Movies that once were books are all over the movie theaters today. Why not try reading the stories first? Check out W. Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil and Joseph Kanon's The Good German . continue reading

By Emily   January 26, 2007   

Time Magazine just released a review of J. Peder Zane's The Top 10 , in which he asks the greatest living authors for their Top 10 lists. Whether or not you agree with their choices, they… continue reading

By Emily   January 22, 2007    1

Edna S. Jones, founder and CEO of A-Philly-Ation Productions, will be discussing and autographing her novel, Born in the Game , at the Overbrook Park Branch on Saturday, January 20, at 2:30 p.m. continue reading

By Emily   January 19, 2007   

Neal Pollack will be at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. tonight to discuss his latest book, Alternadad: The True Story of One Family's Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in… continue reading

By Emily   January 18, 2007   

The Rare Book Department is presenting an exhibition, "Legacies: a Century of Philadelphia Collecting", in its main galleries, now through April 27, 2007. The exhibition features a selection of… continue reading

By Emily   January 17, 2007   

The Rare Book Department is presenting an exhibition, "Legacies: a Century of Philadelphia Collecting", in its main galleries, now through April 27, 2007. The exhibition features a selection of… continue reading

By Emily   January 17, 2007   

Celebrate the kickoff of 2007's One Book, One Philadelphia today with three special events that honor the featured selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy , and its… continue reading

By Emily   January 16, 2007   

Amiri Baraka , formerly Everett LeRoi Jones, was born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He published as Leroi Jones until the assassination of Malcom X, after which he changed his name to Amiri… continue reading

By Administrator   January 12, 2007   

Here are three examples of the sculptures on display in the " Symbolic Use of Animals in African Art " exhibition at the Central Library. continue reading

By Emily   January 12, 2007   

Tomorrow night is the opening event of the new exhibition at the Central Library, “Symbolic Use of Animals in African Cultural Art.” Presented by Herman Bigham & Associates, a… continue reading

By Emily   January 11, 2007    1

Today, the Philadelphia Weekly featured the Library's Barbara Ehrenreich event in its " Editors Picks " section. And who are we to argue? Ehrenreich, a perennial favorite of the Library, will be… continue reading

By Emily   January 10, 2007   

Read this letter to the editor in today's Inquirer by Edward J. Bonett, Jr., board member of the Friends of the Free Library. continue reading

By Emily   January 9, 2007   

Sharon Olds began publishing in 1980, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for The Dead & the Living . Other works by Olds include Strike Sparks: Selected Poems (2004,… continue reading

By Administrator   January 5, 2007   

Check out the Association for Library Service to Children's collection of Great Websites for Kids. Comments: Gill C. from Philadelphia wrote: "Thanks for your diligence. I have 2 daughters that… continue reading

By Emily   January 4, 2007   

The US News & World Report just published its predictions for the best careers of 2007-- guess what job made the list? continue reading

By Emily   January 3, 2007    1

This past Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer named Free Library Chair of the Board of Trustees, W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Citizen of the Year ! continue reading

By Emily   January 2, 2007   

Merriam-Webster's website published its Word of the Year as well as its Top Ten List of 2006. Compare 2006's list to those of 2005, 2004, and 2003 and its possible to get an idea of the themes that… continue reading

By Emily   December 29, 2006    2

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1879. Though he longed to be a professional writer, he ended up practicing law until 1916. Stevens nevertheless began publishing under the… continue reading

By Administrator   December 28, 2006   

Happy belated holidays and Happy almost New Year! The Free Library Blog is back in action, having taken a very relaxing vacation and eating far too much candy. Is it possible for a blog to join a… continue reading

By Emily   December 27, 2006   

It will be called: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . continue reading

By Emily   December 21, 2006    3

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