We are very happy to announce that a new exhibit featuring the work of children's book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer has just been installed on the ground floor of the Parkway Central… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   December 14, 2010   

Today, at the Lillian Marrero Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter named Dr. Judith Renyi as the new Executive Director of the Mayor's Commission on Literacy (MCOL), which… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 13, 2010    2

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you know that we archivists are in a holiday mood. The authors whose papers we're processing also had a soft spot for Christmas. They made… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   December 9, 2010   

Growing up, I always placed myself on the Rolling Stones side of the Stones v. Beatles debate. My mom is a big Stones fan, and I grew up listening to their music quite a bit. Not that I wasn't… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 8, 2010    1

Oprah recently chose two books by Charles Dickens-- A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations --as her next book club selections. I've enjoyed Dickens since I was a child, beginning with A… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 7, 2010    2

The Free Library is proud to offer “Let’s Speak English” conversation groups at several of our 54 locations throughout the city. These weekly conversation hours will allow adult… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 3, 2010    12

Yesterday, the New York Times released their picks for the 10 Best Books of 2010 . I haven't read all of the books on their list, but I was heartened to see that Emma Donoghue's Room made it. Room… continue reading

By Michelle S.   December 2, 2010    3

The holiday shopping season is in full swing in Philadelphia. As you think about the children in your life, remember books can be really fun gifts, too. Below are some recommendations of books… continue reading

By Sarah S.   December 1, 2010    6

The 4th Annual Book Paper Scissors Artists’ Book Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 10-4 at the Parkway Central Library. It's free and open to the public. This festive event… continue reading

By Karen L.   November 29, 2010    4

Not many people know about the Free Library's wonderful collection of Tomi Ungerer papers , currently being processed in the Children's Literature Reseach Collection. But since his… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   November 26, 2010    3

Two kinds of resources can help you to quickly learn the trends, developments, and characteristics of a profession, trade, or industry.  The last entry discussed databases with… continue reading

By Paul S.   November 24, 2010   

Two kinds of resources can help you to quickly learn the trends, developments and characteristics of a profession, trade or industry. They are magazines and newspapers devoted to specific… continue reading

By Paul S.   November 24, 2010   

While iPad and iPhone users are waiting patiently for OverDrive to release the new iPad/iPhone apps, we have discovered a workaround for getting OverDrive ebooks onto an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.… continue reading

By Jen W.   November 23, 2010    9

Thanksgiving is once again upon us! But before you succumb to pre-shopping anxiety and turkey-induced food coma, don’t forget about sharing the spirit of the season with the little ones.… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 22, 2010    4

Beginning January 1, 2011, the prices you pay for electricity will be based on electric market pricing, after having been capped for more than 10 years, meaning that the cost of gas and… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 19, 2010    5

Last night was a big night in the literary world -- the 2010 winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced! Fiction: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon Nonfiction: Just Kids by Patti… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 18, 2010    3

As another year winds down, the ubiquitous "best books of 2010" lists are starting to appear. Certain titles seem destined to appear over and over (I'm thinking Jonathan Franzen's… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 17, 2010    4

Some books I read to be entertained, others to be informed or to stretch my thinking--and it seems the best are able to do all three simultaneously. Scholastic's great You Are What You Read forum… continue reading

By Michelle S.   November 16, 2010    2

Pajama Story Time? Bilingual Story Time? No problem for Elizabeth Corbett, Children’s Librarian at the Charles Santore branch of the Free Library in South Philadelphia. Elizabeth, who… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 15, 2010    2

One of the great things about being an archivist in the grand “Age of the Internet” is how easy it is to find other archives and communicate with other archivists. This comes in handy… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   November 10, 2010   

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