Monday, August 7, 2017

Teaching the Philly Bop Dance at Philly's Community Libraries!

Haddington and Cobbs Creek: Teaching the Philly Bop Dance at Community Libraries
Haddington and Cobbs Creek: Teaching the Philly Bop Dance at Community Libraries
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On Saturday afternoons throughout the summer, the Cobbs Creek and Haddington branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia host Philly Bop dance classes.
The bop is a style of dance that was popular in the 1950s and throughout the 1960s that was created by African Americans based upon 1920’s era Lindy Hop, Jitterbug and East Coast Swing traditions.

Haverford’s branch manager Marvin DeBose thought about developing the series of classes while at a recent family gathering.
“I noticed so many of the younger people participating in the line dances,” said DeBose, “but a real lack of the couples dancing that you find with the traditional bop style my parents and their parents enjoyed in the 50s. I thought there was real potential in this type of class.”
DeBose wrote a proposal and secured funding via the Free Library system for the summer dance series in an aim to foster the rebirth of the bop in his community.
“It’s an important part of African American history in this city that we need to communicate with our generational peers and with younger people,” said dance instructor Melissa Talley-Palmer, who teaches the summer series and previously wrote a grant for her own series of bop classes throughout the city’s library system.
“The Philly Bop is a smoother and more stylistic version of the Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing styles,” said Talley-Palmer. “What makes it unique is that it’s a six-count dance that includes a double step and rock step combination. Each neighborhood in Philly would put its own twist on it.”
DeBose fondly remembers talking to his parents about the bop at its height of popularity.
“The dance debuted on ‘American Bandstand’ at 46th and Market and was a really important and proud moment for Philly,” said DeBose. “Now, people in their 30s and 40s want to learn it because it’s not only fun but it celebrates our cultural identity.”
–Text, images and video by Jim McCormick

Monday, July 17, 2017

Addicted To War : Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism?




Andreas, Joel (2000) Addicted To War. Paperback  | AK Press |  ISBN:978-1904859011 | $7.99   | 80 Pages


Addicted to War takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country. Read Addicted to War to find out who benefits from these military adventures, who pays—and who dies. Over 120,000 copies of the previous edition are in print. This new edition is substantially reworked and fully updated through the War in Iraq. “A witty and devastating portrait of U.S. military policy.”—Howard Zinn
 
This is a Must Read book! Should be part of Social Studies curriculum in every Junior High School in the country.  As a librarian I came across this book back in 2005, and I been using this with my books clubs ever since. This book is awe, best beginners book covering U.S. Imperialism ever. This book can be followed up with Howard Zinn's “A People’s History of The US” another great book that should be on the mandatory reading list for students. Mr.Philly Librarian
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

FLP’s Hatching Innovation Bop Ballroom Dance Class for Seniors !


FLP'S Bop Dance Class of  Spring 2017
 
 
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Haverford Neighborhood Library Jazz Chat & Chew!



New Video Added!


Mark Palmer (Percussion), Artie Shaw (Bass), Yessah Furaha Ali (Sax) & Marvin DeBose

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Seniors Enjoy Reading Book Club" visits me for Valentine’s Day!





Four member of the “Senior Enjoy Reading” book club visited me at the Haverford Branch on Valentine’s Day to show me how much they appreciated the service that we provide to their book club.  
The “Seniors Enjoy Reading “ book club operates out of the West Philly Senior Community Center. My job, as their advisor, is to assist this group with selecting good titles to read and helping them in acquiring enough copies so that the seniors can borrow the books for free through the “Free Library of Philadelphia”. Many of book club members are in their upper-70s age-range and older (12 women & 2 men). Mrs. Gloria Presha, one of the Free Library most beloved patrons, is the group's leader. 
Without the collaboration between Free Library of Philadelphia- Haverford Branch and the “Senior Enjoy Reading”, many of these elderly members would not be able to receive their books due to their mobility restrictions. Mrs. Presha and I have been collaborating for the last five years in efforts to keep this book club running strong. Mr.Philly Librarian