The Free Library of Philadelphia is full of stories—mysteries, autobiographies, romances, and Pulitzer Prize winners are just a few of the tales residing on our bookshelves. But the most… continue reading

By Shannon G   August 4, 2009    14

Today we were extremely disheartened to learn how dire the city’s financial situation is because the State has not yet passed a State budget. Along with many other very severe cuts, Mayor… continue reading

By Shannon G   July 30, 2009   

Free Library fans who take home stacks of books week after week may have met their match. Louise Brown, a 91-year-old resident of Stranraer, Scotland, is about to take home her 25,000th library… continue reading

By Shannon G   July 29, 2009    4

Fans, family, and friends mourn the passing of author E. Lynn Harris, who died on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in Los Angeles at the age of 54. The author of 11 novels, including Invisible Life and A… continue reading

By Shannon G   July 28, 2009   

Did you know that German immigrants started towns in Pennsylvania as early as 1683? If you have German ancestry, you might be able to connect with your Pennsylvania German heritage using the… continue reading

By Shari K.   July 24, 2009    10

“Find what you love, and do it.” Author Frank McCourt relayed this advice while speaking to thousands of graduating students at my college commencement ceremony. McCourt, who passed… continue reading

By Shannon G   July 20, 2009    7

New this summer, an exhibit in the Parkway Central Library explores the history and meaning behind the hairstyles of African women. African Hair Styles: Culture and Consciousness features a range… continue reading

By Shannon G   July 1, 2009    8

Philadelphia is a big music town, and we are home to many musical talents such as opera singer Marian Anderson , pop sensation Frankie Avalon , jazz legends John Coltrane , Grover Washington and… continue reading

By Camille T.   June 30, 2009    13

On June 3rd the Lovett Branch located in Mt. Airy went to the dogs! Guests learned about greyhound rescue efforts with a presentation by Citizens Against Greyhound Racing and got to meet some of… continue reading

By Camille T.   June 23, 2009    5

Step back in time and explore the Philadelphia of yesterday using the Free Library of Philadelphia's Historical Images of Philadelphia digital collection with Google Maps. A portion of our records… continue reading

By Jim L.   June 15, 2009    11

This morning, NBC’s Today Show explored the current state of libraries across the country—much like the Free Library of Philadelphia, the libraries profiled in the segment are… continue reading

By Shannon G   June 11, 2009    1

Need a quick answer to a question to settle that office debate? Need to know when Parkway Central Closes or when Northeast Regional Library opens? With the Free Library of Philadelphia's new… continue reading

By Administrator   June 3, 2009    5

I was first introduced to Star Trek during my summer vacation in 9th grade.  It was 1994 and science fiction was big business, the television show The X Files had developed a huge following,… continue reading

By Camille T.   May 21, 2009    13

Have you ever wondered: “Where can I get cool Free Library wallpaper?” “Is there a way to search the library catalog from my browser?” “I wonder if the Library… continue reading

By Camille T.   May 12, 2009    25

I may not be a bona fide history nut—I certainly don’t know who was the fourth King of England—but I can spend hours poring over photographs and historical accounts of places… continue reading

By Shannon G   May 1, 2009    4

With more visitors than ever, the Free Library Festival was a hit last weekend! Broadway and television actress Kristin Chenoweth drew a huge crowd, and she even gave fans a special treat when she… continue reading

By Shannon G   April 21, 2009    6

Don't forget, this weekend marks the third annual Free Library Festival! We have something for everyone, with readings, performances, a literary street fair, and tasty treats! Look for our guide… continue reading

By Shannon G   April 17, 2009    3

April is National Poetry Month, so stop by the Independence Foundation Poetry Corner (Room 108 of the Parkway Central Library) during the Free Library Festival this weekend and listen to readings… continue reading

By Shannon G   April 13, 2009    10

In just a week and a half, the third annual Free Library Festival will be taking over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Parkway Central Library for a burst of books, music, and inspiration for… continue reading

By Administrator   April 8, 2009    9

The Free Library of Philadelphia received the set of 50 translated books of modern Japanese fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels thanks to a grant from Toyota Motor Corporation to the… continue reading

By Music Department   March 13, 2009    8

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