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Narrative skills-- the ability to tell or retell a story, or to narrate a series of events --are key pre-literacy skills that every child needs in order to become a motivated and successful… continue reading Raising a Reader: how picture books help develop narrative skills.

By written by Sarah S.    April 5, 2011   

How much of an author’s own life is represented in their books? This thought occurred to me as I was working on Virginia Lee Burton’s collection, processed though a CLIR grant for… continue reading Discovering Virginia Lee Burton's 'Life Story'

By written by Adrienne P.    April 4, 2011   

The Free Library is excited to announce that we've added Freegal, a fantastic music database, to our growing digital collections! Freegal increases the size and diversity of the Library’s… continue reading Access Entire Sony Music Catalog with New Freegal Database

By written by Michelle S.    March 30, 2011    18

On Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host “Say YES to College!,” a half-day workshop featuring free… continue reading Say YES to College at Parkway Central!

By written by Michelle S.    March 28, 2011    7

In this essay in the New York Times, David Greenberg explores the notion of disappointing last chapters in otherwise good books. He focuses mainly on non-fiction social commentary, like Eric… continue reading Disappointing Endings

By written by Michelle S.    March 23, 2011    5

The Children’s Literature Research Collection is abuzz with activity this week as we prepare to loan artwork to two upcoming exhibitions of Tomi Ungerer’s work. The Eric Carle Museum… continue reading The CLRC Goes on the Road

By written by Caitlin G.    March 21, 2011    1

The Free Library of Philadelphia has been in the news quite a bit recently! Catch up on any stories you may have missed: 6abc's Nydia Han explains our popular ebook lending services and how to get… continue reading The Free Library in the News

By written by Michelle S.    March 18, 2011    1

Ten years ago, the Free Library embarked on an ambitious journey to expand in grand new ways the manner in which it enlightens the city. Since that time there has been nothing short of a… continue reading Parkway Central Renovations Underway!

By written by Michelle S.    March 16, 2011    9

Mark your calendars! In celebration of the memory of art aficionado and Free Library curator Robert F. Looney, the Parkway Central Library will host the 12th annual Robert F. Looney Lecture… continue reading The 12th Annual Robert F. Looney Memorial Event: Documentary PIX: Philadelphia, A Century of Change

By written by Michelle S.    March 14, 2011   

Effective Monday, March 14, 2011, the Free Library of Philadelphia will increase its out-of-area card fee to $35 annually. Those living, working, going to school, or paying taxes in Philadelphia… continue reading Free Library's Out-of-Area Card Fee to Increase

By written by Michelle S.    March 11, 2011    6

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to host its newest exhibition, “The Struggle for Nature in the City,” in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library. The exhibition highlights… continue reading New Exhibition at Parkway Central Examines the Struggle for Nature in the City

By written by Michelle S.    March 9, 2011   

You may recall from my post last week that I've been feeling a bit of reader's remorse for not having read as many classic novels as I would like. I set myself the goal of reading at least… continue reading Keeping Up with the Classics: Howards End

By written by Michelle S.    March 8, 2011    2

HarperCollins publisher announced a week ago that it was changing its sales restrictions to libraries that loan e-books. Previously, when we libraries purchased HarperCollins e-books, that… continue reading HarperCollins makes changes to library e-book sales and lending

By written by Anne L.    March 7, 2011    19

We here at the Free Library of Philadelphia are thrilled to see the children’s book author and illustrator Robert Lawson (1892-1957) getting some press for upcoming film projects based on… continue reading The Frederick R. Gardner Collection of Robert Lawson

By written by Caitlin G.    March 3, 2011   

The Free Library of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the National Education Association, will promote literacy awareness and the joy of reading during the month of March in conjuction… continue reading Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ 107th Birthday

By written by Michelle S.    March 2, 2011   

March 1 is Saint David's Day--a national day in the United Kindom recognizing the patron saint of Wales. As a student in Swansea, Wales, I remember being taken by the proliferation of daffodils… continue reading Happy St. David's Day!

By written by Michelle S.    March 1, 2011   

I've been an avid reader since I was young. I was an English major in college. I'm one of those people that always has to be reading something, even if it's the back of the cereal box at… continue reading The Guilty Reader

By written by Michelle S.    February 28, 2011    8

Looking for quirky, fun ideas for storytime?  Just ask Northeast Regional’s Christine Cornwall, and you’ll be amazed at what she comes up with!  Christine has worked in the… continue reading Preschool Spotlight on…Children’s Librarian Christine Cornwall at Northeast Regional Library

By written by Sarah S.    February 24, 2011    2

In the current global economy, even friendly nations are competitors for jobs, resources, and influence. To help Philadelphians better understand world events through the lenses of our… continue reading Get an International Perspective at Parkway Central's New Program Series,

By written by Michelle S.    February 23, 2011    3

What are the kids up to these days? Reading a diverse array of books and graphic novels and watching some clever TV shows and films, as it turns out! Here are our most popular… continue reading Most Circulated Titles at the Free Library, Part III: Children's

By written by Michelle S.    February 17, 2011    5

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