Browsing Date: February 2012 (13)

If the second season of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey has you thinking of what Oscar Wilde said about there being only two types of tragedies: “One is not getting what one wants, and the… continue reading

By Jamie W.   February 29, 2012    1

The world of children’s literature lost an icon recently with the passing of Philadelphia native and longtime Bucks County resident Jan Berenstain, co-creator with her husband Stan of the… continue reading

By Michelle S.   February 27, 2012    1

With all the glitz and glamour that Hollywood is known for, it is easy to imagine that the Oscars have always looked like they do now with red carpets and galas and tear-soaked speeches. … continue reading

By Caitlin G.   February 24, 2012   

Morningstar is a trusted name in financial analysis. While its flagship product,, has been available in our Business, Science, and Industry Department at the Parkway Central… continue reading

By Jamie W.   February 23, 2012   

As I’m sure many of my fellow readers do, too, I have an extensive and ever-rotating list of favorite authors. I look forward to reading their new works and enjoy exploring their back lists… continue reading

By Michelle S.   February 22, 2012   

See update to this story (10/2/2013) In a surprise announcement on February 9th, Penguin Group, one of the world’s largest publishers, terminated its partnership with OverDrive , the primary… continue reading

By Jamie W.   February 17, 2012    8

We wanted to let you, our valued customers, know of some proposed changes to our Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped that will impact the ability to check out talking books. The state… continue reading

By Alix G.   February 16, 2012   

The Free Library’s book fund needs some love! Over the past three years, our materials budget has been slashed by 40%, severely limiting the number of books, DVDs, and ebooks we’re… continue reading

By Eileen O.   February 15, 2012   

With six more weeks of winter to go, I’m starting to get some serious wanderlust. I know, I know, winter hasn’t even come close to being as bad as it has in recent years: no major snow… continue reading

By Eileen O.   February 10, 2012    4

You've asked for 'em, now we've got 'em: interactive, talking ebooks for children! TumbleBooks is "an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the… continue reading

By Sarah S.   February 8, 2012    1

Today marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, and the Free Library joins the global celebration honoring the life and legacy of the world's first literary superstar. Philadelphia is… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   February 7, 2012    2

A few weeks ago, we moved our online catalog to a different server, as part of a project that we are working on to improve the hardware and upgrade the software. We’re now preparing for… continue reading

By Carolyn P.   February 3, 2012    2

As a part of One Book, One Philadelphia programming, Parkway Central Library’s Print and Picture Collection and Vivant Art Collection present a special historical and spiritual Haitian art… continue reading

By Eileen O.   February 2, 2012    2