Congratulations to the Please Touch Museum , which is currently celebrating its move to a gloriously restored Memorial Hall in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.  One of my favorite exhibits… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 15, 2008    6

The New York Times has just announced the 2008 winner for the Nobel Prize for Literature:  Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio .   The Free Library currently owns a limited… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 9, 2008    6

The Free Library is pleased to announce a new addition to our Downloadable Media options: MP3 formatted audiobooks are now available for checkout!  This collection includes many classics as… continue reading

By Jen W.   October 6, 2008    26

What better day than October 1, the first of a celebrated spooky month, to open an exhibition on the oft-macabre writer, Edgar Allan Poe? Parkway Central Library’s Rare Book Department is… continue reading

By Administrator   October 2, 2008    2

This week, libraries across the country are "celebrating" Banned Books Week.  Beginning in 1982, the American Library Association, along with booksellers, publisher and… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 1, 2008    27

Mayor Michael A. Nutter visited Parkway Central on Monday, September 29 to officially unveil the Library’s new green roof demonstration project. Encompassing 5,000 square feet on the south… continue reading

By Alix G.   September 29, 2008    12

Two extraordinary writers have recently released new novels, years after their earlier books established their literary reputations. It's been fifteen years since Fae Myenne Ng's debut, Bone , and… continue reading

By Anne L.    September 26, 2008    25

The MacArthur Foundation recently named its 25 new 2008 MacArthur Fellows . Two writers made the cut, and the Free Library is proud to have a connection to both. Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 25, 2008    3

Looking for a spooky read to get you and your kids in the mood for Halloween? Tune into XPN on Wednesday, October 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. and hear the Free Library of Philadelphia's own Joe Hilton… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 22, 2008    5

Library staff, as well as the literary world, have been saddened this week over the tragic passing of author David Foster Wallace. To keep his memory alive for booklovers, we encourage you to… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 19, 2008    2

The literary world recently lost a significant force whose experimentation with form prompted critics to call him "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 15, 2008    4

Amazon.com has changed how people buy books (of course, we know that you borrow MOST of the books you read from the Free Library of Philadelphia!).  But even if you don't buy books from… continue reading

By Anne L.    September 12, 2008    28

J.K. Rowling , the author behind the wildly successful Harry Potter series, recently won a lawsuit that had been brought against RDR Books , a publisher based in Michigan. The win halted the… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 11, 2008    3

The Fall season brings so many good things ... cooler weather, freshly picked apples ... and the anticipation of a big book publishing season.  The Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer (9/7/08)… continue reading

By Anne L.    September 10, 2008    29

I would like to take this opportunity to say hello to Philadelphia and to let you know that along with the trustees, directors, and staff of the Free Library, I look forward to continuing a long… continue reading

By Kathleen   September 8, 2008    13

Looking to get to know a different side of newly elected Democractic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden? Learn more about Biden, who has served as a United States senator since 1973, by… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 8, 2008    17

How To Be Useful : A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work / Megan Hustad Admission: I picked up this book because of its cover. I don’t take much stock in the whole… continue reading

By Liz A.   September 3, 2008    75

Over the next month, a green roof will be installed on Parkway Central’s Beaux Arts building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The project represents the first green roof on a city… continue reading

By Alix G.   September 3, 2008    140

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language?  Whether you are travelling out of the country soon or just want  to communicate with your neighbors, our downloadable foreign language… continue reading

By Jen W.   August 29, 2008    71

Fans of Shelfari , a social networking site for booklovers, may be interested in the recent announcement that it is being acquired by Amazon.com . While terms of the deal were not revealed, the… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 28, 2008    14

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