Browsing Date: December 2015 (28)

West Philadelphia Regional Library to close for maintenance for ‘many months’ Westphillylocal.com The Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, which serves the… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 31, 2015   

I wrote an essay for an anthology by poets on poetry a couple of years ago about owning one’s subject matter, taking responsibility for the themes that continually crop up, and stewarding… continue reading

By Autumn M.   December 31, 2015    1

Now that the gifts have been opened, (most of) the egg nog has been drank, and we've traveled back home from visits with friends and family, it's time to ring in 2016! We are pretty… continue reading

By Kate C.   December 30, 2015    1

Texts talk to each other. That was certainly the intention behind selecting companion books for this One Book, One Philadelphia , season—to begin a larger community discussion through… continue reading

By Julie B.   December 30, 2015   

I've written before about some of my favorite Young Adult titles this year, but I'm not the only librarian who loves reading YA. In October, three of our librarians—Erin H. from… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 29, 2015    2

Well, it's that time of year again: The Holidays—or as I like to refer to them—The Holidaze. Whether you celebrate Christmas , Hanukkah , Kwanzaa , Winter Solstice , Festivus , or… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 23, 2015   

As we read this year’s One Book selection and its companion texts, it is impossible not to keep returning to the question How did this happen? There is a moral component to that question,… continue reading

By Kathy H.   December 23, 2015   

Want to learn how to download some of nearly 120,000 ebooks to your new Kindle or Nook? Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader, smart phone, or tablet? Can’t… continue reading

By Jenn D.   December 22, 2015    2

On Monday, December 28th, join the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz project for our latest installment of the Mysterious Traveler’s Concert Series .  One of our… continue reading

By Perry G.   December 21, 2015   

Wonderland Ball Philly.com As the storybook evening ended, Alice would have been proud - all proceeds raised by the gala will benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, which supports… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 18, 2015   

Happy Birthday to Beethoven ! The venerable composer would’ve turned 245 today. Now, what better way to celebrate #beethovenbirthday than to revisit our summer performance of the South… continue reading

By Perry G.   December 16, 2015   

As we read about slavery and the Civil War from the perspective of those living in the South—with settings of North Carolina in Cold Mountain and Louisiana in Twelve Years a Slave —… continue reading

By Julie B.   December 16, 2015   

by Peggy Paul Casella for Fair Food In light of the pumpkin bounty from  Stepped in What Vegetables —a whopping eleven different varieties!—now seems as good a time as ever… continue reading

By Liz A.   December 15, 2015   

by Peggy Paul Casella for Fair Food Want to be a cheese plate hero this holiday season? Follow these five guidelines for guaranteed success, and head to the Farmstand for the perfect selection of… continue reading

By Liz A.   December 15, 2015   

This recipe is from Leanne Brown’s book Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day . The book began as a project for her master’s degree in food studies at New York University to explore what… continue reading

By Liz A.   December 14, 2015   

Teens! Want to turn up the heat and get cooking in the kitchen? Check out these great recommendations to get you started or to continue your culinary capers! How to Cook Everything: The Basics… continue reading

By Liz A.   December 14, 2015   

A strong collection of reference material is one of the hallmarks of a good library, and the effective use of reference materials is the hallmark of a good researcher. At the Free Library, we… continue reading

By Jamie W.   December 14, 2015   

Alice in Wonderland Ball Action News Video clip   Free Library raises six figures at Wonderland Ball PhillyVoice.com The Library's annual fundraising gala fell down the rabbit hole by… continue reading

By Samantha M.   December 11, 2015   

As we count down to the premiere of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, the Free Library has you covered no matter what age you are! Need to catch up?   We have Star Wars: A New Hope ,… continue reading

By Rachel F.   December 11, 2015   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in November 2015. More than 82,4000 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! Mystery and… continue reading

By Peter SM   December 10, 2015