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Exhibitions and Events


Logo for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind is a multimedia exhibition that looks at historical embossed and raised-letter documents for the visually impaired as a starting point for a multi-sensory exploration of the nature of perception. Inspired by her research in the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind, artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate an exhibition on display April 4 – October 21, 2016 that combines her own original works with historical collections that document the education of the blind in the 19th century.

April 4 - October 21, 2016

Exhibition Hours: M-F, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Major support for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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A Musical Meeting of the Minds

September 14, 2016

Reception: 6:30pm

Concert: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Featuring Philadelphia’s Master Percussionist Pablo Batista

Enjoy a special performance by this world-renowned and award-winning musician, and listen as he shares his experiences with visual impairment and the magical gift of creation. Expect an evening of fireworks, dialogue, humor, passion, and community. Produced in partnership with the Philadelphia Jazz Project.


Challenges and Opportunities

September 15, 2016

Reception: 5:30pm

Panel Discussion: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

A Panel Discussion with the Common Touch Vision Council

Join the Library Company for this culminating reception and panel discussion addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by Common Touch.  Expert panelists include the advisors to the project: Henry Butler, renowned musician; Suzanne Erb, social activist; Katherine Allen, consultant on accessibility; Dorrie Rush, the Director of Accessible Technology at Lighthouse International; and Edery Herrera, advocate and digital platform educator to the visually impaired.


Please check back for further details and registration links.

The Library Company will observe the following holidays in 2016/2017:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 18
George Washington's Birthday - Monday, February 15
Good Friday: March 25
Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 5
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25
Holiday Closure: Monday, December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 (normal hours resume Monday, January 2, 2017)


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For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Clarissa Lowry,