Posts by Alix G. (51)

My mom always says she knew she had trouble on her hands when, at the age of about six, I requested a Time Life series of hard-backed books about real-life murderers that I’d seen advertised… continue reading

By Alix G.   June 12, 2017   

Move over, London! England’s capital city may count Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot among its resident gumshoes, but only Philadelphia can be called the true birthplace of the modern… continue reading

By Alix G.   April 10, 2017    2

At the Free Library, we recognize that people come to literacy—and literature—in many different ways. In our Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative , art, music, and other unique tools… continue reading

By Alix G.   March 8, 2017   

I met Mary Tyler Moore on the TV in my family’s basement somewhere in the late 1980s or early ‘90s, as I poured through repeats of her eponymous sitcom just as fast as Nick at Nite… continue reading

By Alix G.   January 26, 2017   

In which I become obsessed with physics… Despite having a super non-scientific brain, I really related to Christopher’s love of math, physics, and astronomy in The Curious Incident of… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 21, 2016   

I have written of my deep and abiding love of mysteries on the Free Library’s blog many times over ( Exhibits A and B ). I just can’t help myself! So when I heard the title of this… continue reading

By Alix G.   November 23, 2016   

On a chilly Sunday afternoon, about 25 people—kids, college students, seniors—all packed into the cozy Gatehouse at Philadelphia’s famed Laurel Hill Cemetery for a discussion of… continue reading

By Alix G.   March 30, 2016   

Ever since Nancy Drew roared into my first-grade life in her little blue roadster, I’ve been hooked on mystery books. And not just any mystery books—I’ve found myself… continue reading

By Alix G.   November 5, 2015    1

Many moons ago when we began to undertake the incredible Framing Fraktur  initiative here at the Free Library, I started blathering on (incessantly, some might say) to colleagues about the… continue reading

By Alix G.   April 29, 2015   

As the temperature continues to rise this week, a number of Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood locations will serve as official cooling centers, where residents can get out of the heat and… continue reading

By Alix G.   July 15, 2013   

The Phillies are going to bat for literacy! On July 10, join the Free Library as the Phillies take on the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. All net proceeds from tickets purchased through this… continue reading

By Alix G.   May 13, 2013   

Let me just say: I love an awards show. I love the suspense, the silly red-carpet interviews, the dresses, everything. This year, though, I barely managed to make it to the movie theater. So while… continue reading

By Alix G.   February 26, 2013   

In a few short weeks, you will notice limited commercial advertising on the Free Library’s website in an effort to generate new income that will support Library services and innovations.… continue reading

By Alix G.   February 5, 2013    12

In this Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer , Free Library Board Member Sheldon Bonovitz penned a passionate op-ed about the wide impact of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In it, he notes: If a… continue reading

By Alix G.   January 14, 2013   

We here at the Free Library are really excited about our upcoming Pride and Prejudice at 200 celebration on January 28. Actually, for me, “really excited” might be an understatement.… continue reading

By Alix G.   January 10, 2013   

During the holiday season (heck, on any gift-giving occasion) the present I most look forward to receiving is a book. Somehow, the “newness” of it lasts longer than whatever piece of… continue reading

By Alix G.   January 3, 2013   

Last week in my “ Best of” daze , I stumbled upon this article in the New York Times  about the year’s most notable musical memoirs. I don’t particularly have a… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 13, 2012   

About a month ago I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Chicago so that I could check out Ernest Hemingway’s home in Oak Park, Illinois. (More on that another… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 5, 2012   

Every year at this time, it seems like billions of “best of” lists start peppering blogs, newspapers, magazines, and morning news television shows. I gobble them up, despite the fact… continue reading

By Alix G.   November 28, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is moving on to the next phase of renovations at our Parkway Central location, which includes extensive work in the Rare Book Department. This work will include… continue reading

By Alix G.   November 16, 2012