Free Library Technology Hot Spots Grand Opening at Heavenly Hall Annex

What:   Free Library Technology Hot Spots Grand Opening

Who:    Mike DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Communities
Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia
Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Philadelphia Programs Director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Reverend Joe, Heavenly Hall

When:  Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Heavenly Hall Annex, 4015 Poplar Street, Philadelphia

The Grand Opening of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Knight Hot Spots will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m., at the Heavenly Hall Annex Hot Spot location. The Grand Opening will feature Deputy Mayor Mike DiBerardinis, Free Library President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon, and Donna Frisby-Greenwood from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Free Library Hot Spot at Heavenly Hall Annex is one of four Hot Spots opening throughout Philadelphia in neighborhoods lacking free and reliable access to computer technology, skills training classes, and high-speed internet services. Additional Free Library Hot Spots are located at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, 2416 S. 7th Street; Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, 2221 North Broad Street; and The Village of Arts and Humanities, 2544 Germantown Avenue.

Generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, each Free Library Hot Spot includes six computers, one printer, and all necessary broadband equipment, as well as a small selection of Free Library materials, such as reference materials on job searches. Free Library Hot Spots are staffed by computer assistants trained to provide residents with guided instruction as well as open-access internet usage periods. In Philadelphia, where more than 40 percent of residents do not have home internet access, these Hot Spots will provide an essential service.

Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than six million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia. For more, visit

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit


Department of External Affairs

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
Phone: 215-567-7710
Contact: Alix Gerz

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Phone: 305-908-2677
Contact: Marc Fest, VP for Communications

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit