Browsing Date: November 2014 (22)

Let's get the "Word on the Web" and check out some recent topics of interest and discussion from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment intersections of the World… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 28, 2014   

We’re excited to share our newly digitized Oscar Wilde manuscripts, part of the rich collection of literary manuscripts and first editions in the Rare Book Department. The draft of The… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 25, 2014    2

As a children's librarian, I frequently get asked for books and resources that parents can use to help explain current events to their children, especially troubling events. Here is… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 25, 2014   

The School District of Philadelphia is excited to announce that for the first time the School Selection Process has moved entirely online. In order to apply to schools, students and families… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 25, 2014    9

The 65th National Book Awards took place on November 19th and featured appearances by Fran Lebowitz , Steve Martin , Rudine Sims Bishop , Garrison Keillor , and many other distinctive voices of… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 25, 2014   

Over the past year, Zinio , our digital magazine collection, has quickly become one of our most popular resources. And why not? With Zinio and your Free Library card, you can download current… continue reading

By Jamie W.   November 24, 2014    1

Cranberry production was down four percent this year – but American farmers still produced over eight million barrels (800 million pounds) of the fall favorite, so the country should have a… continue reading

By Timothy F.   November 24, 2014   

Building the library of the future here in philadelphia Flying Kite Media If you think of the library and think of people at the circulation desk hissing "sshh!", then you're not in… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 21, 2014   

Always wanted to write the "Great American Novel" but put it off because of any myriad of reasons (didn't know where to start, needed motivation, general procrastination)? Well, this… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 21, 2014   

Over the past year, the Free Library—along with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and many other partners throughout the city—has been celebrating the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 20, 2014   

On Monday Dec 8 at 7:00 p.m ., audiences will welcome the return of Wayne Smith, Jr. to Montgomery Auditorium at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Branch. We last heard from… continue reading

By Adam F.   November 20, 2014   

Maker Jawn Initiative at Free Library of Philadelphia to Expand to Adults with IMLS Grant Library Journal “We certainly haven’t finished exploration of on-the-floor Maker programming… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 14, 2014   

Our Fall 2014 Author Events schedule continues through the end of the year and into 2015 with The Monday Poets series on the first Monday of every month, the business-minded Leading Voices lecture… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 13, 2014   

Have you seen the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron ? It has all the standard features of a summer blockbuster: slow motion clips, people running and screaming, and lots of explosions.… continue reading

By Christina P.   November 12, 2014   

On October 29th, Saxophonist Mike Cemprola led a jazz quartet on an intimate, often humorous, and forward looking set of his original compositions framed within a few contrasting takes on a pair… continue reading

By Adam F.   November 10, 2014   

There are almost 20 million veterans currently living in the United States, and almost 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s adult population has served in an American war. (Source: 2013 American… continue reading

By Timothy F.   November 9, 2014   

Find a book, and much more, at local library Philadelphia Inquirer It was at the Free Library of Philadelphia that I located, first, the river artifacts that wove their way into  Flow: The… continue reading

By Samantha M.   November 7, 2014   

On Sunday, October 26, the Grand Lobby of the Parkway Central Library transformed into a musical time machine.  Local duo Soprano Meets Contrabass (opera Soprano Ana María Díaz… continue reading

By Perry G.   November 7, 2014   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in October 2014. More than 62,000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! Taking… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 7, 2014   

Children's Books Starring Children with Disabilities The authors of these three coming of age stories seem to be heeding the advice of, “Write what you know,” attributed to… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 7, 2014