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Librarians at the Parkway Central Music Department are rolling out a new media literacy program for teens.  Music Critics' Roundtable offers young people a chance to share music with each… continue reading Music Critics' Roundtable for the Elementary Set

By written by Adam F.    April 17, 2013   

Calling all tech enthusiasts, digital strategists, web entrepreneurs, online editors, software developers, web designers, engineers, bloggers, hackers, gamers, students, and gadget geeks all… continue reading Philly Tech Week 2013 Featured Events @ Free Library

By written by Peter SM    April 16, 2013    1

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." - Albert Einstein When Albert Einstein gave us his general relativity equation,   E = mc2 he… continue reading Time Travel

By written by Camille T.    April 12, 2013    2

In preparation for the dismantling of the book stacks at Parkway Central, we've been surveying the "Art Lewis" books in the stacks. These are books from John Frederick Lewis's… continue reading Amazing findings in books in the stacks

By written by Karen L.    April 11, 2013   

If you haven't viewed our Extras page in a while, we've recently updated it with some new spring-themed photos from our various digital collections . Add a touch of spring to your desktop,… continue reading Pinteresting Spring Extras

By written by Peter SM    April 9, 2013   

The Borneman Pennsylvania German Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia is very fortunate to have a very small manuscript, Borneman Ms. 99, about 4" x 3 "  in size, entitled… continue reading What to Say While Fastening the Garland to the Gable

By written by Del-Louise M.    April 8, 2013   

April is National Poetry Month! Sharing poems and songs with your preschool-aged children helps get them ready to read. Nursery rhymes and nonsense verse are especially great in the way they… continue reading Preschool Poetry

By written by Sarah S.    April 8, 2013    2

A feature in the most recent issue of Wired magazine proclaims that we are in the "platinum age of television ", a progression over the past decade or so in the rise of quality… continue reading The Return of Mad Men

By written by Peter SM    April 5, 2013   

On Sunday March 24th, Bassoonist Raymundo Jacinto and the Parkway Central’s Music Department introduced the first experiment in what we hope will become a series of monthly readings and… continue reading Introducing... Readings from the Chamber Music Collection

By written by Adam F.    April 5, 2013    3

This year, celebrate National Library Week (April 14-20) at any of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 54 locations city-wide. If you’re looking for literacy-rich, fun activities for… continue reading National Library Week for Preschool Children

By written by Sarah S.    April 4, 2013   

"Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise."   So reads the memorable inscription above the door of Shakespeare & Company , one of my favorite… continue reading Summer in the City

By written by Nani M.    April 3, 2013   

In tech news reported right before the Easter holiday last week, it was revealed that Amazon had bought the social reading website Goodreads . The news was posted on Goodreads official blog ,… continue reading Amazon Buys Book-centric Social Networking Site Goodreads

By written by Peter SM    April 3, 2013   

We’re so excited to announce the launch of the Virtual Free Library at Suburban Station, an awesome undertaking made possible by the Free Library and our partners at Dunkin’ Donuts,… continue reading Announcing the Virtual Library at Suburban Station

By written by Michelle S.    April 2, 2013    5

Did you know? April 2 nd is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday -- he would have been 208 years old this year.  Happy Birthday, Hans! It is also International Children’s Book Day ,… continue reading International Children's Book Day

By written by Monica C.    April 2, 2013   

The Free Library is excited to host several science-based children’s programs in 15 of its neighborhood libraries—as well as a special “Science Surprises” program at the… continue reading It's a Science-Spectacular April at the Free Library!

By written by Michelle S.    April 1, 2013   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Pennsylvania’s eight annual One Book, Every Young Child selection, The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom ! One Book, Every Young Child is a… continue reading Celebrate the 2013 Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child with the Free Library of Philadelphia!

By written by Rachel F.    March 28, 2013    1

  Many of the traditions we associate with Easter can be traced back to celebrations that honored Ostara, or Eastre (Old English), an ancient pagan Germanic goddess of spring. … continue reading The Easter Bunny is Pennsylvania Dutch

By written by Del-Louise M.    March 27, 2013    6

"Be afraid... Be very afraid." is the newest addition to the ever-expanding collection of interactive online exhibitions featured on the Free Library's website. The exhibition,… continue reading "Be afraid... Be very afraid." - An Exhibition of Horror

By written by Peter SM    March 26, 2013   

Some sad news came across the internet last week as Google posted on their official blog that as of July 1st, 2013 they would be shutting down their Google Reader service . Google Reader is--or… continue reading Google Reader Service Ending July 1st, 2013

By written by Peter SM    March 21, 2013    1

Spring Break is right around the corner for Philly kids, tweens, and teens. They'll have a whole week of freedom from school, but even free time can get a little dull after a while. After all,… continue reading Teen Media Week at Free Library Hot Spots! March 25-28, 2013

By written by K-Fai S.    March 19, 2013    1

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