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By Emily   February 2, 2007   

Some of you may have heard of Google's goal to digitize EVERY BOOK EVER PUBLISHED. Some think it's a great idea while others think it bodes badly for the printed word. The New Yorker just published… continue reading

By Emily   February 1, 2007   

If you've never been to one of the Central Library's Talk About It! forums, you're missing out. Not to toot our own horn, but the past three events (discussing editorial cartoons, gambling, and… continue reading

By Emily   February 1, 2007   

Made you look! No, really--they'll be loaded onto the blog soon along with a full report of last night's debate. continue reading

By Emily   February 1, 2007   

What is Philadelphia known for? Is it the cheesesteaks? Eagles fans? The Gross Clinic? Bad drivers? Now we can add another item to the list--the Free Library of Philadelphia's first annual… continue reading

By Emily   January 31, 2007   

Tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., the Central Library will host a FREE citywide sumit on immigration as part of its Talk About It! @ the Central Library series of open forums covering controversial… continue reading

By Emily   January 30, 2007   

Federico García Lorca was one of Spain's most prolific and important writers. The poet and playwright was born June 5, 1899, and published his first book, Impresiones y Viajes , at the… continue reading

By Administrator   January 29, 2007   

Movies that once were books are all over the movie theaters today. Why not try reading the stories first? Check out W. Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil and Joseph Kanon's The Good German . continue reading

By Emily   January 26, 2007   

Time Magazine just released a review of J. Peder Zane's The Top 10 , in which he asks the greatest living authors for their Top 10 lists. Whether or not you agree with their choices, they… continue reading

By Emily   January 22, 2007    1

Edna S. Jones, founder and CEO of A-Philly-Ation Productions, will be discussing and autographing her novel, Born in the Game , at the Overbrook Park Branch on Saturday, January 20, at 2:30 p.m. continue reading

By Emily   January 19, 2007   

Neal Pollack will be at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. tonight to discuss his latest book, Alternadad: The True Story of One Family's Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in… continue reading

By Emily   January 18, 2007   

The Rare Book Department is presenting an exhibition, "Legacies: a Century of Philadelphia Collecting", in its main galleries, now through April 27, 2007. The exhibition features a selection of… continue reading

By Emily   January 17, 2007   

The Rare Book Department is presenting an exhibition, "Legacies: a Century of Philadelphia Collecting", in its main galleries, now through April 27, 2007. The exhibition features a selection of… continue reading

By Emily   January 17, 2007   

Celebrate the kickoff of 2007's One Book, One Philadelphia today with three special events that honor the featured selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy , and its… continue reading

By Emily   January 16, 2007   

Amiri Baraka , formerly Everett LeRoi Jones, was born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He published as Leroi Jones until the assassination of Malcom X, after which he changed his name to Amiri… continue reading

By Administrator   January 12, 2007   

Here are three examples of the sculptures on display in the " Symbolic Use of Animals in African Art " exhibition at the Central Library. continue reading

By Emily   January 12, 2007   

Tomorrow night is the opening event of the new exhibition at the Central Library, “Symbolic Use of Animals in African Cultural Art.” Presented by Herman Bigham & Associates, a… continue reading

By Emily   January 11, 2007    1

Today, the Philadelphia Weekly featured the Library's Barbara Ehrenreich event in its " Editors Picks " section. And who are we to argue? Ehrenreich, a perennial favorite of the Library, will be… continue reading

By Emily   January 10, 2007   

Read this letter to the editor in today's Inquirer by Edward J. Bonett, Jr., board member of the Friends of the Free Library. continue reading

By Emily   January 9, 2007   

Sharon Olds began publishing in 1980, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for The Dead & the Living . Other works by Olds include Strike Sparks: Selected Poems (2004,… continue reading

By Administrator   January 5, 2007   

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