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Thank you to all who joined us Friday for the opening celebration of the Morton McMichael School library!

Excerpt from Action News- 6 ABC (10/12/2012) Mantua school gets first library in 25 years

MANTUA – October 12, 2012 (WPVI) — The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children helped create the first working library at Morton McMichael School in 25 years.

For a generation there has been no librarian and no ability for students to check out books.

As students spent time there Friday, they’ve already noticed some changes.

“There are brand new books,” said one student excitedly.
Among the contributions from the WePAC, volunteers will now staff the library twice a week, holding classes and allowing for books to be checked out.

David Florig, the non-profit’s executive director, says they’re working to reverse the steady erosion of library services in Philadelphia for the past 30 years.  Continue reading


Around noon, updates appeared on WePAC’s Twitter:


Above, Principal Wallace and Teacher Conallen thanked the many school and community supporters who made the project possible over several years.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell also expressed support and kind thanks, after first blessing the new library at Add Anderson Elementary last week.  Representatives came to speak and share well wishes, including folks from the Superintendent’s office, the Mayor’s Office of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the offices of Sen. Hughes, Sen. Williams and Rep. Brownlee.

It’s critical that we work to raise awareness of the resources kids are missing when schools continue to endure more severe budget cuts, including the stark impact on student literacy skills and on opportunities for students to pursue their personal interests and relish their time while surrounded by the latest books.

For more coverage on the McMichael library opening, check out these stories:

Incredible WePAC volunteers who worked last spring, over the summer months and in the final sprint this fall helped to transform the McMichael space into a beautiful new library today. (the image to the right is a picture of McMichael School library in the middle of the summer) Thank you so much for your inspiring work, and to all of our classes who will be visiting soon:

Warmest wishes for a great year, and welcome to the library!

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates!