a portal to learning, public services,
economic opportunity, recreation, and community engagement.