Free Library in the News: October 5-9, 2015
Jawnts: Gatherings to spotlight Poe
Most are spearheaded by the bearded sage of Jenkintown, Edward Pettit, who is leading a reading group in the Rare Books Department of the Central Branch of the Free Library. The first session was held Saturday, but latecomers can still sign on for the four other...
Mysterious Travelers 2: Great Migrations
Back by overwhelming popular demand! The Music Department at the Parkway Central Library is again collaborating with the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producers' Guild to present Mysterious Travelers 2 - Great Migrations. Through free concerts every fourth Monday night from October 2015 through May 2016, audiences will hear from veteran...
Free Library in the News: September 28-October 2, 2015
11 Things to Do in Philly This Week
Lee Child and Linda Fairstein at the Free Library (appeared 9/29)
Get Cultured on the Cheap (Your-Round)
Tour of the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia: Before you shake your head and refuse to visit a library for fun, let us remind you that...
Spend Some Time with a Friendly Crocodile
Bernard Waber (1921-2013) was a Philadelphia-born author and illustrator, best known for his Lyle the Crocodile books. His career began in 1962 with The House on East 88th Street, in which a friendly crocodile named Lyle finds a home with the Primm family in New York City. Waber also published...
October 2015 Early Literacy Calendar
As if right on cue, as soon as the calendar page flipped to October this morning, we felt a crisp autumn air gust through the Free Library!
Traditional and unique holidays this month include World Smile Day the first Friday of the month, World Teacher's Day on October 5th, and probably...
Featured Resource: Tumblebooks
The Free Library's mission is to "advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity," and few of our digital resources hit that mark as squarly as Tumblebooks. Tumblebooks began as a collection of gently animated talking picture books for young readers. They provide an ideal introduction to digital reading for children and are an excellent...
The Search for Philadelphia's Next Poet Laureate Is On!
For this installment of the Poetry Room, we're going to shift to the local. Philadelphia is looking for its next Poet Laureate! Supported via the Mayor's Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, the search is on now to fill the role of Poet Laureate for the third time...
Free Library in the News: September 21-24, 2015
Black geniuses you may or may not know
Philadelphia Museum of Art and Free Library Design — Julian Abele (4/30/1881 Birth Date): He was the Chief Designer at the prestigious Horace Trumbauer and Associates architectural firm from 1938-50.
Ask the Historical Society: Providence maps
This company was similar to Sanborn in that it...
Downloadable Media Helpline at Your Service
Downloading got you down? Overdrive driving you crazy?
Through our Digital Media portal and Online Catalog, we offer nearly 120,000 streaming or downloadable ebooks, more than 19,000 streaming or downloadable audiobooks, and more than 1,400 downloadable podcasts from our renowned Author Events Series. But we know these awesome figures will stay...
Free Library in the News: September 14-18, 2015
These Public Libraries are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles
New York Times
Last year, the Free Library of Philadelphia pulled together city, state and private funds to open a teaching kitchen, which is meant to teach math and literacy through recipes and to address childhood obesity. It has a 36-seat classroom and a...
Top 10 ebooks Downloaded in August 2015
Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in August 2015.
More than 69,400 checkouts for month ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month!
The most downloaded ebook again this month is Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train. Mystery and Suspense Thriller genre titles ruled...
Need help funding your education? Visit the Regional Foundation Center!
Back to school (BTS) is in full swing. How will you fund BTS next year? Now is the time for many families across the Philadelphia area to begin evaluating the best possible financial options and finding ways to offset expensive college and private school costs. Luckily, the Regional Foundation Center (RFC) at the...
Poe's Philadelphia: Views of the City, 1838-1844
Philadelphia in the early 19th century was known as the “Athens of America.” Prominent city residents had established scholarly societies, libraries, schools, theatres, and museums; built teaching hospitals; and designed and erected impressive buildings. While Philadelphia was a hub for manufacturing and shipping, it was also an important American center...
Library Closures During the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit
Here's some news concerning the Free Library's hours of operations for the upcoming Papal Visit and World Meeting of Families:
The entire Free Library of Philadelphia system will be closed on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 for the Papal Visit.
Additionally, the Parkway Central Library, located at 1901 Vine Street,...
Swap: Four Years of Exchange at Second State Press
Swap: Four Years of Exchange at Second State Press, a new exhibition in the 2nd floor West Gallery. September 14 – November 20, 2015.
Second State Press is a nonprofit communal printmaking workshop whose mission is to foster the development of ideas and innovation in printmaking by providing artists with a...
Robin Brewer and Sinéad Cahill Exhibition and Opening Reception
The Print and Picture Collection is pleased to announce a new exhibition in the Print and Picture Collection Hallway Gallery. The exhibition, Robin Brewer and Sinéad Cahill, features found photography by Robin Brewer and stone lithography on fabric by Sinéad Cahill and is on view from September 14 through October 30, 2015.
Free Library in the News: September 7-11, 2015
Turning Your Library in a Haunted House
For the last few weeks, the crickets in Philadelphia have begun playing at night. This is the signal for the end of Summer Reading, the time to begin planning back-to-school visits, and the time to start planning a haunted house. (written by Christopher Brown,...
Since the Free Library of Philadelphia is a Patent & Trademark Resource Center, we are able to appreciate some of the very interesting patents granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and by foreign patent offices around the world. Featured here are some unusual patents that are geared toward the...