Free Library in the News: September 7-11, 2015

By Samantha M. Fri, September 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, Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collection)


The Free Library is Now Virtually Yours
Got an e-card and an e-book in your “electronic wallet”? The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a special sign-up event on Wednesday for its new Virtual Library Card, a promotional show-and-tell at the Municipal Services Building with Library President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon and in-house tech support team.


Celebrate 150 years of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ this fall with events in NYC and elsewhere
New York Daily News
The Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia is honoring “Alice” with several events and exhibitions starting in October, including “Alice in Philly-land,” which explores the city’s connections to the work. There’s also a “Croquet in Wonderland” party at Dilworth Park Oct. 15, and an interactive gallery at the museum will let visitors try to solve some of Carroll’s famous riddles and puzzles.


Developer Emily Lowing wants you to meet her at the library
Technically Philly
My favorite Free Library branch has to be Parkway Central (1901 Vine St.). The architecture alone is worth the trip, but I also love to study there and browse the sci-fi and graphic novel new releases.


Philadelphia looking for next Poet Laureate
Philadelphia Sun Times
The Poet Laureaute also partakes in the inauguration of the Mayor, spoken word and poetry events at City Hall, and events at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


A New View of the Old Hometown
Once or twice each year, I pretend to be a guest from far away, a Philadelphia novice. (Or I could pretend - aren't many of us about to pretend - to be a visitor drawn to Philly by the coming of Pope Francis.) I book a high-up room at the Loews Hotel - a rare extravagance. I stage a meal or two at buzz locations. I choose a street I haven't traveled for years. I open my eyes. I get going. (Author Beth Kephart will be at the Free Library for an author event on October 7.)


This Week in Philly
Geek out. Seven local sci-fi authors will discuss Philly’s role in producing science fiction and fantasy work. The discussion will be moderated by science thriller author Jon McGoran at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.) at 7 p.m. (Sept. 9)


Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things to do in the city of brotherly love this weekend
The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating the Pope’s impending visit with a special exhibit of sacred texts drawn from the Rare Book Department.


You can help give students a strong start to the new year
Philadelphia is in the international spotlight. Let's show the world how we value education by engaging all of our children in exciting activities during out of school time. (by Jenny Bogoni, Executive Director of READ! by 4th)


Lots of pope, but other cultural shows too
Features Sacred Stories at Parkway Central, Catholics in the New World at the Rosenbach, and Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at the Rosenbach.


Free books for kids getting haircuts (in partnership with Free Library and READ! by 4th)
Video clip


Superintendent Hite talks about resources at schools, Free Library
Video clip

Ray Kelly on Dom Giordano Program
Former NYPD police commissioner, Ray Kelly, joined to discuss his new book "Vigilance." (appeared 9/10)


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