Browsing Date: December 2016 (39)

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I'm tired of politics. I really am. You know what I need? A good laugh... and maybe you feel the same way I do? Here are some books guaranteed to give you at least a chuckle, if not a… continue reading Let's Laugh!

By written by Camille T.    December 16, 2016    2

We’re thrilled that the Free Library’s transmogrified into one of the most exciting free venues for jazz in Philadelphia, thanks in part to our sidemen and women at the Philadelphia… continue reading Mysterious Travelers 3 | Up Next!: Alexis Simmons | Recapping Kunu Bi

By written by Perry G.    December 16, 2016   

Did you know there’s more than one kind of literacy? In the 21st century, a number of critical literacy skills are required to get through an ordinary day: nutritional literacy at breakfast,… continue reading Beyond The Shelves: Give the Gift of Literacy

By written by Emily S.    December 15, 2016   

Free Library Myth #5 The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation – the non-profit arm that supports the Free Library – works to bring in private donations that account for nearly… continue reading #FLPMyths: So you thought the Free Library operated solely on taxpayer dollars…

By written by Kate C.    December 15, 2016   

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , Christopher Boone’s investigation into the death of a neighborhood dog is inspired by his love of detective fiction. In particular, he… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: The Curious Appeal of Sherlock Holmes

By written by Sara D.    December 14, 2016   

Do you have a favorite YouTuber? Maybe you love John and Hank Green and their community of Nerdfighters ?  Are you more of a Vine (RIP) enthusiast? Whomever your fave and on whatever… continue reading Social Media Stars Write Books, Don't They?

By written by Rachel F.    December 13, 2016   

Did you know that December is Read A New Book Month ? That’s right, the perfect excuse to dig into something you haven’t read before, especially as the temperatures continue to drop… continue reading December is Read A New Book Month!

By written by Kate C.    December 12, 2016    1

Free Library Myth #6 While Benjamin Franklin is one of the prominent figures in our city’s history – doesn’t it seem like he’s there at every turn? – it’s… continue reading #FLPMyths: So you thought Ben Franklin founded the Free Library…

By written by Kate C.    December 12, 2016    1

The City of Philadelphia has announced that it is expanding free, quality pre-K for 6,500 three- and four-year-olds over the next five years, with the first 2,000 seats available now! Families… continue reading Quality Pre-K Is Expanding In Philadelphia!

By written by Kate C.    December 9, 2016    2

Free Library Myth #7 One of the Free Library’s most unique and beloved programs is PAWS Read to a Dog , which takes place at several library locations and at which children are encouraged to… continue reading #FLPMyths: So you thought no animals were allowed in the library…

By written by Kate C.    December 9, 2016    1

The Field Family Teen Author Series and the Free Library of Philadelphia connects students, teachers, libraries, and authors through a successful series of author visits with teens throughout the… continue reading Looking for Teen Gift Book Ideas? Check Out These Popular Teen Author Titles!

By written by Ann P.    December 8, 2016   

We often assume that the novels we read contain some element of autobiographical information. Especially for those of us who aren’t blessed with creative writing talent, it can be hard to… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: The Motivation Behind The Curious Incident

By written by Julie B.    December 7, 2016    1

Free Library Myth #8 Some of our system’s most valuable resources are outside library walls, including the Techmobile , city Hot Spots , and the new pedal-powered Book Bike mobile library.… continue reading #FLPMyths: So you thought the library is confined to buildings…

By written by Kate C.    December 7, 2016   

New ways of learning are emerging every day to help children learn important development skills. ReadyRosie is one such tech resource made available free from Free Library of Philadelphia!… continue reading Children Improve Math, Literacy, and Life Skills Learning with ReadyRosie

By written by Darrian H.    December 6, 2016   

Free Library Myth #9 In addition to our children’s programming – which often steals the photo ops! – and events for adults and senior citizens , the Free Library has extensive… continue reading #FLPMyths: So you thought the library is just for young children and older adults…

By written by Kate C.    December 5, 2016   

One of the purposes of this blog and of our digital presence, in general, is to expose the public to aspects of the Free Library system they may not be familiar with. Back in October, we delved… continue reading Beyond The Shelves: Free Library Collection Care

By written by Kate C.    December 5, 2016    2

Many of us have great, nostalgic memories of enjoying The Nutcracker as a child. Why not revisit the timeless classic this year? This holiday classic ballet based on   E.T.A.… continue reading Family Holiday Traditions: The Nutcracker!

By written by Sarah S.    December 2, 2016   

December is a time for family and feasts! It’s a great time to celebrate what makes a family and what we love to share with each other. And even though it hasn’t snowed quite yet, it… continue reading December 2016 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Sarah S.    December 1, 2016   

Free Library Myth #10 Being a librarian is a hands-on job! Our librarians run Maker programs, lead yoga classes and meditation sessions, teacher computer classes, deliver lectures, care for… continue reading #FLPMyths: So you thought librarians stand behind a desk all day…

By written by Kate C.    December 1, 2016