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In a previous post, I wrote about researching the personal and professional life of Philadelphia writer, actor, and comedian, Ed Wynn (1886-1966). A versatile and adaptable performer with… continue reading “The Perfect Fool” Lives On Part II

By written by Caitlin G.    May 23, 2012   

Happy Tuesday, everyone! In case you haven't heard already, Parkway Central is planning a sure-to-be-amazing Living Library event for Wednesday, June 20. In anticipation of this exciting… continue reading The Free Library's "Living Library": Participant Sneak Preview

By written by Grace R.    May 22, 2012    1

This past year, I had the privilege of processing and creating a finding aid for the papers of Ed Wynn (1886-1966), an actor, writer, and comedian from Philadelphia, as part of an internship… continue reading “The Perfect Fool” Lives On Part I

By written by Caitlin G.    May 22, 2012    2

Did you know that May 23rd is World Turtle Day? Since 1990, the American Tortoise Rescue has designated this date to "bring attention to turtle conservation issues and highlightn ways each of… continue reading Happy World Turtle Day!

By written by Sarah S.    May 18, 2012    2

We have had a busy and adventurous week aboard the Techmobile. From geography and map literacy programs for third graders to lots of open access time where adults registered for online banking… continue reading Dispatches from the Techmobile

By written by Joel N.    May 16, 2012    2

It may seem obvious – but wordless picture books are books with no words! Since there is no text, wordless picture books are a great way to share books with children -- you… continue reading Fun With Wordless Picture Books!

By written by Rachel F.    May 15, 2012    4

Children's Book Week was established in 1919 and almost from the beginning the Children's Book Council enlisted an illustrator each year to design a commemorative Children's Book Week… continue reading Children's Book Week Posters

By written by Andrea Z.    May 10, 2012   

Everyone has a story worth sharing and hearing. Discover more about the lives of those around you at the Free Library's first "Living Library" event, which will take place at the… continue reading The Free Library's Living Library: Everyone Has a Story

By written by Grace R.    May 8, 2012    1

Maurice Sendak, beloved children's author/illustrator and noted curmudgeon, died today from complications suffered from a stroke at his home in Danbury, Connecticut. He was 83. Best known for… continue reading Rest in Peace, Maurice Sendak

By written by Grace R.    May 8, 2012    1

How do you write a children’s book about political corruption? It becomes quite simple when the real life story features a rhinoceros. Little Una by Elizabeth Olds is about a rhino that… continue reading Better a Rhino

By written by Lindsay F.    May 7, 2012   

Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:30-8:00 p.m. Room 108, Parkway Central Library Followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. For most people, Philadelphia is a place of red-brick,… continue reading Hip And Hidden Philadelphia: The Unexpected House In A City Of Tradition - Lecture and Book signing

By written by Karen L.    May 4, 2012   

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." -Toni Morrison,  “The Nobel Prize in Literature 1993” Toni Morrison… continue reading Congratulations, Toni Morrison!

By written by Grace R.    May 3, 2012   

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at Your Library Next week, May 7 to 13, is the longest running literacy initiative in the United States, Children’s Book Week . Every year, we celebrate… continue reading Celebrate Children's Book Week

By written by Sarah S.    May 2, 2012    1

THURSDAY, May 31, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parkway Central Library Terrace Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine Street, 4 th Floor Looking for a great way to take advantage of the warmer… continue reading Ravens on the Rooftop

By written by Kayleigh M.    May 2, 2012   

This morning the Techmobile hosted third graders from Reynolds School onboard for an overview of the Library’s electronic resources for children, and then did a hands-on activity using… continue reading Philadelphia: People, Places Things with Third Graders from Reynolds School

By written by Joel N.    May 1, 2012    1

Beginning today, our Overdrive site will have a new look.  You will notice a lot of changes in appearance and layout, but the nuts and bolts are the same. The checkouts, holds, and ‘My… continue reading Introducing Our New Overdrive Website for Ebooks

By written by Jamie W.    April 30, 2012    5

If I were an 18 th century manuscript, and had a broken spine, and detached boards, not to mention all kinds of other injuries to my pages, I think I would contact the Conservation Center for Art… continue reading If I Were an 18th Century Manuscript

By written by Del-Louise M.    April 25, 2012   

The H.O.M.E. Page Café at Parkway Central is now home to more than just coffee and mouth-watering pastries. The Free Library’s Print and Picture Collection presents a special… continue reading Stonewalled at the H.O.M.E Page Cafe

By written by Eileen O.    April 24, 2012   

We are on the road today, visiting the Kingsessing Branch. Today is primary day, and many of our branches are polling locations. The Techmobile is parked on South 51st Street, and we are inviting… continue reading Supporting Voters with Internet Resources

By written by Joel N.    April 24, 2012    1

We apologize if you were trying to use the new catalog this morning and were caught in a virtual traffic jam.  We’ll keep you posted as we work on a few lingering bugs that are causing… continue reading New Catalog Launch Delayed

By written by Carolyn P.    April 23, 2012   

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