Do you celebrate National Library Week? We do. It's an excellent time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians, and all of the people who work at libraries across the country. Below… continue reading

By Emily   April 10, 2007   

On Tuesday , April 17 at 8:00 p.m. , Walter Isaacson will be here at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium to discuss his latest book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, which was just… continue reading

By Emily   April 9, 2007   

Yesterday the New York Times reported that Iowa’s Spencer Public Library Director, Vicki Myron, will co-author a book about its most famous “employee,” Dewey Readmore Books.… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 5, 2007    2

It's hard to imagine that we weren't aware of BookMooch before today, but then again, the internet is a wild and wacky place and sometimes a gem falls through the cracks. If you're a bibliophile,… continue reading

By Emily   April 3, 2007   

You may have noticed that we here at the Free Library Blog have a thing for poetry. In short, we're all about it. And for us, the fact that April is National Poetry Month sort of makes up for… continue reading

By Administrator   April 2, 2007   

  Peter Meinke is a contemporary author who has penned fourteen books of poems and short stories, and received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Flannery O'Connor… continue reading

By Administrator   March 30, 2007   

Do you like to put books on hold to pick up at your local branch? We'd like to remind you that the Free Library can notify you by email when your books arrive. However, you must provide the… continue reading

By Emily   March 30, 2007    1

Guess who is coming to the Free Library's first annual Philadelphia Book Festival ? That's right--the godmother of punk herself--Patti Smith! continue reading

By Emily   March 29, 2007   

On March 31, the Central Library will host its annual exhibition, lecture, and fundraiser for the Print and Picture Collection (named to honor its distinguished Curator Emeritus, Robert Looney),… continue reading

By Emily   March 26, 2007   

This week, in celebration of Improv Week, the Free Library will hold two evenings of comedic improvisation (tonight at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 28th, at 7:00 p.m.) with Philadelphia's… continue reading

By Emily   March 26, 2007   

Strange bedfellows, it's true. However, the Brooklyn Public Library and Netflix, Inc. might just make it work. continue reading

By Emily   March 23, 2007   

Paul Celan (born Paul Antesche) was born in Romania in 1920. He was raised in a Jewish family speaking Romanian, French, and Russian. When World War II began, his family was deported to the Nazi… continue reading

By Administrator   March 22, 2007   

  Jonathan Lethem will read at the Central Library tomorrow, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. for FREE. His latest work is called You Don’t Love Me Yet , a comic novel set in Los Angeles. He took… continue reading

By Administrator   March 21, 2007   

This year, 50 Cent rolls out his new publishing venture . continue reading

By Emily   March 20, 2007   

We know you spend all day reading the Free Library Blog archive and reveling in its brilliance, but we don't want anyone getting carpal tunnel syndrome. Click here for some nifty exercises that… continue reading

By Emily   March 20, 2007   

The Somali-born member of the Dutch parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, will read at the Central Library tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Although the lecture is sold out, Ali is not popular in many political… continue reading

By Emily   March 19, 2007   

James Wright was born in 1927 in Ohio to a family mired in poverty. He joined the army after school and was stationed in Japan. After his service, he went to Kenyon College on the G.I. Bill, and… continue reading

By Administrator   March 16, 2007   

Elizabeth Alexander won this first annual prize of $50,000. continue reading

By Emily   March 16, 2007   

Publisher Scholastic Corp. is--the publishing group will release 12 MILLION COPIES of the first U.S. printing on July 21. Get ready.... continue reading

By Emily   March 15, 2007   

That's right. Tea, pastries, and internet are in the works over at Central. continue reading

By Emily   March 14, 2007   

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