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With the holidays in full swing and snow on the ground throughout the city, it seemed like the perfect time to compile a new playlist on our Spotify channel. Also, in the perfect timing… continue reading Seasonal Sounds - A Holiday Playlist from Free Library's Spotify Channel

By written by Peter SM    December 17, 2013   

Kindles, tablets, laptops, and smartphones will top many holiday gift lists this season. Sadly though, lessons are not included with these devices. If you or someone you know needs a little help… continue reading Ho, Ho, Ho My Goodness! How Do you Work This Thing? FLP Gadget Help Desk to Offer Extended Holiday Hours

By written by Jamie W.    December 16, 2013    1

If it's December, it must be time for another film full of hobbits, elves, dwarves, wizards, orcs, trolls, dragons, and other fantastic creatures to debut at movie theaters! For five out of… continue reading Friday Five: The Hobbit

By written by Peter SM    December 13, 2013    1

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my… continue reading A Celebration of Nelson Mandela's Life Through Word and Song

By written by Peter SM    December 12, 2013   

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in November 2013. There were more than 45,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded for the month! Donna… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library November 2013

By written by Peter SM    December 10, 2013    2

John Derstine Souder (1865-1942) was raised on a Mennonite farm near Telford in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He was a storekeeper, postmaster, and poultry dealer before retiring. … continue reading John Derstine Souder’s Fraktur in the Henry Stauffer Borneman Pennsylvania German Collection

By written by Del-Louise M.    December 9, 2013   

In 2011, the Nielsen Company (famous for gathering TV viewership with the “Nielsen ratings”) produced a study that said there were over 181 million blogs in existence, and that number… continue reading When a Blog becomes a Book

By written by Camille T.    December 5, 2013   

Every year, the Free Library welcomes thousands of great volunteers who lend us their expertise and help our librarians and staff best serve all those who come through our door. One volunteer,… continue reading Spotlight On a Star Volunteer

By written by Michelle S.    December 3, 2013    1

Season's Greetings! We're back after the Thanksgiving holiday (and still eating delicious leftovers : ), Hanukkah is here, and Christmas , Kwanzaa , and New Years are all up on the… continue reading December 2013 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Peter SM    December 2, 2013    1

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you need a post-Thanksgiving food coma pick-me-up, we've got just the thing: the Free Library Shop ! You can browse through the Free Library Shop… continue reading Free Library Shop: The Perfect Gift for the Holidays

By written by Peter SM    November 29, 2013   

Everyone, OverDrive, the Free Library's primary vendor for ebook and downloadable audiobooks, has emailed us about a security breach of customer data on Adobe servers.  Here is te message… continue reading For OverDrive ebook users: An OverDrive update regarding the reported security breach of Adobe data

By written by Anne L.    November 27, 2013    2

Expounding on recent discussions concerning the Digital Divide , welcome to a new series of blog posts that will discuss the topic of Digital Literacy . Digital literacy can have many layers of… continue reading Introducing Digital Literacy: Here and Now

By written by Debra E. J.    November 26, 2013   

The Free Library is happy to announce the latest addition to our website: the integration of Google Translate ! As part of the Free Library’s strategic plans, it has been a goal to present… continue reading Google Translate Helps to Break Language Barriers on Free Library Website

By written by Peter SM    November 25, 2013    2

Let's go "Around the Web" and check out all the excitement over the next film installment in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire ! First and foremost, watch… continue reading Around the Web: The Hunger Games Edition

By written by Peter SM    November 22, 2013    3

The Maker Movement has been in full swing at the Free Library! Since September we have been offering afterschool maker programming, with an emphasis on introducing youth in North Philadelphia to… continue reading Putting the “A” in STEM: Creativity and Making at the Free Library of Philadelphia

By written by K-Fai S.    November 20, 2013   

The Free Library’s latest Highlights mix is up on Spotify! If you haven’t given these a listen yet, Highlights are special playlists of, well, highlights , culled from our newest music… continue reading November Highlights from New Albums

By written by Perry G.    November 15, 2013   

“I must do what is right for me,” he muttered under his breath while gathering up his tools and shuttering the shop window.  Jacob Eichholtz was living a double life, and it soon… continue reading I Must Do What Is Right For Me ~ The Jacob Eichholtz Book of Sketches and Painterly Advice

By written by Del-Louise M.    November 14, 2013    1

Earlier this year I read the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and was blown away. While reading the book I often thought about what I learned about slavery in school and the… continue reading 12 Years A Slave and Slave Narratives

By written by Camille T.    November 13, 2013    3

Here are the Top 10 ebooks downloaded from the Free Library's OverDrive Digital Library in October 2013. There were more than 46,000 ebooks checked out and downloaded from both our website and… continue reading Top 10 ebooks OverDrive Digital Library October 2013

By written by Peter SM    November 12, 2013   

Autumn is in full swing, full of colorful leaves and brisk air, and with it the November Early Literacy Calendar from the Free Library of Philadelphia's children's librarians! This… continue reading November 2013 Early Literacy Calendar

By written by Jennifer W.    November 7, 2013   

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