Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017


20 Beautiful Men -Philadelphia
by Williams Unlimited



Chestnut Hill Hotel
8229 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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, 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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee 2017 Awards

2017 Press Release ITM Awards
Contact: Dale Clark, In the Margins Book Award and Committee dngclark@shaw.ca
Burnaby, BC – We are thrilled to announce our fourth annual Fiction, Non-Fiction, Top Ten and Social Justice/Advocacy Awards along with our official list of 25 books published by and about those living In the Margins. Our list highlights a survival story of an often overlooked aspect of a teen’s life – aging out of the foster care system – as well as a stunning, self-published fiction debut with a great cover. In a world hungry for diversity in books, we strive to find small press and independent titles and bring them to light, while also acknowledging titles that may be more popular in the US and Canada but specifically resonate with youth living in the margins. Our Social Justice/Advocacy Award goes to the top book recommended for adults to highlight issues facing marginalized and resilient communities. Who Do You Serve, Who do you Protect? Brings forth provocative and hard-hitting questions we collectively need to answer.

ITM Social Justice/Advocacy Award - Who Do You Serve, Who Do you Protect?

As we enter our fifth year, we are excited about our next year’s committee and are currently looking an official sponsor.
In the Margins Official 2017 Top Ten List
1.     Abram, Christy Lynn. Little Miss Somebody. 259p. Humble Bee Publishing. July 2015. PB $9.99.  ISBN 9780692386224.
2.     McLellan, Michael.  American Flowers. 296p. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. August 2015. PB. $11.99.  ISBN 9781516830695.
3.     Carter, Alton. Aging Out: A True Story. 203p. Roadrunner Press. November 29, 2017. Tr. $15.00. ISBN 9781937054298.
4.     Glasgow, Kathleen.  Girl in Pieces.  416p. Delacorte Press. August 2016. Tr. 18.99.  ISBN 9781780749457.
5.     Westhoff, Ben. Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap. Hachette Books. September 2016. Tr. $28.00. ISBN 9780316383899. 
6.     Sterling, S.C. Teenage Degenerate. 252p. S.C. Sterling. January 2016. PB $14.99. ISBN 9780997017540. 
7.     Simone, Ni-Ni. Dear Yvette.  288p. Dafina. November 2016. PB $9.95. ISBN 9780758287762.
8.     Desire, C.  Other Broken Things. 256p. Simon Pulse. January 2016. Tr. $17.99.  ISBN 9781481437394.
9.     Johnston, Jeffry W. Truth. 256 p. Sourcebooks Fire. February 2016. PB $9.99. ISBN 9781492623205.
10.   Free Minds Book Club. The Untold Story of the Real Me: Young Voices from Prison. 106p. Shout Mouse Press. October 2015. PB $14.99 ISBN 9780996927444.
In addition, for the third year, we have chosen a title for our Social Justice/Advocacy Award.  The winning title is:  Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? by Maya Shenwar
The Decision Making
This year’s choice for Top Fiction spot was highly debated amongst the committee members. Popular with our readers, Little Miss Somebody chronicles what so many of our young teens face in their daily lives. Wanting to belong, be part of a loving family and yet facing uncertainty in so many ways is a constant struggle for far too many of our youth. At the same time, American Flowers depicts the tragedy and downward spiral of drug abuse. This is a book which hauntingly highlights the consequences of a few bad decisions easily made by young people. The relevance of this book, in the face of the opioid crisis facing so many communities is undeniable.
ITM Top Fiction - Little Miss Somebody
Alton Carter’s book, Aging Out was chosen by the majority of our In the Margins committee. We debated whether it best fit the Non-Fiction category or the Social Justice/Advocacy spot. However, throughout the discussions and as the year progressed, we realized that many of our youth were selecting this book to read and were recognizing so many areas of commonality with their own lives and experiences.
ITM Top Non- Fiction - Aging Out

Across the continent, young adults face the desperation of racial inequality, social upheaval and economic disparity. Through reading, our young people can find solace in knowing that their struggles are the struggles of others. Most of us who work with marginalized youth are regularly amazed and inspired by the conversations and comments our kids make about the books that they read. (There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing a group of teenage boys debating the qualities of books in a juvenile detention center library.) It is incumbent upon us, as librarians, to provide them with the books that will continue to ignite their enthusiasm for reading.
The full list of 25 titles with annotations and more information on the committee, selections, and process can be found at:
In the Margins identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other non-traditional venues living in the margins.
2017 Committee Members
  • Sabrina Carnesi, School Librarian: Crittenden Middle School; Newport News, VA
  • Dale Clark, Teacher-Librarian: Fraser Park Secondary; Burnaby Youth Custody Services; Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Marvin DeBose Sr., Library Supervisor: Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
  • Susan McNair, Librarian: Birchwood School; South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice; Columbia, SC
  • Maggie Novario, Teen Librarian: Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA
  • Jean Smith, HS Library Media Specialist: Atlanta Public Schools, GA

Thursday, January 26, 2017

This is What Haverford Books Clubs Are Reading!

Haverford's Senior Book Club Reading Book for Jan. 2017

Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self-worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. "In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what's coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma's voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters...and that's it." Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates to who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates to who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition. Here is Poitier's own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, price and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man in the face of limits—his own and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier. Amazon.com

Haverford's Teen Reading Lounge Book for Jan. 2017

Real Estate Billionaire. Reality TV star. President?
Donald Trump inherited a fortune from his father. But he wanted more. Shrewd and indefatigable, he never missed an opportunity to expand his holdings. He transformed himself into an international brand. He marketed his personality into a product. He built an empire. But that wasn’t enough. He wanted to be President, and he was willing to do and say whatever it took. Donald Trump, who never held political office, pulled off his ultimate acquisition: the hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Everyone was shocked except those who knew him.  Who would every thought he would be the 45th President of United State of America. Amazon.com