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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 The New York Times Announces Their Picks for the 10 Best Books of 2010

By written 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 Give the Gift of Books

By written 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 Book Paper Scissors Artists' Book Fair

By written 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 Happy Birthday, Tomi Ungerer!

By written 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 The FastTrack to Professional, Industry, and Trade Knowledge, Part II

By written 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 The FastTrack to Professional, Industry, and Trade Knowledge, Part I

By written 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 Ebooks on your iPad!

By written 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 Celebrating Thanksgiving with Your Preschooler

By written 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 Get Informed About Changing Energy Prices

By written 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 2010 National Book Awards

By written 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 Best Books of 2010 According to Publisher's Weekly

By written 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 What five books have shaped you?

By written by Michelle S.    November 16, 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 We Get By With a Little Help From Our (Archival) Friends

By written by Adrienne P.    November 10, 2010   

As I pre-ordered my tickets to the next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I , I realized it’s been a while since I’ve re-read the series . I was first… continue reading Harry Potter - The Book that Keeps on Giving

By written by Camille T.    November 10, 2010    3

Have you heard about Oxford University Press's fantastic Save the Words project? In an effort to revive English words that have fallen from common use, Save the Words encourages you to… continue reading Save the Words!

By written by Michelle S.    November 9, 2010    2

What do you think of this year's National Book Award finalists? From Nicole Krauss's Great House , to Patti Smith's Just Kids , to One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia , several of the… continue reading National Book Award Nominees

By written by Michelle S.    November 8, 2010   

So many of us have been distressed by the recent suicides of teens bullied for being or seeming gay.  Here’s what the Free Library staff have done to help show that things can change.… continue reading The Free Library Says, “It Gets Better!”

By written by Elizabeth H.    November 5, 2010   

When you look at a painting, can you tell if the paint is acrylic or tempera? When artwork in a gallery is called “mixed media,” do you start fretting about lazy cataloging? (Which… continue reading Fun with Paint

By written by Adrienne P.    November 4, 2010    2

We're proud to announce that the Free Library has received the 2010 "Star Community Commitment to Education" EDDY Award from the Philadelphia Education Fund! We're being honored for our… continue reading Free Library Receives 2010 EDDY Award!

By written by Michelle S.    November 3, 2010    1

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