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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 NFL Draft Not Your Thing? Check Out These Worldly Alternative Footballs!

By written 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 Confessions from a Shakespeare Lover

By written 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 #MysteryMonday: The History of Mystery: A By-No-Means-Exhaustive Timeline

By written 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 Something for Every(little)one at the Free Library

By written 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 THANK YOU to Our Incredible Volunteers!

By written by Julie B.    April 11, 2017    1

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 Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016

By written 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 The Passover Story, as told by William Shakespeare

By written 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 #MysteryMonday: Become a GUMSHOE at the Free Library!

By written 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 Crack the Case with We the Detectives

By written 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 #OneBookWednesday: Coming Together Through Stories

By written 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 Hats Off to the Knight Foundation for Its Support of the Free Library

By written by Julie B.    March 8, 2017    1

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 #OneBookWednesday: Book Discussion Tips

By written 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 #OneBookWednesday: The Motivation Behind The Curious Incident

By written by Julie B.    December 7, 2016    1

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 #OneBookWednesday: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

By written by Julie B.    November 16, 2016    1

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 #FLPNoShameNovember: Oh, Baby—BUMPing My Usual Reading List

By written 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 #OneBookWednesday: What the Critics Have to Say

By written 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 This Year's One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Is...

By written by Julie B.    October 27, 2016    4

The Music Department at Parkway Central Library is launching the Musical Instrument Collection (MIC) , an instrument lending library for library cardholders. In the past few years, the Free… continue reading Check out a musical instrument from the Free Library! I just did!

By written by Julie B.    September 26, 2016    10

F. Scott Fitzgerald is now considered one of the nation’s pre-eminent modern novelists and short story writers. During his lifetime, he was best known for his literary depictions of the… continue reading The Free Library Celebrates Fitzgerald at 120!

By written by Julie B.    September 15, 2016   

An  excessive heat warning  has been issued for the Philadelphia area for today through Saturday. Numerous Free Library locations will serve as cooling centers, where residents can get… continue reading Stay Cool at the Free Library! Extended Hours for Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 13

By written by Julie B.    August 11, 2016    2

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