In the News: Library Grand Opening Media Roundup

In the News: Students are ‘tearing down the walls’ to get to Fairmount’s new library

In the News: Students are ‘tearing down the walls’ to get to Fairmount’s new library

BillyPenn posted a piece on the new Bache-Martin library today. See below for a preview and a link to the full article.

“After years of effort by volunteers to reopen the library at Fairmount’s Bache-Martin Elementary, no one was exactly sure how the students would react. They’re kids, after all — would they even appreciate the hard-won rows of reading material?

To the pleasant surprise of the parents and teachers who put in the work, the young students are obsessed with their new resource.

“Kids are walking around the hallways with books,” principal Mark Vivitsky told Billy Penn. “They’re secretly going back to make additional visits; they’re trying to convince substitutes that it’s library day when it’s not.

“The kids,” he said, “are literally tearing down the walls to get back in there.””

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In the News: A Philly miracle: Amid closures, this elementary school is re-opening its library

In the News: A Philly miracle: Amid closures, this elementary school is re-opening its library

The Inquirer published a piece on the new library today. See below for a preview and a link to the full article.

 

“For as long as Anna Zhang has attended Bache-Martin Elementary School, the library was a locked room with old books she could not access.

That changed recently, when the public school in Fairmount re-opened its library after a nonprofit organized to support the school rallied the community — and raised $90,000 — to make it happen.

It is a rarity in Philadelphia, where in a school district of 220 schools, just seven have certified librarians. (About a dozen more libraries are open through outside volunteer partnerships, or by other means.

It wasn’t always that way. In 1991, the system employed 176 librarians, and more schools had libraries staffed by trained library assistants. But budget cuts decimated their ranks.”

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