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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2002
Eric O.A. Miller III sat down at the Village Learning Place's downstairs cafe last week and ordered the "executive director special" in a kind of jesting rapport with the youths who work behind the counter. The former Army lieutenant colonel is a new addition to the staff of 17 at the nonprofit VLP, as it is known in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village. Miller, 50, arrived in mid-November, succeeding Jennifer Feit, who steered the VLP during its infancy as a community-based learning center, which started in 2000.
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February 25, 2006
Have you ever been interested in learning Spanish? How about how to make soup or cook Italian dishes? The Baltimore Free University, operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern, is offering registration for its free, not-for-credit classes for adults now through March 2. The 25 classes offered range from "Working Towards an Ideal Childbirth" to "A Jazz Study From Congo Square to Carnegie Hall" to "Beer History and Appreciation." The complete course list and other information are available online at jhu.edu/csc/baltimore_free_u.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2001
By the steps of the Village Learning Place on St. Paul Street, six boys have left their bicycles, a sign that a once-closed library has sprung back to life and to circulation in Charles Village, better than before. Inside, the walls of the century-old Victorian red brick building are bright yellow and burnt rust, with the wood chair rail burnished to bring out its beauty. The nearly 9,000 books are new. The 100 periodicals range from The Nation to National Geographic. The six newspapers in the rack all have today's date.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2002
Eric O.A. Miller III sat down at the Village Learning Place's downstairs cafe last week and ordered the "executive director special" in a kind of jesting rapport with the youths who work behind the counter. The former Army lieutenant colonel is a new addition to the staff of 17 at the nonprofit VLP, as it is known in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village. Miller, 50, arrived in mid-November, succeeding Jennifer Feit, who steered the VLP during its infancy as a community-based learning center, which started in 2000.
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By Joy Green and By Joy Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 23, 2001
On a recent day at the Village Learning Place in Baltimore, nearly 30 first- and second-graders prepared a traditional Hanukkah treat, inspired by Fran Manushkin's book Latkes and Applesauce, which they had just finished reading under the guidance of Johns Hopkins University students. It appeared to be simple after-school recreation. But this session - one of four offered each week at the Charles Village community library - was part of a reading enrichment program that seeks to reinforce classroom skills through activities and literature rather than drills.
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April 30, 2000
Book brigade to help stock new Village Learning Place BALTIMORE -- Children, parents and members of the community from Margaret Brent Elementary School and the Barclay School areas will take part in a book brigade Wednesday to stock the soon-to-be opened Village Learning Place, at the former Enoch Pratt Free Library branch in Charles Village. The volunteers will form a chain to transfer hundreds of books from storage a block away to the Village Learning Place site, at 2521 St. Paul St. Village Learning Place, which opens Saturday, was begun after a grass-roots effort to have the former library, which closed in 1997, reopened and expanded.
FEATURES
February 25, 2006
Have you ever been interested in learning Spanish? How about how to make soup or cook Italian dishes? The Baltimore Free University, operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern, is offering registration for its free, not-for-credit classes for adults now through March 2. The 25 classes offered range from "Working Towards an Ideal Childbirth" to "A Jazz Study From Congo Square to Carnegie Hall" to "Beer History and Appreciation." The complete course list and other information are available online at jhu.edu/csc/baltimore_free_u.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Evening Sun Staff | September 5, 1991
Frank Bowens never learned to read as a child. He was diagnosed as having a learning disability and was forced to repeat most of his grade school years.Despite his illiteracy, he rose to a white-collar job at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant. He had his secretary read his mail.Less than a year ago, Bowens, 57, began taking classes at the Learning Place Northwest in northwest Baltimore, where he quickly learned to read and write.The reading classes were available, he said, because of funding from the United Way of Central Maryland, which today kicked off this year's campaign with a breakfast attended by about 1,000 people at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jamie Stiehm and Jacques Kelly and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1998
A Charles Village group has raised $600,000 to convert a former branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library into a community learning center.Slate roofing work has begun on the former branch in the 2500 block of St. Paul St., which closed in September 1997 after an acrimonious court battle that pitted community activists against Pratt trustees.One activist, Judith Hart McLean, said she was delighted with the result: "We didn't have to compromise, and we're serving all [community] components."Said James C. Welbourne, Pratt's assistant director, "This shows the people can do it."
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By James Giza and James Giza,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2001
Jennifer Feit has seen firsthand the success that can come when a neighborhood refuses to wilt after the closing of its local library. As the executive director of Village Learning Place, a private, nonprofit facility in Charles Village that replaced the public library branch on St. Paul Street near East 25th Street when it closed in 1997, she has helped raise more than $1 million to operate the center. But last night at a meeting of residents concerned about library closings, Feit said that no alternative can sufficiently replace a closed library and that the Enoch Pratt Free Library's plan to close five underused branches this year is a mistake.
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By Joy Green and By Joy Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 23, 2001
On a recent day at the Village Learning Place in Baltimore, nearly 30 first- and second-graders prepared a traditional Hanukkah treat, inspired by Fran Manushkin's book Latkes and Applesauce, which they had just finished reading under the guidance of Johns Hopkins University students. It appeared to be simple after-school recreation. But this session - one of four offered each week at the Charles Village community library - was part of a reading enrichment program that seeks to reinforce classroom skills through activities and literature rather than drills.
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By James Giza and James Giza,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2001
Jennifer Feit has seen firsthand the success that can come when a neighborhood refuses to wilt after the closing of its local library. As the executive director of Village Learning Place, a private, nonprofit facility in Charles Village that replaced the public library branch on St. Paul Street near East 25th Street when it closed in 1997, she has helped raise more than $1 million to operate the center. But last night at a meeting of residents concerned about library closings, Feit said that no alternative can sufficiently replace a closed library and that the Enoch Pratt Free Library's plan to close five underused branches this year is a mistake.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2001
By the steps of the Village Learning Place on St. Paul Street, six boys have left their bicycles, a sign that a once-closed library has sprung back to life and to circulation in Charles Village, better than before. Inside, the walls of the century-old Victorian red brick building are bright yellow and burnt rust, with the wood chair rail burnished to bring out its beauty. The nearly 9,000 books are new. The 100 periodicals range from The Nation to National Geographic. The six newspapers in the rack all have today's date.
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By Rob Kasper | October 21, 2000
RECENTLY I went to parents weekend at my kid's college and learned a few things. I learned that veteran parents - ones who have had experience visiting a kid at college - rarely welcome another chance to see yet another dorm room. Parents weekends are primarily popular with moms and dads of freshmen. Rookies like my wife and me jump at the institutional invitation to check up on our recently departed offspring. I learned that now that our firstborn is at college, I have to retool my style of interacting with him. Rather than giving the kid orders, I have to offer suggestions.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2000
The sprightly parade of children passed library books to one another out on St. Paul Street into the brick Victorian library. More than a century after philanthropist Enoch Pratt endowed the building in 1896, the "book brigade" took place to prepare the renovated gingerbread-house building for a purpose befitting its noble beginnings: the official opening tomorrow of the Village Learning Place, a reconfiguration offering free Internet access, an after-school...
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April 30, 2000
Book brigade to help stock new Village Learning Place BALTIMORE -- Children, parents and members of the community from Margaret Brent Elementary School and the Barclay School areas will take part in a book brigade Wednesday to stock the soon-to-be opened Village Learning Place, at the former Enoch Pratt Free Library branch in Charles Village. The volunteers will form a chain to transfer hundreds of books from storage a block away to the Village Learning Place site, at 2521 St. Paul St. Village Learning Place, which opens Saturday, was begun after a grass-roots effort to have the former library, which closed in 1997, reopened and expanded.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1998
Charles Village residents will move forward with fund raising and renovation plans for reopening the closed St. Paul Street library building as a learning center after the city's Board of Estimates approved a $1-a-year lease yesterday with two neighborhood groups.The city lease followed by a day approval by the House Appropriations Committee of $60,000 for the center's staffing and educational materials in the governor's supplemental budget. A Senate budget subcommittee approved a separate $156,000 matching grant for building renovation.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2000
Just north of the gold and green Guilford Avenue bridge, inner-city kids trek past blighted homes en route to school. This week, the art of some of those children cheered the look of the lonely corner where Latrobe and Federal Streets meet. Four girls, pupils at nearby Mildred D. Monroe Elementary School in the 1600 block of Guilford Ave., looked on with barely concealed joy as their painted self-portraits were hammered on the plywood-covered door and windows of a city-owned vacant Formstone rowhouse.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2000
Just north of the gold and green Guilford Avenue bridge, inner-city kids trek past blighted homes en route to school. This week, the art of some of those children cheered the look of the lonely corner where Latrobe and Federal Streets meet. Four girls, pupils at nearby Mildred D. Monroe Elementary School in the 1600 block of Guilford Ave., looked on with barely concealed joy as their painted self-portraits were hammered on the plywood-covered door and windows of a city-owned vacant Formstone rowhouse.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jamie Stiehm and Jacques Kelly and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1998
A Charles Village group has raised $600,000 to convert a former branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library into a community learning center.Slate roofing work has begun on the former branch in the 2500 block of St. Paul St., which closed in September 1997 after an acrimonious court battle that pitted community activists against Pratt trustees.One activist, Judith Hart McLean, said she was delighted with the result: "We didn't have to compromise, and we're serving all [community] components."Said James C. Welbourne, Pratt's assistant director, "This shows the people can do it."
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