In December 2015, I visited the “Senior’s Enjoy Reading” book club during the holiday season and presented them with a “Library Summer Reading” tote bag containing three brand new books for each member of the club donated by the Haverford Library Staff. The book club members were surprised when Marvin DeBose (Haverford Branch Supervisor) walked into their monthly book club meeting at the West Philly Senior Community Center located 41st& Popular St. in the West Philly Section of Philadelphia with a bag containing their gifts.
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 mid-70s age-range. Mrs. Gloria Persia, one of the Free Library most beloved patrons, is the group's leader. She takes on the responsibly of selecting the titles for each month and drives to Haverford Branch to pick up the books for the group. Without her dedication, many of these elderly members would not be able to receive their books. Mrs. Persia and I have been collaborating for the last four years to keep this book club running strong. Mr.Philly Librarian