Browsing Date: December 2012 (23)

Singing with young children is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, and entertainment value aside, studies show it can have a very positive effect on your young child’s… continue reading

By Megan W.   December 29, 2012   

  Had Daniel Schumacher (1729-1787) been an ordinary man, we probably would never have heard of him.  His bad habits of drinking, swearing, lying, and dancing, amongst others, were not… continue reading

By Del-Louise M.   December 22, 2012    8

Let's say there's a hot new bestseller tearing up the New York Times list.  It's everywhere, in the libraries, the books stores, at fancy displays by the grocery… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 21, 2012    5

Mirabel Horton didn’t want the latest gadget or expensive toy for her 4 th birthday. Instead, she wanted to give to others. A frequent customer at the Parkway Central Children’s… continue reading

By Eileen O.   December 21, 2012   

We love year-end "Best of" lists here in Libraryland! There's so much good stuff published each year that we ache to share the books we love with everyone we can get our hands on.… continue reading

By Dena   December 20, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers a large number of downloadable audiobooks in our Overdrive , OneClick Digital , and Hoopla collections.  Downloading audiobooks is simple,… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 19, 2012    15

While Nook tablets like the Nook Color, Nook HD, or Nook HD+ are treated like an Android tablet (see instructions here ), downloading to a Nook Simple Touch or other dedicated e-reader (like the… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 19, 2012    14

Downloading library ebooks to a Kindle is a simple process and this post will get you started. Before going further though, please note that the Kindle Fire works like an Android tablet and… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 19, 2012    21

Congratulations on your new e-reader, tablet, or mobile device! We hope you enjoy borrowing digital items from the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Here's a quick guide to get you on your… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 19, 2012    1

E-readers and tablets are among this year's hottest holiday gifts and of course, borrowing Free Library ebooks and audiobooks for your new e-reader or tablet is the hottest activity for… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 19, 2012    59

Can anyone tell which books Malia and Sasha Obama bought recently? Tell us your best guesses in the comments section. (Look at a  larger version of this picture.)  Malia will turn 15 in… continue reading

By Peter L.   December 19, 2012    2

If the previous year’s statistics are any indication of what consumers spent money on during the holidays , there is a good chance that you or someone you know may be receiving some sort of… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 18, 2012   

The Free Library is proud to announce that our very own Children’s Librarian Mônica Carnesi and her picture book, Little Dog Lost, were chosen for Horn Book's list of the best… continue reading

By Eileen O.   December 17, 2012   

If you’re a fan of the Free Library’s Music Department on Facebook , you already know about the rousing pop-up performance Mimi Stillman gave us on Tuesday, November 13 th .  As… continue reading

By Perry G.   December 14, 2012   

Last week in my “ Best of” daze , I stumbled upon this article in the New York Times  about the year’s most notable musical memoirs. I don’t particularly have a… continue reading

By Alix G.   December 13, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia has released the newest version of our mobile site ! The new mobile site (version 3.0) uses responsive web design and provides an optimal viewing experience on all… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 11, 2012   

By   Edward G. Pettit The conviviality of the Dickensian world is nowhere more apparent than in Dickens’s Christmas books and stories. From Mr Pickwick celebrating at Dingley Dell to… continue reading

By Janine P.   December 10, 2012   

Young children can learn so much about their world through seasonal books and discussions.  With the change of the season just around the corner, why not visit your local library and check… continue reading

By Megan W.   December 10, 2012    4

Racking your brain for the perfect holiday gifts? Well, rack no more because the Free Library Shop is here! Launched earlier this week, the Free Library Shop has a slew of great literary and… continue reading

By Eileen O.   December 7, 2012   

Can a great urban library such as the Free Library of Philadelphia "remember" a musician?  With yesterday's passing of Dave Brubeck (B. Concord, CA, Dec 6 1920; d. Norwalk, CT,… continue reading

By Adam F.   December 6, 2012