P’unk Avenue

Geoff DiMasi

Our fearless leader, Geoff started P'unk Ave after teaching for years at UArts. A founder of Indy Hall and curator of Ignite Philly, his optimism is infectious and effective. 


Fri, Jan 30 2009

Please join us on February 5th at 6pm for the Junto. This month we will be discussing the evolving role of the library. We have assembled a great panel to help lead this discussion.

Jim Pecora is the Chief Technology Officer of the Free Library of Philadelphia and Director for the Central Library Restoration and Expansion Project. He performed in a similar role for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News before coming to the Library in 2002. Jim worked in the non-profit, private and public sectors throughout his career which began as a community organizer on the west coast. Jim is also a musician and a published photographer. Maria Falgoust is a librarian in an independent Brooklyn Heights school working with students in grades four through twelve. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School and is certified as a school media specialist, and in 2000 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle. Maria is an avid reader, cook, traveler and party-organizer. Born and raised in New Orleans, she is passionate about the rebuilding of her culturally rich and economically challenged hometown. She is a co-founder of the Desk Set.

Sarah Murphy is a school librarian in Manhattan and works with students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Sarah has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School, where she concentrated in Rare Books and Special Collections, and she has previously worked at the New York Society Library and in the Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine. Sarah also works occasionally in classical theatre, and is a co-founder of the Bakerloo Theatre Project. She and Maria Falgoust founded the Desk Set in 2006.

The Desk Set is a group of New York City area librarians, archivists, bibliophiles and other bookish types who meet informally to explore and enjoy literary resources, connect with like-minded folks, and raise money for institutions who promote literacy.

As always, we provide the cold Newcastle Brown and Philadelphia's best tomato pie. You bring something to share, if it is not too much trouble.

The discussion will begin at 7pm. Food and drink at 6pm.

Where: P'unk Avenue 1168 E. Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147



Nate Hill will be moderating the panel. He manages the Adult Services at the Bushwick Branch of Brooklyn Public Library and assists with the systemwide strategic planning process. He also works as a blog manager for the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Everyone should read his blog post on library outposts as a new service model.

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