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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.
WPF News and Information
Region’s Trail Network, The Circuit, Gets Major BoostThe region’s trail network, known as the Circuit, has received a
significant boost toward further trail completion, awareness-building and bettering
public access to Philadelphia’s waterways with new funding from the William
Penn Foundation. The grants, totaling
$8.6 million, will leverage the work of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning
Commission (DVRPC) and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), which are members of
the Circuit Coalition. When complete, the
Circuit will include 750 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting
people to jobs, communities, waterways and parks in the Greater Philadelphia region.
To date, more than 300 miles of the network have been built. more...
William Penn Foundation Commits to Invest in US Challenge
Foundation has joined the launch of Invest
in US, a national campaign and challenge issued today by President
Barack Obama to business leaders, philanthropists, advocates and public
officials to build a better nation through high-quality early childhood
programs for children from birth to age five. William Penn Foundation joins
dozens of corporations, foundations
and nonprofits that have also pledged significant commitments – financial and
otherwise – to making sure that more children and communities have high quality
early childhood education programs.