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Philly Plays Scrabble® 2007 To Kick Off With Mayoral Wordplay
What: Philly Plays Scrabble®, a joint project of After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) and the Free Library of Philadelphia
Who: Mayoral candidates Michael Nutter and Al Taubenberger; representatives from ASAP, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the National Scrabble® Association
When: Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Central Library on the Parkway, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
What’s an eight-letter word meaning fun for everyone from nine to 90? Scrabble®! On September 27, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Library on the Parkway, After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) and the Free Library of Philadelphia will kick off the 2007 Philly Plays Scrabble® program with an event featuring mayoral candidates Michael Nutter and Al Taubenberger facing off in a game of wordplay.
Philly Plays Scrabble® was initiated in 2006 by After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) and the Free Library of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the National Scrabble® Association. The program promotes literacy and helps to develop vocabulary, math, and spelling skills among adults, teens, and children. In addition to all that--it’s fun! Last year, over one thousand people took part in Philly Plays Scrabble®. This October, 17 Free Library locations throughout Philadelphia will have designated hours for Scrabble® play. Competitive players will advance through tournament rounds with a final event held at the Central Library in November.
Program sponsors include Comcast, Knight Foundation, PNC, Verizon, Hasbro, and the National Scrabble® Association.
During the entire month of October, the following Free Library locations will have special hours for Scrabble® competition. No pre-registration necessary--Scrabble® sets and score sheets will be provided.
Independence Branch, 18 South 7th Street: Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 W. Lehigh Avenue: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street: Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 South 23rd Street: Fridays, 2:00 - 4:45 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Richmond Branch, 2987 Almond Street: Mondays and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Bustleton Branch, 10199Bustleton Avenue: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Katharine Drexel Branch, 11099 Knights Road: Thursdays and Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Avenue: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wyoming Branch, 231 E. Wyoming Avenue: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Andorra Branch, 705 E. Cathedral Road: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Branch, 8711 Germantown Avenue: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Falls of Schuylkill Branch, 3501 Midvale Avenue: Mondays, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Oak Lane Branch, 6614 North 12th Street: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Overbrook Park Branch, 7422 Haverford Avenue: Wednesdays, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Walnut Street West Branch, 201 South 40th Street: Thursdays, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wynnefield Branch, 5325 Overbrook Avenue: Mondays, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than six million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely-used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.