A favorite among fans of science fiction, author Michael Crichton passed away on November 4 at the age of 66 after battling cancer. The author of more than a dozen bestselling books that leaned… continue reading

By Shannon G   November 10, 2008    11

The great thing about the wide array of DVDs available at the Free Library  is that there is truly something for everyone, from every genre, stretching back to the silent era (look for the… continue reading

By Anne L.    November 7, 2008    39

On Sunday,  Tony Hillerman , the writer who brought the southwest and the Navajo Indian nation to life for many readers, died at the age of 83.   I began reading his books many… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 28, 2008   

Regular readers of the New York Times may have read this week's article "From the Streets to the Libraries" which described why so many public libraries are buying… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 25, 2008    19

As you may have noticed, we have a presidential election quickly approaching. With less than two weeks until you cast your ballot, it’s crunch time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the… continue reading

By Shannon G   October 22, 2008    4

The nominees for the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and we were excited to see two of the authors from our fall series on the list! Marilynne Robinson’s Home was… continue reading

By Shannon G   October 17, 2008   

Congratulations to the Please Touch Museum , which is currently celebrating its move to a gloriously restored Memorial Hall in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.  One of my favorite exhibits… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 15, 2008    6

The New York Times has just announced the 2008 winner for the Nobel Prize for Literature:  Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio .   The Free Library currently owns a limited… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 9, 2008    6

The Free Library is pleased to announce a new addition to our Downloadable Media options: MP3 formatted audiobooks are now available for checkout!  This collection includes many classics as… continue reading

By Jen W.   October 6, 2008    27

What better day than October 1, the first of a celebrated spooky month, to open an exhibition on the oft-macabre writer, Edgar Allan Poe? Parkway Central Library’s Rare Book Department is… continue reading

By Administrator   October 2, 2008    2

This week, libraries across the country are "celebrating" Banned Books Week.  Beginning in 1982, the American Library Association, along with booksellers, publisher and… continue reading

By Anne L.    October 1, 2008    27

Mayor Michael A. Nutter visited Parkway Central on Monday, September 29 to officially unveil the Library’s new green roof demonstration project. Encompassing 5,000 square feet on the south… continue reading

By Alix G.   September 29, 2008    12

Two extraordinary writers have recently released new novels, years after their earlier books established their literary reputations. It's been fifteen years since Fae Myenne Ng's debut, Bone , and… continue reading

By Anne L.    September 26, 2008    25

The MacArthur Foundation recently named its 25 new 2008 MacArthur Fellows . Two writers made the cut, and the Free Library is proud to have a connection to both. Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 25, 2008    3

Looking for a spooky read to get you and your kids in the mood for Halloween? Tune into XPN on Wednesday, October 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. and hear the Free Library of Philadelphia's own Joe Hilton… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 22, 2008    5

Library staff, as well as the literary world, have been saddened this week over the tragic passing of author David Foster Wallace. To keep his memory alive for booklovers, we encourage you to… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 19, 2008    2

The literary world recently lost a significant force whose experimentation with form prompted critics to call him "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 15, 2008    4

Amazon.com has changed how people buy books (of course, we know that you borrow MOST of the books you read from the Free Library of Philadelphia!).  But even if you don't buy books from… continue reading

By Anne L.    September 12, 2008    28

J.K. Rowling , the author behind the wildly successful Harry Potter series, recently won a lawsuit that had been brought against RDR Books , a publisher based in Michigan. The win halted the… continue reading

By Shannon G   September 11, 2008    3

The Fall season brings so many good things ... cooler weather, freshly picked apples ... and the anticipation of a big book publishing season.  The Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer (9/7/08)… continue reading

By Anne L.    September 10, 2008    29

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