Posts by Samantha M. (93)

George Saunders, a MacArthur Genius and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, is the author of several collections of short stories, including the New York Times… continue reading

By Samantha M.   May 2, 2017   

A baker browses through dozens of cake pans to plan confectionary creations of her wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a man chooses the perfect tie from more than 60 to wear to his graduation.… continue reading

By Samantha M.   April 26, 2017   

I admit it: I’ve developed a slight obsession with baking pies. It all started last spring, when I took a hands-on pie class at the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center with Holly… continue reading

By Samantha M.   March 14, 2017   

February might be the shortest month, but it could be one in which you read the most books within its bounds! How is that possible? Let February inspire the length of your books. Forget about… continue reading

By Samantha M.   February 3, 2017   

'Tis the season for goal-setting! You might be feeling merry and motivated right now, but as the year gallops along, don't let your resolve wane. Lean on the Free Library to keep your… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 29, 2016    2

So you just finished a book. It was great! Now you want to read the author’s other work. Add those to the list. Next, you listen to a podcast or read an interview with the author, and you… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 30, 2016   

Amid swirls of concern over the death of the independent book shop, Ann Patchett  has been bringing "independent" back for the past five years at her Parnassus Books , a thriving… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 14, 2016   

This year's One Book, One Philadelphia selection has a bright cover you just can't miss. It's hard to even think of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  without the… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 9, 2016   

Today, we are saddened by the unexpected death of 89-year-old Harper Lee, known to the world for her Pulitzer Prize-winning, semi-autobiographical novel To Kill a Mockingbird , as well… continue reading

By Samantha M.   February 19, 2016   

In the Cold Mountain era, people had to live off the food they grew and the meals they made at home. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, refrigeration wasn’t available to preserve food.… continue reading

By Samantha M.   February 17, 2016   

A Cooking Class Where New Immigrants Learn The Recipe For English NPR On a recent Wednesday afternoon, 20 recent immigrants and refugees to the United States streamed into a shiny commercial-size… continue reading

By Samantha M.   January 29, 2016   

Lehigh University part of massive effort to turn medieval treasures into a virtual gold mine Mcall.com The partners are the Free Library of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University,… continue reading

By Samantha M.   January 22, 2016   

How public art gets lost—and saved—in Philly Philly.com A collection of Alexander Calder banners, commissioned for the atrium of Centre Square, were put in storage and long thought… continue reading

By Samantha M.   January 15, 2016   

Special shout out to Gary Galvan, the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, who has co-authored a book with long-time Fleisher Collection friend, Dr. Martha Schleifer. The book is… continue reading

By Samantha M.   January 8, 2016   

It's that time again: We reflect on the past year and think about what we want to do for the next year. For most of us, our resolutions have to do with health: getting fit and eating… continue reading

By Samantha M.   January 4, 2016   

West Philadelphia Regional Library to close for maintenance for ‘many months’ Westphillylocal.com The Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, which serves the… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 31, 2015   

Wonderland Ball Philly.com As the storybook evening ended, Alice would have been proud - all proceeds raised by the gala will benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, which supports… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 18, 2015   

Alice in Wonderland Ball Action News Video clip   Free Library raises six figures at Wonderland Ball PhillyVoice.com The Library's annual fundraising gala fell down the rabbit hole by… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 11, 2015   

“Alice and Wonderland” at 150 CBS news "She demanded that he write it down for her," said Judith Guston, a curator at Philadelphia's Rosenbach Library, home to another… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 4, 2015   

This week in Philly: Nov. 23-Nov. 29 Philly.com Have a jamming time at the Free Library of Philadelphia Central (1901 Vine St.) when cookbook author and food blogger Marisa McClellan and… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 30, 2015