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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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reception: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Concert: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Jazz Project, and Free Library of Philadelphia invite you to enjoy a special performance by award-winning master percussionist, Pablo Batista and his Latin Jazz Ensemble. Expect an evening of dialogue, humor, passion, and community.

The evening begins with a reception and viewing of the Library Company's current exhibition, Common Touch: the Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.

After the reception join us in the beautiful Skyline Room at the Free Library of Philadelphia for a lively and moving performance by percussionist Pablo Batista and his Latin Jazz Ensemble.  

Philadelphia native and percussion master, Pablo Batista is a 2000 Pew Fellow and graduate of Temple University, who has performed, recorded, and toured with a range of leading jazz, R&B, Latin, Pop, and Gospel artists including Bono, George Howard, Alicia Keyes, Gerald Levert, Jeffrey Osborne, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Pendergrass, Diane Reeves, Grover Washington, Jr., Musiq, Manny Oquendo’s Conjunto Libre, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2015, Batista received a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Project grant for El Viaje (The Journey), a performance work blending traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms and contemporary Western instrumentation with Afro-Caribbean choreography.

As a songwriter and composer, Pablo’s musical direction is the result of many years of study, research, and blending folkloric drumming, dance, and chant with the great American music he’s been listening to and playing, for decades. Pablo is inspired by his roots and moved by the struggles it took to get to this point. As a passionate teacher he shares what he was taught and has gathered over his career, about time and rhythm.



Bridging the Story of Blindness (and Vision Loss) Across Two Centuries: In Conversation and Reflection

September 15, 2016

Reception: 5:30pm

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

Join us for a night with the Vision Council, the five-person advisory committee to artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes for our current exhibition Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.  The Council will reflect on Common Touch from their point of view. These individuals each have a unique visual acuity -from complete blindness at birth to the development of low-vision later in life. The multi-disciplinary members include a world-renowned musician, former executive in the fashion industry, a classical vocalist, a tri-athlete, and an art director.

Explore the exhibition and hear from the Vision Council during an evening of reflection and conversation on navigating the predominately-sighted world from the perspective of those with vision loss. The conversation will tap into stories - then and now - on education, perception, and the tools and technologies used to negotiate the world. 


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,