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The Children’s Literature Research Collection is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the papers of celebrated children’s author Lloyd Alexander . It is now on display on the… continue reading Lloyd Alexander: The Cat’s Meow

By written by Caitlin G.    April 12, 2011   

Today marks the start of National Library Week and the start of our fifth annual Philadelphia Book Festival ! Tonight, we're welcoming musician Jay Ansill , acclaimed authors Dolen Perkins-Valdez… continue reading The Philadelphia Book Festival Kicks Off Today!

By written by Michelle S.    April 11, 2011    2

What is it about Jane Austen ’s character Mr. Darcy from the novel Pride and Prejudice that has captivated audiences for last 198 years? This character has been re-imagined countless times,… continue reading Will the real Mr. Darcy please stand up?

By written by Camille T.    April 8, 2011   

This is just a reminder that the Free Library of Philadelphia system--including all branches, regional libraries, Parkway Central, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped--will be… continue reading Free Library of Philadelphia System Closed Today

By written by Michelle S.    April 7, 2011    1

Columbia Professor Manning Marable recently passed away April 1, 2011, three days before the publication of his new biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention . Professor Marable has… continue reading Malcolm X Review

By written by Camille T.    April 6, 2011   

Narrative skills-- the ability to tell or retell a story, or to narrate a series of events --are key pre-literacy skills that every child needs in order to become a motivated and successful… continue reading Raising a Reader: how picture books help develop narrative skills.

By written by Sarah S.    April 5, 2011   

How much of an author’s own life is represented in their books? This thought occurred to me as I was working on Virginia Lee Burton’s collection, processed though a CLIR grant for… continue reading Discovering Virginia Lee Burton's 'Life Story'

By written by Adrienne P.    April 4, 2011   

The Free Library is excited to announce that we've added Freegal, a fantastic music database, to our growing digital collections! Freegal increases the size and diversity of the Library’s… continue reading Access Entire Sony Music Catalog with New Freegal Database

By written by Michelle S.    March 30, 2011    18

On Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host “Say YES to College!,” a half-day workshop featuring free… continue reading Say YES to College at Parkway Central!

By written by Michelle S.    March 28, 2011    7

In this essay in the New York Times, David Greenberg explores the notion of disappointing last chapters in otherwise good books. He focuses mainly on non-fiction social commentary, like Eric… continue reading Disappointing Endings

By written by Michelle S.    March 23, 2011    5

The Children’s Literature Research Collection is abuzz with activity this week as we prepare to loan artwork to two upcoming exhibitions of Tomi Ungerer’s work. The Eric Carle Museum… continue reading The CLRC Goes on the Road

By written by Caitlin G.    March 21, 2011    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia has been in the news quite a bit recently! Catch up on any stories you may have missed: 6abc's Nydia Han explains our popular ebook lending services and how to get… continue reading The Free Library in the News

By written by Michelle S.    March 18, 2011    1

Ten years ago, the Free Library embarked on an ambitious journey to expand in grand new ways the manner in which it enlightens the city. Since that time there has been nothing short of a… continue reading Parkway Central Renovations Underway!

By written by Michelle S.    March 16, 2011    9

Mark your calendars! In celebration of the memory of art aficionado and Free Library curator Robert F. Looney, the Parkway Central Library will host the 12th annual Robert F. Looney Lecture… continue reading The 12th Annual Robert F. Looney Memorial Event: Documentary PIX: Philadelphia, A Century of Change

By written by Michelle S.    March 14, 2011   

Effective Monday, March 14, 2011, the Free Library of Philadelphia will increase its out-of-area card fee to $35 annually. Those living, working, going to school, or paying taxes in Philadelphia… continue reading Free Library's Out-of-Area Card Fee to Increase

By written by Michelle S.    March 11, 2011    6

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to host its newest exhibition, “The Struggle for Nature in the City,” in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library. The exhibition highlights… continue reading New Exhibition at Parkway Central Examines the Struggle for Nature in the City

By written by Michelle S.    March 9, 2011   

You may recall from my post last week that I've been feeling a bit of reader's remorse for not having read as many classic novels as I would like. I set myself the goal of reading at least… continue reading Keeping Up with the Classics: Howards End

By written by Michelle S.    March 8, 2011    2

HarperCollins publisher announced a week ago that it was changing its sales restrictions to libraries that loan e-books. Previously, when we libraries purchased HarperCollins e-books, that… continue reading HarperCollins makes changes to library e-book sales and lending

By written by Anne L.    March 7, 2011    19

We here at the Free Library of Philadelphia are thrilled to see the children’s book author and illustrator Robert Lawson (1892-1957) getting some press for upcoming film projects based on… continue reading The Frederick R. Gardner Collection of Robert Lawson

By written by Caitlin G.    March 3, 2011   

The Free Library of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the National Education Association, will promote literacy awareness and the joy of reading during the month of March in conjuction… continue reading Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ 107th Birthday

By written by Michelle S.    March 2, 2011   

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