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It’s back-to-school month! Your young child may be starting preschool for the first time this September. Help your preschooler get excited, or calm his or her worries, with these books… continue reading It's Time for Preschool

By written by Ruth G.    September 4, 2013    2

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in August 2013. There were more than 47,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month! The… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library August 2013

By written by Peter SM    September 4, 2013    1

Labor Day weekend is here and with it the end of another summer. A long holiday weekend is on tap for most of the country, but few of us nowadays may know or remember exactly why we have off on… continue reading A History Minute: Labor Day

By written by Peter SM    August 30, 2013   

Are you ever mystified by the information-sleuthing wizardry of your local librarian?  Have you sought out our powers lately?  Just about everyone has daydreamed through a state mandated… continue reading Live from the Music Reference Desk

By written by Adam F.    August 29, 2013    2

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Fifty years… continue reading Commemorating 50 Years of “I Have a Dream”

By written by Michelle S.    August 28, 2013   

There have been a number of news stories over the past few weeks discussing the digital divide that still exists around the world. Studies and statistics show that access to the internet has… continue reading Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide

By written by Peter SM    August 27, 2013   

Another school year is on the horizon for thousands of Philadelphia’s school students, and the Free Library has the resources they need to achieve great things in and out of the classroom.… continue reading Succeed in School with the Free Library's Back-to-School Resources

By written by Michelle S.    August 26, 2013   

Criminally talented and prolific novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard passed away earlier this week at the age of 87 from complications suffered after a stroke in July. To say that the man had… continue reading Friday Five: Elmore Leonard

By written by Peter SM    August 23, 2013   

Back in May we posted about the Google+ redesign , which included a multiple column layout, consistency across devices (desktop, tablet, and mobile), an emphasis on visual content with the ability… continue reading Free Library of Philadelphia's Google+ Page Sees Increased Number of Followers

By written by Peter SM    August 20, 2013   

Summer is winding down with Fall just around the corner, and with it a full schedule of Free Library Author Events ! In the meantime, you can checkout the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded… continue reading Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in July 2013

By written by Peter SM    August 16, 2013   

A fringe benefit of being a public librarian is that we get to learn about and read new books before they are published. It is part of the job so that, within the limits of our materials budgets,… continue reading LIBRARYREADS, Librarians recommend new books

By written by Anne L.    August 16, 2013   

Since June 2013, more than one hundred youth across Philadelphia have participated in free Maker programming at library locations. For many of these youth, this was the first time they were… continue reading Maker Celebration at Parkway Central this Saturday from 10-2!

By written by K-Fai S.    August 15, 2013   

Is your child expecting a baby sister or baby brother at any minute? Are you wondering how to bring up the topic with a preschooler, or is your first or second grader wondering how babies are… continue reading New Kids' Book about Reproduction

By written by Joel N.    August 12, 2013   

Elysium , the latest entry into the dystopian sci-fi film cannon, is set in the year 2154 where the disparity between the rich and the poor is literally larger than ever--the rich live on a… continue reading Friday Five: Dystopian Science Fiction

By written by Peter SM    August 9, 2013    1

Way to go, Philly! The Free Library of Philadelphia is so proud to announce that we achieved our goal of collectively reading 20 million minutes this summer!  We met the goal yesterday,… continue reading Congratulations Philadelphia on reading 20 Million Minutes this Summer!

By written by Eileen O.    August 8, 2013   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in July 2013. There were more than 54,300 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month! The following… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library July 2013

By written by Peter SM    August 6, 2013   

It's the first of the month and time for a new Early Literacy Calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians! This month's calendar is once again full of… continue reading August 2013 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Andrea Z.    August 1, 2013   

The Maker Ed Initiative , embedded in five Free Library locations in some of Philadelphia’s most underserved communities, is mentoring teens and youth in a variety of maker activities from… continue reading Making as a Celebration: Increasing Access to Creative Technology at the Free Library of Philadelphia

By written by K-Fai S.    July 31, 2013   

Summer is in full swing right now here at the Free Library: We are well past the half way mark in our Summer Reading 20-Million-Minute Challenge. Thursday storytimes at Eakins Oval have been a big… continue reading Summer Jams on Free Library's Spotify Channel!

By written by Peter SM    July 26, 2013   

Welcome to the second in a series of blog posts written by the teens participating in the WorkReady Philadelphia service learning program at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Each week,… continue reading Philadelphia Youth Network: Travel Postcards!

By written by Michelle S.    July 25, 2013    1

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