Browsing Date: June 2017 (37)

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First a quick synopsis: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is the story of an English boat captain (Marlow) who, in the late 19th century, makes his way up the Congo River into the African… continue reading #ThrowbackThursday: Revisiting Heart of Darkness (with a little Frankenstein thrown in)

By written by Kelsey B.    June 15, 2017   

It's pretty much summer time and I don't know about you, but in the summer, I get the urge to travel. However, being a grown up comes with the fact that you can't just up and take off… continue reading Great YA Road Trip Books for Pride Month!

By written by Rachel F.    June 14, 2017   

James Joyce is said to have told his acquaintance, artist and writer Frank Budgen, that he wanted his novel Ulysses to "give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly… continue reading Mapping Ulysses

By written by Sara D.    June 14, 2017   

My eight year old self secretly wished I had a twin sister. I imagined we would do everything together, share clothes, but mostly, trick people with our identity. Naturally I came to terms with… continue reading Twins = Adorable

By written by Camille T.    June 13, 2017   

My mom always says she knew she had trouble on her hands when, at the age of about six, I requested a Time Life series of hard-backed books about real-life murderers that I’d seen advertised… continue reading #MysteryMonday: Confessions of a Mystery Addict

By written by Alix G.    June 12, 2017   

"Hate-watching"—watching something you dislike for the oddly enjoyable/satisfying/fun experience of hating on it—has become a staple of our media times. I am typically a… continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: A Classic Dystopia Comes of Age

By written by Julie B.    June 12, 2017    2

This week, the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the start of Summer of Wonder , our summer reading program, with an annual kickoff event featuring special guest visits and a whole bunch of… continue reading Summer of Wonder Kickoff at Parkway Central!

By written by Becky F.    June 9, 2017   

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 1 (1912) Erik Satie (1866–1925). Mercury (1924) Satie . Jack in the Box… continue reading Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Dance of Ravel and Satie

By written by Fleisher Collection    June 9, 2017   

We read all year long, but there’s just something about summer reads. There’s an excitement, a tingle, to determining your Summer Reading list (even if there’s not much… continue reading #ThrowbackThursday: Revisiting From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By written by Julie B.    June 8, 2017    1

June 16 is observed around the world as a celebration of James Joyce and his epic Ulysses , a novel that has been called everything from masterfully moving to hilariously obscene. Nowhere in the… continue reading Re-Joyce: The Rosenbach Celebrates James Joyce with its Annual Bloomsday Festival

By written by Sara D.    June 7, 2017   

Church bells ring incessantly throughout deserted streets. Homes are abandoned and those that are not are barricaded against strangers and friends alike. Formerly bustling markets stand empty… continue reading A History Minute: The "Philadelphia Apocalypse" a.k.a. Yellow Fever

By written by Sally F.    June 6, 2017    11

In 1750, Philadelphia was plagued by a series of domestic robberies over several weeks. The items targeted with primarily the luxury goods that were becoming increasingly available to residents… continue reading #MysteryMonday: To Catch a Thief in the Days Before Detectives

By written by Sara D.    June 5, 2017   

Summer is fast approaching, and the Free Library’s Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) will be winding down this month after another successful year of providing literacy… continue reading Citywide Out-of-School Time Survey

By written by Valerie S.    June 5, 2017   

Did you know that the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder program just started up again? And that it is for all ages? Yes, even newborns can participate – with the help of their grownups,… continue reading June 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Sarah S.    June 2, 2017    1

How about something fun or provocative to get a great start on your summer reading? These new titles are coming to a neighborhood library near you in June: Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade)… continue reading New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!

By written by Paul A.    June 2, 2017   

The Parkway Central Library has been a mainstay on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for decades now, nestled in the cultural heart of the city of Philadelphia alongside neighbors like the Franklin… continue reading Parkway Central Library: 9 Things at 90

By written by Kate C.    June 2, 2017    2

This June, your conservatory quality music library's offering a flurry of free events to suit everyone in Philadelphia's vast music community. From the enterprising artist seeking… continue reading Experience a Flurry of June Events with the Music Department!

By written by Perry G.    June 1, 2017