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Perhaps one of the Free Library's most popular and beloved public programs, the Author Events Series fosters great conversations with thoughtful readers and the world's leading writers and… continue reading Check Us Out: Meet Andy

By written by Michelle S.    May 22, 2014   

Over the past month, Net Neutrality has become front page news again and this time around it could potentially be the beginning of the end of the Internet (at least in the U.S.) as we know it. But… continue reading The Fight for Net Neutrality

By written by Peter SM    May 21, 2014   

I was never a “reluctant reader” but when I was in high school I was reluctant to read from the lists my teachers made. This voracious reader preferred to make his own choices in the… continue reading A Plea to Teachers Assigning Summer Reading

By written by Adam F.    May 21, 2014    3

Last weekend was a big one for Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, as the Nebula Awards were announced in San Jose, CA. Philadelphia’s own Samuel R. Delany, Professor of Creative… continue reading Science Fiction Award Season!

By written by Joel N.    May 20, 2014   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in April 2014. More than 56,180 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month! Debbie Macomber's… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library April 2014

By written by Peter SM    May 16, 2014    1

View and listen to the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in April 2014 . Authors coming to the Free Library soon include novelist Colson Whitehead , opera singer Jessye Norman , photographer… continue reading Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in April 2014

By written by Peter SM    May 14, 2014   

From Night of the Living Dead to World War Z , the fascination with zombies surfaces in every generation. Maybe its roots in folklore make them seem a bit more plausible, horrible, and utterly… continue reading Zombies, Zombies, and all things Zombie!

By written by Rachel F.    May 14, 2014    1

What can you find at the Clark Park farmer’s market? Apples, greens, eggs...and librarians? Last month shoppers were treated to fresh tales in an unexpected place, cooked up by West… continue reading Tales at the Turtle

By written by Jamie B.    May 13, 2014   

The Free Library of Philadelphia has now made available for request volumes recently moved to the new Free Library Regional Research and Operations Center at South Bank, located at 34th Street and… continue reading Regional Research and Operations Center - Material Retrieval

By written by Andrea Z.    May 13, 2014    1

Sync is a new summer reading program, sponsored by Audio File Magazine , that offers two free audiobooks a week from May 15 - Aug 14. The audio titles are chosen specifically for teen readers, and… continue reading Sync Free YA Audiobooks to Your Earphones

By written by Jamie W.    May 13, 2014   

Welcome to this month's Children's Book Review! This month's installment comes from one of our wonderful Free Library of Philadelphia Children's Librarians, Chris Brown from the… continue reading What do I read after Riordan? - May Children's Book Reviews

By written by Sarah S.    May 8, 2014   

For the longest time I loved reading series. The bigger and more epic the better. But I succumbed to series fatigue years ago (just in time for all my favorite genres to decide that series were… continue reading What Dena Reads: When Good Series Go Bad

By written by Dena    May 7, 2014    3

Input  was a Philadelphia panel discussion program hosted by John S. Stokes, Jr. that aired Sunday mornings on WCAU-TV10 from 1968 through early 1971. The program is a window in to the people… continue reading Streaming Philadelphia History - Introducing Input with Marion Stokes & John S. Stokes, Jr

By written by Jamie W.    May 5, 2014   

The Philadelphia Parent & Guardian Impact Survey will be available starting today through June 13, 2014! The survey provides parents and guardians… continue reading Be heard. Take the Philadelphia Parent & Guardian Impact Survey Now!

By written by Michelle S.    May 5, 2014    1

It's the first of the month so that means it's time for a new Early Literacy calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians! The month of May is full of fun… continue reading May 2014 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Jennifer W.    April 30, 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 April 2014

By written by Peter SM    April 30, 2014    2

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of "The Dark Knight," "The Caped Crusader," "The World's Greatest Detective"--Batman! Feel free to sing along... Created by Bob… continue reading Batman at 75

By written by Peter SM    April 25, 2014    2

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at several of our neighborhood libraries after school for a celebration of science… continue reading Get Nerdy with Neighborhood Science After School!

By written by Rachel F.    April 25, 2014   

A recent piece in the Washington Post got me thinking about jobs and the recovery. By most accounts the worst of the Great Recession is behind us. The unemployment rate , while it's still… continue reading Jump Start Your Own Economic Recovery

By written by Jamie W.    April 23, 2014   

Happy Earth Day ! 2014 marks the 44th celebration of all things eco-friendly with a focus this year on Green Cities and creating a sustainable, healthy environment for communities worldwide. . As… continue reading Happy Earth Day 2014

By written by Peter SM    April 22, 2014   

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