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A vibrant and colorful exhibition at the Parkway Central Library highlights one of the most enduring legacies of Charles Dickens's genius: the unforgettable characters he brought to life.… continue reading Character Sketches from the World of Charles Dickens

By written by Caitlin G.    December 28, 2011    3

In chapter eight of Create Dangerously, “Another Country,” Edwidge Danticat writes about natural disaster and about how many residents of the developed world so frequently associate… continue reading Chatting One Book: Create Dangerously, Chapter Eight - “Another Country”

By written by Michelle S.    December 22, 2011    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to be piloting a groundbreaking new program that offers adults 50 years of age and older the opportunity to learn how to use a variety of e-readers,… continue reading Adults 50 Years of Age and Older: Check out an E-reader from the Free Library!

By written by Michelle S.    December 20, 2011    4

Last Friday, the literary world lost one of its most impassioned and opinionated contributors to the public discourse on religion and intellectualism--Christopher Hitchens. A self-styled… continue reading In Memoriam - Christopher Hitchens

By written by Michelle S.    December 19, 2011   

With 2011 coming to an end, we want to recognize the 75 th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books: Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s The Story of Ferdinand. Published by… continue reading Happy Birthday to Ferdinand the Bull!

By written by Caitlin G.    December 16, 2011    6

“I know this is what you do now,” Tante Zi said. “This thing with the writing. I know it’s your work, but please don’t write what you think you know about… continue reading Chatting One Book: Create Dangerously, Chapter Six - “The Other Side of the Water”

By written by Michelle S.    December 15, 2011   

Yesterday marked 200 years since the death of Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe (1787–1811), mother of Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar was just 2 years-old when his mother died.  Born in… continue reading Eliza Poe

By written by Janine P.    December 9, 2011    2

The Free Library is joining forces with Feeding America and Dreamworks Pictures in conjunction with the newly released Blu-Ray DVD of The Hel p , a film based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn… continue reading If You Are Looking to “Help” This Holiday Season, Look No Further!

By written by Michelle S.    December 9, 2011   

“My country, Jean,” I said, “is one of uncertainty. When I say ‘my country’  to some Haitians, they think I mean the United States. When I say ‘my… continue reading Chatting One Book: Create Dangerously, Chapter 3 - “I Am Not a Journalist”

By written by Michelle S.    December 8, 2011   

The holiday season is a time for sharing, and what better gift to share with the young people in your life than books? Here are some great new holiday books for children. Look for them in local… continue reading Great New Holiday Books for Kids

By written by Sarah S.    December 5, 2011    3

We’re deep in the heart of the reading period for the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia season, and I’m reading Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work… continue reading Chatting One Book: Create Dangerously, Chapter 2 - “Walk Straight”

By written by Michelle S.    December 1, 2011    1

Although the weather outside is anything but frightful, there’s definitely a festive feel in the air thanks to Philadelphia’s quaint Chestnut Hill neighborhood. Throughout the month of… continue reading Chestnut Hill Celebrates a Year of Dickens!

By written by Alix G.    November 30, 2011   

Today marks the opening of the eagerly anticipated Rare Book Department exhibition on the life and work of Charles Dickens. "From the Desk of Charles Dickens: Celebrating the Great Writer at… continue reading From the Desk of Charles Dickens

By written by Caitlin G.    November 28, 2011   

I'm pleased to report that "Get for Kindle’ for all Penguin eBooks in our catalog has been restored as of this morning. According to OverDrive, our ebook provider, "Penguin titles… continue reading Penguin ebooks again available for Kindle users

By written by Anne L.    November 23, 2011   

Kindle users, especially, will want to read this news flash:  the Free Library learned Monday afternoon that Penguin Publishers has notified OverDrive, the vendor through which we provide… continue reading Penguin ebooks situation unfolds

By written by Anne L.    November 21, 2011    6

  One of the great traditions of the holiday season is food shopping.   This can be a real chore with a preschooler.   Before you go shopping  try reading one of… continue reading Books about food shopping for preschoolers!

By written by Rachel F.    November 19, 2011    3

Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the Free Library of Philadelphia as one of 12 organizations in the United… continue reading Free Library Wins Grant Competition to Design Digial Learning Labs for Young Americans!

By written by Eileen O.    November 17, 2011    1

We found our Dickens!  Lisa Litman of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. won today's ‘Dickens Idol Contest," our quest to find someone to bring Dickens to life for the Free… continue reading Dickens Idol Winner Announced

By written by Caitlin G.    November 14, 2011   

New picture books hit our shelves almost every day, and two of our new favorites show how good and diverse books for preschoolers   Our first pick is Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters: A… continue reading New Monster Book for Preschoolers

By written by Sarah S.    November 14, 2011    1

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