April 15th is more than America's usual "tax day"; it's also the anniversary of the day that Jackie Robinson first took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and broke Major League Baseball's… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 19, 2007   

At 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Target Children’s Stage, 6abc’s Monica Malpass and Karen Rogers will emcee the Storybook Character Parade. Kids will delight in meeting and… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 17, 2007   

Cormac McCarthy's The Road won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Check out the entire list of winners here . continue reading

By Emily   April 16, 2007   

According to the American Library Association, the nation's libraries have served two billion customers ! continue reading

By Emily   April 16, 2007   

Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest American poets, specifically of the 19th century. Many facts are known about her life, but nuances continue to be shrouded in mystery. She… continue reading

By Administrator   April 13, 2007   

"All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 12, 2007   

Will Schwalbe and David Shipley, co-authors of Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home , describe at least seven communication situations in which they advise one to step away from… continue reading

By Communications Office   April 11, 2007   

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   

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