Brian Jacques, the acclaimed author of the bestselling and beloved Redwall adventure series of books, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 5, at the age of 71. Considered a pioneer of… continue reading

By Michelle S.   February 8, 2011    1

Last Monday, we revealed the most circulated books, DVD films, and DVD television shows for adults at the Free Library in 2010. This week, we're revealing the most… continue reading

By Michelle S.   February 7, 2011    2

Although small children live their lives in the here and now, it’s never too early to start sharing our past with them.  The story of the African American people is fundamental to… continue reading

By Michelle S.   February 4, 2011    3

With February comes the Chinese New Year, and we're excited to be celebrating here at the Free Library! On Wednesday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m., come celebrate the Chinese New Year and usher in the… continue reading

By Michelle S.   February 3, 2011   

Our website is constantly evolving to allow you quick access to our resources, and we love when we get feedback and suggestions from patrons. One patron suggested we provide links on our mobile… continue reading

By Camille T.   February 2, 2011    3

Books Aloud! is the Free Library’s early literacy program. The goal of the program is to encourage parents and child care providers to READ, SING, PLAY, TALK, and WRITE with children in the… continue reading

By Jennifer W.   February 1, 2011    4

We are often asked which titles are the most frequently checked out here at the Free Library. To answer this question, our hardworking Materials Management staff has compiled several lists of the… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 31, 2011    2

Did you know that Lloyd Alexander was born on January 30, 1924 right here in Philadelphia? The celebrated children’s author published over three dozen books before he died in 2007, including… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   January 28, 2011    1

"...But what a gift to give a child, this chance to discover that you can love a book and the characters in it, you can become their friend and share their adventures in your own imagination.… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 27, 2011    1

An exciting new savings opportunity is available to all Americans this tax season--the ability to save a portion of your tax refund into U.S. Series I Savings Bonds.  For as little as $50,… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 26, 2011   

This Sunday, January 30, Wonder Spark Puppets will visit the library to present the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood. The puppet show will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium. This… continue reading

By Jennifer W.   January 25, 2011   

In response to broad audience demand, the Foundation Center has created this spectacular interactive mapping tool.  Designed for all persons interested in the impact of philanthropy around… continue reading

By Jenn D.   January 24, 2011    2

This morning I was delighted to see the Google Doodle (the image on the homepage of google.com) which honors the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inaugration as president. Most people can… continue reading

By Camille T.   January 20, 2011   

We're excited to celebrate Black History Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia! We have several great programs planned at our neighborhood libraries and at Parkway Central, from poetry… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 13, 2011   

On Monday, the American Library Association announced the winners of their Youth Media awards at their midwinter conference in San Diego--where it's currently sunny and 72 degrees, sigh--which… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 12, 2011   

Barnes and Noble is hosting a bookfair fundraising drive to benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia! From January 16-22 -- One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff week--visit the Barnes and Noble… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 11, 2011    1

Here at the Central Children’s Department, we are celebrating the New Year with lots and lots of new graphic novels for kids . New installments of your favorite series, adaptations of other… continue reading

By Joel N.   January 10, 2011    3

We just launched a new RSS feed for our Digital Collections . The feed posts images recently added to our collection so you can stay up to date with our extensive collection. Check out: Digital… continue reading

By Camille T.   January 7, 2011    1

This February, publisher NewSouth Books is issuing an updated edition combining two of Mark Twain's classic novels, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.  Usually, updated editions of classic… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 6, 2011    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to present More Than a Pretty Face, an annotated exhibition of unique African masks from the collection of Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen, M.D. This… continue reading

By Michelle S.   January 5, 2011   

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