Sundays on Stage Winter/Spring Calendar of events!
Get ready to rock, roll, dance, and dream this summer as our Sundays on Stage FREE performance series returns this weekend!
This series of free performances for children, families, and adults is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers.
January 25 - Cat’s Pajamas
The Cats put on...
Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library December 2014
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in December 2014.
More than 62,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded last month!
The month of December found female authors reigning supreme with Lisa Scottoline having two book appearances in the top 10, Susan Mallery having three...
Free Library in the News: January 20-23, 2015
Five Libraries that Go Beyond Books
Most libraries have hosted authors for book discussions, but the Free Library of Philadelphia takes it one step furthur. They record the author events and share them as free podcasts, so anyone can listen to them. Called the Free Library Podcast, the library has over 1200...
Free Library in the News: January 12-16, 2015
A Girl Turns 150, and Fans Take Note
New York Times
Fraktur shows will open in February and March at Winterthur, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Ms. Minardi’s catalog for the Philadelphia Museum show, “Drawn With Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection” (Yale University...
Halfway to Success
The Seniors in the class of 2015 have came a long way since they've walked through the doors of their respective high school four years ago and now they are less than six months before they sit in front of teachers, friends, and family members on commencement day. Commencement is...
Rosenbach and Free Library Items on Display at Museum of London
Mystery? Adventure? Elementary, my dear Watson! Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the most famous literary character of the modern era, and now the Rosenbach's piece of Holmes history has embarked on its own adventure. Arthur Conan Doyle's manuscript of The Adventure of the Empty House, in the Rosenbach collection since 1929, is the...
Traveling Objects: Items on Loan to Museums Around the World
The Free Library and the Rosenbach have a number of special items in their collections. Sometimes items are lent out to other museums and libraries around the world so that they may attract a wider audience. The jetsetting objects are of global importance and enrich the exhibitions of other arts and cultural...
Free Library in the News: January 5-9, 2015
Free Library in the News
Press on Siobhan Reardon as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year
Siobhan A. Reardon: LJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year
She engineered the creation of an ambitious, five-year strategic plan, underpinned by a powerful mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity through the Free Library of...
Graphic Novels: Top 14 of 2014
It's new comics day across the United States today. Unfortunately, I am still catching up on my reading from last year! Yes, it was another year where a ton of great graphic novels were released! While the following list isn't necessarily a definitive list of THE best graphic novels of...
Prisoner Art for Social Justice Exhibition Opening at Parkway Central Library
By Ed Voves
This January, the Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to sponsor an engaging art exhibition, Prisoner Art for Social Justice, on display in the second floor gallery at Parkway Central Library from January 12 to February 15, 2015. The Free Library is joining with the non-profit organization Art for...
Free Library in the News: December 29, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Kwanzaa Celebration Kicks Off
The above story about the Kwanzaa Celebration at Parkway Central ran throughout the weekend (12/26 and 12/27) on NBC 10.
Get help with your new gadget
6ABC Action News
The above clip about the Holiday E-Gadget Help Desk ran during the evening news on 12/29. Additional clips on the...
January 2015 Early Literacy Calendar
Happy New Year!
What better way to ring in 2015 then with this month's Early Literacy Calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians?!
Even NPR knows the importance of libraries and their role in early literacy!
The January Early Literacy Calendar is full of fun suggestions for early literacy activities that...
Remembering Robert San Souci, folklorist and children's author
Robert San Souci (pronounced "san soo-see") passed away on December 19th, leaving a large hole in the world of children’s authors. Many people will recognize San Souci’s work from the Disney movie Mulan, based on his 1998 retelling of the original Chinese poem. San Souci retold many folktales from Ireland...
Word on the Web December 2014
Let's get the "Word on the Web" and check out some recent topics of interest and discussion from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment intersections of the World Wide Web that happened in December 2014.
If you still haven't had your fill of seasonal sweets, take a look at...
Free Library in the News: December 22-26, 2014
Massive Upgrades for Central Library
In addition to having a scheduled fresh pedestrian-friendly redesign right outside its doors, the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine will also be getting a facelift to its interior. Lest you forgot, the William Penn Foundation committed to donating a $25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia back...
Get In the Holiday Spirit with Hoopla
Library users in the know are already using Hoopla. It's the place for free streaming movies, television, audiobooks, and music -- all you need is your library card. If you've never used Hoopla before, getting started is easy.
It's a great time to get started too becasuse Hoopla is really feeling the...
2014 Additions to National Film Registry
This year's additions to National Film Registry were announced last week, which includes 25 films ranging from the early 20th century up to films released within the past 10 years. This year's selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 650.
Under the National Film Preservation Act, the...
2014 in Reading - Staff Year End Favorites
We've seen mistletoe and holly, heard the cha ching of unhinged commerce, seen jolly elves hustling parents in the mall, noticed a marked increase in the number of John Hughes' movies on TV, and woken up to rainy 45 degree days cursing the world for its lack of festive spirit. It all...
Committees of the U.S. Congress
The United States Congress handles much of its work through the use of committees – panels of varying size, focus, rules, funding, and authority – made up of members of the Senate or the House of Representatives or, in the case of the four joint committees, both. In addition to...