“I know this is what you do now,” Tante Zi said. “This thing with the writing. I know it’s your work, but please don’t write what you think you know about… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 15, 2011   

Yesterday marked 200 years since the death of Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe (1787–1811), mother of Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar was just 2 years-old when his mother died.  Born in… continue reading

By Janine P.   December 9, 2011    2

The Free Library is joining forces with Feeding America and Dreamworks Pictures in conjunction with the newly released Blu-Ray DVD of The Hel p , a film based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 9, 2011   

“My country, Jean,” I said, “is one of uncertainty. When I say ‘my country’  to some Haitians, they think I mean the United States. When I say ‘my… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 8, 2011   

The holiday season is a time for sharing, and what better gift to share with the young people in your life than books? Here are some great new holiday books for children. Look for them in local… continue reading

By Sarah S.   December 5, 2011    3

We’re deep in the heart of the reading period for the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia season, and I’m reading Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 1, 2011    1

Although the weather outside is anything but frightful, there’s definitely a festive feel in the air thanks to Philadelphia’s quaint Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Throughout the month of… continue reading

By Alix G.   November 30, 2011   

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . the time when we get to show off all of the beautiful artists’ Christmas and New Year’s cards in the children’s… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   November 29, 2011    2

Today marks the opening of the eagerly anticipated Rare Book Department exhibition on the life and work of Charles Dickens. "From the Desk of Charles Dickens: Celebrating the Great Writer at… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   November 28, 2011   

I'm pleased to report that "Get for Kindle’ for all Penguin eBooks in our catalog has been restored as of this morning. According to OverDrive, our ebook provider, "Penguin titles… continue reading

By Anne L.    November 23, 2011   

Kindle users, especially, will want to read this news flash:  the Free Library learned Monday afternoon that Penguin Publishers has notified OverDrive, the vendor through which we provide… continue reading

By Anne L.    November 21, 2011    6

  One of the great traditions of the holiday season is food shopping.   This can be a real chore with a preschooler.   Before you go shopping  try reading one of… continue reading

By Rachel F.   November 19, 2011    3

Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the Free Library of Philadelphia as one of 12 organizations in the United… continue reading

By Eileen O.   November 17, 2011    1

We found our Dickens!  Lisa Litman of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. won today's ‘Dickens Idol Contest," our quest to find someone to bring Dickens to life for the Free… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   November 14, 2011   

New picture books hit our shelves almost every day, and two of our new favorites show how good and diverse books for preschoolers   Our first pick is Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters: A… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 14, 2011    1

2nd floor Art and Print Galleries Parkway Central Library Now through January 29, 2012 Artists have been involved with the production of books for centuries – from the illumination of… continue reading

By Karen L.   November 14, 2011    1

SATURDAY, November 19, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine Street Free and open to the public! This festive book fair features… continue reading

By Karen L.   November 14, 2011   

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth this coming February, the Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to present the Year of Dickens 2012, featuring special… continue reading

By Alix G.   November 10, 2011    3

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia program. In its 10 years, One Book has made an incredible impact on Philadelphia. Each year, the One Book… continue reading

By Eileen O.   November 9, 2011   

We pride ourselves on being the Free Library of Opportunity, providing the resources, services, and programs that help our users find success in whatever task they’re tackling. For job… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 3, 2011    2

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