Posts by Peter SM (198)

While most media attention surrounding films in December is about which ones are vying for Oscar consideration , I always await the announcement of the latest additions to the National Film… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 13, 2017   

It's been almost a year since pop pioneer and provocateur David Bowie passed away at the age of 69, presumably rocketing off past outer space and transmogrifying into some other otherworldly… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 6, 2017    1

So, I have a confession to make: up until the beginning of this year, I had no idea who Simone Biles was. I'm not big on sports and had no interest in watching the Olympics this past year.… continue reading

By Peter SM   January 4, 2017   

The Grim Reaper sure was clocking in a lot of overtime throughout 2016. It's definitely not an ordinary year when you wake up one day and the likes of David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Gene… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 30, 2016   

2016 was another great year for readers and fans of comic books, specifically graphic novels. While not necessarily a "Top 10" (especially since I selected sixteen!) and definitely not… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 29, 2016   

It's a few days before Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa , and all through my house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Why? Because it's freezing outside! So, what better time… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 23, 2016   

2016 will be remembered for many things in the history books and one of those top historical moments will be the 2016 Presidential Election. No matter which candidate you voted for or what… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 23, 2016    4

Movie goers will be whisked back into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter -verse this weekend when J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them magically appears across theater… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 18, 2016   

We're a week away from the scariest, spookiest, most superstitious night of the year— Halloween ! If you are looking for something to watch to get you in the holiday spirit, look no… continue reading

By Peter SM   October 25, 2016    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia IT Digital Development team has updated the “Find a Location” section of our website today with a new responsive design layout and many new features.… continue reading

By Peter SM   October 17, 2016   

The Anti-Hero figure in pop culture isn't necessarily a new concept but has seemed to become the prevalent form of a "hero" that we see in our media nowadays. The idea of the perfect… continue reading

By Peter SM   October 12, 2016    1

The "King of the Monsters" roars back onto movie screens next week when Shin Godzilla (a.k.a. Godzilla Resurgence ) premieres for a limited-run of U.S. screenings October 11 - 18 . The… continue reading

By Peter SM   October 7, 2016   

So, apparently some guy named Bruce Springsteen is stopping by the Free Library in a couple weeks? All we know is that he's a musician and has a new book coming out or something... Kidding! We… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 15, 2016    6

While older children are getting ready to go back to school next week here in Philadelphia, we haven't forgotten about our pre-k set! This month's Early Literacy calendar and links,… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 1, 2016   

An  excessive heat warning has been extended through 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, for the Philadelphia area. Numerous Free Library locations will serve as cooling centers, where… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 16, 2016   

Looking forward to our upcoming Author Event with comedian Amy Shumer next week on Wednesday, August 17th? Then sit back and have a laugh listening to these funny podcasts from other humorous… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 12, 2016   

The Free Library has been hard at work upgrading our website again to make it more user-friendly, encourage exploration, and offer better customer service. Today, we are launching our newly… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 2, 2016   

We may be in the dog days of summer here in Philadelphia, but did you know that you can actually read to a dog—at the library ?! Check out our PAWS Read to a Dog program at various Free… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 1, 2016   

It's hard to believe that it's been fifty years since the Starship Enterprise boldly went where no one had gone before... both in pop culture and the real world. Given today's current… continue reading

By Peter SM   July 22, 2016   

It way be hot outside but it's cool here at the Free Library! Beat the heat and stop by a library location in your neighborhood for free storytimes , movies , games , and cool Summer Reading… continue reading

By Peter SM   July 8, 2016   

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