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Our new web series, A Free Library Minute, will introduce you to the many faces of the Free Library. You'll hear from librarians, staff, and volunteers on everything from our Summer Reading… continue reading A Free Library Minute

By written by Eileen O.    July 23, 2012   

The Library of Congress , in celebration of National Book Festival has an exhibit featuring " Books That Shaped America ." They curated a list of 88 books which they feel are influential… continue reading Books That Shaped America

By written by Camille T.    July 20, 2012   

You have likely heard that the Free Library offers tens of thousands of downloadable ebooks. If you are new to digital reading though, finding them can take some getting used to. This video will… continue reading New to ebooks: Start here

By written by Jamie W.    July 19, 2012    2

It has been a while since our first attempt to launch our new online catalog .  During our first launch in April, we discovered some hardware limitations that were holding us back.  (In… continue reading Our New Catalog Launches Monday - Take 2!

By written by Carolyn P.    July 18, 2012   

The City has declared an Excessive Heat Warning beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, and ending at 9:00 p.m.  on Wednesday, July 18. The Free Library has designated 14 agencies as… continue reading Free Library Activates Cooling Centers for July 17 and 18

By written by Alix G.    July 17, 2012   

  A few weeks ago, we posted about LiLi , a experimental hi-tech library vehicle from Canada. Today, meet A47, a mobile library in Mexico City that has taken a decidedly low-tech angle to… continue reading Mobile Library in Mexico City

By written by Joel N.    July 17, 2012   

I just finished reading the funny and engaging book, Maphead , written by Ken Jennings, who you may remember from his record-busting 75-game winning streak on Jeopardy a few years ago. For a… continue reading Marvelous Maps

By written by Michelle S.    July 11, 2012   

My name is Michael Hillegas, and if you know me, it’s most likely because I served as the first Treasurer of the United States from 1777-1789. I have always, as you may have surmised, had… continue reading A Collection of Musick Adapted for the Harpsichord ex Libris Michael Hillegas

By written by Del-Louise M.    July 9, 2012   

Due to the ongoing heat wave, the following Free Library locations have been designated as cooling centers and will all remain open this evening until the hour indicated. In addition, the Lucien… continue reading Free Library Cooling Centers activated for July 6 and 7

By written by Alix G.    July 6, 2012   

The Philbrick Hall teens, Teen Leadership Assistants, and After School Leader K-Fai Steele collaborated on an ambitious series of post-it murals this past month. They discovered the post-it mural… continue reading Teen Post-It murals at Parkway Central

By written by Dena    July 5, 2012    2

It’s that time again. The few weeks of summer where I’m glued to my television, rooting for the home team, waxing poetic about sports that I only remember exist every four years… continue reading The Athletes are Coming!

By written by Eileen O.    July 5, 2012   

This summer my husband and I had the incredible opportunity to visit Cuba on a people-to-people tour sanctioned by the U.S. government. The tour included a stop to see Ernest Hemingway’s… continue reading Travels with Papa

By written by Alix G.    July 2, 2012    1

Due to the Excessive Heat Warning this weekend, the following Free Library locations will serve as official Cooling Centers and operate under these extended hours: Friday, June 29, 2012… continue reading Free Library to Operate Cooling Centers This Weekend

By written by Alix G.    June 29, 2012   

We could write a billion posts about Philadelphia musicians who’ve taken their instruments to new heights. Grover Washington with his sax. Lee Morgan on trumpet. But, as far as playing the… continue reading Happy Birthday, Stanley Clarke!

By written by Perry G.    June 28, 2012   

Katherine Milhous (1894-1977) and Frances Lichten (1889-1961) were life partners and artistic collaborators who shared several passions: creating vibrant artwork for children and adults,… continue reading A Love of Philadelphia

By written by Lindsay F.    June 25, 2012    3

What better thing to do on a scorching Philadelphia night than go to the ballpark?  Open air, green grass, that summer sound of cracking bats...  Who are we kidding, it was still… continue reading Hot night at the ballpark!

By written by Donald R.    June 22, 2012   

And so the countdown begins for the Free Library's Living Library event, to take place on Wednesday, June 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 108 of Parkway Central! To whet your appetites for… continue reading The Free Library's Living Library: Participant Sneak Preview, Final Round!

By written by Grace R.    June 20, 2012   

As the temperature continues to rise this week, a number of Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood locations will serve as official cooling centers, where residents can get out of the heat and… continue reading Fourteen Free Library Locations Named Official Cooling Centers

By written by Alix G.    June 19, 2012   

The Free Library’s Living Library event is coming up this Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 108 of the Parkway Central Library. At this event, human “books” will be… continue reading The Free Library’s Living Library: Creativity and the Common Good

By written by Daniel S.    June 18, 2012    3

Join the Parkway Children's Department as we celebrate summer on the Parkway. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. from June 18 - August 6, staff will present a nature-inspired story. We will be joined by… continue reading Children's Stories on the Parkway

By written by Andrea Z.    June 15, 2012   

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