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Our Children's Librarians recently asked each other for lists of our favorite Halloween books to share in spooky storytimes and to recommend to little goblins to take home and read with their… continue reading Our favorite books for Halloween!

By written by Sarah S.    October 21, 2011    1

Calling all parents and caregivers! Want to learn some new techniques for fostering literacy skills in young children? Consider registering for the Books Aloud! program. This… continue reading 2011-2012 Books Aloud! Workshops Have Begun

By written by Sarah S.    October 20, 2011    4

This weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia opened a new photography exhibition in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library. Running through November 27, “Celebrate Philadelphia… continue reading Celebrate Philadelphia Performers

By written by Alix G.    October 18, 2011    1

In honor of Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday and to celebrate the Free Library’s large Dickens collection, we are bringing Charles Dickens back to life through the first ever, American… continue reading Free Library to Host Dickens Impersonator Contest

By written by Eileen O.    October 17, 2011    2

Recently, I began processing the papers of children’s book author and illustrator Munro Leaf. Having already processed the Frederick R. Gardner collection of Robert Lawson, it was a perfect… continue reading “This Is a Watchbird Watching YOU”

By written by Caitlin G.    October 14, 2011    28

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office today announced the selection of Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work as the 2012 One Book, One… continue reading Announcing the 2012 One Book, One Philadelphia Featured Selection

By written by Michelle S.    October 12, 2011   

Parkway Central Children’s has recently added more than 30 brand-new books in Hindi. A few are even bilingual Hindi/English, so you can enjoy them even if you don’t read Hindi. The… continue reading New Hindi books for Children

By written by Sarah S.    October 11, 2011    2

The news of Steve Jobs ’s passing caused worldwide mourning, as fans of Apple paid tribute to the innovator, expressing grief on social media or webpages that they accessed on Apple devices… continue reading Remembering Steve Jobs

By written by Eileen O.    October 6, 2011    2

Do you have a preschooler and live in the Northeast?  Think about stopping by the Lawncrest Library on Rising Sun Avenue.  Besides offering a wide variety of children’s books and… continue reading Preschool Spotlight on...Lawncrest Branch's Preschool Programming and Branch Head Debra Mikus

By written by Sarah S.    October 5, 2011    1

Banned Books Week 2011 began Saturday and will last through Friday, October 1. The annual week-long observance celebrates the freedom to read any and all books without the interference of… continue reading In Celebration of Banned Books Week

By written by Eileen O.    September 28, 2011   

  Childhood development experts recommend limiting “screen time” for preschoolers, and for them, screen time refers to any time plopped in front of an electronic device, whether… continue reading Raising a Reader: Early Literacy iPad Apps

By written by Sarah S.    September 27, 2011    4

With last Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, followed by five nights full of season premieres and new pilots, it’s been a big week for Fall television. I won’t lie and say that… continue reading Bring on Fall TV!

By written by Eileen O.    September 23, 2011   

This past weekend, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum and Library hosted an event for the Beatrix Potter Society . “Preserving Beatrix Potter’s Legacy:… continue reading Preserving Beatrix Potter's Legacy: Collectors & Collections

By written by Caitlin G.    September 22, 2011   

In a move highly anticipated since our initial announcement in April, Kindle owners can now download ebooks from the Free Library of Philadelphia. The process for borrowing an ebook for… continue reading Free Library Ebooks Now Compatible with Kindle E-Readers!

By written by Jamie W.    September 21, 2011    38

Raising a Reader--Phonological Awareness Are you trying to raise a reader? One of the key skills young children develop on their way to reading success is phonological awareness, or the ability to… continue reading Raising a Reader: Phonological Awareness

By written by Sarah S.    September 21, 2011    2

At the end of this week, there will be a small change made to our Homework Help Online service. As with our other online databases, you will now need to enter your Free Library card number and PIN… continue reading Small Change to Homework Help Online Log-in Process

By written by Michelle S.    September 20, 2011   

  Written by Helen Azar May, 2010. " You should have it back in a few days ", I am told by my primary care physician  whose office I am sitting in a few days after recovering… continue reading Senseless Life, or A Year With No Sense of Smell or Taste.

By written by Daniel S.    September 15, 2011    26

To celebrate our extensive collection of Beatrix Potter materials and to share her magical world with children across Philadelphia, we are proud to partner with the Beatrix Potter Society to bring… continue reading “Reading Beatrix Potter” at the Free Library

By written by Michelle S.    September 14, 2011    1

Children’s illustrator Carolyn Haywood was a lifelong Philadelphian who generously donated her extensive collection of book manuscripts, illustrations, and personal papers to the Free… continue reading New exhibit from the Children's Literature Research Collection

By written by Adrienne P.    September 12, 2011   

At the Free Library, we’re really proud of our librarians. They guide, support, and inspire patrons on a daily basis. In a recent blog post , we shared some of the super efforts and awesome… continue reading Love Your Librarian!

By written by Eileen O.    September 9, 2011   

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