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The Free Library is excited to kick off our 11th season of One Book, One Philadelphia tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library! This year's featured selection, PEN/Faulkner Award… continue reading One Book, One Philadelphia Kicks Off Tonight!

By written by Michelle S.    January 17, 2013   

The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Black History Month throughout  February with programming in our neighborhood libraries. From storytimes to poetry readings, drumming workshops… continue reading Celebrate Black History Month!

By written by Eileen O.    January 16, 2013    2

Today marks what would have been the 84th birthday of Nobel Prize winning activist and Civil Rights Leader Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. The DREAM@50 is a tribute series that was held throughout 2012… continue reading LEAP's DREAM@50 Contest Winners

By written by Peter SM    January 15, 2013    3

In this Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer , Free Library Board Member Sheldon Bonovitz penned a passionate op-ed about the wide impact of the Free Library of Philadelphia. In it, he notes: If a… continue reading More than just books!

By written by Alix G.    January 14, 2013   

We here at the Free Library are really excited about our upcoming Pride and Prejudice at 200 celebration on January 28. Actually, for me, “really excited” might be an understatement.… continue reading Dreaming of Darcy

By written by Alix G.    January 10, 2013   

If you’ve been waiting for the process of checking out library ebooks to become simpler, Overdrive, the company that maintains the Free Library’s primary ebook collection , promises… continue reading Redesigned Ebook Platform Coming this Friday

By written by Jamie W.    January 10, 2013    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to announce that it will be partnering with Lady Gaga’s Born Brave Bus Tour (BBBT) on February 19 and 20, 2013, at the Wells Fargo Center as… continue reading Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus Tour and the Free Library

By written by K-Fai S.    January 9, 2013   

Hi everyone.  I am happy that I am having the chance to post some thoughts on Teen Tuesdays at Parkway Central before I transfer to Extensions and Children's Services.  I have been… continue reading Teen Tuesdays-Great Memories

By written by Alex B.    January 8, 2013    2

*** Update: For current information about this service, please contact the Science & Wellness Supervisor at *** Do you have an exciting new-fangled gadget that you… continue reading E-Gadget Helpdesk

By written by Administrator    January 4, 2013    9

January 28, 2013, marks the 200 th publication anniversary of Pride and Prejudice . In honor of the special occasion, the Free Library is hosting Pride and Prejudice at 200 , a day-long… continue reading Pride and Prejudice at 200!

By written by Eileen O.    January 4, 2013    15

During the holiday season (heck, on any gift-giving occasion) the present I most look forward to receiving is a book. Somehow, the “newness” of it lasts longer than whatever piece of… continue reading My Favorite Holiday Gift: Books!

By written by Alix G.    January 3, 2013   

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at Parkway Central Library is the largest lending library of orchestral performance material in the world.… continue reading Coming Up on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection

By written by Kile S.    January 2, 2013   

Singing with young children is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, and entertainment value aside, studies show it can have a very positive effect on your young child’s… continue reading Warm Up Those Vocal Chords - It’s Time to Sing!

By written by Megan W.    December 29, 2012   

  Had Daniel Schumacher (1729-1787) been an ordinary man, we probably would never have heard of him.  His bad habits of drinking, swearing, lying, and dancing, amongst others, were not… continue reading Rejoice My Heart for a New Year Begins

By written by Del-Louise M.    December 22, 2012    8

Let's say there's a hot new bestseller tearing up the New York Times list.  It's everywhere, in the libraries, the books stores, at fancy displays by the grocery… continue reading Why Can't I Find All the eBooks and Audiobooks I Want at the Free Library?

By written by Jamie W.    December 21, 2012    5

Mirabel Horton didn’t want the latest gadget or expensive toy for her 4 th birthday. Instead, she wanted to give to others. A frequent customer at the Parkway Central Children’s… continue reading A Special Birthday

By written by Eileen O.    December 21, 2012   

We love year-end "Best of" lists here in Libraryland! There's so much good stuff published each year that we ache to share the books we love with everyone we can get our hands on.… continue reading Philbrick Hall's Favorites

By written by Dena    December 20, 2012   

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers a large number of downloadable audiobooks in our Overdrive , OneClick Digital , and Hoopla collections.  Downloading audiobooks is simple,… continue reading Downloading Audiobooks from the Free Library

By written by Jamie W.    December 19, 2012    20

While Nook tablets like the Nook Color, Nook HD, or Nook HD+ are treated like an Android tablet (see instructions here ), downloading to a Nook Simple Touch or other dedicated e-reader (like the… continue reading Getting Library Ebooks for Your Nook Simple Touch or Similar E-Reader

By written by Jamie W.    December 19, 2012    14

Downloading library ebooks to a Kindle is a simple process and this post will get you started. Before going further though, please note that the Kindle Fire works like an Android tablet and… continue reading How to Add Library Ebooks to Your Kindle

By written by Jamie W.    December 19, 2012    25

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