Posts by Shannon G (69)

Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago passed away today at the age of 87. The first Portuguese-language writer to win the Nobel Prize, Saramago reached international acclaim with… continue reading

By Shannon G   June 18, 2010    1

Aspiring writers and avid readers, take note! Next Tuesday, Oak Lane Branch is hosting an evening with the Liars Club , a group of local authors. Don’t miss your chance to learn about the… continue reading

By Shannon G   June 17, 2010    4

Have you had the chance to be a part of the discussion about the Free Library of the 21st Century this spring? If not, be sure to make it the June 9th event at the Martin Luther King, Jr. High… continue reading

By Shannon G   June 4, 2010    4

As you may have noticed, we recently revamped our homepage . Today, our beta-testing period has come to an end, and the homepage is now permanent! We appreciate all of the feedback you’ve… continue reading

By Shannon G   June 3, 2010   

We encourage all of the Free Library of Philadelphia customers and supporters to contact your elected city official and ask that they go back to the table and continue to work to resolve the… continue reading

By Shannon G   May 21, 2010   

Local businesses are stepping up for the second year in a row and helping the Free Library line its shelves with 10,000 new books during the “ 10,000 Books for Children ” book drive!… continue reading

By Shannon G   May 17, 2010    3

Want to know what your neighborhood looked like in the late 1800s? Now you can! The Free Library of Philadelphia recently added more than 1,600 historic photographs from the Historical Images of… continue reading

By Shannon G   May 13, 2010    1

This spring, we’re partnering with Mayor Nutter and the Friends of the Free Library to host a series of public forums on “Libraries of the Future.” These forums, which are being… continue reading

By Shannon G   May 3, 2010   

By day, they are bestselling authors. By night, they turn into jamming rockstars. Each year, the Rock Bottom Remainders put down their pens and pick up their instruments to play a tour of benefit… continue reading

By Shannon G   April 20, 2010    5

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the all-things-Irish holiday, we are thrilled to announce that later this Spring, our very own President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon will be honored… continue reading

By Shannon G   March 17, 2010    4

Greater Olney Branch recently received a facelift with the help of the Mural Arts Program and the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project. Together, the groups created a mural for… continue reading

By Shannon G   March 1, 2010   

Attention film aficionados! The Free Library’s third annual One Film program officially began last night with a screening of the selected film: Waltz with Bashir . Directed by Ari Folman,… continue reading

By Shannon G   February 18, 2010    5

Salinger fan? Curious about the self-imposed recluse’s life? The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan is preparing for an exhibition of 11 letters written by J.D. Salinger to his friend… continue reading

By Shannon G   February 12, 2010    1

Just because the Free Library's 54 locations are closed on Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy all that we have to offer! Our online resources are still… continue reading

By Shannon G   February 10, 2010    6

Author, teacher, historian, and political activist Howard Zinn died of a heart attack on Wednesday at age 87. Famous for his bestselling look at history— A People’s History of the… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 29, 2010    4

The literary world lost an important player on Wednesday when J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91. The author of The Catcher in the Rye , Franny and Zooey , Nine Stories , and Raise High… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 28, 2010    5

The Association for Library Service to Children celebrated the world of children’s books yesterday with the announcement of the 2010 Caldecott and Newbery winners. The prestigious awards are… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 19, 2010    2

As many of you know, a massive earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, just 10 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. The disaster is expected to have killed thousands of people, according to… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 14, 2010    1

Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, died on Monday evening from a neck injury sustained during a fall in December. Gies, who was 100 years old, was one… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 12, 2010   

A new study might make you think twice before you threaten to take away your child’s cell phone or limit their computer use. The National Literacy Trust has published findings that… continue reading

By Shannon G   December 3, 2009    20