In honor of Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday and to celebrate the Free Library’s large Dickens collection, we are bringing Charles Dickens back to life through the first ever, American… continue reading

By Eileen O.   October 17, 2011    2

Recently, I began processing the papers of children’s book author and illustrator Munro Leaf. Having already processed the Frederick R. Gardner collection of Robert Lawson, it was a perfect… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   October 14, 2011    23

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office today announced the selection of Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work as the 2012 One Book, One… continue reading

By Michelle S.   October 12, 2011   

Parkway Central Children’s has recently added more than 30 brand-new books in Hindi. A few are even bilingual Hindi/English, so you can enjoy them even if you don’t read Hindi. The… continue reading

By Sarah S.   October 11, 2011    2

The news of Steve Jobs ’s passing caused worldwide mourning, as fans of Apple paid tribute to the innovator, expressing grief on social media or webpages that they accessed on Apple devices… continue reading

By Eileen O.   October 6, 2011    2

Do you have a preschooler and live in the Northeast?  Think about stopping by the Lawncrest Library on Rising Sun Avenue.  Besides offering a wide variety of children’s books and… continue reading

By Sarah S.   October 5, 2011    1

Banned Books Week 2011 began Saturday and will last through Friday, October 1. The annual week-long observance celebrates the freedom to read any and all books without the interference of… continue reading

By Eileen O.   September 28, 2011   

  Childhood development experts recommend limiting “screen time” for preschoolers, and for them, screen time refers to any time plopped in front of an electronic device, whether… continue reading

By Sarah S.   September 27, 2011    4

With last Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, followed by five nights full of season premieres and new pilots, it’s been a big week for Fall television. I won’t lie and say that… continue reading

By Eileen O.   September 23, 2011   

This past weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum and Library hosted an event for the Beatrix Potter Society . “Preserving Beatrix Potter’s Legacy:… continue reading

By Caitlin G.   September 22, 2011   

In a move highly anticipated since our initial announcement in April, Kindle owners can now download ebooks from the Free Library of Philadelphia. The process for borrowing an ebook for… continue reading

By Jamie W.   September 21, 2011    38

Raising a Reader--Phonological Awareness Are you trying to raise a reader? One of the key skills young children develop on their way to reading success is phonological awareness, or the ability to… continue reading

By Sarah S.   September 21, 2011    2

At the end of this week, there will be a small change made to our Homework Help Online service. As with our other online databases, you will now need to enter your Free Library card number and PIN… continue reading

By Michelle S.   September 20, 2011   

  Written by Helen Azar May, 2010. " You should have it back in a few days ", I am told by my primary care physician  whose office I am sitting in a few days after recovering… continue reading

By Daniel S.   September 15, 2011    21

To celebrate our extensive collection of Beatrix Potter materials and to share her magical world with children across Philadelphia, we are proud to partner with the Beatrix Potter Society to bring… continue reading

By Michelle S.   September 14, 2011    1

Children’s illustrator Carolyn Haywood was a lifelong Philadelphian who generously donated her extensive collection of book manuscripts, illustrations, and personal papers to the Free… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   September 12, 2011   

At the Free Library, we’re really proud of our librarians. They guide, support, and inspire patrons on a daily basis. In a recent blog post , we shared some of the super efforts and awesome… continue reading

By Eileen O.   September 9, 2011   

As it is for many people, fall is my favorite time of year. There are tons of reasons for my partiality towards autumn, but I’m beginning to realize that most of them revolve around food.… continue reading

By Eileen O.   September 7, 2011    2

September brings cooler weather, fall foliage, and back-to-school jitters. But the first month of autumn is important for another reason: September is National Library Card Sign-Up month ! My… continue reading

By Eileen O.   September 1, 2011    4

Parkway Central Children’s has recently acquired a collection of Children’s books in French that are both classic and popular.  These beautiful books include tales from Tomi… continue reading

By Sarah S.   August 31, 2011    2

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