$25 Million to Free Library

11 Sep

The Free Library of Philadelphia will be the recipient of $25 million from The William Penn Foundation to out towards innovations and renovations, bringing the library into the 21st century library.  This is a generous gift that will go far for the 54-branch library, not only renovating the main library, but the majority will go towards renovating the neighborhood libraries as part of the “Building Innovation” campaign to raise $40 million dollars to renovate the neighborhood libraries to vest fut their communities.  As the article stated, s lack of funding from the city threatened to close many of the branches, but Philadelphia citizens came out in full force to support their libraries and it made all the difference. 

It is great to see a library system that is making changes to stay relevant in an ever-changing technological world. I’m excited to see how the Free Library continues to stay relevant and make changes specifically addressed to their communities. It will be interesting to see how and why which branches will be renovated and if the choices make other communities upset.


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