Posts by Ben R. (13)

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On Wednesday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. , the Newspapers and Microfilm Center is proud to present Black and Queer in Philadelphia  — a program with Gary Hines in conversation with… continue reading Black and Queer in Philadelphia: A Conversation

By written by Ben R.    June 14, 2024   

Philadelphia has the highest incarceration rate of any city in Pennsylvania, and the most locked-up census tracts in North Philadelphia have 17 times as many people behind bars as census tracts in… continue reading Author Event: The Warehouse: A Visual Primer on Mass Incarceration

By written by Ben R.    May 30, 2024   

From classics like In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter to recent bestsellers like In Light of All Darkness and If You Tell , readers love true crime. In addition to generating chills and thrills, a… continue reading 19th Century True Crime at the Free Library

By written by Ben R.    April 19, 2024   

In celebration of Black History Month, the Free Library's Social Science and History Department is displaying books from the collection that tell a visual history of Reconstruction — the… continue reading Collection Spotlight: A Visual History of Reconstruction

By written by Ben R.    February 12, 2024   

This is the seventh in a series of posts  highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Thelonious… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Lee Morgan

By written by Ben R.    April 14, 2021    3

This is the seventh in a series of posts  highlighting major figures in Philadelphia jazz history. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed free with your library card via… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: The Heath Brothers

By written by Ben R.    February 23, 2021    1

This is the sixth in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed free with your… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Henry Grimes

By written by Ben R.    December 8, 2020   

This is the fifth in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed for free with your… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Archie Shepp

By written by Ben R.    November 9, 2020    1

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were in some sense from Philly. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed for free with… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Sun Ra

By written by Ben R.    September 21, 2020    5

This is the third in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon:… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Philly Joe Jones

By written by Ben R.    August 13, 2020    5

This is the second in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon:… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Billie Holiday

By written by Ben R.    July 29, 2020    3

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon:… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: John Coltrane

By written by Ben R.    July 15, 2020    3

The Kingsessing Library has served the Southwest Philadelphia community now for a full century ! All are invited to our Centennial Celebration today, Thursday, December 5, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00… continue reading Kingsessing Library Celebrates Its 100th Birthday!

By written by Ben R.    December 5, 2019