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Morningstar is a trusted name in financial analysis. While its flagship product,, has been available in our Business, Science, and Industry Department at the Parkway Central… continue reading Your Money Matters: Morningstar Library Edition Now Available At All FLP Locations!

By written by Jamie W.    February 23, 2012   

As I’m sure many of my fellow readers do, too, I have an extensive and ever-rotating list of favorite authors. I look forward to reading their new works and enjoy exploring their back lists… continue reading “Hardback Favorites” - Margot Livesey

By written by Michelle S.    February 22, 2012   

See update to this story (10/2/2013) In a surprise announcement on February 9th, Penguin Group, one of the world’s largest publishers, terminated its partnership with OverDrive , the primary… continue reading New Penguin Ebooks No Longer Available to Libraries

By written by Jamie W.    February 17, 2012    8

We wanted to let you, our valued customers, know of some proposed changes to our Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped that will impact the ability to check out talking books. The state… continue reading Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Faces Cuts

By written by Alix G.    February 16, 2012   

The Free Library’s book fund needs some love! Over the past three years, our materials budget has been slashed by 40%, severely limiting the number of books, DVDs, and ebooks we’re… continue reading Show Your Library Love!

By written by Eileen O.    February 15, 2012   

With six more weeks of winter to go, I’m starting to get some serious wanderlust. I know, I know, winter hasn’t even come close to being as bad as it has in recent years: no major snow… continue reading Winter Blues

By written by Eileen O.    February 10, 2012    4

You've asked for 'em, now we've got 'em: interactive, talking ebooks for children! TumbleBooks is "an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the… continue reading Introducing TumbleBooks!

By written by Sarah S.    February 8, 2012    1

Today marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, and the Free Library joins the global celebration honoring the life and legacy of the world's first literary superstar. Philadelphia is… continue reading Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens!

By written by Caitlin G.    February 7, 2012    2

A few weeks ago, we moved our online catalog to a different server, as part of a project that we are working on to improve the hardware and upgrade the software. We’re now preparing for… continue reading Online Catalog Migration: The Sequel

By written by Carolyn P.    February 3, 2012    2

As a part of One Book, One Philadelphia programming, Parkway Central Library’s Print and Picture Collection and Vivant Art Collection present a special historical and spiritual Haitian art… continue reading Haitian Art Exhibition at Parkway Central

By written by Eileen O.    February 2, 2012    2

Have you seen them around town? On subway concourses, sides of buses and within SEPTA bus shelters, KEYSPOTS ads have premiered. KEYSPOTS is a citywide initiative bringing internet access,… continue reading KEYSPOTS and Hot Spots

By written by Jenn D.    January 26, 2012   

Throughout February, the Free Library is celebrating Black History Month with a wide range of events across the branches. Beginning with film and discussion series, Black History Month at the Free… continue reading Commemorate Black History Month with the Free Library of Philadelphia!

By written by Eileen O.    January 26, 2012   

The Free Library is acquiring a Techmobile, a 25’ vehicle outfitted for digital literacy training and outreach. Right now, construction is in progress and we expect you’ll see the… continue reading The Techmobile is Coming!

By written by Joel N.    January 25, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Year of Dickens 2012 carries on throughout February—Charles Dickens’s birthday month! Mr. Dickens officially turns 200 on February 7, but… continue reading Everyone's Getting in the Dickens Spirit!

By written by Eileen O.    January 24, 2012    2

We at the Free Library were saddened to hear of the passing of WURD radio host Fatimah Ali . This past summer a number of our librarians and staff had the wonderful opportunity to work with Ms.… continue reading In Memoriam: Fatimah Ali

By written by Alix G.    January 24, 2012    1

Today at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Caldecott and Newbery Award winners and honor books were announced. The Caldecott Medal awards the artist of… continue reading Caldecott and Newbery Medals Awarded

By written by Joel N.    January 23, 2012   

Over the past several weeks, I have focused mainly on the themes, ideas, and questions brought up by Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously . However, I couldn’t conclude this blog… continue reading Chatting One Book: The Art of Danticat’s Writing

By written by Michelle S.    January 19, 2012    2

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Find it at the Free Library of L’amour! Throughout the beginning of February, we’re holding various free speed dating events in many of… continue reading The Free Library of L'Amour

By written by Eileen O.    January 17, 2012    15

Do you remember the old-fashioned library card catalogs – huge wooden cabinets lined with long drawers full of index cards, listing all the books in the library by title, author, and… continue reading And now, a word from the Information Technology Department

By written by Carolyn P.    January 13, 2012    3

The holidays have come and gone and it seems there are suddenly a lot of new Kindle owners out there. I thought this would be a good time to post this short, introductory video on how to checkout… continue reading Merry Kindle!

By written by Jamie W.    January 12, 2012    1

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