Last year, a pair of red-tailed hawks made a nest on a window ledge at the Franklin Institute, just across from the Parkway Central Library in Logan Circle. With the help of a webcam,… continue reading

By Carolyn P.   March 22, 2010    3

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the all-things-Irish holiday, we are thrilled to announce that later this Spring, our very own President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon will be honored… continue reading

By Shannon G   March 17, 2010    4

I love watching the Oscars . I enjoy the pre-show glitz of the red carpet and listening to the opening monologue of the host - not to mention the excitement of who will win! This year there are 10… continue reading

By Camille T.   March 5, 2010    11

Greater Olney Branch recently received a facelift with the help of the Mural Arts Program and the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project. Together, the groups created a mural for… continue reading

By Shannon G   March 1, 2010   

The Free Library recently released its own mobile friendly version of our library catalog .  You can access it by clicking on the "Mobile" link on the top of all our web… continue reading

By Jen W.   February 25, 2010    25

Attention film aficionados! The Free Library’s third annual One Film program officially began last night with a screening of the selected film: Waltz with Bashir . Directed by Ari Folman,… continue reading

By Shannon G   February 18, 2010    5

Through generous funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free Financial Literacy workshops at the five branch locations… continue reading

By Theresa R.   February 17, 2010    1

Salinger fan? Curious about the self-imposed recluse’s life? The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan is preparing for an exhibition of 11 letters written by J.D. Salinger to his friend… continue reading

By Shannon G   February 12, 2010    1

Just because the Free Library's 54 locations are closed on Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy all that we have to offer! Our online resources are still… continue reading

By Shannon G   February 10, 2010    6

Author, teacher, historian, and political activist Howard Zinn died of a heart attack on Wednesday at age 87. Famous for his bestselling look at history— A People’s History of the… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 29, 2010    4

POWER Library has provided the public and school libraries within Pennsylvania with access to many valuable resources for years.  The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has just announced that… continue reading

By Jen W.   January 29, 2010    6

The literary world lost an important player on Wednesday when J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91. The author of The Catcher in the Rye , Franny and Zooey , Nine Stories , and Raise High… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 28, 2010    5

Through generous funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free SAT & ACT prep workshops, financial literacy, and FAFSA… continue reading

By Theresa R.   January 27, 2010    17

Want to feel really smart? Then listen to podcasts by Nobel Laureates@Central including: Amartya Sen Barack Obama Doris Lessing Elie Wiesel Eric Kandel Harold Varmus James Watson Joseph Stiglitz… continue reading

By Camille T.   January 22, 2010    3

The Association for Library Service to Children celebrated the world of children’s books yesterday with the announcement of the 2010 Caldecott and Newbery winners. The prestigious awards are… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 19, 2010    2

As more information starts flooding in from Haiti, it is amazing how connected people have become.  Browse your Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr sites and you will see what I mean.  Twitter… continue reading

By Jen W.   January 14, 2010    6

As many of you know, a massive earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, just 10 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. The disaster is expected to have killed thousands of people, according to… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 14, 2010    1

Recession Tools? What’s that about? We all know that times are tough. In fact, the unemployment rate is in the double-digits, one out of eight Americans is now receiving food stamps, and… continue reading

By Lee F.   January 13, 2010    2

Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, died on Monday evening from a neck injury sustained during a fall in December. Gies, who was 100 years old, was one… continue reading

By Shannon G   January 12, 2010   

  The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents The Spirit of Satire in the Rare Book Department  an exhibition that explores the various dimensions of the… continue reading

By Joe S.   December 23, 2009    6

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