Browsing Date: May 2011 (15)

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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 History According to Ben Franklin's Mouse and Captain Kidd's Cat

By written 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 Are you a young adult who loves the Free Library? Join the Raven Society!

By written 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 Summer fun starts at The Free Library!

By written 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 The Dream Flag Project

By written 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 A Colorful Peek into the Past

By written 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 Around the blogs…

By written 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 Pages on Screens

By written 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 Parkway Central's Philbrick Popular Library to Close for Renovations

By written 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 Twitter for Parents and Caregivers of Young Children!

By written 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 30th Anniversary of Bob Marley's Death

By written by Camille T.    May 11, 2011    2

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 Local Food and Reading about Eating

By written 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 Carolyn Haywood, Children's Book Author and Illustrator

By written 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 Spend Your Summer with the Queen of Crime

By written 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 Armchair Travels

By written 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 What exactly is a Sanborn, anyway?

By written by Rich B.    May 2, 2011