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We pride ourselves on being the Free Library of Opportunity, providing the resources, services, and programs that help our users find success in whatever task they’re tackling. For job… continue reading Attention Job Seekers: The Free Library has the Resources You Need for Your First Job, Next Job, New Job

By written by Michelle S.    November 3, 2011    2

With the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Philadelphia and a compelling, thoughtful selection for 2012, we’re really excited about the events surrounding this year’s program. Create… continue reading A Sneak Peek of One Book Events

By written by Eileen O.    November 2, 2011    3

Due to a building emergency, the Parkway Central Library closed early at 4:00 p.m. today. The issue has since been resolved and tonight's Author Event with Jeffrey Eugenides will take place at… continue reading Parkway Central Library Closed Early Today

By written by Alix G.    November 1, 2011   

November is National Novel Writing Month! Think what you have what it takes to craft the next Great American Novel in just 30 days? Today is the day to get scribbling! In years past, I always… continue reading November means Nanowrimo!

By written by Michelle S.    November 1, 2011   

One Book, One Philadelphia 2012 is here! And although the season doesn’t get into full swing until January, we’re too excited to keep quiet about this year’s selection, Create… continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia 2012: Edwidge Danticat

By written by Eileen O.    October 26, 2011    2

Among the many treasures of the John Fredrick Lewis Collection in the Free Library of Philadelphia are twenty-five elaborately illustrated folios from a single Mughal manuscript, the Razmnama… continue reading The Book of War: Folios from the Razmnama in the Rare Book Department, October 21st to November 10th.

By written by Caitlin G.    October 21, 2011    2

Our Children's Librarians recently asked each other for lists of our favorite Halloween books to share in spooky storytimes and to recommend to little goblins to take home and read with their… continue reading Our favorite books for Halloween!

By written by Sarah S.    October 21, 2011    1

Calling all parents and caregivers! Want to learn some new techniques for fostering literacy skills in young children? Consider registering for the Books Aloud! program. This… continue reading 2011-2012 Books Aloud! Workshops Have Begun

By written by Sarah S.    October 20, 2011    4

This weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia opened a new photography exhibition in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library. Running through November 27, “Celebrate Philadelphia… continue reading Celebrate Philadelphia Performers

By written by Alix G.    October 18, 2011    1

In honor of Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday and to celebrate the Free Library’s large Dickens collection, we are bringing Charles Dickens back to life through the first ever, American… continue reading Free Library to Host Dickens Impersonator Contest

By written by Eileen O.    October 17, 2011    2

Recently, I began processing the papers of children’s book author and illustrator Munro Leaf. Having already processed the Frederick R. Gardner collection of Robert Lawson, it was a perfect… continue reading “This Is a Watchbird Watching YOU”

By written by Caitlin G.    October 14, 2011    27

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office today announced the selection of Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work as the 2012 One Book, One… continue reading Announcing the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia Featured Selection

By written by Michelle S.    October 12, 2011   

Parkway Central Children’s has recently added more than 30 brand-new books in Hindi. A few are even bilingual Hindi/English, so you can enjoy them even if you don’t read Hindi. The… continue reading New Hindi books for Children

By written by Sarah S.    October 11, 2011    2

The news of Steve Jobs ’s passing caused worldwide mourning, as fans of Apple paid tribute to the innovator, expressing grief on social media or webpages that they accessed on Apple devices… continue reading Remembering Steve Jobs

By written by Eileen O.    October 6, 2011    2

Do you have a preschooler and live in the Northeast?  Think about stopping by the Lawncrest Library on Rising Sun Avenue.  Besides offering a wide variety of children’s books and… continue reading Preschool Spotlight on...Lawncrest Branch's Preschool Programming and Branch Head Debra Mikus

By written by Sarah S.    October 5, 2011    1

Banned Books Week 2011 began Saturday and will last through Friday, October 1. The annual week-long observance celebrates the freedom to read any and all books without the interference of… continue reading In Celebration of Banned Books Week

By written by Eileen O.    September 28, 2011   

  Childhood development experts recommend limiting “screen time” for preschoolers, and for them, screen time refers to any time plopped in front of an electronic device, whether… continue reading Raising a Reader: Early Literacy iPad Apps

By written by Sarah S.    September 27, 2011    4

With last Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, followed by five nights full of season premieres and new pilots, it’s been a big week for Fall television. I won’t lie and say that… continue reading Bring on Fall TV!

By written by Eileen O.    September 23, 2011   

This past weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum and Library hosted an event for the Beatrix Potter Society . “Preserving Beatrix Potter’s Legacy:… continue reading Preserving Beatrix Potter's Legacy: Collectors & Collections

By written by Caitlin G.    September 22, 2011   

In a move highly anticipated since our initial announcement in April, Kindle owners can now download ebooks from the Free Library of Philadelphia. The process for borrowing an ebook for… continue reading Free Library Ebooks Now Compatible with Kindle E-Readers!

By written by Jamie W.    September 21, 2011    38

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