Browsing Date: November 2016 (43)

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On Monday at 7:00 p.m. on November 21, join the Free Library and the Philadelphia Jazz Project for the next show in our acclaimed series of jazz concerts, Mysterious Travelers . Last year we… continue reading Mysterious Travelers 3 | Up Next!: Kunu Bi/Ed Stokes and Tom Lowery | Recapping Brent White

By written by Perry G.    November 17, 2016   

"I don’t read books written for readers above fourteen," is a constant phrase I use in conversations when discussing books. It’s a truthful statement; as the curator for the… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: A Tale of Children's Books and Drag Queens.

By written by Chris B.    November 17, 2016    2

The One Book, One Philadelphia 2017 featured selection, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , is often described as a book about a unique teen on a quest. When trying to describe… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

By written by Julie B.    November 16, 2016    1

Historical nonfiction is all the rage. Erik Larson seems to have a spot reserved for him on the New York Times bestseller list; David McCullough is so much a household name, he’s verging on… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Historical Nonfiction – The Nerdy Kind

By written by Kalela W.    November 16, 2016    1

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl ,… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Owl Sees Owl

By written by Monica C.    November 15, 2016   

Amid swirls of concern over the death of the independent book shop, Ann Patchett  has been bringing "independent" back for the past five years at her Parnassus Books , a thriving… continue reading The Final Word with Ann Patchett

By written by Samantha M.    November 14, 2016   

I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by the British Royal Family (remember my excitement about the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011?). Perhaps it’s… continue reading Grab a Cup of Tea and Learn About the Queen

By written by Camille T.    November 14, 2016   

One of my primary designations as a person is "reader." Fiction, nonfiction, high literary, lady comics—my personal library is broad. And nerdy—as a former English teacher, I… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Oh, Baby—BUMPing My Usual Reading List

By written by Julie B.    November 14, 2016   

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are… continue reading Giving Thanks!

By written by Monica C.    November 10, 2016   

Some days are just "one of those days", am I right? I feel like this fall has been full of "those days", so instead of hurling myself off the nearest building, I like to… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: When I’m Feeling Blue

By written by Rachel F.    November 10, 2016    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is a wonderful resource for literacy and knowledge. But did you know Philadelphia has multiple organizations dedicated to supporting children’s literacy?… continue reading Where to Find Free Books to Help Build Up Your Home Library

By written by Darrian H.    November 9, 2016    5

This year's One Book, One Philadelphia selection has a bright cover you just can't miss. It's hard to even think of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  without the… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: A Curious Cover Design

By written by Samantha M.    November 9, 2016   

I was about 12 years old when the original groundbreaking PBS 13-part documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Journey debuted. My next older brother was deep into comic books, sci-fi, Star Wars ,… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Falling Asleep to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

By written by Ken M.    November 9, 2016    6

It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially… continue reading How Well Do You Know Native American Authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich?

By written by Becky F.    November 8, 2016    1

by Ned Scharff As the United States begins restoring its historic ties to Cuba, the Free Library of Philadelphia is reaching out as well—by sharing its unique collection of some of the… continue reading Resurrecting Cuba’s Forgotten Musical Treasures

By written by Administrator    November 7, 2016    1

I play video games. I’m not talking about casual games you download on your phone—not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, the increasing visibility of casual gaming is… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Confessions of a Girl Gamer

By written by Sara D.    November 7, 2016   

It started, as most things do, with a baby. My daughter was born in March 2013 and much of my time was spent keeping my new charge alive and channel surfing, often simultaneously. But there are… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Zombies!

By written by Liz A.    November 4, 2016   

November is Native American Heritage Month , a great time to read books by and about Native Americans! This month’s book recommendations are by Native authors like Sherman Alexie , Cynthia… continue reading November 2016 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Sarah S.    November 3, 2016   

Now that our second year of #FLPNoShameNovember has begun, I racked my brain to decide what to write about. Last year, I confessed my love of tabloid magazines , specifically People . This year, I… continue reading #FLPNoShameNovember: Will You Accept This Rose?

By written by Kate C.    November 3, 2016   

In choosing Mark Haddon 's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as this year's One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection, the One Book Selection Committee clearly signaled… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: What the Critics Have to Say

By written by Julie B.    November 2, 2016