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How do you write a children’s book about political corruption? It becomes quite simple when the real life story features a rhinoceros. Little Una by Elizabeth Olds is about a rhino that… continue reading Better a Rhino

By written by Lindsay F.    May 7, 2012   

Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 108, Parkway Central Library Followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. For most people, Philadelphia is a place of red-brick,… continue reading Hip And Hidden Philadelphia: The Unexpected House In A City Of Tradition - Lecture and Book signing

By written by Karen L.    May 4, 2012   

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." -Toni Morrison,  “The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993” Toni Morrison… continue reading Congratulations, Toni Morrison!

By written by Grace R.    May 3, 2012   

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at Your Library Next week, May 7 to 13, is the longest running literacy initiative in the United States, Children’s Book Week . Every year, we celebrate… continue reading Celebrate Children's Book Week

By written by Sarah S.    May 2, 2012    1

THURSDAY, May 31, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parkway Central Library Terrace Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine Street, 4 th Floor Looking for a great way to take advantage of the warmer… continue reading Ravens on the Rooftop

By written by Kayleigh M.    May 2, 2012   

This morning the Techmobile hosted third graders from Reynolds School onboard for an overview of the Library’s electronic resources for children, and then did a hands-on activity using… continue reading Philadelphia: People, Places Things with Third Graders from Reynolds School

By written by Joel N.    May 1, 2012    1

Beginning today, our Overdrive site will have a new look.  You will notice a lot of changes in appearance and layout, but the nuts and bolts are the same. The checkouts, holds, and ‘My… continue reading Introducing Our New Overdrive Website for Ebooks

By written by Jamie W.    April 30, 2012    5

If I were an 18 th century manuscript, and had a broken spine, and detached boards, not to mention all kinds of other injuries to my pages, I think I would contact the Conservation Center for Art… continue reading If I Were an 18th Century Manuscript

By written by Del-Louise M.    April 25, 2012   

The H.O.M.E. Page Café at Parkway Central is now home to more than just coffee and mouth-watering pastries. The Free Library’s Print and Picture Collection presents a special… continue reading Stonewalled at the H.O.M.E Page Cafe

By written by Eileen O.    April 24, 2012   

We are on the road today, visiting the Kingsessing Branch. Today is primary day, and many of our branches are polling locations. The Techmobile is parked on South 51st Street, and we are inviting… continue reading Supporting Voters with Internet Resources

By written by Joel N.    April 24, 2012    1

We apologize if you were trying to use the new catalog this morning and were caught in a virtual traffic jam.  We’ll keep you posted as we work on a few lingering bugs that are causing… continue reading New Catalog Launch Delayed

By written by Carolyn P.    April 23, 2012   

After the multitude of holidays commemorated over the past few days, here comes another day jam-packed with reasons to celebrate. Today, April 23, marks World Book and Copyright Day, inaugurated… continue reading Technopeasants, Sweethearts, and Books, Oh My!

By written by Grace R.    April 23, 2012    1

By Edward Pettit The Vincent Van Gogh exhibition, Van Gogh Up Close , now open at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been receiving lots of attention . The exhibition focuses on Van Gogh’s… continue reading Empty Chairs

By written by Caitlin G.    April 23, 2012    2

Between the spate of warm weather we've been enjoying here in Philadelphia to the realization that summer really isn't that far away, I've been doing a good bit of mental vacation… continue reading Vacation Fever

By written by Michelle S.    April 20, 2012   

The beta period for our new online catalog is drawing to a close. During the last six weeks, we’ve read your comments and suggestions, blushed at your kind flattery, fixed some bugs, and… continue reading Our New Catalog Launches Monday

By written by Carolyn P.    April 19, 2012   

With the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and our own very Print and Picture Collection to name a few, the opening of the Barnes Foundation--our new neighbors—continues to make… continue reading Art is in the Air

By written by Eileen O.    April 19, 2012   

As archivists at the Children’s Literature Research Collection, it’s not surprising that most of the materials we work with are children’s book materials: drafts of manuscripts,… continue reading Dolls and Matchbooks and Buttons, Oh My!

By written by Caitlin G.    April 17, 2012    1

Our Parkway neighbor, The Academy of Natural Sciences , is celebrating its 200th birthday! To mark the momentous occasion, the museum is chronicling their incredible collection through the… continue reading The Academy at 200

By written by Eileen O.    April 16, 2012    1

Check out this entry in our Free Library Reading Journal and then click here to access a podcast of Harry Belafonte discussing My Song at the Free Library!     continue reading For the Love of Reading: 7

By written by Alix G.    April 13, 2012   

Some of our favorite Free Library Reading Journal entries came from young readers - So inspiring!       continue reading For the Love of Reading: 6

By written by Alix G.    April 13, 2012   

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