Browsing Date: August 2017 (37)

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Can you believe that we’re talking about September already? Finding a common theme in this month’s titles was elusive, so September’s main claim to fame is being used as the… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

By written by Paul A.    August 31, 2017   

Do you ever have dreams or memories that are just flashes of a scene that you vaguely remember but don’t know how or why? When that happens to me, I can usually trace it back to a book or… continue reading #ThrowbackThursday: Re-reading Escape to Witch Mountain

By written by Dena    August 31, 2017   

As the opening date for  Frankenstein & Dracula  approaches, we've been revisiting some of the strange ( and occasionally salacious ) stories from the lives of the Romantic… continue reading Mary Shelley's Indestructible Heart

By written by Sara D.    August 30, 2017    1

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Niels Gade (1817–1890) . Holbergiana (1884) Gade . Symphony No. 1 (1842) Part of the joy of producing Discoveries from the Fleisher… continue reading Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Connections of Niels Gade

By written by Fleisher Collection    August 30, 2017   

BRIC librarians went on the road to Upper Darby to find Patrice Banks, proprietor of Girls Auto Clinic and Clutch Beauty Bar , and soon-to-be published author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide… continue reading Small Business Spotlight: Girls Auto Clinic

By written by Rebekah R.    August 29, 2017    1

The South Philadelphia Library has added a new collection: the Health Lending Library . The first items in this new collection are electronic blood pressure monitors and food scales. These items… continue reading Health Lending Library Now Available in South Philadelphia

By written by Katie D.    August 28, 2017    1

With the end of August comes the end of this year’s Summer of Wonder . But what a summer it’s been! We’ve sleuthed with the best at the The Rosenbach , written our own stories at… continue reading Our Summer of Wonder is Almost at an End : (

By written by Becky F.    August 25, 2017   

2 + 2 = 4 The Earth is round. Frankenstein is the name of the doctor, not the monster. These are all indisputable facts. Unfortunately, we are currently living in some bizarro, post-truth world… continue reading Library Resources to Help Spot Fake News

By written by Peter SM    August 25, 2017   

by Emma Seeley The Free Library of Philadelphia recently opened a new office, the Center for Public Life (CPL), to coordinate cultural and civic programs for adults across the library system. At… continue reading A Conversation with Andrew Nurkin, Head of Our New Center for Public Life (CPL)

By written by Administrator    August 24, 2017    3

Little Pig Robinson , published in 1930, is the last book in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series , though it was one of the first to be written. In a letter from 1893, Potter described… continue reading #ThrowbackThursday: Re-reading Beatrix Potter’s Little Pig Robinson

By written by Andrew W.    August 24, 2017   

A little over a week ago, on the same day that a hate-fueled gathering was taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of teenagers was gathering at a small library in Philadelphia to talk… continue reading Second Annual Social Justice Symposium Wrap Up

By written by Erin H.    August 23, 2017    1

Each month the Regional Foundation Center 's Inforum newsletter features a local funder, nonprofit, or service provider who highlights their organization's services and how they… continue reading An Interview with Doug Barg of Kitchen Cred

By written by Caitlin S.    August 23, 2017    5

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day , a celebration of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution—which as we all know gave women the right to vote.… continue reading Women’s Equality Day

By written by Rachel F.    August 22, 2017   

In 2013, NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of highly classified information that exposed astonishingly widespread… continue reading Edward Snowden Kicks Off Our Fall 2017 Author Events Schedule

By written by Author Events    August 22, 2017    7

Overbrook gets its name  from a train station built over a brook. This is quite appropriate, as it was the Pennsylvania Railroad that bought trolley rights  to Lancaster Avenue from 52nd… continue reading A History Minute: Neighborhood Beginnings - Overbrook

By written by Sally F.    August 21, 2017    8

Did you know that the Phillie Phanatic loves to read? He does! He even enjoys hanging out with other book lovers. That’s why he and the Phillies teamed up with the Free Library of… continue reading Be a Phanatic about Reading!

By written by Becky F.    August 18, 2017   

Children will be returning to school in a few weeks. For middle schoolers, this means new teachers (and possibly new schools), new backpacks, and new school supplies. It also opens up the… continue reading Talking about Racism with Middle Schoolers

By written by Chris B.    August 18, 2017   

by Annette Mattei Are you thinking about getting back into the workforce but aren’t sure how to get started? Or maybe you’re not happy with how your job search is going? Then we have… continue reading Free Employment Boot Camp for Job Seekers

By written by Administrator    August 17, 2017    1

I first read My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George in grade school (sometime in the '80s) and was immediately in love with the idea of running away to the woods to fend for myself.… continue reading #ThrowbackThursday: In Which I Relive My Childhood by Thinking I Can Whittle

By written by Jen W.    August 17, 2017   

As adults, it’s our job to help the children in our lives make sense of the world around them. After the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and events around the country in recent… continue reading Resources for Responding to Hate

By written by Rachel F.    August 17, 2017