An interesting article on how to research like a Librarian.... continue reading

By Emily   February 12, 2007   

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the most influential American spiritual writers of the 20th century. In his short life, he wrote over 60 books, hundreds of poems, and countless essays ranging… continue reading

By Administrator   February 9, 2007   

This showed up in the Washington Post. continue reading

By Emily   February 8, 2007   

What do you usually do with your Thursday evenings? Debate syntax and etymology? Obviously. But why not do it with the pros? This evening at 7:00 p.m., the Free Library will host “Abusage… continue reading

By Emily   February 8, 2007   

Read about the struggles of Saad Eskander, Director of Iraq's National Library and Archive in Baghdad. continue reading

By Emily   February 7, 2007   

Timothy Zahn, the bestselling author of many of the Star Wars novels spoke at the Library this past Saturday. The Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion showed up to support the author... continue reading

By Emily   February 7, 2007   

Last night, the Philadelphia City Institute held a One Book, One Philadelphia event with Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar’s executive chef, Guillermo Pernot. Pernot gave a cooking… continue reading

By Emily   February 6, 2007 is pretty fun. Who needs the agony of waiting around for a publisher to discover you when you can make your own publications with downloadable software and few good ideas? continue reading

By Emily   February 6, 2007   

If you haven't thought of a good reason to use Free Library resources, think again. Thanks to the new owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News , the Free Library now offers… continue reading

By Emily   February 5, 2007    3

Audre Geraldine Lorde wrote her first poem in the eighth grade. In 1954, she spent a pivotal year as a student at the National University of Mexico and then returned to the United States,… continue reading

By Administrator   February 2, 2007   

For those of you who love giving and receiving book recommendations, LibraryThing was built for you. Build catalogs of books you've read, read other user's catalogs, and join book groups. continue reading

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

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