Self-described atheists and secular humanists Natalie Angier and Christopher Hitchens will be appearing here at the Central Library this month, discussing their latest respective books, The Canon:… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 7, 2007   

John Ashbery has written more than twenty books of poetry and won nearly every major American prize for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National… continue reading

By Administrator   May 4, 2007    1

As demonstrated in this recent interview in the New York Times Magazine . And he'll be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium tonight at 7:00 p.m. Part of the Summer 2007 Free… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 3, 2007   

The Free Library’s website and all of its web-based resources will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday , May 3 , 2007 , during which time the Library will be… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 2, 2007   

According to the general buzz of the blogosphere, the first annual Philadelphia Book Festival was a success, and it sounds like people are already looking forward to next year’s Festival.… continue reading

By Communications Office   May 1, 2007   

Listen to the Poetcast , "the official podcast of the Academy of American Poets," and let out a wistful sigh. continue reading

By Communications Office   April 30, 2007   

May Swenson was born the eldest of ten children in a Swedish-speaking Mormon household in Utah in 1919. She received a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Utah State University and went on to teach… continue reading

By Administrator   April 27, 2007   

We love the Friends of the Free Library . We love them not only because of all the wonderful work they do in supporting and advocating for the Free Library--we also love them for supplying us wth… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 26, 2007   

Darcey Steinke's Easter Everywhere and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist were both featured in the most recent New York Times ' Sunday Book Review , published the very same day they both… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 25, 2007   

On Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., the Free Library’s Raven Society will be hosting a five course sushi tasting and book signing with Sasha Issenberg, author of The Sushi Economy:… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 24, 2007   

If you were in the vicinity of The Parkway over the weekend, then you saw firsthand the enthusiastic crowds that came out for the First Annual Philadelphia Book Festival. Roughly 25,000 people… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 23, 2007   

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875. He had an unhappy childhood, forced to attend a military academy by his parents who wanted him to become an officer. An uncle recognized Rilke's… continue reading

By Administrator   April 20, 2007   

Three-time Caldecott Award-winning illustrator and creator of the poster image for the first annual Philadelphia Book Festival , David Wiesner recently took a few minutes to sit down with us and… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 20, 2007   

April 15th is more than America's usual "tax day"; it's also the anniversary of the day that Jackie Robinson first took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and broke Major League Baseball's… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 19, 2007   

At 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Target Children’s Stage, 6abc’s Monica Malpass and Karen Rogers will emcee the Storybook Character Parade. Kids will delight in meeting and… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 17, 2007   

Cormac McCarthy's The Road won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Check out the entire list of winners here . continue reading

By Emily   April 16, 2007   

According to the American Library Association, the nation's libraries have served two billion customers ! continue reading

By Emily   April 16, 2007   

Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest American poets, specifically of the 19th century. Many facts are known about her life, but nuances continue to be shrouded in mystery. She… continue reading

By Administrator   April 13, 2007   

"All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 12, 2007   

Will Schwalbe and David Shipley, co-authors of Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home , describe at least seven communication situations in which they advise one to step away from… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 11, 2007   

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