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“As a child, I loved to read books. The library was a window to the world, a pathway to worlds and people far from my neighborhood in Philadelphia.” Ed Bradley ("60 Minutes"… continue reading The Library Remembers...Ed Bradley

By written by Emily    November 13, 2006   

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest… continue reading Check Out the New Andrew Carnegie Book

By written by Emily    November 10, 2006   

Today the Paschalville Branch opens its Job Readiness Center . As a part of the Central Library’s Workplace , it will feature all sorts of helpful job-seeing resources. Sign up for an… continue reading

By written by Emily    November 9, 2006   

Rita Dove’s books include American Smooth, On the Bus with Rosa Parks , Mother Love , Selected Poems, Grace Notes , Thomas and Beulah (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), Museum , and… continue reading Poem of the Week--Rita Dove

By written by Administrator    November 8, 2006   

On November 8, 2006 , the Lehigh Avenue Branch (601 W. Lehigh Ave) will celebrate its 100th Anniversary and be named in honor of former Branch Librarian, Lillian Marrero . There will be… continue reading Lehigh Anniversary and Renaming

By written by Emily    November 7, 2006   

Tomorrow is Election Day! Find out your polling place and other important facts at: www.canivote.org . continue reading Can I Vote?

By written by Emily    November 6, 2006   

Yesterday's free afternoon lecture by Richard Dawkins was attended by a full house in the Montgomery Auditorium as well as overflow crowds watching the simulcast. He was introduced by Tony Auth,… continue reading Richard Dawkins Speaks to a Rapt Audience

By written by Emily    November 3, 2006   

The great American novelist William Styron once wrote: "Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and… continue reading In Memory of William Styron

By written by Emily    November 2, 2006   

Sherman Alexie was raised on the Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born with water in his brain and was not expected to live. Even when he did, doctors predicted he would… continue reading Poet of the Week - Sherman Alexie

By written by Administrator    November 1, 2006   

The Philadelphia Weekly put the Free Library's upcoming Richard Dawkins lecture (tomorrow at noon) in its A List lineup. Journalist Matt Prigge wrote, "In his recent book Why Darwin Matters: The… continue reading The Philadelphia Weekly Puts Us on the A List

By written by Emily    November 1, 2006   

We here at the Free Library love Amy Sedaris. Not just because she visited us here last month. Or that she's funny. Or related to David Sedaris. Which doesn't hurt. But because she's now an… continue reading Ghosts, Ghouls, and Amy Sedaris

By written by Emily    October 31, 2006   

Natalie Pompilio article . Damon C. Williams article. continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia Media Coverage

By written by Emily    October 31, 2006   

Today at 11:00 a.m., a press conference was held in the Central Library's Main Lobby to announce the featured title for 2007's One Book, One Philadelphia . Carlos Eire's 2003 National Book… continue reading 2007 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Announced

By written by Emily    October 30, 2006   

Here are some photos from the Free Library's Barack Obama event. New Yorker interview. continue reading Obama Photos

By written by Emily    October 27, 2006   

Are you a young adult who loves the Free Library? Then join the Raven Society! For a $50 donation, you benefit from an array of members-only benefits, such as: invitations to social events and… continue reading The Raven Society

By written by Emily    October 27, 2006   

Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Falls of Schuylkill Branch , the gloves come off! First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will pit her wordplay skills against those of First Lady of Philadelphia, Naomi… continue reading First Ladies Scrabble Championship

By written by Emily    October 26, 2006    2

Currently on display in the West Gallery of the Central Library through December is an exhibition entitled “Making Murals: The Connection Between Muralists, Students, and Community… continue reading Murals, Murals Everywhere

By written by Emily    October 25, 2006   

Michael Lewis, bestselling non-fiction author of such books as Liar's Poker , The New New Thing , and Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game , arrived at the Free Library today at noon to… continue reading Michael Lewis

By written by Emily    October 24, 2006    11

Ever wonder what the average lifespan of a ladybug is? Or the name of President Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense? The Free Library of Philadelphia website now hosts Ask Here PA , a new… continue reading Ask A Reference Librarian, 24/7

By written by Emily    October 23, 2006    11

This morning, the Washington Post and other prominent newspapers reported that Barack Obama is now considering a bid for the 2008 presidential elections. Could the resounding reception he received… continue reading Barack Obama's Triumphant Visit

By written by Emily    October 23, 2006   

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