TyLisa C. Johnson is a staff reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, with a focus on the city's public library system.

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New Jersey facing a 'striking' spike in bias and hate incidents among teens and young adults

In 2018, 569 bias incidents were reported in New Jersey, according to the report, more than any year since 2011. The analyzed data was based on reports submitted to the New Jersey Uniform Crime Reporting System by every state law enforcement agency in 2017 and 2018.

It’s prohibited, so why do people swim in the Logan Square fountain?

“It’s so much better to swim in a fountain than in a swimming pool,” said Oliver-Willets, 34. of Broseley, a small town northwest of Manchester, England.

Free Library’s teen social justice workshop clears path for conversations

“You feel like you can finally get something across that you’ve been holding in for God knows how long,” said Simone Lockwood, 17.

City program makes camp a possibility for youth with behavioral health challenges

Often times, the grant is a game-changer for families that otherwise would struggle to find a camp to accommodate their child's needs. Before 1998, “there really was not a place for children to go to camp who had a behavioral health diagnosis,” said program leader Carol Chase.

Basketball tourney organizer laments mass shooting at Overbrook playground

The shooting at Baker Playground on Saturday marked the second time in a month that an outdoor gathering in the city had been broken up by bullets.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney responds to mass shooting at Overbrook playground

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney addresses safety at public spaces, events following a shooting Saturday that wounded seven people.

Pennsylvania’s public library lovers are rejoicing over additional funding

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state’s new $34 billion budget on June 28, and it included an additional $5 million for the state’s public libraries. It was the first time since around 2006 that the state’s public libraries would see a significant boost in operational funding.

‘For the use of the people’: How Philadelphia’s Free Library got its name

Before 1894, Philadelphia had no free public libraries.

Girl, 9, suffers ‘life-altering’ injuries from illegal explosive device in Kensington home

A 9-year-old girl was in critical condition Monday with “life-altering” injuries, a day after she found and lit an “improvised explosive device similar to fireworks” that exploded in her hands inside a Kensington home, Philadelphia Police said.

Court website back after virus shutdown, but civil searches and some systems are not

Civil docket searches, eJuror, and eFiling were still inoperable Wednesday after the Philadelphia Court website relaunched.