The Pennsylvania Primary is nearly upon us. On April 22, 2008, Pennsylvania voters in the Democratic Primary may help determine the party’s nominee for President. To further prepare for… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 26, 2008   

LibraryThing isn't the only social-networking website aimed at booklovers. There's also  Goodreads , Shelfari , aNobii , and BookJetty , among others. "Think of it as Facebook or MySpace… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 24, 2008   

The Print and Picture Collection's annual Robert F. Looney Memorial Event is coming up on Saturday , March 29 , at the Central Library. This year’s program features a discussion on the State… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 19, 2008    1

According to their official website, Google has "teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you" Google Sky , a new tool offering "an… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 17, 2008    1

Don't get it? "For fans of numerical information or the history of mathematical discoveries," writes poetry blogger Edward Byrne , "March 14 represents a day of celebration. Since… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 14, 2008    2

“Before the comics were beset by the prolonged crackdown that is described [in David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague ], they were created in a spirit best summarized by Mickey Spillane,… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 12, 2008   

If you’re a tech-savvy grammar enthusiast, you’re probably already familiar with Mignon Fogarty (aka “Grammar Girl”) and her weekly podcast, Quick and Dirty Tips for Better… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 10, 2008   

It was recently revealed that Love and Consequences , an acclaimed memoir of gang life in Los Angeles, ostensibly written by Margaret B. Jones--a woman of mixed Caucasian and Native American… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 7, 2008   

How did Daniel Handler end up on the cover of someone else's novel ? According to the New York Times books blog, "When it came time for Grove Press to design a cover for the United States… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 5, 2008   

March 4 is National Grammar Day , according to the  Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG). Why March 4? According to the SPOGG website, "It's not only a date, it's an… continue reading

By Communications Office   March 4, 2008   

A reporter for more than 20 years, including more than a decade at the Baltimore Sun , Laura Lippman infuses her Tess Monaghan Mysteries with the authenticity of experience. Ms. Lippman will be… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 27, 2008   

Whether you like it or not, Wikipedia matters. According to Web information company Alexa, Wikipedia is currently the eighth most popular website in the United States --six spots ahead of… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 25, 2008    1

This week's edition of the Philadelphia City Paper includes a piece on the Free Library's Automobile Reference Collection . Managed by librarian Kim Bravo, who is featured prominently in the… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 21, 2008   

Excited about the three-month exhibition of more than 40 works by Frida Kahlo opening tomorrow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? Just in time to prepare for your visit, the Free Library’s… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 19, 2008   

Today's edition of the New York Times features a piece on Susan Jacoby’s new book , The Age of American Unreason , which the author’s website describes as a “tough-minded work of… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 14, 2008   

While deciphering handwritten manuscripts, letters, and journals may challenge fewer and fewer editors as we move forward into the age of new media , there’s still plenty of head-scratching… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 12, 2008   

Test your typographic recognition skills with Sara Newton's Fontastic Quiz . continue reading

By Communications Office   February 8, 2008    1

According to an essay by Rachel Donadio in the most recent edition of the New York Time s Sunday Book Review, "Technology may be speeding up the news cycle, but in publishing, things actually seem… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 6, 2008   

A new two-week film education program in partnership with One Book, One Philadelphia whose mission is to promote film literacy and critical thinking by encouraging all Philadelphians to watch,… continue reading

By Communications Office   February 5, 2008   

If you’re a lover of words and you haven’t already added the Oxford English Dictionary ’s Word of the Day RSS feed to your aggregator, do so now. It’s tailor-made… continue reading

By Communications Office   January 31, 2008   

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