Posts by Joel N. (22)

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That’s all anybody can do right now. Live. Hold out. Survive. I don’t know whether good times are coming back again. But I know that won’t matter if we don’t survive these… continue reading In Appreciation of Octavia Butler

By written by Joel N.    June 22, 2020    5

(note: play these songs in the background while reading this blog post : ) In honor of this week’s very special Lunar Landing anniversary , I’ve been thinking a lot about how our… continue reading Imagining the Moon

By written by Joel N.    July 19, 2019    1

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month , and the Free Library is celebrating with events, speakers, drag queen storytimes, exhibitions, movie screenings, and more, all across Philadelphia! You can find… continue reading LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2019 Programs and Events

By written by Joel N.    May 30, 2019    3

I love Roald Dahl’s books. Roald Dahl was a sexist bigot whose books demonize fat people. It’s Roald Dahl’s birthday. Dahl published anti-Semitic views and his books are littered… continue reading Problematic Favorites | Re-reading Roald Dahl

By written by Joel N.    September 13, 2018    5

Queen Memorial Library is happy to have received hand-made blocks to increase the possibilities of play at the library. The Friday Woodworking Club, taught by The… continue reading Blocks for Queen Memorial Library

By written by Joel N.    November 30, 2015   

Back to School Jumpstart Camp is a summer learning program for children entering first through third grade. They attend a  three-week camp-style academic enrichment program designed to… continue reading Back to School Jumpstart Campers Practice with the Experts

By written by Joel N.    August 25, 2015    1

In October, Teen Services Librarian Erin H. organized a teen book blast at the Philadelphia City Institute. The Book Blast was a rapid-fire presentation of 50 great teen reads from 2014 for teens… continue reading Best Teen Reads of 2014

By written by Joel N.    December 2, 2014   

Last weekend was a big one for Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, as the Nebula Awards were announced in San Jose, CA. Philadelphia’s own Samuel R. Delany, Professor of Creative… continue reading Science Fiction Award Season!

By written by Joel N.    May 20, 2014   

Is your child expecting a baby sister or baby brother at any minute? Are you wondering how to bring up the topic with a preschooler, or is your first or second grader wondering how babies are… continue reading New Kids' Book about Reproduction

By written by Joel N.    August 12, 2013   

Lots of kids I know love tablet computers: the bright displays, the multi-touch interfaces and the endless supply of media, games and books available make them big hits with the preschool set.… continue reading Early Literacy Apps to Try at Home

By written by Joel N.    September 13, 2012    3

  A few weeks ago, we posted about LiLi , a experimental hi-tech library vehicle from Canada. Today, meet A47, a mobile library in Mexico City that has taken a decidedly low-tech angle to… continue reading Mobile Library in Mexico City

By written by Joel N.    July 17, 2012   

Today we're at 25th and Lehigh, serving One Day at a Time Recovery and other recovery houses in this neighborhood, providing access and assistance for people getting online for the first time,… continue reading Meet LiLi, the Techmobile's Pal in Canada

By written by Joel N.    June 8, 2012    1

The Techmobile is parked outside the third base gate at Citizens Bank Park, helping welcome Phillies fans to the game tonight as they face off against the Marlins. (OK--we're welcoming… continue reading The Fightin' Techmobile

By written by Joel N.    June 1, 2012   

Last week, the Techmobile traveled to North Second Street to participate in the Food Trust's Night Market , a "roving street fair celebrating the city's ethnic restaurants, gourmet… continue reading E-books, Food Trucks, and the Night Market

By written by Joel N.    May 31, 2012    5

We have had a busy and adventurous week aboard the Techmobile. From geography and map literacy programs for third graders to lots of open access time where adults registered for online banking… continue reading Dispatches from the Techmobile

By written by Joel N.    May 16, 2012    2

This morning the Techmobile hosted third graders from Reynolds School onboard for an overview of the Library’s electronic resources for children, and then did a hands-on activity using… continue reading Philadelphia: People, Places Things with Third Graders from Reynolds School

By written by Joel N.    May 1, 2012    1

We are on the road today, visiting the Kingsessing Branch. Today is primary day, and many of our branches are polling locations. The Techmobile is parked on South 51st Street, and we are inviting… continue reading Supporting Voters with Internet Resources

By written by Joel N.    April 24, 2012    1

Today the Free Library launches our Techmobile, a state-of-the art digital literacy training vehicle. Sporting iPads and laptops, presentation equipment and mobile broadband, our Techmobile brings… continue reading Techmobile Launches Today!

By written by Joel N.    April 12, 2012    1

The Free Library is acquiring a Techmobile, a 25’ vehicle outfitted for digital literacy training and outreach. Right now, construction is in progress and we expect you’ll see the… continue reading The Techmobile is Coming!

By written by Joel N.    January 25, 2012   

Today at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners and honor books were announced. The Caldecott Medal awards the artist of… continue reading Caldecott and Newbery Medals Awarded

By written by Joel N.    January 23, 2012