Posts by Sharyl O. (20)
NewspaperArchive is an online database of billions (and yes, that’s BILLIONS with a B!) of newspaper articles from Pennsylvania, the U.S. (all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin… continue reading NewspaperArchive Is a Blast From the Past!
By written by Sharyl O. March 22, 2023
Would you like to read newspapers from around the world? Our newest electronic resource, PressReader , brings a wide-ranging selection of current global publications.… continue reading Introducing PressReader, Including The Economist Magazine
By written by Sharyl O. March 13, 2023 1
Like comics? You're going to love this! Our newest electronic resources from ComicsPlus bring thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from a variety of… continue reading ComicsPlus is Here!
By written by Sharyl O. March 7, 2023
If you like documentaries, world cinema, or films for kids, we think you will love our latest electronic resource: Access Videos! These three collections have no monthly watch limits… continue reading New Databases from Access Videos on Demand
By written by Sharyl O. March 3, 2023
What is Overdrive? Overdrive is the Free Library of Philadelphia’s portal to thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines that you can read for free using your Free Library of… continue reading The Overdrive App is Being Replaced with Libby
By written by Sharyl O. March 1, 2023 11
The Free Library is very pleased to announce the return of Kanopy, the popular on-demand video streaming service that The New York Times has called, "a garden of cinematic… continue reading Kanopy is Back!
By written by Sharyl O. January 17, 2023 20
Updated - Online access to the New York Times has now been restored. Please review the steps needed to access the New York Times online with your library card . Editor's Note: This post was… continue reading New York Times Electronic Access Workaround - UPDATED
By written by Sharyl O. January 4, 2023 4
Do you want to learn a new language for career advancement, to speak to new acquaintances, feel more comfortable when traveling to a foreign country, understand foreign movies, or just exercise… continue reading Learn a New Language with Mango Languages
By written by Sharyl O. October 5, 2022 6
Chess is thriving! The New York Times recently reported that interest in chess is at a 50 year high, the highest level since the 1972 World Chess Championship between American Bobby Fischer… continue reading International Chess Day is July 20th
By written by Sharyl O. July 20, 2022
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in… continue reading George Washington Carver: Inventor, Environmentalist, Mentor, and Role Model
By written by Sharyl O. June 24, 2020 2
Are you interested in protecting your business name or invention with a trademark or patent? During the current quarantine for COVID-19 , you can still begin working on these processes from home.… continue reading Patent & Trademark Resources During COVID-19
By written by Sharyl O. April 16, 2020
I am a Monopoly lover! This celebrated board game became popular in the 1930s after it was patented by Philadelphia inventor Charles B. Darrow , who lived on W. Hortter St. in the West Mt.… continue reading Happy Inventors Day for Monopoly Lovers!
By written by Sharyl O. February 11, 2020
Happy National Inventors’ Day! This special day was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 “in recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the… continue reading National Inventors' Day!
By written by Sharyl O. February 11, 2019 1
We're thankful for these inventions that help us make the Thansgiving feast and all the festivties more enjoyable and fun! Automatic mashed potato system (2007) U.S. Patent No. 7172335… continue reading Handy Thanksgiving Inventions!
By written by Sharyl O. November 20, 2018
Get into the proper Halloween spirit with these hair-raising creations… This invention features a life-sized ghoul with a “reservoir of fluids inside the head” that is… continue reading Creepy Halloween Inventions from the Philadelphia Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)
By written by Sharyl O. October 24, 2018
Here at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center in the Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Parkway Central Library , we are lucky to work with some amazing organizations who… continue reading Partner Spotlight: Marie Kraft and American Society of Inventors
By written by Sharyl O. May 23, 2017 5
Do you have questions about vaccinations? Many people do! We know many of you visit the Free Library (in person and online) searching for health information. A new series of blog posts will share… continue reading What About Vaccinations?
By written by Sharyl O. January 28, 2016
We know many of you visit the Free Library of Philadelphia (in person and online) searching for health information. A new series of blog posts will share ways you can access our materials and… continue reading Health Information for You on MedlinePlus
By written by Sharyl O. November 3, 2015 1
Since the Free Library of Philadelphia is a Patent & Trademark Resource Center, we are able to appreciate some of the very interesting patents granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office… continue reading Patently Unusual
By written by Sharyl O. September 11, 2015
Did you know that Eddie Van Halen, Michael Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln were issued patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office? Eddie Van Halen (US4656917) patented a guitar… continue reading Surprising Stuff about Patents and Trademarks
By written by Sharyl O. April 7, 2015