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Last night, the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrated the grand opening of the new William B. Dietrich Gallery in the Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library . Made possible by a… continue reading Free Library Opens the New William B. Dietrich Gallery at Parkway Central Library

By written by Michelle S.    January 30, 2014   

Last week, we hosted a Shakesbeer pun off—inspired by our special crafted Shakesbeer from Yards Brewery—on our Twitter feed ( @FreeLibrary ). Thanks to everyone who participated. Find… continue reading To Beer or Not to Beer

By written by Eileen O.    January 29, 2014    2

You'll find some new features at www.freelibrary.org today! We're pleased to introduce our new Digital Learning Portal . We've also redesigned our Download Media page to make it… continue reading Introducing Our New Digital Learning Portal and Redesigned Digital Media Page

By written by Jamie W.    January 28, 2014   

This week, one of the most exciting and prestigious events in children’s literature took place right here in Philadelphia. The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are a… continue reading Youth Media Awards have been announced!

By written by Sarah S.    January 28, 2014   

Do you ever think of the environment in a display case?  Probably not.   It’s one of the geeky concerns of the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) Collection Care Department. Most… continue reading The Odd Little Oddy Test: Keeping the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections Safe When on Display

By written by Meg N.    January 17, 2014   

In case you didn't know, the Free Library has an ever-expanding collection of interactive online exhibitions featured on our website, with topics ranging from science fiction and brewing beer… continue reading Take a Trip Back in Time with Ben Franklin and Our New Timeline Feature

By written by Peter SM    January 17, 2014   

View and listen to the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in December 2013 . Don't forget to view our schedule for upcoming Winter and Spring 2014 author events! Blaine Harden | Escape… continue reading Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in December 2013

By written by Peter SM    January 14, 2014   

The latest version of one of our most popular and useful online resources is here. LearningExpress Library 3.0 supports academic and career development as well as lifelong learning through… continue reading Introducing LearningExpress Library 3.0

By written by Jamie W.    January 14, 2014    5

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in December to close out 2013. There were more than 48,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library December 2013

By written by Peter SM    January 10, 2014    1

Looking for some great books for your children? Our children’s librarians are excited to share their expert reviews with you.  First in our series of monthly children's book… continue reading Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo: The Story of a Girl and a Squirrel

By written by Sarah S.    January 8, 2014    2

Today, in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library , the Free Library of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and numerous other cultural organizations from… continue reading Celebrate William Shakespeare During the Year of the Bard

By written by Michelle S.    January 8, 2014   

Need health insurance? Not sure how to sign up? The Free Library is a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Designated Organization, meaning we are here to help! With more than 30 trained staff,… continue reading Health Insurance Help at the Free Library

By written by Autumn M.    January 6, 2014    5

Happy New Year! We're back after the holidays and ready to kick off a brand new year of great Early Literacy programs and events that emphasis Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing.… continue reading January 2014 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Jennifer W.    January 2, 2014   

Hi, my name is Dena and I’m a fiction librarian in Philbrick Hall at the Parkway Central Library. You might have seen me there excitedly recommending the best vampire book ever written… continue reading What Dena Reads: 2013 Favorites

By written by Dena    December 31, 2013    5

2013 was another great year for readers and fans of comic books, specifically graphic novels. While not necessarily a "Top 10" (especially since I selected thirteen!) and definitely not… continue reading 13 Great Graphic Novels from 2013

By written by Peter SM    December 31, 2013   

Continuing our series of blog posts on the topic of Digital Literacy , today we'll discuss the difference between Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives and the possible issues both groups… continue reading Discussions on Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives

By written by Debra E. J.    December 23, 2013    2

If you are looking to get ahead at work or at school, interested in learning something new or brushing up on your existing skills, the Free Library is pleased to offer you access to Universal… continue reading Take Online Classes Through the Free Library with Universal Class

By written by Jamie W.    December 23, 2013    63

With Zinio the Free Library is pleased to offer you free access to current issues of popular magazines to read on your tablet, smartphone, or computer. Your SEPTA ride to work just got so much… continue reading Download Digital Magazines with Zinio and the Free Library!

By written by Jamie W.    December 20, 2013    18

The holidays are nearly here and one thing we've come to expect at this time of year is a flood of requests from people looking for help reading library ebooks on their computers, phones,… continue reading Overdrive READ: the easiest way to read an ebook

By written by Jamie W.    December 20, 2013    9

Baking cookies is a great activity to share with your little one.  It involves so many aspects of learning disguised as complete fun!  Literacy, mathematics, and fine motor skills are… continue reading Let's Bake Some Cookies!

By written by Megan W.    December 19, 2013   

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