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Want to learn how to download some of nearly 120,000 ebooks to your new Kindle or Nook? Looking to discover all the hidden features of your new iPad, e-reader, smart phone, or tablet? Can’t… continue reading How Does This Thing Work? Free Library to Offer Extended E-Gadget Helpdesk Holiday Hours

By written by Michelle S.    December 11, 2014   

Ziyan Chen is one of the few students that have consistently participated in both my SAT and College Application workshops, which focused on practicing SAT test strategies and introducing the… continue reading Breaking Cultural Convention with a College Degree - Ziyan Chen's College Prep Journey

By written by Aisha A.    December 8, 2014   

What's the first thing that pops into your mind when think about action and adventure films or television? James Bond ? Star Trek ? Game of Thrones ? How about a television show that stars… continue reading Lights! Camera! The Librarians!

By written by Peter SM    December 5, 2014   

Free Library in the News   Imagining the library of the future The News Journal Add to the all of this the continual squeeze on state and local funding. Libraries rarely top the list of… continue reading Free Library in the News: December 1-5, 2014

By written by Samantha M.    December 5, 2014    1

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. There are 63,610 Hour of Code events taking place around the… continue reading Gone Global! The Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014

By written by Jenn D.    December 4, 2014    2

In October, Teen Services Librarian Erin H. organized a teen book blast at the Philadelphia City Institute. The Book Blast was a rapid-fire presentation of 50 great teen reads from 2014 for teens… continue reading Best Teen Reads of 2014

By written by Joel N.    December 2, 2014   

The idea of being the first person in my family to attend college was an honorable, yet nerve wrecking feeling. Questions like how can I afford college always lingered over my head.… continue reading Life After the Free Library College Prep Program - Freshman Year!

By written by Aisha A.    December 1, 2014    1

Season's Greetings! We're back after the Thanksgiving holiday (and still eating delicious leftovers : ) Hanukkah , Winter Solstice , Christmas , Kwanzaa , and New Years are all up on the… continue reading December 2014 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Jennifer W.    December 1, 2014   

Bits of Oscar Wilde, hiding in plain sight at the Free Library Philadelphia Inquirer Three previously unknown Oscar Wilde items have surfaced in the Free Library of Philadelphia's rare-book… continue reading Free Library in the News: November 24-28, 2014

By written by Samantha M.    December 1, 2014   

Let's get the "Word on the Web" and check out some recent topics of interest and discussion from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment intersections of the World… continue reading Word on the Web November 2014

By written by Peter SM    November 28, 2014   

We’re excited to share our newly digitized Oscar Wilde manuscripts, part of the rich collection of literary manuscripts and first editions in the Rare Book Department. The draft of The… continue reading Oscar Wilde Manuscripts

By written by Samantha M.    November 25, 2014    2

As a children's librarian, I frequently get asked for books and resources that parents can use to help explain current events to their children, especially troubling events. Here is… continue reading Picture Books About Social Justice

By written by Rachel F.    November 25, 2014   

The School District of Philadelphia is excited to announce that for the first time the School Selection Process has moved entirely online. In order to apply to schools, students and families… continue reading School District of Philadelphia School Selection Application Now Online

By written by Samantha M.    November 25, 2014    10

The 65th National Book Awards took place on November 19th and featured appearances by Fran Lebowitz , Steve Martin , Rudine Sims Bishop , Garrison Keillor , and many other distinctive voices of… continue reading 2014 National Book Award Winners

By written by Peter SM    November 25, 2014   

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