Browsing Date: March 2012 (21)

T-Rex the Turtle plans to escape from his home at the Garden State Discovery Museum and travel to the Parkway Central Library to lead children on a journey uncovering the world of Dinosaurs! Join… continue reading

By Michelle S.   March 30, 2012   

Adrienne Rich, the famed poet, essayist, and public intellectual known for her writings on politics, sexuality, and gender, passed away on Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. Her career spanned… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 29, 2012    1

"We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the critical spirit, the engine of progress, would not even exist.… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 28, 2012   

All hail the glorious Wikipedia for revealing heretofore unknown holidays! Not only is today World Whiskey Day (to which I say, drink up, ye of legal drinking age!), it is also World Theatre Day!… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 27, 2012    1

March 26 is a surprisingly literary day. It was on this day in 1484 that William Caxton published his English-language translation of Aesop's Fables. Tennesee Williams and Robert Frost were born… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 26, 2012    1

Spring is upon us, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s the best time to clean, rearrange, and freshen up just about anything. Has winter clutter taken over your house? Has your… continue reading

By Eileen O.   March 26, 2012   

See update to this story (10/2/2013) Ebooks fans may have noticed that some titles are no longer available for wireless downloading via Amazon.  This is due to restrictions recently put in… continue reading

By Jamie W.   March 23, 2012   

Can't get enough of Suzanne Collins's epic Hunger Games trilogy? Dying for more dystopian fiction in your life? You're in luck: Our librarians have put together a great list of… continue reading

By Michelle S.   March 23, 2012    1

 To end the week and begin the weekend, I present to you Henry Miller's commandments for writing and for life. continue reading

By Grace R.   March 23, 2012   

Discussing famed children's illustrator Randolph Caldecott, Maurice Sendak remarked, "Caldecott's work heralds the beginning of the modern picture book. He devised an ingenious juxtaposition… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 22, 2012    1

Once an English major, always an English major. I can't help but annotate and scribble in the margins of every book I read, rendering me incapable of making the switch to e-readers (despite the… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 22, 2012   

 Although it may seem like every day brings a new national or international holiday to celebrate, today, March 21, is particularly noteworthy (and comes with UNESCO's seal of approval):… continue reading

By Grace R.   March 21, 2012   

Scott O’Dell once summed up being an author in three simple words: “Writing is hard.” As a writer of children’s historical fiction, he excelled in creating his own story… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   March 19, 2012    5

The Free Library is teaming up with Everyblock Philadelphia! Everyblock   is a community website that operates like a modern day block watch by collecting 19 types of news in Philadelphia. It… continue reading

By Eileen O.   March 16, 2012    2

by Edward Pettit Tonight our Dickens Literary Salon will be discussing the author’s final, incomplete mystery novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood .  SPOILERS AHEAD When Edwin Drood goes… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   March 15, 2012    2

This is the first of many blog posts about The Borneman Pennsylvania German Manuscript Collection, which has been part of the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) since… continue reading

By Janine P.   March 9, 2012   

I’ve always found short stories the perfect reading material for sunny days spent outdoors. Of course reading any novel or non-fiction book in the park on a warm afternoon is hard to beat,… continue reading

By Eileen O.   March 8, 2012    1

Hi! I’m Garrett Boos, the most recent archivist to join the “Milestones in 20th Century American Children’s Literature” project at the Free Library of Philadelphia. My… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   March 6, 2012   

For the past few years, we have heard from many of you about the things you want our online catalog to do. Searching should be as easy and intuitive as possible. You’d like the… continue reading

By Carolyn P.   March 5, 2012    20

When Charles Dickens died suddenly of stroke in 1870 he had written half of a novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood .  Dickens published all of his novels in serial format and wrote the chapters… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   March 2, 2012    1