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If you read my blog extolling the virtues of Agatha Christie several weeks ago, you won’t be surprised to know that I was really excited when I found out about an upcoming film version of… continue reading Pages on Screens

By written by Alix G.    May 19, 2011    1

We’re excited to be moving forward with our re-envisioned plans for a new Parkway Central! From May 19 through December 2011, Philbrick Popular Library will be closed to the public as… continue reading Parkway Central's Philbrick Popular Library to Close for Renovations

By written by Michelle S.    May 17, 2011    6

Twitter, the microblogging site that allows anyone and everyone to share their opinion on issues large and small, has been in the news quite a bit the past few years. From Kanye West’s… continue reading Twitter for Parents and Caregivers of Young Children!

By written by Sarah S.    May 12, 2011    7

May 11, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of legendary reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley . Mr. Marley died at the age of 36 after battling cancer. His life was certainly cut too… continue reading 30th Anniversary of Bob Marley's Death

By written by Camille T.    May 11, 2011    1

Last evening, I picked up my first CSA share of the season. You would have thought it was my birthday, I was so excited! (I admit that I like vegetables probably more than the average person.)… continue reading Local Food and Reading about Eating

By written by Michelle S.    May 10, 2011   

Carolyn Haywood was a children’s book author and illustrator, many of whose original works we are proud to hold in the Children’s Literature Research Collection. Her books have… continue reading Carolyn Haywood, Children's Book Author and Illustrator

By written by Adrienne P.    May 9, 2011    1

While some people prefer a cozy fall night for snuggling up with creepy crime novel, the summer air always gives me a hankering for the works of my absolute favorite mystery writer: Agatha… continue reading Spend Your Summer with the Queen of Crime

By written by Alix G.    May 6, 2011    1

As the days lengthen and the temperature warms, I find myself daydreaming of summer vacations and world travels. My ideas are always bigger than my budget, so I like to engage in a healthy dose of… continue reading Armchair Travels

By written by Michelle S.    May 4, 2011    2

     Although often called just "Sanborns" or "Sanborn Maps", the formal name of this series of maps is Sanborn Insurance Maps, and they're a combination of… continue reading What exactly is a Sanborn, anyway?

By written by Rich B.    May 2, 2011   

The Free Library is proud to be a part of the “Celebrate Arts and Aging” festival (beginning May 1), organized by the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging in honor of Older Americans… continue reading Free Library Celebrates Older Americans Month

By written by Alix G.    April 29, 2011   

The Street Lit Book Award Medal Committee comprises of a group of volunteer librarians and library workers from across the U.S. who work with Street Lit and its readers in public and school… continue reading 2011 Street Lit Book Award Medal Winner and Honor Books

By written by Music Department    April 27, 2011    6

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of my favorite books as a child, and when I stumbled across this video of author and illustrator Eric Carle explaining the idea behind the popular book I was… continue reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By written by Sarah S.    April 26, 2011   

Okay, I’ll admit it - I’m kind of excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton . I mean, who doesn’t like a good wedding and a royal one to boot? The… continue reading The Royal Wedding

By written by Camille T.    April 25, 2011    4

Happy 100th Birthday, Evaline Ness! Born on April 24, 1911, Ness was an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books whose glamorous life would translate well to the silver… continue reading Evaline Ness's Centenary

By written by Adrienne P.    April 21, 2011   

Public libraries, including the Free Library, have long been stymied that the ebooks we offer were not usable on Kindles. This was an industry issue that we ourselves were not able to… continue reading Good news for Kindle owners!

By written by Anne L.    April 21, 2011    8

Are you trying to raise a reader ? Even babies and toddlers who can’t talk yet are learning skills that will make them better and more enthusiastic readers. By inspiring and encouraging… continue reading Raising a Reader: how encouraging play wires stronger brains

By written by Sarah S.    April 19, 2011    3

The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners for Letters have just been announced, and we see some familiar names on that list! In the past few months, the Free Library's award-winning Author Events Series… continue reading 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

By written by Michelle S.    April 18, 2011   

Come on out to the Philadelphia Book Festival  tomorrow, April 16, on the busy and beautiful Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a day full of free events and exciting programming for… continue reading The Philadelphia Book Festival Street Fair is ON Tomorrow, Rain or Shine!

By written by Michelle S.    April 15, 2011   

The other day I saw a preview for a new show on HBO called Game of Thrones . I was intrigued because it featured medieval costumes, talk about honor, swords, and multiple and seemingly complex… continue reading A Game of Thrones

By written by Camille T.    April 14, 2011    3

The first Free Library Hot Spot officially opens today! Deputy Mayor Mike DiBerardinis and Free Library President and Director Siobhan Reardon will cut the ribbon on the Hot Spot at Heavenly… continue reading Free Library Hot Spots

By written by Jenn D.    April 13, 2011   

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