Browsing Date: May 2011 (15)

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library is lucky to own the papers of children’s book author and illustrator Robert Lawson, donated by the rare book dealer and collector Frederick R.… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   May 31, 2011   

Looking to get to know a great group of people who love the Library, too? The Raven Society , the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation’s young supporters in their 20s and 30s who make a… continue reading

By Rebecca F.   May 27, 2011   

We invite you to Discover the World @ your library. Kids, teens, and adults can sign up for the summer reading game at your local Free Library branch. You earn prizes for reading and participating… continue reading

By Jennifer W.   May 26, 2011    4

From time to time, Parkway Central hosts exhibits in its grand lobby. The latest, a collection of children’s artwork, is called The Dream Flag Project. Started as an English assignment at… continue reading

By Autumn M.   May 25, 2011   

I was talking this week to my Free Library colleague Camille—who frequently blogs here—about the Library of Congress’s striking “Bound for Glory” exhibition that… continue reading

By Alix G.   May 24, 2011   

From vintage hats to the pleasures of Shakespeare, what I read and enjoyed on the web this week: Watch a video from the Smithsonian featuring Philadelphia fashion pioneer Mae Reeves vintage hat… continue reading

By Camille T.   May 20, 2011    1

If you read my blog extolling the virtues of Agatha Christie several weeks ago, you won’t be surprised to know that I was really excited when I found out about an upcoming film version of… continue reading

By Alix G.   May 19, 2011    1

We’re excited to be moving forward with our re-envisioned plans for a new Parkway Central! From May 19 through December 2011, Philbrick Popular Library will be closed to the public as… continue reading

By Michelle S.   May 17, 2011    6

Twitter, the microblogging site that allows anyone and everyone to share their opinion on issues large and small, has been in the news quite a bit the past few years. From Kanye West’s… continue reading

By Sarah S.   May 12, 2011    7

May 11, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of legendary reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley . Mr. Marley died at the age of 36 after battling cancer. His life was certainly cut too… continue reading

By Camille T.   May 11, 2011    1

Last evening, I picked up my first CSA share of the season. You would have thought it was my birthday, I was so excited! (I admit that I like vegetables probably more than the average person.)… continue reading

By Michelle S.   May 10, 2011   

Carolyn Haywood was a children’s book author and illustrator, many of whose original works we are proud to hold in the Children’s Literature Research Collection. Her books have… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   May 9, 2011    1

While some people prefer a cozy fall night for snuggling up with creepy crime novel, the summer air always gives me a hankering for the works of my absolute favorite mystery writer: Agatha… continue reading

By Alix G.   May 6, 2011    1

As the days lengthen and the temperature warms, I find myself daydreaming of summer vacations and world travels. My ideas are always bigger than my budget, so I like to engage in a healthy dose of… continue reading

By Michelle S.   May 4, 2011    2

     Although often called just "Sanborns" or "Sanborn Maps", the formal name of this series of maps is Sanborn Insurance Maps, and they're a combination of… continue reading

By Rich B.   May 2, 2011