Browsing Date: January 2012 (19)

Have you seen them around town? On subway concourses, sides of buses and within SEPTA bus shelters, KEYSPOTS ads have premiered. KEYSPOTS is a citywide initiative bringing internet access,… continue reading

By Jenn D.   January 26, 2012   

Throughout February, the Free Library is celebrating Black History Month with a wide range of events across the branches. Beginning with film and discussion series, Black History Month at the Free… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 26, 2012   

The Free Library is acquiring a Techmobile, a 25’ vehicle outfitted for digital literacy training and outreach. Right now, construction is in progress and we expect you’ll see the… continue reading

By Joel N.   January 25, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Year of Dickens 2012 carries on throughout February—Charles Dickens’s birthday month! Mr. Dickens officially turns 200 on February 7, but… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 24, 2012    2

We at the Free Library were saddened to hear of the passing of WURD radio host Fatimah Ali . This past summer a number of our librarians and staff had the wonderful opportunity to work with Ms.… continue reading

By Alix G.   January 24, 2012    1

Today at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners and honor books were announced. The Caldecott Medal awards the artist of… continue reading

By Joel N.   January 23, 2012   

Over the past several weeks, I have focused mainly on the themes, ideas, and questions brought up by Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously . However, I couldn’t conclude this blog… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 19, 2012    2

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Find it at the Free Library of L’amour! Throughout the beginning of February, we’re holding various free speed dating events in many of… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 17, 2012    15

Do you remember the old-fashioned library card catalogs – huge wooden cabinets lined with long drawers full of index cards, listing all the books in the library by title, author, and… continue reading

By Carolyn P.   January 13, 2012    3

The holidays have come and gone and it seems there are suddenly a lot of new Kindle owners out there. I thought this would be a good time to post this short, introductory video on how to checkout… continue reading

By Jamie W.   January 12, 2012    1

In “Our Guernica,” the final essay in Create Dangerously , Edwidge Danticat focuses on the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 and destroyed her former… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 12, 2012    1

Next month marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. With brightly colored banners hanging outside Parkway Central, Rare Book Department exhibitions, special storytime readings, and our very… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 10, 2012   

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Life Story by Virginia Lee Burton. First published in 1962, this wonderful book tells the tale of life on Earth from the beginning to the… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   January 10, 2012   

Enjoy a brief selection of books about the winter, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Chinese New Year! Winter Babies Wear Layers , by Michelle Sinclair Colman, illustrations by Nathalie Dion… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 9, 2012   

The Mayor's Commission on Literacy has an exciting community development bidding opportunity for Philadelphia's adult literacy providers and nonprofit organizations to receive $30,000 for work to… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 9, 2012    2

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, the Free Library has a host of events and activities across the branches to commemorate the inspiring work of the Civil Rights… continue reading

By Eileen O.   January 6, 2012    1

One of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s best and brightest Children’s Librarians can be found at the Independence Branch at 18 South 7 th Street, a neighborhood rich in culture and… continue reading

By Sarah S.   January 5, 2012    3

“Flying Home” is probably my favorite essay in Create Dangerously. I’ve had a fascination with flying ever since I was a small child. I was immediately drawn in by and identified… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 5, 2012   

I used to read novels and short stories almost exclusive to other types of writing. In an effort to broaden my literary horizons a little while ago, I started reading and enjoying a wider… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 4, 2012    4