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

Those words were never spoken by the character Sherlock Holmes in the novels by Conan Doyle . But like many wonderful literary characters, they often take on a life of their own. Sherlock Holmes… continue reading

By Camille T.   December 23, 2009    14

A new study might make you think twice before you threaten to take away your child’s cell phone or limit their computer use. The National Literacy Trust has published findings that… continue reading

By Shannon G   December 3, 2009    20

The New York Times recently revealed its line-up of 2009’s best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in its annual 100 Notable Books list. Many of the authors that we hosted at the Parkway… continue reading

By Shannon G   December 2, 2009    13

Don't miss the third annual  Book Paper Scissors Artists' Book Fair at the Parkway Central Library on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.—it's free and open to the… continue reading

By Karen L.   December 1, 2009    9

Ever wonder how a book is made, outside of the huge factory production of regular publishing? This video by Abigail Uhteg, a 2007 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, shows how. She… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 30, 2009    20

Head over to Children’s Book World in Haverford on Sunday, November 22 for A Novel Idea , a benefit for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Nationally renowned young adult authors will be on… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 20, 2009    1

It’s that time of year again—not a day full of turkey and football, but the announcement of the 2009 National Book Award winners! In addition to the winners in fiction, nonfiction,… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 20, 2009    1

Two months ago, we announced the 2010 One Book, One Philadelphia featured reading selection, Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis . The programming period officially kicks off in… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 12, 2009    2

Looking for some great kid-tested, librarian-approved books for Thanksgiving?  The children's librarians at the Free Library have put together a list of their favorites.  Their… continue reading

By Carolyn P.   November 12, 2009    4

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