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Exciting news from the literary world (if you're as big of a Zadie Smith fan as I am): the critically lauded, award-winning writer will be taking over the "New Books" column in Harpers… continue reading Zadie Smith Taking on New Role as Literary Critic

By written by Michelle S.    September 23, 2010   

Though it certainly doesn't feel like it here in Philly (I thought we were done with this whole 90-degree-temperatures business!), today is the first day of autumn--my favorite season. Hopefully… continue reading In Celebration of Trees on the Autumnal Equinox

By written by Michelle S.    September 22, 2010    2

The next time you visit the Parkway Central Library, give our new self-check computers a try! Check out items, reserve public computer time, and pay library fines using the simple… continue reading New Self-Check Computers Help Expedite Check Out Process

By written by Michelle S.    September 21, 2010    1

Are you registered to vote in this year’s critical midterm elections? Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, and the deadline to register is Monday, October 4—exactly two weeks from… continue reading Register to vote at the Parkway Central Library

By written by Michelle S.    September 20, 2010   

“Not Since Nineveh: Artifacts from the Ancient Near East in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3100-300 B.C.E.” The Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s… continue reading Rare Book Department Mounts Exhibition of Ancient Cuneiform Tablets

By written by Michelle S.    September 17, 2010    4

So, of course, you have heard that Jonathan Franzen's latest book Freedom is the new Oprah Book Club pick.  After the controversy over picking The Corrections a few years ago, the rumors that… continue reading Oprah chooses Franzen's Freedom

By written by Jen W.    September 17, 2010    2

There are a number of fantastic tutorials that people have put together to walk you through using your ebook readers.  Below are two that I have found helpful. OverDrive Digital Media… continue reading Ebook reader tutorials online!

By written by Jen W.    September 16, 2010    5

From Mad Men to Mod Women: Fashion in the 1960s 2nd Floor, Art Hallway Gallery September 15 – October 25, 2010 Inspired by the current television show Mad Men and the retro '60s fashions we… continue reading New Exhibition on Fashion in the 1960s in Art Department Gallery

By written by Karen L.    September 16, 2010    13

Join us this fall for coffee and conversation! In partnership with Drexel University, the Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to announce the new season of Two Way Think , a free discussion… continue reading Two Way Think - Drexel University speakers at Free Library

By written by Donald R.    September 15, 2010    2

I confess that I’m a monoglot—aside from a few tenacious bits of high school Spanish and college Japanese still hanging in there, I speak only English. And I’ve always lamented… continue reading Mango Languages: My New Favorite Free Library Database!

By written by Michelle S.    September 14, 2010    11

Not only does the Free Library house thousands of quality children’s picture books within our walls, but we can now count a quality children’s book writer and illustrator among our… continue reading The Free Library’s Own Mônica Carnesi Signs Two-Book Deal!

By written by Michelle S.    September 13, 2010    3

For Philadelphia job seekers, the Workplace is the Free Library destination of choice, providing a complete and up-to-date roster of job-search information. Once you feel ready to put your job… continue reading Job Fair Resources and Tips

By written by Michelle S.    September 10, 2010    4

Yesterday was International Literacy Day, and to mark the occasion, Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined Free Library President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon at the Parkway Central Library to speak… continue reading Mayor Nutter Announces His New Mayor's Commission on Literacy!

By written by Michelle S.    September 9, 2010    5

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and getting a Free Library of Philadelphia library card couldn't be easier! You can sign up online or  sign up in person at any Free Library branch.… continue reading September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

By written by Michelle S.    September 2, 2010    1

One of my favorite The Twilight Zone episodes is " Time Enough at Last " which stars the brilliant Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis. Henry is a lover of books who is constantly belittled… continue reading Time Enough at Last

By written by Camille T.    August 30, 2010    6

On Friday, August 13, Academy Award-winning acress Emma Thompson visited the Parkway Central Library in conjunction with her new film, Nanny McPhee Returns. She spent time answering… continue reading Emma Thompson Visits the Free Library!

By written by Michelle S.    August 24, 2010    5

Attention Library Lovers: Our economic impact survey will be officially closed on Monday, August 23, so if you haven't yet filled it out, now's your chance! (And if you have, many thanks!) By… continue reading Last chance to help us measure the Free Library's impact!

By written by Michelle S.    August 20, 2010    2

“I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have visited the scenes of many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this."… continue reading Humanitarian Efforts in Pakistan: How to Help those Devastated by Recent Floods

By written by Jen W.    August 17, 2010    7

One of the Free Library’s best resources is also one that’s relatively new to the FLP—the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy . For 21 of its 27 years, the Mayor’s… continue reading The Mayor's Commission on Literacy - Dedicated to Lifelong Learning

By written by Michelle S.    August 11, 2010    4

“The historian’s task is not to disrupt for the sake of it, but it is to tell what is almost always an uncomfortable story and explain why the discomfort is part of the truth we need… continue reading Remembering Tony Judt

By written by Michelle S.    August 10, 2010   

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