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We are often asked which titles are the most frequently checked out here at the Free Library. To answer this question, our hardworking Materials Management staff has compiled several lists of the… continue reading Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part I

By written by Michelle S.    January 31, 2011    2

Did you know that Lloyd Alexander was born on January 30, 1924 right here in Philadelphia? The celebrated children’s author published over three dozen books before he died in 2007, including… continue reading Philadelphia, according to Lloyd Alexander

By written by Adrienne P.    January 28, 2011    1

"...But what a gift to give a child, this chance to discover that you can love a book and the characters in it, you can become their friend and share their adventures in your own imagination.… continue reading An Inspiring Speech from Philip Pullman

By written by Michelle S.    January 27, 2011    1

An exciting new savings opportunity is available to all Americans this tax season--the ability to save a portion of your tax refund into U.S. Series I Savings Bonds.  For as little as $50,… continue reading Tax Time Savings Bonds

By written by Michelle S.    January 26, 2011   

This Sunday, January 30, Wonder Spark Puppets will visit the library to present the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood. The puppet show will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium. This… continue reading Puppet Show!

By written by Jennifer W.    January 25, 2011   

In response to broad audience demand, the Foundation Center has created this spectacular interactive mapping tool.  Designed for all persons interested in the impact of philanthropy around… continue reading Philanthropy In/Sight: Every Picture Tells a Story

By written by Jenn D.    January 24, 2011    2

This morning I was delighted to see the Google Doodle (the image on the homepage of google.com) which honors the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inaugration as president. Most people can… continue reading 50th Anniversary of JFK Inaugural

By written by Camille T.    January 20, 2011   

We're excited to celebrate Black History Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia! We have several great programs planned at our neighborhood libraries and at Parkway Central, from poetry… continue reading Black History Month at the Free Library

By written by Michelle S.    January 13, 2011   

On Monday, the American Library Association announced the winners of their Youth Media awards at their midwinter conference in San Diego--where it's currently sunny and 72 degrees, sigh--which… continue reading American Library Association Announces Youth Media Award Winners

By written by Michelle S.    January 12, 2011   

Barnes and Noble is hosting a bookfair fundraising drive to benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia! From January 16-22 -- One Book, One Philadelphia kickoff week--visit the Barnes and Noble… continue reading Barnes and Noble Book Fair Benefitting the Free Library

By written by Michelle S.    January 11, 2011    1

Here at the Central Children’s Department, we are celebrating the New Year with lots and lots of new graphic novels for kids . New installments of your favorite series, adaptations of other… continue reading New Graphic Novels for Kids

By written by Joel N.    January 10, 2011    3

We just launched a new RSS feed for our Digital Collections . The feed posts images recently added to our collection so you can stay up to date with our extensive collection. Check out: Digital… continue reading New Digital Collections RSS Feed

By written by Camille T.    January 7, 2011    1

This February, publisher NewSouth Books is issuing an updated edition combining two of Mark Twain's classic novels, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.  Usually, updated editions of classic… continue reading Something's Missing in the Latest Edition of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer

By written by Michelle S.    January 6, 2011    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to present More Than a Pretty Face, an annotated exhibition of unique African masks from the collection of Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen, M.D. This… continue reading New Exhibition of African Masks Opens at Parkway Central

By written by Michelle S.    January 5, 2011   

The Free Library of Philadelphia will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the month of January with a variety of exciting programming for children and adults.… continue reading Free Library Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By written by Michelle S.    January 4, 2011    5

There's a new online community for young writers creating quite a buzz -- figment.com . Created by Jacob Lewis, former managing editor at The New Yorker and New Yorker staff writer Dana… continue reading New Online Community for the Teen Literati

By written by Michelle S.    January 3, 2011    2

New Year’s Resolutions can be great ways to add new things into your life. This year try to find a time each day when you and your children can share books. Try out one of these times and… continue reading New Year’s Resolution – Share Books with Kids!

By written by Chris C.    December 30, 2010    1

The New York Times presented a video series called " Fourteen Actors Acting " which simply showcases actors portraying classic screen types you might see in films. Here are a couple of… continue reading Actors Acting

By written by Camille T.    December 29, 2010   

The National Film Registry Board under the Library of Congress selected 25 films they deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" for the 2010 year. I was happy to… continue reading Films Inducted into the 2010 National Film Registry

By written by Camille T.    December 28, 2010    3

If you're anything like me, you've read a ton of series books. And then you come to the end, or you've read all the available books and are waiting for the author to write more. So you move on to… continue reading Great Website for Series Readers

By written by Dena    December 23, 2010    5

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