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Last night was a big night in the literary world -- the 2010 winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced! Fiction: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon Nonfiction: Just Kids by Patti… continue reading 2010 National Book Awards

By written by Michelle S.    November 18, 2010    3

As another year winds down, the ubiquitous "best books of 2010" lists are starting to appear. Certain titles seem destined to appear over and over (I'm thinking Jonathan Franzen's… continue reading Best Books of 2010 According to Publisher's Weekly

By written by Michelle S.    November 17, 2010    4

Some books I read to be entertained, others to be informed or to stretch my thinking--and it seems the best are able to do all three simultaneously. Scholastic's great You Are What You Read forum… continue reading What five books have shaped you?

By written by Michelle S.    November 16, 2010    2

One of the great things about being an archivist in the grand “Age of the Internet” is how easy it is to find other archives and communicate with other archivists. This comes in handy… continue reading We Get By With a Little Help From Our (Archival) Friends

By written by Adrienne P.    November 10, 2010   

As I pre-ordered my tickets to the next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I , I realized it’s been a while since I’ve re-read the series . I was first… continue reading Harry Potter - The Book that Keeps on Giving

By written by Camille T.    November 10, 2010    3

Have you heard about Oxford University Press's fantastic Save the Words project? In an effort to revive English words that have fallen from common use, Save the Words encourages you to… continue reading Save the Words!

By written by Michelle S.    November 9, 2010    2

What do you think of this year's National Book Award finalists? From Nicole Krauss's Great House , to Patti Smith's Just Kids , to One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia , several of the… continue reading National Book Award Nominees

By written by Michelle S.    November 8, 2010   

So many of us have been distressed by the recent suicides of teens bullied for being or seeming gay.  Here’s what the Free Library staff have done to help show that things can change.… continue reading The Free Library Says, “It Gets Better!”

By written by Elizabeth H.    November 5, 2010   

When you look at a painting, can you tell if the paint is acrylic or tempera? When artwork in a gallery is called “mixed media,” do you start fretting about lazy cataloging? (Which… continue reading Fun with Paint

By written by Adrienne P.    November 4, 2010    2

We're proud to announce that the Free Library has received the 2010 "Star Community Commitment to Education" EDDY Award from the Philadelphia Education Fund! We're being honored for our… continue reading Free Library Receives 2010 EDDY Award!

By written by Michelle S.    November 3, 2010    1

Local author Lori L. Tharps will be reading and signing copies of her new novel, Substitute Me , on Tuesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wadsworth Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.… continue reading Local Author Lori L. Tharps to Appear at Wadsworth Branch

By written by Michelle S.    November 2, 2010    3

This past month, Bob Edwards has been airing a fascinating, multi-part program series on NPR titled, "Shhhh...Libraries at Work!" In the series, he speaks with current ALA… continue reading Shhhh... Libraries at Work!

By written by Michelle S.    October 29, 2010    6

Looking for some great kid-tested, librarian-approved books for autumn? The children's librarians at the Free Library have put together a list of a few of their favorites. … continue reading Autumn Books, Songs, and Rhymes for Kids

By written by Sarah S.    October 28, 2010   

Election day is Tuesday, November 2. Don't forget to vote! Several key races are taking place in Pennsylvania this election year, including the races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor; U.S.… continue reading Don't forget to vote on November 2!

By written by Michelle S.    October 27, 2010   

We're excited to announce that Sherman Alexie's War Dances has been chosen as the 2011 One Book, One Philadelphia featured reading selection! Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, War Dances is a… continue reading Announcing the 2011 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection!

By written by Michelle S.    October 26, 2010    4

It’s that time of the year again. High school seniors are scrambling to finish their college applications and hoping to get into the college or university of their choice. If you are… continue reading Applying to College: The Essay

By written by Theresa R.    October 22, 2010    18

October is National Archives Month ! Many state archives have created posters like the one to the right to celebrate. And last week, you heard a little bit about our new archives project… continue reading October is Archives Month

By written by Adrienne P.    October 21, 2010   

It’s been a week and people are still talking about the New York Times article titled " Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children ," which ran on October 7, 2010. From the more… continue reading Children and Reading

By written by Sarah S.    October 19, 2010   

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