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On Thursday, October 16, the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the 25th anniversary of LEAP, our Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program. Started in 1989, LEAP has evolved over the years… continue reading Celebrating 25 Years of LEAP, the Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program

By written by Michelle S.    October 28, 2014    1

This week the internet rediscovered a lost classic of children's literature, How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone By Yourself , which was published in 1958 by Robert Paul Smith… continue reading A Place To Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone by Yourself

By written by Jamie W.    October 28, 2014   

This week's news coverage of all things Free Library: More students cook as program grows Philadelphia Inquirer This fall, we also begin a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia,… continue reading Free Library in the News: October 20-24, 2014

By written by Samantha M.    October 24, 2014   

This Saturday many comic book stores across the country will celebrate Halloween ComicFest , reveling in the horror-day spirit of screams and scares this frightful fall. Here is a " Friday… continue reading Friday Five: Four Color Fear and Illustrated Horror

By written by Peter SM    October 24, 2014   

Watching scary movies during the month of October is a tradition almost as ancient as the Halloween holiday itself. You can't surf around the television dial without seeing any number of… continue reading Streaming Screams and Scares on Hoopla this Halloween

By written by Peter SM    October 22, 2014   

Last weekend the New York Times ran a piece called " Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? ". It's a good read. For me, as a parent and a librarian who… continue reading E-Reading and Children

By written by Jamie W.    October 16, 2014    3

We're excited to announce that the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection for is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline . Orphan Train is the compelling story of Vivian, a… continue reading Announcing the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia Featured Selection!

By written by Michelle S.    October 16, 2014   

The School District of Philadelphia is proud to present a new tool that parents and family members will be able to use to stay connected to their child and their school. The School District of… continue reading School District of Philadelphia Parent & Family Portal

By written by Michelle S.    October 15, 2014    1

Our Fall 2014 schedule continues with these great upcoming Author Events : The Monday Poets series on the first Monday of every month beginning in October, groundbreaking television writer and… continue reading Top 10 Author Event Podcast Downloads September 2014

By written by Peter SM    October 15, 2014   

Last week, the Digital Reader  broke the story that Adobe was tracking the reading habits of users of it's Adobe Digital Editions 4 software. Adobe has been tracking what… continue reading Adobe Privacy Concerns for Ebook Users

By written by Jamie W.    October 14, 2014   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in September 2014. More than 61,480 ebooks were checked out and downloaded for the month! Taking the… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library September 2014

By written by Peter SM    October 10, 2014   

The second Monday of every October is Columbus Day, a day commemorating Christopher Columbus’s first sighting of the Americas ( San Salvador Island , specifically) and celebrated as early as… continue reading What You Might Not Have Known About Columbus Day

By written by Timothy F.    October 9, 2014   

Last month's’ inaugural concert of the Mysterious Travelers Series held approximately 200 listeners in rapt attention in the plush and sonorous Montgomery Auditorium of the Free Library… continue reading Mysterious Travelers Concert Series Featuring Mike Cemprola

By written by Adam F.    October 9, 2014   

Thursday, October 9 is National Depression Screening Day . Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is encouraging citizens across the city,… continue reading National Depression Screening Day

By written by Autumn M.    October 7, 2014    1

The crisp autumn air has blown away any cinematic stink from a fairly lackluster summer at the box office . In the remaining few months of the year, cineplexes will screen more than their fair… continue reading Friday Five: Gone Girl and Making the Leap from Page to Screen

By written by Peter SM    October 3, 2014    1

Bonjour! Al Salaam A'alaykum! Ciao! Jambo! Today’s children’s book reviews highlight kids’ books which feature multiple languages. Mostly for English language-speaking… continue reading Say Hello! Books for Kids in Many Languages

By written by Sarah S.    October 3, 2014   

The Job Readiness Online workshops have begun at the Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY). This weekly instructional series focuses on the digital literacy skills needed… continue reading Job Readiness Workshops at the Hotspots

By written by Scott P.    October 1, 2014    1

The air is filled with a crisp Autumn breeze as it flips the calendar page to October. Traditional and unique holidays this month include World Smile Day the first Friday of the month, the Jewish… continue reading October 2014 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Jennifer W.    October 1, 2014   

It’s almost time for the 23rd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival ! This year, the Free Library of Philadelphia is happy to partner with the Philadelphia Film Society to provide special… continue reading The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival

By written by Samantha M.    September 30, 2014   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to celebrate iconic children’s book author and illustrator Lloyd Alexander, in conjunction with the 50 th anniversary of the publication of The… continue reading Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain

By written by Michelle S.    September 30, 2014   

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