Posts by Julie B. (53)

Everyone knows that if you want a crime solved right, bring in the kids. The Hardy Boys , Nancy Drew , Cam Jansen , Encyclopedia Brown , Scooby-Doo ’s Mystery Incorporated friends—all… continue reading

By Julie B.   May 15, 2017   

A year ago we kicked off the Paschalville Partnership , a Free Library-led collaboration of 11 organizations working to transform services for job seekers in Southwest Philadelphia. This community… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 25, 2017   

Detective. Private eye. PI. Shamus. Gumshoe. So many names for the ever-popular crime sleuth! As the Free Library delves into the art of mystery and detection with the We the Detectives… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 24, 2017    1

The NFL Draft is coming to Philadelphia! And it is happening on the front lawn of the Parkway Central Library —the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. But perhaps the American football craze… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 24, 2017   

Happy birthday (and death day, crazily) to William Shakespeare on Sunday, April 23! This day is a literary holy day, honoring The Bard, most hallowed of English-language writers. (Let us leave… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 21, 2017   

The Free Library is exploring the history and art of the mystery with We the Detectives , a unique, multifaceted, and immersive intellectual and creative experience. Here we track the growth of… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 17, 2017   

I’ve always been a library lover. Free books! Being surrounded by towering shelves of words and characters and adventures! And if ever I learned that Philly friends had not visited a Free… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 13, 2017   

April is National Volunteer Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is especially grateful to the thousands of volunteers who have donated their time to help make our library system shine. Over… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 11, 2017   

It is National Library Week ! First sponsored in 1958, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. It is also a… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 10, 2017   

Ringing in Passover with The Bard, because... why not? The Hebrews had been prosperous in Egypt, growing and multiplying. But the new Pharaoh became scared and decided, "I'll manacle thy… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 10, 2017   

Dig out your deerstalker cap, magnifying glass, and slip on your quietest shoes: Something mysterious is happening at the Free Library of Philadelphia and you must help unravel it. As part of the… continue reading

By Julie B.   April 3, 2017   

Since the early days of printing, readers have been gripped by real-life tales of highwaymen and murderers, the last words of executed criminals, and fictional detective stories which have long… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 24, 2017    5

The end of another phenomenal One Book, One Philadelphia season is upon us. We have spent eight inspired weeks reading, discussing, watching, creating, playing, and enjoying. The 15th season of… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 22, 2017   

Much of the Free Library's ability to create and incubate cutting-edge programs and services is thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. One of the most… continue reading

By Julie B.   March 8, 2017   

We are just one week away from the kickoff event to the One Book, One Philadelphia 2017 season ! On Wednesday night, January 25, at 7:30 p.m., you are invited to join us in Parkway Central Library… continue reading

By Julie B.   January 18, 2017   

We often assume that the novels we read contain some element of autobiographical information. Especially for those of us who aren’t blessed with creative writing talent, it can be hard to… continue reading

By Julie B.   December 7, 2016   

The One Book, One Philadelphia 2017 featured selection, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , is often described as a book about a unique teen on a quest. When trying to describe… continue reading

By Julie B.   November 16, 2016   

One of my primary designations as a person is "reader." Fiction, nonfiction, high literary, lady comics—my personal library is broad. And nerdy—as a former English teacher, I… continue reading

By Julie B.   November 14, 2016   

In choosing Mark Haddon 's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as this year's One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection, the One Book Selection Committee clearly signaled… continue reading

By Julie B.   November 2, 2016   

The 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia selection was announced this morning! We are very excited to share that for its 15th anniversary season, One Book will dive into Mark Haddon’s The Curious… continue reading

By Julie B.   October 27, 2016    4