Browsing Date: December 2017 (31)

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In case you didn’t hear, the 2017 Beaux Arts Bash was a smashing success! On Saturday, December 9, the Parkway Central Library was transformed for the Free Library’s biggest… continue reading A Historic Night at Parkway Central, Beaux Arts Bash 2017!

By written by Alexa L.    December 29, 2017   

As another year comes to a close, I'm looking back on one of my favorite hobbies: reading comic books! Whether they were new stand-alone stories, retro reissue collections, original… continue reading 17 Great Graphic Novels from 2017!

By written by Peter SM    December 28, 2017   

When Another Brooklyn narrator August moves north with her father and brother, her mother does not go with them, but her absence in Bushwick isn't exactly real. The first sentence of… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: What Are Funerals For?

By written by Brittanie S.    December 27, 2017   

As I've written about on this blog in the past, I'm constantly on the lookout for rare gems, overlooked oeuvres, or just new-to-me films. Whether they are award-winners , cinema classics ,… continue reading 2017 Additions to the National Film Registry

By written by Peter SM    December 26, 2017    5

December and January are busy times of the year for most families. While parents are extra busy preparing for family parties and other social obligations, children are off from school for an… continue reading Winter Break Activities: Media and Children

By written by Elizabeth K.    December 22, 2017   

Whenever I walk through one of our 54 libraries, I’m struck by the impact that our work has on citizens of all ages and backgrounds. I love seeing an older adult find a new voice in a… continue reading Double Your Library Love This Year

By written by Siobhan Reardon    December 22, 2017   

Want to learn how to download some of the over 120,000 ebooks available from our catalog to your new Kindle or Nook? Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader,… continue reading "How Does This Thing Work?" Let the Free Library Help with Our Extended E-Gadget Helpdesk Holiday Hours!

By written by Lori M.    December 21, 2017    1

"I refused to cover my head in public. Refused to walk through the world as a messenger of Allah’s teachings, ate hot dogs and bacon when I was with my girls. My Muslim beliefs lived… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Spiritual and Religious Identity

By written by Lo I.    December 20, 2017   

Looking for gift ideas for your favorite readers or for something to read yourself? Here’s a list from public libraries across the country of the 10 most popular books for adult readers in… continue reading Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Check Out These 10 Popular Titles!

By written by Paul A.    December 19, 2017   

In celebration of the reopenings of our four new 21st Century Libraries , Yolanda Wisher — Philadelphia’s 2016–2017 Poet Laureate —penned an original poem. She read this… continue reading "Vines": A Poem About Libraries by Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher

By written by Administrator    December 18, 2017    4

Ferdinand never wanted to be a fighting bull, so he's right at home here in the Free Library...  John Cena stars as the big-hearted bull in the animated adaptation opening in theaters… continue reading Ferdinand: The Bull Is In The House (or at least the library!)

By written by Caitlin G.    December 15, 2017   

We may have gotten our first snowfall of the year, but our families love storytime at Christmas Village in LOVE Park despite the cold weather. Every Wednesday morning until December 20, join us at… continue reading Catching Snowflakes at Storytime in the Christmas Village

By written by Laura W.    December 15, 2017   

Beginning December 15, 2017, the Free Library will host an all ages online Winter Reading Challenge. The program encourages participants to continue reading all winter long, and also provides… continue reading Announcing the Free Library’s All Ages Online Winter Reading Challenge!

By written by Barbara T.    December 14, 2017    6

So it’s almost time for another installment of the Star Wars franchise, an event which many of us are treating as a holiday. It’s been a roller coaster ride for fans these last two… continue reading Pro-Porg and Proud: A Discussion on Star Wars Creatures Cute and Small

By written by Rachel F.    December 14, 2017   

Author, illustrator, and Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Don Tate recently visited the Children's Literature Research Collection to research an upcoming title. During his visit, Don sat down with… continue reading Q&A with Children's Author and Illustrator Don Tate

By written by Chris B.    December 14, 2017   

Did you know that December is Read A New Book Month ? It’s perfect timing, really, as the temperature drops and we reaaaaaaaaally don’t want to think about leaving the couch if we… continue reading Celebrate Read A New Book Month with The Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    December 13, 2017   

by One Book, One Philadelphia Chair, Marie Field Born and raised in the Bronx, then Queens, I landed in Brooklyn when I moved into my new husband’s efficiency apartment on Willow Street in… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: My Brooklyn

By written by Administrator    December 13, 2017   

Forty years after it left theaters, 1977’s Star Wars ranks as the second top-grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation). Its impact on pop culture is immeasurable—from a pretty… continue reading Star Wars: The Return of Carrie Fisher

By written by J. Matthew C.    December 12, 2017    1

Our reopening season comes to a close with one final community celebration that is not to be missed. After a year and a half of undergoing extensive renovation and expansion,  Lovett Memorial… continue reading Lovett Memorial Library Grand Reopening Celebration!

By written by Julie B.    December 11, 2017    2