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Do you have any plans to celebrate the historic inauguration next week? Parkway Central will have a television set up in the Main Lobby, so feel free to stop by on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of… continue reading From the Archives: Barack Obama's Visit to Parkway Library

By written by Shannon G    January 16, 2009    13

Looking for an antidote to the post-holiday blues, chilly temps, and lack of sun in the coming months? Well grab your copy of The Soloist (you can borrow it from any branch of the Free Library)… continue reading Get Ready, Get Set, Get Reading!

By written by Shannon G    January 13, 2009    91

Whether it's classic poems and literature, ties to Philadelphia, spooky undertones, or a great performance that interests you, the Free Library of Philadelphia's celebration of Edgar Allan… continue reading Happy Birthday to You, Dear Edgar

By written by Administrator    December 29, 2008    13

This is that time of the year when we start to see a multitude of "Best of...." lists.  One of my favorites is always The New York Times "Notable Books of..." for… continue reading 100 Notable Books of 2008

By written by Anne L.    December 4, 2008    23

As we mentioned last month , the Free Library was proud to host two National Book Award nominees during the fall author events series. Marilynne Robinson’s Home was nominated under the… continue reading National Book Award Winners Named

By written by Shannon G    November 25, 2008    4

Some of the country’s hottest graphic artists recently visited Parkway Central and enthralled more than 400 fans during the Graphic Novels Panel. Featuring Art Spiegelman, Chip Kidd, Jessica… continue reading Graphic Novels Panel Roundup

By written by Shannon G    November 21, 2008    1

Looking to write your breakout success as a novelist but lacking the motivation to put pen to paper? National Novel Writing Month comes to the rescue with a simple yet seemingly daunting task:… continue reading National Novel Writing Month Under Way!

By written by Shannon G    November 13, 2008   

A favorite among fans of science fiction, author Michael Crichton passed away on November 4 at the age of 66 after battling cancer. The author of more than a dozen bestselling books that leaned… continue reading Bestselling Author Michael Crichton Passes Away

By written by Shannon G    November 10, 2008    11

The great thing about the wide array of DVDs available at the Free Library  is that there is truly something for everyone, from every genre, stretching back to the silent era (look for the… continue reading DVDs – New Arrivals!

By written by Anne L.    November 7, 2008    39

On Sunday,  Tony Hillerman , the writer who brought the southwest and the Navajo Indian nation to life for many readers, died at the age of 83.   I began reading his books many… continue reading Tony Hillerman

By written by Anne L.    October 28, 2008   

Regular readers of the New York Times may have read this week's article "From the Streets to the Libraries" which described why so many public libraries are buying… continue reading Street Lit at the Free Library

By written by Anne L.    October 25, 2008    19

As you may have noticed, we have a presidential election quickly approaching. With less than two weeks until you cast your ballot, it’s crunch time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the… continue reading It's crunch time for voters

By written by Shannon G    October 22, 2008    4

The nominees for the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and we were excited to see two of the authors from our fall series on the list! Marilynne Robinson’s Home was… continue reading National Book Award Nominees Announced

By written by Shannon G    October 17, 2008   

Congratulations to the Please Touch Museum , which is currently celebrating its move to a gloriously restored Memorial Hall in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.  One of my favorite exhibits… continue reading Centennial Collection and Please Touch Museum

By written by Anne L.    October 15, 2008    6

The New York Times has just announced the 2008 winner for the Nobel Prize for Literature:  Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio .   The Free Library currently owns a limited… continue reading Nobel Laureate named for Literature

By written by Anne L.    October 9, 2008    6

The Free Library is pleased to announce a new addition to our Downloadable Media options: MP3 formatted audiobooks are now available for checkout!  This collection includes many classics as… continue reading MP3 Audiobooks Now Available for Download

By written by Jen W.    October 6, 2008    28

What better day than October 1, the first of a celebrated spooky month, to open an exhibition on the oft-macabre writer, Edgar Allan Poe? Parkway Central Library’s Rare Book Department is… continue reading Rare Book Department Celebrates Edgar Allan Poe

By written by Administrator    October 2, 2008    2

This week, libraries across the country are "celebrating" Banned Books Week.  Beginning in 1982, the American Library Association, along with booksellers, publisher and… continue reading Banned Books Week

By written by Anne L.    October 1, 2008    27

Mayor Michael A. Nutter visited Parkway Central on Monday, September 29 to officially unveil the Library’s new green roof demonstration project. Encompassing 5,000 square feet on the south… continue reading Mayor cuts ribbon on Parkway Central's green roof

By written by Alix G.    September 29, 2008    12

Two extraordinary writers have recently released new novels, years after their earlier books established their literary reputations. It's been fifteen years since Fae Myenne Ng's debut, Bone , and… continue reading What I'm Reading Now

By written by Anne L.    September 26, 2008    25

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