Paoli Central

You might think that the name “Paoli” was chosen for a little Main Line town purely to separate the locals (who know how to pronounce it) from the out-of-towners (who don’t). But this week Paoli welcomed some out-of-towners who knew exactly how to pronounce “Paoli,” because they came from the birthplace of General Pasquale Paoli, the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Among the visitors, here to continue a long-standing relationship between the Paoli Business and Professional Association and the territorial government of Corsica, was Gilles Simeoni, President of the Corsican Assembly, along with the Corsican Minister of Culture and the Minister of Tourism.

Pasquale Paoli is Corsica’s national hero and second-most-famous native son—after Napoleon Bonaparte. Paoli was a freedom fighter who helped win the island’s independence from the Republic of Genoa and served as president of the Corsican Republic during its brief existence from 1755 to 1769. He was also the author of the republic’s constitution, considered to be the first ever democratic constitution, based on Enlightenment principles. Although Paoli never visited America, he was an inspiration to the American revolutionaries, and so much admired in this area that an inn was named after him—and the town was named after the inn.

On Friday, April 6, the delegation stopped by Paoli Library to view the large bust of Paoli and a replica of his ceremonial sword given to the town in 1966 by the mayor of Morosaglia, Paoli’s birthplace. In the absence of a town hall or a community center, Paoli Library serves as the center of town, so it has housed these mementos ever since.

President Simeoni and his compatriots extended a heartfelt invitation to the residents of Paoli to visit the island of Corsica, to enjoy the crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches of the coastline, and the pristine creeks and granite cliffs farther inland.

Paoli Library—although it can offer no beaches or cliffs–also extends a heartfelt invitation to area residents, to come view the statue of General Paoli and to get acquainted with the many unexpected free resources it does offer, from e-books, to museum passes, to a GoPro camera. The library is right in the center of Paoli, in the Wells Fargo building at the corner of Route 30 and Darby Road.

l-r: Nanette Maupertuis, Foreign Minister; Gilles Simeoni, President of the Corsican Assembly; Josepha Giacommeti, Minister of Culture; Hyacinthe Vanni, Vice President of the Corsican Assembly; Catherine Sorba, documentary film director; Francis Beretti, past chair, University of Corsica English Department.

Award Winning Librarian, Laurie Doan

Laurie Doan, young adult librarian at Tredyffrin Public Library is recognized for her “leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning” and named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor and only the second one from the commonwealth of PA in the 10 year history of the award.

 

The nomination for the award included stories and quotes from several of Laurie’s friends, coworkers, community partners, and the teens she has mentored. ALA received 0ver 1,200 nominations this year. Laurie’s dedication to our township teens has extended to donating her 5000 dollar prize money back to the library. She plans to invest this money into continuing to further the teen and performing arts programs at TPL.

Laurie shies from recognition, claiming that her work is successful because of help from the community, the township, the school district, and more. She hopes a matching $5000 be raised in response to the award.

Please read the nomination letter, written by community member Nora Margolis and including many first hand accounts of how Laurie has impacted and inspired our township teens. Also, see a mention of the win in the Washington Post & read the official press release from the American Library Association.

We also encourage you to share your own stories of how Laurie’s work has impacted you through social media using the hashtag #ILoveMyLibrarian.

The following is a quote from Laurie’s remarks upon receiving the I Love My Librarian award:

“I realize that I’m still being taught. By the parents and the teachers and my co-workers, and most of all by the teens themselves. I’m taught lessons every day by the very same people who nominated me for this award.”

 

Congratulations Laurie and thank you for your dedication!

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

Review by Kate Boyle

I just finished Ready Player One for the third time in three years. An exciting, futuristic romp with a 1980s nostalgic twist, I find Ready Player One firmly embedded on my top ten list. I find, however, that it isn’t all that easy to describe.

Living in the stacks of Oklahoma City (literally stacks of trailers,) Wade Watt’s derives joy from one thing. He searches for deceased tech guru James Halliday’s easter eggs in the OASIS. Life on Earth is bad. Extreme poverty and dangerous climate change has driven the majority of society to seek solace in the OASIS, a virtual reality world where you can do pretty much anything. Continue reading

Sister

SisterSister

By Rosamund Lupton

Review by Gretchen Chamberlin

This debut novel by British author, Rosamund Lupton, is a mystery which builds incrementally, relentlessly and brilliantly to its well plotted and harrowing conclusion!

At the opening of the book, I was slightly disoriented as Lupton plunges the reader headlong into the story. But, in short order, you come to understand that Bee’s younger sister, Tess, has gone missing and is later found dead. Was it a suicide as the police surmise, or was it a murder? Bee flies from New York to London and tries to uncover what happened. Continue reading

Lorett Treese

A Serpent's TaleWe welcome Lorett Treese on Sunday, February 12 to discuss her book, A Serpent’s Tale: Discovering  America’s Ancient Mound Builders. Ms. Treese took some time to talk to us before her visit:

Briefly describe yourself and your topic:

For over twenty years, I worked as the college archivist for Bryn Mawr College, dealing with the documents relating to the operations and history of the college. I have also worked as a systems analyst and technical writer for the computer company formerly known as Shared Medical Systems. I earned my M.A. in American History from Villanova University, and while I was a student there I also worked as a guide at Winterthur Museum and Gardens and an intern in the Winterthur Manuscripts Collection. A Serpent’s Tale is my ninth book. Continue reading

On the Verge

On the VergeQ&A with Author Cara Bradley

Join author Cara Bradley on Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm as she discusses her book, On the Verge. Ms. Bradley took some time to answer some questions for us.

What is On the Verge about?

 On the Verge is a call to wake up and be fully alive. By learning to shift beyond your busy mind—distraction, drama, doubt, and fear—you arrive, or show up, in this exact moment. This allows you to tap into your limitless potential to shine by directly experiencing your natural clarity, vitality, and confidence. . Continue reading

Orphan Black

Orphan Black Season 1 Cover  Orphan Black 

Review by Stephanie Bragg

You’re just a regular person, you have your issues, but so does everyone. Waiting to take the train one night you are confronted by someone who looks just like you. No, not just like you, exactly like you.  Before you can even try think about why, that person steps right in front of a moving train. Wait, what?! In the BBC America original series Orphan Black this is exactly what happens to Sarah.  Unsure what to do, Sarah hightails it out of the train station but not without taking the other woman’s wallet with her. She steps briefly into the dead woman’s life.  This chance meeting draws Sarah into a world she had never imagined. A world where human cloning exists and she is one of them. Continue reading

Swisher Photography

Chris Swisher Photography

We are very proud to announce that part-time reference librarian Chris Swisher is an award winning photographer! We here at TTL have been very lucky to have photography by Chris highlighted on our website, social media & in-house promotional materials.

In his free time, Chris participates in many photo shows. Here are some of his beautiful photographs on display around our area:

Award Winning:

Jenkins Arboretum First Prize Winner

This image won first prize at Jenkins Arboretum. You can see it on display (and printed 30 inches wide!) through March 13.

Philadelphia Sketch Club Art of the Flower First Prize Winner

This image won first prize at the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Art of the Flower Exhibition and will be on display from March 13 through April.

On Display:

Great Frame Up Juried Show

See this image on display through March at the Great Frame Up Juried Photography Show.

Wayne Art Center Expressions

This image is on display through March with Wayne Art Center Expressions.

Congratulations, Chris!