In 2006 Ann Patchett , celebrated author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Bel Canto , unwittingly found herself at the center of a campus and community controversy in Clemson, South… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 15, 2007    1

Science fiction icon William Gibson will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium this Thursday , August 16 at 7:00 p.m. (This event is free ; no tickets required.) His latest… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 14, 2007   

What were the names of the two wizarding schools that competed with Hogwarts in the Triwizard Tournament, and what were the names of their headmasters? If you just excitedly produced an answer to… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 13, 2007   

The Free Library's Summer Reading Game 2007 went out with a bang this afternoon at Wizard Palooza in the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium. The Moaning Myrtles , the Whomping Willows , and… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 10, 2007   

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn in 1957. His father, a leader in the Puerto Rican community, introduced the poet to political activism at a young age. After receiving a B.A. in history… continue reading

By Administrator   August 9, 2007   

In late June of this year, On Demand Books publicly debuted version 1.5 of its Espresso Book Machine at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library in Midtown Manhattan.… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 8, 2007   

First Book , a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books, recently polled their constituency and asked them… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 7, 2007   

Venezuela's University of Momboy is spreading the joy of reading to residents of remote Andes villages using bibliomulas, or "book mules." University staff are making plans to expand the already… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 6, 2007   

This past June, South Carolina’s Pickens County Library System withdrew its participation in a voluntary, nationwide, youth summer reading program , after receiving criticism and threats… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 3, 2007   

Anne Sexton was born Anne Gray Harvey in Newton, Massachusetts in 1928. She married Alfred Muller Sexton II when she was 19. In 1953, she had a daughter. The following year she was diagnosed with… continue reading

By Administrator   August 2, 2007    1

The New Yorker does a great monthly podcast as part of its Out Loud series, wherein a contemporary author of note presents a favorite short story from the magazine's fiction archives. A reading of… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 1, 2007   

New York Times reporter Tim Weiner won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1988--when he worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer --in recognition of a series of articles he wrote detailing… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 31, 2007   

"As I've said many times, the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed." Thus spoke William Gibson during an appearance on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation in… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 30, 2007    3

"At one level, the YouTube debate shows that the Web has really become a centerpiece of American political culture," adds Lee Rainie, director of Pew Internet . "At another level, it also shows… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 27, 2007   

As many of you may know, Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library participates in the annual, international celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses known as Bloomsday , held on June… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 26, 2007    1

Before the web, quantitatively speaking, text had the illusion of being finite. Yes, libraries were available for plundering in their entirety, but the effort of utilizing those texts was… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 25, 2007   

Philadelphia native Bruce Buschel published a piece two weeks ago entitled " The city of brotherly losers ," in which he took an armchair cultural anthropologist's perspective in considering the… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 24, 2007   

The Free Library’s Staff Association held a block party this past Friday, on Wood Street behind the Central Library. By all accounts the event was a huge success. Festivities included a… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 23, 2007   

If there hadn’t been such a similar frenzy surrounding the commercial release of the iPhone just a few weeks ago, the international phenomenon of people camping out on the street to be among… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 20, 2007   

Edward Estlin Cummings, aka E.E. Cummings, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. While at Harvard, he published his first work in 1917 in the anthology Eight Harvard Poets . He volunteered… continue reading

By Administrator   July 19, 2007   

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