Browsing Date: August 2008 (14)

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language?  Whether you are travelling out of the country soon or just want  to communicate with your neighbors, our downloadable foreign language… continue reading

By Jen W.   August 29, 2008    73

Fans of Shelfari , a social networking site for booklovers, may be interested in the recent announcement that it is being acquired by Amazon.com . While terms of the deal were not revealed, the… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 28, 2008    14

Ever wonder who owns the rights to works of deceased authors? In a recent case, a federal appeals court overturned a 2006 ruling that had awarded John Steinbeck’s son and granddaughter the… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 27, 2008    18

  Ocean : The World’s Last Wilderness Revealed / American Museum of Natural History I LOVE big, new, glossy, non-fiction books—the kind that are so big you’d most definitely… continue reading

By Liz A.   August 27, 2008    58

The New York Times recently published an article examining teens and the difference, if any, between reading printed books and online content. As writer Motoko Rich states, some point a finger of… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 25, 2008    18

If you’re a debater, a fan of politics talk shows, or otherwise a news junkie, or if you want to follow what lawmakers are up to, you’ll be pleased to learn about two databases the… continue reading

By Joe M.   August 22, 2008    21

An exciting addition to our reference collection is making its way onto shelves around the city: the multi-volume African American National Biography , published by Oxford University Press and… continue reading

By Anne L.    August 21, 2008    16

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to welcome Siobhan A. Reardon as the new President and Director. She is the first woman to serve as President in the position’s 114-year history.… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 20, 2008    15

Here in the Communications and Development department, we’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Oprah, Rosie O’Donnell, and Denzel Washington hanging out. Okay, fine, not literally - they’re on our… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 19, 2008    2

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When I attended the Harlem Book Fair recently, I spoke with local Philly author, Karen E. Quinones Miller, who has started her own publishing company.  The Free Library of Philadelphia… continue reading

By Music Department   August 18, 2008    10

Romance Writers of America have just announced the winners of the 2008 RITA awards : RITA awards, named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, are presented annually to the best… continue reading

By Music Department   August 15, 2008    45

Bibliophiles can breathe a sigh of relief—it doesn’t look like good ol’ fashioned bound books are going anywhere just yet. A recent study by conducted by Scholastic and TSC… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 13, 2008    34

A favorite among academic reading lists and often compared to Russian greats like Tolstoy, notable author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn recently passed away at the age of 89. Born in Kislovodosk, Russia,… continue reading

By Kathleen   August 5, 2008    6

The biggest question to hit the literary world since "Does Harry die?!" is "Will Edward and Bella have a happy ending?!"   And thankfully, we don’t have to wait much… continue reading

By Liz A.   August 1, 2008    42