Happy post-Memorial Day short week, everyone! With summer blazing forth in all of its glory, you might be contemplating a trip to different climes. Wonder what it's like traversing the open skies on a regular basis? Come to the Free Library's "Living Library" event on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and talk with Ben Davis, an airline pilot who flies out of Philadelphia's International Airport! Before becoming a commercial pilot, Mr. Davis also served in the Navy and worked as a flight instructor in California. Interested in hearing more about his various adventures aloft? Come and ask him!
Vacations (and summers in general) are always ripe for photographic documentation, be it commemorative or slightly embarrassing. Sarah Stolfa is an acclaimed photographer whose series of photographs of patrons at McGlinchey's Bar won The New York Times' Photography Contest for College Students in 2004. In addition to the Times award, Stolfa has also won the Noah Addis Photojournalism Award, an award for Artistic Excellence in the Perkins Center Photograph Competition, the Alice Kimball Traveling Fellowship and the Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumnus Award. Artisan books published Stolfa’s work, The Regulars, in June 2009. Stop by and ask Sarah about her photographic exploits or her current position as the Executive Director and Founder of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center!
For those of you who are just becoming aware of this exciting event, a description: Discover more about the lives of those around you at the Free Library's first "Living Library" event, which will take place at the Parkway Central branch on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During this special evening, human "books" will be available for three 15 minute "reading" periods wherein they can be claimed by patrons interested in learning more about their particular stories. Attendees can ask the books questions about their lives, careers, passions, and interests; the President and Director of the Free Library, the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Ballet, and many more!