To Springfield Township Library
Welcome to your community library! The Springfield Township Library provides for your informational, educational and recreational needs in many ways. Combining traditional with state of the art electronic resources, the library staff is here to assist you in meeting your library needs. The library is open 61 hours a week including nights and Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays. A librarian is always on duty and telephone service is available when the library is open.
"Pray, Sir, See Me Safe Up: and As To My Coming Down, Let Me Shift For Myself"
So said Thomas More as he approached the scaffold facing execution on July 6, 1535. Readers have always been fascinated by the methods by which men, and a few women, have been dispatched throughout history. Your library has a number of books that will sentence you to a good read on these methods...books such as The Executioner Always Chops Twice, Executioner's Bible, The Hangman's Knot, and Execution: the Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey.....among others!
Call the library (610-543-2113) to talk to a librarian about these and other fascinating glimpses into a world of the past!
PICK OF THE WEEK
by Joel F. Harrington
"Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg, who during forty-five years as a professional executioner, personally put to death 394 individuals and tortured, flogged or disfigured many hundreds more. But the picture that emerges of Schmidt from his personal papers is not that of a monster. Could a man who routinely practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionate-even progressive?"The Faithful Executioner offers not just the compelling firsthand perspective of a professional torturer and killer, but testimony of one man's lifelong struggle to reconcile his bloody craft with his deep religious faith .