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Effective Monday, March 14, 2011, the Free Library of Philadelphia will increase its out-of-area card fee to $35 annually. Those living, working, going to school, or paying taxes in Philadelphia… continue reading Free Library's Out-of-Area Card Fee to Increase

By written by Michelle S.    March 11, 2011    6

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to host its newest exhibition, “The Struggle for Nature in the City,” in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library. The exhibition highlights… continue reading New Exhibition at Parkway Central Examines the Struggle for Nature in the City

By written by Michelle S.    March 9, 2011   

You may recall from my post last week that I've been feeling a bit of reader's remorse for not having read as many classic novels as I would like. I set myself the goal of reading at least… continue reading Keeping Up with the Classics: Howards End

By written by Michelle S.    March 8, 2011    2

HarperCollins publisher announced a week ago that it was changing its sales restrictions to libraries that loan e-books. Previously, when we libraries purchased HarperCollins e-books, that… continue reading HarperCollins makes changes to library e-book sales and lending

By written by Anne L.    March 7, 2011    19

We here at the Free Library of Philadelphia are thrilled to see the children’s book author and illustrator Robert Lawson (1892-1957) getting some press for upcoming film projects based on… continue reading The Frederick R. Gardner Collection of Robert Lawson

By written by Caitlin G.    March 3, 2011   

The Free Library of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the National Education Association, will promote literacy awareness and the joy of reading during the month of March in conjuction… continue reading Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ 107th Birthday

By written by Michelle S.    March 2, 2011   

March 1 is Saint David's Day--a national day in the United Kindom recognizing the patron saint of Wales. As a student in Swansea, Wales, I remember being taken by the proliferation of daffodils… continue reading Happy St. David's Day!

By written by Michelle S.    March 1, 2011   

I've been an avid reader since I was young. I was an English major in college. I'm one of those people that always has to be reading something, even if it's the back of the cereal box at… continue reading The Guilty Reader

By written by Michelle S.    February 28, 2011    8

Looking for quirky, fun ideas for storytime?  Just ask Northeast Regional’s Christine Cornwall, and you’ll be amazed at what she comes up with!  Christine has worked in the… continue reading Preschool Spotlight on…Children’s Librarian Christine Cornwall at Northeast Regional Library

By written by Sarah S.    February 24, 2011    2

In the current global economy, even friendly nations are competitors for jobs, resources, and influence. To help Philadelphians better understand world events through the lenses of our… continue reading Get an International Perspective at Parkway Central's New Program Series,

By written by Michelle S.    February 23, 2011    3

What are the kids up to these days? Reading a diverse array of books and graphic novels and watching some clever TV shows and films, as it turns out! Here are our most popular… continue reading Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part III: Children's

By written by Michelle S.    February 17, 2011    5

This week, the House of Representatives will consider two amendments to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution that are critical to libraries: one that would eliminate all Institute of Museum and… continue reading A Call to Action: Future Library Funding in Jeopardy

By written by Michelle S.    February 16, 2011   

Parkway Central's Rare Book Department is mounting a new exhibition of distinctive movie theater lobby cards, now through June 17. “Foyer Entertainment: Movie Lobby Cards from the… continue reading Must See: Rare Book Department's New Exhibition of Vintage Movie Posters

By written by Michelle S.    February 15, 2011    4

Join readers nationwide as Walmart and the Free Library of Philadelphia host the first ever One Book, One Philadelphia online book chat! On Wednesday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m. EST, visit… continue reading Join the First Ever One Book, One Philadelphia Online Book Discussion!

By written by Michelle S.    February 14, 2011    2

Brian Jacques, the acclaimed author of the bestselling and beloved Redwall adventure series of books, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 5, at the age of 71. Considered a pioneer of… continue reading In Memoriam, Brian Jacques

By written by Michelle S.    February 8, 2011    1

Last Monday, we revealed the most circulated books, DVD films, and DVD television shows for adults at the Free Library in 2010. This week, we're revealing the most… continue reading Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part II: Digital Media

By written by Michelle S.    February 7, 2011    2

Although small children live their lives in the here and now, it’s never too early to start sharing our past with them.  The story of the African American people is fundamental to… continue reading Celebrating Black History Month with Preschool Children

By written by Michelle S.    February 4, 2011    3

With February comes the Chinese New Year, and we're excited to be celebrating here at the Free Library! On Wednesday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m., come celebrate the Chinese New Year and usher in the… continue reading Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Independence Branch!

By written by Michelle S.    February 3, 2011   

Our website is constantly evolving to allow you quick access to our resources, and we love when we get feedback and suggestions from patrons. One patron suggested we provide links on our mobile… continue reading Website Updates - Mobile site and Branch Pages

By written by Camille T.    February 2, 2011    3

Books Aloud! is the Free Library’s early literacy program. The goal of the program is to encourage parents and child care providers to READ, SING, PLAY, TALK, and WRITE with children in the… continue reading Early Literacy Sparks Life Long Learning

By written by Jennifer W.    February 1, 2011    4

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