Libraries Round the World: The Philadelphia Women’s March

Today thousands of Philadelphians came out en masse for the second Women’s March in support of human rights. Participants included women, children, men, and even dogs. The march covered a short distance walking along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Free Library’s main branch and ended in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the famous Rocky steps.


The starting point at Logan’s Square, in front of Philadelphia’s main library, was a fitting location to gather and celebrate womankind. The current president and director of the library is a woman, and she is the first to achieve these positions.

Ms. Siobhan Reardon joined Philadelphia’s Free Library in 2008 after an extensive career with New York City public libraries. In 2015, she was awarded Librarian of the Year in North America for her many achievements and initiatives. Way to go Ms. Reardon and Philadelphia!


Annually Philly’s Free Library selects a book for One Book, One Philadelphia. A series of events during the year highlight this book and the author. For 2018, the novel Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson won this well-deserved honor. And if you are in the mood now to support some women authors, go for it!

Karen Stensgaard is the author of the novel AQUAVIT, the first book in the Aquamarine Sea Series with a second novel underway. AQUAVIT is available as a paperback from Amazon and Ingram Spark or as an e-book from almost everyone else. Libraries have free access via Overdrive.  Link to free chapters on Amazon





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