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Ever wish you could have a private screening of a great new movie with your friends and family at a local theater? Now’s your chance, book lovers! The Free Library is proud to partner with… continue reading Get Reading with MEGAREAD!

By written by Michelle S.    October 14, 2010    1

In July, we launched the Find a Location, Calendar of Events, and I Would Like To... features to our mobile website, and today I would like to share a couple cool new features. Podcasts –… continue reading More Mobile Web Features

By written by Camille T.    October 13, 2010    6

What would you do if someone secretly set up your webcam to record you in private , and then streamed that video over the internet? What would you do if you couldn’t walk to school at the… continue reading Teen Suicide and Anti-LGBT Bullying

By written by Joel N.    October 12, 2010   

During the fall and winter months, the Free Library of Philadelphia will offer its patrons extended service four evenings a week. Some branches will operate on a Monday through Friday schedule,… continue reading New Fall Hours

By written by Michelle S.    October 8, 2010    3

Announced today, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has received the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Praised for "his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the… continue reading Mario Vargas Llosa Wins 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

By written by Michelle S.    October 7, 2010    1

This morning, Philly Plays Scrabble officially kicked off at the Parkway Central Library with Bob "The Hound" Kelly, the retired left-winger from Philadelphia Flyers! A… continue reading Philly Plays Scrabble Month Kicks Off at Parkway Central

By written by Michelle S.    October 6, 2010    1

Along with cooler weather and changing leaves, fall always brings with it a plentiful helping of new fiction and nonfiction--so much of it, in fact, that I inevitably struggle with which book… continue reading What I'm Reading (and Can't Wait to Read)

By written by Michelle S.    October 5, 2010    1

The Sundays on Stage fall season got off to a stellar start on October 4, when the Philadelphia Capoeira Arts Center performed the unique Afro-Brazilian art form known as Capoeira. The… continue reading Sundays on Stage

By written by Jennifer W.    October 4, 2010    4

This week, the Parkway Central Library welcomed C-SPAN's Digital Tour Bus for a morning of civic education and exploration for library users and students from Philadelphia's Math, Science, and… continue reading C-SPAN's Digital Tour Bus Visits Free Library

By written by Michelle S.    October 1, 2010   

September 25 - October 2 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. Banned Books Week calls attention to issues of censorship while celebrating the freedom to… continue reading Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009

By written by Camille T.    September 29, 2010    3

A few changes have been made to the Free Library's blog to make it more user-friendly and easy to read. These changes include: When you click the author's name on a post, it will link to all posts… continue reading New Updates to Free Library Blog

By written by Michelle S.    September 28, 2010    1

The American Book Review released a list of what they consider the 100 Best First Lines from Novels . It's a pretty interesting list, and some of my personal favorites made the cut: #5.… continue reading 100 Best First Lines from Novels

By written by Camille T.    September 27, 2010    1

The Free Library will be holding a memorial service for Carolyn Wicker Field, our former Coordinator of Work with Children, this Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 a.m. in the Skyline Room of… continue reading Carolyn Wicker Field Memorial Service To Be Held Saturday, September 25

By written by Michelle S.    September 24, 2010   

Exciting news from the literary world (if you're as big of a Zadie Smith fan as I am): the critically lauded, award-winning writer will be taking over the "New Books" column in Harpers… continue reading Zadie Smith Taking on New Role as Literary Critic

By written by Michelle S.    September 23, 2010   

Though it certainly doesn't feel like it here in Philly (I thought we were done with this whole 90-degree-temperatures business!), today is the first day of autumn--my favorite season. Hopefully… continue reading In Celebration of Trees on the Autumnal Equinox

By written by Michelle S.    September 22, 2010    2

The next time you visit the Parkway Central Library, give our new self-check computers a try! Check out items, reserve public computer time, and pay library fines using the simple… continue reading New Self-Check Computers Help Expedite Check Out Process

By written by Michelle S.    September 21, 2010    1

Are you registered to vote in this year’s critical midterm elections? Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, and the deadline to register is Monday, October 4—exactly two weeks from… continue reading Register to vote at the Parkway Central Library

By written by Michelle S.    September 20, 2010   

“Not Since Nineveh: Artifacts from the Ancient Near East in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3100-300 B.C.E.” The Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s… continue reading Rare Book Department Mounts Exhibition of Ancient Cuneiform Tablets

By written by Michelle S.    September 17, 2010    4

So, of course, you have heard that Jonathan Franzen's latest book Freedom is the new Oprah Book Club pick.  After the controversy over picking The Corrections a few years ago, the rumors that… continue reading Oprah chooses Franzen's Freedom

By written by Jen W.    September 17, 2010    2

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