Saturday, September 7, 2019

FLP's Haverford Library "Naloxone Giveaway" Sept. 25

The Health Department will Also provide FREE Hepatitis A Vaccine

Friday, August 30, 2019

Summer Of Wonder Book Challenge Winners 2019

Adult $50 Raffle Card Winner - Ms. Fatima Bamba

Teen's 32in Vizio TV Winner - Charles Hagood with his Mother & Sister

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Jarell Seay 5th Annual Back To School Community Fest

Marvin DeBose aka Mr.Philly Librarian providing Outreach @ "The Jerell Seay Back To School Fest"

Tuesday, June 18, 2019



Juneteenth is in the Air on 52nd Street and in the House at Blackwell Regional Library!

By Barbara B.  Thu, June 6, 2019
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced by Union soldiers and the last remaining slaves were freed in Galveston Texas. To honor the significance of this historical event, celebrations are held every year around the country.
This year, on June 22, West Philadelphia will be the proud host of the annual Juneteenth Parade held in the city. The parade route will start at 52nd and Jefferson Streets and move south on 52nd Street ending with a music festival at Malcolm X Park at 52nd and Pine Streets. The day’s events will run from 9:00 am to 7:00 p.m.; information and the full schedule of activities and events can be found at

Lucien E. Blackwell/West Philadelphia Regional Library  is offering a series of Healthy Cooking Workshops, A Taste of African Heritage, which celebrates the healthy food traditions of the African Diaspora. The Healthy Cooking Workshops are on Fridays, through June 21, from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
But wait… there’s more! Blackwell Regional Library will also have an information table at Malcolm X Park on Juneteenth Day so stop by one and all, pick up some information, perhaps a giveaway or two, or just say "hi"!
And don’t forget, if you want to know what’s going on in the community or just want to be more informed about what interests you, stop by Blackwell Regional Library! You’ll find great reads; wonderful programs for children, teens, and adults; computer classes; community news; endless resources; and helpful staff!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month

Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month!

By Administrator Wed, June 5, 2019
This month is African-American Music Appreciation Month, a commemoration first started by former President Jimmy Carter, on June 7, 1979. The national recognition began as Black Music Month, but President Barack Obama changed the name in 2016 with a presidential proclamation.
However, the city of Philadelphia is where the birth of Black Music Month began, over 40 years ago through the vision of Kenny Gamble (Founder of Philadelphia International Records (PIR)) , Dyana Williams (radio and music industry professional), and Ed Wright .The great Philadelphia International Records (PIR) sound became well know and renowned around the world. The great Philadelphia sound became the bell for a national yearly celebration of Africana music, expression, talents, and influence by Black artists on current events and activism.
On Saturday, June 8, the Haverford Library continues the vision of Branch Manager, Marvin DeBose, serving the community by bringing stellar home-grown artists, storytellers, organizations, and musicians to the public. Philadelphia’s Alfie Pollitt, jazz pianist, composer, dance instructor, and historian will give a free musical performance from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marvin has brought various programs to his West Philadelphia community over he years, and loves showcasing activities that encourage growth and development, self-help, tutorial services, and letting patrons enjoy a great time together.
We invite all of Philadelphia to come out and enjoy this rare musical treat. Mr. Alfie Pollitt has performed with many of the greatest artists that have inspired much of the bands and ensembles being heard today.
You can also find more great African-American music through both our catalog and Digital Media Portal, featuring music from all genres past and present! #Mr.PhillyLibrarian

Alfie Pollitt and the Men of Mt. Olive Lodge #27
Mr. PhillyLibrarian and Alfie Pollitt 

Alfie Pollitt performing at the Haverford Library

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Legal Advice Live @ Haverford !


7th Annual Jazz Chat & Chew @ Haverford Library

Jazz will Never Die in the City that Perfected it!

Haverford Branch Manger Marvin DeBose aka Mr.Philly Librarian, Artie Shaw on bass, Keyboardist Tom Smith and the groups drummer, pose after their Jazz Performance.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"In the Margins" 2019 Book Awards

"In the Margins" 2019 Book Awards Announced

Now in its seventh year, the In the Margins Book Awards committee revealed its top picks in three categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Advocacy. The books, published over the last 18 months, appeal to the reading needs and wants of marginalized young adults.
This year, the committee selected Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (for Fiction), Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth by Latin American Youth Center Writers and Santiago Casares (for Nonfiction), and The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost its Way by Cara H. Drinan (for Advocacy).
Committee chair Sabrina Carnesi commented that the deliberation process this year was one of their "most challenging yet successful." In addition to the three top titles, members selected a variety of titles for their Top 10 list, including self-published works and those produced by major publishing houses. "We are very proud of our selected award titles for 2019. The priority charge for our committee has stayed the same...we are providing a platform for the voices of youth from our most vulnerable populations to be heard and it is in accordance with the climate of issues surrounding immigration, Indigenous rights, and youth incarceration."
For the list of Top 10 titles and more about the committee and its selections, see the press release below.

2019 In The Margins Book Awards
Contact: Sabrina Carnesi, In the Margins Book Awards Committee Chair
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.—The In the Margins Book Awards (ITM) committee is pleased to announce the top titles and overall Top Ten List for 2019. Recipients are selected based on the titles that represent youth who are marginalized, on the streets, incarcerated, drug-addicted or struggle with combinations of these issues. Not only does the committee read and discuss a multitude of book titles published within the previous 18 months of the award year, we have the unique experience of having young adults assisting us in selecting the books by reading and sharing their opinions with us, directly. Incorporating the enthusiastic response from youth who live the experiences of our charge, we create an annual reading list which was originally intended as a selection tool for librarians who service youth in juvenile detention facilities throughout the North American continent and has since spread to community outreach programs and schools throughout North America.
This seven-year-old award selects winners for youth between the ages of 9 and 21, in the three categories of fiction, nonfiction, and advocacy. Many books considered for this award are self-published and from smaller, independent publishers.
Where the Dead Sit Talking written by Brandon Hobson, published by Soho Press (2018), won Top Title for Fiction.
In this First Nation-voiced adult title for older teens and new adults, readers learn that it’s hard to trust anyone when you’ve been in foster care as long as Sequoyah has. He’s been on the edge for so long that he almost seems to know death, until he meets Rosemary, a fellow Native youth, who may be able to draw him back from the grave. “The committee was emotionally struck by the raw vulnerability of Sequoyah’s journey out of the downward spiral he experienced and his will to move forward, after losing all those around him from which he gathered his strength,” said Sabrina Carnesi, ITM book award chair.
Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth written by Latin American Youth Center Writers and Santiago Casares, published by Shout Mouse Press (2018), won Top Title for Nonfiction.
Youth recount their experiences of immigration in this collection of comics created by and for teens. Their stories carry the weight of immigration, the thrills of new places, and the tolls immigration had on their families. Listen as they speak without borders, with text in English and Spanish. Carnesi asserts Voces Sin Fronteras as “a groundbreaking bilingual graphic biography that lends voice to 16 immigrant youths who are both the narrator and illustrator of their immigration stories.”
The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost its Way written by Cara H. Drinan, published by Oxford University Press (2017), won the Top Title for Advocacy and Social Justice.
An in-depth guide for understanding the present state of juvenile policing and incarceration, this book combines hard data and research with statements from youth about their own experiences with the system. “The committee was unanimous in its support of the voice of advocacy Drinan’s work brings to the mistreatment and mishandling of juvenile offenders who are caught up in the for-profit penal systems fed by courts where authorities turn blind eyes to the harshness and recidivism it produces,” says Carnesi.
This year’s Top Ten List highlights 56 titles that comprise the two recommendation and advocacy lists which are posted on the book award’s website.
The In the Margins 2019 Official Top 10 are as follows:
1. 2E G. Queenpin. Feb. 2018. CreateSpace. pap. $14.95. 138p. ISBN 9781983519185. Young Adult.
2. Brown, Kevin. Hard Knocks High: Darkskins and Redbones. Sept. 2017. Jank Publishing. pap. $9.95. 186p. ISBN 9780984557219. Young Adult.
3. Colfer, Eoin; Andrew Donkin; and Giovanni Rigano (Illustrator). Illegal. Aug. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Tr. $19.99. 144p. ISBN 9781492662143. Young Adult.
4. Goozh, Judi and Sue Jeweler. Tell Me About When Moms and Dads Go to Jail. $14.99. 48p. ISBN 9781785928079.
Tell Me About When Moms and Dads Come Home From Jail$14.95. 40p. ISBN 9781785928066.
ea. vol: Jessica Kingsley. May 2018. pap. Juvenile.
5. Griffin-Wallace, Valencia. Motherless Child: A Journey of Growing Up and Forgiving . Valencia G. Wallace Publisher. Jan. 2018. pap. $9.99. 170p. ISBN 9780692064405. Older Teens.
6. Hawkins, Lamont U-God. Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang. Mar. 2018. Picador. Tr. $27. 304p. ISBN 9781250191168; pap. $18. 304p. ISBN 9781250191175. Older Teens.
7. Hobson, Brandon. Where the Dead Sit Talking. Feb. 2018. Soho Press. Tr. $25. 288p. ISBN 9781616958879. Young Adult and Older.
8. Krosoczka, Jarrett. Hey, Kiddo. Oct. 2018. Graphix. Tr. $24.99. 320p. ISBN 9780545902472. Young Adult.
9. Latin American Youth Center Writers and Santiago Casares. Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth. May 2018. Shout Mouse Press. pap. $14.99. 316p. ISBN 9781945434686. Young Adult.
10. Ramos, Nonieqa. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary. Feb. 2018. Carolrhoda Lab. Tr. $17.99. 344p. ISBN 9781512439762. Young Adult.

The 2019 committee is comprised of librarians and library academics who currently work with the youth who experience the challenging circumstances of marginalized issues represented in the selected titles. Members of the 2019 Jury were: Chair, Sabrina Carnesi, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Dr. Jeanie Austin, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA; Marvin DeBose, Philadelphia Free Libraries, Philadelphia, PA; Lauren Gilpin, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN; Dr. Rae Anne Montague, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois; Dr. Kerry Sutherland, Akron Summit County Public Library, Akron, OH; and Raemona Little Taylor, Marin County Free Libraries, San Anselmo, CA.
Award-winning authors will be featured in a blog tour hosted on the book award website during the months of March, June, and September of 2019. The complete set of 3 lists is located on the Award Page for the book award website. Click here for new book submissions and Committee Membership inquiry.
For additional information please contact the committee at

Friday, January 25, 2019

2019 In The Margin Book Awards Committee Shortlist


2019 ITM Book Awards  Shortlist

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The 2019 In the Margins Book Awards Committee — composed of juried members Sabrina Carnesi, Jeanie Austin, Marvin DeBose, Lauren Gilpin, Rae Anne Montague, Kerry Sutherland, and Raemona Little Taylor — is honored to announce the 2019 shortlist for top fiction and nonfiction young adult titles published between June 2017 and December 2018.  Please join us in celebration of these fine books that explore the world through the eyes of youth who experience challenges of marginalized issues  that include life situations which force them to navigate past the traumas of the street, incarceration, addiction, homelessness, gang friction, and bullying.
Fiction Shortlist
Ingrid Palmer, All Out of Pretty  (Creston Books, 2018) –Young Adult.
Kevin Brown, Darkskins and Redbones (Jank Publishing, 2017) – Young Adult.
Nonieqa Ramos, The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary (Carolrhoda Lab, 2018) – Young Adult
Fred Aceves, The Closest I’ve Come (HarperTeen, 2017) –  Young Adult.
Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking (Soho Press, 2018) – Older Teen/New Adult.
Nonfiction Shortlist
Hanif Abdurraqib, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us  (Two Dollar Radio, 2017) – Young Adult and Up.  
Jade H. Brooks, The Teen Sex Trade: My Story (Formac, 2017) – Young Adult.  
Jesse-Ray Lewis, Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Poems (WriteLife Publishing, 2018) -Young Adult.
Latin American Youth Center Writers and Santiago Casares, Voces sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth (Shout Mouse Press, 2018) – Young Adult.  
Valencia Griffin-Wallace, Motherless Child:  A Journey of Growing Up and Forgiving (Valencia G. Wallace Publisher, 2018) – Older Teens.
Which of these titles are favorites of yours?  Which do you think made the top fiction and nonfiction title for 2019?  Which do you think are in our Top 10 overall Titles?  Stay tuned to our website for the final announcements in the next two weeks.