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Walking around the city recently—iPod on, ear buds in my ears, blasting out some tunes—I saw a flier for a punk rock show stapled up on a telephone pole: D.I. Summer Suburbia Tour .… continue reading Punk(s) on Film

By written by Peter SM    June 25, 2014    2

Access to FREE Auto Repair Resources   All you need is a library card and POWER Library   (PHILADELPHIA) - Before your next trip to the mechanic, take an online detour and check out… continue reading Access to FREE Auto Repair Resources

By written by Kim B.    June 24, 2014    29

  In this comic strip conversation between Michael Caesar and Huey Freeman, Aaron McGruder captures the way a great number of us Philadelphians might think about soccer—that is if we… continue reading The 2014 World Cup Already Has a Winner

By written by Adam F.    June 17, 2014   

On June 16, James Joyce fans around the world celebrate Bloomsday, which is so named after Leopold Bloom, the main character in Joyce's epic, genre-smashing novel, Ulysses . And we're… continue reading Celebrating Bloomsday!

By written by Michelle S.    June 16, 2014    1

This June marks the 100 th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Dubliners , a captivating collection of short stories that paint a picture of Irish middle-class life in the early… continue reading Philadelphians: Celebrating 100 Years of James Joyce's Dubliners

By written by Michelle S.    June 16, 2014    1

Tired of yelling at your TV during the World Cup like an ugly American? Of course you are. (Do people in other countries even yell at their TVs? Somehow this feels like it might be one of those… continue reading Let us help you yell at a ref like a local! Learn Brazilian Portuguese online

By written by Jamie W.    June 13, 2014   

Now that you've been properly introduced, get ready for some fun. The "King of Bad Taste", "Sultan of Sleaze", and "Pope of Trash" (allegedly coined with… continue reading Friday Five: John Waters

By written by Peter SM    June 13, 2014   

Do you ever feel confined by society's expectations of proper behavior? Do you ever want to just let loose and go a little... wild? Well, today's children's book review  by Lynne… continue reading Go Wild with Mr. Tiger!

By written by Sarah S.    June 13, 2014   

View and listen to the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in May 2014 . Authors coming to the Free Library soon include a sold out book signing with former First Lady and Secretary of State… continue reading Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in May 2014

By written by Peter SM    June 12, 2014   

Lycos.  Altavista.  Infoseek.  If you are over 30 these names may mean something.  They were the competing web search engines of the 90’s that became ancient history as… continue reading Searching the Web in the Age of Google

By written by Peter L.    June 11, 2014   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in May 2014. More than 58,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month! Emily Griffin's… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library May 2014

By written by Peter SM    June 11, 2014   

So, it's been a little over a week now since the mid-season finale of Mad Men (what's with these mid-season finales anyway?! Such a tease!) I've actually opted to wait and binge-watch… continue reading If You Like Mad Men...

By written by Peter SM    June 5, 2014   

Let's get the "Word on the Web" and check out some recent topics of interest and discussion from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment sections of the World Wide… continue reading Word on the Web May 2014

By written by Peter SM    June 3, 2014   

The calendar has flipped over to a new month so that means it's time for a new set of Early Literacy activities and links from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians!… continue reading June 2014 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Jennifer W.    June 2, 2014   

The Free Library of Philadelphia launched its new Culinary Literacy Center and state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America , this morning at the… continue reading Come See What's Cooking: Announcing Our New Culinary Literacy Center!

By written by Michelle S.    June 2, 2014    8

Aubry is the new After School Leader at the Philbrick Hall Teen Center.  Stop by, say hello, talk about comics, and learn about the activites Aubry has planned for the summer! In her own… continue reading Meet Aubry!

By written by Peter L.    May 30, 2014    1

Summer Reading is here . For those about to take on the challenge of the School District of Philadelphia’s official lists (or anyone who knows a student who must), we’d like to salute… continue reading Mobile Summer Reading

By written by Adam F.    May 30, 2014   

Going on vacation this summer? Can’t get to your neighborhood library? You can still play Online Summer Reading! Online Summer Reading is available all summer for everyone to participate!… continue reading Summer Reading - Online!

By written by Rachel F.    May 29, 2014   

Legendary poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86. Known for her poems, essays, memoirs, and biographies--including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-- Angelou had a prolific creative… continue reading In Memoriam: Maya Angelou

By written by Eileen O.    May 28, 2014   

It's Memorial Day weekend once again, the official start of summer, and with it movie blockbuster season. Godzilla may have stomped and crushed the competition last week (pun intended!), but… continue reading Friday Five: A to Z X-Men

By written by Peter SM    May 23, 2014    3

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