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Contact: Communications and Development
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Contact: Communications and Development

Free Library of Philadelphia and Walmart Host Online Book Chat with Free Library President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon

Reardon will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Free Library’s beloved, flagship One Book, One Philadelphia program

What: One Book, One Philadelphia online book chat
Who: Chat led by Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia
When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Chat will be hosted at

Join readers nationwide as Walmart and the Free Library of Philadelphia host a One Book, One Philadelphia online book chat. On Wednesday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m. EST, visit to participate in a live chat with Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, as she gives an in-depth discussion of how One Book, One Philadelphia has enriched the city and what directions One Book will take in the future, as well as other great literacy programs at the Free Library. Participants will have an opportunity to have a “behind-the-scenes” view of a citywide program. Walmart has been lead sponsor of the One Book program since 2011.

This year’s featured book selection, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, illuminates the poignant, powerful stories of Japanese “picture brides” who came to the United States during the early 1900s. Otsuka has crafted first-person plural voices that capture their collective and individual experiences as wives, mothers, breadwinners, and marginalized members of American society during both peacetime and the onset of World War II.

One Book, One Philadelphia will run through March 13, 2013.

Interested participants in the online chat should visit to register.

For more information, a calendar of events, and a resource guide, visit

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About the Free Library’s Commitment to Digital Literacy
The Free Library provides unparalleled access to and training for today’s digital world. Boasting 9 million unique annual visits, the Library’s website provides access to more than 80,000 ebooks; 600+ author event podcasts; databases that support language learning, small businesses, homework help, and health information; and daily homework help online. With free Wi-Fi and public computers in its 54 locations, Hot Spot community computer training centers that have welcomed 27,000 visitors since their inception, the roving Techmobile “Hot Spot on wheels,” a digital download splash page and Wi-Fi at the Philadelphia International Airport, and professional digital resource specialists, the Free Library’s digital services have never been greater.

About the Free Library
The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.



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