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I love watching the Oscars . I enjoy the pre-show glitz of the red carpet and listening to the opening monologue of the host - not to mention the excitement of who will win! This year there are 10… continue reading 2010 Best Picture Films

By written by Camille T.    March 5, 2010    11

Greater Olney Branch recently received a facelift with the help of the Mural Arts Program and the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project. Together, the groups created a mural for… continue reading Greater Oleny Branch Debuts New Mural

By written by Shannon G    March 1, 2010   

The Free Library recently released its own mobile friendly version of our library catalog .  You can access it by clicking on the "Mobile" link on the top of all our web… continue reading Mobile Device Support for Free Library Resources!

By written by Jen W.    February 25, 2010    25

Attention film aficionados! The Free Library’s third annual One Film program officially began last night with a screening of the selected film: Waltz with Bashir . Directed by Ari Folman,… continue reading One Film Kicks Off!

By written by Shannon G    February 18, 2010    5

Through generous funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free Financial Literacy workshops at the five branch locations… continue reading Financial Literacy Workshops

By written by Theresa R.    February 17, 2010    1

Salinger fan? Curious about the self-imposed recluse’s life? The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan is preparing for an exhibition of 11 letters written by J.D. Salinger to his friend… continue reading Letters Reveal Glimpse into the Very Private Life of J.D. Salinger

By written by Shannon G    February 12, 2010    1

Just because the Free Library's 54 locations are closed on Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11, doesn't mean that you can't enjoy all that we have to offer! Our online resources are still… continue reading Check out Free Library online resources during snow closing on Thursday, February 11

By written by Shannon G    February 10, 2010    6

Author, teacher, historian, and political activist Howard Zinn died of a heart attack on Wednesday at age 87. Famous for his bestselling look at history— A People’s History of the… continue reading Howard Zinn passes away at 87

By written by Shannon G    January 29, 2010    4

POWER Library has provided the public and school libraries within Pennsylvania with access to many valuable resources for years.  The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has just announced that… continue reading Changes to our database offerings

By written by Jen W.    January 29, 2010    6

The literary world lost an important player on Wednesday when J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91. The author of The Catcher in the Rye , Franny and Zooey , Nine Stories , and Raise High… continue reading Author J.D. Salinger passes away

By written by Shannon G    January 28, 2010    5

Through generous funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the Free Library of Philadelphia is offering free SAT & ACT prep workshops, financial literacy, and FAFSA… continue reading College Prep Initiative

By written by Theresa R.    January 27, 2010    17

Want to feel really smart? Then listen to podcasts by Nobel Laureates@Central including: Amartya Sen Barack Obama Doris Lessing Elie Wiesel Eric Kandel Harold Varmus James Watson Joseph Stiglitz… continue reading Laureates@Central - Featured Podcasts

By written by Camille T.    January 22, 2010    3

The Association for Library Service to Children celebrated the world of children’s books yesterday with the announcement of the 2010 Caldecott and Newbery winners. The prestigious awards are… continue reading 2010 Newbery and Caldecott Winners Announced!

By written by Shannon G    January 19, 2010    2

As more information starts flooding in from Haiti, it is amazing how connected people have become.  Browse your Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr sites and you will see what I mean.  Twitter… continue reading Social Media Helping Bring People Together During Crisis in Haiti

By written by Jen W.    January 14, 2010    6

As many of you know, a massive earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, just 10 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. The disaster is expected to have killed thousands of people, according to… continue reading Stay Informed About the Situation in Haiti

By written by Shannon G    January 14, 2010    1

Recession Tools? What’s that about? We all know that times are tough. In fact, the unemployment rate is in the double-digits, one out of eight Americans is now receiving food stamps, and… continue reading Recession Resources

By written by Lee F.    January 13, 2010    2

Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, died on Monday evening from a neck injury sustained during a fall in December. Gies, who was 100 years old, was one… continue reading Miep Gies, Protector of Anne Frank's Diary, Dies

By written by Shannon G    January 12, 2010   

  The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents The Spirit of Satire in the Rare Book Department  an exhibition that explores the various dimensions of the… continue reading The Spirit of Satire in the Rare Book Department

By written by Joe S.    December 23, 2009    6

Those words were never spoken by the character Sherlock Holmes in the novels by Conan Doyle . But like many wonderful literary characters, they often take on a life of their own. Sherlock Holmes… continue reading Elementary, my dear Watson!

By written by Camille T.    December 23, 2009    14

A new study might make you think twice before you threaten to take away your child’s cell phone or limit their computer use. The National Literacy Trust has published findings that… continue reading Does Texting Hurt or Help Your Child's Literacy Skills?

By written by Shannon G    December 3, 2009    20

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