Amiri Baraka , formerly Everett LeRoi Jones, was born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He published as Leroi Jones until the assassination of Malcom X, after which he changed his name to Amiri… continue reading

By Administrator   January 12, 2007   

Here are three examples of the sculptures on display in the " Symbolic Use of Animals in African Art " exhibition at the Central Library. continue reading

By Emily   January 12, 2007   

Tomorrow night is the opening event of the new exhibition at the Central Library, “Symbolic Use of Animals in African Cultural Art.” Presented by Herman Bigham & Associates, a… continue reading

By Emily   January 11, 2007    1

Today, the Philadelphia Weekly featured the Library's Barbara Ehrenreich event in its " Editors Picks " section. And who are we to argue? Ehrenreich, a perennial favorite of the Library, will be… continue reading

By Emily   January 10, 2007   

Read this letter to the editor in today's Inquirer by Edward J. Bonett, Jr., board member of the Friends of the Free Library. continue reading

By Emily   January 9, 2007   

Sharon Olds began publishing in 1980, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 for The Dead & the Living . Other works by Olds include Strike Sparks: Selected Poems (2004,… continue reading

By Administrator   January 5, 2007   

Check out the Association for Library Service to Children's collection of Great Websites for Kids. Comments: Gill C. from Philadelphia wrote: "Thanks for your diligence. I have 2 daughters that… continue reading

By Emily   January 4, 2007   

The US News & World Report just published its predictions for the best careers of 2007-- guess what job made the list? continue reading

By Emily   January 3, 2007    1

This past Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer named Free Library Chair of the Board of Trustees, W. Wilson Goode, Sr., Citizen of the Year ! continue reading

By Emily   January 2, 2007   

Merriam-Webster's website published its Word of the Year as well as its Top Ten List of 2006. Compare 2006's list to those of 2005, 2004, and 2003 and its possible to get an idea of the themes that… continue reading

By Emily   December 29, 2006    2

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1879. Though he longed to be a professional writer, he ended up practicing law until 1916. Stevens nevertheless began publishing under the… continue reading

By Administrator   December 28, 2006   

Happy belated holidays and Happy almost New Year! The Free Library Blog is back in action, having taken a very relaxing vacation and eating far too much candy. Is it possible for a blog to join a… continue reading

By Emily   December 27, 2006   

It will be called: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . continue reading

By Emily   December 21, 2006    3

If you want to treat your inner bookworm, here is a great recipe to make with book-shaped cookie cutters: HOLIDAY COOKIES 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1… continue reading

By Emily   December 21, 2006    1

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) continue reading

By Emily   December 20, 2006    1

The New York Times has an online book group where authors often post answers to readers' questions. continue reading

By Emily   December 20, 2006   

Art Blog - Art reviews, deep thoughts, and gossip from Philadelphia and beyond. Blinq - Inquirer Blog. Broad & Market - Broad & Market showcases street fashion and street art in… continue reading

By Emily   December 19, 2006    1

Carolyn Forché refers to herself as "a poet of witness." Indeed, in 1983, she acted as a journalist for Amnesty International in El Salvador in 1983 and as a Beirut correspondent… continue reading

By Administrator   December 18, 2006    2

Check out this article about the Library on this Philly-based blog. continue reading

By Emily   December 18, 2006   

On Friday, December 15 th a new exhibit entitled Jump Start: Launching an Artists’ Books Collection opens on the 2 nd floor at the Central Library. The exhibition takes place in the cases in… continue reading

By Emily   December 14, 2006   

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